Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Toys For School Children

Sometimes it can be difficult to find Christmas toys and gifts for children which will help them develop the skills they need to succeed in school. Here are a few suggestions which may help.

Super Mario Brothers Chess

Combining chess with Mario Bros? What a great way to get kids playing one of the best learning games ever! Gorgeous painted pieces in a tin, featuring Mario, Luigi, 1-Up Mushroom, Birdo, Bowser Jr, Bowser, Daisy Goomba, Hammer Bros, Magikoopa, Princess Peach, Toad and Yoshi. This is the toy they are likely to still have when they grow up. For ages 7 to adult.

My Book of Number Games 1-70 & My Book of Number Games 1-150

These books are fantastic for teaching and reinforcing math concepts such as number recognition and sequences. The second book introduces double digit numbers. Perfect for first graders. Each page has two sides - one with a complex and challenging dot to dot puzzle which when solved reveals a beautiful picture. The other side is a picture which is completed by coloring numbers certain colors. Also great for fine motors skills. Very entertaining and definitely not your usual coloring books!

Trading Faces

A card game which teaches awareness of facial expressions and body language. The game is made up of a set of cards, each which name and illustrate an emotion. Players trade cards until one player has 3 of a kind. That player makes the emotion and the other players they to guess it. Winner of a Dr Toy award. For ages 6 to 8.

Meta-Forms: Logic in Shapes

This is a visual game which will challenge children from 5 to adult to use their logic skills and solve problems, which become more difficult as you progress. You place different colored and shaped pieces on a 9 square grid. Simple. No. Fun for all ages. Yes. A complex and satisfying game that is very enjoyable. Recommended.

SpringFree 12' Trampoline

My husband almost had a fit when I suggested we buy this. But he was very happy (and I was vindicated) when he saw amount of time our son and his friends have spent on it, well worth the investment. No springs means hands, feet and faces can't get trapped. The walls of the trampoline stop children flying off, but they are soft and seem to float next to it so there's nothing hard to hit or lean against. Nice to have a safe area where children can really get moving. Fabulous. Parents Choice award winner.

Alison Bennett

For more information on how to use learning toys for school children, and examples of toys, see Learning Toys Develop Your Child.

AllAboutLearningToys.com website.

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1 comment:

The BEDBUG Blog said...

These items look good. It can be hard to come up with gift ideas.