Babies Need To Learn!

By: Barry Meat

Saunter through any toy stores and you will notice walls and walls of toys that are loud -- toys that need batteries, or toys that look like your son or daughter's much loved movie character.

What about those of us who want to bring up our youngsters to use a bit of imagination and curiosity? I'll let you know what we do. We decide to fill our houses with a number of the following old-fashioned items.

Felt Boards:
Children love to use felt to tell stories. You will need a felt board to begin with obviously. It is quite easy to 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.

Go to a craft or fabric store and buy a few sheets of felt in different colors. After that, cut out dissimilar shapes in all colors and sizes. (You will be amazed at how rapidly a child can make an alien, ship, house, or person out of little more than a small number of circles, rectangles, and triangles.

No house can have an adequate amount of books. Make sure that your house has a representation of great fiction books as well as non-fiction books. A mixture of both is incredibly crucial. Most homes have a shortfall of non-fiction books, so fill your home with Science, History and Art books. Children should try to figure out how to read and understand non-fiction books so they can do well in research after they get to higher levels in their education.

Building blocks and Lego:
Kids can fool around for hours building towers, bridges, cities, and much more with the type of toys that encourage creativity, patience, and tiny motor skills. When the work of art is finished, have your child pretend to be a giant and smash through the blocks - or grab one or two small cars and drive around the new city which they have produced! Remember to name the city and have your youngster tell you all about it.

Art and supplies:
Present your youngster with some crayons, scissors, junk mail, and glue. They will likely 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 son or daughter to get a self-induced haircut or attach the dog to their artwork!

It is east to make a couple of puppets using socks, paper bags, felt, cloth, and sticks. Assist them to make a stage and tell stories. Get out the video camera and capture your child's brilliance!

Musical Instruments:
Whether your musical instruments are home-made with 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. Go on a walk with them and just hear the sounds of nature.

Dressing-up Clothes:
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 kids 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 redecorating it with some wallpaper scraps and carpet remnants! That dolls house could be a family heirloom if enough love is put into it.

Around the Kitchen:
Young ones love to play Kitchen, whether it is pretending mixing air, or getting to play with food. Give your son or daughter a great 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 appear 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 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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