Archive for January, 2010
Again and again I have asked You
To robe me in splendor—
To spark my life with radiance
Until there burns within me
A soft unquenchable glow.
Now today as I read Your Word
Your answer to my longing is so direct:
“They looked to him and were radiant.”
Lord, the mystery is solved!
I must look steadfastly to You
A shimmering reflection of Yours.
Combine fun and learning and you have a happy child. Educational daycare toddler learning toys play an important role in your child’s development.
Toys have to hold your child’s attention and advancing technology is leading to new innovations in toys specifically designed for toys in daycare centers. Classic toys such as musical toys, coloring books, paint sets and time tested wooden kids toys are appearing in waiting rooms, Sunday schools, and daycare centers.
Did you know that daycare toys and toddler learning toys are now appearing in shopping malls and toy shops in every possible field? The variety of children’s wooden toys for parents and educators to choose from includes activity centre toys, sports, science, painting, building block toys and even electronic and computer toys.
Children’s toy collections should include age appropriate toys and with subjects that they are interested in or subjects that you want to introduce to your children. Remember if a child is bored with a toy, or he finds it too difficult, he will set it aside.
Kids love toys and wood puzzles with a variety of shapes and sizes and in bright primary colors. By 2-1/2 to 3 years old children have good hand and finger coordination making chunky 3d puzzles a perfect daycare toy. A popular wooden kids toy is our snail number puzzle pictured above. This toddler toy has small parts and is not for children under 3 years old.
If you have a garden you probably have a snail nearby. Did you know garden snails feed on both living and decaying plants which can damage your garden’s crops? Because of this fact, snails are not very welcome in your garden and are considered pests.
Regardless that the snail is a pest they do make an interesting educational lesson for your children. Snails are neat to learn about and fun to watch.
Let’s get back to the “snail trail hunt”. So where do you look for snail trails? Most garden snails live in and around moist areas such as near ponds, in the woods, and of course, in the garden. They usually travel in irregular paths, oftentimes in a circle and sometimes even upside down.
Take the kids for a walk on a cloudy day along a nature trail or at night in the backyard to see if they can spot any snail trails. Hunt for snail trail in the garden along walks and walls or beneath stones, leaves, or flowerpots. Follow the snail trail to see where it leads. Be aware, however, that not all snail trails are the same. It could belong to the slug instead. A slug is simply a snail without a shell. So how do you tell the two trails apart? If the snail trail is continuous, then it’s a slug. If there are breaks in the trail, it’s a snail.
If you find a snail have your child capture him and put it in a clear container with a lid and air vents. When disturbed the snail will retreat back into its shell. This is how they also sleep and hibernate during the winter. Find more snail facts online or at your library.
For craft ideas you may like a website I just located: http://daniellesplace.com/HTML/snailcrafts.html
Now you are ready to learn the names of our planets. Ready? It stands for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. I do not know why learning things in the form of a poem or through a song is helpful but it really does work.
Teaching young children about our planets can be an exciting experience. There are many games, activities and wood toys that you can find to help keep the learning fun. And we know “play” is a child’s learning tool when they are not at their desk.
You can begin with telling your children that our galaxy is known as the Milky Way. It is home to nine planets, their moons and the sun. The sentence that you just memorized is a way to remember those planets in the order in which they are situated from the sun.
To keep children interested in learning about space and our planets remember to watch for the manufacturers recommended age for any wooden kids toy, craft project or game. You may like this website Elementary GLOBE that I just found: http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?elemGLOBE&lang=en .
Elementary GLOBE is designed to introduce students of grades K-4 to the study of Earth System Science (ESS). Elementary GLOBE forms an instructional unit comprised of five modules that address ESS and interrelated subjects including weather, hydrology, phenology, and soils. Each Elementary GLOBE module contains a science-based storybook and classroom learning activities.
That Your promises are valid
As long as the world lasts.
They do not suddenly dissolve
When my faith is feeble
And my courage fails.
