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With so many choices of toys for a two year old you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. You know you want to select an educational toy to help your toddler in his development, but just where do you start.
You may already know it is not a good idea to give your children too many toys so you know you need to select the toys you do purchase carefully. This list may help you in deciding just what are some of the best toys for a two year old.
• Paint brushes (large) and sponges for painting
• Parents who sing, talk, and read to their child
• Play dough or non-toxic modeling clay
• Puzzles (simple ones, ideally with knobs for manipulating the pieces)
• Riding toys
• Sandbox and sand toys (sifters, shapers)
• Shape sorters
• Shopping carts for toddlers and related “shopping” toys
• Stacking toys such as large cardboard building blocks for toddlers
• Stuffed animals and dolls
• Water toys
ImagiBRICKS are a cardboard building bock toddlers have been playing with for many generations. Being that they are lightweight yet strong make them a perfect children’s toy for your toddler boys and girls. Kids love stacking, knocking down the towers, and re-building over and over again. This fun activity helps them build strong muscles. They are available online at our toy store, All I Can Imagine.
It is said that “Reading can also be a social activity that is important in boosting a child’s self-confidence and building socialization skills, which are especially critical for children in need. By providing these children with the gifts of reading and language skills, Townsend Press and Kids Wish Network are truly improving the quality of their lives while also giving them hope and opportunities for a better, brighter future.”
This was a paragraph from an article I found online. You may read the entire article on Kids Wish Network.
Kids Wish Network Mission: Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.
In teaching beginning reading and even before that kids can begin recognizing their first 100 sight words by playing many sight word activities available with Little Reader Blocks. See them online at All I Can Imagine. It is never too soon to incorporate fun games to help children fall in love with the written word.
Blocks are just plain fun! Blocks of all sizes and shapes provide babies, toddlers, preschool, and young children opportunities to play without any rules being imposed on them.
In all countries of the world children are playing with blocks of all sizes and materials. In a play zone setting across the seas you can see a video of these kids playing with blocks. I had fun watching them and could see how much exercise they were getting.
Blocks are an educational toy that provide open ended play and allow children to have fun while building muscle strength in their bodies. While watching these kids play in the video you will quickly realize how they are building up leg and arm muscles as well as upper body strength.
Three of the reasons blocks always make the best educational toys are that they:
- promote open-ended play
- provide children opportunities to work together toward a common goal
- teach creative thinking
As children play together they will decide what type of structure to build and work with one another to design it as they proceed with their “task”. Children of all ages can work together and create unique structures that they can knock down and re-build over and over again.
Over sized blocks provide many play opportunities for children of all ages and usually come packed flat and require assembly. One such block set are ImagiBRICKS.
I read about a teacher who wanted to see what would happen when he removed all the kids toys from his classroom. He thought that kids do not really need the latest and greatest toys and other learning tools in order to learn and succeed and wanted to try an experiement.
And, according to Pete Kaser, a teacher in Wellington, Ohio, he concluded that “they don’t.” Kaser is said to have replaced all the toys and other learning materials in his classroom and substituted only cardboard boxes.
Happily he discovered that the kids did not care; in fact they actually thrived in their new play environment. All of a sudden, according to Kaiser, the quieter kids began turning into leaders as the group began to come up with their own ideas of what to do and what to build with their cardboard boxes.
Kaser noted that by the end of the day the kids had not only learned to work together, negotiate as well as solve their own problems, they built some pretty cool igloos and pirate ships. The teacher proved that kids do enjoy empty boxes just as much as flashy toys.
With this in mind, when you are looking for new children’s toys keep it simple and you will be sure to purchase toys your kids will love and keep on playing with for many years. We suggest large cardboard block toys such as ImagiBRICKS. You can see them and read about them at All I Can Imagine, just click on the cardboard block.
Now that trick or treating is over it is time to begin Christmas shopping; no, it is not too early for those who purchase children’s toys online.
All our cardboard blocks are back in stock, including the large orange ones that come with our sets of Rainbow blocks.
Pictured below is our most popular set of 40 ImagiBRICKS. They are now on sale!
You will receive the following:
- 8 large red 12 x 6 x 3 inch blocks
- 8 medium yellow 6 x 6 x 3
- 24 small blue 6 x 3 x 3 inch toy blocks.
ImagiBRICKS™ 40 piece set is shipped flat and will require adult assembly (no tools required).
Customers appreciate quality toys made in the USA. These blocks are manufactured from 50% recycled materials.
Christmas decorations are up in the stores. I’ve even seen decorated Christmas trees on display. Even though you are still trying to decide how to dress your toddler for Halloween thoughts of sugar plums are beginning to dance in your head.
It is definitely not to early to begin shopping for your children’s toys; especially if you are ordering from an online toy store. Many of the stock of toys sold through the Internet are depleted earlier than you might expect and this is especially true about large cardboard building blocks.
Many people prefer ImagiBRICKS because they are stronger, crush-proof, and have a drool resistant coating. These toy blocks are the award winning children’s toys that children have been playing with for many generations.
As is true with many quality toys, the ImagiBRICK line of blocks do cost more than their imitations; but are well worth the little extra because of the superior quality.
Our website offers many variety of toy blocks such as sets of 16 all red brick blocks. Many customer prefer the 24 piece set and, our most popular, 40 piece set. Each of these last two mentioned sets have three sizes and 3 different colors, yellow, blue and red.
To insure delivery before Christmas, we highly recommend ordering your red toy blocks or any of our other sets, on or before November 10th.
