Posted: 2011-03-30 12:01:31
By: by Stephanie Oppenheim
What do Wall Street bankers have to do with building blocks? Usually not too much...unless you are brothers Will and Chris Haughey of TEGU. The brothers left the financial world behind to start their own toy company that brings the best of wooden blocks and magnets together for a wonderful open-ended building experience. Read my interview. You can also send requests of objects to built live on their website by their TEGU Genius. (He just built an Elmo!)
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:08:19
By: by Stephanie Oppenheim
Radio Flyer has become an iconic American brand since it was officially launched at the 1933 Chicago World Fair. While we've talked to lots of people who are new to the toy industry, it was interesting to speak with Robert Pasin, a grandson of the founder and the current Chief "Wagon" Officer of Radio Flyer. Unlike many of the start-up companies we've focused on as part of the Meet the Toymakers Series, I was curious to know what pressures exist when you are responsible for such a long-standing and beloved brand. Read our interview.
Our children's Math and Science skills--or the lack of them--have been making the news. While the schools debate what to do about it, what can parents do about it? First things first, be careful not to turn your child into a math phobic worrier with heavy-handed flash card sessions and workbooks. Avoid 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:
Posted: 2010-12-14 20:23:49
By: by Joanne Oppenheim
Are you are shopping for Merry Christmas stocking stuffers, multiple gifts for the many nights of Hanukah or Kwanza? Aside from the novelty fads of the moment there are some good choices that will be enjoyed for more than a moment. We've found some with real play value. Click here to find out more.
Thanks to their curiosity, children are often captivated with toys that involve science and discovery. Very young kids start out doing a lot of experimenting, mixing water and sand to make mud, making shadows on walls with their hands, blowing bubbles with a straw in their milk to make bubbles, putting toys in a tub and seeing some float while others sink. At the easel they mix blue and yellow and discover they can make green. All of these very ordinary moments are little science experiments. Their favorite approach is trial and error and learning by doing. Click here to find toys that encourage kids and their natural interest in science.
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.
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