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  • June 1, 2015 Bold Apps

    Why Wooden Toys?

    This is an older article from The New Yorker in 2013 about wooden toys that we found interested and accurate.  “Among the educated middle and upper-middle classes, wood became the material symbol of timelessness, authenticity and refinement in the modern...

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  • May 26, 2015 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    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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  • May 14, 2015 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    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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  • May 12, 2015 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    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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  • April 14, 2015 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    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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  • March 3, 2015 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    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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  • February 1, 2015 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    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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  • January 14, 2015 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    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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