Archive for February, 2010
Providing your children arts and crafts time is not only a great “quiet time” play idea it will help your children develop fine motor skills. Crafts that include the use of scissors, beads, crayons, finger paints or anything else you can think of to get their fingers involved will benefit your children.
An old time favorite from the 1950’s is Silly Putty ® and is a great quiet-time activity to help your children with his fine motor skills. James Wright, a GE engineer, came upon the material by mixing silicone oil with boric acid. The compound, acted very much like rubber in its ability to rebound almost 25 percent higher than a normal rubber ball. My favorite memory of playing with Silly Putty was pressing it onto the Sunday comic’s page and making an imprint.
Did you know that Silly Putty sold faster than any other toy in history with over $6 million in sales for the year? Silly Putty is now the registered trademark of Binney & Smith Inc.
Besides encouraging craft activities for your children you can also provide other activities such as building toys such as Legos, Tinker Toys and cardboard building blocks. These toys are manipulativies and will enhance fine motor skills just the same as coloring, painting and cutting.
Toy blocks such as ImagiBRICKS are giant sized cardboard blocks and are available in sets as small as 16 pieces. Three sizes of blocks are available in the 24 and 40 piece set or you may get a bulk quantity order when you have several children who will be playing together.
God, it is my settled decision
Not to choose less
When You have chosen more for me.
Not to choose the worst
When You have chosen the best.
Not to stoop to defeat
When You have provided victory.
Not to let my emptiness
The idea for one of the most famous toys in history was inspired by a meter for testing horsepower on battleships. A torsion spring used in a testing meter fell from the desk of marine engineer Richard James and tumbled end-over-end across the floor.
James took it home to his wife Betty and said, “I think I can make a toy out of this.” This he did by devising a steel formula that allowed the spring to “walk.” Betty went through the dictionary for a fitting name for the toy and found it in SLINKY, which was defined as “stealthy, sleek and sinuous.”
In 1945, as Christmas neared, Gimbel’s department store agreed to provide counter space for 400 SLINKYs. Richard James was there to demonstrate the toy to a crowd of shoppers and within 90 minutes all 400 SLINKYs were sold. (James Industries)
Here is a unique way to use your old typewriter; and if you do not have one maybe I will sell you mine!
Children often have a parent who works in an office and you can have fun teaching them about how an office is set up just like the one you work in. You can set up a mini office with the help of toy blocks by Smart Monkey Toys. These giant building blocks come in sets of Rainbow colors and can be ordered in any quantity you need from All I Can Imagine.
Set up the typewriter or maybe even an old keyboard on a child size table or a table made from the toy blocks. Make another work table and provide your children paper, pencils, telephone, address book and other child-safe office supplies. Set up another office and each of you will have fun interacting.
Children enjoy being creative and it will help them to make sense of the actual world we adults live in and they will especially love having you play with them. When you provide role playing activities in a real life setting you will gain greater insight into your child’s life and help him develop necessary social skills.
Their trade name for these toy blocks is ImagiBRICKS and all these giant building 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 to each block to make it water-resistant. The cardboard building 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.
Smart Monkey Toy’s warehouse is near the plant where the blocks are produced. By keeping everything close, this toy company 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.
Amid the chunks and cracks
Of all my mundane days-
When I resolve to listen
Really listen to Your gentle voice
Suddenly I know anew
That You are life
And life is joy!
Like a singing brook
Joy splashes over
All the common “dailies”
Until each empty space
Of my hungry heart
Is touched with new-born ecstasy.
You will only find ImagiBRICKS building blocks toys for sale online as they are not usually sold in your neighborhood toy stores. Parents with limited space can select from 16 piece sets as well as 24 piece sets and our most popular size, the 40 piece blocks toy sets.
These lightweight cardboard blocks are so big they help kids build up their self confidence as they create tall towers, buildings, forts and every other imaginable structure. Because there is no wrong way to build a child can create to his hearts content and children of varying ages can “work” together for a common goal.
When children build something “all their own”, it makes them happy and gives them a sense of well-being and builds their self-confidence. Parents and educators who provide their children with large building blocks toys notice that children gravitate to a pile of blocks and immediately begin interacting with one another.
Your child will then go on to master sitting, crawling, standing and eventually walking, running and jumping as well as the range of activities. Meanwhile your child will be learning balance and the ability to maintain equilibrium, body awareness (for improved posture and control), major muscle co-ordination and spatial orientation.
You can help your children improve and master spatial orientation – the awareness of his body position in space and in relation to other objects (or people), by providing him with giant cardboard building blocks. Even when your child is too young to begin building structures with toy blocks they are a useful educational toy for other purposes.
By placing the toy blocks around in a maze-like configuration your child will love mastering walking (or running) around the blocks. To begin building your child’s major muscles and co-ordination, have him/her help you construct towers; this will also help with your child’s balance.
Your older children may want to build structures with the cardboard blocks so have enough on hand for both activities. Sixteen piece set of ImagiBRICKS is pictured above. We also carry sets of 24, 40 and bulk quantity cardboard blocks.
While your radio is softly playing in the background take a moment and listen to how your kids are playing. You will find opportunities to gently guide your children as they are playing with their toddler learning toys.
Children who have open-ended learning toys will have opportunities for creative learning fun and as you listen to them “plan” and “work” together you will notice that their social skills are developing. When you take a moment to “tune into” their play you will be able to provide guidance in their social development when and where needed.
While children are playing with such toys as cardboard blocks and building towers and other structures you will notice which children take leadership in the planning. You will begin to notice if there is a child being bossy or how he accepts suggestions as another child offers his own ideas.
Toy cardboard blocks, such as a set of Design a Block by Smart Monkey Toys, is a fun toddler learning toy and provides your children an opportunity for creative play and work that builds important social skills they will need all through their lives.
Children playing together are not only creating reality in play, they are also adapting to new realities, work, and therefore it is important to allow children many opportunities for unstructured playtime every day.
May I settle it once and for all
That I am dealing directly with You.
You need never apologize
For any plan You ordain for me
Since nothing but good
Can come from Your hand.
You are sufficient
For every changing circumstance
In my God-planned life-
For every unchanging circumstance as well.