Books and Toys

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Gifts for Kids to Spark Curiosity and a Love of Learning

While I love a good pillow fort, I also appreciate the value of quality games and toys! Here’s four fabulous gifts for kids that tickle the brain and capitalize on the kind of learning that inspires them. These are all less than $15 and are super portable too. I like these for road trips or for after-dinner playing with your kids. Happy gifting!

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11 Picture Books That Will Make Your Kid Read Like Crazy

Use wordless picture books to inspire imagination and a love of reading. These suggestions from my Child’s Play NY theater classrooms will deepen the conversation and the bonding time between you and your children. Watch the video to see adorable toddlers using picture books as a springboard for storytelling, and get tips from a school librarian about the usefulness of wordless books.

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6 Toys That Inspire Creativity And Communication

Are you fielding requests for a hard-to-get-hatchimal? That’s all well and good, but it’s important to add toys under the tree or next to the menorah that can provide some lasting creative impact in your child’s life.  These six toys are springboards into dramatic play.  They also support language development and dialogue surrounding feelings.  Because …

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Six Holiday Books You Want To Read With Your Kids

The holiday books are an amazing opportunity to reflect on family, charity and compassion.  These books all explore these themes in different ways – some comical, some with adventure.  I also love them because they tie in with the seasonal weather all around us and make snuggling under a blanket with hot-cocoa all the more …

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