Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Five Toys To Help a Child on Their Way To College

Celebrating its seventh year of offering online shopping sites for children, www.sensoryedge.com beckons preschools and public/private/charter schools with a unique, attractive, and kid-friendly selection of furniture, teaching products, and learning toys for the very young. The following five products are what this blogger recommends as essential for the burgeoning graduate, your young child:

1. The Teach A Tot Kid's Play Rug

Small tots spend a lot of time on the floor; whether it be for story time, play time, or a time-out enforced by their teacher, an ideal opportunity to surround them with visual learning icons and guides are exactly why this rug is a must-have. This brightly printed rug has letters, geometric shapes, and a large clock on which kids can learn how to tell time. Games of tic-tac-toe, checkers for future chess champions can also can teach youingsters social interaction skills, as well as spatial and counting skills. As with most products on this site, the rug comes a Lifetime Antimicrobial Protection and Class I Flammability Rating.

2. The I Can Spell Alphabet Puzzle

This unique, award-winning spelling tray allows children to stand letters up for easier view and build words by copying word cards. This develops fine motor coordination by handling and placing them into the puzzle. They can also explore the discovery of the difference between shapes and colors. Letter recognition, names and sounds are the learning opportunity this puzzle presents to the child. Alphabetizing procedures, which many a 5th grader may be ignorant of in public schools nowadays, can be taught early.

3. Little Librarian Kit

This clever kids librarian kit guides children through the entire process of choosing, finding, and checking out a real book, including the issue of overdue notices and reading awards. Favorite books can be stored in a self-generated reading journal. Perhaps for older than toddler-aged children, this practice will definitely come in hand to teach library skills and keep the library environment familiar. College students spend 25% of their time in libraries, or surfing library references on their computers.

4. The Left Brain DVD

This learning DVD introduces children to language, spelling, the alphabet, and numbers, as well as logical thinking. It includes classical music, explores patterns, sequencing, and detail analyzing, and special features make learning fun. I would also recommend the complement DVD, The Baby Right Brain Creative Thinking DVD, which includes rhyming words, art and drawing, and imaginative thinking.

5. Stand Up Easel

A good old fashioned chalk board, painting easel, and write and wipe white board are absolutely imperative to any hopeful graduate. Young artists can allow their creative side to be expressed freely!

Louise Baker blogs about getting an online degree at Zen College Life. Her most recent post looked at the best online schools.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Flooring Gone Educational for Home and the Classroom

When your child’s playroom needs a little additional creativity why not make their flooring more educational. Children are always wanting to learn new things and have minds like a sponge. When you give them the opportunity to learn all the time their minds are going to continue growing, whether at home or in the classroom. Now you can make education even more fun with activity mats and play rugs.

How Can a Floor Be Educational?

This is quite simple! Now you can easily find activity mats and play rugs designed to teach children many different things including their alphabet, numbers, colors, geography and all the in between. Most parents wouldn’t think of these at first, but they are an excellent addition into any room. Your child will learn while they play and become more interested in a huge variety of learning elements.

If you are worried that they’ll get wrecked from simple spills or messes you’d be amazed how durable these activity mats and play rugs are. They are designed to repel liquids and are easily wiped clean if a mess is to occur. Kid durability is key when creating something for children, and they definitely are.

Are They Tacky Looking?

No! One beneficial aspect is that they are not designed to be an eye sore. They are designed to attract the eye and be creative all at once. For those that use them in a common area of the home, they are also easily removed from any room if you do not want to keep them out. They fit perfectly in a small closet space, under couches, beds and anywhere else.

Between durability and being transferrable activity mats and play rugs are a great addition for any child. They are a great learning method and also fun for all. You can use them for many activities exceeding just learning. These are commonly seen within classrooms because they are a great protective barrier between the floor and the child. Having them placed down makes for a softer landing if a child was to tumble, especially in a very active classroom.

Are They Easy to Find?

Of course. Just about everywhere that sells stuff for children, both educational and fun, sell them. They’ve become a very popular item over the years and are becoming a common sight in homes with children and classrooms. Not only are they available in a lot of places, many more places have a large variety of options available. Some are designed to be setup like a big puzzle, while others are a full rug. It will mainly depend on your preference of what you want and what your child will love.

Flooring that is educational is a great option for every child. Brighten up your child’s room with an activity mat or play rug!