Have a Ball! The Timeless Toy that Grows with Your Child

Childhood should be a ball! Literally and figuratively. Remarkable for its versatility, universal appeal to age groups and ability to inspire healthy activity throughout childhood, a ball should be found in every toy box.

Whether it’s a simple beach ball, a rubber ball, or a plastic ball, balls inspire endless opportunities for play — and getting kids moving. Throwing, catching, rolling, kicking, or chasing after a ball means they are moving around, building strong muscles, developing eye-hand coordination, and gaining confidence in themselves and their physical abilities.

Click here for some fun ways to, well, — have a ball!

http://www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org/play-grow.asp?i=96

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Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls (YES, even BOYS!)

DOLL PLAYThe baby doll is such a fantastic toy that we hope ALL children (Yes, even BOYS!) will have the opportunity to own and play with during the toddler years. This is because baby dolls are packed with potential for teaching children about themselves and the world around them. Let’s take a look!

http://mamaot.com/2012/11/25/why-kids-should-play-with-baby-dolls-yes-even-boys/

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Overscheduled kids, Anxious parents!

Are we, as a nation, making childhood too stressful for millions of kids?

Are we cramming them into too many after-school activities without an eye toward what lessons they’ll learn about themselves?

Have we forgotten what childhood can and should be like?

These are just a few of the big existential worries that spiral out of a simple-sounding question millions of parents ask ourselves: What activities should my children be involved in?

To learn more, click here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/08/living/overscheduled-busy-children

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