Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Develop Motor Skills and Coordination Through Play

Whether your children are busy running and tumbling across the yard, or completely engrossed building a tower out of blocks, their little bodies are working hard to develop motor skills and coordination through play. Motor skills can be divided into two main categories; gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Let's examine each type separately.

Gross motor skills begin development as an infant and are often marked as a child's firsts; the first time she rolled over, sat up on her own or took her first step. Gross motor skills require the use of muscles all over the body to work in unison to achieve whole body movement. Gross motor skills are further developed and refined through active play. That's why it's so important to encourage your child to get out into the sunshine and run, jump or climb to their heart's content. 

Children will never run out of ways to rearrange play sets that comes with bricks, balance beams, hoops and more. Your child will put his motor skills to the test, increasing his coordination and developing the foundation for sports skills.

Fine motor skills focus on the use of the muscles in the hands and fingers to perform more intricate tasks, such as holding spoons, turning pages, and later, tying shoes. Parents can encourage their child to develop motor skills of this type with hands on toys that require greater focus such as musical instruments and building blocks.

Pre-schoolers can begin to develop fine motor skills with a Developmental Play Cube. Your child can practice hand-eye coordination with zippers, buttons, velcro, laces, bow ties and more with this vinyl covered soft cube. The fine motor skills learned here prepare your child for Kindergarten and beyond.

As you can see, providing your child with a variety of opportunities for creative play aids in the development of all their motor skills. And while they may look like they are just having a good time, they are really preparing to enter the greater world around them.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Educate Your "Rugrats" from The Ground Up with Educational Area Rugs

Educate your rugrats from the ground up with amazingly versatile theme kids area rugs and classroom carpets from SensoryEdge. Kids spend much of their creative play time down on the ground so why not take this opportunity to continue their education or reinforce what they've already learned. The rugs and carpets offered by SensoryEdge come in a variety of educational topics that are colorful, comfortable and informative. Just take a look at a few of their children's rugs and carpets.

Make learning math facts much more fun with a numbers Rug. These rugs make organizing students easy Patterned after a traditional addition/subtraction table that allows your child to follow their finger from each number combination on the rug to the answer in no time at all. Through repetition, your child will absorb their math facts in no time at all with this wonder children's rug.

Classroom carpets are great teaching aids for pre-school and Kindergarten teachers. The Calendar Rug is a multi-functional carpet that helps teach the days of the week, months of the year, as well as reinforcing number and letter recognition. This interactive rug/carpet comes with a kit of 31 days and four special holidays, so children can arrange the current monthly calendar for themselves. This carpet makes learning these complex concepts easy and fun.

Increase your child's learning in a fun way, using the repetitive reinforcement found on these colorful, comfortable children's rugs and carpets.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Rock Your Child's World With Creative Rocking Toys

The rocking horse has long been a favorite childhood staple, and recognizing the importance of creative play, SensoryEdge brings you an extraordinary selection of rocking toys to match your child's interests. Imagine the delight on Christmas morning when your little one finds one of these rocking toy treasures under your tree.

Let your little cow poke ride the imaginary range on the Kiddie Ups Cowboy Rocking Horse. Made especially with a small child's safety in mind, this rocking toy is a combination of a rocking horse and rocking chair, so it's easier for smaller children and children with physical challenges to stay on. The cow boy theme is played out on this rocking toy with a cactus cut-out seat back and bandana design seat bottom, and your child will love petting his horse's silky mane.

Rocking toys is not limited to horses. Perhaps your child would enjoy sailing the high seas on a rocking animal. Perhaps some real horse power is in order. SensoryEdge offers replica rocking toys that look just like mini Harley-Davidson motorcycles, in his and hers designs. 

Your child is sure to be delighted with whatever rocking toy you choose from SensoryEdge.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Let Your Child Be The Star With A Puppet Theater

Sensory Edge's Puppet Theaters are built to let your child's imagination grow. It is perfect opportunity for individuals or groups to work together and create an experience that is unique to them.

Give your child the opportunity to be the star of their own imagination. Let your child imagine themselves as a knight or a princess. Perhaps your child would like to be on an African safari encountering elephants, giraffes, lions and zebra. When your child's imagination is stimulated with a Puppet Theater, the stories will be boundless.

Give your child the opportunity to entertain you with their wild imagination. Children see the Puppet Theaters as more than just a theater. Watch your child turn the theater into many different things such as a ticket booth, lemonade stand, sales counter, television, post office or general store.

