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Tags: eeBoo, Games and Puzzles, Mia Galison
Posted: 2009-10-06 18:39:15 By: Stephanie Oppenheim
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eeBoo is one of our favorite game and puzzle companies. Founder Mia Galison has brought some of today's top illustrators to the world of boardgames and puzzles. As a result the products have a lovely retro feel to them. While so many games have cartoonish looks--these are happily and decidedly artistic. The art is married with games that are age appropriate for preschoolers and early school age kids. Read the interview.

Stephanie's segment on the TODAY SHOW
Tags: Today Show, Best Educational Toys
Posted: 2011-04-02 15:04:10
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Stephanie appeared this morning on the Today Show with Natalie Morales and shared some of the year's best educational toys that help build important skills - featuring products from Lego, Blue Orange Games, Playmobil, Leapfrog, Silver Dolphin, Eeboo, I Can Do That Games, Briarpatch, Gamewright and Citiblocks. 

 

You can watch her here! The full article with details on all the products she demonstrated can be found at our site.

Make it Hands On
Tags: Science toys
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:42:29
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One of the best ways to excite kids about science is to make it a hands-on experience. Here are some of  our favorite picks. Many require some adult involvement - providing a chance to make discoveries together.  Others give you an opportunity to talk about the wonders of nature. Read more here.

A conversation with Jodi Norgaard, Founder of Dream Big Toy Company
Tags: Go! Go! Sports Girls, Dream Big Toy Company, Jodi Norgaard, Pretend Play, Dolls
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:43:59 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim
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As part of our new Meet the Toy Makers series, we turned our attention to the land of dolls...

Jodi Norgaard recently launched  Dream Big Toy Company (a great name!)...so we asked her about her journey... and how she came to create a fun line of dolls called Go! Go! Sports Dolls. Read the interview.

 

Without Getting Pushy!
Tags: Preschoolers, Preschool Games, Pretend Play, Building Sets, Construction Toys
Posted: 2012-09-28 18:38:50 By: Joanne Oppenheim

School skills in preschool? Sounds ridiculous. In fact for most of us, preschool was not about academic skills.  We were introduced to some concepts, but it was really more about learning how to be part of a group.  Today's preschoolers have a heavier diet of academic skills...colors, numbers, letters, etc. Here are some ways of helping that are age appropriate.

Developing Important Skills for School Through Play
Tags: Building Patience, Frustration, Building Sets, Puzzles, Lego, K'nex
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:45:21 By: Joanne Oppenheim

For kids it often comes as a shock that learning to read does not come instantly; neither does writing or remembering your multiplication tables. It still takes a full year for your birthday to roll around, you can't make Christmas come until December 25th, and a new tooth doesn't come in until it's ready. Helping kids deal with delays and frustration are major life lessons that they will need in school, work and as members of a family.

So how can we give this powerful virtue to our kids?

Toy and Play Ideas
Tags: Snow Day, Rainy Day, Crafts, Games, Puppets, Garage
Posted: 2009-09-13 18:07:33 By: Stephanie Oppenheim

Faced with a rainy day or a day off from school...and you start hearing the refrain..."We're bored!!"  No worries--we have some great ideas for entertaining the troops. Here are some of our favorites.

As Featured on the TODAY Show
Tags: Today Show, Playing, Games, Ann Curry
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:42:07 By: Stephanie Oppenheim

Whether you have a crawling baby or a video game addicted tween, it's important to carve out space where you get to play together!  As silly as it sounds, with everyone's busy schedules play time often gets taken off the "to do" list.   While we spend so much time making sure that everyone is doing all their "work"...the time we spend laughing with our kids  is just as important.

As Featured on the TODAY Show
Tags: Today Show, Active Play, Outdoor Games
Posted: 2009-09-11 20:13:58 By: Stephanie Oppenheim

Looking for ideas for outdoor fun? Whether you are the "it" house in your neighborhood or if you're planning a family get together, we have some great games and equipment that can bring everyone together.

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Tags: ABCs, Educational Games, ABC Books, Alphabet
Posted: 2009-09-14 08:01:10 By: Joanne Oppenheim
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Learning the alphabet is one of those basic skills that children often learn by rote as they sing the classic Alphabet Song that ends with "Now I know my ABC's."  But knowing how to sing the letters does not mean they really do know their ABC's.

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