• Sinta and her first Toucan Box
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    Nazkids Try Toucan Box: A crafting and creativity subscription box

      Sinta loves arts and crafts. I don’t. I can cut straight lines with my scissors, and draw decent stick figures. That's pretty much the extent of my skills in the arts and crafts department. I was never the type of person who liked making things with my hands. If I could do it on a computer (Photoshop anyone?), I would much rather print something out than bust out my crayons. I used to Google free arts and crafts projects for Sinta and bought the materials, but we ended up with a cupboard filled with craft stuff we used once. Going on a last minute run to Ryman / National…

  • Cruz at coding class
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    How we got our kids started with coding

    No one can argue that coding is a necessary skill not just for the future, but for today. It's basic literacy for the digital age. After seeing a Fisher Price coding toy for toddlers (seriously?), I knew it was worth a try to get my kids started with coding. Coding helps children improve their math and problem-solving skills, encourage creativity and strategic thinking, and can even teach resilience (debugging!). We can't talk about coding without mentioning Steve Jobs, who said, “Everyone should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Don't get me wrong, I don't have dreams of any of my children becoming the…