Maya & Miguel: Double Delight or Double Trouble?

Scholastic Entertainment has created yet another awesome show that spans across cultures. “Maya and Miguel” does an excellent job of portraying Latino culture.  Maya and Miguel Santos are two young fraternal twins that love to have adventures in their community and at school.

For instance, in one episode, Maya encourages her friend Maggie to run for class president.  Maggie wanted to place pink puff balls on the tops of pencils and change all of the white paper in the school to pink paper.  However, upon further examination of her motives, Maggie realized that she was not good at the things that truly matter, like paying attention to other people’s problems.  One she realized this she gladly stopped running for class president and gave the nomination to Simon, a fellow classmate.

The show does an excellent job of teaching about diversity.  It also places emphasis on serving the family and community, which is a great message for any child to hear. Click here more fun and interactive games with Maya and Miguel.

For even more cool stuff, why not try kids backpacks? We also have clothing, birthday invitations, and more, all of which you can personalize.  In the words of Maya,  “¡Éso es!” (That’s it!).

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.

Chuggington Makes Rails

Meet Wilson, Brewster and Koko, three railway locomotives, from the fictional town of Chuggington.  These three fancy locomotives share important values with children such as friendship, honesty, and listening.  Children also learn to resolve conflicts, be persistent, and finish tasks that they began.  These episodes are designed to teach important social-emotional skills in a way that helps preschoolers prepare for their beginning years of  childhood.  Honestly, with all of the wonderful children’s shows out there, you can’t help but be impressed with this one.

Although the show is computer generated, you know that you are getting a high quality show from the same creative team that helped to produce Bob the Builder.  The show is produced by Ludorum plc, a company that was founded in 2006 by Charlie Caminada, Rob Lawes, and Dick Rothkopf.  Rothkopf was the previous chairman of Learning Curve International, a company which designed and manufactured educational toys for children.

What’s most impressive about this series is the unique toys that are out there on the market. I have to admit, when I was a child, I absolutely adored trains.  You can physically move the trains anywhere, which helps to develop children’s kinesthetic skills. You can use your imagination to create a story where the train saves the day.  Your child will truly benefit from this toy.  There are so many options on this website. Check it out, we offer some pretty cool trains! Not to mention games, engines, and much more, perfect for any time of the year. In the words of the three “Trainees,” “Wheels to the Rails!”

 

The Wiseness of Super Why!

Perhaps, like me, you’re wondering why Super Why has made a splash in the cartoon industry.  And why not? With all of the cartoons out there, how is this one different from any of the others?  Well, it may interest you to know that Super Why was created by the creators of Blues Clues, in order to improve critical reading skills in children from ages 3-6.  Approximately 20%-30% of children have difficulty reading. With attention spans decreasing more and more each day, it is critical to improve these skills by any means possible.  Super Why presents these reading concepts in a fun and exciting way.

For even more fun and interaction with Super Why, visit the PBS website.  In one of the games, you can even make a cake and pick different toppings to put on the cake. Whatever topping you pick to put on the cake, you have to spell. It’s pretty neat stuff, and I’m sure that your child will get a kick out of it, even if it’s just to work on his or her spelling, in a fun and interactive way.

If your little one is craving a little piece of Super Why to take home, consider buying him or her a gift that you an actually personalize on this website. For Christmas we have Super Why! Super Readers Christmas Stocking and the Super Why! Farewell to Santa Ornament.  Of course we also have the classic Super Why! Action Figure as well as Super Why! Style and Pose Wonder Red Doll, the superstar version of Red Riding Hood.