Stroll through any most stores and you will notice walls and walls of toys which are loud -- toys that need batteries, or toys that resemble your son or daughter'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 will let you know what we do. We decide to fill our homes with some of the following old-fashioned items.
Children love to use felt to make up 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.
After having obtained your board, let the fun commence.
Go to a craft or fabric store and purchase a few sheets of felt in different colors. After that, cut out unusual shapes in all colors and dimensions. (You'll be amazed at how quickly kids will make an alien, ship, house, or person from nothing more a handful of circles, rectangles, and triangles.
No house can have a sufficient amount of books. Ensure that your home has a portrayal of great fiction books as well as non-fiction books. A mix of the two is quite significant. Most homes have a deficit of non-fiction books, so fill your house with Science, History and Art books. Children should try to figure out how to read and appreciate non-fiction books to be able to do well in research when they get to higher levels in their schooling.
Building blocks and Lego:
Kids can have fun for hours building towers, bridges, cities, and more with the type of toys that inspire creativity, patience, and tiny motor skills. When their masterpiece is finished, have your child pretend to become a giant and crash through the blocks - or grab a couple of small cars and drive around the new city which they have created! Remember to name the city and have your child tell you all about it.
Art and supplies:
Present your child with some crayons, scissors, junk mail, and glue. She or he will be entertained for several hours if they are given a little encouragement. But do keep a close eye on them if you do not want your son or daughter to have a self-induced haircut or attach the dog to their artwork!
It is east to make a couple of puppets out of socks, paper bags, felt, cloth, and sticks. Assist them to make a stage and tell stories. Get out the video camera and capture your son or daughter's brilliance!
Whether your musical instruments are home-created using a comb and wax paper or bought from store, making music is a wonderful 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. Embark upon 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 using your children as the stars. Keep a camera handy to capture the fun. Also, keep watch over the pets. Cats don't always appreciate wearing a sombrero. Trust me, I have the scars to prove it!
There is nothing more enjoyable than watching your child conjure up stories as the members of the family move around in a dolls house. Plus, if it is a wooden dolls house, they get the additional advantage of designing it with some wallpaper scraps and carpet remnants! That dolls house could be a family heirloom if enough love is put into it.
Within the Kitchen:
Youngsters 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 kids long enough for there hands to seem pruny. Or for a fun alternative, give them puffed rice cereal and some 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 creating Childrens Tea Sets 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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