These tin can robot kits reminiscent of Mr.Potato allow kids to create (and re-create) robots from recycled parts and magnets. All the “body” parts can be stashed inside the tin can, wrapped with a how-to label—perfect for a DIY party craft or gift.
Looking for something to do with your kids during this holiday vacation? Here’s the Kidoinfo Top 12 List of things to do – many are Free and Cheap. Check the Kidoinfo calendar and blog for even more ideas.
By Providence Children’s Museum educators Since planning for and opening our new ThinkSpace exhibit, Museum educators have been thinking a lot about great spatial thinking activities. Spatial thinking is an important problem-solving skill, and one that is fundamental for kids’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Here are some of our favorite [...]
My friend Jason, co-owner of Rag and Bone Bindery, finds creative ways to play with and inspire his children to think outside the box.
The original plan was to make a city with his son out of toys, but one thing led to another and the city turned into a giant eye-spy game. His son calls it Toyville. I think it’s amazing and a beautiful work of art.
Geek Dad shared what he thinks are the 5 best toys of all time on Wired recently. He lists items—things many of us may overlook as toys—that he feels no kid should be without. “All five should fit easily within any budget, and are appropriate for a wide age range so you get the most play out of each one.”
We agree these are wonderful play things and in fact have written about all of them before on Kidoinfo. We also love gadgets and gizmos but realize kids do not need all the bells and whistles in order to play and have fun. We are adding 5 more items to the list making it the Kidoinfo Top 10 Toys for Kids. No batteries needed for the toys listed, just some free time and a little bit of imagination. Assembly optional, not required.
I asked Jeff Dronzek from Learn All About It Toys in Warwick, Rhode Island to put together a list of some of his favorite children’s toys. Toys are sorted by type along with price and appropriate ages. If you have a favorite toy, please add it in the comments below. GAMES Erudition. Learn Sight Words [...]
Today Marcia Maynard interviews Jen Dronzak, co-owner of Learn All About It Toys and the mother of two children. Marcia: Tell us about your decision to start a toy shop with your husband? Jen: Before we started our store, we shopped at specialty toy shops for kids’ toys. Jeff has a background in business and [...]
Visiting the Cape during the shoulder season—right before and right after the summer months—means the weather is moderate, less crowded, better deals on lodging and most businesses are open. I also love visiting in the off-season from October through May when the weather is colder and the beaches are quiet but still great for hiking [...]
by Katy Killilea In the beginning, the hot item in my bag of tricks was a container of Cheerios. Then along came a small spiral notebook and an Altoids box filled with crayons. Later it was an envelope of family photos and some stickers. Suddenly it seems only Andy Samberg SNL clips, played on my [...]
By Carly Loeper, Exhibit & Program Developer, Providence Children’s Museum What makes a great plaything? At the Children’s Museum, this question is always on our minds as we select toys and materials for our programs, exhibits and Gift Shop. If, as Fred Rogers said, “Play is really the work of childhood,” then toys are children’s [...]