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Toys Selection - from ITFDC


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Good Toys vs Bad Toys - how to choose the best and most appropriate toys for your children.

Good Toys vs Bad Toys - how to choose the best and most appropriate toys for your children.

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  • 1. Good toys/ bad toys
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  • 2. What toys or games do you remember from your own childhood?
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    • What toys do your daycare children enjoy the most?
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  • 4. What toys do you think children learn from the most?
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  • 5. The selection of toys available can be overwhelming- How do you know which toys have the most educational value?
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  • 6. Play is one of the major ways that a young child learns.
    Through play, children discover and practice the physical, mental, social and language skills they will need to be independent beings.
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  • 7. By actively interacting with their environment and adding more skills and concepts in a step-by-step process, children literally 'grow' their own intelligence.
    Parents and providers can best help their children develop by aiding, not preventing, this development.
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  • 8. During the first five years of their lives, young children are like sponges for information either positive or negative. (examples?)
    Approximately 85% of the child's brain connections are being made in the early years. Stimulation to these brain connections is crucial to a child's learning as it provides the thinking foundation for all later intellectual development.
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  • 9. A child's playthings are people, toys, and everyday objects both in home and nature.
    With a little understanding of child development, a parent or caregiver can help children learn by providing them with developmentally appropriate toys and activities.
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  • 10. It makes sense, both economically
    and developmentally, to buy the
    right toy at the right time.
    A safe, durable multi-purpose toy bought at the beginning of a development stage is much higher in play value than a single-function toy that may be played with for a limited time and then ignored, which is often the case of licensed or fad products.
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  • 11. Half the toys children want have been designed by a television show. Little thought of developmental benefits for the children or long term life of the product has gone into these products.
    Simply because a toy or book has been manufactured for children does not mean that the toy/book is good for children!!
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  • 12. In the last few decades extensive research has been applied to the science of play, studying the way children interact with their toys and how this play can stimulate development.
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  • 13. Major manufacturers have produced many “electronic learning” toys over the years. It would be easy to believe that the research has shown a benefit to these toys.
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  • 14. Child development experts warn that “kiddie electronics” can have negative effects such as inhibiting creativity and promoting short attention spans.
    Researchers found that targeted “electronic learning toys” from the market leaders such as LeapFrog® and V-Tec® offered no identifiable benefits to children.
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  • 15. VS
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  • 16. BLOCKS
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  • 17. “The research team found that with every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants learned six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched the videos”
    8/6/08 Alice Park with
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  • 18. “Babies require face-to-face interaction to learn," says Dr. Vic Strasburger, professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. "They don't get that interaction from watching TV or videos. In fact, the watching probably interferes with the crucial wiring being laid down in their brains during early development.”
    8/6/08 Alice Park with
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  • 19. A good toy…
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  • 20. Suggested toys for
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  • 21. Suggested infant toys
    Busy box/crib mobile
    Plastic or wooden rattles
    Unbreakable plastic mirror
    Toys that squeak
    Play telephones
    Toys for filling and dumping
    Cloth blocks
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  • 22. Suggested toys for infants
    Toys that stack
    Plastic, cardboard, or cloth books
    Washable toys/stuffed animals
    Toy key rings
    Teething rings
    Different sized balls
    Chime ball
    Large wooden or plastic animals
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  • 23. Homemade toys for infants
    Cloth animals made from old towels or material stuffed with socks
    Homemade books made of cardboard
    Textured balls
    Pots, pans, wooden spoons, plastic food containers, rubber spatulas, empty cardboard boxes, measuring spoons and cups
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  • 24. Toys to buy for infants/toddlers
    Push/pull toys
    Wooden stringing beads
    Matching games
    Doctor’s kit
    Tricycles, riding toys, wagons
    Tapes or cds with children’s stories or music
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  • 25. Large pegs and peg boards
    Wooden puzzles with big pieces (3-8 pieces)
    Plastic or wooden people and animal figures
    Cars, wagons, and trucks
    Shovels and pails for sand
    Big cardboard blocks
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  • 26. Homemade items for toddlers
    Dress up clothes, shoes, hats and suitcases
    Coffee cans with plastic lids for drums, bells sewn on ribbon, wooden dowels to be used as rhythm sticks, shakers made from yogurt containers filled with beans and secured with duct tape
    Homemade books
    Bean bags
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  • 27. Toys to purchase for toddlers
    Animal and people figures
    Toys that interlock such as legos
    Magnetic boards and shapes
    Sturdy puzzles with 8-20 pieces
    Hula hoops and balls
    Water based paints and brushes
    Play dough
    Props for block play (buses, cars, animals, airplanes etc)
    Small play house, garage, zoo, farm set
