The winter holiday season is full of rituals and traditions, all cherished, to be sure. And those carefully crafted holiday routines that we have are important for young children, who can be easily overwhelmed by the chaos and the unusual schedules that turn up each December. .... read more
Steam escapes from the open mouth of the engine's stack as we pull away from the station. Chugga-chugga-puff-puff is all we can hear as my son's nose is pressed against the glass with the force of gale wind. With every ounce of his being given to this moment, it seems nothing .... read more
‘Tis the season for "Best of 2013" lists. There are Best Toys lists, Best Movies lists, Best Music, Games, and Apps lists among many others. And, of course, there are quite a few Best Books lists too. Who doesn't love a good list? We certainly enjoy and look forward to th.... read more
There's nothing quite like the holidays for young children. This time of year is thrilling and mysterious, full of comforting rituals and wild excess—treats, toys, relatives, dressing up, parties, up past bedtime—and children are at the center of it all. No matter what you.... read more
We've gotten our Christmas ornaments down from the closet and hung them on the tree. We've festooned the mantel and hung the lights around the house. Now it's time to bring out the craft paper, paint, and glue, and perhaps add a few new handmade treasures to our collections.... read more
Six is the magic number for snow - did you know that? If you had a big magnifier and stepped outside with your children on a cold winter day to watch snow fall from the sky, here is what you might observe - six-sided hexagonal crystals, needles or flat six-sided crystals, and .... read more
We tend to think of all children as imaginative, and yet the truth is that some kids have more active imaginations than others. This is simply because, like anything else, imagination develops with practice. Imagination is at the root of creativity and critical thinking, trait.... read more
As temperatures drop, here are some cool science experiments to keep your kids' brains warm! Melting ChocolateDo the three types of chocolate (milk, dark, and white) melt at the same temperature? Put a small piece of each type of chocolate on two or three plates. Have your ki.... read more
The biggest packages under the tree might make your kids' eyes pop, but sometimes the gifts inside the tiniest boxes win the holiday. Just in time for Christmas, we have brought back some favorites and added some new suggestions for the little toys and charms that make our kid.... read more
When we think of the people to whom we want to give gifts this holiday season, no one is higher on the list than our children’s teachers.Our kids adore them. They nurture and guide our children every day. They work so hard and earn too little. We want to show them our apprec.... read more
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