Archive for June, 2010
I was reading an interesting article about a father’s experience with his children getting hooked on his own On Line Flight simulator game. He realized, as his children played around with this game, that they could also learn engineering, design and architecture.
With his on line flight simulator game the kids could even make their own plane as well as design their own airport. They could fly to over 20,000 airports around the world, and he thought that getting kids to geographically know where all the airports were was quite an accomplishment.
If you have someone in your family who is interested in planes and they would love to open up the world of designing and building planes to toddler age children then here is a great toddler learning toy to get your boys and girls.
Quadro playsets come in five different varieties as well as a Vehicle Kit. These playsets come with a variety of modular tubes, panels, and connectors in bright colors. They can be played with outdoors or indoors.
With the Basic II as well as the Vehicle Kit parents and kids can together build an airplane and many other designs of cars, go carts, trucks, spaceships, racers, locomotives, houses, climbers and much more.
When you spend time designing, creating and building with your kids many lively topics of conversation will come easily. This is open-ended play with no rules so you can bond with your children while introducing them to many new experiences.
Giant cardboard wall building blocks are one of the best creative learning tools teachers can give their children. Ideally, there should be enough room for the structures children have built to remain standing so that the children are able to go back and continue building at a later time.
Provide children with a three-sided classroom area, appropriate for noisy activity, out of the way of other classroom traffic, and thirdly, big enough so the children’s structures can remain standing. Children will be proud of the structures that they create with their own imaginations and will love telling you about them.
Block play are one of the best open-ended toddler learning toys and offers limitless possibilities for children to create, learn spatial awareness, develop math skills and use their imaginations.
When the toy blocks structures do need to be taken down storing them on eye-level shelves or stacking them against a wall will help you provide space for other activities. Giant cardboard building blocks should be organized neatly so that children are invited to use them independently.
When you want quality built wall building blocks that will hold up for many years and are safe for children to stand on you will want to check out ImagiBRICKS by Smart Monkey Toys. Manufactured in Wisconsin from at least 50% recycled materials these crush-proof kids building block toys are available in bulk quantities for your school classrooms.
One of the primary benefits of owning a Quadro climbing frame from the parents perspective is the high safety standards that are maintained with these adventure playsets. All parts in these playsets are made out of sturdy but soft plastic panels making it very difficult for children to hurt themselves.
The joining parts such as the corner frames and bolts are all made out of large plastic parts that are colorful and also big enough to make it very difficult for kids to put in their mouths and inadvertently swallow.
Quadro Climbing Flexibility
A great advantage that Quadro playsets for children have over other kids climbing frames is flexibility. When you purchase a quadro kit you receive a series of panels and parts that you, or preferably your kids, are supposed to construct. However, quadro kits come in such a way that there are several different variations available to your children to construct. This means when they get bored of one design they can simply dismantle it and start over building a new frame.
While some parents may be hesitant due to that fact that this is time consuming, on the contrary, one of the things kids love best about these kits is that they are fun and easy to dismantle and rebuild.
Our website shows five different kits as well as a special Vehicle Kit. Great for home, preschools and anywhere you need safe outdoor fun play for several children. Safe for indoor or outdoor use.
Spending time with your child while he plays, and playing with him, has several benefits for parents and the child as well. While interacting with your child (or several children) they will be thriving in a stimulating environment.
Providing toddler learning toys that are open ended and provide a moderate challenge to your childs physical and cognitive abilities will make their playtime an educational experience without them knowing they are learning.
Adults providing close attention to children’s playtime, while being friendly and nurturing, will help all the children involved nurture one another. As parents are pointing to words in a book or an animal in a puzzle and begin talking about it the children will easily open up with their own ideas and questions.
During this type of playtime, if you as a parent have a particular lesson you want to teach, you can provide a hands-on learning experience that children will be interested in and they will easily absorb their lesson. This nurturing type of playtime is useful at home as well in child care and nursery school programs.
See our exciting line of new baby and toddler toys!
It has been said that “complex block-play is linked with advanced math skills in later life”. Toddlers as young as two years old should have several sets of toy blocks to play with.
Whether your child has foam blocks, cardboard blocks or wooden blocks to play with he will have a toy that will provide him open-ended play time. They will be able to create their own structures into their own play scenarios.
A set of blocks can help your child develop such things as language skills, social skills, creative problem-solving skills, spatial skills as well as motor and hand-eye coordination.
Toy blocks and other construction toys are among the best developmental toys that money can buy. An investment in quality wooden kids toys can’t be over emphasized.
ImagiPLAY’s owner believes that the single most important toy a child can have is a set of blocks. Every block set they manufacture us multi-functional and is designed to inspire hours of imaginative play.
Jesus urged His followers to be watchful and ready, “for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect”, Matt. 24.44. If we believe our Lord’s word about His coming, has it affected our thoughts and actions?
What would He find, should He come just now:
A faded leaf, or a fruitless bough:
A servant sleeping, an idle plow?
What would He find should He come just now? –Anon.
Every Christian should be an expectant uplooker, not a sleepy onlooker!
When we begin to live life each day as if it might be our last day on Earth, we may begin to be kinder and more tolerant of ourselves and others. More forgiving, perhaps.
God gave us life “abundantly”, I want to enjoy each day and all His creations for a long as I can, but I keep looking up and anticipating His return.
Dr. Robert Agnew (a Professor of Music and Humanities at Edison State College in Piqua, Ohio) wrote an article “Ancient Humanity and the Night Sky” in which he talks about the understanding of astronomy and, though, he says, “there is much still to learn about ancient Egypt and ancient China, it appears that their understanding of astronomy was already quite advanced as much as five-thousand years ago.”
When introducing your children to the night sky and our solar system, you will have many good articles to ready by Dr. Agnew at: http://www.abc-learningfun4u.com/astronomytalk.html where most of his articles, according to what he says, are dealing with the night sky and how we understand it using telescopes.
Our ancestors and early sailors used the night sky for navigation way before telescopes were ever thought of. I am always amazed when I remember how many hundreds of miles were sailed and navigated with only the stars that God put in our sky.
Because of ancient peoples who sailed the seas and oceans and their love of the heavenly sky, their curiosity and endurance to face hardships led to many discoveries of faraway lands such as America.
Travel in our sky, the inventions of airplanes and rocket ships, are only possible because of years of trial and error that men and women paid for with their lives. We should never take their sacrifices lightly.
Make sure to visit the link above and read many interesting articles to help in your children’s education. Dr. Agnew has written such articles as: “Music and the Stars”, “Ancient Rocks”, “Ghosts of the Night”, and more and you may read them by clicking on the links.