Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Create A Wonderful Day Care Environment

You can turn any day care environment into a wonderful play land that makes children feel welcome, and keeps them occupied all day long with the wonderful assortment of toys and day care furniture offered by SensoryEdge.

What could be more fun than a giant caterpillar? Add a Climb-n-Crawl Ferbergus Caterpillar to your day care environment and watch the children flock to it. This colorful, flexible design can be expanded with additional sections. The overall construction is made of heavy duty plastic, suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Children love crawling through the tubes, and this toy enriches any day care environment.

What child doesn't love to throw themselves into a pit of balls at local children's entertainment centers? The Sail Around Ball Reservoir will make your child feel like their day care environment is better than Chucky Cheese's. With all the activity going on in your day care environment, you'll need to provide some protective padding on the floor. Patchwork Mats provide a colorful cushion of thick foam with vinyl covers for easy cleaning and disinfecting. Place these mats all around your day care environment, especially under climbing toys.

After all that play time, the little one are going to need a rest. Make napping as comfortable as possible with Naptime Cots. These conveniently stacking cots keep children off cool floors and make your day care environment more conducive to relaxing. Even the most restless children will find it possible to drift off for a while with these comfy cots.

Making your day care environment friendly and welcoming for all children with these wonderful play things and accessories from SensoryEdge.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Play Kitchens And Food Toys

Children learn by emulating their parents and play kitchens and food toys really give children the opportunity to stretch their imaginations. Children love pretending they're all grown up. Do you remember playing house as a child? Someone would pretend to be the mom, and she'd take care of the children. Many happy hours were passed this way, and the seeds of adulthood were allowed to take root.

While many of us had to make do with only our imaginations, you can give your child the kind of toys that bring their imaginations to life. Play kitchens and food toys are the perfect way to encourage your children to explore the future.

A Wooden Pretend Play Kitchen by KidKraft would be a terrific gift for any child who loves to play mommy's little helper in the kitchen. These sturdy play kitchen set comes with it's own oven, stove top and microwave. Children will also love play kitchen's refrigerator and freezer combo, just like mom's. A sink gives your little ones a place to 'clean up', and the cupboards are a great place to store food toys and toy pans in their play kitchen.

How can your children cook in their play kitchen without food toys? A Wooden Fruit Basket is a perfect compliment for the play kitchen set. Your child can pretend to cook with over 16 pieces colorful of food toys. Wooden Pizza Party food toys will also add to play kitchen fun. Children can assemble their pizza with three toppings to choose from.

For a perfect play kitchen set, why not include a My Kitchen Play Cookware Activity Set? Your children will love this set of high quality stainless steel cookware, just like mom's. Play kitchens and assorted food toys are terrific for encouraging imaginative play, and children love them!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Early Reading May Improve Language Skills For Down Syndrome Children

Children born with the chromosomal disorder known commonly as Down Syndrome will face many developmental challenges throughout their lives. Down Syndrome occurs when a fertilized egg receives a third chromosome number 21. A normal fetus will only receive one chromosome number 21 from each parent, for a total of two. Children born with Down Syndrome display a number of medical conditions including vision disorders, thyroid disease, congenital heart disease, and hearing loss, just to name a few.

Most children develop language skills by listening to their parent's speech patterns, but hearing loss often makes this process far more difficult for children with Down Syndrome. Current medical studies indicate that early learning intervention may help Down Syndrome children learn language and memory skills at a crucial time in their brain's development.

Reading Rods Phonics Activity Set: Letters & Sounds may be a useful way for parents of Down Syndrome children to introduce basic reading skills. While not specifically manufactured for children with Down Syndrome, this set helps all children match letter sounds with pictures, and build simple words. Down Syndrome children seem to learn better with visual stimulation as compared to audio stimulation, and this innovative early reading aid also allows children to practice letter writing.

The See & Spell by Melissa and Doug also relies on visual stimulation to help children learn to read through letter/picture associations. A set of picture boards with simple words encourage children to match the wooden letters in the right order to form the word themselves. This could be a wonderful way for parents of Down Syndrome to introduce early reading skills to their child, even though it is not designed specifically for Down Syndrome children.

There is still much research to done to see just how much early reading programs can truly help Down Syndrome children develop to their full potential, but many studies seem to indicate that it is far better to intervene early while a child's brain is making the connections that all basic learning is built upon. Down Syndrome children especially need the extra help if they are to make the kind of meaningful developmental progress that could enrich their lives.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Make Learning About Money Matters Fun

Learning about money can be a little intimidating for a first grader. Having to remember what each of those coins are called and how much they're worth can really put a little brain to the test. Why not make learning about money more fun and memorable with easy to use money toys.

Money toys not only increase your child's math skills, they give your child the chance to play grown-up for a while, something nearly all children love doing. Learning about money becomes more of an adventure when it's put into the context of playtime.

Learning about money and acquiring some basic math skills has never been so much fun as with the Teaching Cash Register by Learning Resources. This fantastic toy features four different games that will have your child learning about money and math matters such as place values, coin identification, addition and subtraction. Each game advances your child to another level of learning. The cash register itself has a working calculator, with voice prompts as well as light and sound cues. There's even a working scale. Whether your child is actively learning about money, or just playing grocery store, the Teaching Cash Register is sure to be a hit.

Take the mystery out of understanding how checking accounts work with the Pretend & Play Checkbook with Calculator. Your child will be learning about money matters as they write their own pretend checks, keep records in their register, fill out deposit slips and calculate their account balance. 