Before you begin shopping for new children’s toys this holiday season consider donating some of your used toddler toys to your local preschool. Some ideas of what they always could use are the addition of new puzzles. Your kids will eventually need a new selection of their own jigsaw and 3d wood puzzles so clean out the ones they no longer seem interested in. Puzzles with knobs and latches as well as jigsaw floor puzzles are perfect gifts for preschools.
Another idea are donating dolls. You may be surprised to find that many preschool’s dolls have missing limbs; they would welcome some dolls with all their arms and legs. If your toddler has tired of playing with some of their dolls clean out their room and then decide what new ones to purchase. Bring any doll clothes along to the preschool as well.
You will find that train toys are a popular group activity in preschools and donating your old ones if you kids have out grown them will make play time activities at the local preschool more fun. Remember to soak and rinse toys that can be cleaned in a bleach solution before you pack them up.
Our third suggestion for welcome donations are building block toys. Day care centers and preschools should have plenty of manipulative’ s, including many different sets of building blocks. By donating blocks your children no longer play with your preschool teachers will be able to rotate different styles of blocks for their children. Either wood blocks, large cardboard block, interlocking blocks, and tiles and shapes that are connected magnetically are all excellent choices for donations.
Now that you have thought of what you might like to donate lets think about replacement childrens toys. Our website has an exciting new selection of baby, toddler, and childrens toys ready for purchase.
Just in time for Christmas; get a new set of cardboard building blocks for your kids, grand-kids, nieces and nephews! Our kids blocks are the award-winning ImagiBRICKS. These are the best toy blocks on the market and are available in sets of 16, 24, and 40.
Visit our website today and see these blocks and while you are browsing spend awhile in our children’s toys page and our baby and toddler toys where we offer some unique choices for your gift giving.
Let’s think Christmas. Let’s not think about the lines at the stores with your shopping basket full of toys that you are not sure your two year olds will play with.
Here is a list to help you select appropriate toys for two year olds that the “experts” recommend:
• Balls of various sizes
• Blocks, blocks, blocks! (of various sizes)
• Boxes and containers of various sizes that encourage filling and emptying
• Cars, trucks, planes, trains—anything that rolls
• Climbing toys
• Craft materials like large paper, non-toxic markers, paint, and glue
• Crayons (large size)
• Dolls and accessories
• Felt and other fabrics for crafts
• “Fix it” tools and workbench for toddlers
• Gardening tools for toddlers
• Kitchen toys and toy appliances
• Mirrors (no glass—make sure they cannot break)
• Musical instruments—simple ones like xylophones and tambourines
• Nesting toys
We hope this helps you get started with your Christmas shopping for the toys for two year olds on your shopping list.
The second item on the above list, as you can see, is blocks. Large cardboard kids blocks are a must for all two year olds and you can view one of our ImagiBRICK sets on our website. This is a 24 piece set and has blocks of three sizes in red, blue, and yellow.
Creative play is very important and two year old’s need to have as many open-ended toys as possible. Large kids blocks will meet their needs perfectly and will make a great gift for both boys and girls.
You may hear the term Dolch words or high frequency words; both terms are referring to sight words. Parents are responsible for making sure their children know all of these kindergarten sight words before the end of the school year so they are ready for first grade.
The first few kindergarten sight words are:
Reading is fun! I have always enjoyed reading and that is probably because I was exposed to books at an early age. Going to the library and browsing through all the books is a fun for me as an adult as when I was a child. Children will be more interested and inclined to read books if they see their parents reading and have begun to learn a sight word or two.
What is a sight word?
It is important the all children learn the basic list of sight words, all 220 of them, because they include 50-75 percent of all the words they will be exposed to in reading books in school, at the library, in newspapers and magazines. Sight words are comprised of all the words that cannot be learned through pictures. .
Even before your kids can identify their first 100 sight words they will want to climb up onto your lap and have you read to them so having several age appropriate books available is a good idea. Select books on a subject you think your child will be interested and books with well designed graphics. After you, yourself, have learned what a sight word is find books with the sight words you want to teach your child. .
As you read to them have them read along with you, pointing to each word as you go along. Children will quickly learn their basic sight words if they are read to on a regular basis and have books they are interested in. Learning toys are educational and fun!
Even before you get to reading books you can play sight word games with your kids. Little Reader Blocks are a good place to begin because kids love block play. Little Reader Blocks are 3 inch square cubes and come in red, blue, green, yellow, and white.
You may read more on our website’s page showing our Little Reader Blocks; many sight word games are included.
Many parents and educators are familiar with the award-winning ImagiBRICKS that are manufactured in the USA. These large kids blocks have been around way before your parents were born and even today grandparents are ordering our cardboard bricks blocks for their grandchildren.
This month, August of 2012, Smart Monkey Toys has released their newest set of childrens blocks. Your kids are going to love opening the brightly designed box of kids blocks that includes twelve white erase board blocks!
The Design A Block Set, as it is called, has a total of 16 cardboard blocks included in the toy. Besides the 12 white erase board blocks there are also 4 red preprinted brick blocks. All the block toys measure 12 inches x 6 inches x 3 inches. Also included with these children’s block toys are 2 dry erase markers.
You will want to order this set of blocks for Christmas gifts for all the kids you know! Read more about this unique and wonderful educational toy at All I Can Imagine. You will see a second image of the blocks as well as read examples of many educational games you and your child can play with these wonderful new kids blocks! Click the above link NOW!
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