Math and Science skills--or the lack of them--continue to make the news. While educators debate what to do about it, what can parents do? First things first, avoid turning your child into a math phobic worrier with dreaded flash card sessions and extra workbooks. Forget about pre-teaching kids in hopes of giving them a leg up. Your way of doing math may involve techniques that are very different from current classroom methods. Click here for positive ways to help your child become a math whiz:
The good news is that there are great toys this year for every budget. Our Platinum and Gold Award list is chock full of construction sets, props for pretend, dolls, games, remote control vehicles (and bugs) and craft kits. If you missed Stephanie's segment on NBC's TODAY Show, you can watch it here. To read about the products featured in the segment, click here. Of course this is only a small selection of our award winners--please be sure to take a look at all of our winners for 2010! For a behind the scenes look at the segment, read Stephanie's blog.
Finding toys that do not play on gender stereotypes is a lot easier these days than it used to be. Although there is still plenty of pink and lavender out there that screams--Girls Only and plenty of black with skulls and eyeballs shouting--Boys Only, there are less gender specific choices that will be enjoyed by children of either sex. Click here to read more.
Tags: Modern Family, Kmart, Rico Rodriguez,Ambassador of Fun
Posted: 2010-11-02 10:48:03
You may know Rico Rodriguez from ABC's Modern Family - he plays the wonderfully introspective Manny. (He's the boy in the pink shirt all the way to the left). In an admittedly celebrity spokesperson situation, Rico has been named Kmart's Ambassador of Fun. So we decided to ask Rico how it feels to be such an Ambassador and what he likes to play with now that he's 12. Read our interview.
Tags: preschool building toys, early years building toys, blocks
Posted: 2012-08-13 07:37:11
A recent article in the New York Times indicates a renewed interest in the learning value of block building. Parents and teachers attending block classes are discovering the connections between learning and play. What's the buzz about? Read our take on this hot topic...
When you hear the words "educational toys" chances are you think at once of drill and practice toys that are about as entertaining as chalk squeaking on a board. We know that play itself is one of the important paths to various kinds of learning. Read More...
A conversation with LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi
Tags: Meet the Toy Makers, LEGO Master Builder
Posted: 2010-10-01 08:55:56
By: by Stephanie Oppenheim
I'm often asked about my own journey into toyland. After all, reviewing toys is quite different than practicing law. So I started to wonder how other people ended up here too. What inspired them to design and create the toys we review all year long? If you've ever seen some of the amazingly large LEGO builds, chances are you already have seen the work of LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi. Read our interview.
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