EDC launched in 1973 to change educational books to compete with TV and Comics

In 1973, Peter Usborne decided that educational, nonfiction books would need to change in order to compete with TV and comics. He borrowed some ideas from these two media and hired educational consultants to oversee the writing to make sure that the books would satisfy the child’s interest but also arouse it. Explanatory books which merely explain are doing only half the job; if a book fails to make its subject attractive and interesting to the reader, chances are that the explanation will fail. Usborne Books are designed graphically to draw the students in, to make them want to learn …

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers

For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children’s Corner are collected in this charmingly illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers. It’s you I like. It’s not the things you wear, It’s not the way you do your hair— But it’s you I like. From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values …

Paint by Sticker Masterpieces

Re-create 12 Iconic Artworks One Sticker at a Time! PAPERBACK By Workman Publishing Paint by Sticker is a compelling new activity for crafters and artists, doodlers and coloring book enthusiasts of all ages. Masterpieces encourages everyone to channel their inner da Vinci and create twelve iconic works of art. Paint by Sticker Masterpieces includes everything you need to create twelve vibrant, full-color “paintings”—the stickers, the templates, the intuitive directions. The works include The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, The Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo, Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer, Napoleon at Saint-Bernard Pass, by Jacques-Louis David, The Great Wave …

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

A gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright and simple illustrations and rounded corners make it perfect for the very young. Published by Kane Miller, Author Janeen Brian, this book is for ages 1-3 years and up. Click here to order

Eggmazing Egg Decorator’s Bunny Edition Available

Eggmazing Egg Decorator’s Bunny Edition is available exclusively to specialty retailers. This egg decorating invention has no messy dyes or unpleasant smells, and is battery operated. Designed for ages 3+. the kit carries a MSRP of $19.99 and includes eight colorful markers. The clever design allows users to be a participant in the decorating process instead of watching and waiting for messy dyes to work! Users just place a hard-boiled egg into the machine and turn it on. The machine holds and spins the eggs as a child (or grownup) holds a marker on the egg as it spins, creating stripes, lines, or other designs. Sets …

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 …