Monday, January 30, 2017

Best Educational Toys for Babies

Babies tends to learn faster with what they can play with. So rather than giving them just play toys, it will be wise to provide toys that they can play with while simultaneously educating them and developing early motor skills in your infants. We have selected some toys we found educative that will help improve your baby, engage them and educative them. You will want toys that are colorful and attractive to them while considering longevity.

If you are looking for baby educational toys for babies, we encourage you to go through our reviews to save you the hassles and stress of brainstorming ideas.

Biokido wooden musical blocks

Building block is a way to develop your child's ability to be creative from an early stage. The Biokido wooden musical blocks is going to help achieve this effectively. It is designed with different and attractive colors loaded with music. It will attract your kid for hours while they try to solve the puzzle. The toy is made from wood and well-polished and painted to look really attractive.


• Loaded with interesting music

• Affordable toy

• More educative

• Helps build early motor skills in your babies


• Toy may not be suitable for newborn babies since its made from wood which may not be safe to bite and chew

• Some customers complains that they would had loved the toy to be more musical.

Little Apps tablet

The world is getting more advanced with technology, so this will just be a good way to introduce your baby to the world of tech. this toy is more of an electronic device which will provide educational knowledge for them. It has a piano keyboard with numerical label on them. The screen is colorful as it changes, it also have alphabetical buttons well arranged in order. All these put together helps your baby to learn numerals and alphabets early enough.


• Babies gets to learn numerals and alphabets early enough

• Contains lots of interactive features

• Loaded with 12 learning activities

• Your infant can use it till age 5


• There are complaints by customers about the poor customer response

• It's a little expensive, so you need to consider a higher budget

Activity cube play center with light

This is more than a toy. It is an advanced learning toy designed and loaded with lots of fun activities your toddlers will love. It provides an opportunity to learn while having fun. It can grab the attention of your baby for hours. Each sides of the box is educative. Your baby can use the microphone and sing along his favorite music. The steering functions like a real one having great realistic sounds. It also have bright lights that will catch the attention of your baby while having the best fun ever.


• Lots of fun and learning activities to engage your baby

• The music play calmly and softly that both younger and older ones will find interesting

• Your baby can learn how to talk as he mimics the music and sounds with the aid of the microphone


• Your baby might get over stimulated because it's over loaded with fun activities

First Builders Big Building Bag

For us, this is one of the best learning toys for infant. This toy helps to explore the imagination of your kid and his creativity. It's just suitable for both sex. Each bags contains lots of building blocks of different sizes and colors. The toy also helps kids to develop fine motor skills. There is just no limit of creativity that can be done with these building blocks. Each bags comes with 80 pieces of building blocks to help your toddler build anything they can imagine. Some kids find it interesting selecting the blocks into sizes, colors and counting them. In fact, it is simply more than a toy.


• Helps build early motor skills in your kid

• Can also be used as counters

• Improve creativity at an early stage

• Contains 80 building blocks with attractive colors


• They are made of plastics with partially sharp edges, so it can hurt if they are stepped upon

• The room can get messy as they play with the blocks

Spinning Lights Learning Hippo

This is one great toy you can't afford not to get for your baby. This purple toy will teach your toddler numerals, alphabets, objects and other objects. It is loaded with. It also comes handy, so you can take it along anywhere you are going. What a nice way to get your toddler engaged in preschool learning. With educational learning features, games and music, you can be sure to get the best out of your baby.


• Attractive colors your baby will find attractive

• The 50 quiz question helps to develop fine motor skills

• It introduces letters and numbers at an early stage just before school

• It is mobile and can be taken along anywhere


• Just like most musical toys, the music can sometimes annoy older ones

• It can be used by one person at a time

Multifunctional Workbench for Kids

This is one way to teach your toddler how to develop creativity to fix things. The multifunctional workbench is loaded with different tool small enough to be handled by your kids. The box and the tools are multicolored, the tools includes workbench, chainsaw, screw driver, harmer, wrench and electric drill. Of course, there are music and lights to make the lay more fun filled.


