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Out of The Classroom and Into The Woods

Emily Hanford has written an interesting article for NPR about a Vermont kindergarten teacher who takes her students outside for the entire school day every Monday -- rain or shine.  

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Does Organic Really Matter?

Though this video is just based off of one family, it certainly holds a lot of food for thought.  Watch this video to see the effect of one family eating strictly organic for 2 weeks.    

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Is your little one a picky eater too?

Eli is in the stage where he is super picky about what he eats, and doesn't want to eat much of anything anyway.  We know that toddlers can sometimes slow down on their appetite when they are in between growth...

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Literacy for Kids

Literacy in young kids is astonishing to see.  The look on a child's face when they get excited over a book, learning to read, or totally captivated in the story is amazing.  We especially love this article on literacy from...

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Behold The Humble Block! Tools Of The Trade

We have long understood the value of wooden toys, open-ended toys, and blocks especially; it was nice to hear our philosophy be validated on NPR this morning.  Here is a great article about wooden blocks and why they matter in learning...

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ReLaunch Celebration Week!

We are so excited to share with you the new look of Bannor Toys that we have decided to celebrate all week!   When we started Bannor Toys in 2011, we never dreamed that we would be where we are...

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Our First Holiday as Bannor Toys

Ha! I googled our company the other day and this photo came up, and boy did it make me giddy with memories!  This is from our first Christmas making toys, the local Des Moines Register came to our house to...

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Our Last Name

It seems like every other small toy company has a catchy name that has something to do with trees or nature.  As we work through our third year as a company I have begun to reflect on why we ended...

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