Crafts are a perfect way to keep kids busy and at the same time develop their ability to follow written directions, use their imagination, and stay with a task to completion. This season we've received some new and updated craft kits that are sure to engage your kids creativity. Click here for some of the best crafty choices.
Tags: Active Physical Play, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Early School, NBC's TODAY SHOW
Posted: 2011-09-22 12:36:26
By: by Stephanie
We love this time of year! Your kids pull on last summer's play clothes--and they soon discover how much they have grown. During the course of the year, you'll also notice that the "growing up" goes way beyond the notch on the family growth chart. A year older also means that they'll approach play differently. Your now sure-footed toddler is ready to just go, go, go. Your four year old can now play a game that would have been frustrating and tear-producing just a year ago. Your five year old who enjoyed pretend play with his whole body may now have a new found fascination in miniature play figures. Here are some of our new favorite toys that promote active play. Click here to read the article. You can also watch Stephanie with MSNBC's Tamron Hall on NBC's TODAY SHOW from June 17th by clicking on the video below...
Tags: School Skills, Science games, Math Games, Geography, Today Show
Posted: 2011-09-22 12:46:29
By: by Stephanie Oppenheim
Are you finding that your child is having trouble with math? science? geography? reading? sticking with a task? How to help without causing conflict in your house can be tricky. The key is to remind your child that learning can be fun - and give them opportunities to be successful learners in more playful settings. Stephanie was on NBC's TODAY Show on April 6th to discuss some of the toyportfolio.com's top solutions with Ann Curry. Click here to read the article. Watch the Segment, by clicking here.
Watch Stephanie's bird calling (right before the segment).
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:
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.
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