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Why Playing Pretend Is Great For Kids
The conveniences of today leaves little room for fostering creativity and imagination. Let’s look at the benefits of playing pretend and how to encourage it.
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Clixo X MOIC
Clixo and the Museum of Ice Cream Partner up for a funtastic time!
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Gift Ideas for Kids 4-8 Years Old
Finding gifts for young kids can be challenging. Let’s look at some gift ideas for different types of kids 4-8 years old.
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Tips For Stimulating Critical Thinking With Clixo
Critical thinking is not just a skill for the college lecture hall. Here’s how to help build these skills in your children.
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Free Play Vs. Structured Play
The great debate between free and structured play rages on, but both styles of play are essential in your child’s life.
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Tips for Parents With Anxious Children
If your child suffers from anxiety, it can be hard to watch, but here are a few unique tips to try and help them cope.
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Why Playing Pretend Is Great For Kids
The conveniences of today leaves little room for fostering creativity and imagination. Let’s look at the benefits of playing pretend and how to encourage it.
3 Min Read
Clixo X MOIC
Clixo and the Museum of Ice Cream Partner up for a funtastic time!
3 Min Read
Gift Ideas for Kids 4-8 Years Old
Finding gifts for young kids can be challenging. Let’s look at some gift ideas for different types of kids 4-8 years old.
3 Min Read
Tips For Stimulating Critical Thinking With Clixo
Critical thinking is not just a skill for the college lecture hall. Here’s how to help build these skills in your children.
3 Min Read
Free Play Vs. Structured Play
The great debate between free and structured play rages on, but both styles of play are essential in your child’s life.
5 Min Read
Tips for Parents With Anxious Children
If your child suffers from anxiety, it can be hard to watch, but here are a few unique tips to try and help them cope.
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How To Have Stress Free Travel With Your Kids
Traveling with your kids doesn’t HAVE to be pain and suffering for all involved. There are plenty of ways to ensure everyone has a good time.
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STEAM Vs. STEM: What’s The Difference?
STEM has been a buzzword in the educational community for quite some time now. Skills in this curriculum focus on science, technology, and math and are extremely valuable in the job market. The problem is that AI tech is creating software that’s going …
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Tips to Help Keep Your Kid's Brains From Shrinking This Summer
Ah, summertime. The time when you get to spend every waking second with your kids because they’re not in school. While it’s fun to go on vacation, relax and spend quality time together, kids tend to forget what they’ve learned during the break. As they…
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What Research Says About Encouraging Creativity At All Ages
Creativity is one of the fundamental skills kids need to have as they grow and learn. It’s the foundation for problem-solving and innovation, and it can give them tremendous opportunities in their career. But is creativity a personal trait that your ch…
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4 Toys Your Tot Should Have And Why
When you’ve got a little one at home, choosing the right toys can feel overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion on what’s best, but it’s ultimately up to you. One thing you should definitely be doing is getting your tot educational toys. Not only are they…
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Clixo X ReelAbilities
We were so excited to support ReelAbilities at their Film Festival in New York in April. Dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities, we teamed up to inspire creative conf…
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Sensory Symphony! Mixing Music and Hands-on Play!
It’s always really cool to “look behind the curtain” (so to speak) and see how other parents juggle parenthood. In this episode of Clixo Chit Chats, we recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Ximena Borges, who is not only a mom, but is also a g…
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Lunar New Year Puppet Show
We’re proud of our diverse team and believe that our different cultures and perspectives make us a better and more interesting company.
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Puppetry, Play, and Parenthood during the Pandemic
I recently had the pleasure of getting to chat with PreK NYC school educator, Andy Yung. We talked about Clixo and how it’s incorporated into Andy’s school lessons, and how the pandemic has shaped our parenting. We also talked about play based learning…
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Wind Down After School
The school day is over, now what? Another 3ish hours before dinner and everyone is still reeling off the school day. We’re fortunate that on a couple week days we have after school programs where the kids can be kids, or learn new skills like coding, d…
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Bath Time Fun
If your little ones are like mine and dig bath time, adding in some fun toys promotes a great place to zone out and unwind. Like many parents, I’ve noticed that bath time acts like a sort of Zen Zone; kind of like Mom having a candlelit bath with a gla…
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Mental Health Day
Today marks World Mental Health Day, and for all of us surviving the pandemic we know it has been a true testament to our mental strength, especially for those with children. Does anyone remember the days before the pandemic? Knowing you can comfortabl…
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Earth Day Activity Ideas For Ages 4+!
A healthy planet is not just an option – it’s a necessity. Every April 22nd, we celebrate Earth day to raise awareness of our impact on the environment and to understand the importance of preserving the wonderful Earth we, and billions of life, forms c…
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Easter Activity Ideas!
We’re sharing a couple of eggs-citing activity ideas to kick off a “Hoppy Easter” weekend that’s fun for every-bunny! These creative ideas are great for independent play and can also be adapted for group play across different ages (because let’s face i…
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Make Time for Play Time
This year has been crazy. It’s turned everything on its head, including the routines we’re used to as parents. Parenting is always an incredibly rewarding and challenging act, but during times like these, it’s nothing short of heroic. Trying to keep ki…
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5 Ways to integrate play into your (hectic) daily routine
We recently wrote an article about why it’s so important for adults to make time for play time. Here, we wanted to quickly offer five actionable tips for how you can do that in a sustainable and fun way.
