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Friday, April 18, 2014

Earth Day: Toys Can Teach Kids What Really Matters

Forbes – Jenn Choi

“How do you teach children to protect the very resources that will affect their future and their children’s future?…play is essential when celebrating Earth Day…Here are a few toys that will foster the kind of admiration that could very well secure a better tomorrow beginning today.”(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Early Screening is Vital to Children and their Families

Homeroom – Michael Yudin

“How a child plays, learns, speaks, moves, and behaves all offer important clues about a child’s development. A delay in any of these developmental milestones could be a sign of developmental challenges…Early intervention services…can really make a difference and enhance a child’s learning and development.”(more)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Top 10 Toys That Get Kids Focused

Forbes – Jenn Choi

“Take a look around your own desks at your workplace. You will find that there is something there that doesn’t quite need to be there and yet, if it went missing your whole day may feel disrupted. Usually these objects are touched by our hands or poked or prodded by us somehow. Sometimes that is all we need to get back on task. Kids are no different…Here’s a list of my top 10 study buddies that, if used mindfully, can bring much productivity and more time for play.”(more)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Obesity in Childhood Could Be Solved With More Play

The Liberty Voice – Nick Ng

“Neuroscientist Kwame Brown, Ph.D., who teaches psychology and human development at Hampton University in Virginia, advocates play — not necessarily exercise — as a way to minimize the risk of obesity and to increase community bonding.”(more)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

No Child Left Inside

CapeGazette.com – Betty Fleming

“It isn’t every couple that share a passion beyond their own children to reach children everywhere. John and Janet Ray of Milton do. They believe in the motto “No Child Left Inside.” And this battle cry is turning into a national movement to get children out and about in today’s world away from high-tech and sedentary pursuits, at least for part of each day.”(more)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Playing with Barbie limits career aspirations for girls, UC Santa Cruz study concludes

The Mercury News – Staff Writer

“Girls who play with Barbie dolls tend to see fewer career options available to them compared with the options available to boys, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State and UC Santa Cruz.”(more)

Friday, February 28, 2014

6 Secrets Every Parent (and School) Should Know About Academic Success

The Huffington Post – Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

“You would do anything to insure your children’s academic success, right?…What you may not know is how closely connected academic success is to what kids eat and how active they are. Experts in both education and health are beginning to realize that more attention to children’s bodies will also help their brains work better.”(more)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Top 5 Toys Beyond Goldiblox

The Huffington Post – Jamie Davis Smith

“The good news is many toys, some classic and some new, can help girls develop an interest in STEM early on…they do not pander to the belief that our girls will only play with toys in pink, pastels, or that feature princesses. Instead, they give our girls the credit they deserve for being just as smart as our boys and recognizing that they will be interested in high-quality toys that promote learning…”(more)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Does outdoor play make children smarter?

The Daily Freeman – DeAnne Musolf

“We know that outdoor play improves kids’ physical health. All that fresh air and exercise — what’s not to like? The truth is, there may actually be more to like. Outdoor play is increasingly linked scientifically to stronger mental muscle.”(more)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Children should learn to climb trees again

The Citizen – Sean van Staden

“Obesity is causing health problems for families…However, there is another epidemic plaguing the healthy development of our youth and that is “low muscle tone”…Young children need gross motor skills development and a “low carb, high protein diet” to develop into healthy human beings.”(more)