VTech Parentinghttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/VTech Parentingen-usWed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Spook-tacular Family Fun This HalloweenStacey Heneveldhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{2ED1ED00-9BEF-4494-BFEE-7FB11E2F9966}We love Halloween at our house. It’s filled with a lot of spooky-fun family time and each of us has our favorite Halloween tradition. Here are 4 ways to maximize your time together as a family during Halloween: Learning Through PlayLise Eliothttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{90F6A14F-8ABC-4414-9547-D6274249877A}Did you know that a child’s brain quadruples in size between birth and the start of kindergarten? Growing brains need high-quality stimulation, and VTech’s new Go! Go! Smart Animals playsets provide lots of fun opportunities for young children to play creatively and flex their mental muscles. Play, Read and Learn with Disney Pixar PlayDeborah Sharp Libbyhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{CD02FF7D-B477-46C4-A508-2D86DEE0331A}School is officially back in session. Set aside time each day and continue to support your child’s educational journey at home. It is easy to do. Reinforce early literacy skills by reading a wide range of great children’s books. Play games and enjoy activities that raise your child’s literacy awareness and build knowledge. The ultimate goal is to involve your child in fun meaningful learning experiences daily. VTech’s InnoTab systems include a collection of engaging age-appropriate learning activities. Opportunities for kids to play, read, learn and create are endless. Many game cartridges are available starring favorite characters and a variety of activities that guarantee hours of learning fun! 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?