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A Day at the Barriguitas Crazy Crazy Building
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November 30, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Do you know what we´re doing today? We´re going to spend the day at the Crazy Crazy Building by Barriguitas! It´s 70 cm high and has four stories full of incredibly funny neighbours. That´s what the owner of this very peculiar apartment told us. Along with her baby and her dog, we went on a tour with her. But before we rang each bell, she said that the Crazy Crazy Building can actually be hung in a bedroom and have it become part of the décor. Now that is a truly amazing doll house, don´t you think?

Emotional Intelligence with Afectiva, our Wishmakers of the month!
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November 27, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

This month´s Wishmakers are Belén Robles, María García-Parrado and Raquel Burguillo, the three psychologists that founded Afectiva, A School of Emotional and Social Development.  After years of training and experience working with children, teenagers and families, they decided to share their vision of psychology and create this project. Their work method is based on close ties and trust as they want the people who come to the school to feel welcomed and offer them a place where they can express themselves freely. We asked them how parents could develop their children´s emotional intelligence as well as how to best manage emotions, cultivate empathy and avoid bullying.

Get them to quit sucking their thumb
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November 26, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

If your son or daughter has a temper tantrum when you scold them for sucking their thumb, don´t worry, you´re not the only one. Many kids suck their thumb as it provides immediate soothing at any place and any time. Take a deep breath! There´s no rush. In fact, as their third birthday approaches, they´ll eventually forget all about it. But if that´s not the case, keep reading. Here are some ideas to get them to stop sucking their thumb and drop the pacifier too!

Fun Activities to do on Universal Children´s Day
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November 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Universal Children´s Day was first established in 1954 by the United Nations on a day like today, November 20th, in order to promote unity and international awareness of children´s rights. UNICEF coordinates this special day and encourages us to participate in improving the welfare of children all over the world. There are still too many who  do not enjoy their full rights and there is still a lot to do. We, as parents, should help our children become aware.

What my son learns when playing with dolls
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November 16, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Dolls are wonderful toys that all children (including boys) should engage with. They allow kids to understand themselves better and the world that surrounds them. However, when we see boys playing with dolls, we get all anxious. Just like Jonathan Alpert states in this interesting article published by the Huffington Post, this is very common among parents. And it has to do with fear. Fear that if they feel a desire to brush Nancy´s hair, dress a Barriguitas or take care of a Nenuco, they´ll be inclined towards homosexuality. But, rest assured, children, all children, like to play with dolls and that is perfectly normal.

Play hide & go seek with Nenuco
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November 3, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

When you were young, you probably spent many hours of the day playing hide & go seek. This universal game has been enjoyed by entire generations. In the digital era, however, this game has been adapted and now it can be played on a tablet. With whom? With none other than Nenuco. We want to introduce you to Famosa´s new free app, which combines tradition and new technologies. After your kids have played inside, perhaps they might feel enticed to engage in the real game outside.

Why little girls love horses – discovering the new Nancy Caballo Funtastic
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October 26, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

If you the parent of a little girl, you probably already know that horses are among her very favorite animals. In fact, they are so very fascinated by horses (well, unicorns and dolphins too!), that many experts have dedicated years of their life to studying this phenomenon. Keep reading to find out why and discover the new Nancy Caballo Funtastic by Famosa, a fun and educational toy that speaks to that desire. 

What is Nancy up to?
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October 23, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Nancy, a symbol of childhood for the generation of girls who were born in the 60´s and 70´s, still fascinates kids today. There is a huge legion of fans today that follow her on Facebook and through her fun-filled blog (available in English too!) in which she writes about the things that make her life happy such as friends, tricks, arts & crafts, hobbies and much more. Here at The Toy Blog, she´s come to tell us about school, the new edition of her magazine and surprising news!

School is more fun with this Barriguitas game
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October 14, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

There are many children who just don’t want to go back to school and parents’ don´t really know what to do to control their anger or temper tantrums they suffer every morning. Even though this type of behaviour is normal until they adapt to this new situation, it´s important to determine the cause of this negativity. Possible reasons include lack of motivation, tiredness, and problems with classmates or even being victims of bullying. Another reason could be that your kids are required to do more than last year and have to be more autonomous in class, especially for those who transition into elementary school. Towards the end of this post, we offer some tips for those kids who refuse to go to school but before we do: we´d like to show you about a free new online game -Barriguitas School- which will help you motivate them to see school in an entertaining way.

High heels suit & tie… Why do my kids play to be me?
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October 9, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Surely your children at one point, have put your lipstick on or dressed up in a suit and tie or worn your high heels… Playing dress up is one of kids´ favourite pastimes. Because it responds to their need to search for their own identity and with how they are influenced by different genders. This type of role play are copied from watching you get dressed up or looking at how dad shaves or how anyone in their close environment engages in these daily rituals.