Tag: music
DO-RE-ME!: our January Wishmakers
January 28, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that 200 million children fail to reach their full potential by age 5?  UNICEF says it loud and clear on their site dedicated to Early Childhood Development, those first few years of life that are so crucial for their immediate wellbeing and their future. A good foundation in the early years makes a difference through adulthood and even gives the next generation a better start. 

Summer camps to keep in mind for next year
August 13, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Your children have either already returned from their summer camps and workshops, are fully immersed now or simply dreaming of going to one next summer. There are many positive aspects of sending kids to summer camp. They have loads of fun while they play, learn new skills and make new friends. Today, we wanted to share our favourites so you can keep them in mind for next year.

Let´s learn our colours with Barriguitas
July 28, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Many parents worry when their toddlers take heir time learning to differentiate colours. They´re capable of doing so with letters and are able to count to 10 but some children say “Blue” no matter what colour you ask them to identify. But there´s no need to worry. Paediatrician and author of the blog KC Kids Doc, assures us that “there are cases of children, younger than 18 months old, who can identify every single crayon that comes in the box. But kids aren´t really capable of correctly identifying a colour until they are three.”

New App – Create your own orchestra with everyday objects
July 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve written about the powerful benefits that music has on children. Among other things, music builds their self-esteem, improves their concentration and helps their academic performance. In our article titled “6 Reasons your Kids should Learn to Play an Instrument”, several experts recommend children take music lessons but now that summer is here, and we´re on vacation, we propose a musical app called Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra, a game that encourages toddlers to create their very own orchestra with everyday objects.

The Best Music for Children
April 27, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Getting kids to feel attracted to music is not a science. They easily engage in activities, which require singing and dancing, without even asking them to. Songs keep them socially active while they learn by having fun. But there are ways in which we can keep them interested in music for years to come. The key is to know what songs they should listen to and offer them a variety.

Encourage them to do what they love best with Club Hello Kitty
January 5, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

The Toy Blog had the fortunate chance to interview four girls who share the same admiration for Hello Kitty. But they each have different tastes and hobbies. One of them is a musician. Another has cultivated a knack for sports. A third loves to cook and the fourth gets a thrill out of fashion and design. Surely your daughter shares one of even more of these same interests. As parents, we must learn to encourage our little rock stars chef, fashionista or athlete to do what she loves best.  So she continues to learn, create her own personality and enjoy the process.

Candela y Los Supremos: Our Christmas Wishmakers
December 23, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

For the vast majority of parents today, scheduling work, school, homework, extra-curricular classes and a social life, requires a lot of juggling. And despite it all, it seems they don´t have any time left to do what is considered one of the most important things: spend quality family time together. Far from being part of this statistic, a young and adventurous family in Madrid, Spain decided to create a pop band three years ago. What began as a way to spend time together has become a social phenomenon with tours and concerts in Teatro Price, Primavera Sound and Benicassim, among others. A hilarious cartoon series based on their story has even been created. We are talking about Candela, a talented 10 year-old and her parents Judith and Edu. All three are the sole members of Candela y Los Supremos (Candela & The Supremes, in English) and our Wishmakers of the month. Keep reading to learn how it all began, how they organize themselves and take the time to search for common interests that allow them to have fun and get everyone to be an active participant.

Our Wishmaker this month: Seydu, founder of Diamond Child School of Arts & Culture
October 20, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Our Wishmaker of the month is perhaps Europe´s best percussionist. He is also a composer, singer and luthier.  Seydu was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and grew up listening to melodies sung by his mother, Fatmata Salimatu Jalloh, and he assimilated the rhythm his grandfather, Ebenizer Calender, created with his drums. It was his grandfather who taught Seydu how to make his own instruments by using recycled materials and together they would travel and play representing their country. It was music that helped save Seydu from war and hunger and taught him how to survive being a stowaway on board a merchant ship and a vagrant in the subway in Madrid, being a teenager. Years later, Seydu, went on tour with Stevie Wonder, collaborated with famous artists such as Serrat, Youssou N ´Dour, Alejandro Sanz and Kiko Veneno, has published 3 records and founded what he considers his greatest achievement to date: Diamond Child School of Arts and Culture, an NGO dedicated to giving children the necessary skills and education for a brighter future. Children, who today live, threatened by Ebola. 

10 arts & crafts for a great back-to-school
September 16, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Summer vacation is over and getting back into the routine can be a real drama for some children. Conscious that going back-to-school can be a difficult transition, at The Toy Blog we´ve published two articles: ‘Best Back to School Toys and Activities‘ and How to get rid of back-to-school Blues to help your kids get back into the routine. Today, we wanted to share 10 activities that will get them excited to grab their backpacks and head to school. The key is to teach them that school is actually fun.

6 reasons your kids should learn to play an instrument
August 12, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Does you son or daughter become enthralled every time they listen to music? Well, you might need to consider whether you have a pianist, guitarist or drummer at home. Music provides many benefits for children. And not just for those who listen. Experts agree that learning to play an instrument is the door to creativity, and one that stimulates brain activity. If you still aren´t convinced whether you should sign your children up this fall, we´ll give you 6 reasons why you should.