The Whistle Stop Dispatch

  1. Tips To Prevent the Summer Slide

    Tips To Prevent the Summer Slide

    While we all look forward to summer, parents are not alone when worrying about their kids’ education and the potential ‘summer slide’ caused by summer break. Summer Slide refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. The last thing any parent wants is to take away from their kids’ summer fun, but at...
     
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  2. Ways To Inspire Kindness In Your Kids

    Ways To Inspire Kindness In Your Kids

    As parents, there are so many values and morals we try to impart to our children, at any age. We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule, but inspiring kindness in kids can be a challenge for any parent. Thoughtfulness for people is not natural and often comes secondary. Sharing how to be kind and thoughtful in a way that engages...
     
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  3. How to Set Up a Reward System for Kids

    How to Set Up a Reward System for Kids

    Reward systems use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. If you want to help your kids build the right behavioral habits and reduce tantrums at the same time, you can try this parent-approved life hack; reward systems. They encourage behavioral modification through positive reinforcement. Here's how to set up a reward system that works for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged kids...
     
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  4. 6 Tips to Prepare for Back To School

    6 Tips to Prepare for Back To School

    It’s that time of year again where we exchange our water wings and trips up north for textbooks and field trips. Summer has a way of flying by and soon enough the kids will be back at school. To help get you started, here are some tips for preparing for back to school!  Start a Morning Schedule While it may...
     
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  5. 20 Mother's Day Crafts and Activities for Quality Time

    20 Mother's Day Crafts and Activities for Quality Time

    With Mother's Day approaching, show mom just how much you love her by working on a craft or an activity with her on her special day. Listed below are 20 Mother's Day crafts and activities for quality time. Every craft and activity listed below are either available here at Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy or can be made at home...
     
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  6. 12 Travel Essentials for Play On-The-Go

    12 Travel Essentials for Play On-The-Go

    As we get back to traveling with the family, it's important to have things handy to keep the kids busy and entertained while traveling either by car or plane. We know how hard that can be, especially with young ones so we've compiled a list of fun and engaging products for all ages. Here’s a list of our favorite products...
     
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  7. 22 Easter Basket Stuffers for All Ages!

    22 Easter Basket Stuffers for All Ages!

    We know it, Easter baskets can sometimes be daunting. Finding just the right balance of toys and treats that will get the kids excited. To bring the fun back in Easter, we’ve compiled our favorite products that will make the perfect addition to any basket. Don’t forget to top it off with candy, a cuddly plush, or a book for...
     
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  8. 14+ Tactile Toys and Activities for Sensory Play

    14+ Tactile Toys and Activities for Sensory Play

    Sensory play is any toy or activity that uses a child's senses (touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing and also includes movement and balance). Sensory play is an important aspect of child development. It can be tailored for babies to kindergarteners. Babies naturally use all of their senses to explore the world around them. They watch, listen, grasp, and put anything...
     
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  9. 5 Ways to Use Magna-Tiles for Early Learning

    5 Ways to Use Magna-Tiles for Early Learning

    5 Ways to Use Magna-Tiles for Early Learning Yes, we all love Magna-Tiles! They're one of the best building toys on the market but they're also so versatile. Magna-Tiles have become a staple for early learning in children. Parents have come up with tons of ideas on our to incorporate Magna-tiles in their learning and play. Here are some of...
     
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  10. 5 Games for Practicing Cooperation, Taking Turns, and Teamwork

    5 Games for Practicing Cooperation, Taking Turns, and Teamwork

    Board games can be great educational tools. They can help little ones learn the basics like letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Practicing social and emotional skills like cooperation, taking turns, teamwork and sharing are equally important for a child's development. Listed below are some of our favorite games that encourage those social and emotional skills while also learning the basics...
     
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  11. 18 Family-Friend Games & Activities for Winter Months

    18 Family-Friend Games & Activities for Winter Months

    Winters in Michigan always provide a wide variety of weather. With the changes in weather comes a change in the type of play that makes sense on a day-to-day basis. Here in Macomb County, we’ll see the weather change from sunny to wet and rainy to a winter wonderland! Sometimes all in one afternoon! As we continue through the Michigan...
     
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  12. 10 Low Maintenance Crafts & Activities for Young Adults

    10 Low Maintenance Crafts & Activities for Young Adults

    We've all been looking for things to do at home but arts and crafts can sometimes seem daunting. If you're looking for something to occupy your time during the cold winter months without all the hassle, things crafts, and activities are for you! Sticker Books Sticker & Chill - Flower Fest$16.99 Paint by Sticker - Dogs$14.95 Craft Kits Craft Crush...
     
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  13. 2020 Top Toys from Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy

    2020 Top Toys from Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy

    Looking for the perfect gift? We've compiled all of our top toys for this holiday season! From babies to adults, you'll find something for everyone on your list! Paddle Boat - Green Toys$14.99Ages: 6 months and up Inny Bin - Fat Brain Toys$24.99Ages: 10 months and up Whirly Squigz - Fat Brain Toys$21.99Ages: 10 months and up Dimpl Digits...
     
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  14. Tackle tricky concepts like spelling, vocabulary, and phonemic awareness with Word Witt!

    Tackle tricky concepts like spelling, vocabulary, and phonemic awareness with Word Witt!

    In today’s world, parents have adjusted to at-home learning at some capacity. Whether you’re home-schooling full-time, part-time virtual learning, or supplementing what your kids are learning at school, there’s more of a need than ever for tools to make education at home, easy and fun. That’s where Word Witt comes in! Word Witt is a card and dice game, for...
     
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