When You have given a promise
You will perform it-
Sight or no sight
Feeling or no feeling.
You may take me
Through the darkest night
The deepest waters.
The very worst may happen
But out of it
You will bring the very best
For Your Word remains secure.
Lord, keep me faithful in my trust.
When I can articulate no other prayer
May my waiting heart
Young children aged twelve up to twenty-four months are learning words and even short phrases even before they can begin speaking. Knowing this fact may encourage parents not to use “baby talk” when talking to their children.
Even when your child is in your womb you can begin talking to them and letting your child get to know your voice. And because children will be gathering even more information from their environments playing classical music is a good idea.
After your child is born they will be gathering information using senses such as sight, touch, taste and hearing. This is why the toys you select for them is so very important. Choose baby and toddler toys that encourage your child’s development by stimulating the senses we just mentioned.
Quadro™ construction kits are designed to help children become more secure, confident and socially responsible and will help them develop balance, strength and a range of motor skills. Children’s activities with Quadro™ play structures are only limited by their imagination.
Children of all ages and physical abilities can safely and confidently play with this brightly colored construction kit which may be set up either outside or inside. Waiting rooms, doctor’s offices, health clubs, day care centers will all benefit by owning at least one of these beautifully constructed child’s toys.
Kits come with directions to make a large variety of structures and when you add a vehicle kit the wheels you are provided open up even more play opportunities.
Quadro playsets are weather proof and the colors are mostly UV resistant. Each of our Quadro™” play structures kits encourage creative, open ended play time that children thrive on mentally and physically.
Design a vehicle, desk, goals, and climbing play structures. See our website for images and all our adventure playsets.
Cardboard toy blocks by Smart Monkey Toys are made in the USA using recycled corrugated cardboard. The toy blocks are made of at least 50% recycled cardboard. The actual amount varies with each run, but is never less than 50%.
The trees used for the remainder are all farmed. The wonderful thing about corrugated cardboard is that it is strong, yet very lightweight, making it a wonderful choice for preschool play. The cardboard is printed with water-based, non-toxic colorful inks and an additional clear ink coating is added to each block to make it water-resistant. The coating is not slippery because we want our blocks to stack.
The blocks are also recyclable. Every component of the block sets are made right here in America. They are produced in Wisconsin, where there is a large paper industry. The warehouse is near the plant where the blocks are produced. By keeping everything close, Smart Monkey Toy cuts down on the fuel needed to transport materials and providing much needed jobs to American workers.
The paper industry in our country has been struggling with many companies buying their cardboard from China. China has to import their raw materials from the U.S. or Canada to make their cardboard. The lumber is transported from North American to China, made into cardboard and then transported back to North America. The cost of this inefficient process is lost jobs, and much greater use of valuable fuel.
I received a black lamb with button eyes when I was 6 months old and I still have this stuffed toy. It is sitting on top of a dresser here in my office.
Plush stuffed animals such as teddy bears and stuffed rabbits remain a favorite toy for both boys and girls. Any time you need a gift for a child a stuffed animal will be eagerly received by all children.
Safety should be your first concern when shopping for your child’s new plush animals so make sure you are purchasing from a company who makes safe children’s toys; especially when you make your purchase online.
Researching safe plush toys online, one manufacturer you can trust is Purr-Fection. These plush toys are well made and posable. One image is shown with this post.
As a child I was not fortunate to own a beautiful construction kit to play with. But nowadays many children are being introduced to the exciting world of Quadro™ playsets.
Quadro™ is the most unique and versatile large scale play construction system you will own. You will find the modular tubes, connectors and panels are lightweight yet strong and long-lasting. As your kids grow these adventure playsets can grow with them.
As a child his first structure might be a simple climbing gym. As he grows more pieces can be added onto the structures to make bigger structures such as space ships, sleds, and even a theatre.
Quadro grows with children and even goes to college with them as desks, beds, and even bookcases are set up in their rooms.