Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spatial Toys and Awareness For Kids.

Have you seen descriptions of toys which say one of the focuses is spatial awareness?  Every wonder what this is exactly?  When I first saw this on a toy, I wondered what it was and how it worked.  So, I looked up the definition.

Spatial awareness is the ability to see and understand two or more objects in relation to each other and to one's body in terms of space and distance.  It's also understanding the relationship of objects when there is a position change including rotation.

Spatial awareness is a complex cognitive skill that kids develop at an early age through play with 3D toys as opposed to 2D electronic, computerized items. There are many toys available that fall into this category.

Below are some pictures of spatial toys.  You may recognize them, or already have them for your child.  Comments are always welcome.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Best Toys For 3-Year-Olds

Do you have a 3 year old toddler and are wondering what is the best way to create a learning environment?  I found this video and article which has a lot of information which may help.  We all want our kids to have the best start in life that's possible.  There are many developmental skills they can and will learn before they start going to school.

This video and article will give you a lot of information about the things your kids are learning at this age and the different types of toys and how they will help your child to develop these skills.  Their education is even more important now with our high tech society.

You can see this video and article here.  Please leave any comments you might have.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Guidecraft Learning Toys PowerClix Frames 48 Pc Magnetic Set

The Guidecraft Learning Toys PowerClix Frames Magnetic Set is Great for kids and is an easy and fun construction toy.  The pieces are made of translucent colorful plastics in geometric shapes.  The open-ended, non-repelling magnetic pieces allow creative and inspiring 2D and 3D construction.

Kids will have hours of fun playing with this toy set.  They can create unique shapes and designs, or learn using shape and color sorting.  There is a Creative Guide included which provides building ideas.  The set can be combined with all PowerClix sets for even more designing fun!

We are offering a 20% discount for the next 4 days, and there is always free shipping on all our toys.  Check it out here and purchase this awesome PowerClix set for your kids!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

BBB's Tips For Finding A Safe Summer Camp.

Are you thinking of letting your children go to summer camp?  There are a variety of themed summer camps available for kids now along with the regular camps.

I found an article from BBB which says the most important elements to consider are that the facilities are safe, the camp is well-run and properly maintained and has well-trained staff.  It also gives a check-list of what to look for when thinking of a specific camp for you children.  It is a really good article to use as a reference.  You can read this article here.

Children can have lots of fun at Camp.  They can also learn a lot skills while they are there.  As parents, we want them to be safe and happy!  Good luck with your camp-hunting!

If you have any insights or other comments, please leave them below!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lego's Play Tables For Kids! Fun, Fun, Fun!

I think all kids love to play with Lego's.  There are so many different Lego sets you can purchase now.  When my kids were little, they all ended up in one big, messy box.  And in order to start building with them, yep, the box got dumped!

Now there are many solutions for this problem.  There are many storage options and one nice way is having a table to build on plus built in storage bins.  Many DIY sites can show you how to build one of your own.  Or, if you're aren't able to build one yourself, you can purchase one which fits your needs and play area.

I have added a few ideas for Lego tables.  Personally, I like all of them because they all provide a fun working space for kids.  There are a lot more ideas out there.  So whether you have a small play area, or a big one, you'll be able to find a great Lego table for your kids!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

100 COOL IDEAS! Cute Girls' Bed Rooms

There are many ideas for girls' bedrooms!  Do you have a little princess?  This video has several ideas for "carriage" beds, canopy beds, castles and just regular beds with all the princess accessories.  There are themed-toy rooms.  Or is your little girl growing up and her room needs to be updated.  Lots of ideas for her on the video.  There are elegant rooms down to very simple rooms with a few personal decorations and bedding which makes a special room for your young lady.  You'll be able to take away a lot of ideas from this video!  Half the fun will be designing the room with your child.  Enjoy the video and leave a comment if you think of something different!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Are Your Children Acting Out?

It's been a long time since I was around a child acting out.  Being retired, I usually go to the store on weekdays and miss the busy time when families are shopping.  I recently went to the store on a Saturday and ran into this situation.  It is upsetting for both parents and shoppers.  This set me to wondering how parents can deal with this situation nowadays.  Back in "the day" as people my age call it, we were either spanked, grounded to the house, had to do unwanted extra chores for a week, or lost privileges (we didn't have all the electronic gadgets that could be taken away back then)!

So I Googled it.  I found a good article on "Acting Out".  It gives a good definition of this situation along with why it happens, the symptoms, when to call a doctor and ways to treat the problem.  Back in my day, we just thought the child was spoiled rotten.  But there are many more things involved which can be an underlying cause.

If you are having this problem, or just want to know more about it, you can click here to read the article.

If you have thoughts to share, please leave a comment!