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An open letter to lovers of instruction booklets
In it, Gail Cornwall, a writer who specializes in writing about education and parenting, traces the rising attack on children’s autonomy through increasingly controlling parenting models. She writes, “In recent decades, constantly monitoring and direct…
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Activity Idea - Clixo Games (Part 2)!
Clixo x Mr. Andy presents: Another set of fun Clixo games that are great to play solo or in groups! Play this with family or friends, young or old(er). 🙂 (In case you missed the first set of game ideas you can access it here).
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Revisiting Packaging: Sometimes change is uncomfortable.
Back in August when Clixo had first launched, we posted a piece about our (somewhat unusual) thinking around packaging. Yes, we are doing sustainable packaging, but that’s hardly the big news. What’s different about Clixo’s packaging is that it’s, well…
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Activity Ideas - Math Concepts with Clixo
Clixo x learnwithjoey presents: Exploring math skills and strengthening math concepts with your Clixo pack!
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Activity Idea - Clixo Games!
Clixo x Mr. Andy presents: Fun Clixo games that are great to play solo or in groups! Play this with family or friends, young or old(er). 🙂
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A Gift For the Ages
We can all agree that 2020 has been an unusual year. It would be nice to believe that such unprecedented times won’t impact the holidays, but of course they will. Everything about 2020 — including Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years — is radically diffe…
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Activity Ideas - Toddler Milestones
Clixo x learnwithjoey presents: Promoting cognitive and physical development through the early ages with Clixo! Activities for 2-5 year olds!
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Against the Current: Opening a COVID-safe, Creative Space
Eight months in and with winter months looming ahead, parents all over the place (and especially in cities like New York, with notoriously little space), are scrambling to find ways to keep their families safe and entertained. 
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Activity Idea - Clixo Run!
A Rube Goldberg Machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way.
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Activity Idea - Intro to Math
Math is everywhere! This activity is a super friendly way to introduce children to the concept of measurement so when they learn about the standard units, they can easily apply their play experience to real world mathematical concepts!
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Why the Basic Building Block was Due for an Update
Our world used to be a lot more square. There are good reasons for this. Squares are easy to build with, and structurally sound. With the rise of industrialization and the possibility of mass producing simple shapes, squares were a no brainer, and they…
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Activity Idea - Shadow Play
Gather your finest Clixo masterpieces! Whether you’ve created something from the guide book or something new and unique, we’re going to explore what their shadows look like!
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Activity Idea - Bubbles
Bubbles are simply air wrapped in soap film. Soap film consists of soap and water. In order to make super bubbles that are strong enough to become big and hold, add cornstarch! Cornstarch is used as a thickening agent in liquid-based foods. In this cas…
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When the world changes shape, Clixo changes with it.
Raise your hand if you’ve built a slide down your stairs out of cardboard boxes, turned the entire apartment into a playroom, or decided the whole family should don formal attire for a Tuesday night dinner? Times are crazy. We work, socialize, and play…
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COVID-19, parenting, and the illusion of control
How many of you feel in control these days? If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent your adult life paying lip service to a buddhism-esque mantra that we’re not really in control of things, but secretly you’ve thought you’re the exception to the rule….
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How (some) limitations can be helpful
Seemingly overnight our worlds shrunk from, well, the world, to small, contained spaces, sometimes no bigger than single room apartments. The pain of this transition is particularly acute for parents, who have needed to suddenly fill in the gaps left b…
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A STEAM Summer Camp Counselor Contemplates Clixo
In fact, I wondered why no one had thought of it before. As a STEAM summer camp counselor and volunteer at a reading center, I’ve often struggled with finding ways to keep kids occupied. Working with kids often means that you are surrounded by dissonan…
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Don't Store It, Use it!
Our packaging is meant to be recycled, not re-used. Clixo is built to be in a constant state of iteration. It’s self-storing, integrating with the world around it.
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Play as the Antidote to Perfectionism
Perfection is a tricky one. It’s something that has interested me throughout the years, maybe because I myself suffered from perfectionism. I’ve learned how to deal with it in my work and my practice, and I want to pass those lessons along.
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A Guide to Competitive Fun with Clixo
Here are two fun suggestions for some competitive play ideas with Clixo!
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A Guide to Collaborative Fun with Clixo
Today we’d like to share two fun suggestions for some collaborative and cooperative group play ideas with Clixo!
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A Guide to Solo Fun with Clixo
Clixo can help cultivate a child’s independence and creative self confidence. Our open ended toys are meant to encourage freeform exploration. But sometimes, it helps to have certain parameters in place to help spur new ideas.
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The Birth of Clixo
While the idea behind Clixo has been developing in me over the course of my career, it officially began to take form in 2017, as I watched design students get incredibly creative using only paper. The concept struck me: how could I use paper–an incred…
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Overcoming Creative Blocks
One of my favorite things to do with a fresh set of design students is give them an assignment that’s impossible to google. For example, I’ll tell the group to come up with ten ways to move a cloud from New York to Paris. 
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The Sweet Spot for Creativity
Have you ever thought about the process of building a puzzle, or putting together a model? You get a bunch of pieces, and the goal is to figure out how to put them back together again. How quickly you achieve this can vary, but there’s only one of two …
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