Monthly Archives: February 2015

Is Barbie a Role Model for Girls

As a society we place too much value on television characters, sports players, performers, and toys. Where did a girls toy that some of us enjoy collecting once grown become a role model? Should we give that status to anything that is made of plastic and a permanent size two? Barbie is not a good

Argentine Tango Lesson

Argentine Tango Lesson: The First Argentine Tango Lesson Puts You To Dance! It turns out the Argentine tango is the easiest among ballroom dances to grasp and dance right from the start. Its principal rhythm is the slow-slow, which is a walking pace, and its primary step is the walk itself. I got to my

History of Lego

Since 1958, when the now-famous version of the LEGO brick first came into production, the LEGO Group has released thousands of LEGO play sets, venturing into far ranging themes such as dinosaurs to robots, underwater to outer space, Vikings and pirates to the wild, wild west. So successful have the little plastic bricks become that

Organic Toys Toys Children Health

Every child deserves the highest quality in life. Clothes that won’t fall apart after that romp in the backyard, and nutritious food that will give them that youthful energy. Many of us choose organic food as the best fuel for our little ones, knowing the threat which pesticides pose to a developing child, but few

How to Dance the Samba

Samba Background: Samba is a lively dance style, which originated from Brazil in late 19th century. It actually involves a set of dances, rather than a single dance, so no dance can be comparable with the original Brazilian Samba dance style. Modern Samba has been developed from an early Brazilian music called “Choro.” The ball

History of Tinker Toys

It was in 1914 that the world was first introduced to the classic children’s toy set, Tinkertoys. Charles Pajeau, a stonemason from Evanston, Illinois marveled over how children would play with the simplest of objects such as wooden spools and pencils. He noticed children would spend hours just exploring the ways different household objects would

The Birthplace of Step Dancing

“Stepping” or “step dancing is an ornate style of dance in which the individual’s entire body is utilized as an instrument to create complicated beats and sounds through a combination of verbal word, hand claps and foot steps. It is usually presented by clusters of two or more, frequently in groupings that look like military

How to Dance the Waltz

Brief note about Waltz history: The history of Waltz dance dates back to around 13th century, believed to be first evolved from Germany. The simple German meaning of Waltz is “to roll or turn around.” From 15th to 18th century, it has taken various forms, like, in 15th century famous as Nizzarda in France and

Fear of Phthalates in Plastics Fact or Fable

Fear of Phthalates: Fact or Fable? From news reports to parenting bulletin boards, phthalates have become fertile fodder for discussion. What are phthalates, and are they really dangerous to our health? What are phthalates? Phthalates are synthetic chemicals that have been used for more than fifty years in the production of high performance plastics, such

Apache Dance

title: Dance The Apache! Dance, between male and female partners, acts out one or another social facet of the primal relationship of our species. Apache dance, first developed on the streets of Paris, acts out the MOST primal…. Let me make perfectly clear that the “Apache” dance I refer to is NOT the current hip-hop