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Are Traditional Wooden Toys Still As Good For Baby, Toddler, And Child Development As Modern Toys

March 7th, 2021

With so many different toys on the market it is not surprising that choosing a toy for a baby, toddler or child can become unnecessarily confusing. It seems that unless a toy can buzz, flash, beep and grab your attention in some kind of weird and wonderful way then it is in danger of no longer deserving its shelf space. So where does this leave the traditional toys of yesteryear? Have things moved on so far that they no longer have any educational value? Have they finally past their sell by date?

To answer this question it is important to understand the basics of newborn, toddler and child development.

Cognitive development

Cognitive development focuses on how children learn and process information. The development of the mind involves language, mental imagery, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and memory development. All of these are skills which need to be learned by the child as cognitive development is not an automatic process. Colour and shape sorters, stackers and puzzles are ideal tools to help develop cognitive skills from an early age as well as eye-hand coordination. Whilst there are many fine examples of modern, battery operated toys suited to developing these skills you can’t beat the simple traditional educational wooden toys that have been around for years.

Fine Motor skills

Fine Motor skills can be defined as small muscle movements: those that occur in detailed hand to eye coordination such as picking a small object up from the floor. Teaching fine motor skills requires patience and understanding. They also take time and practice to acquire and are built upon four key skills: Grasping/holding objects, reaching out to objects, releasing objects deliberately, and rotating the wrist in different directions. Excellent traditional wooden toys to develop fine motor skills include shape sorters, playing with wooden puppets or dolls, and wooden puzzles.

Gross Motor skills

Gross Motor skills involve the larger muscles in the arms, legs and body, for example to walk, run, throw, lift and kick. These skills also relate to body awareness, reaction, speed, balance and strength. Traditional toys which help stimulate gross motor development include toys with hammers such as ball pounders or diy sets, skipping ropes and ride on toys.

Social skills

As a child develops from being a baby through its toddler years it is important that it acquires good social skills and what better way to learn these than through imaginative role play both independently and with other children. Ideal toys to encourage this important aspect of development include child friendly equivalents of all kinds of domestic tools that mum, dad and other carers use around the house, or elsewhere, such as wooden kitchen equipment, tool boxes, musical instruments, phones, tills etc.

In conclusion a good toy will stimulate the sense of sight, sound, and touch and help cultivate motor, social, and cognitive skills as well as eye-hand coordination. And, the old favorite traditional wooden toys can stand proudly next to their modern counterparts in helping with baby, toddler and child development. And, what is more, they won’t cost a fortune in batteries to maintain!

Camping with Baby/Toddler – YOU MUST BE CRAZY! Here is How to Do It Smoothly!

February 7th, 2021

A family that performs activities together is a family that will stay together. One of the best activities to do with the family is to go on a camping trip together. If there is a toddler in the family, then there are specific baby camping gear that has to be added to the usual camping supply list. Without this baby camping gear, what was anticipated to be a few days of holiday and leisure may turn out to be a holiday of misery.

Of course, the first and foremost necessity of the baby on the trip would be its diapers. Take along as many diapers as possible so that the baby will feel comfortable on the trip. Along with the diapers, you will also have to take some wipes. Since we use wipes in our family for the bathroom, for stains on clothing, cleaning dirty arms and legs, sticky furniture, etc.. I am sure you will not be disappointed with having lots of extra wipes to help stay clean in your vehicle and campground. You will needs lots of extra sets of baby clothing, and extra pairs of shoes.

Whether you nurse your baby or not, it is advisable to bring along some formula, and of course, your Gerber toddler foods. It will give the mother a little more freedom should she so choose, and how often is a family together for a bonding experience? This gives the father an opportune time to feed the baby while his Mom goes fishing for dinner :) !! Naturally you will not want to forget the bottles.

Some cap, sun block lotion too and some bug spray that is safe for kids is advisable to avoid the baby having to go through misery with the various insects in the camping trail. The favorite blanket or stuffed toy of the child is very important to keep the baby quiet and content throughout the camping trip – In addition, some lightweight toys to keep the baby busy with.

You can choose from many baby back carriers for you to carry the baby while hiking, while keeping your back comfortable. There are also many baby strollers to choose from for use on trails. These are all the essential baby camping gear that has to be taken on a camping trip with your baby. This way, you will be sure of having a great family outing with your baby, in the camping trip.

While babies may seem to get a lot of focus, when it comes to camping. Often preschoolers get overlooked. That is why its crucial to bring along camping coloring pages as well as a plethora of snacks for camping. This will keep your young child interested and can be a preventive from the kids wandering away unsupervised.

And of course you will want cameras and other video equipment to remember this time when you were in the outdoors. To look back on a time when the idea of taking a baby/toddler on a camping trip seemed reasonable, and not insane, as it may when you age.. Then when your children grow up and say ‘We never do anything Fun!’, you will have this as your proof!.