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Category: 2016 Holiday Guide
  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of empowering games for game lovers of all ages!

    Whether it’s an activity for a rainy or snowy day, or part of a weekly family game night, there’s nothing more fun than a good game! Card games, board games, video games, and logic games are great entertainment for one or more people and an excellent way to build a variety of skills, from spatial awareness to planning and strategy to social skills like taking turns.

    If you're looking for a great new game for someone on your gift list, we've included many unique options for all ages in our new blog post. In the five thematic sections below, we'll find a little bit of everything, from storytelling to puzzle solving, from solitaire games to games for teams. So get ready to get gaming!

    For even more games for kids of all ages, visit our Games Collection. For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2017 Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide and our 2017 Holiday Guide blog series. Continue reading Continue reading

  • From science to art to pretend play, our recommendations will help you pick the perfect toy for the special "big box".

    If your Mighty Girl is especially drawn to science, art, or something entirely different, it might be worth spending a larger portion of the holiday gift budget on one very special present that will allow her to delve deeply into that interest.

    In our new post, we recommend a number of toys perfect for filling the "big box," ranging from large-scale building sets that can be easily shared among siblings to dollhouses that will provide endless opportunities for imaginative play. While more expensive than the average disposable toy, the high-quality nature of these toys also means that they last for years to come — and be there to pass on to younger children in the future.

    For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2017 Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide and our 2017 Holiday Guide blog series. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top arts & crafts toys for creative Mighty Girls all ages!

    As many kids — and adults — know, there are few things as satisfying as expressing your creativity! Whether you're painting a picture, playing a song, or making something beautiful, arts and crafts inspire the maker as much as those who see them. And there's no better way to keep hands and minds busy if the weather is bad than with a fun new project!

    If you'd like to give the gift of creative play this holiday, we've collected some of our favorite arts and crafts toys and kits in this blog post. In the first section, we've featured toys and kits for drawing, painting, and sculpting; in the second part, we've shared our favorite fabric craft kits; and in the final section, we've showcased a variety of real and pretend play musical instruments for all ages. So take a look, and see what things your Mighty Girl could make by hand this holiday!

    For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide and our 2017 Gift Guide Blog Series. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering box sets and collections for children and teens!

    If there’s anything a reader loves more than a new book, it’s a great new series! A series is an excellent way to encourage kids' interest in reading as they get drawn into a story over several books — and, for those rabid readers, collections let them find out what happens to their favorite new character without having to wait for the next book to be released!

    Fortunately, there many book series featuring Mighty Girl characters, and, in this new post, we've highlighted our favorite girl-empowering collections for both children and teens. We've included a mix of Mighty Girl classics and recent releases — all of which will keep her busily reading to find out what happens next!

    If you're looking for more girl-empowering books for children and teens, check out our full book collection of over 2,500 titles.  Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of building and engineering toys for inventive Mighty Girls from toddlers to teens.

    It starts the first moment an infant or toddler realizes that one block can balance on another block. Before you know it, building a tower to the sky (and making it crash down!) has become a favorite activity. For many kids, building toys remain favorites throughout childhood, with structures becoming more complex as kids' building skills advance. And once they can incorporate moving parts, budding engineers get to really explore all the incredible things they can put together!

    If you have an amateur architect or engineer on your hands, some intriguing new building toys make a great gift idea. By expanding the materials available for building, you can help kids develop useful skills like fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, planning, and spatial perception — and, of course, let them have a great time doing it! With that in mind, we've showcased our favorite building and engineering toys for kids from toddlers to teens in this blog post, with classic building toys featured in the first part and engineering sets featured in the final section. Whether they are interested in building with blocks, bricks, rods, and connectors, or experimenting with magnets, wedges, and more, there’s something here that will intrigue every child!

    Science lovers can also find plenty of empowering options in our blog post Wrapped up in Science: Top 60 Science Toys for Mighty Girls.
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  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of science toys for curious Mighty Girls of all ages!

    Kids are full of curiosity about how the world works, so why not give them a gift that helps them explore it? With a high-quality science kit or toy, kids can incorporate the wonder of the everyday world into their play. In fact, it's amazing how much they can learn that way!

    In this blog post, you'll find our favorite science toys and kits for curious kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. In Part 1 of the post, you'll find a variety of chemistry and physics-themed toys, while in Part 2, you'll discover earth, sky, and space-themed toys. Whether you know a would-be star-gazer, a budding biologist, or an eager young geologist, there are options here that will fascinate them. And who knows? Play alongside them and you might just learn something new too.

    While this post showcases our favorite science toys and kits, you can find our top picks of building and engineering toys in our blog post Building Her Dreams: Top 75 Building Toys for Mighty Girls and our favorite programming and robotics toys in our blog post Top 25 Books & Programming Toys to Inspire Mighty Girl Coders. For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, visit our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

    You can also discover many books about science-loving girls and women in our blog post, 60 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty GirlsContinue reading Continue reading

  • New biographies about Mighty Women for inspiration during Women's History Month and throughout the year!

    On A Mighty Girl, we feature thousands of books for children and teens about smart, confident, and courageous girls and women, but we are also often asked for reading recommendations for adults about inspiring women of the past and present. To that end, in this blog post, we're sharing 55 of our favorite biographies for older teen and adult readers about Mighty Women that were published in 2016 and 2017.

    Among these titles are insightful introductions to oft-neglected female scientists, gripping tales about heroism during wartime, and thoughtful reflections on the quest for women's rights. Since A Mighty Girl's website does not have a book section for adult readers, you won't find these recommendations on our site; however, we've included links below to Amazon so you can learn more or order individual titles.

    So whether you're looking for a good book to delve into during Women's History Month or any time of year, these women's stories are sure to inspire!
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  • 75 New & Classic Girl-Empowering Books for Holiday Gift Giving!

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    "I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book." — J. K. Rowling

    When you’re looking for a gift for a book lover of any age, the natural choice is a good book! And, while the hundreds of titles in A Mighty Girl's book collection have been vetted to ensure they are both high quality and girl empowering, we understand that during the busy holiday season a 'cheat' sheet of the best Mighty Girl books for gifting can make choosing a book for a special child or young person much easier. To that end, in this blog post, we've complied a selection of enduring Mighty Girl favorites, alongside a number of the best 2016 new releases (which are marked by a brand new icon below). From gorgeously-illustrated picture books to thought-provoking teen fiction, these titles will delight, intrigue, educate, and inspire girls and boys alike!

    To discover more 2016 releases, stay tuned for our annual 'Year in Review' round-up of the best Mighty Girl books of 2016, which we'll be releasing in early January.

    Of course, you can also find many more reading recommendations in our entire collection of nearly 2,500 Mighty Girl books for all ages. And, for anyone looking for reading recommendations for adults, don't miss our new blog post Stories of Mighty Women: 2016 Biographies for Adult Readers. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of empowering dolls and action figures for all ages!

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    Dolls and figurines have been favorite pretend play toys for hundreds of years, but there are a lot more choices now than there were in the past! Today, dolls and action figures can represent historical figures; popular book, TV, and movie characters; or people from around the world. With more options available, kids can imagine themselves as just about anything!

    If you’ve been looking for a unique doll or exciting action figure for your Mighty Girl, you'll find dozens of our favorites in this blog post. From cuddly plushes for the littlest kids to highly detailed action figures and collectibles for older kids, teens, and even adults, there’s something here for everyone!

    For more empowering toys of all varieties, from science to active play, visit our 2016 Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide and our 2016 Holiday Guide blog series. Continue reading Continue reading

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