Park Hopping: Best Melbourne Playgrounds

We’ve been on a mission to all check out the best Melbourne playgrounds. We began this undertaking some years back after being blown away by Hays Paddock. Since then, the playgrounds have only gotten better and better. It is almost as if there is a secret competition for the “best playground” award and every council is vying […]

DIY Happy Pokemon Families Card Game

G2 has always been my distracted boy. He is the boy who would put the milk carton in the sink (still full of milk) instead of back in the fridge. With his head in the clouds and rarely on what he was doing, he is the child I worry about when I think about his […]

Kimochis for Social Emotional Development

What do parents want most for their children? According to a survey, happiness came out top for most countries. Even if it wasn’t the top, it was a close second. The problem with that, as Jennifer Senior so rightly expressed, is that happiness is a very high bar and much of the advice on raising happy kids warns us that […]

Magformers – for Fun, for Creativity, for STEAM Education

It’s a bird! It’s a submarine! No, it’s Magformers!!! This super cool toy promotes fun learning by using geometric shapes to form countless, colorful structures. Kids ages 6 and up can combine triangles, squares, hexagons and pentagons by their magnetic sides to build flowers, stars, cars, spheres, and more! Magformers are not only fun, they […]

Bringing Back Creative Play with Tegu Blocks

If you have nothing else, at least be creative. – How do you nurture creativity in children Why should we nurture creativity in children? Creativity increases their chances for success. Creativity helps them stand out from the crowd. Creativity opens doors for opportunity. Creativity can compensate of having a low IQ but having a high IQ does not compensate for […]

10 Cool Thinking Games and Brain Toys

When it comes to toys, I confess that I like the ones that offer the most mileage. I like them to be appealing to look at, nice to play with, and educational. The toy design should also offer children room to grow alongside the toy so that they can be played with for years to […]

Forge of Honor: Launch Week Special!

Calling All Heroes In the name of honor, take up your Border Swords and Blades and join Targimals in the battle to save imaginative play! Let’s Play! Because dramatic play can enhance learning and it is good for Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, and Creative Development. Learn more about: The Role of Pretend Play in Children’s Cognitive Development The Importance […]

Let’s Play!

“Play is the highest form of research.” ~ Albert Einstein The Importance of Imaginative Play Fantasy play is correlated with other positive attributes. In preschool children, for example, those who have imaginary friends are more creative, have greater social understanding and are better at taking the perspective of others, according to Marjorie Taylor, a psychology […]

Learn about Electronics with little Bits

What are littleBits? littleBits is an open-source library of color-coded electronic modules — miniscule circuit boards with specific functions, such as light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, motors and more — that snap together via tiny magnets in order to make larger circuits. There is no programming, wiring or soldering. These simple, intuitive blocks promote limitless experimentation, […]