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TinkerWonderPlay Dramatic Play Theme for Valentine's Day

Dramatic Play: Sweet Treats Bake Shop

Guest Blog by TinkerWonderPlay Children love to use their imaginations. There is no denying it. A fun way to refresh your dramatic play area is to give it a creative theme. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, converting your child’s pretend play kitchen into a Sweet Treats More…

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Woodland Cube Chairs are social CF910-072

Nature & Flexible Seating

Early childhood education is placing a lot of emphasis on finding ways to bring nature indoors. Since it’s not feasible for most schools to transform themselves into a forest school where classes are held outdoors, many are finding the solution lies in redesigning and redecorating their classrooms. These simulated, More…

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Walk a mile in my Velcro shoes - Dexterity 2019

Can You Walk a Mile in My Velcro® Shoes

In 1968, Velcro® replaced shoelaces for the first time. Athletic shoe manufacturer, Puma, introduced the world’s first sneakers fastened with hook and loop instead of shoelaces. It started a revolution in footwear for children. Society is still reaping the consequences of this trend in 2022. It all started with More…

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Valentines Day and Pen Pals are fun for kids

Valentine’s Day, Pen Pals & Pretend Play

Today’s world of lightning-fast internet connections might make it hard for Gen. A kids to imagine what it was like to communicate with people far from home solely through handwritten letters. In prior generations, letters might have taken weeks (or even months) to arrive at their destination. Some letters More…

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ANG1535P-Nature Reading Cube for Biophilic Design for Classrooms

Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Classroom

Technology has significantly affected our culture. Children appear to have become the most profoundly affected age group. Their whole lives revolve around technology, and they have never known a day without it. Can the absence of nature’s elements in the educational environment cause stress levels to be elevated? Can More…

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Rest Time Tips for a Safe and Healthy Sleeping Space

Rest Time: Tips for Creating Safe and Healthy Spaces

Children are wired to respond positively to predictable routines. Rest time is no exception to this rule. When childcare centers, preschools and other kinds of early education classrooms designate specific areas for children to nap, everyone wins. Little ones of different ages will have different needs when it comes More…

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Christmas Wrapping Station and The Whatsit

How To Use The Whatsit as a Holiday Wrapping Station

GUEST POST At Children’s Factory, we love to see customers using our play equipment and furniture in “outside-the-box” ways. TinkerWonderPlay does a great job by showing us how The Whatsit™ can be used as a holiday wrapping station. The Whatsit™ is our kids’ couch that was designed to double More…

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Supersizing Classrooms with Space-Saving Furniture

Big Solutions for Maximizing Small Classrooms

Life would be a utopian dream if every classroom had oodles of space for every single flex-space a teacher or student could conceptualize. The reality is most classrooms don’t have enough space for everything on our wish lists. Remove Unnecessary Furniture Remove large items you don’t use every day. More…

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ANG9002-Reimagining Gen A. Learning Environments

Reimagining the Gen. A Learning Environment

A child’s learning environment can significantly affect everything from performance and well-being to their ability to process information and achieve academic success. Gen A. refers to Generation Alpha. This age group starts with children born in 2012 and will continue through those born till about 2025. (This constitutes approximately 48 million children in More…

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The Magical World of Reading and The Whatsit

The Magical World of Reading

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell, was published in 1960 and has inspired many children to build a fort. Can you imagine what it must have been like to be a 12-year-old girl stranded alone on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean? Reading books is a More…

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