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Making Active Play Happen Every Day

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By Too Small to Fail

When it comes to brain-building activities, nothing comes more naturally to babies and toddlers than play. Active play, or play that gets kids moving, is important for the healthy development of motor skills, muscles, and coordination. A baby is actively playing when she stretches her tiny arms to reach for an object or starts to crawl. For a toddler, it can be bouncing to the beat of a song you sing, running down the sidewalk, or climbing stairs.

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How Art Encourages Creativity (And Other Development, Too)

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By Too Small to Fail

If you’ve ever seen the look of delight or wonder that comes over a young child’s face when they first use a crayon to draw, then you’ve witnessed the effect that art can have on a child’s development. Art engages children on many different levels as it supports eye-hand coordination, creativity, and visual learning, among other developmental skills. And children often enjoy making art, even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time and using inexpensive items, like recycled food containers or homemade materials. By encouraging young children to engage in artistic activities, parents and caregivers can help their children’s brain development and provide a good source of stress relief, too.

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Let’s Talk, Oakland!

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By Too Small to Fail

Hillary Clinton in Oakland, CA

We are so pleased to share with you the news about our second local campaign launch in Oakland, California! This week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined business, hospital and community leaders to announce the launch of “Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing,” a multi-media campaign that will help Oakland parents improve their babies’ ability to build vocabulary and set them up for brighter futures.

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A Little Rhyme Time!

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By Too Small to Fail

Why do children love rhyming so much? In addition to the many opportunities for pure silliness, rhyming helps children learn language in an effective and entertaining way. Rhyming helps build memory, strengthen language skills and introduce musical timing to words. And it’s a language tool that’s been used for centuries by people around the world.

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Music Offers Fun and Brain Power, Too

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By Too Small to Fail

Singing_Blog

Many parents enjoy watching their babies and toddlers bounce and clap to dance music, or listening to them sing a song (even if the song has made up words and is off-key).  Music can be quite enjoyable for young children, and it offers many learning opportunities as well.

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Summer Fun Offers Great Learning, Too!

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By Too Small to Fail

As the weather warms in earnest around the country, many families plan vacations and head outdoors to enjoy summer festivals, parks and other recreational activities. Babies and toddlers love to be outside, and summertime activities can be especially fun and educational for young children. This is a great time for families to make the most of the natural environment and discover new things together that promote play and learning.

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A Very Big Week

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By Too Small to Fail

When parents begin reading to their children every day from birth, they help build vocabulary and improve their children’s ability to learn. This is the message that millions of people across the country will hear this year, thanks to a new joint effort between Too Small to Fail and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Scholastic Inc., Reach Out and Read, Text4baby, and Sesame Workshop.

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We Are Turning One!

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By Too Small to Fail

Next week, Too Small to Fail will celebrate its one year anniversary, and we will be sharing a lot of exciting news about how much we’ve grown during our first year from the Fourth Annual Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Denver.

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Making Math Fun Makes for Better Learning

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By Too Small to Fail

Toddler counting blocks with his mother

Math is everywhere. It is an important part of the way we communicate, and helps us make sense of our world. Children who are exposed to math at an early age do well in school and beyond. 

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