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10 Ideas For Old Fashioned Retro And Mechanical Toys

October 1st, 2010 by admin

Some parents let their kids play on the computer from the earliest age. This probably has some advantages, but I always think chances are that today’s kids will spend a huge part of their lives in front of some kind of computer. So it would be a wise idea to introduce them to other things in life as well, don’t you think? Sports and outdoor games, paper arts, playing with old fashioned toys, or even making them are all great options to develop more curiosity, creativity and wider worldview in your children.

And early childhood is the best time for this – in school it could be too late. Here are 10 ideas for old fashioned and mechanical toys that can help you grow a smarter and happier kids:

1. Wooden car. Wooden toys are a great option for so many reasons – they are safe, ecological, warm and simple. Kids can easily understand them and the way they work. Wooden cars are great especially for boys – very often they even want to make them on their own. And making wooden toys isn’t that hard!

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Tips to Help Parents Encourage Exercise in Kids

September 24th, 2010 by admin

There are many ways for parents to encourage their children to exercise, and it is the responsibility of parents to help maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle for their kids. While physical education instructors also play a part in kids’ health with indoor gym classes and outdoor PE games, it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents to be good influences.

With the rising rates of obesity among adolescents, we should all be concerned for the health of the generation we are currently raising. Here are a few great ways that parents can encourage their children to exercise and remain active, without making it seem like a chore!

Encourage after-dinner walks and bike rides. When kids are young, they love nothing more than quality time with their parents; why would you want to replace that with sitcoms and cartoons? Rather than allowing kids to lounge in front of the TV, computer, or video game, head outside for a family walk or bike ride. During warm summer nights this can also be a great time to take kids to local community parks and playgrounds to engage with other children.

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Toddler Craft Supplies

August 4th, 2010 by admin

Alex Toys My Giant Busy Box ($23.46) is a great collection of craft materials and intructions for craft and art projects for toddlers. This kit includes two plastic frames, four animal punch outs, ten colors of dough and more.

This box is a very convenient way to keep you creative kids busy for hours! A mom says:  “I appreciate the ability to whip out a pre-packaged craft project that engages my little one without pre-planning or looking up ideas online, or taking her to buy supplies (in small quantities) for similar projects”.

Buy Alex Toys My Giant Busy Box from Amazon.com.

Printable Flat Stanley

August 4th, 2010 by admin

The Flat Stanley Story

Inspired by Jeff Brown’s book entitled Flat Stanley, this activity is designed to encourage children to share ideas and information with others, and taking part in the project is a good way to improve reading and writing skills. It also combines writing with many school subjects, including math, science, geography, social studies, and art.

To participate, the child creates a drawing of the book’s main character and cuts out the figure. Next, he takes him to visit other people or to see local points of interest, and he records his paper pal’s experiences in a journal. Then Flat Stanley, the journal, and a letter explaining the project are mailed to someone else who continues the activity and documents the character’s adventures in the small book.

After a few days, the flat friend and journal are returned to the original sender. Sometimes the character returns with souvenirs, postcards, or photos showing places to which he traveled or people with whom he visited. Flat Stanley has had some exciting adventures during his lifetime. He’s met several presidents, appeared on television, and even gone into space on a NASA Space Shuttle!

Read more: http://www.flatstanley.com/how.html

Free Online Bedtime Stories

July 17th, 2009 by admin

The website KOL Jr offers free online bedtime stories for preschoolers.The stories are organized into the categories Animals, Arthur, Fairy Tales, Family and Rhyming.

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A bedtime story about Arthur and his new puppy at KOL Jr.

Other good sites where you can look for free online stories for kids include Starfall.com and Speakaboos.com.

Art Lessons And Activities For Preschoolers

June 25th, 2009 by admin

The blog Elementary Art Lessons features instructions for beautiful art projects for preschoolers, Kindergarten and also for older kids. The blog is very attractive, instructive and has plenty of illustrations.

Projects include scratch art, cave art, shape collage, 3D scuplture and much more.!

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A pretty scratch art project in Grade 1, from the blog Elementary Art Lessons.

Paper Toy Crafts Printables

June 25th, 2009 by admin

The website Toy-A-Day offers one new printable paper toy pattern in PDF format per day. Using these PDF:s, you can build famous cartoon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Super Mario and Pokemon, or famous people, including Barrack Obama!

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A Pokemon paper toy from the Toy-a-day blog.

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The printable PDF pattern for building the Pokemon paper toy.

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