Parenting

Preschool Educational Toy Ideas

Preschool educational toys come in a wide variety of types and styles. Choosing the best preschool toy for your child can be challenging, especially if you’ve never bought one before. Here are some tips to help you find the right toys for your preschooler:

Find out what type of activities the toys can be used for. Does it have a soft, quiet function? Is it a building or construction toy? Are there toys that allow children to move and make sounds, such as cranes or balls? For sure, these are some of the main features that you should check when looking for preschool educational toys.

Determine how big your preschooler is. This will affect what size the toy needs to be. Most toys designed for preschoolers are made to hold your child’s tiny hands. Thus, they need to be the right size. The toys should not be too small or too large for your preschooler. Remember, he or she will probably hold on to these toys for quite a while.

Consider the age of your child when buying preschool educational toys. Toddlers usually want soft, colorful, and cuddly toys. Most toys are designed with this in mind. But as your toddler grows older, the toys become more advanced. In addition, many of these toys include movement. Thus, they are good for toddlers who are not ready to learn how to read yet.

As your preschooler progresses from infancy to toddler, the toys may become more interactive. For example, some toys are designed to help your preschooler recognize shapes and animals, and some even include interactivity with teachers or parents. On the other hand, you don’t want your toddler to get bored with a boring toy. If you’re buying a musical toy for your two-year-old, you may want to keep an open mind about the appropriate age for your baby. Just make sure that it’s suitable for your child’s age and development level.

You may also want to consider the type of material that the toys are made of. Most children’s toys are either made of wood or plastic. Wooden toys are more durable compared to other materials, and they last longer. However, plastic toys may look more appealing and are much easier to clean, but they are not safe for your child’s health. Playhouses and toddler towers should be made of non-toxic materials, and they are very convenient for your child to play with.

Parents can choose toys from a wide range of educational toy boxes, bins, and storage units. Educational toy boxes are full of pretending to play with toys and different colored blocks, which help your child develop his imagination. They also have mobiles and balls, which improve your child’s eye-hand coordination, problem-solving and fine motor skills. There are wooden storage boxes and toy chests, which help develop hand and eye coordination, as well as imagination. Educational toy chests come in all sorts of different sizes, and they are great for keeping books, crayons, puzzles, and art supplies.

A toy box is a great place to store your child’s most wanted toys, and it looks very attractive sitting on your stand at home or in your child’s room. In addition to these boxes, storage furniture such as toy cabinets is very useful to store and display your child’s toys. These furniture items are available in different styles and colors, and they are ideal storage options for all your child’s stuff. Toy storage furniture is also ideal to give to your child when he goes off to college. A child’s dorm room will look very attractive with his own furniture and bed, and his friends will be impressed with his choice of furniture.

Parenting Tips – Promote Achievement and School Success on the Home Front

Research suggests that parental involvement is a key ingredient to support success in school. But lots of parents don’t feel qualified to tackle the responsibility of teaching and wonder what they can do to help. The following are some things you can do and talk about to help your kids succeed–and feel good about it.

1) Make learning relevant–Make sure your child sees what he’s learning reflected in the “real” world. Ask questions. Find out what interested him/her during school  find examples related to those topics of interest and expand your conversation. Look for real-world stories on the internet, at the library, or in the newspaper or magazines. By supplementing their at-school learning experience at home, you’re expanding their vision and promoting the idea that more info can be fun–and that what they learn is relevant.

2) Be cautious about how you talk about “learning” and “education” with your kids and around them. Kids inherit your attitudes and ideas about everything–they listen, they watch and they accept your beliefs as truth. It is important to avoid negative statements (i.e. how you had “difficulty in school” and that “teachers are unfair”). Instead, share your positive experiences in learning (i.e. how something you learned was useful or remembering your favorite teacher or an inspiring experience in school).

3) Model goal-setting behaviors. Kids are usually pretty “immediate”. They live in the moment and can’t always see the value of long-term goals–and sometimes they lose patience. When you talk about your own goals and how long-term planning helped you achieve your goals (and how much better off you are as a result), you’re demonstrating a pattern of behavior and thinking. If you talk without lecturing, kids will hear your stories and (without effort) assume your attitude as “the way we do things in our family”.

4) Demonstrate your commitment to your child’s success. Be sure you’ve supplied the “tools” for success: purchase a calendar or to-do list notebook to help him/her keep on schedule; dedicate a quiet, comfortable and well-lit space for home-work; maintain (and re-supply as necessary) a handy assortment of school/study supplies (paper, pencils, etc).

5) Organize your living space to reserve a special area for your child’s school papers. Dedicate a shelf or tabletop for books, backpack, school communications, lunch money, etc. When school materials are blatantly kept in a prominent area (rather than stashed away), you’re providing a constant visual reminder of the value of being prepared for school–And, important items are less likely to get lost or forgotten.

6) Be a “Coach”–actively support your child with encouraging words and confidence-building praise. It isn’t your job to teach your child when you’re helping with homework–teaching is the teacher’s role. Teachers assign homework to give students an opportunity to review what was learned in school and practice skills that were taught and exercise independent responsibility. Kids will be more willing to buckle down with their homework (and actually learn) when they feel positive support from you rather than reacting to nagging, teasing, or threats of punishment. Coaches get more “work” out of their team with “you-can-do-it” type statements than they would with “do-it-or-else” threats. So, one more time: be a “Coach” for your kids to support their school success.