Smithsonian Science Kits Help Kids Learn

Smithsonian Science Kits Help Kids Learn

Smithsonian Science Kits for kids or adults involve STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Add the 'A' for Arts and you have STEAM. 

STEM and STEAM represent a unique philosophy of teaching that incorporates four disciplines in the case of STEM, and five in the case of STEAM.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

When you include the 'A' in STEM, you add the value of art, which is key to tackling problems and finding the right solutions, both in the workplace and in our everyday lives. 

These are skills that work in the real world and in our everyday lives. That's because most tasks will require more than one skill set. 

STEM and STEAM work together to solve problems and find unique solutions. It's not one thing, but many. 

By using the principles of integration in STEM and STEAM, children (and adults too!) are better able to handle life's challenges, both technical and practical in nature.

At Family Games America and its related retail site, Toys Games Puzzles, we offer an array products that incorporate STEM and STEAM into learning in fun ways!

Check them out HERE.  

Wooden Toys are the Best Choice

It's a funny thing about kids and toys, sometimes kids will enjoy older toys more than new-fangled ones.

Let's go back in time. Long before plastic was invented, toys (and many other things) were made entirely of wood. These days, most toys are made of plastic or metal, and while there's nothing wrong with that, toys constructed from these materials lack the simple beauty of those crafted in wood. 

It used to be that everything simpler and less complicated, including toys. You didn't need a plastic imitation of a movie character to be entertained.

Wooden toys are a choice for your kids. For one thing, they're durable. Let's face it, kids are hard on toys. Wooden toys can stand the test. And, because they're heavier they can help with hand-eye coordination. 

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It's true that plastic can be moulded into any shape and include a lot of detail, but that isn't always a good thing. By offering too much detail, it restricts the child's imagination. Wooden toys do the opposite; as kids have to supply the details themselves, like sounds and other elements, that helps stimulate their imaginations.  

Lastly, it's important to check that all toys, wooden ones included, have the proper safety marks and approvals.  

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Our Little Moppet line of wooden puzzles and toys is eco-friendly and safe for young hands. Click HERE to explore the full collection.

Aim for the Nebulous Stars

We are featured in the August 2018 issue of Creative Child!



Family Games America FGA Inc., the gift game and puzzle people since 1987, introduces you to a whole new range of products including 16 enchanting and mystical Arts and Craft kits for the Tween/Teen market.

Aimed at promoting “Girl Power”, each kit sparks imagination, creativity and self-esteem in each and every participant when they partake in Activity Sketch Books, Dream Catchers, Magic Watercolor, Charm Bracelet, Milky Way Bead Set and the super popular Pampered Body & Mind Spa Set. The delightful Nebulia, Petulia and Marinia characters accompany and explain details to players as they delve into this magical and colorful world of art.


With quite a few arts & craft kits already out there in the market, most kits are aimed at children of a younger age group. With this enchanting line of Nebulous Stars, the artwork, packaging and content respects and speaks to the slightly older teen and pre-teens who are more into Harry Potter-ish, slightly mythical television programs, films, characters and books.





Each kit is jam-packed with product that pertains to the kit title, be it markers, stickers, glow ink, beads, stones, tools, stencils, nail and body tattoos, foil, glitter, gems, canvas, gel pens, transfers, paintbrushes, paint, feathers, wish jars, crystal pendants, ribbon, elastic, foot bath, flip flops, bath bombs, nail polish…     

 Allow for personal time, personal growth, and proud results. It's the perfect rainy day pass time, and available exclusively in the USA through Family Games America FGA Inc. 

August is Arts & Crafts Month on Toys Games Puzzles! Take a look at the entire Nebulous Stars collection here  

Playing with Dolls is Great for Kids

Do you know how long dolls have been around? Try more since about 100 AD! And, in case you’re unsure of when that was, let's just say it was a very very very long time ago! Dolls were then and are now a part of our culture.

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Gardening For Kids: 3 Reasons Why It's Important

Once most kids get their hands dirty and see what they've planted start growing, they'll be in tune with nature. And, they'll discover that gardening is fun and something they can look forward to doing all their lives. 

Here are 3 reasons why getting kids started in the garden is a good idea:

1. Gardening helps kids understand the importance that nature plays in our world and that we're a part of a much larger ecosystem. Kids love animals, and that's part of nature too, but seeing tiny seeds turn into plants is fascinating for them. All kids love getting their hands in the dirt (even some of us adults too!). When they see their plants sprouting up they'll have a real sense of accomplishment. 

2. Letting them pick the particular plants they want to grow helps build self-confidence and teaches them how to make decisions. By planting vegetables that they don't like to eat - spinach, for example - might even overcome their dislike of it if they grew it themselves.

3. It's an ideal opportunity for parents to interact and teach their kids about other aspects of nature, like insects and the role they play in the ecosystem. It might even help them get past their fear of spiders and worms. The world of bees is a fascinating one to introduce to kids who want to plant flowers. And don't forget photosynthesis and the role the sun plays - all great learning opportunities. 

There's actually no reason that encouraging kids to get involved in gardening is a bad idea -- and plenty of good ones!

Little Moppet is our line of kids gardening equipment that's ideal for young hands when adult tools might be a bit intimidating. Check them out here here


Kumon Books: A Short History

Kumon Books: A Short History
A short history of Kumon Books and how they were founded. We're proud to carry the line at

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Why Play Board Games?

Why Play Board Games?

Playing board games is an easy, unhurried, way to spend time with friends and family. The games don't need to be overly complicated but have to be fun to play.

Board games can help develop verbal communications, sharing ideas, being patient, and proper etiquette with the other players. They also improve one's ability to focus and problem-solve -- important skills that both children and adults need to learn. 

Like like itself, board games function with rules and limits, both physical and otherwise. These concepts are useful in dealing with life in general. 

There are lots of other reasons why playing board games regularly help us; like dealing with stress while having a laugh at the same time!

At Family Games America our motto has always been 'Learning Through Laughter'. 


National Puzzle Day!

National Puzzle Day!
Exercise your problem brain with a puzzle. January 29th is National Puzzle Day!

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