5 tips to encourage parent-child conversation to prevent bullying

(BPT) – If you’re a parent, you bring your kids to their annual checkups, get their teeth cleaned twice a year and help them eat well and get enough sleep. You do this to keep them physically healthy, but what about their mental health? For parents, it can sometimes seem difficult to monitor and gauge a child’s emotional well-being, which is affected by a number of things that parents and children may not discuss. Having conversations around these issues is the best way to keep them in check. One issue that is of particular concern is bullying. Bullying is a …

6 little-known facts about the history of jigsaw puzzles

(BPT) – Just try to walk by an unfinished jigsaw puzzle without stopping. It’s almost impossible and in fact, nearly half of all Americans puzzle for fun, to relax or to relieve stress. Families puzzle together as a winter tradition. Millennials puzzle to connect with each other and disconnect from a hyper-digital lifestyle while seniors puzzle for a brain boost. It may feel like puzzling is one of the many retro activities made vogue again, but it has always been in fashion. In celebration of National Puzzle Month, which takes place each January and not coincidentally in the winter when …

STEM at Play

(Family Features) When children play, they often learn. Not only can playtime improve behavior and concentration, but it helps children explore with their imaginations. Both free play and adult-guided play allow kids to learn right from wrong, how to share and gain awareness of others’ feelings. Aside from neurological benefits, the power of play can also improve both long-term and short-term health. There’s evidence that active children grow into active adults, thus decreasing their risk of heart disease and other scourges of sedentary lifestyles. Apart from these physical and emotional benefits, what some parents may not realize is that when …

HABA USA Introduces Kullerbu train

HABA USA, a small subsidiary of an 80 year old, family owned and operated Habermaass GmbH company in Germany, selectively imports, tests, and distributes just the right toys and games for the specialty market.  Yes, the specialty retail marketplace, we don’t sell to the “big” guys and we closely monitor our MAP prices online. HABA would like to welcome you to the world of Kullerbu, the ever expandable play world for children ages two and older. It’s not a train, but it has interchangeable tracks and accessories.  Ingeniously designed to work with either balls and/or cars, the Kullerbu system grows …

Cutest Little Sloth Ever!

DOUGLAS is delighted to introduce Silly Little Sloth to the 2018 DOUGLAS Baby Collection! Enjoy the items individually, or get the whole set that combines 2 each of 6 of the most popular baby items (Snuggler, Plumpie, Activity Book, Activity Blankee, Sshlumpie, and Teether)! Silly Little Sloth is made of the softest cream-brown fur and sports a slow, sweet smile. When Baby wants to kick back and simply “hang around” our sloth plush toys are the perfect snuggly companions! Our friendly sloth character is made with the finest quality fabrics, hand selected for the ultimate in cuddling pleasure. Baby-safe embroidered …

Limited edition collector’s dolls by Feltman Brothers

Recently Feltman Brothers introduced two limited edition dolls as part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebration. Sure to appeal to customers and collectors, the dolls reflect the standards of craftsmanship that the company insists upon. The dolls are designed to ensure that little girls can cherish their new friends for years and generations to come. The company’s tradition of excellence and quality workmanship have been remained in exquisite detail for this limited edition doll collection. Two dolls are available, each carefully designed down to the tiniest eyelash and fingernail, and both are dressed in exquisite Felman Brothers clothing. The 16-inch …

Be Inspired by the Story of Yahooty Who? and Find Adventure Everywhere

Excitement is soaring for Yahooty Who?™, brand new children’s book and media property, that teaches kids to think about and investigate the world in a way no other book has. The authors call Yahooty Who?™ a “participa-STORY,” and explain that it is characterized by participation between parents and children. Designed to be interactive with opportunities for children to call out in response, each Yahooty box set includes a Yahooty doll and a beautiful hardcover book. In addition, surprise blind box sock puppets can be added encouraging children and their parents to read, play, and imagine together. Like children everywhere, Yahooty has a mischievous cuteness …

Who Needs Rhythm?

You Do! The Little Rockers Band is super psyched to share their newest album for families, “Who Needs Rhythm?” The fourth commercially released album by this New Jersy based band has that high energy spirit that their fans have come to love. Inspired by a child’s life experiences, these Teaching Artists pick special moments from the children they interact with daily at their music classes and concerts to create songs tailored just for them. For this collection, the bank wanted to introduce kids to different rhythmic styles found in a variety of genres besides the Rock & Roll they usually gravitate …

Your Clothes Have Memories: We Turn Them Into Keepsakes

The Patchwork Bear specializes in up-cycling your favorite clothing into beautiful and practical keepsakes. We believe clothes hold special memories: baby’s coming home outfit, grandpa’s favorite t-shirt, game-winning jersey, etc. We transform those memories into patchwork bears, puppies, quilts and tote bags.    Our products have received numerous awards, notably the Creative Child Magazine Award for Product of the Year for our Memory Bear. We were also included in Oprah’s Favorite Things! The Patchwork Bear is a celebrity favorite- seen with Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Eli Manning and more. Our Original, Award-Winning Memory Clothes Bear! Everyone has favorite clothes saved away, full of …

Retired Elementary Teacher Entertains Children through Ollie’s Unlucky Day

Margee Minter tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a cat and a dog. Wynnewood, Oklahoma, April 24, 2018 – What do you do when you are not invited to your friend’s birthday party? Find out in Margee Minter’s “Ollie’s Unlucky Day” how a surprise birthday party turns out to be not only a surprise to the celebrant but also to everyone in attendance. In the story, Lucky the Cat and Ollie the Dog have been friends for a long time. They have enjoyed playing together and having each other’s company. On Ollie’s fifth birthday, Ollie’s mother plans a surprise birthday …