Learning Toys Urbandale IA

There are many games and toys that are designed both for having fun and for learning. If you're looking for a great educational toy or game for your kids, read on and find out what to look for in a learning toy.
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Doll House Urbandale IA

Toy Fair this year was full of wonderful new items that shows “green toys” are gaining in popularity. My favorite: this new environmentally friendly dollhouse by Plan Toy. The Green Dollhouse is made of renewable resources and is modeled after a sustainable home for reducing, reusing, and recycling. There are built in recycling bins, a solar panel, and even a container for collecting rain runoff.

Quality Toys Urbandale IA

Quality products from Melissa & Doug have my appreciation and that of others, even in a less-than-booming economy. The educational toys are fun and designed to last, the puppets are wonderful, and the imaginary play items keep my daughter occupied for hours.

Green Toys Urbandale IA

Savvy consumers are checking out their options looking for fair trade toys and earth friendly toys. The push for companies to be more diligent in toy manufacturing safety has prompted efforts in environmentally responsible forms of manufacturing as well.

Discovery Toys & Science Toys Urbandale IA

As parents, there are a few basic things that we all have in common. We want the very best for our kids in all circumstances, and a key part of our parental responsibilities is preparing our children to succeed educationally.

Educational Toys Urbandale IA

Learning toys are often divided by age grouping, such as "3 and up" or "8+" so be sure to find the one in the appropriate age range. Skill level is also an important factor, and to determine this there is need for familiarity with the child.

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Board Games Urbandale IA

When you sit down to play a game of Backgammon, do you realize you are playing a game that is over 3000 years old? Board games, in some cases, pre-date literature in cultures, and have stood the test of the ages as key learning tools, forms of entertainment and cultural advancement.

Connect 4 Board Game Urbandale IA

Connect 4 x 4 is essentially the same game as the original, but with the ability to play with up to four players instead of just two. The object of the game still revolves around trying to get four of your pieces to line up in a row, only now there are more players to stand in your way. The grid is now double-sided, so there are twice as many spaces in which to play in about the same amount of space.

Construction Toys Urbandale IA

Building and construction toys are as diverse a market as any other, and choosing the right ones for a particular age group can be a challenge. Playmobil and Melissa & Doug are the most popular brands for basic building types of toys and are certainly appropriate for the youngest of the future contractors in all of us.

Discovery Toys & Science Toys Urbandale IA

As parents, there are a few basic things that we all have in common. We want the very best for our kids in all circumstances, and a key part of our parental responsibilities is preparing our children to succeed educationally.

Doll House Urbandale IA

Toy Fair this year was full of wonderful new items that shows “green toys” are gaining in popularity. My favorite: this new environmentally friendly dollhouse by Plan Toy. The Green Dollhouse is made of renewable resources and is modeled after a sustainable home for reducing, reusing, and recycling. There are built in recycling bins, a solar panel, and even a container for collecting rain runoff.

Educational Toys Urbandale IA

Learning toys are often divided by age grouping, such as "3 and up" or "8+" so be sure to find the one in the appropriate age range. Skill level is also an important factor, and to determine this there is need for familiarity with the child.

Educational Video Games Urbandale IA

Not all video games are soaked in violence and raw titillation. In fact, there are more educational games on the market now than ever before. Publishers of children’s books are even getting into the act, by designing popular educational games based on their favorite characters and storylines.

Games to Foster Imagination Urbandale IA

While toys are helpful for entertaining purposes, traditional toys are still the best for engaging children’s imagination because they encourage thinking outside the box. Here are a couple toys and activities that still require the magic of the inner-worlds.

Glow in the Dark Toys Urbandale IA

The entire Stomp Rocket Junior Glow Kit is lightweight and portable, meaning it can be easily transported to the beach or a cottage. It could even be used indoors… though it would be a good idea to keep it away from any easily breakable objects.

Green Toys Urbandale IA

Savvy consumers are checking out their options looking for fair trade toys and earth friendly toys. The push for companies to be more diligent in toy manufacturing safety has prompted efforts in environmentally responsible forms of manufacturing as well.

