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Party with the Panda and Learn Languages

Party with the Panda and Learn Languages

Learning another language is a big brain boost–plus it is tons of fun, too. We’ve written before about the benefits of bilingualism.  Watching a language video, like the ones from Little Pim, with your older toddler, preschooler, kindergartner, or grade-school age child can help boost proficiency–especially if you discuss the video with your child. And if you are not a native speaker, DVDs and CDs in foreign languages are absolutely essential as part of your language … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity Babies, Contests, DVD, Featured, Language

Elmer the Elephant Wants to Be Friends

Elmer the Elephant Wants to Be Friends

Elmer the Elephant marches to the beat of a different drummer, in syncopated rhythm. He’s a little different than the other elephants, with his uniquely colorful patchwork pattern, but threaded throughout these subtle and sweet books is the message that individuality and quirkiness is a good thing–all part of the fabric of diversity that is life. So, Elmer is a perfect new addition to the Kids Preferred line of plush characters from some old favorite … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Featured, Language, Stuffed Animals

Language Littles Dolls Help Kids Learn Another Language

I want my daughter to enjoy the benefits of learning a foreign language. After reading The Bilingual Edge, I decided to introduce Spanish, since I’m proficient, and Russian, since I know a little and it is a heritage language for us. We read books in these languages, listen to Baby’s First Steps in Spanish, and we play with Anya: the Bilingual Russian Doll by Language Littles. Anya tells us, in both Russian and English, about her love of dancing. Although I wish she wasn’t wearing theatrical make-up and a pink glitter costume (and I wish they had included panties in her outfit), Anya provides a fun way for us to interact in Russian.  The child’s voice is cute without being annoying, the accent is clear, and the phrases fit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Educational, Language, Learning, Play, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)