Puppet Theaters are generally bright and colorful. Some features may include a chalkboard, felt board or dry erase board on the front so your little one can also title their plays, post show times or even draw additional scenery. There is also storage shelves in the back of most of the theaters to keep the playroom neat and puppets and materials organized.

Puppet Theaters also can come with some sort of curtain or curtain rod so scene changes and dramatic endings can be made. There is also even a Puppet Theater made of nylon for even easier storage. The Puppet Theaters are easily assembled by interlocking pieces and require no tools.

Most Puppet Theaters are larger floor models that can fit at least two children. There are smaller table top puppet theaters if you have limited space.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Floor Puzzles Work The Brain In Multiple Ways

Floor Puzzles help stimulate brain activity by working on problem solving, coordination and imagination. Most floor puzzles are recommended for children ages 3 and up and help with hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.

The circle floor puzzle is a simple circle shape that has eight boldly colored pieces and is 11 inches in diameter. This puzzle is intended to increase the child's connection and association with the space around him or her. This particular floor puzzle is even sold at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., so you know it has to not only be useful, but beautiful as well!

There are floor puzzles geared towards boys and girls both individually and together. Brothers and sisters can both work on the ABC floor puzzle, the Solar System floor puzzle or the Under the Sea floor puzzle. Girls may prefer playing with the Fairy Tale Castle floor puzzle. For the boys there is a Construction floor puzzle.

Floor puzzles also make great individual activities as well for older children. Children get a great sense of accomplishment from completing a floor puzzle. Working on a floor puzzle can also encourage the early desire to complete tasks.

Melissa & Doug floor puzzles are 20% thicker than the cardboard used in competitors puzzles. The floor puzzles are also thickly coated to ensure easy cleanup.The extra thickness means that your child will enjoy the puzzle for years to come.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Pedal Cars: Fun the Old Fashioned Way

Today, many children are spending far too much time sitting indoors in front of the TV or video game screen. Get 'em up and moving for some old fashioned fun with their very own pedal cars and planes.

Pedal cars promote creative play, while getting your child out in the sunshine and fresh air for some much needed exercise. And pedal cars are far more enticing than ordinary bicycles. Remember how much you wanted to drive your very own car when you were little, just like mom and dad?

Let your child emulate everyday heroes with an old fashioned Police Pedal Car, or a fabulous Fire Truck with working bell and ladder hooks. These gorgeous recreations of the emergency vehicles of yesterday are crafted with quality in mind. What child wouldn't be thrilled to the bone to find one of these pedal cars with a bow wrapped around it just for them? 

Some Pedal Cars look like a classic auto show replica. These beauties come in a rainbow of colors and you won't believe the quality of materials used in constructing these pedal cars. Real chrome steering wheel and hubcaps, and solid duralast tires compliment this pedal car's all steel construction. Overall, a great investment for years of playing fun to come. This pedal car is sure to become a family heirloom to pass down to the grandkids.

Pedal cars offer the opportunity for the kind of creative play that opens up a child's mind to life's possibilities

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Put Your Child On The Path To Early Reading Success

A child who learns to read well possesses the single most important tool for educational success.Phonemic awareness is the key to beginning reading success. To put it simply, phonemics involves being able to understand that words are broken down into parts and sounds. If a child can learn to associate a letter visually with the sound that letter makes, then they can learn to sound out unfamiliar words one syllable at a time. Early reading success will give your children the confidence and self esteem they need to carry them through their academic experience.

The Letters & Sounds Wall Poster by Alphagram is a terrific and inexpensive way to help your pre-schooler begin making the letter-sound connections that will lead them to early reading success. The entire alphabet is represented with pictures to match each letter sound. Common consonant teams such as ch, th and sh, as well as vowel sounds are also covered on this handy reading success tool.

The Ready Set Read! Reading Program by Alphagram is filled with games and ideas that will make reading success fun to achieve. Spending as little as twenty minutes a day working this program with your pre-school or kindergarten aged child can boost early reading success dramatically.

What better way is there to reinforce letter identification and reading success than with the Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K Program. While children actually practice writing their own letters, the brain is building the necessary connections to assure reading success. These same pathways will help your child with reading comprehension skills in years to come.

Reading success is the key to academic achievement. What better way can you spend your time than to help assure your child's early reading success with the help of these fun and easy learning tools from SensoryEdge?