Archive for July, 2009
“God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere… God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere… God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere… but God Himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 msg
Each day we should focus on magnifying God. This is why we were created and according to Paul “you yourselves are our letter written on our hearts, known and read by everybody… “.
When we think that we are too messed up, have too much sin in our lives or are too weak, remember that the Lord is our strength. God always wants to show Himself to others through you. When we are weak, He is strong.
Remember the saying, “Bloom where you are planted”. Whatever your walk in life, God can use you for his purpose and glory. Trust in Him always.
Are we inadvertently depriving our kids of important tools for learning and growth? Experts tell us that wooden puzzles and board games are two of the best substitutes for electronic games.
Wood puzzles provide kids many opportunities to learn and practice the important skills important for success when they enter school. Playing with puzzles may at first seem dull or a waste of time compared to the excitement of electronic games, but children still love to play with all the differently shaped pieces and are drawn to the bright primary colors just as we were as children.
Important for building eye hand coordination you will want to have many puzzles on hand in varying degrees of difficulty as children mature at different rates and could get bored with their current selections. When a toy becomes to easy you will notice your child will set it aside and stop playing with it.
Here is a picture of one of the animals puzzles available on our website. Click on the image to read about it.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- John 3:16
Taking a few moments each day to spend quietly with God is becoming more important and necessary because of all the noise and confusion around us. With this Uplifting Inspirations page I hope we can find something each day that will uplift our spirits and souls and give us a quiet moment to reflect on Christ and His great love for each of us.
Sometimes I may post just a Bible verse that is especially meaningful to me, or my own personal thought for the day. Maybe a cute joke to hopefully make you laugh or a short story or devotional I have read online or in a book.
I look forward to living each day with my Lord and Savior and in finding Uplifting Inspirations for us all to enjoy.
Remembering toys such as Raggedy Ann and Andy, Lincoln Logs, yo-yo’s, tea sets, story book dolls, Barbie, wooden spinning tops, Jack in the Box, Tonka Trucks, easy bake oven, the Hula Hoop, ant farms, metal doll houses and fire house play sets, the list could go on and on makes me wish I were a kid again.
With these toys of yesteryear in mind I have created this category so we can reminisce together. I plan on researching various toys children played with in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and maybe back further in time. I will be writing blog posts about the history and origination of many toys and find out what they are worth today.
I will also look up and post where current toys shows are being held so if there is one in your city or a nearby town you could pack up the kids and go take a look back to the toys of yesteryear.
A child’s imagination is only limited by the artistic materials at his or her disposal. Creative talent establishes itself early in development, so it’s critical that kids are allowed to express themselves. Apprentice architects are drawn to kids building blocks like moths to a flame. Blocks teach kids the principles of rudimentary physics, as well: Without a solid foundation, even the most intricate architectural creation can tumble to the ground.
While the building process can provide hours of fun in itself, half the fun for children comes in populating their creations. Depending on preference, kids can add dolls and action figures to their specially designed environment. Parents should promote these creative impulses as much as possible. Who knows, these efforts could pay off down the line when your child is designing homes for the rich and famous.
You could begin with our architect set. Click on image to read about this great toy shown on our baby and toddler toy page.
It’s difficult to see your children feeling under the weather especially when a doctor’s visit is necessary. It may help ease your child’s pain to have your child’s favorite stuffed animal handy.
Let your child show you where it hurts by having him/her point to the spot on his plush toy. Taking the stuffed animal along to the doctor’s appointment will give your child opportunities to get the focus of the pain off of himself for a minute as he takes care of “his patient”.
In the doctor’s office the physician may have an easier time relating to your child as he first checks out the little stuffed animal and helping to ease the pain of your child. When you get home you could surprise your child with a new doctor or nurses toy kit (I just saw one in Kroger’s last night, which made me think of this).
Who is having more fun playing with the cardboard building blocks, the dad or his kids? Regardless, it is certain that these educational children’s toyswill provide dad countless opportunities to monitor and help his children learn social skills.
More than manners, social skills include basic attitudes and tools all children need to learn for getting along with other people. Communicating effectively and giving and receiving are just two of the social skills children can learn when playing with kids building blocks.
Children are not born with these skills and the learning process begins at birth and continues throughout their life time. As parents, you are your children’s most important teachers and providing your children with educational children’s toys will enable you to play with them or watch them play and to softly interact and direct their play so as to teach appropriate social skills
Open-ended toys come with no rules. As you watch your children play you will be able to tell if your children are able to share. As the children begin to build a structure you will see if they work together in unison or if they insist on their own way.
As children it is a challenge to be aware of others’ points of view and to learn how to get along. Despite differences or misunderstandings a mom and dad can interact during their children’s play time and instill healthy social skills in each child.
Stacking and building toys are great fun for children trying out their early problem-solving skills and are fun for dad too.
The popularity of wooden puzzles has waxed and waned since they were first introduced in the 1760′s. They still resemble the first wooden puzzles which were used to teach geography to young children in years gone by.
Children’s puzzles have moved from lessons to entertainment showing diverse subjects like animals, nursery rhymes and modern tales of super heroes and Disney. Wooden puzzles still offer a lot of entertainment for a small price, and children of all ages can learn from putting together puzzles. Babies recognize objects by their shapes rather than their positions, so puzzles are a great developmental opportunity.
Today we can find well made and safe 3d wood puzzles for kids to teach numbers, abc’s, history, science, sea life and many other subjects.
Our favorite puzzle is the number snail pictured below. Click on the image to read all about this chunky 3d puzzle.
It seems like every kid has an inherent desire to build forts. But this can often leave parents less than pleased, because the building materials are usually your nice sheets, couch cushions, or other items you’d rather not be used as fortification. But you don’t want to discourage this kind of play because it encourages an active imagination as well as concrete building skills.
That’s why so many parents who want to salvage their sheets turn to cardboard building blocks. These are surprisingly sturdy, but they are also lightweight, and this makes them the perfect material for your children to build the most intense and complicated forts possible. Your kids are also sure to enjoy the fact that they won’t have to dismantle the forts at night when parents would normally demand the couch cushions back.
Kids building blocks such as the set shown above are available on our website.