Archive for March, 2010

Developing Fine Motor Skills

posted by gbowen
March 31, 2010

The development of gross motor skills for your toddlers is very important! Providing your kid’s playsets with chunky pieces that they easily can grasp and play with will help their muscles develop.

Besides providing your children playsets, giant toy blocks and a variety of other wooden kids toys, Theraputty is another great idea to give your children.  Theraputty is a strong silly-putty-like material that comes in a tub.  It comes in various “strengths” so there is more or less resistance when squeezed.

Working on a variety of hand skills, it is easy to play with anytime and anywhere – it’s fun and kids love it. Here is a website where you can purchase some Cando Theraputty.

Each Cando Theraputty is color-coded and has a different consistency ranging from XX-Soft for strengthening the weakest grasp to X-Firm for developing a stronger grip. Available in convenient easy-open plastic containers. Store you putty in this container when play is done and seal the lid tightly so it does not dry out.

You might want to try a couple of different strengths when you first buy this product.  It is good for kids, teens, adults and seniors. It’s just good, fun exercise for your hands.

Remember to see our new collection of children’s toys on our website.

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Be Careful What You Choose!

posted by gbowen
March 29, 2010

Are you about to become a grandmother?  The name you pick will stick, so be careful how you choose your new name. Here are some common names you might select from:

  • Big Mom
  • Gram
  • Gramma
  • Grammy
  • Grams
  • Grandma
  • Grandmama
  • Grandmom

When your grandchild becomes old enough to talk, they themselves may christen you with a name of their own. Yet, many times women decide upon one of the traditional names in their own families.

Some grandchildren have more than one grandmother and some families choose to add the given name of the last name to the grandparent name. There is also a tendency among some modern grandparents to invent something that sounds perhaps younger or more hip than the traditional names.

Some more modern names for grandmothers are said to be:

  • G-Ma
  • G-Mom
  • Honey
  • Lovey
  • MayMay
  • Mia
  • Mim
  • Mimi

One thing for certain is that, as a grandparent,  you will begun buying your new grandbaby toys before the parents can begin picking a name for their new baby.  Be careful what you choose!

Wood clutching toy for babies

Twist and bend any way you want. Safe babies toy.

Babies put everything in their mouths, so make sure the toys and rattles (wooden baby rattles are best), are made from splinter-proof wood and are coated with non-toxic coatings.  All I Can has a beautiful line of wooden baby toys including clutching toys.

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We Stand On Our Blocks!

posted by gbowen
March 29, 2010

Your grandparents had ImagiBRICKS™   toy blocks when they were growing up.  You won’t find them in stores but they still can be purchased online.

Parents, educators and doctors all recommend giant building blocks for toddlers and if you want the award-winning toy blocks you will have to pay a little more.  Be careful when shopping in toy stores and on line, there are imitations that look like ImagiBRICKS™   and they have the same “brick design”, but they are not as strong and would crush if your child stood on them.

Toddlers and young children love to build tall towers and knock them down.  They also love to carry things around.  Because ImagiBRICKS™   are both strong and lightweight your toddler will build muscle strength by building structures as well as lifting and carrying the blocks.

As toddler learning toys, these giant building blocks also help teach math concepts and spatial awareness.  Try a starter set of 16 pieces or our popular 40 piece set that includes three sizes of blocks, large red, medium blue and small yellow.

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Many generations of children have played with the faithful and loyal Snoopy Sniffer, thus making him one of the most popular pull toys that Fisher-Price has ever made.

Fisher-Price Inc. is the world’s largest preschool products company. Fisher-Price has dominated the infant and preschool toy market for over 60 years and has become known for the high quality and durability of its products.

Wholly owned by Mattel Inc. since 1993, Fisher-Price consolidated with other divisions of its parent to make up a single, massive marketer of toys principally for children under the age of five. Some of its best-known products include Little People playsets and Power Wheels ride-on toys.

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Instilling the Love of Reading in Your Children

posted by gbowen
March 26, 2010

You can teach your child a love of learning by example. Although your toddler will take up a lot of your attention, you can still sit quietly while she plays nearby and read a newspaper or magazine.

She may become curious and want to see what you are reading, or she may want to copy you by sitting down with her own magazine or book and trying to read also. The more your children see you reading the better.

One of the best toddler learning toys you will own is a set of Little Reader Blocks.  These toy blocksare imprinted with over 100 of the first sight words your children will have to know. Your children can play with them as blocks but more importantly they will learn individual words and how to form simple, short sentences.

Many games can be played with Little Reader Blocks and you will be surprised at how quickly your children will take out these blocks and play with them by themselves.  While you are reading you might point to a word in your child’s book and then have them find the word from their toy blocks.  It is a good idea to pull several blocks out of the set, including the one you want them to identify, so they don’t get frustrated when they can’t quickly find the word from the twenty piece set.

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Go-Fly Zone

posted by gbowen
March 24, 2010

Everyone from pioneering aviators to World War I armies used kites. The armies in WWI used kites to observe enemy troops.

