Most of the LEGO and similar building toys sold today are packaged in sets with themes such as Minecraft, Star Wars and Batman. These sets are designed with very clear directions for construction, so play becomes goal-oriented, with the intention to build the models as they appear on the box. While this type of play […]

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Most parents love the amazing creations kids build with LEGO, but we sometimes loathe the piles and stray bricks cluttering our living spaces. Here’s how to keep the lid on LEGO chaos and promote open-ended play with these classic toys. 1. Enlist your kids in the process. There’s nothing more frustrating than setting up a beautifully […]

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Toca Hair Salon 3 just got a Valentine’s Day update so your kids can celebrate the day in style. This sweet update includes new clothes and accessories that are perfect for Valentine’s Day: suit and tie, dresses, heart sweaters, heart-shaped glasses, silly heart headbands and other assorted goodies. Kids not feeling all lovey-dovey? There’s an angry […]

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Give a kid a cardboard box, and you see imagination explode. That box can become a bed, a rocket ship, a house, a train station. Or it can be altered into Minecraft creatures, robot arms or whatever else little minds can imagine. So, inspired by cardboard boxes, we like to find random things around the […]

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Elizabeth Rood, Vice President of Education Strategy, Bay Area Discovery Museum & Director, Center for Childhood Creativity Kids and families can design a tabletop maze using materials from the household recycling bin. The maze will be grounds for a ping-pong ball race. The movement of the ping-pong balls will be powered by air blown through straws! What You’ll Need drinking straws (enough […]

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