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Music isn't just fun to listen to, it's important for stimulation and brain development for kids! Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, said that listening to music is good, but having kids actively experience music and have "meaningful engagement with sound to stimulate changes in the brain" is even better. If you're looking for a better way to inspire more musical engagement in your lives, check out our top four musical game picks!

Compose Yourself

Compose Yourself by ThinkFun gives kids the ability to create original music in minutes! Compose Yourself combines a set of music cards with an exclusive website to allow you to create, play and share your own world-class composition. Each of the 60 transparent music cards contain a series of notes, like building blocks for music, that can be arranged to form over a billion musical combinations. Compose Yourself stimulates and connects the right and left brain, building new thinking skills and encouraging creativity, self-expression, and a passion for music. A great game for kids that love music or have yet to discover a love for music!

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May 07, 2017
Kacey Templin

Fostering Life Skills Without Home Ec: Everyday Skills

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

This post is the fourth and final installment in a series covering life skills that are disappearing as our world technologically advances.  As young adults find themselves struggling to learn self-care, social, and financial skills later in life, there is now a demand for such workshops and classes at the college-level.  In some instances, technology has also created a need for new life skills that weren’t essential before.  In this series, we will explore our top life skills and how your child can master them through fun activities.  To follow this series, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media. 

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May 03, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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May 02, 2017
Kacey Templin

6 Cooperative Games for Family Game Night

Creativity, Learning Through Play

Cooperative games are games where you work as a team to beat the game itself. This means there are no winners and losers, which is great for kids who are not competitive, or maybe a little too competitive. Get ready for tons of teamwork as we check out 6 of the top cooperative board games for families!

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April 29, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Fostering Life Skills Without Home Ec: Safety

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

This post is the third installment in a series covering life skills that are disappearing as our world technologically advances.  As young adults find themselves struggling to learn self-care, social, and financial skills later in life, there is now a demand for such workshops and classes at the college-level.  In some instances, technology has also created a need for new life skills that weren’t essential before.  In this series, we will explore our top life skills and how your child can master them through fun activities.  To follow this series, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media. 

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April 26, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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April 24, 2017
Kacey Templin

6 Simple Outdoor Games for Great Weather

Creativity, Learning Through Play

It’s springtime! Temperatures are lowering to comfortable levels and people are emerging from their cold weather hibernation. Now is the perfect time to spend some quality family time outside. Today, we’re looking at 6 outdoor games that are both highly entertaining and easy to assemble!

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