Archive for July, 2011
As a parent do you feel computer games are a mixed blessing? Growing up in the 1950’s we had no electronic games; we were told: “go outside and play”. We had no trouble playing for hours at a time without any “props”.
But in today’s world there are more options, including computer games for babies and toddlers. I believe cribs are no place for a computer game, but a stuffed animal or a safe baby rattle is.
When a child is preschool age, a computer (used sensibly) will serve as both an educational tool and entertainment function. Before parents decide to provide a computer to their preschool age children they will have a job to do. They will need to do research and find programs which are both age appropriate and which are consistent with their religious beliefs and family values.
Setting time limits for time on the computer is also important and these rules will need to be set in place from the get go. “Real play” is, as always, paramount to raising healthy mentally, physically and socially emotional growth and development in all children and there must be a healthy balance between active and inactive play time. The challenge is, of course, to find the right balance for each individual toddler.
One of your children may be inherit-ably active. Other children may become active while others have to have some activities thrust upon them. You will notice that one of your children is always exploring, running, playing actively, while another is content to sit and read or play quietly with his 3d wooden puzzlesor playsets.
Getting your child to participate in an appropriate amount of quiet play, or on a computer, and “real play” – active, creative play, is important for an all-around balanced development. Some children have an over whelming need to be active all the time and may not be easily seduced into sedentary quiet play or watching TV or computer game play. But, they can be taught.
Giving your children and grandchildren intellectual stimulation as well as well-rounded extracurricular activities will result in a socially, well rounded individual. Do not let yourself get “roped” into activities you do not believe are best for your children just because others around you may be providing a baby in a crib a computer, making the TV their babysitter, or not encouraging a quiet child to “go outside and play”.
You may enjoy exploring our line of safe wood puzzles – pictured here is our Wolf 3d puzzle.
See our other children’s toys for both individual and group play at our online toy store, All I Can Imagine.
It is 90 plus degrees and too hot to go outside; but, still I began thinking about Christmas shopping as I picked up a few items yesterday afternoon while I was at my favorite dollar store.
Christmas shopping can be fun, profitable, and best of all, stress-free. Stay with me here; picture this. You have just discovered you have some “unscheduled time”, time to yourself and no one needs anything and you do not have to go anywhere – it can happen!
Because there is no rush and no time constraints, boot up your computer and have some fun shopping for some new children’s wooden toys either for your kids, grandkids, or extended family and friends kids.
Parents who shop early as in July, August or September have more time to explore toddler learning toys on various websites and locate wood blocks, indoor playsets and other wooden kid’s toys which you will most likely not find in retail stores.
Take your time; it is fun to meander around different online toy stores and your feet won’t begin to hurt! Think about the excitement on Christmas morning when your toddlers open up that special gift, that unique toddler toy no one else on your block has yet to provide their kids.
Popular children’s toys may be found at All I Can Imagine. Or you might begin getting your child (or add to a previous) set of ImagiBRICKS, cardboard building blocks.
Because you have chosen to shop early you will not have to worry about delivery issues that often occur in December when you wait to shop. Shopping will also be fun because you will enjoy browsing around different stores and not have to think: “I’ve got to find a nice toy today, I waited until the last minute, again, with no idea of what I want to get.
Take your time shopping for your toddler’s toys; it is only July and it is too hot to go outside. If you find a toy that is on sale so much the better. Shopping on line is profitable even if you do not find a toy that is on sale because you saved on gas, buying a drink when driving from store to store and you were able to eat from you own refrigerator.
Yes, Christmas shopping can be fun, profitable, and best of all, stress-free and you will feel proud of yourself for being so smart to shop early!