Construction Toys for Tiny Hands (Duplos, Tinker Toys, and Lincoln Logs)

LincolnLogHouseWe talk often on Fair Play about just how important spatial play is for early development. Spatial skills built in early play are associated with math and science achievement in school as well as later in life. We’ve also talked about how most of the toys that are meant to teach those skills are marketed to boys — and we’ve talked about important it is that boys and girls play with spatial toys including LEGOs, K’NEX, puzzles, and so on. We’ve even reviewed some of the spatial toys marketed explicitly to girls, like LEGO Friends and Goldie Blox. But, one of the issues that comes up over and over in our own research with children and early play has a lot to do with what children can or cannot successfully manipulate with their tiny hands. If they cannot put the pieces together, they cannot play with it, it won’t be fun, and they might not learn anything. Today’s post is about the best toys for the tiny-handed builders in your life.

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Back To School! Part 2, Backpack Drives

Last week we tackled back to school shopping. We hope that has been going well, and you were able to stick to your End Goal. A reader posted a most insightful comment on that post about the importance of being gender fair when shopping for backpack drives, so we’re dedicating this week to discussing backpack drives. You may recall our focus on family-oriented community service around Thanksgiving and gosh darn it, it’s about time we had another post about service.

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Back to School! Tips for Shopping Safely

Backpacks are one back-to-school item often best purchased online where variety is greater

Somehow it is that time of year again – back to school! Here in little State College this time of year is signaled first by the onslaught of U-Hauls. Back to school for the little ones comes with a lengthy and specific list, hence the annual tradition of back to school shopping. As any caregiver (/older sibling) knows, this can be fun and also immensely stressful. Today we’re going to talk about some shopping safety tips so you end up with gender-fair supplies and accoutrements at the end.

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Getting Reel: Burka Avenger

 BurkaAvengerPoster This week’s Getting Reel post, where we review movies or shows, is about a new show in Pakistan that has been all over our blog feeds this week. Burka Avenger is an animated TV show about a superheroine named Jiya. She fights for equal access to education, using books and pens literally as weapons. Every superhero wears a disguise, and Jiya’s is a burka. More on that in a minute.

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