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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.

Learning and Wooden Puzzles

Children love wooden puzzles.  All my children and grandkids love playing with them.  I have been reading a lot of articles about the benefits to children playing with them.  These are some things I have learned.

Children learn to problem solve and develop critical thinking by placing puzzle pieces in it’s place since it will only fit if it is placed properly in the right space. They do a lot of turning and testing to get it right.

Puzzles are used alot when working with Autistic children who have delayed speech ability as a playful tool to encourage speech. Children often ask for a certain piece of the puzzle and that helps them develop many language skills.

Puzzles help teach children several basic math concepts also. While working with a puzzle children learn to categorize and organize pieces while doing that they are able to classify and label the pieces as well. It’s amazing to me that something as simple as a wood puzzle can be so beneficial to a child’s learning.

Wooden puzzles build eye-hand coordination. The ability to coordinate what the eye sees, the mind wants to do, and what the hands can accomplish takes a lot of practice. Puzzles offer an enjoyable way to practice this skill while encouraging independence. I never thought of it this way isn’t it amazing!!

Puzzles offer a fun way to develop fine motor ability. Children need to develop strength in the muscles in their fingers so that they can grasp things and hold onto them. This will later give them the ability to hold a pencil.

Wooden Puzzles offer opportunities to expand social skills as well. When children work cooperatively to complete a puzzle they engage in conversation. They develop a plan to solve the puzzle, they take turns and help each other solve problems as they arise.

When a child works on a puzzle until completion the child is developing persistence. Once the puzzle is solved the child can feel a sense of accomplishment which boosts his independence and self esteem.

Children use adaptable thinking and deductive reasoning skills when they find different ways to put the pieces together. They gain the ability to think abstractly when they are able to see negative space, like the space where a puzzle piece may fit, and figure out what type of shape would be needed to fill that space.
Wooden puzzles offered at http://www.AmericanToyBoutique.com  are an amazing learning tool and they are made in America. I now believe that of all the educational toys, wooden puzzles are the most versatile and well rounded learning tool you can purchase for your child because they offer a host of valuable educational benefits that support child development. Hope you have learned as much as I have.

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