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Summer camps to keep in mind for next year
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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.

My children want to become artists. What should I do?
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January 2, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Some children, starting at a very young age, show they have a special talent for the arts. Whether it´s painting, ballet, theatre or music, the majority of parents might feel a bit hesitant, anticipating the day they tell us they want to become artists. As parents we might prefer they choose a profession that will lead them to a steady job in the future. So, if this is the case, how should we approach this issue? Today we will clue you in on how to view it and support your children in case they do indeed make the decision to become artists.

10 Experiments that will Make your Kids Love Science
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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?

Extracurricular classes. Are they really that good?
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August 29, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Extracurricular classes. Yes or no? That is the eternal question parents ask themselves before kids go back to school. Some believe they´re good because they help children discover interests and improve their academic performance. Others consider that adding more activities to their schedule doesn´t allow children any free time, which can generate stress, cause depression and even harm their social bonds.

The truth is there is no scientific data that shows either the risks or the benefits of extracurricular classes but both teachers and experts in child psychology are inclined to feature the advantages of this type of activities, if and when a series of conditions are met. At The Toy Blog we wanted to share this interesting debate with you.

How to Cultivate a Scientific Mind
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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.