AGES: 2 and up

YETI SPAGHETTI

  • Promotes patience and turn taking,
  • problem solving
  • Counting

A good way to teach children about patience and the social grace of taking turns is through playing board games. Using board games, like a game of Yeti Spaghetti, in teaching has been proven to be a great tool for children because they are actively learning in a fun engaging manner. This silly game is a fun way to test and teach the players patience skills as they wait for someone to make the wrong move and let the Yeti fall. Since Yeti Spaghetti is designed to be played in a group environment, your child would be interacting with, as well as, copying the behavior of the other players as they wait for their turn and anticipate taking a spaghetti out of the bowl. Parents can take this opportunity to teach how to gracefully act when one wins, or possibly more important, when they lose. Finding opportunities where children will have fun and the adults can be assured everyone will be entertained for hours can be a godsend when stuck at home.

The premise of the game is easy to understand, and it has the added benefit of making      kids laugh while they are learning. It is a good tool for teaching children without the pressures and stress of following a teaching plan. Children benefit from board games by focusing on solving the problems and anticipating next moves, such as  picking the right spaghetti straw to grab and using their cognitive skills to decide what is the best strategy to win. Even better, your kids will be spending less time using their tablets and computers alone by themselves and sitting down and playing together as a family.

But above and beyond being a simple game, board games like Yeti Spaghetti can be useful for schoolwork with a tiny bit of ingenuity. Children can learn how to count out loud using the spaghetti straws, helping master speech and early math. Also, for subjects in science, it is a great tool for helping explain advanced concepts such as gravity and others. Once enough spaghetti straws are removed from the bowl, your child will experience what happens when the Yeti does not have a solid ground – a very direct example of gravity in motion! Furthermore, this can lead to experiments, as children can come up with different structures and strategies to keep the Yeti from falling. It is a great way to introduce them to engineering skills and the ability to anticipate the results of their actions at an early age.

PRETEND AND PLAY CASH REGISTER

  • Number recognition.
  • Fine motor skills.
  • Trading and sharing.
  • Color recognition.
  • Problem solving

Do you remember how hard math was growing up? How can a person buy seven apples but only need three? For children who are starting to learn about the subject, getting a grasp on numbers and math can be intimidating. A good way to get your children on a good path to learning their numbers and starting to solve math problems is to turn it into a game. A great technique to get them to learn in a fun way is to use toys like pretend cash registers. You can start slowly and easily learning the numbers first, and then graduate to doing basic math with simple adding and subtracting and build from there. This greatly benefits the potential for learning because this takes abstract concepts and applies them to actual objects in a non-threatening way to help them better understand numbers and how to use them.

A toy cash register not only introduces children to basic math problems, but also familiarize them with the concept and importance of money, two very important skills they will need in life. Cash register toys are designed to mimic the real thing which can help the children to jump start their imagination. Plus, it is a great opportunity and super fun to pretend to be a customer while your child gets to pretend to be the adult. You can easily create different scenarios where the cash register would be handy such as a grocery store using items in the kitchen or a clothing boutique with items from your closet. Children learn through these scenarios the concepts of trading goods in exchange of cash, as well as how to be polite and thankful of other people. Definitely a great tool to teach concepts of sharing and how to get along with others from the earliest of ages.

Recognizing the numbers on the cash register buttons is a great for intellectual development, and it benefits the child’s motors skills as they push the buttons to record the purchase. Developing hand-eye coordination with the action of grabbing the money from inside the register and pushing the buttons is easy and fun. The colors on the toy money also help differentiate different types of paper money and coins, as well as makes it easier for them learn their colors. Associating a number with a different color benefits them to understand the different values of money, but more importantly, it helps develop advanced cognitive skills that help further math and other skills at a young age.

remember that you are speaking to a parent who has concerns for their children in specific. They have taken the time to seek out options to help their kids be both entertained as well as learn important concepts in a tangential, no pressure, fun way.

