VTech Parentinghttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/VTech Parentingen-usFri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 It's Back to School Time Already!Stacey Heneveldhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{4C5D35C7-EAF5-47AA-8465-3300B05FE269}If your house is anything like mine, the month of August is a constant flurry of back to school buzz—supply lists, shopping, Meet the Teacher nights and a lot of excitement about the year ahead! But there is one person in our house who isn’t too excited about the new school year—my youngest! Enhance playtime with Go! Go! Smart BrandsLise Eliothttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{5EABD55F-296E-4A24-8430-850992BC19F8}Whether it’s your basic train set or a high-speed, looping race course, vehicle and track sets are perennially popular toys. Beyond the fun, toy cars and tracks are great playthings because they engage children in imaginative play while also developing fine motor skills, mechanical sense and spatial reasoning. VTech’s Go! Go! Smart Wheels® and new Go! Go! Smart Animals™ line of toys takes this basic play pattern and enhances it with several important educational features. Tablets - Been ThereEric Klopferhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{0305B2A3-71A1-4784-8E40-7C6CBF3AA17E}I’ve been there. I’ve been that guy in the store with his kid holding the $500 tablet with a broken screen. Kids (and mine are certainly no exception) love to play with the large touch sensitive screens of tablets. It is an intuitive way for them to interact with digital content. And it is fun too. While these devices may not be as fragile, either digitally or physically, as they once were these are still devices made primarily for older, and hopefully more responsible, kids and adults. One Small Step for Baby KindLise Eliothttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{13097F02-D599-479D-9BF5-18B96BAB2A8A}If there’s one thing parents notice most about their baby’s development, it is the remarkably rapid emergence of motor skills. Imagine starting out as a helpless little slugger, all kicks and jabs, but without the strength or control to even roll over in your crib! And yet, by just one year of age, most infants are able to walk independently—a feat of coordination, strength, and agility that is light years ahead of where they started at birth. How do they do it? The Watch is back!Eric Klopferhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{7E51B339-0FBD-484A-8C07-1DEF2CC35D1B}I’m a watch guy. I always have been. I remember when my grandfather got one of the early digital watches I was fascinated by it. When I first got my own digital watch I could spend hours timing things using the built-in stopwatch. The world of watch technology has seemed to slow in recent years. I was dismayed when I saw the millennials growing up in an age without watches. Instead of looking at their wrists, they had to take out their phones and press a button to simply see the time, and launch an app to tell the date. Learning Goes Wild with Peppa PigStacey Heneveldhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{0DC9562F-6675-4EB0-974C-F9F2AF0F20E2}Whether you are heading out for a long family summer road trip or just looking for some fun ways to keep your kids academically sharp through the school break, adding some new learning games to your child’s InnoTab is always a great idea! Five Free Ways to Family Fun this SummerStacey Heneveldhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{A25B23A5-0A1B-4F91-B7AE-CF044315F867}Summer can all too often feel like it was here and gone before we even know it! That’s why we like to maximize our time together as a family during those summer days. Here are five summer activities the whole family can enjoy together without busting the summer budget! Summer Math? Absolutely!Francis (Skip) Fennellhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{52C144E9-79E3-4E0E-9FDA-E0BF005CC4CD}For many, summer days and weeks have become a time when children are involved in a seemingly endless array of camps and summer programs. In fact, families have been involved in arranging for and scheduling such activities for months! But there are also those wonderful non-scheduled, serendipitous days when trips to the zoo, a museum, or a walk on a nature trail, just happen. Summers are memory makers for everyone. And mathematics learning can be an important part of those memories.