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Discover the PinyPon website!
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September 22, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

There is no doubt: the little PinyPon are adorable! You just have to take one good look at them and you´ll want to play. But PinyPons are much more than toys.  They have an entire world at their service, including online games and videos. At The Toy Blog we want you to discover their world and join us in this tour through the different sections to see how much fun you can have with PinyPon.

Learning with Technology
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September 4, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Much has changed since we were little kids. Our toys, games and ways of playing are totally different now. And the way children learn today is quite different as well. Despite the fact that kids seem to be born knowing how to interact with technology, many parents and educators keep asking themselves whether it´s good for them, if they learn while they play videogames, for example and how do you know whether an app is really educational. Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve answered some of these questions but today, we´d like to give you the key to choosing well when it comes to digital and technological tools.

The best apps for organizing your summer pics!
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September 2, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

If you´ve been following our blog this summer, you´ll know that we, at The Toy Blog, have been sharing app-related posts such as how to create your own orchestra at home or ones, which help cultivate their critical mind. Today, we´d like to share some apps that will entertain them and encourage them to let their creative juices flow. These 5 apps will get them to help you organize all your wonderful summer pictures and create amazing photo albums so you can keep enjoying the memories at home with family and friends. Just remember, kids also need to disconnect from technology and enjoy the outdoors and non-structured play.

This month´s Wishmakers: Common Sense Media
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August 31, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Every month, here at The Toy Blog, we select and interview people who work with and for children. People whose ideas, organizations and projects inspire and help make this world a better place. We call them our Wishmakers. Today, we are excited and very proud to publish our conversation with Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder of Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization, which aims to give all children the opportunity to thrive. How? By informing parents and educators about the media their children consume and about the ever-increasing role of technology in the lives of young people.

Getting them ready for a new school year
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August 27, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Summer is the time of year to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors and non-structured play. Now that summer is coming o tan end however, it´s also important that kids integrate their fun activities while they get ready to go back to school and keep learning. Vocabulary, Reading, math, languages… There are thousands of educational apps out there intended for little ones to have fun while they learn. We´ve done our homework and we offer you our selection of the best apps for a great back-to-school.

New App – Create your own orchestra with everyday objects
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July 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve written about the powerful benefits that music has on children. Among other things, music builds their self-esteem, improves their concentration and helps their academic performance. In our article titled “6 Reasons your Kids should Learn to Play an Instrument”, several experts recommend children take music lessons but now that summer is here, and we´re on vacation, we propose a musical app called Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra, a game that encourages toddlers to create their very own orchestra with everyday objects.

Become a designer with the Nancy Look my Look app
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July 7, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Remember when you were a little girl and played with paper dolls and cut outs? We all spent hours designing clothes with paper, scissors and coloured pencils or markers. But times have changed and kids now demand electronic and digital toys. The good news is that if they are into fashion or enjoy designing clothes, they can do it by using the Nancy Look My Look app right on their cell phone or yours.

How to get them to behave in the car
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June 11, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

A car can become a true battlefield if there are children inside it, especially during long trips and when you´re on the way to enjoy your summer vacation. Kids get bored and if there´s little room for them to move around, they tend to get restless and all this can interfere with your driving. That´s why it´s important to make sure you set some rules and teach them to behave in the car.

Why family vacations must be planned together
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June 10, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

At The Toy Blog, we work to offer you advice, ideas, information and debates on childhood education so you can be informed and keep doing the most difficult job in the world: be good parents. But being good parents implies being a good team. That´s why, we would like to encourage you to keep your kids in mind when planning your family vacation this summer. Their ideas might surprise you and they´ll feel respected and considered when it´s time to decide.

Is it a good idea to give kids digital devices?
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May 14, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Holy Communion season is approaching and one of the most demanded gifts is, without a doubt, a technologic device: laptop, smartphone, game console or tablet. However, as parents, we might ask ourselves if it´s a good idea. There are different opinions on the matter. We still don´t know what effects its and experts argue about the benefits and dangers. What we do know is that technology is here to stay and it seems counter productive for children to live in a bubble. The key is moderation and the decision is up to you.