Ten Things You Should Know Before Buying Educational Toys

Written by Michelle Andrews

Your young child's playtime is his first real learning experience, and toys can act as catalysts in your child's growth. The benefits of educational toys are many and varied, and by choosingrepparttar right toys, you create an environment that is fun and conducive to learning vital skills.

But currently it is hard to find what you need if you do not know what you are looking for. With a million toys onrepparttar 145235 market today, it is tough to pick outrepparttar 145236 best combinations of fun and learning. However, every beneficial toy should be fun, safe, and helprepparttar 145237 child develop and exercise some skill. When faced with so many choices, asking yourself some simple questions about your child's development can help you makerepparttar 145238 best selection.

The following is a list of characteristics you should look for in a good, educational toy:

1.Sensory attraction: How many senses willrepparttar 145239 toy occupy? Does it respond to and with lights, sounds, or movement? Is it colorful? Does it have a smell or a texture?

2.Activation method: Willrepparttar 145240 toy provide a challenge without frustrating your child? Will it be a fun and rewarding experience?

3.Self-expression: Willrepparttar 145241 toy allow your child to express himself, be creative, and make choices?

4.Success potential: How many "correct" ways are there to play withrepparttar 145242 toy? Can play be open-ended with no right or wrong responses? Willrepparttar 145243 toy adapt to your child's ability and style?

Taking Great Birthday Party Pictures

Written by Mike Dougherty "Grandpa Mike"

Say "Happy Birthday"

Capturerepparttar precious moments of your kid birthday party for all time by taking great pictures with your still camera, digital camera and your video camera.

Your child gets ready to blow outrepparttar 145205 candles on their birthday cake (the cake you spent so much time making), you pick up your camera to capture this very important moment in your child's life and...

You're out of film, you've run out of Smart Media cards for your digital camera or you're out of tape for your video camera, or you're out of batteries! Sound familiar?

While everyone waits,repparttar 145206 candles on your wonderful kid birthday cake are now melting away, and your child and all their guests are getting impatient.

Film cameras, digital cameras and video cameras are now fairly common in more and more homes.

But most ofrepparttar 145207 time, our cameras sit forgotten on a shelf in a dusty closet... Then, atrepparttar 145208 last minute we say "now where did I putrepparttar 145209 camera?"

So do yourself, your family and your child a big favor...

Several days before your kid birthday party, find your camera or cameras and get them ready to capture allrepparttar 145210 very special moments of your child's birthday party.

Pick up plenty of batteries (make sure they'rerepparttar 145211 right ones)

Charge up your video camera batteries

Pick up plenty of film

Pick up Smart Media cards for your digital camera

Pick up plenty of blank videotape

Make sure your cameras are working

You absolutely don't want to leave these preparations untilrepparttar 145212 last minute...

If you do, it's very likely you'll run out of time and won't be able to stop for batteries or film or videotape.

How To Take Great Pictures Of Your Child Birthday Party

*A Tip From Grandpa Mike

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