A staple for generations, one of the first toys we all end up with for our kiddos are wooden blocks. At Marley & Moose, we consistently preach the value of imaginative and open-ended play. These simple toys are the perfect developmental learning tool to let your kiddo’s imagination and problem-solving skills run wild as well as support fine motor development and coordination. Fine motor skills are the well…building blocks for being able to write and draw down the line. No more dad jokes, okay no promises, but here are 6 kid-approved and super fun games to get the most out of your blocks.Read more
Holiday gifting for toddlers can be as fun for caregivers as it is for the kiddos. While the cheap flashy plastic available at the big box stores may provide a temporary wow factor, this holiday season you have the opportunity to share super fun gifts that are also impactful with your loved ones. At Marley & Moose, all of our toys are thoughtfully curated for the merits of child development and longevity of use for toddlerhood and beyond.
Toddlers are developing physically, mentally, and emotionally and having the right toys can help make playtime fun and educational! Below are a few areas of development along with some of our favorite gifts for your favorite toddler.Read more
It is both increasingly important and challenging to monitor children’s technology usage. As the number of connected devices and opportunities to explore increases, so does potential exposure to the dark side of the internet. Pornography, cyber bullying, violence, and fake news are all a few clicks away either as an intentional search, accidentally, or via some other bad actor.
Kids now have access to the abyss of the internet via things like smart watches, personal assistants like Amazon Alexa, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, and smart TV’s. Parental controls and monitoring should be considered for apps like Google, XBox, PlayStation, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, SnapChat, Facebook, text messaging, WhatsApp, and email.
With everything to consider, it’s hard to know where to start, and that’s where this guide and our general resource guide for kids and tech come in handy.Read more
Learn what the Junior Ranger Program is, how to become one, and why your family should take part in this long standing National Park Service Program. On your next trip to our national parks, connect with nature, culture, and history in a fun and engaging way. Let’s inspire the next generation of park visitors.
Video games today are nearly ubiquitous. With a bit of planning, they can be great learning tools and even fun for the whole family. If you’re just getting into gaming with your children, though, it’s hard to know where to start.Read more
Whether you’re a gamer yourself or just aren’t that into them, most families cannot get around at least a little bit of video game culture. If you have young kids, it’s hard to know where to start. If your kids are a little bit older, it’s even harder to keep up. This article covers some of the major concerns about video games for kids and links to some great content on how to stay on top of everything.Read more
This guide aims to link parents with valuable data and resources. Through our research, one message has been consistent: screen usage benefits and challenges with children is a personal parenting choice and unique to the individual child. In this guide we link to trusted sources as well as valuable resources on how to configure devices, track usage, and develop family media plans that work for your situation.Read more
One of the challenges most parents struggle with is how much screen time is appropriate for their kids. It is hard not to throw on the TV or let the little ones run wild on Minecraft so you have time to make dinner, do the dishes, or get some extra work done. As the kids age, how do you prevent your child from playing Fortnite when everyone at school is engaged together?Read more
As a father of four, finding a balance of screen time usage in children is critically important and personal, and I’m not alone. According to a survey by Pew Research, 71% of parents are concerned that their child might spend too much time on screens. Lucky for me, my partner Brittany has a degree, as well as, significant experience in Early Childhood Development and Education, and I have a Computer Science and Engineering background. Brittany leads the charge with the kid’s development and I lead the charge in configuring the tech. Even still, the challenges persist as we are constantly asking questions and evaluating our approach.
How much screen time is too much? Does screen time cause ADHD? How do we prevent cyberbullying? How can we track what our kids are doing online? Can I prevent predators from communicating with my child? What the heck is Minecraft? My goodness, what does it all mean? There is so much information out there that it is hard to know where to start. Through our series of guides, we’ve broken down our research into consumable chunks of actionable information you can apply today. This guide is specifically about the child development aspects of screen time.
What does the research say? Continue reading for a collection of key points from several journals and studies on how screen time affects child development.Read more
Your soon-to-be toddler completed his or her first trip around the sun. Congratulations! First birthday parties are a time of joy and celebration for the little ones and their parents. And for soaking up those last moments of infancy before the little one becomes a full-blown exploring and rapidly developing toddler! This is also the perfect time to start thinking about lasting, sustainable, and eco-friendly gifts for the birthday babe.
Whether you are buying for your own child or gifting for a family or friend, we’ve pulled together the perfect gift guide for the best eco-friendly gifts for a one-year-old.Read more