Research & Educationjbayer2015-12-09T16:46:55+00:00
Children’s books + creative play + parental attention = a proven formula to promote health, learning, and bonding.
Reading books aloud to children is a proven, potent means of developing language.
Language development requires active participation by caregiver and child, such during play or sharing a book.
Children can focus on books as young as 2 months old, by tuning in to a parent’s voice. No age is too young!
Reading a variety of books exposes children to a wider vocabulary than they would otherwise see, with a major impact on subsequent success in school.
Kids who grow up in homes that value reading are more likely to be readers themselves.
Electronic toys and videos are consistently proven inferior to interaction with real people.
“As technology advances at a broadband clip, carrying with it expectations for kids to learn and develop faster via all manner of gadgets, it’s easy to lose sight of their basic needs and nature. blue manatee boxes provide a reminder and opportunity for families to slow down and reconnect with the simple yet fundamental joys of reading, playing, and spending time together using one of the most robust learning tools yet devised — a cardboard box.”
Richard Louv, Audubon Medalist, author, Last Child in the Woods, and chairman/co-founder of the Children and Nature Network, and its blog Field Notes From the Future.
“More than a new electronic marvel, or a new antibiotic, or (heaven help us) a new drug for ADHD, what children really need is a new way to get excited about books and to exercise their creative urges. That’s what blue manatee boxes are. Hat’s off to Dr. John Hutton and Sandy Gross for this fun, timely, and important innovation.”
Dr. Robert Needlman, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, revising co-author of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, author of Dr. Spock's Baby Basics, and co-founder, Reach Out and Read
“A blue manatee box is a perfect choice for parents and teachers who want to build a child’s learning power. Shared reading opens brain connections for attention, language development, and imagination — enduring gifts for any child!”
Dr. Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., Educational Psychologist, speaker, and author of Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence, and Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child's Learning Problems.
Young children learn through real experiences, such as book sharing and creative play (with boxes).
Creative play such as child + parent + box stimulates imagination.
Creative play allows children to follow their interests, experiment, and explore.
Creative play engages all of the senses, and is far more robust than device-focused play.
Children skilled at creative play are more able to play constructively with others.
“Educational” electronic toys and videos tend to “outsource” the critical role of parents and caregivers, providing a false sense of security that children are learning.
Suggested reading and playing interaction for young children