The best books and games to enjoy before summer ends
August 12, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that reading to your children out loud reinforces your relationship with them? It also sets the base for basic learning, improves critical thinking and develops their social skills while activating their curiosity. Still not convinced that reading is important? Discover what other benefits reading and free play has right here. Plus, today we suggest 3 books and 3 games so they enjoy what´s left of the summer.

Reading improves their attention. Several studies have proven that kids who are in contact with books and reading before preschool are faster at learning because they understand concepts better. Besides, it helps them speak much sooner as they´ve listened to the basic sounds of language at an earlier age. Today, at The Toy Blog, we will focus on readers who are a little older, between the ages of 6 and 8.


  • Charlotte´s Web is for kids 6 and older. It tells the story of a girl who loves a pig called Wilbur and of his friend named Charlotte, a spider who lives at the farm. Charlotte thinks of a great idea to save Wilbur but she will need everyone´s help. This classic children´s book reinforces the values of teamwork, solidarity, friendship, love and death. Written by E.B White in 1952, this book was conceived for his niece. This book undoubtedly will spark many questions in your little ones. A perfect summer read, now that you have enough time to listen and talk to them.
  • The Wind in the Willows is for kids 7 year olds and over. Published in 1908, The Wind in the Willows is an English children´s book classic. Written by Kenneth Grahame for his son who was only 4 back then, it reinforces the importance of friendship and adventure with a lot of humour and poetry. Make it fun by reading out loud to each other and acquiring different voices for different characters.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Book 1 is a series of 7 novels written by C. S. Lewis. Considered a classic, it´s sold more than 100 million copies in more than 47 languages! Written between 1949 and 1954, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted to theatre, film, radio and TV. It tells the story of Narnia, a fantastic world full of mythological creatures and taking animals. In Narnia, a group of kids live the wildest adventures while they learn the value of friendship, honesty, teamwork and the courage to overcome one´s fears.



  • If they like Minecraft, The Robot Factory, created by Tinybop was conceived for pre-schoolers who love creating, designing and free play. With this app, they´ll be able to test their very own robots, free from rights and wrongs. Designed for kids between the age of 6 and 8.
  • Toca Kitchen was designed for younger children, 4 years old and up. Available for iPhone and iPad, with Toca Kitchen, they´ll be able to cook and play with the food of the four main characters. With over 12 ingredients to choose from and 180 of cooking them, they´ll surely have a blast. Toca Kitchen´s creators say it´s no game but rather a toy that you and your kids can explore cooking and experimenting with. What happens if we fry a carrot, for example? Will the cat like it? Make sure you let them play freely and motivate them to bring out their most creative side.

¿Did you know that cooking helps kids improve their motor and social skills as well as learn to be open to trying new things? In this post, we inform you on all that and more.

  • From the same designers, comes Toca Pet Doctor, a “free play” game that stimulates empathy and love for animals. Kids will have to take care of and cure 15 cute animals such as Tarzan, the turtle or Brie, the mouse. Once they are cured, kids will have to feed them, make them sleep and make sure they are happy. Created for children 3 and older.

Remember that teaching them empathy and having them learn to value the things around them is part of our job as parents. And if we can teach them in a fun way, all the better.

Did you know that there are many things we can provide when playing with our children? Read all about it here.

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