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Build A Bear ideas for Boys

Build A Bear has so many awesome products now that boys can have just as much fun as girls!  I was so excited to learn of their recent Jurassic World and Pokémon lines, as well as many others my boys enjoy such as the Avengers and Paw Patrol. 

I went on a search to see what awesome products I could find online because we don’t all live near a Build A Bear store, and sometimes we need to shop online.  Here is some of what I found that I just know my boys would love! 

Please note not all products listed are Build A Bear branded. 

 

Build A Bear Workshop Firefighter Costume

 

Build A Bear Workshop Jurassic World T-Rex

“I’m the Birthday Boy” T-shirt and Shorts

 

Build A Bear Workshop Darth Vader Costume

 

Pirate Boy With Sword Outfit

 

Build A Bear Workshop Shark Week Plush Great White Shark Gift Set

 

Fisherman with Hat and Pole Outfit

 

Karate Uniform Outfit

 

Build A Bear Workshop Black Canvas High Top Shoes

 

Build A Bear Workshop Chicago Bears Fan Outfit (other teams available as well!)

 

 

Build A Bear Ideas for Girly Girls

A trip to Build-A-Bear is an exciting experience for a child, but if you don’t live near a store or want to surprise your little one with some accessories, online is the way to go.  You can either shop Build-A-Bear.com or check out some of the cute stuff I found on Amazon! 

 

Here are some great Build A Bear ideas for girly girls! 

Build A Bear Workshop Birthday Girl Bear featuring sequin flats!

 

Build A Bear Workshop Honey Girls Plush mp3 Player

 

Build A Bear Workshop Furever Princess Wand

 

Build A Bear Workshop Pretty in Pink Teddy Bear Gift Set

 

Build A Bear Fuschia Sequin Bows  

 

Build A Bear Workshop Girl Scouts S’mores Campout Teddy Bear

 

There are even some adorable non-B-A-B branded items that I just can’t help but share with you! 

 

Summer Dress Outfit

 

Adorable Hearts Dress 

 

 

Purple Fairy Princess Outfit

 

 

5 Skills Young Children Develop from Video Games

 

5 Skills Young Children Develop from Video Games

 

When I was a child, I was jealous of my cousin who had a Nintendo video game system.  It was so much fun to play, but my parents wouldn’t buy one.  My husband, however, grew up with video games.  After we married, he told me that he wanted to make sure our kids have access to technology and video games just as he had.  I couldn’t really understand the reason why, but now as a parent of young children, I can see how video games can serve educational value and encourage the development of new skills in a fun way!

 

Math Skills

Several games require the player to earn coins or points to move forward in some way, whether that is to level up or to purchase additional characters or items in the game.  This teaches basic math skills to my sons, helping them also learn to save up when necessary. 

 

Reading and Language

Instructions and character dialogue teach language skills and reading skills.  My 5 year old, has learned to read simple commands on the screen to complete a task or mission.  My 7 year old can read specific instructions on the screen to the point that he rarely needs our assistance.  They have also have developed a greater communication with each other.

 

Teamwork and Collaboration

Have you seen young brothers work together and follow each others instructions without a problem or fighting?  I have, and it is amazing to watch them work together!  Many of the “missions” in their games require them to work together closely and complete certain tasks at the same time in order to progress.  It took them a little while to figure it out but they have learned that teamwork is the best way to get something done.

 

Map Reading and Navigation Skills

Most games will have some sort of map to see where to go next or where another player is. My 5 year old has learned to navigate and compare his movement from that on the screen to the small map.  They can find each other across New York City in LEGO Marvel Superheroes and it is absolutely amazing to see these skills at work at such a young age!

 

Hand-Eye Coordination

You might think it is easy to press a button and move around on the screen but for a young child, it can improve their hand-eye coordination drastically!  Button configuration varies per game so the memorization and ability to press the buttons automatically takes patience and practice.

 

These skills can and will still be learned elsewhere, but I love seeing my children learn together while not even realizing it.  It will always be a controversial topic on the amount of screen time children should have, whether they should play video games, etc, but I believe that there are definitely benefits.  Check out these kid-friendly video games and see what you think!

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