Most kids love building sets, but those who are truly into design and take an interest in architecture will get even more enjoyment and learning out of toys that give them a taste of the real thing. Perhaps they want a hands-on sense of how major architectural landmarks are co.... read more
After you and your child mastered (so to speak) the Quick Guide to Architectural Literacy, you can take the things you learned about different styles and the time period when they were popular and try to apply them to buildings in your area—sort of like a history mystery!A q.... read more
Architecture is the art and science of designing and erecting buildings. It's all around us, any building or house. teaching children a little about architecture, and to pay attention to the buildings around us, is a fun exercise. This is a very short, and very simple, guide t.... read more
The winter holidays are a wonderful time to give your kids a new building toy. A high-quality construction set is just the thing to keep kids occupied indoors during the cold weather months, and building toys get a big thumbs up from teachers and child development experts. Bui.... read more
In his 1947 book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Austrian-American economist Joseph Schumpeter defined and popularized the concept of "creative destruction." He was referring, of course, to a theory of economic innovation in the context of the business cycle. But wheneve.... read more
So, maybe you are having one of those days. You could go nearly a dozen places, but none of them sounds very appealing. You dread the production that is getting all your family and associated gear in the car and to your destination. Your kid might have a borderline cold, or yo.... read more
After books and crafts, our next go-to holiday gift for the kids is the building toy. As with crafts and books, it’s hard to go wrong and easy to delight most children with a new construction set. You can feel good about this kind of gift because building toys get.... read more
When you're a preschooler, the urge to build can strike at any time. The inspiration can come from almost anything: an empty milk carton, a sugar cube, a roll of toilet paper or a marshmallow. We adore wooden blocks and other construction toys, but there’s something about ta.... read more
With the gift giving season beginning its approach, I am vaguely considering getting a jump start on the usual shopping it requires. But I have a confession to make. I already know that I am planning to buy my boys some fancy new Legos this year. Sure, there's certainly nothin.... read more
A cardboard box is just that at least until you become a parent and being brainstorming about all the wonderful structures it can become. In its most primitive state, push in the flaps of the top of the box and it can be turned on its side to become a perfect cave that can be .... read more
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