Tag: social skills
Learning about Good vs. Evil with Nancy
September 17, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Although child psychology experts assure us that children are not born with a sense of moral justice, learning to distinguish the good from the bad is necessary in order to live in society. Knowing how to differentiate between both and act accordingly is part of our job as parents and educators. And because the best way to learn is by playing, today, at The Toy Blog, we´d like to offer you advice so you can help your kids think before they act and develop the necessary empathy to become responsible adults.

With Typic Kids, they´ll decorate your summer pictures
August 21, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Sharing the passion of photography with kids is a wonderful chance to learn together. Their perspective can be surprising by their unique point of view and by how fast they learn to dominate technical issues. We already published a post here at The Toy Blog, recommending 10 apps for young photographers but today, we´d like to focus on something that will motivate them to express their emotions, thoughts and ideas. It will also give them a chance to decorate your summer pictures. Keep reading to discover Typic Kids.

emprendeKIDS, our Wishmakers this month!
May 18, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our wishmaker this month is Rosa Poo, founder of emprendeKIDS (emprender in Spanish means to set about/start something), a learning program destined to encouraging cultural entrepreneurs between the ages of 6 and 16. Before launching this Project, she directed a communication agency oriented towards businesses. In this context, she met many professionals all around the world that got her to think: “Why not make these people more accessible to kids?” That is how she became a pioneer in Spain: by putting children in touch with entrepreneurs. The Project was called Initiator Kids. That was the seed of what is now known as emprendeKIDS, which follows the same principal but now includes educational experts into the equation. Through her summer camps in Cantabria and the emprendeKids Day, children really get to learn what being an entrepreneur really is.

Cuentosmonos are April’s Wishmakers
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.

Best toys for different personalities
March 9, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Children begin to define their character and personality once they turn one. Educating a shy child is different than raising an extrovert.  That is why it´s important for parents to discover their personality at an early stage. Although it will evolve depending on their experience, surrounding environment and the people they relate to, part of their personality comes when they are born, independently of the education they receive. This is what psychologists call temperament. And this we can help them manage it through playToday we will give you an insight into what toys are best according to their personality.

Make-A-Wish, our Wishmakers of the month!
February 20, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Make-A-Wish® with a presence in nearly 50 countries worldwide, grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life threatening illnesses,  enrichening their lives thru personal experiences full of hope, strength and happiness. These wishes contribute to the child and the family´s resilience, enabling them to face physical and emotional suffering.  It´s affiliate in Spain has the support of 200 medical professionals, 30 hospitals, 1000 private sector professionals and almost 400 companies who actively collaborate with them. Together, they take wishes very seriously. In fact, Make-A-Wish Spain is accredited by Fundación Lealtad, an independent organism that evaluates accountability, financial health and transparency. This month, The Toy Blog had the chance to interview Carmela Fernandez Piera, a Patron of  Make-A-Wish Spain. Keep reading to discover the incredible work thy do and the impact that generating wishes has on children.

Is your child highly sensitive?
February 2, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Does your child cry a lot or is scared of practically anything? Does he get sad when he sees someone else have a hard time? Does he or she overreact with songs, stories or movies? Perhaps he is very shy in a room full of people? If you´ve answered yes to any of these questions, you probably have a highly sensitive child. But there is no reason to be alarmed. Highly sensitive children are unique and special.  Their right side of the brain, responsible for our nervous system, has way more activity than usual. A study published by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, conducted by Doctor Elaine Aron, points out that 15-20% of children are born with hyper sensibility. Far from treating it as a stigma, we must teach them to see it as a virtue.

Jogging with Nancy
January 22, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Jogging  is now a trend. Now, more than ever, people put on their running shoes and join this healthy exercise. The famous Famosa doll Nancy has not doubted to join the fun. Several days ago, she commented on her blog that one of her favourite activities is running through the park. This doll loves to do exercise because she understands the benefits of feeling good. So we´ve asked her to give us some advice for young kids who love running. Many parents might ask themselves what age is appropriate for their children to begin this sport and what benefits does it have and what do they need.  Nancy has answered all these questions and more.

Let´s do a Play
January 21, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Kids love theatre. In fact, they can spend hours pretending, role-playing and imitating real situations, learning how to adopt gestures, voices and vocabulary. It´s their way of learning. If we, as parents and educators, encourage them to tell their own stories or use existing plays for children, we´ll build their interest for drama and help them develop longer attention spans, increase their memory skills, enjoy teamwork and encourage them to make decisions. Today we´ll talk about the benefits of drama.

Technology and Kids: 6 ways to disconnect
December 19, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

New technologies provide many benefits to our children. Today, there are innumerable apps that are created to stimulate their learning process and are broken down into different subjects such as math, languages, art, etc. They also serve as great tools to increase their reading skills and self esteem as children have to face challenges. With all these advantages, why are we told they shouldn’t use tablets, smartphones or computers so often? Like all other aspects of life, it´s not good to spend too much time on one thing as it could provoke addiction, sleeping disorders and a lack of social skills. Our mission as parents should be to teach our children to use technology in moderation. So how do we do it? Keep reading to discover 6 ways to disconnect.