Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Early Learning, Language and Literacy
What can be more important to your child’s development than language and literacy? However, many children still grow up struggling with their language and literacy skills. Give your child a head start by introducing language and literacy at an early age; don’t wait until they go to school before they are encouraged to develop their language and literacy skills. There are so many ways in which we can make learning fun for our children simply games like ‘I spy with my little eye’ and the alphabet song make learning a fun and enjoyable experience for children.
Encourage your child to learn to write the letters of their name even get big copies of the letters and get your child to colour them in or dot to dot the letters and get your child to join the dots. All of this will boost your child’s confidence and development.
The more a child is shown letters and encouraged to sound them out or just play with them your child will naturally develop their language and literacy skills. There are many toys on the market which specifically help children with their language and literacy such as colourful alphabet books, pop up letter books. We all know children love to touch and feel things so why not get them some letters they can safely play with.
Developed and designed for Smart Start Toys we have this beautifully embroidered wall hanging is a unique learning tool for young children as they take their first steps into reading and spelling. The chart includes 40 first words that are taught in the primary classroom and include words that cover first combinations of vowels and consonants. Each word has a corresponding picture and there are enough letters to spell each word. Just follow the link My first words
Friday, April 24, 2009
Ride on toys are great for toddlers and small children up to the age of around 7 years old, the benefit of these wooden ride on toys is that they help develop the skills needed for balance and coordination. When you child becomes confident to ride for example a 2 wheeler bicycle then you would have helped the child’s skills develop by starting off early with the wooden ride on toys.
The earlier you try to develop these fundamental skills of balance and coordination the better, as many of the youngsters today are not getting the benefit due to the huge increase of video games and television. A child should be able to develop their skills naturally through play and ride on toys help with this development.
Ride On Toys Simplicity
Primary colours are perfect, as we all know primary colours stimulate young children, so when choosing the right ride on toys you may want to consider colours and material. Wooden Ride On Toys are simple and traditional and will live up to taking rough treatment when your toddler is growing up.
There are many styles of Ride On Toys to choose from, firstly the classic pedal car, it suits ages from 3 upwards, its ideal for those kids who love to drive. It’s made from strong steel and very tough, and the look is great.
Next up would be the Classic Red Racer, again it’s made of very strong durable steel and very easy to handle, your kids would love this one it also has rubber tyres, easy on the floor, suitable for ages between 1-3
The Giraffe Ride-on shape sorter, ages 18 months up, it’s made of wood and has 4 slots for different shapes to go in, this toy holds lots of interest for toddlers with its strong primary colours it also acts a table when the blocks can be used to make buildings.
Kiddimoto Scrambler, this toy is suitable for ages 3 upwards, now this is quite a clever toy as it’s a bike with no pedals, not only does it help teach a child how to develop balance but children won’t scrape their feet when they ride it, and once the child gets the hang of it, they can go straight onto a 2 wheeler bike without the need for stabilisers
Another is the Kiddimoto Superbike its practically the same as above just looks different.
The Shape Sorter Zebra is another one like the Giraffe Shape sorter but it’s got black and white stripes of course
Transporter Trike, this is suitable for ages 1 upwards, now this is a good looking sturdy trike, ideal for toddlers up to pedal age, its brightly coloured and made of wood.
Wheelybug Ladybug, this Ride On Toy is suitable for ages 2 upwards, this multi award winning wheely bug as great for boys and girls, they move in every direction and can be great fun as its quite unique and will surely help develop spatial awareness and gross motor skills enhancement.
Other additions are the Wheelybug Bee, Wheelybug Cow and the Wheelybug Mouse.
If you are interseted in any of these products follow the link here Ride on Toys
What can be more important than the early learning and development of our children? Children quickly develop a keen interest in the things around them using all of their five senses to work out how things smell, taste, look like, feel and sound. This gives parents the opportunity to let their children use toys that particularly stimulate and develop these senses, giving their child an understanding of the different smells, tastes, colours, textures and sounds there are to experience.
Babies are naturally drawn to bright colours, reaching out to touch and to feel objects that offered to them usually resulting in them tasting the object too. This is an important aspect of the child’s development and one which can be capitalised on with the right choice in stimuli. Children’s toys can be great stimuli for your child and help to structure their development particularly their fine motor skills and visual senses. Toys that get young children to use their ears, eyes, fingers and hands will aid early development and improve both their fine motor skills and visual senses. If your child is actively engaged in experimenting with all their senses they will quickly learn what sounds, colours and textures they like or dislike.
Young children require 24/7 care and this can be hard work, giving children educational toys can keep your children entertained for hours and all the time you know they are developing necessary skills. Here at Smart Start Toys we offer a range of different educational toys to stimulate your child’s senses and improve their early development in particular we offer Curly the Cobra. A multi sensory fully entertaining toy for children still in cots and play pens......pull his tongue and watch curly shake; squeak the ladybird; squeeze the tactile butterfly; peek-a-boo fun in the flower mirror. It is bright and extremely colourful for visual stimulation and it attaches to cribs, playpens and strollers. We also have Daisy the Activity Turtle a gorgeous gardening turtle character full of tactile, sensory fun with a rattling watering can; vibrating gnome; squeaking snail friend; crinkly butterfly; realistic feel seed packet; crinkly jingling hat; this fun colourful baby toy provides plenty of activities to keep any child intrigued for hours.
For further information follow the link Early Learning and Baby Development