• 7 different tools to engage your baby

• 7 musical melodies to keep the play interesting

• Volume control to increase and reduce volume

• It is designed with drawer which is suitable for storing other objects


• Some parents have complained that the toy is basically too small in general, also the shape-shifting toys seems too small for younger babies.

We are certainly confident that you should have found the best and suitable educational toys for babies from our reviews. We encourage that your opt in for toys that will be more educative for your babies so as to develop early fine motor skills and prepare them for early years school.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Different Ways to Make a Kid Love Reading


There is only one way to increase the awareness and IQ level in children. They can get higher IQ levels only through the reading habit. The children should not read the book just for doing the assignments and homework. Instead, they should love and enjoy reading the books. Most parents get the board books in the hope that their wards would read them all. That is not always the case. This exercise only helps their wards to increase the reading score, not overall school performance. Only very few of them get the required skills to raise their IQ levels.

Early Inculcation

The habit of reading never really gets ingrained in childhood as they get distracted very easily. Your kids love shuffling through pages to look at the pictures in books as toddler. They may even enjoy reading as elementary school-going children. Life offers so many other avenues for children to entertain themselves. Hence, the reading may become more like work than play for them. They never get to that ecstasy level where reading a book is more fun than anything else. Hence, we need to inculcate this habit with great labour in our children early in their lives.

Read to your children from the earliest age:Every child would listen to story at the bed time. Just read to them stories from a book for children. While doing so, take time to effectively narrate the stories to them. You can always hold back the information and tell them to read the books to get more information. Buy story books as some of your child's first toys. Whenever you get some break, grab a book from the diaper bag you carry and read the stories to your child.

Begin visiting the library regularly: Some children get fascinated by seeing others reading books. Hence, you can try visiting the nearby library regularly with your child. You can use the time in the library to read and narrate stories to him. The kids would never sit still at library. However, he would sit and listen if he likes the story. Keep library books on a separate shelf in the living room or kitchen so you don't lose them. By arranging this way, you can always easily find something new book for reading to the child.

Read to your children as often as possible: While reading stories to children, always take pain to simplify the situations in them. One such time when you can try is to make them sit before the food. You should make the children understand that listening to the reading is just like listening to a radio. When they listen, they can look at the food and savour its taste. Occasionally, you can show the pictures depicted in the story books to them. This would make them listen and force them to stay in one place.

Don't push your children to learn to read: Don't force your children to learn reading. If they get interested in knowing more things, they will try to learn reading after getting the preliminary skills. Your goal is not to help them sound out words. Instead, you are expected to instil a love for books in them.

Don't stop reading to children once they learn to read: Read to your children even after they acquire the reading skills. This would help them to stay interested in reading.

Encourage children to ask questions: While reading out stories to your children, you can expect questions from them. This would give you an opportunity to open up a friendly discussion with them about values they have learned and choices they have come across in their lives.
This article talks about the way to make the children love books and reading. Early exposure to books and stories by reading the contents to them will do the trick. Also make the children aware of the library will help inculcate the reading habit. Read the rest from the article. For more such information, please read the link

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fun-Filled Game Songs And Rhymes For Kids

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" So kids, go out and have some fun! Singing games still rules the playgrounds and kids enjoy singing the games songs and perform actions as per the verse of nursery rhyme. Young children from every pocket of the world celebrate their childhood through these refreshingly fun and joyful singing games.

Best fun game songs for kids: 
Oranges and Lemons 
"Oranges and Lemons" is a traditional nursery rhyme and singing game. The song refers to the bells of several churches, all within London city. In this kids' singing game, players have to pass in a single file through an arch, made by two of the players while singing a song. On the last word of song, kids forming the arch drop their arms to catch a pair of children currently passing through, who are then "out".

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush 
"Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush " is one of the popular singing games, enjoyed by young children all over the world. In the singing game, kids hold hands together to form a circle and move around a small plant to the first verse. Later, little players break up to imitate various appropriate actions as per the specific verse.

London Bridge is Falling Down 
"London Bridge is Falling Down" is a popular nursery rhyme and a singing game. The game involve players passing through an arch made by two of the players while singing the rhyme. Arch is then lowered at the end of the song to "catch" a player, who is then "out".