If you live near the Washington, the Smithsonian Kite Festival is on March 27 and would make a nice trip for you and your kids.  Kites of all shapes and sizes will be flown. 

Other outdoor activities that day include a Rokkaku-kite battle-see how many enemy kites you can force to the ground.  Learn more at

I wish I lIved there; I would love to see their display of hand-crafted kites from all over the world.  If you go take some pictures for me, OK?

Another fun thing to do now that the weather is getting nicer is build a juice bar or other structure from a Quadro Junior II adventure playset.  It comes with 390 components to build 32 unique models. Build a puppet theatre, large desk or a goal.  Strong and lightweight and completely safe.

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Coloring Easter Eggs – Creative Ideas

posted by gbowen
March 23, 2010

Growing up I looked forward to Easter and coloring Easter Eggs.  I also loved the Easter egg hunt my parents always arranged throughout the house and yard.

The same coloring kits I used back in the 1950’s are still available in the stores today but I thought I’d search the Internet for a couple of new ideas (they were new for me anyway).  Here are a couple I liked:

Sponge Painted Eggs
Cut a sponge into small pieces.
Pour some acrylic paint into a shallow dish or onto wax paper.
Clip the sponge pieces onto clothes pins, one for each color of paint. Dip the sponge into the paint and dab the egg with it. Start with your darker colors first for the best effect. Put the egg in an egg cup to dry.
Tips: I prefer to sponge paint with natural sponge.
You can find them at craft stores or a paint supply.
Do NOT eat eggs that have been painted!

Crayon Resist Easter Eggs
Color on the Easter eggs before placing in the dye.
Simple Dots, lines shapes swirls…The wax will resist the dye and your picture will show through. If you are dying Easter eggs with little ones
and do not want to use dye…The children can simply color the eggs with crayons and leave it at that.

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When you have a toddler or other young children in your home you want to make sure their toys are safe.  You also want toys that are easy to clean and keep sanitary.

ImagiBRICKS are sturdy, and are coated with a nontoxic coating so they can be wiped down without damaging the toy blocks.  When you purchase cardboard building blocks for your children there will be no sharp points or edges; an important consideration when choosing your toddler’s toys.

A learning toy such as building blocks toys encourages creative, open-ended play.  Children will play by themselves as well as in a group.  Children of various ages can plan, create and build structures of varying degrees of difficulty and learn to work together for hours of learning fun.

Giant sized blocks such as ImagiBRICKS are safe toy blocks because they are too large to get swallowed if there are younger children in the home.  Children tend to like to stand on their giant blocks and these blocks are guaranteed crush proof.  There are images of me standing on the blocks on our website.

Another reason cardboard building blocks are a perfect toddler learning toy is that they are lightweight and can easily be carried about and can be stacked as high as a toddler can reach.  When the blocks fall or get knocked down (as they most assuredly will) there are no sharp edges to hurt your children.

Children will gain muscle strength while playing with their blocks and as they build structures they will learn coordination as they learn to walk around their structures and not knock them down.

There are no better toys for toddlers as ImagiBRICKS, the toys your grandparents played with.

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Helping Your Toddler Release His Energy

posted by gbowen
March 22, 2010

Both you and your toddler will have fun playing together.  Play releases your toddler’s energy in a positive manner and may help your stress level decrease when you play open ended games and don’t have to say “no”.

One idea is to do some simple Yoga exercises.  If you know any yoga poses, you will find that toddlers can catch on quickly.

Toddlers enjoy imitating anything. Do the simple animal poses, such as monkey, elephant or down dog. Then make up your own silly poses. These games will also offer you teaching opportunities about the animals and their habits.  And if you have more time have a simple animal theme craft handy. Try the game suggested below.

The elephant is a highly intelligent mammal.  The African elephant is the largest land animal.  During these activities children can learn some basic facts about this amazing mammal. Copy and paste this link to find this game.

See all our new children’s toys available online at All I Can Imagine.

Crocodile Rocker Kids Toy

Sturdy rocker toy for toddlers – holds up to three kids at one time.

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He Loved Me With a Cross

posted by gbowen
March 21, 2010

A couple of years ago my church performed this piece in it’s Easter Musical.  I wanted to share this powerful message with my readers.   At the bottom of the lyrics are two You Tube links I found and hope you will listen to them as you read the words below.

He left a throne in heaven to come to Bethlehem
And I will not forget the way
He loved me even then
And everywhere He traveled
He spoke with words of love
That said He’d go to any distance
To show what I was worthy of
And when at last the dusty road
Had turned to Calvary
He picked up a rugged burden
So that one day I would see

He loved me with a cross
He loved me with a cross
In answer to the call of love
He loved me with a cross
And I could not imagine what
Loving me would cost
My Jesus went to Calvary
And loved me with a cross

He knew from the beginning
The price He’d have to pay
For my heart had gone so far beyond
What other loves forgave
I wasn’t on that hillside
To see Him on the tree
But as my guilt was placed upon Him
I know that somehow He saw me


And I would be a sinner still
Enslaved by all my sin
If it hadn’t been for Jesus
And the way He loved me still

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