Saunter in to any toy stores and you will spot walls and walls of toys which are loud -- toys that require batteries, or toys that look like your child's favorite movie character.
What about those of us who wish to bring up our children to use a bit of imagination and curiosity? I am going to tell you what we do. We decide to fill our homes with a few of these old-fashioned items.
Children love to use felt to tell stories. You will need a felt board to begin with obviously. You can make your board using a|from a} sheet of felt or you can buy a felt board.
Once you have got your board, let the excitement commence.
Visit a craft or fabric store and buy a few sheets of felt in various colors. Then, cut out unusual shapes in all colors and sizes. (You'll be surprised at how rapidly a child can make an alien, ship, house, or person out of little more than a few circles, rectangles, and triangles.
No home can have an adequate amount of books. Be sure your home has a representation of great fiction books as well as non-fiction books. A mixture of both is incredibly crucial. Most households have a shortage of non-fiction books, so fill your house with Science, History and Art books. Kids need to learn to read and appreciate non-fiction books in order to do well in research once they get to higher levels in their education.
Building blocks and Lego:
Children can play for hours building towers, bridges, cities, and more with the kind of toys that inspire creativity, patience, and small motor skills. When their work of art is finished, have the child pretend to be a giant and crash through the blocks - or grab a handful of small cars and drive around the new city which they have produced! Be sure to name the city and have your child tell you all about it.
Art and supplies:
Provide your youngster with some crayons, scissors, junk mail, and glue. He or she will be entertained for hours if they are given a little encouragement. But do keep a close eye on them if you do not want your youngster to have a self-induced haircut or attach your dog to their artwork!
It is east to make a couple of puppets out of socks, paper bags, felt, cloth, and sticks. Help them to make a stage and tell stories. Get out the video camera and catch your child's brilliance!
Whether your musical instruments are home-made with a comb and wax paper or bought from shop, making music is a superb way to spend the day. Teach your child that music can be created from anything, from an old cereal box, to banging two pieces of wood together. Go on a walk with them and just listen to the sounds of nature.
Get out your old prom dresses, big hats, shirts and ties, old Halloween costumes (or buy extra pieces after Halloween for year-round fun!). Bring out that box of costumes and watch some shows with your children as the stars. Keep a camera handy to capture the fun. Also, keep an eye on the pets. Cats don't always appreciate wearing a sombrero. Trust me, I have the scars to prove it!
There is certainly nothing more enjoyable than watching your son or daughter conjure up stories as the members of the family move around in a dolls house. Plus, if it is a wooden dolls house, there is the added benefit of designing it with some wallpaper scraps and carpet remnants! That dolls house might be a family heirloom if enough love is put into it.
Within your Kitchen:
Kids love to play Kitchen, whether it is pretending mixing air, or getting to play with food. Give your child a good time by giving them safe kitchen utensils to play with in the sink. Mixing, pouring, and scooping bubbles and water entertains my children long enough for there hands to seem pruny. Or for a fun alternative, give them puffed rice cereal a few bowls and utensils on the kitchen floor to play with. Just plan to vacuum afterwards as there will be quite a mess!
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I have been making Childrens Wooden Bookends or quite a few years and it is still the best sight in the world when you see the childrens faces light up when you give them a wooden toy to play with.
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