A little instrument can go a long way

It has been been proven that kids do better in school when they are actively involved in music. Music also helps with reading, concentration, math and science skills, because it adds to children’s cognitive and reasoning development. Also children are more likely to set goals, get along with peers, and go to college. If something like being involved with music is all it takes, why not get them started early on?

We really have to commend shows that help kids learn by using music in a fun and exciting way. Yo Gabba Gabba uses fun songs to teach kids everything from how to eat healthy to how to wash your hands.  Your kids will surely remember how do these tasks more if they find themselves singing the songs (which I often do).

You don’t have to be a virtuoso to start your interest in music-it can begin at a very young age! We here at Ty’s Toy Box have one item that will stir the musical interest in your little one- Plex’s keytar! The keytar is a combination of a keyboard and guitar.  You can play the notes on the keyboard, strum the guitar, or a little of both. It’s an adorable gift especially for 2-year-olds and up. Alternatively, if you’re looking to bust a few moves, consider Yo Gabba Gabba’s Boom Box Theater! Both of these can be found in Yo Gabba Gabba toys.

Yo Gabba Gabba continues to collaborate with a lot of high profile people and musicians on their show, known as the Super Music Friends Show.  First Jimmy Fallon and now Band of Horses.  Yo Gabba Gabba is so much fun to watch! I honestly can’t get enough. Check out the  clip below:

Dora Discovers a New App

Dora is that classic Latina cartoon that has been around since 1999.  Dora is a very adventurous little girl with a heart of gold. She loves to go out and explore real places with the help of a map and her buddy, Boots the monkey.  In every episode you learn Spanish words and phrases. Also, she does not hold grudges, even when the mischievous fox, Swiper, tries to steal things from her.

I am so impressed with Dora that I recently stumbled upon an awesome website that I’m sure you will want to share with your kids.  On Nick Jr.’s website, they teach you everything from how to make a Dora cake, to playing games with Dora, to printing out coloring pages for kids.  There is even a new Dora app for your smartphone, which is the third learning adventure in the Nickelodeon Literacy Suite.  This app will teach your children early reading and phonics skills.  They will be ready to leap into phonics!

Dora is never afraid to explore, nor should you be.  Check out our awesome website for an impressive selection of Dora toys. From rompers to bubbles and more, I dare you to try to find something that we don’t have!


Finding Dinos with Dino Dan

It’s time to chase after the dinosaurs like Dino Dan!  Dan is an observant 10 year old paleontologist-in-training who sees dinosaurs when normally nobody else does.  Sometimes his dog can see them. Sometimes his younger brother can see them. But mostly, only Dan can see them.

If you want to learn more about dinosaurs, this is definitely the show to watch!  Dan uses the power of scientific method to determine characteristics about dinosaurs.  That is, he forms a hypothesis, gathers evidence, conducts experiments, and draws a conclusion. This teaches children the power of deduction. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Children will be able to learn from this show and conduct their own experiments at home.

Speaking of which, we have the perfect Dino Dan merchandise. From awesome clothing which you can personalize, to wall art, the water bottles, we have it all!  Unfortunately, the dinosaurs are not included.

For even more fun and interactive games, play the Dino Game at Nick Jr.’s website.

Olivia Strikes Again

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the peppiness of Olivia the Pig.  Olivia was originally created by Ian Falconer, who studied art at many prestigious universities such as New York University, the Otis Institute, and Parsons School of Design. He also helped to design sets and costumes with for stage productions in various metropolitan areas with fellow artist David Hockney.

Coincidentally, Ian had a baby niece named Olivia. His first book about Olivia the Pig was intended as a present for his niece.  When Anne Schwartz from Simon & Schuster noticed Ian’s artwork in the New Yorker, she contacted him about creating a children’s book.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Olivia herself loves art and music.  She even created a one person band by banging around on pots, pans, and various items found around the house. If you are looking for something to do during the holidays, I have provided a link to which you all can have a little bit of musical fun yourselves! The link provides access to a musical game complete with printable stars. Print out the stars, and see for yourself how much fun you and your little one(s) may have!

For even more fun and exciting times, we have toys for the budding little princess at your house. We have tea sets so she can invite her friends over and have a tea party.  For babies we have Olivia Lovies, as well as an Olivia Plush Doll, which all ages will truly enjoy.