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The Best Children´s Book of 2016
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February 16, 2016  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Reading stories to your children is one of the best activities you can share with them. Just as we suggested in this post, reading out loud to them reinforces your relationship. Hoping you continue to read with them this year, we would like to recommend the best children´s books of 2016. Included in our list are books for children ages 2 to 5 and older children, ages 6 through 12. If you´re looking for a true original option, please do not hesitate to take a look at Mumablue´s Personalized Stories.

Personalized stories by Mumablue
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December 29, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our Wishmaker this month is Mumablue, a publishing house dedicated to create personalized stories for children. The idea was born as a way to motivate children to read. Cristina Rodríguez Blanco, founding partner of this magical initiative realized that digital media put storybooks at risk. She was also aware of the numerous studies on the importance of reading as a means to develop intellectually, expand horizons and encourage empathy and culture. So she decided to partner up with computer engineer, Manuel Córdoba, and create Mumablue. Later, designer Julio Morales and communications director Ro Venegas joined the team and together they sought to create a reading habit in children through personalized stories, as a way of cultivating future great readers. Because “what child wouldn’t want to travel on a unicorn, speak with gnomes or create magic?,” says Cristina.

The best books and games to enjoy before summer ends
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August 12, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that reading to your children out loud reinforces your relationship with them? It also sets the base for basic learning, improves critical thinking and develops their social skills while activating their curiosity. Still not convinced that reading is important? Discover what other benefits reading and free play has right here. Plus, today we suggest 3 books and 3 games so they enjoy what´s left of the summer.

What toys should we take on vacation?
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July 2, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Family trips are wonderful no matter what you do. But there are destinations and plans that are especially fun when children are still children. Theme parks, hotels designed for kids and places, which are not only entertaining and educational but also magical if seen through the eyes of a child. Whatever you do, to make your summer even more special, when it comes time to packing your bags, there are certain kinds of toys, which shouldn’t be left behind. Keep reading to find out which ones we should take on vacation.

Why family vacations must be planned together
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June 10, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

At The Toy Blog, we work to offer you advice, ideas, information and debates on childhood education so you can be informed and keep doing the most difficult job in the world: be good parents. But being good parents implies being a good team. That´s why, we would like to encourage you to keep your kids in mind when planning your family vacation this summer. Their ideas might surprise you and they´ll feel respected and considered when it´s time to decide.

Cuentosmonos are April’s Wishmakers
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April 29, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our Wishmakers this month, Suani Armisen and Ana Caillabet, are the creators of Cuentosmonos, (Spanish for Cute or Monkey Stories) a site full of collaborative stories. But before it all began, both women worked in different fields: Ana on web design and Suani on online training. A casual conversation over lunch with their husbands led them to write a story together to help the Fundación Mona, a non- profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of primates.

6 apps to learn shapes and colours
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April 28, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that learning shapes is the base for geometry and spatial reasoning? According to experts, this allows children to learn better. On the other hand, Scholastic believes that language, description, observation and experimental skills are inherent to learning colours. Two necessary and fun activities that will help our little ones to think better and understand the world they live in. Today, at The Toy Blog, we recommend 6 apps that will help them engage in activities, which revolve around shapes and colours.

Pacifier or no pacifier?
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April 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Pacifiers are good for babies. Among other things, it reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. As they grow however, it becomes a habit. Although doctors at the American Academy of Paediatrics as well as the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend limiting the use of pacifiers for babies 6 months and older, the majority of children do not let go until the are two. Habits aren´t easy to quit but it can be done. How and what can we do, as parents, to help them let go of their pacifier?

Reading is important! International Children´s Book Day
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April 2, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

April 2nd marks the International Children´s Book Day. Coinciding with the birth of writer Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875) the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Organization promotes and encourages children all around the world to read. This year, the chosen topic is “Many cultures, one story “ included in the 2015 sign created by writer Marwa Obaid and illustrator Nasim Abaeiam, both from United Arab Emirates. The website offers information on activities and programs you and your children can take part in and enjoy. A perfect plan to cultivate their love for reading.

8 ways to get your children to watch less TV
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January 28, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

How many hours should a child watch TV? In a study, published by medical journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, British paediatricians, led by psychologist Aric Sigman, suggests children under 3 not watch television or use other electronic devices such as cell phones, computers or tablets. And for kids 3 and older, they recommend they spend no more than 2 hours a day in front of a screen. Other experts however, believe we should not prohibit but limit the use of screens. Instead of isolating children in this technological and digital age, the key is to help them consume in moderation. Overexposure to screens can cause serious problems related to physical and cognitive development such as obesity, attention deficit disorders or lack of empathy.  Instead of opposing machines, we must search for educational alternatives that may substitute them. Especially during the winter months, when children spend more time at home. The Toy Blog would like to offer 8 ideas to help you help them not be tempted to watch too much TV.