Educating Your Children With Wooden Toys.

By: Barry Meat

A world of exploration reveals itself to your toddler as she begin to achieve many exciting new things. And, obviously, they are getting closer and closer to walking. Many new parents begin to feel a substantial amount of anticipation for the massive day to happen when they take their first steps.

Leading up to walking
A a very young age they can manage to make thier way around quite well. she is probably creeping or crawling upstairs and toddling around home furniture. They could have even attempted to take a few steps with support. At this stage they will be developing and strengthening the muscles in thier lower body, as well as establishing thier sense of balance. she needs to be involved in activities that keep them on the move such as standing, crawling, climbing, exploring, walking, squatting, rolling and kicking a ball.
The world of exploration opens up to your 9-month-old as she begins to accomplish many exciting new things. she will discover ways to bend thier knees and to sit after standing, which is actually quite a complex task to accomplish. One way to help them strengthen thier legs is to kneel or stand in front of them, hold out your arms, reaching your hands encouragingly toward them, and grasp both thier hands and walk them toward you.

There are many push toys that she can hold onto and push, which enable them to build not only thier muscles but also thier confidence. Should you decide to buy one of these toys, ensure that it has a wide base for support.

One crucial factor to consider at this stage of thier life is safety. If you havenít childproofed your home, you should definitely consider putting safety latches on the doors of off-limit cabinets where you store cleaning solutions and medicines. Curiosity almost ensures she will make a beeline for the very place you retain such things.

As she starts to cruise the furniture and spend more time upright than crawling, many parents begin to consider whether or not shoes are necessary. Apparently almost everyone you talk to has a definite opinion about the subject. But according to Penelope Leach, in Your Baby and Child, the majority of experts believe that she wonít will require shoes until she is walking around outdoors on a regular basis.
In fact, by allowing them to go barefoot, you will be enabling them to accomplish two significant factors needed in walking. First, she will be strengthening thier arches and leg muscles, and second, they can balance much easier when thier feet are bare because they can feel the various textures of what she is walking on.

Hands-on play:
Though you will be concentrating a lot of time on increasing thier large motor skills, it's also crucial that you continue developing the fine motor skills by means of hands-on play, they should be quite good at manipulating toys and other objects such as a bottle or cup. Stacking and shape-sorter toys are wonderful because they are three-dimensional and encourage them to gather up, stack, release and take away objects. But you do not need to rush out and purchase a sorting or stacking type of toy. You can simply give them a plastic bucket with colourful blocks or toys which have moving parts, like plastic or wooden cars with doors that open and shut and wheels that roll. For stacking you can use blocks, cardboard books or merely plastic food containers out of your kitchen. Just remember to check the size of the objects, ensuring they will not be small enough for them to swallow.

Changing emotions:
Thier emotional development changes significantly as she becomes quite adept at asserting therselves, making thier wants and needs known. You might have noticed that they now respond to your gestures with thier own intentional gestures. For example, when you reach out to them they will reach out to you in response. They will also initiate social interactions with those close to them. You notice how they reach for your hair or Dad's nose and raises thier arms up, signaling that they wishes to be picked up. They express excitement and pleasure by smiling and placing fingers in your mouth, then thier own, and finally, she|they} can protest or show anger by pushing away objects, screaming when you take away toys or they slide food off of the high chair tray.

Fears and anxieties
Other emotions they demonstrate are fear and anxiety. Stranger anxiety usually begins around 9 months of age, although it can become visible earlier or later. But because this is the point when separation anxiety is at its peak, it would be completely normal for them to be upset when she is unable to see you. Your 9-month-old does not comprehend that when something is out of sight it is only temporarily disappeared. Whenever you apply this to something or someone of a greater significance such as Mummy or Daddy, she may feel separation anxiety and form an extreme attachment to you, thus causing them to show fear toward everyone else. This can be most difficult for grandparents, carers and other family members to understand. There are ways that you can employ to help them cope with anxiety. You can actually play object permanence games like peek-a-boo, which helps them to understand that just because she is unable to see you for an instant it does not mean that you are gone for good.

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I have been creating wooden toys or many 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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