The Teaching Cash Register and the Pretend & Play Checkbook make perfect companions for each other. All your children can join the play while learning about money at the same time. Someone can be the shop keeper and everyone else can take turns being customers.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Doll houses: A Childhood Tradition

Dollhouses are one of the great treasures of childhood. Who doesn't remember all those hours spent rearranging the doll house furniture just so, or playing out thousands of scenarios that mimicked real life. Doll houses gave us the chance to explore real life, while remaining safe at home.

Doll houses remain just as popular today as they were in our own childhood, still allowing children to give flight to their imaginations. And today, doll houses come in so many styles, there's something to catch every child's interest. The 4-Sided Playhouse by Maxim is sure to delight any child. It's colorful, open sided construction leaves room for multiple children to play together. Your children will spend hours in cooperative, creative play.

The Savannah Dollhouse by KidKraft is reminiscent of the lavish homes of the old South. There are plenty of charming details in the design. The downstairs bathroom has a claw foot tub, and the grand staircase leads you to the upper levels. The wooden construction of this dollhouse means it's built to last, and would make a wonderful heirloom your child can pass down to future generations.

For play on the go, try the Fold & Go Dollhouse by Melissa & Doug. This lightweight doll house is ready to fold up and go at a moment's notice, with a convenient carrying handle. It comes with two figures, and eleven pieces of furniture, and your child will love the working garage door.
Already have a doll house but need some replacement furniture? Doll furniture from Guidecraft includes furnishings for the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms and more

Whatever style of dollhouse you choose, it's sure to be a hit with your child this holiday season. SensoryEdge has a wide selection of doll houses for your perusal.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Make Waiting for The Doctor Easier With Waiting Room Toys

Children are not the most patient creatures on the earth, but you can make waiting to see the doctor much more bearable with an assortment of waiting room toys designed to catch their interest and keep them occupied.

Waiting room toys are beneficial for everyone involved. Children have something fun to do as they wait their turn to see the doctor. If you've ever had to sit with a sick child who'd rather be home in bed, you know it's not very pleasant. Waiting room toys take the pressure off parents to keep unhappy children from sharing their misery with the whole office.

Doctors also benefit by keeping children relaxed while they wait. A child who has been passing the time playing with waiting room toys is likely to be much more cooperative when they are examined. Far more cooperative than a child who is feeling surly after staring at the waiting room walls for the last 20 minutes.

For children who don't feel well enough to play with waiting room toys, story books provide a gentler way to pass the time. The 5 Pocket Clear Book Display shelf can hold enough books to occupy a whole waiting room full of children, and the clear pockets make selecting just the right a story book easier than ever. Children will be able to see their favorites right away.

Even toddlers and infants will enjoy playing with waiting room toy activity centers such as a Mirror Sculpture Maze Panel, with plenty of moving parts to occupy little fingers. Waiting room toys just make sense if you want to keep children as comfortable as possible during those unavoidable waiting room delays. SensoryEdge offers a wide selection of waiting room toys that are safe and durable.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Organize A Classroom Environment

An organized classroom promotes a safe area to play and learn. SensoryEdge recognizes the need for quality classroom furniture that not only provides storage space, but also makes items easily accessible to little hands. Let's look at some quality toys and furniture that can help organize a classroom and still promote learning fun.

Creative room dividers really help organize a classroom and are great for breaking children up into smaller, more manageable groups during play times. Everyone gets a chance to play at their favorite station by moving to the next play station when teacher rings the time's up bell.

A 3 Square Play Panel Set is perfect for creating a special area within a larger classroom setting without leaving a child feeling isolated. These brightly colored panels are joined by flex links so the set up is easy to change whenever needed. Use these panels to organize a classroom into quiet areas for children who need a break from more active play.

Teachers can organize a classroom full of books in a Mobile Library Bookcase. This excellent storage area provides 32 feet of book storage area, and folds flat when it's time to put it away. A great space saver that maximizes your available classroom space.

Traditional toy boxes are great for storing play time items when you need to organize a classroom again, but the problem is you can't see through them. Children tend to dig through them like they were looking for buried treasure, and all the toys they don't want wind up on the floor.

A Mobile Equipment Box is a wonderful solution for better classroom organization. The see-through mesh sides allow children to see exactly what they're looking for, and this toy box is mounted on locking casters, so it can be rolled around the room for easier clean up.

These are just a few of the many items SensoryEdge offers that will help teachers organize a classroom and make the most of the available space. A well organized classroom provides the kind of safe environment conducive to learning as well as creativity that every child deserves.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Can Learning Music Increase Your Child's Educational Skills

Does learning music really affect your child's ability to learn other subjects with greater ease? Current research would indicate yes, learning music is advantageous for your child. And while listening to music does provide social as well as emotional benefits, actually learning to read music and to play an instrument gives children the most educational benefits of all.

Research indicates that learning music helps children improve their skills in spatial-temporal reasoning. These particular skills are used directly in mathematics, a subject that many children have some level of difficulty with sooner or later. Apparently, learning music is a much more enjoyable way to develop spatial-temporal skills which can then be applied toward mathematics. With school funding cut backs often targeting arts programs first, your child's opportunity of learning music may be growing smaller. So what can you do about it?

Preschool age children are best introduced to learning music with simple percussion or blowing instruments. Simple toy versions of xylophones, castanets and kazoos will delight your child into learning music from the first time they open the box. Children can learn the teamwork skills necessary to form their own little band. Teamwork skills that will serve them well in every area of their lives.

Elementary school age children are ready for more of a challenge while learning music. The Concert Grand Piano by Schoenhut is more than a child's toy instrument. The width on these keys is the same as on an adult piano, so your child will actually be learning the proper finger stretch techniques as they are enjoying learning music. A colorful chart is also included to help your child learn how to play simple chords.

Who knows, perhaps learning music with these beginners instruments will not only help your child to develop valuable learning skills, but also launch them on a life long love of music.