Hobbies Urbandale IA

The game of chess is a tremendously popular hobby. Having a hobby is a great way to spend free time since it allows you to pursue an interest and be productive with your time. Hobbies can include just about anything that one finds enjoyable, be it science experiments, painting, woodworking, sports or any number of other pastimes. Generally some type of tools, equipment or supplies are needed in order to undertake a hobby, and hobby shops in Urbandale, IA are a good place to start when searching for the right supplies.

Journey to the Center of the Earth Boardgame Urbandale IA

Mayfair is scheduled to release an English version of its popular German boardgame Journey to the Center of the Earth on September 11, 2008. The game, designed by Rüdiger Dorn, is based on Jules Verne's classic novel of the same name.

Leap Frog Teaching Toys Urbandale IA

Repetition is useful in reinforcing the letter sounds. The songs are the same ones we have on other LeapFrog Alphabet toys like the bus, which is useful for the repetition factor. Kids hear the same song and same voice in different toys which increases the lesson learned rather than requiring a change in focus for a new presentation. LeapFrog Phonics takes advantage of this learning style and is an easy way for children to learn letters.

Learning Toys Urbandale IA

It is often difficult to tell if a child is being challenged enough by educational games. Here are some more suggestions about finding that balance between a little challenge and a Herculean task.

Mattel Toys Urbandale IA

Like something out of a science fiction movie, Mindflex by Mattel is operated by the user's mind, as the name suggests. No, you won't be able to levitate objects after using it, but it's as close as you're going to get. Rather, there are sensors that must be attached to your forehead and earlobes. These sensors measure your brainwaves and how much or little you are concentrating.

Monopoly Board Games Urbandale IA

Ruining families since 1935, Monopoly is the record holder for most played commercial game in the world with millions of players. Nowadays, you can see many different version of this game everywhere. Lovers of Monopoly read on to know more.

Puzzles for Kids Urbandale IA

For preschoolers, the best puzzles are large jigsaw puzzles with thick pieces. The completed picture should be something recognizable like a school house or a farm. This is also a great age for kids to work together on a large puzzle. Together, they can develop strategies to figure out specific patterns. Read on to view more details on puzzles for kids.

Quality Toys Urbandale IA

Quality products from Melissa & Doug have my appreciation and that of others, even in a less-than-booming economy. The educational toys are fun and designed to last, the puppets are wonderful, and the imaginary play items keep my daughter occupied for hours.

Rocking with the Leapfrog Learn and Groove Music Table Urbandale IA

Walk down the infant toy isle of any major retail store and you will no doubt find so many light-up, noise making, and brightly colored gadgets that your head will spin. These interactive, educational toys are all the rage with parents, doctors, and even scientists because of their proven benefits in long term brain development and growth.

Scattegories Urbandale IA

Scattergories is still relatively new compared to other classics like Monopoly but when played correctly can provide much more entertainment value. Here are some rules and strategies of this party game, Read on and you will know more about it.

Science Toys Urbandale IA

have found kits that go as young as 4 years in the science sections at some stores, but most will be for at least age 8. Be sure to check the age range when purchasing a kit since nothing is more frustrating than trying to do something beyond your ability (or comprehension, as is the case for some of these).

Simpsons Trivia Games Urbandale IA

The Simpsons version of Scene-It? is naturally for fans of the show. I happen to be one of those. I recently spent the past half a year showing my wife the first 12 seasons currently on DVD. I had seen them many times before but this was her first go-through. We played The Simpsons Scene-It? and found that she could answer roughly a third of the questions, but only because they weren’t noggin-scratchers.

Toys for Educational Development Urbandale IA

Keep a set at the ready if you are planning on entertaining a child for an afternoon... or a decade. That same set will still be useful years later, as their imaginations grow with the possibilities. Read on for more details.

Trivia Games Urbandale IA

Brain Age is a game that nobody should have never played. The entire concept of the Brain Age games revolves around simple exercises that supposedly "train your brain" to respond quicker and more accurately the more you practice.

Wild Planet Hyper Dash Toy Review Urbandale IA

Wild Planet comes up with some wonderful toys from spy gear to science kits, and this toy is no exception. Hyper Dash is a game that incorporates four different possibilities for play into one simple game. Speed, skill, memory, coordination and teamwork are challenged with the different skill level/play options available. The box contains the bell-shaped, hand-held Hyper Dash base unit and f...