Clap Clap Handies 
Clap Clap Handies is a fun clapping game for adorable babies. It is truly a joyful song and little toddlers enjoys listening to it and clap their hands.

Did You Ever See a Lassie 
Players form a circle and dance around one player. When they reach the end of the verse they stop, the player in the middle performs an action, which everyone then imitates.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe 
"Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" is a fun counting song, which is used to select a person in the game. A kid who is pointed to by the chanter on the last syllable is "counted out".

Ring a Ring o' Roses 
"Ring a Ring o' Roses" is a popular playground singing game all over the world. Kids form a circle, holding hands together and enjoys dancing and jumping while singing it!

So, teach your kids the lyrics to their favorite game songs and nursery rhymes!!! Its fun!

Rock the playground with popular game songs

Saturday, January 14, 2017

From Picture Books to 'Real' Books

A recent review of a book for older children described the book as 'a completely humorous fantasy adventure that is great for young readers transitioning from picture books to "real" books.' This draws attention to an important stage in the process of learning to read.

Children are introduced to books by being shown attractive volumes of brightly coloured pictures, often with pages of stiff card, sometimes very small and sometimes very large. Beginning with the letters of the alphabet in big and colourful font, text is introduced as single word captions, typically with the names of familiar animals or objects. As the child progresses in age and reading ability, the text expands and the pictures grow fewer and smaller, but there is a stage before the pictures disappear altogether when the text has expanded to become complete stories.

At this stage of reading development many children are still reading with a parent, sometimes at bedtime, with mum or dad still doing some or all of the reading. With this in mind, the reviewer continued: 'Each chapter is a complete story in itself which is perfect for its target audience.' A complete story is to be preferred in setting a young mind to rest, especially if the ending is a happy one. Perhaps best of all is where the same familiar characters have an adventure that is completed in each chapter.

The young person who has browsed through many picture books may still need an occasional picture to help focus the imagination. As another reviewer recorded of the same children's book: 'Interspersed within the book are a series of clever black and white line drawings to add an interesting and fun dimension.' At only one picture in each chapter, and devoid of colour, illustration is almost eliminated, but enough remains to answer the question: 'What does s/he look like?' before the sleepy head falls back on the pillow.

To ask how long should a bedtime story last might seem like asking how long is a piece of string, but some guidelines can be deduced. Reading for half an hour at 100 words a minute suggests a story length of 3000 words. Allowing for some parents being a little more generous with their time, or being faster readers, might indicate a range of say, 3000 to 5000 words. This is perhaps the ideal chapter length for books at this transitory stage in reading progress, a stage just before the pictures disappear altogether and the maturing mind can weave its pictures from the text alone.

Saint George, Rusty Knight, and Monster Tamer is a series of nine self-contained historical short stories which introduces George, a hapless knight who has an unusual skill for monster taming, and which, with wit and delightful aplomb takes the young reader on an adventurous journey though some significant moments in history.

Historical Novel Society, February 2016

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oh No, We're Back to School!

Initially we might think this statement is coming from our children or from teachers who have had the summer off-No. This thought or statement is a frequent one that's coming from parents.

Suddenly we're back focusing on our children's schedule, their homework, their sports practices, their school events, and teacher/parent conferences. The list seems to be never-ending after the more leisurely days of summer break.

Our Busy Lives Become Even Busier

In the summer, we often have the ability to be more flexible with our time. We are able to create and maintain more of a balance in our life between:

• Parent and child connections

• Couple connections

• Focusing on ourselves and our own needs

Now that school has resumed here we are again using a good part of our time, energy, and attention on what our children need and often pushing our own needs aside. Of course, for our children, having them in the focus of our world may feel good and nurturing for them. Isn't that what we're supposed to feel as parents, too?

... Yet What About Us?

So many parents may think this, but many don't have the courage to verbalize this thought. We are often uncomfortable talking with others about the desire to fulfill our own needs and have our own time for fear of what other parents might think or how they might judge us.

"Back-to-school time is tough not just for kids, but for parents too. Some moms and dads get so caught up dealing with their children's lives - from helping with homework to fears of bullying -that they have little time, energy or attention to deal with their own problems." ~ Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

Will They Judge Me?

