Archive for November, 2010
By the time a child is two years of age they are capable of stacking toy building blocksand building towers. When children have a set of giant cardboard building blocks in their playroom they enjoy carrying them around, putting them in wagons and creating structures out of their imaginations.
There are several advantages of having larger sized cardboard building blocks – one being they will develop coordination skills while stacking and secondly, they will increase their muscle strength when carrying the blocks around the house.
Thinking back to our childhood I think playing with construction toys and toy blocks were two of the toys that were the most fun. Educational kids toys that are open-ended keep kids busy with fun play as well as enabling them to develop social skills.
Whether at home or in a day care center, having plenty of different sized toy blocks to play with will offer children opportunities to play either alone or with others. Our 24 piece set of ImagiBRICKS (by Smart Monkey Toys), contain 4 large 12 x 6 x 3 red blocks, 6 medium size 6 x 6 x 3 blocks and 14 small 6 x 3 x 3 blue blocks.
This is a good starter set for younger children who may not be ready to pickup the larger blocks, yet the set has four large blocks waiting for them when they are ready to handle the larger ones. Once you see they can pick up and carry the red blocks you will be ready for sets of all large blocks in either red or rainbow colors.
When children begin showing interest in the larger blocks they will want to begin building towers and you will want to be ready with a set of larger toy blocks. Did you know that ImagiBRICKS are crush-proof and strong enough for even an adult to stand on? Visit our website and you can see me standing on one of the red blocks!
Do you have some favorite stuffed toys? Think back, what is the name of the stuffed bears you played with as a child? Where are your Teddy Bears today?
Classic black plush stuffed animals have American origins, which have been traced to a cartoon, published in the Washington Star in 1902. Clifford Berryman’s cartoon depicted Theodore Roosevelt (president from 1901 to 1909) sparing the life of a trapped bear cub while on a hunting expedition.
Teddy bears—now a staple of American childhood—can be useful in teaching twentieth-century gender history and material culture studies.
If you may remember the name of your teddy bears from your childhood you did better than I did. I remember he looked something like Papa Browser but was only about ten or twelve inches high. I think he was lost in a flood. I can not remember his name for the life of me.
Papa Browser is one of our giant, 54 inch stuffed toys available on our website, All I Can Imagine. He just arrived back in stock and is ready to put under your Christmas Tree (if you have a large tree that is).
Kids love to stack their toy blocks. They also like to knock them down. When you get them giant ImagiBRICKS™ to play with no one will get hurt when they knock down their towers and structures!
Manufactured by Smart Monkey Toys, these award-winning toys for toddlers are the block toys your grandparents played with when they were children. The only difference is that now they come with a drool-proof coating so they can be easily wiped down to prevent the spread of germs.
Another way younger children play with these blocks is to carry them around. This type of play will help your children develop stronger muscles and balance as the carry them around and set them down. As they get a little older they will begin building towers and other structures from their imaginations.
Being one of the best open-ended toys you can give your children toy blocks are great for individual play as well as group play. Group play will help develop your child’s social skills as they work together with others to create, build and knock down their structures.
Nicely packaged in a box with an image of the blocks these are great Christmas gifts; all you have to do is add some pretty wrapping paper or maybe just a large bow so you don’t cover up the pretty box!
Giggles will abound as the children run around and in and out of the towers while they learn to coordinate their little bodies as to not bump into the blocks. If you purchase the Rainbow blocks which include red, orange, green and purple blocks you can also teach your children four new colors as they play.
Starter sets include 16 red kids blocks. If you have more children you will want the larger sets or maybe even a small bulk quantity of 50 red blocks. See many selections on our website, All I Can Imagine.
Continuing from our previous article another good way to teach good manners is through playing with cardboard blocks. This toddler toy is perfect for allowing young children to interact with one another and learn to share.
It’s probably no surprise to you, but many toddlers struggle with sharing. However, children who have open ended toddler toys will give them the perfect opportunity to learn how to share. Again, it is important that you are consistent with your efforts and work on instilling manners at every possible moment of each day.
Your children observe manners all day long; whether you are conscience of it or not. Everyone we adults interact with involves certain “standard politeness” and showing respect for others. The tone of our voice, the words we speak, the expressions on our faces and all other body languages are observed by our children.
When I see a child out in public treat a younger brother or sister in a harsh manner I can only assume they have learned this manner by observation and experiences in their home and other environments they are involved in.
Because we all want polite, well behaved children remember they lean from what they see and experience. They will not be kind and respectful if we are not showing them these manners in our own actions.
For homes and schools who want to order cardboard blocks, our toys for toddlers may be seen on our website, All I Can Imagine.
In conclusion, there really is not an exact “guide” for you to follow when teaching a toddler good manners. You will learn what works and what doesn’t through trial and error, but the most important thing is that you are consistent with what works. Your toddler will learn and begin to demonstrate good manners when he is constantly exposed to them. Therefore, the key to teaching good manners is to always be consistent with your efforts!