Tag: science
Simple Machines for little engineers
September 18, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Many parents wish their kids were engineers when they grew up. Just like we suggested in this article, “My children want to become artists. What should I do?”, jobs related with science are better considered than artistic professions because they are usually associated with a “better future.” But for artistic kids, math and physics at school can become a real nightmare. Before this happens, we should teach them how much fun science is at home. Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve offered some ideas in this respect such as “How to cultivate a scientific mind” or “10 experiments that will make your kids love science“. Today, we´d like to tell you about Simple Machines, an educational app for iPad and iPhone that will get your kids to enjoy discovering the world of physics.

Blue Planet Tales
July 3, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Reality is often times, harder to believe than fantasy, including our very own. And although we know that the history of Earth and its civilizations is full of adventures, discoveries, findings and outstanding characters we have to be very good at storytelling to get children interested. This is the premise with which Blue Planet Tales was born, an educational app, which offers interactive stories so kids can appreciate, understand and learn about real, passionate subjects found in nature, science and history.


8 ways to get your children to watch less TV
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.

10 Experiments that will Make your Kids Love Science
November 6, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Children are young scientists at heart. They see the world with innate curiosity, which is precisely what they need in order to learn. A recent study at the University of California proves that kids think much in the same way as scientists. When it comes down to tackling a problem, they formulate hypothesis, make causal inferences and learn by observation and trial and error. However, when they get to school, everything changes. British scientist Phillip Ball, author of the book Curiosity. How Science Became Interested in Everything believes that science, at school, is taught with answers instead of questions. And this is one of the reasons why children lose interest. If you want your children to keep loving science, their learning should be centred on curiosity and creativity. And what better way to spark their interest than experimenting at home?

What is a godparent and how to choose the best ones for your children
October 21, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

The figure of the godparent has its origin in Christian religions and it was their obligation to join the child in his spiritual education. Today, the word godfather or godmother does not have the same religious implications but they are still hand picked to take care of their godchild if anything happened to the parents. However, if you choose well, these protectors will not only be present in your children’s´ daily life but will help and support your children and become a friend of the entire family. Keep reading to discover what being a godparent really is and how to chose the best ones for your children.

How to Cultivate a Scientific Mind
August 27, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Talent isn´t necessarily linked to the arts and music. A talent for science and a passion for mathematics also exist. In fact, science helps strengthen a critical mind and teaches children how to learn. Whatever interests your children have, it´s wonderful for them to learn to reason, observe, analyse and ask the necessary questions in order to make the right decisions. For those reasons alone, we should cultivate their natural instinct for science. Keep reading to learn how and what apps, books and activities will help you.

Mindfulness at School
May 20, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Have you ever sat down to east and were so caught up thinking about other things, that you weren´t even aware of what it the food tasted like? What about when you´re driving? Two thirds of the same, right? You aren´t aware of the landscape, the car next to you, the change of light or temperature.  Sometimes, someone will be talking to you but your mind has gone for a spin. Most of them times you get this feeling that you´re living life on autopilot. Well, it happens to the best of us: we are not present in our own lives. We forget to see, feel and listen to what surrounds us. The bad thing about this is that we do it, our children will do. Being in autopilot is the opposite of being mindful or practising mindfulness: a tool that is increasingly more popular to reduce stress, calm the mind and have a larger capacity for enjoyment.