Power of Play

Just letting your kids play, unstructured, is a great way to get them to create, relax, and have fun—not to mention it benefits their mental and physical development. Here, you’ll find tips, tricks, and games to help them really make the most of playtime.

Fun & Learning

  • 11 Top STEM Toys for Kids

    Playtime is a great way to introduce kids to science, technology, engineering, and math. Here are fun toys, games, and books for preschoolers, and big kids.

  • 7 Best Toys for Babies and Toddlers Learning to Talk

    The process of language development starts at home, and it can be fun, too. These talking toys and word games will help expand your child’s vocabulary and encourage her to start speaking more and more.

  • Age-by-Age Guide to Toys

    What's the best toy for an infant vs. a toddler? Before you go holiday shopping, check out our list that matches developmental stages of play with toys that work well for kids at each age.

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    5 Tips for Choosing Electronic Toys for Kids That Are Educational, Too

    Toy aisles are overwhelming, to say the least, so a little guidance is helpful when picking ones that are both high-tech and educational for your kids. Experts weigh in with practical tips for finding a fun, age-appropriate toy that actually enhances your kid's learning experience.

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    6 Brilliant Ways to Disguise Learning as Fun

    Plentiful playtime is essential to a child's development, with benefits ranging from improved mental and physical health to enhanced emotional well-being. And while playing simply for the sake of fun has myriad merits, it's also the ideal opportunity for parents to sneak in a bit of learning—especially in the long summer months.

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    8 Best Educational Shows for Kids of All Ages

    Whether you’re watching Netflix or PBS, there are more educational kids’ shows available than ever before. We asked experts to weed through popular TV shows for toddlers, preschoolers, and teens so you know what’s worth some screen-time.

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    Fuel Your Child's Desire to Learn

    Stimulating your child's curiosity is critical to helping her succeed in the classroom. Good news: It's not only easy but also fun.

  • The Best Educational Apps for Kids

    Your child's education doesn't have to stop after school. These games made for your iPhone, iPad, and Android will keep your youngster's mind active outside the classroom.

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    The Future of Play: How Technology Is Changing the Way Kids Play

    Imagine printing your own toys. Or watching your child video chat with her favorite TV character. These are just a few of the exciting ways technology is changing playtime. 

  • Get Smart: Fun Learning Activities

    These educational games, crafts, and activities are easy ways to incorporate learning into everyday life.

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    How to Nurture Your Child's Imagination

    Here's how to nurture your child's imaginative soul—and to help her creativity flourish.

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    How to Raise Kids Who Love to Learn

    Here, we suggest simple ways to encourage curiosity, inquisitiveness, and a passion for knowledge.