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How Sound Blocks Help Babies and Toddlers

HOW SOUND BLOCKS HELP BABIES AND TODDLERS Sound blocks a wonderful sensory toy. Not only are they great for babies, but toddlers love them as well. They help with shape and color recognition. They encourage hand and eye coordination. Sound blocks are excellent for improving visual perception. They help develop the senses of touch, hearing…… Continue reading How Sound Blocks Help Babies and Toddlers

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Why You Should Let Your Kids Use REAL Knives

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ALLOW KIDS TO USE REAL KNIFES? Knives must be used under adult supervision, but don’t let YOUR fear drive your child out of the kitchen! Using real utensils builds confidence. It also helps with independence. It allows children to feel trusted and gives them a sense of responsibility. Using real knives…… Continue reading Why You Should Let Your Kids Use REAL Knives

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Fantastic Beasts and How to Fold Them: The INCREDIBLE Art of Origami Master, Dr. Robert J. Lang

I am so honored and excited to present to you this week’s article. It contains an interview with the UNBELIEVABLE master origami artist and a pioneer in this field, Dr. Rober J. Lang! Origami is the art of folding paper which originated in Japan in the 17th century. In Japanese, “ori” means “fold” and “kami” means “paper,”…… Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and How to Fold Them: The INCREDIBLE Art of Origami Master, Dr. Robert J. Lang

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GET OUTSIDE, GET MOVING, GET DRAWING

Hi friends, I’m so excited to bring you a new guest post this week! It’s written by Jessica with whom we have so many things in common. She is also an artist, a former Art Professor and loves photography and the outdoors. Her blog http://www.collectmakeexplore.com is centred around nature-based play and creativity and is a true inspiration to…… Continue reading GET OUTSIDE, GET MOVING, GET DRAWING

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Why We Use Only Natural Crayons (and You Should, too!)

ARE CRAYONS SAFE? Crayons are probably the most used art materials for kids, but are they safe? The answer is NO! Mainstream crayons are full of harmful products like paraffin  wax (petroleum), plastic (glitter), chemical pigments and even carcinogens like phthalates (fragrances), lead and asbestos (in 2015)! Asbestos is deadly both if ingested and inhaled (even in…… Continue reading Why We Use Only Natural Crayons (and You Should, too!)

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HOW TO GROW YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN WITH MUSIC

WHY IS MUSIC IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPING BRAIN? Music helps your child’s brain grow as they learn how to recognize new sounds. Making music is a creative act. Playing music involves multiple senses. Playing music helps with both gross and fine motor skills. Music can be used in therapeutic ways. Playing music encourages independence.…… Continue reading HOW TO GROW YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN WITH MUSIC

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3 Best Photo Cameras for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Is your child taking interest in photography? Do you want them to leave your phone alone? Then, they are probably ready for their own camera. I have been taking photos of Adèle every day since she was born. So when she started to take interest in what I was doing (around the age of 1…… Continue reading 3 Best Photo Cameras for Toddlers and Preschoolers