Archive for May, 2010
Besides all the running around and exploring and the normal camping chores, there will also need to be a time for quite play. Planning ahead of time you could prepare some simple crafts for kids to make while sitting at a picnic table.
Here is one I thought would be fun and children will learn about design in nature from this toddler craft.
You will need:
* Different types of leaves
* Paint or crayons
Put the paper flat on the table and then put the leaf under the paper. After you’ve done that, use the crayon to shade the print of the leaf on the paper.
If you are using paint, you put the leaf in the paint and then print in on the paper.
You could bring some zip lock bags to store their leaves in if your child does not have some other idea of his own – such as decorating his tent.
If you liked this craft idea and want more I would suggest going to this website: http://www.parentingtoddlers.com/toddlercraft.html
In past years it was thought that children should probably begin learning to read at about six years of age. But this opinion is being re-thought and educators are thinking that if a child starts to learn to read at an earlier age they may learn to read better.
There is a wide diversity in each child’s individual learning speeds and styles. A child’s interests and temperament also play a major role in helping parents decide when it is best to begin teaching their child to read.
It is important that children see their parents reading; it is also important to read to your child every day. By doing so parents will learn if their child is intrigued by the new ideas in the stories that are read to them. Parents need to pay attention to learn if their child exhibits a genuine interest in the stories they are reading.
If you find your child is showing interest in the stories and the new ideas then he/she is probably ready to begin learning to read. It is a fact that some four year olds can’t wait to begin reading, yet other children as old as eight are not developmentally ready.
Each child is unique and spending time with him/her will help a parent know how to proceed. Even before you introduce a book to your child there is a toddler learning toy, Little Reader Blocks, that your child can play with – and during play, begin to recognize the first 100 basic sight words. These toy blocks are available on our website, All I Can Imagine.
You will get the following 3″cube cardboard building blocks:
3 green noun blocks (18 nouns)
5 blue verb blocks (30 verbs)
5 red pronoun blocks (30 pronouns)
3 yellow adjective blocks (18 adjectives)
2 white preposition blocks (12 prepositions)
If you are a teacher or run a day care center and order three or more sets let us know you read about the Little Reader Blocks on our Blog and you will receive a discounted price.
Kids can help set up the tent and unload the car and can be trusted to remain nearby without continual supervision. They can help collect wood for your fire and help with the cooking (and clean up).
One important thing to remember when you are packing for your trip; each person must have his/her own flashlight. How else can you make shadows on the tent? And a flashlight will direct the way to the outhouse late at night.
A great evening ritual will be looking for different kinds of insects that they can find. They might even catch frogs and minnows near the lakes and streams. You could let them examine these creatures and return them unharmed to the wild. Also, carry bug jars, nets, and buckets.
Make sure you always have a camera on hand; camping can be a comedy of errors with kids. You can also let your kids carry their own cameras through their travels each day.
You will want to bring a few simple toys with you for quiet time. A set of Backyard Buddy Blocks is a great idea for kids 18 months and up. See these children’s wooden toys on our website, All I Can Imagine.
For more camping fun ideas visit: http://www.greatdad.com/tertiary/72/35/camping-with-kids.html
So here’s the scoop on just what a Quadro Playset is. First of all Quadro makes several sets, each of which come with building plans for many different playsets for children. With some kits you will be able to build airplanes, trucks, carts. With other kits you may build a house, juice bar, theatre etc. Or just construct structures for climbing.
Quadro™ kids toys are 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 Quadro indoor/outdoor play sets will grow with them.
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.
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.
With this Quadro Starter Kit – pictured above – you may build play structures such as a house, theatre, juice bar and goals. Use two of the panels and make a small slide; great for small children.