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  • Encouraging Screen-Free Activity: Why and How
    April 18, 2023 Deva Jasheway

    Encouraging Screen-Free Activity: Why and How

    There are a lot of benefits to screens, such as being able to use the internet to learn and connect. It’s clear that they are going to remain a significant part of our lives. However, they are not everything. 

    Play that takes place away from screens is important for a healthy balance and certain kinds of development. Practicing both motor skills and social skills can benefit from play beyond screens, such as pretend play, arts & crafts, and building toys. ...

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  • Header "Child Development and Play" with graphic of a baby with alphabet blocks. Collage of images of adult playing with toddler with stacking toys, toddler playing with stacking toys alone, and adult and kid high-fiving.
    March 24, 2023 Boing! Staff

    Let's Get Serious About Play

    If you change the way you think about play, you may change the way you think about your child at play.

    Let’s stretch the common notion of play. Let’s shine a spotlight on the valuable role that ‘play’ has in each child’s growth and development. Starting with newborns (yes! newborns!), then toddlers, through early childhood, and on through school age and into the teens, play goes hand-in-hand with growth, development, and learning. 

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  • Collage of kids engaging in chemistry, engineering, biology, and art activities, plus image of a toy robot with white chassis, and the words "We Love STEAM!" written in the mddle.
    March 3, 2023 Deva Jasheway

    STEAM - What It Is and Why We Love It!

    As you can see, there are a lot of great reasons to love STEAM. It combines fun and education in a way that can be very beneficial for kids. With the variety of subjects under the STEAM umbrella and the constant development of exciting new products, there are great toys or kits available for just about every interest and age. 
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  • Collage of people in different activities: Reading a book, playing in the snow, playing a card game, doing a puzzle, and doing art with paper of different colors. Text "Winter Activities" at center top.
    February 10, 2023 Deva Jasheway

    Our Favorite Winter Activities!

      In the early months of the year, we hover between the bustle of the holiday season and the excitement of spring and the warmer weather to come. The weather here in Massachusetts is at best unpredictable, and often wet,...

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