Entries by Luisa Fuentes


The Importance of Sports for Children

The enhancement of physical and mental development of children is certainly the most important contribution of sports for children. Kids who play sports develop physical skills, exercise, make new friends, learn about being on a team, and more! Preschoolers who get started early with physical fitness have a better chance of creating healthy habits that […]

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Introducing Musical Instruments to Young Children

If your child can bang on a pot with a wooden spoon, they are a musician. There are several benefits to letting your child drum (rattle, shake, clap, or bang) to their own beat. Firstly, music helps the body and mind work together. Secondly, music stimulates thinking and expressive skills and enhances creativity. Lastly, music […]

Kid Friendly Activities Near Me

Chicago is a city full of activities. But with so many options, you may be wondering which activity is right for you and your family. At Rayito, we believe in the power of family time. That’s why we wrote this blog! Whether your family wants some food, something fun, or just some family friendly free […]

Benefits of Reading to Your Kids

As a parent, you are your child’s first and best teacher. The experiences you share, the words you speak, the activities you engage in are all part of your child’s early educational experiences. Children are learning even in the womb. Babies can hear their mother’s voice and language as early as 18 weeks into pregnancy. […]

Best Spanish Children’s Books

At Rayito de Sol, we understand the value of bilingualism for children. Incorporating a second language into reading time is a great way to get the whole family involved in a child’s language journey. Many parents feel intimidated by the concept of attempting to speak Spanish at home, but children’s books can help ease your […]

Best Children’s Books

At Rayito, we understand the importance of reading. Children’s books are a classic way to bond with your children, share life lessons, and teach valuable core competencies. Learning the alphabet, recognizing colors, and putting names to objects are all critical parts of growing up and helping your child understand the world around them. There have […]

Healthy Habits: Avoiding the Flu this Season

Did you know that the spread of colds, influenza, and enterovirus are often caused by poor hygiene? Avoiding the flu and practicing good hygiene doesn’t need to be boring. At Rayito, we know it’s important to keep kids engaged when it comes to caring for their minds and their bodies. Here are some fun takes […]

Spring Crafts

We know it feels like winter will never end, but we promise that it will. For those moments when it seems like spring can’t come soon enough and your toddler is sick of the same old same old, ring in the spring with these fun spring crafts. TP Bee Bees are perhaps the perfect mascot […]

Indoor Activities for Bad Weather Days

Chicago is no stranger to harsh weather. Wind, snow, sleet, hail, rain, you’ve got it all. It’s easy to catch a case of the rainy-day blues, or even the snow day jitters as a result of being cooped up all day. If you have a toddler in your family, you know how tough it can […]


What is STEM? The acronym for STEM was first introduced in 2001. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) had previously used the acronym SMET until a man by the name of Judith Ramaley rearranged the letters to form the word STEM. STEM refers to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More than the individual […]