Saturday, March 29, 2008

Kid Powered Fun!

Are you sick and tired of buying batteries for the toys your child plays with? Batteries die quickly on some riding toys that will drain in less than 10 minutes and then need to be recharged for a couple of hours for another 10-15 minutes of riding "fun" - what fun is that?

No child likes to wait and there's no point in getting your child a toy that will simply prove to be frustrating and making them wait time and again to play with. Instead, have you considered a Plasma Car?

A Plasma car requires no batteries or other power source, they are solely kid-powered. It's easy to operate too. All your child has to do is rotate the steering wheel from left to right and the car will move forward. It can also move in reverse and turns just as easily. Once your child learns the easy rhythm of operating Plasma car, you're going to have a hard time getting them off their new favorite toy to come in for dinner!

In addition to being easy to operate, the Plasma car is built to last through many fun rides. It is constructed from state-of-the-art, high-quality ABS plastics which make it both light and durable for your children to use. The Plasma car has six wheels, a comfy seat, footrests and an easy to grip steering wheel.

You can get a Plasma car in your little one's favorite color as it comes in blue, green, purple, and red. It's sleek like a race car and you don't have to worry as it doesn't go as fast as one. As with all riding toys, always make safety a priority and never let your child ride a Plasma car or any other riding toy unsupervised. This riding toy is age appropriate for children from three years old to twelve years of age and will hold up to 200LBS on its frame.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

It's Potty Time!

To this day, no one really knows why but boys seem to categorically take longer than girls to potty train. There are exceptions to every rule of course and your little boy may have been easy as pie to learn to use the toilet on his own, wear the big boy underwear and say good-bye to diapers and pull-ups forever.

However the majority of boys will take a little longer but there are some things you can do to get your kiddo to use the bathroom on his or her own a little easier.

First of all, don't make a federal case out of it and don't be upset if your child ignores your repeated requests to use the toilet instead of going in their underwear or pull-ups. In most cases this will do one of two things, it will set your child back and make them fearful of the bathroom because the connection winds up displeasing you - something your child doesn't want; or you will start a battle of the wills and your toddler will happily take up that challenge to see who can wait the longest.

Rewards work for some children. A much wanted toy, very special "big kid" underwear or maybe a special day like to a local park or other fun event as a reward. One little girl desperately wanted a new dress she saw while out with her mother and was promised that dress if she'd just learn to "go" in the toilet instead of her pull-ups. The little girl immediately started trying harder and within a week, was wearing her prized dress.

Another way to inspire your child, especially one that is afraid of the toilet, is to give him a place of his own. A potty chair made for a small child is perfect. It's built just his size and you can sit him on it shortly after eating and drinking and when he goes, praise him and do make a big deal out of it - he'll want more and start going on his own quickly to get more praise. Give it to him - he earned it!

Those are just a few random tips that have worked for some mothers - what worked best for you?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Keeping Your Kids Entertained on the Road

This upcoming Easter weekend will entail many family trips to visit relatives and there's nothing more challenging than traveling with young children. Before getting asked "Are we there yet?" for the millionth time and you aren't even out of town yet, you might consider taking along some toys that will keep the kiddos busy as well as keeping their minds active and learning.

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The Magnetic Pattern Block Kit from Melissa and Doug is an excellent toy to take along on a trip, either in a vehicle or airplane. The kit comes complete with everything your kids need to stay occupied while also learning shapes and logical ways to arrange things.

This kit has a magnetic board with a wooden frame and 120 magnetic wooden shapes. There are durable, coated pattern cards that the child simply puts into the wooden frame above the magnet board and then chooses the shapes to fill in the picture. The magnetic pieces will stick to the board right through the pattern card. Once your children have mastered the pattern cards, you can design your own using typing paper or invite your kids to design their own free form shapes directly on the magnetic board.

This toy is great for ages three and up and you can talk to little ones about how many sides triangles, squares and rectangles have. The differences in shapes and even point out road signs along the way that match certain blocks.

The entire kit comes in a durable carrying case with an easy access zipper pocket so small hands will have no problem getting into their kit and creating hours of fun on the road and off.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Swingin' Good Fun!

Nearly each and every parent of today had a tire swing or at least managed to play on one at least once growing up. They were usually very simple affairs consisting of little more than a tire tied with a very sturdy rope to a tall tree branch.

A tire swing didn't have the limitations of a swing set swing, it could go forward higher than the branch it was tied to and it was just a matter of holding on tightly to the rope and hoping your Dad or Granddad really did remember all those fancy hitch knots from hit stint in the Navy when he attached the rope to the tire and to the tree branch above!

Swinging on a tire swing was fun but it was something generally only the older kids could do. Fast forward to today and that fun tire swing has been made into something fun and safe for smaller children from the ages of 4 to 7 years of age.

Whether you have your own children or you have grands that visit on a regular basis, it will be a great treat to have one of these fun swings around and it doesn't take up the space that a swing set that may only be used on a now and then basis will take up. This fun swing will sit happily under a tree until it's ready to be used and otherwise you'll never know it's there.

Bring of little of your own childhood fun into the present for your kids to enjoy!