Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fathead Wall Graphics at SensoryEdge

We're sure you've seen the commercials for Fathead Giant Wall Graphics. You know, the ones of giant football, basketball and baseball players almost coming off the wall into your family room or playroom. Did you know that Fathead also makes kids wall decor? We've added over 50 Fatheads that will make your child say Wow! From cute jungle and sealife animals to Star Wars and some of the most well known super heroes.

Fatheads stick on any smooth surface (wait 30 days if you've recently painted!). You can move them and reuse them many times. Fathead wall graphics are better than posters as you don't need to put nails or tape on your wall and they're bigger than most stickers and tougher than a decal. Some Fatheads are so big we suggest you have two people help apply them to your wall. A fathead wall graphic can transform an entire room in a fraction of the time for much less than the cost of painting or wallpapering.

We've read many reviews before we decided to add the Fathead line of kids wall graphics to our site. The response is overwhelmingly positive. Customers love the colors the size and the quality. Some of the comments were, "Thanks for bringing the magic to my child's room" and "My daughters room feels like a magical garden! these were easily put up and they are a great value for all you get. Just great. I wish I had my daughters reaction on video."

Do you want your next birthday or holiday party to be a huge hit! Imagine using a Fathead as the central attraction! Put them in the main party room for everyone to see, then move them to their permanent location in your child's bedroom or playroom. Also great for schools as it lets teachers create lessons plans around creative thinking (how would the character solve a particular situation) and math (what is the overall square feet, how many inches etc...). So many ideas, so many Fatheads!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fine Motor and Gross Motor Activities Help Small Children Gain Important Skills

Motor skills are divided up into two areas; fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are what gives a child the ability to handle or manipulate small objects. Fine motor skills are required for things like drawing, writing painting, cutting and other more intricate tasks. Gross motor skills use more of the larger muscles along with balance and coordination. These skills give young children the ability to run, walk jump, roll, hop and other larger physical movements. 

Motor skills are an extremely important part of your child’s early. Some statistics say that approximately 15% of students attending primary schools experience motor difficulties. Also the ratio of boys to girls with a motor disability is 3:1. These statistics are staggering but an even more shocking statistic is one that says 60% of students also have problems in areas such as speech, short attention span, poor listening, poor self concept,  abnormal or unacceptable behavior and general learning problems. A child can also be affected socially from lack of motor skills by being isolated or by having low self-esteem.

Despite all these negative statistics there is no need for you child to fall behind. In fact you can help your child do just the opposite. There really are so many ways you can help your child develop in the area of motor skills. To help their fine motor skills encourage them to play with things such as Playdough, Blocks, Puzzles, and Painting. All these activities can help in the development of your child’s fine motor skills because tasks like these require hand and finger coordination. 

For the improvement of gross motor skills you can do something as simple as take your child for a hike, let them climb the monkey bars at the playground, or play a sport in which you strike a ball like golf, tennis or baseball. These activities can significantly improve your child’s balance and focus.

There is a wide variety of toys that are made specifically for children with developmental problems so as a parent you have more of a selection when it comes to helping your child. Basic Skills that should be worked on are zippers, buttons, clasps, strings and belts. These are fine motor skills that they will need to perform in their everyday life. For gross motor skills stepping stones with varied color and textures gives the child the sensory benefits while also increasing balance and coordination. 

These toys are especially beneficial because your child while having fun is also learning without even knowing. At the same time you can rest easy knowing that your child is getting the motivation they need to help them develop in the area of motor skills. So give your child a helping hand and watch their little minds grow and develop before your eyes.