Tips for Choosing Toys for Toddlers
19 July

Tips for Choosing Toys for Toddlers

How do you choose which gifts are right for your child? This article offers some ideas for choosing toys that will grow with your child, challenge her, and nurture her thinking, physical, language, and social-emotional skills. By Rebecca Parlakian Toddlers are little explorers who learn by doing. Play gives your child a great opportunity to develop and practice new skills at her own pace by following her unique interests. The toys and playthings your child has available to her can shape her development in important ways. While it may seem like choosing toys for toddlers should be easy, as you walk into a toy store today, the only thing that’s easy is feeling overwhelmed. There is a huge array of toys that have been developed for the toddler market. How do you choose which are right for your child? How can you tell which are high quality and which will...
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How playing with toys can benefit your child’s development
19 July

How playing with toys can benefit your child’s development

Toys open up a world of learning opportunities for kids. Here’s how they can benefit your child’s development. Anyone would be forgiven for viewing toys as special occasion gifts that offer a temporary distraction for children, or as objects that entertain little ones while we busy ourselves with grown-up duties. Yet beyond this, toys open up a world of learning opportunities for kids. The benefits of playing with toys Playing with toys equips children with skills that foster their development beyond imaginary battles between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their enemies, or playing house with the yummy smelling Num Noms. Along with many other valuable dexterities, toys help kids develop fine motor skills and think creatively. The more children play with toys, the more equipped they become for progression to other stages of their lives. While they play, children learn a number of skills they will need and use...
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Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bond.
19 July

Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bond.

    Abstract Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. This report addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centered play. This report offers guidelines on how pediatricians can advocate for children by helping families, school systems, and communities consider how best to ensure that play is protected as they seek the balance in children’s lives to create the optimal developmental milieu.           INTRODUCTION Play is so important to optimal child development...
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The best educational toys for kids
19 July

The best educational toys for kids

Children learn by playing, and educational toys encourage the development of essential skills like creativity, thinking outside the box, and problem-solving.   Like it or not, the toys we choose to buy for our kids can make a difference in their development. During your child’s growing years, it is important to provide them with educational toys that allow them to learn while they play. Different types of toys require children to use different skill sets and tap into different learning areas of the brain.  While any toy can offer value to a developing brain, there are certain toys, usually referred to as educational, learning or instructional toys that provide specific value to children. The beauty of educational toys is double fold, as they appeal to both children and parents. At their core, they are still toys, so they don’t seem like homework or a burden to children, yet they conveniently,...
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Flying With A Toddler – 15 Tips and Ideas
19 July

Flying With A Toddler – 15 Tips and Ideas

  I’m not going to lie to you — flying with a toddler isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It can be downright traumatic at times, especially if you haven’t put any thought and preparation into your upcoming flight. Rest assured, sometimes you’ll get lucky and have an enjoyable, relaxed flight with your toddler. In which case, you’ll totally feel like doing a happy dance right there in the isle, all the way up to the cockpit and back. But if you’re a parent who doesn’t want to leave flying with a toddler to chance, then you must read on.     You’ll discover my very best tips for air travel with a terrific toddler in tow. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of toddler air travel, while travelling the world for Around The World + Kids. With twelve months of flights and changing cities and...
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