Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pretend Play Kitchens - Bonding Time With Mom

Do you remember playing house or pretend when you were little and doing what you saw mom and dad doing? It's safe for any adult to say that kids love to mimic mom and dad. They watch everything we do and say. One of the things that kids love to do is help mom and dad in the kitchen. That's why toy kitchens are a great investment for you as your kids will play with a pretend play kitchen for years. 

Watching kids play is something parents love to do. We marvel at their little imagination and some of the stuff they say when they're in a pretend play environment. Sometimes it'll even give you some time to relax, because they'll be so busy pretending to cook that they wont want to bother you.

Kids love to play pretend and mimic everything that they see their parents doing. They can pretend that they are an adult themselves and cook imaginary dinners. It's always cute to see two little ones cooking with toy food and then bringing it up to you to eat. Toy kitchens are not only oriented for little girls but little boys as well. 

They are great ways to entertain your kids for hours. Sometimes you can even play games with children like pretending to be a customer at a restaurant. Practice spelling and counting with them as they learn and have a great time with you. All to be sure that you're child is entertained and using their imagination as well as they can.

You can make toy kitchens even more educational by having  kids name off different foods and their colors. Teach your children what will be hot on mommy and daddy's stove and what kinds of foods are cooked on the stove. You can also show them what foods fit in what pot or pan and how they are normally cooked. Toy kitchens are great for little kids who love to use their imagination pretending to be mom and dad. It can help younger children enhance their gross motor skills, cooperative play and other skills that they are developing at that point in time.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Things in School You Can Try at Home

Many kids do not like change. How about incorporating some of the things they do in school in their own home? this is especially true when it comes to homework. A few tweaks can help your child endure studying with less complaining. The techniques are not hard to do and can fit into your budget. Your child will appreciate this because you they know you are doing this for them. Here are some of the things from school that you can try out in your home:

You can try painting your child’s room a bright color. If you notice in most schools nowadays, almost all of the classrooms are painted in bright colors. That’s because they know that when you do this, children can respond better when they study if the walls are lively and inviting. If you painted darker colors, it can be boring to them. Try painting your child’s room to any type of bright color out there.

Invest in books and other educational items. Children can learn more and build up their vocabulary if they read more. You can increase their love of books if you buy them some reading materials they like. It doesn't matter what kind of genre those books are as long as they read them. Children nowadays are too reliant on computer games to fill time. Replace the DS with Harry Potter, substitute the Wii for the Wimpy Kid, and replace TV with The Mysterious Benedict Society. You can also buy some educational toys that they can enjoy playing. These are great because they can have fun and learn something at the same time.

Design your child’s bedroom or playroom so that it looks like a fun classroom. You can do that by buying similar items that you can find in an ordinary classroom such as chairs, desk, peel & stick decals and classroom rugs. There are many kids rugs available today that can look like the one they use in classrooms. This is a great idea because when you do this, your child can have more fun studying in their rooms because it is more comfortable and more relax.

Schedule your child’s study time. This is a technique that most schools use because they know that it can be hard for a child to learn everything at the same time. When you have a specific schedule to different subjects, it can be great because it can cover all the subjects in school. You don’t have to be stuck in one subject alone because you can cover all of the subjects in school when you know how to schedule it all well.

Take a break when you are studying. Do you know why there is a recess? It is an important part of a child’s day because this is the time where they can relax and play in the middle of their school day. You can also do this during your child’s study hour so that they can take a break even for a few minutes.