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The team at educational building toy company Click-A-Brick say they are pleased to see startup toy companies using crowdfunding sites to create more toys that teach science, technology, engineering and math to children -- especially girls -- to fill a void left by the major toy companies. In a recent Bloomberg article, Amanda Albright wrote that the push for startup toy companies to use crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter to get their toys on store shelves is being fueled by millennials who grew up with gendered toys, but who don’t want...

Building block company Click-A-Brick is responding to fans that have continually requested more eyes, spinners, and wheels for their Click-A-Brick sets by announcing the launch of its 16-piece Booster Box to fulfill this need. The Booster Box, slated for release later this month, will contain four eye pieces, which can be used to give creations a distinct face; eight spinner pieces, which can be used to make one area of a creation spin while still being connected to the rest of the creation, and four wheels, which can be used...

Speaking as fathers themselves, the team behind educational building toy company Click-A-Brick say they are thrilled that more states are initiating a Dads Take Your Child to School Day, which is meant to encourage fathers to get more involved in their children’s education and other activities. According to a recent Yahoo Parenting article, Florida is the most recent state to adopt the initiative, along with New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Illinois. Each school that has a Dads Take Your Child to School Day does it a bit differently, but...

The retailer Target announced on August 7, 2015, via a statement on its corporate web site that it will remove gender based labeling in certain departments. These departments include toys, bedding and entertainment. The decision was made after receiving feedback and suggestions from customers. The retailer aims to avoid having guests and families feel frustrated or limited by the way things are presented. Signs that offer product suggestions like apparel, where there are fit and sizing differences, will still exist. However, in other departments like Toys, Home or Entertainment, these...

Playworks is a national nonprofit whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of children. They aim to accomplish this goal by advocating for an increase in available opportunities for physical activity. They also aim to provide for safe and meaningful play.The non profit currently serves more than 900 schools in 23 U.S. cities. It reaches over half a million students directly and through its network of professional training services. The organization was founded by Jill Vialet in 1996. The vision of Playworks is to change the concept of...

The team at learning toy company Click-A-Brick say they are impressed with blogger and parent Lisa Schmeiser’s level-headed response to the growing concern about young children’s exposure to electronic devices. In a blog post for the Macworld website, Schmeiser says she has considered all the relevant research and recommendations for children and electronics and has come up with what she describes as “a reduced-guilt screen policy” for her own child that still limits screen time, but allows for it within her own personal guidelines. Those guidelines (presented as a series...

The team at learning toy company Click-A-Brick applauds a new study by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center that has found reading to young children stimulates language processing development in their brains, saying it shows the importance of this particular child-parent interaction for kids. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study, performed by Dr. John S. Hutton and colleagues, found that reading exposure in children aged three to five years old stimulated neural activity in the portion of the brain involved with acoustic, phonological and semantic language processing. Click-A-Brick Co-Founders...

The team at educational toy company Click-A-Brick say Hannah Sage’s Milo the lion toy, which she specifically designed for children of deployed military parents, fills a gap in the market and hopes it sparks the creation of a niche market for these types of toys. Sage, a toy inventor in the United Kingdom, designed Milo as a way for families to communicate throughout a parent’s deployment. It comes with 24 tokens, which represent each week of a six-month deployment. Each week, a token is hidden somewhere in the family home...

The team behind learning toy Click-A-Brick says they are ecstatic about a new report that says the first half of 2015 was marked by strong sales growth for the toy industry in the United States and predicts an even stronger finish to the year. According to market research company The NPD Group, the US toy industry grew by 6.5 percent in the first half of 2015, or roughly $400 million. Because 34 percent of toy sales have occurred in the first half of the year over the past four years,...

The team at Click-A-Brick have heaped praise on a new prosthetic limb design that incorporates building block toy elements into it to facilitate children’s ability to play. The limb, called the Iko and designed by Carlos Arturo Torres, is meant to be equal parts functional and fun for children with disabilities. Torres created the Iko for his Master’s degree in product design and it won a Core77 design award for him. The limb was created in partnership with Lego’s Future Lab and CIREC, a center in Columbia that focuses on...