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Celebrities at work against childhood cancer
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August 10, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that childhood cancer is the first cause of death in children, after common household accidents? And that in developed countries such as the United Kingdom, 4000 children and young people will be diagnosed with cancer this year? Although their survival rate has increased thanks to advanced medicine and research, there is still of work to do. Especially when it comes down to awareness. That is why celebrities have donated their time to star in a video for Fundación Juegaterapia (Play Therapy Foundation, in English). Keep reading to discover the key to this successful campaign and what Juegaterapia has been able to do by sharing the video through the Internet.

Plataforma de Infancia: this month´s Wishmakers
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July 29, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Every month, in our Wishmakers section, we offer you exclusive interviews with people who are passionate about working for and with children. Whether it is inspiring them to make their ideas a reality or travelling to the world´s most dangerous places offering smiles and hope, all of them work hard to make this planet a better place for everyone. Today, we had the chance to speak with Pilar Muñoz Villanueva, the person responsible for Child Participation at Plataforma de Infancia (Childhood Platform, in English). She designs activities so children between the ages of 6 and 17 know their rights and the policies, which affect them. Keep reading to learn more about the work they do, how to speak with your children about their rights and discover some of the surprising insights they come up with, when we listen.

 

Amaya Sáez from Menudos Corazones: Our Wishmaker this month!
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June 15, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that heart disease is the largest congenital pathology suffered in Spain? And that it affects 4.000 children a year in this country. With these numbers, plenty of passion and hard work, a foundation was born with the aim of improving these children´s quality of life. This foundation also helps families prepare for the different stages of the treatment by providing professional teams and the necessary materials they need. But not only this. The non-profit organisation works to cultivate their self-esteem, creativity, imagination and the values children need to become more independent and keep playing. For these reasons and many more, The Toy Blog has interviewed Amaya Sáez, director of Menudos Corazones and this month´s Wishmaker.

Clowns without Borders – this month´s Wishmakers!
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March 31, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Imagine a job where the requirements are a huge smile, good vibes and love for children. No, we aren´t talking about a storybook, a play or a circus. We are speaking of Clowns without Borders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer laughter to relieve the suffering of all people, especially children, who live in areas including refugee camps, conflict zones and emergency situations. The professional artists who work with Clowns without Borders are probably the bravest clowns in the entire planet. At The Toy Blog we´ve had the chance to interview one of them. Keep reading to discover how laughter can become the best weapon against adversity and learn why Clown without Borders are this months´ Wishmakers.

How to teach them what love means
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February 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Valentine´s Day is celebrated on the 14th of February and since it´s right around the corner, it made us wonder if it´s possible to teach our children what love is. Love goes beyond the romantic idea that fairy tales portray and storybooks make us believe. To love is to show our respect, care and understanding of the people who are important to us, whether it´s our partner, family or friends. It´s not a matter of giving or buying material things, but love entails giving ourselves to others. And that implies cultivating empathy. In order for our children to learn to love and build long lasting social relationships, they must first acquire and cultivate an emphatic behaviour. But how to they learn to do this?