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I used to work in a toy store, and I would hear it all the time. A parent or a grandparent would come in asking for a toy with a child of a certain age in mind – let’s say three. I would show them the toys that were aimed at a three-year-old kid, and time and time again I would hear the same thing: “My son is three, but he’s very bright.” Of which I had no doubt. There are loads of smart kids out there. But every kid isn’t a genius, and of the ones who are, very few are doing calculus at age eight. What I’m saying is, these people were wanting to buy toys that were too advanced for their kids.

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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 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 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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April 22, 2017
Sophie Miller

Fostering Life Skills Without Home Ec: Social Skills

Learning Through Play

This post is the second 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 17, 2017
Kacey Templin

9 Lesser-Known Games for Family Game Night

Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play

It's family game night again, but you've already played Life and Monopoly more times than you can count. You want to switch it up, but you're not sure which games your family will enjoy. Well never fear, ThinkFun has you covered! These lesser-known choices are both educational and are sure to be a hit the next time around. 

 

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