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Checkers – Board Games Made in America

I remember growing up playing Checkers with my dad. He usually won but it was fun just hoping to beat him, plus spending the time with him. My brother would get so mad when dad would win (which was most of the time) he was not a very good sport. I don’t think he ever really grew out of that. It was always fun though. I wish more kids played the simple games like Checkers. There are so many video games they would rather play and a lot of them are fun but it’s just not the same as sitting down having the interaction with another person.Checkers Made in America  A simple game of Checkers can stimulate the brain development in younger children and promote healthy brain function in the elderly. Checkers requires a lot strategy to be good at it. You have to try to figure out where your opponent is going to move next. So many questions to ask yourself. Which jump is best for me? How can I get a double jump? Where is my opponent going to move next? It can be mind boggling! Thinking like this kicks your brain into overdrive and will force critical thinking. Most children that have been exposed to this kind of thinking at an early age show more potential in school. Young or old everyone can appreciate a good game of Checkers its one of the best games to play. Go get your old Checker set out or go to www.AmericanToyBoutique.com to purchase an American Made Checkers Set that with last a lifetime.

Toys That Are Educational

When looking for toys most of us are looking for educational yet fun toys for our children or grandchildren. I believe some of the video games can be educational but I still think there is nothing like the a physical toy. Choosing toys that will help children be more creative, adventurous and caring helps them learn more about themselves.

Wooden rattles are a great way to start your infants off with. You can get them finished or unfinished with a naturoil finish to be just right for the baby. Babies enjoy hearing sounds from rattles.

I don’t know toddler that doesn’t like building blocks…..or a car they can push around and their own sounds. I have a grandson that makes every sound a car could possibly make.

Preschoolers are so much fun they want to learn so much. I remember when my kids were small they would put puzzles together over and over. Or I would read them a book until I could recite it without the book.

Board games are a great way to get the family together and actually interact with each other. Most board games can be played with any age children and adults. When you are looking for great American made safe toys and games this holiday season check out http://www.AmericanToyBoutique.com.

American Made

I got up this morning and went to my daughters house to get my grand-daughter on the bus for school. It was chilly out, I love the fall weather. I think this is my favorite time of year. Holidays are right around the corner and its comfortable to be outside, the leaves are falling and changing color. I have been so blessed to be able to watch my grandchildren while their parents work. Its always been my dream to be able to work from home and work around my children work schedules so I can watch the grand-kids.

 

I’ve been able to because of my toy store http://www.AmericanToyBoutique.com. I believe in supporting American made safe products and I have been able to do just that. American Toy Boutique carries American made toys and games….and adding more almost daily. Right now we are adding stuffed toys! I have learned how important child play is…..its there jobs, that’s pretty cool. I have 2 grand-daughters    that are reading all the time and they love reading stories with their names in them. I have made them The Ballerina Princess personalized book and they love it. Puzzles are a great way to help them develop fine motor and eye-hand coordination. I am getting started Christmas shopping it gets hard with the older kids because they always want money and I don’t think that is as much fun, but I guess that’s better then getting them something they won’t like.

Veggie Tales

I love the Veggie Tales. They help children learn about God. We have alot of the Veggie Tale games and puzzles.

Play is fun for children. Play is the way children learn.

Through play, children learn about themselves, their environment, people and the world around them. As they play, children learn to solve problems and to get along with others. They enhance their creativity and develop leadership skills and healthy personalities. Play develops skills children need to learn to read and write. Play in early childhood is the best foundation for success in school.

Fun Games

We just added more games to http://www.AmericanToyBoutique.com. I used to like playing games with my kids when they were young. My oldest son used to love playing Kerplunk. Remember that one! There are so many different card and board games that can give you and your children or grandchildren hours of playing time. Croquet is an outside game that is always fun. I used to play that with my brother and sister growing up.

They have Croquet sets that are more fun now then the one I use to play. Now we have this one with Animals which is more fun then the wire hoop ones we used to have. I think most of my grandchildren would rather play video games or games are their phones just because that is what they are growing up with. I remember when Atari first came out. My kids thought that was the greatest thing. My son would play it alot. But now its the WII or Playstation that they are all liking. Who knows what it will be next!

Checkers Board Games Made in America