We might fear that verbalizing these personal thoughts may make others think poorly of us as parents and think:

• We're selfish

• That there's something wrong with us

• That we're bad parents

Some may have feelings of unhappiness about missing some of their time with their partner or the loss of some of the "me time" they've just started to enjoy over the summer. But somehow it does not feel emotionally safe to talk about this because of concerns about how other parents may perceive our feelings.

Have You Noticed a Change in Your Emotions?

Yet somehow some parents may not even have the thought about 'oh no we're back to school' and feel as if they've made a seamless transition from summer break to back to school. Although sometimes ignoring this transition, in an effort to do it all, may manifest itself in other subtle ways. By Kathleen Dwyer Blair

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Book for Brighter Kids

A good children's book can do many things. It can ease the path to sleep for a restless child, entertain a group of youngsters through a quiet interlude at home or at school and speed a reluctant reader on the road to fluency. Yet another benefit may be hidden. As one reviewer of a children's book commented: 'This book also has elements of education in it that I appreciated, Holly didn't notice but she understood it so I think that was very well done by the author.' The reviewer was happy that her niece, Holly, would remember what she had read, especially what she found to be funny and interesting. Useful facts and information were being absorbed without conscious effort.

A reviewer of historical novels commented that the same children's book, 'with wit and delightful aplomb takes the young reader on an adventurous journey though some significant moments in history.' But not only historical facts might be unconsciously absorbed from a children's book by an enthralled reader, seeds of knowledge from almost every aspect of human life and human nature can be sown in this fertile field. And as with all seeds, they will germinate and flourish if the soil conditions are right for cultivation. The developing mind will harvest that for which it is prepared.

Another reviewer wrote: 'If you read this as a bedtime story be prepared for lots of questions. Very educational.' As every teacher knows, if you can get your students asking questions you know you are succeeding. Questions arise from curiosity, a desire to know the answer, and a young person is much more likely to remember a fact that s/he has earnestly sought than one that is imposed. The ideal children's book is one that is just ahead of the reader's progress, one that entertains and amuses but also wets the appetite to know more.

Yet another reviewer said: 'I'm still not sure whether this book is geared toward children or adults. Maybe both. It was an utterly delightful read with lots of laugh out loud moments as the author weaves fantasy and legend with actual history.' A children's book that adults can also enjoy must be one that stretches the young mind, painlessly implanting knowledge and stimulating curiosity. Jokes that adults appreciate may be lost on all but the brightest children, but a successful children's book can leave all young readers brighter than before.

Saint George, Rusty Knight, and Monster Tamer is a series of nine self-contained historical short stories which introduces George, a hapless knight who has an unusual skill for monster taming, and which, with wit and delightful aplomb takes the young reader on an adventurous journey though some significant moments in history.

Historical Novel Society, February 2016

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Buzz Lightyear Toy Flies Again

As the holidays draw near, the magic of Walt Disney World kicks into high gear with the promotion of the Buzz Lightyear toy. Get ready for the two week opening of the re-released Toy Story movies, both 1 and 2. The movies will make another theatrical premiere for two weeks in the month of October 2009. This kickoff will set the scene for the latest of the Toy Story movies, Toy Story III.

Toy Story III, featuring the Buzz Lightyear toy, which will be released in Spring of 2010 at theaters near you.

The re-release of the first two original movies will be released as a double feature. The new movie will be released in Disney's Pixar 3-D and the regular theatrical version. The Buzz light year toy along with all the gang will be back. Woody the sheriff will again include the voice over of Tom Hanks, followed by most of the original cast of the two preceding movies.

Featured in Walt Disney World are most of the characters from the movies, to include the main characters and can be seen at Hollywood studios, and in some parts of the Magic Kingdom, for example the Monsters Inc. Social Laugh Club, which most recently this year I was able to get a few good snap shots of Woody and Buzz.

The Buzz Lightyear toy has had a few modifications over the last 14 years, and there are more than 25 different variations of the toy, available in most stores ranging from Internet stores, to eBay, to local department toy stores. With the release of Toy Story III, you can expect that Disney World will have a few tricks up their sleeves and make some new edition. Look for them this holiday season. To Infinity and Beyond...

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