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.
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:
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.
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.
Two of my favorite things in toyland: spin art and glow-in-the-dark toys. So you can imagine how excited I was when we received the new Play-Doh Glow Creations from Hasbro. (And yes, I'm firmly in the camp of pro Play-Doh people). Here the greatest fun is in the process of making the art, adding the paint and watching it spin. The end product isn't nearly as thrilling but that's ok, you can wipe off the black boards and start all over again. The spinning of the Play-Doh is also fun but not as cool as the laser- like quality of the spin art.
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...
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