SPIN ‘N’ SORT SPOUT PRO BATH GAME

  • Sensory development
  • Develops fine motor skills
  • Teaches colors and shapes
  • Problem solving

With a little creativity and the right tools, children can turn almost any activity into an opportunity to learn and develop skills. You can even take learning to the bath time with games like Spin n’ Sort Spout Pro and others like it. There are a lot of toys available to just entertain your kids at bathtime, though it does take a little more research to find the right ones to serve as learning tools as well. Spin ‘n’ Sort Spout Pro helps toddlers to learn colors and shapes as well as keep them entertained for hours. The toy comes with many different activities built in for kids to do while they are enjoying their time in the tub. The child can have fun moving the spinning wheels around and each one has a different shape for them to recognize and learn: square, triangle, and circle. The layout of the wheels is setup so that the child can associate the shape with a color as each wheel is specifically designed to facilitate this. It also comes with cups to play with as well, each one having  a different function to help reinforce the distinction of colors and shapes.

The simple reality is that sometimes children just don’t want to take their bath. Parents often have to resort to using toys as a way to get them in the bathtub and distracted while they are getting clean. Spin ‘n’ Sort Spout Pro is great for keeping children occupied in the bath while working on their eye-hand coordination and motor skills. Every feature of the toy is specifically designed to incite the child’s curiosity to pick them up and move them around. They can interact with the faucet, moving it side to side, filling the cups, changing the wheels, and whatever else tickles their fancy.

Spin ‘n’ Sort Spout Pro’s design creates an environment where children can get creative and experiment with water flows. They can stack the cups to prevent the water from leaving the toy, exercising and encouraging their problem solving skills from an early age in “real life” application. The child can continue to develop their skills as they differentiate how water coming from the faucet affects the wheels and the cups and learn to anticipate cause and effects. This is great for stimulating the senses and brain development. A child’s imagination and curiosity is free to go where it wants to while playing with these types of toys. More than just moving pieces around, the toddler is processing and learning how to anticipate how their actions translate into the real world. Having fun using their imagination to come up with different construction designs for the cups and other components is a great way to spend an hour or two . With this much excitement and learning, bathtime will never be the same!

MR. PENCIL ABC BAG PACK

  • Learn the alphabet
  • Develops language
  • Creativity
  • writing

How to teach your kids their ABC’s before they start school? There are many educational toys that teach the alphabet, but the Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack has the National Parenting Product Award for its ingenuity. Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack is designed to teach children the alphabet in a fun way through different activities. From basic recognition of the shape of the letters to how to spell words, the Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack is a great tool for aiding in learning how to read and write. Focusing on different activities such as sounding out the letters and how to accurately write the letters, children can get a head start in school.

Benefits of having a Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack are numerous and immediate. It prepares your kids for schoolwork and it stimulates learning from an early age. The toy’s colors, sounds, and music keep children entertained and engaged in the activity. The advantages of this toy, and others like it, are that it uses different learning techniques to reinforce the letters recognition. Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack has an activity that involves animals with each letter of the alphabet that helps associate the letters with words, aiding in memory as well as general recognition. The alphabet is carved in one side of the backpack to help your kid trace both uppercase and lowercase letters. The letters are modeled in blocks and in buttons which help children interact with the letters using all their senses. The seven activity modes in Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack are great guidelines on how to tackle writing and reading practice in a loosely structured, though effective way.

The backpack is light which means children can carry it like older kids do when they go to school. Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack features a board where your kid can draw, helping encourage their creativity in other ways. The drawing board is great for encouraging your kid to learn words and further develop motor skills through images they made themselves. Helping encourage children’s imagination as they draw and write is a great way to have fun while continuously advancing their abilities.

There are great opportunities to utilize this type of toy in other ways such as to come up with fun bedtime stories incorporating your child’s drawings, limited only by your own imagination guided by theirs. Additionally, the music featured in the game can help children with the sounding of the letters and you can make songs to sing along with your kids. Your kids will never get bored.

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