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The Importance of STEM?

STEM

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. You may also have heard of STEAM, which includes the Arts. Rather than teach them as four (or five) separate and distinct subjects, STEM is being cohesively incorporated into a school’s syllabus to form part of a student’s overall curriculum.

STEM is vital to the future of our economy and has a part in everything we do. How? Well…

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Kids shouldn’t just be learning to read, they should be learning to love reading

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children, beyond keeping them safe; healthy and loved, is to instill in them a love of reading. Learning to read can be tricky for some but as well as stimulating their imagination, strong reading skills form the basis for learning in all subjects. Children who are read to at an early age have better communication skills, increased attention spans and better concentration in later years. In the first six years, children learn at a much faster rate than any other time in their lives. When a young child is taught to read, it has a profound impact on the function and development of their brain. So, let’s get reading…

Learning to read

Story telling isn’t just for bedtime. It’s a great way to bond with one another and relax after a day at school. It also isn’t just for little kids. Bigger kids also enjoy being read to or reading out aloud to their parents. But not every kid loves to read. For some parents, it’s a struggle to get their child to pick up a book. Some children are reluctant to read because they don’t read so well or because, quite simply, they haven’t yet learned to appreciate how great books really are. Maybe they just haven’t “hit” on the right book yet. Sadly, there’s no magic potion to get your kids reading but check out our tips on making reading more fun… Continue reading “Learning to Read | Tips to make reading fun”

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Amanda Jacobs

The Best Activities for Kids at the Right Age 

Activities for kids

Choosing the right activities for kids based on what they enjoy and where they’re at developmentally can be tricky. Likewise, selecting the best toy for each stage can also be challenging. Many times in the past I’d planned what I thought was a really fun kids’ activity only to then realize my boys totally weren’t ready for it. I’m also guilty of “peaking too early” with certain toys. In other words, I’ve got over-excited and bought a toy before my children were developmentally ready for it, only for them to get bored of it by the time they reached the appropriate stage to benefit from it.

Today, we’re going to break down the ages between 4-8 and look at what milestones children will be reaching and how they will impact the types of toys and activities that they may be interested in.
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A look at the best learning toys on the market

There are literally millions of learning toys out there that kids love playing with, ranging from a few bucks, into the hundreds. It’s hard to tell which toy will capture your child’s interest and what won’t. Children are like sponges – they have the admirable ability to pick up new skills at a mind-blowing rate. While obviously they can learn a ton without toys, there’s a lot of fun to be had with toys too. What’s more, there are many toys out there that hit the mark for “edutainment” – that wonderful mix of educational and entertainment. In other words, learning toys that they’d love to play with; that will help stimulate their brains, challenge their intellect and stretch their imaginations. Continue reading “Learning through Play | Round-up of the best learning toys”

impact of technology
Amanda Jacobs

Kids and their toys –  the impact of technology on kids

In this post, we’re going to look at the impact of technology on young kids and what value some of these tech toys have on learning.

impact of technology

It’s the year 2017 and technology is everywhere. Cell phones are getting smaller (and bigger!), laptops are getting lighter, homes are getting smarter and robots are taking over the world. OK, the last one’s not really happening (yet) but technology is certainly taking up a very significant part of our day – both at school/work and home. These days, kids have a better grasp on technology than some of their parents, and some toddlers are playing on iPads before they can even talk. But is the increase of tech toys for kids a good or a bad thing? What is the impact these technologies are having on our children? Continue reading “The impact of technology on kids?”

Boys toys
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Top Toys for Boys age 4-8

Boys and their toys. It’s a great time to be a kid. With so many fantastic toys and games to choose from, there’s something for everyone. So, put away the G.I Joe and Power Rangers action figures and let’s look at the best toys for boys on the market.

Here at GetQurious, we’ve understand how difficult it can be navigating your way around the unlimited number of toys available out there. To speed things up, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks for boys toys age 4-8 so that you don’t need to. Continue reading “Boys Toys | Top toys for boys age 4-8”

Value of play
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The Value of Play

What is the value of play? Something that most parents can agree on is that young kids love to play. It’s in their nature. They have imaginations bursting at the seams and a wonderful sense of unadulterated fun. A question that many parents wonder however is what, if anything, do kids really learn through play? What is the value of play in early childhood and beyond?

In today’s competitive world, there can be pressure on preschoolers to work hard and play less. Some preschools are choosing to focus on the more traditional academics – basic math skills and letter recognition – over playing. This can result in important developmental skills being overlooked. But the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Value of play

So, is playing really that important? Is it just for preschoolers or is there a value of play for older kids? Is there such a thing as too little? Well, let’s break it down… Continue reading “The Value of Play On Childhood Development”

Girls toys
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Top Toys for Girls age 4-8

It’s 2017 and never has there been a better choice of toys for girls on the shelves. Long gone are the days where girls were only encouraged to play with dolls and make-up or brightly-colored pink toys. Nowadays kids have a plethora of decisions to make when it comes to toys to play with.

With so many fantastic toys for girls to choose from, it can be almost impossible to decide what to buy. Here at GetQurious, we’ve tried to make your lives easier by trawling through the virtual shelves to compile a list of our top picks for toys for girls age 4-8. Continue reading “Girls Toys | Top toys for girls age 4-8”

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