    Plastic snapping blocks
    Pegboards and pegs
    Pattern and parquetry blocks
    Felt boards with felt animals, people etc.
    Washable markers, crayons, glue, chalk, scissors
    Tricycles, wagons, baby carriages
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  • 28. Materials to collect
    Brooms, full length mirror, dress up clothes, mops, plastic dishes, hats etc. for dramatic play
    Feathers, Styrofoam, toilet paper tubes, macrame, glitter, scraps of wrapping paper etc. for collages
    Squirt bottles, combs, shells, rakes to add to sand and water collection
    Buttons, seashells, coffee scoops, keys, fabric squares, plastic bottle tops for sorting
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  • 29. Homemade Materials for preschoolers
    A wooden frame made with two pieces of material with buttons, snaps or a zipper to practice self help skills
    Homemade bubbles
    Homemade puzzles made from a cut out magazine picture that has been covered with clear contact paper, glued onto cardboard and cut into puzzle pieces
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  • 30. musical instruments
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  • 34. What about books?
    Here are some ideas
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  • 35. Pat the Bunny
    By Dorothy KunhardtThis classic is still one of our favorites because it's so interactive -- we love touching the bunny's fur, playing peekaboo, and more.
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  • 36. Goodnight Moon
    By Margaret Wise BrownThere's no denying that this bedtime routine classic deserves space on every kid's bookshelf.
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  • 37. Go, Dog, Go!
    By P.D. Eastman Perfect for young children's short attention spans, this book is simple, straightforward, and silly.
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  • 38. Goodnight, Gorilla
    By Peggy Rathmann
    This story is told almost entirely through the illustrations -- making it very easy for babies to follow along.
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  • 39.  
    Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
    By Dr. Seuss
    This book will have you making all sorts of sounds from pop to klopp, all of which will delight your baby -- and bring on plenty of those smiles and giggles you love.
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  • 40. Toes, Ears & Nose!
    By Marion Dane Bauer
    Teach older babies to ID their body parts with this fun read.
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  • 41. Mrs. Mustard's Baby Faces
    By Jane Wattenberg
    Babies loooove looking at other babies. These close-up pics of other gorgeous baby mugs are sure to fascinate your infant.
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  • 42. C Is for Coco: A Little Chick's First Book of Letters
    By Sloan TannenGet your baby on the fast-track to preschool with this book teaching numbers 1 to 10.
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  • 43. Baby Faces
    By DK BooksThis tome of different babies making expressive faces (happy, sad, etc.) helps boost your baby's social IQ. Plus, the squishy cover is perfect for mouthing, teething babies.
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  • 44. Belly Button Book
    By Sandra Boynton What baby or toddler isn't obsessed with his belly button? This book on the subject is full of Boynton's signature illustrations and silly rhymes.
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  • 45. White on Black
    By Tana HobanThis wordless book of white shapes on a black background is perfect for young babies, who love looking at bold, contrasting colors while their eyes are developing.
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  • 46. Guess How Much I Love You
    By Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Anita JeramFollow a young rabbit on his quest to test his parents' love -- you'll find it easy to believe just how deep it runs. This is a heartwarming book, and kids will feel reassured knowing that you love them that much, too.
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  • 47. The Going-to-Bed Book
    By Sandra BoyntonWhat better way to soothe your baby to sleep than with a book that makes going to bed fun? Sandra Boynton's colorful illustrations make this book come alive -- a terrific ritual for ending the day.
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  • 48. Daddy Kisses
    By Anne GutmanCalling all fathers! Cuddle up with your baby and read this charming tale about how lions, rabbits, and frogs show their wee ones that they love them.
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  • 49. Dear Zoo
    By Rod CampbellA child's search for the perfect pet goes off-track in this funny lift-the-flap book. The repetitive pattern lets babies predict what comes next.
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  • 50. My Car
    By Byron BartonThese bold, chunky characters (think Fisher-Price's Little People) will grab your baby's attention. The book makes the most of its few words, explaining how Sam cares for his car.
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  • 51. Let's Play
    By Leo LionniIn this sweet and simple tale, two cute mice decide how to spend their time. Your baby will learn all the fun things friends can do, from a game of hide-and-seek to dress-up time.
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  • 52. Hug
    By JezAlboroughA baby chimpanzee is in search of a hug from his mommy. While he tries to find her he sees other animal families snuggling together.
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  • 53. Is Your Mama a Llama?
    By Deborah GuarinoChildren have fun as they follow a llama on the search for its mama. Colorful pictures and fun animals make this a must-have.
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  • 54. Peek-a-Who?
    By Nina LadenPeek-a-boo has its merits, but this book brings the game to a new level. With a peek-a-moo cow and a peek-a-boo ghost, children will love guessing what comes next.
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  • 55. Book ideas for Toddlers
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    By Eric Carle
    Yup, the caterpillar's still hungry! And just like him, when it comes to this book toddlers can't seem to get enough.
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  • 56. Freight Train
    By Donald Crews
    Have a train-crazy kid? This book has great illustrations to help children learn the names of each type of train car.
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  • 57. The Happy Egg
    By Ruth Krauss
    As you know, toddlers are curious about...well, everything. This book tackles one interesting phenomenon: how a baby bird comes from an egg!
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  • 58. Fast Food
    By Saxton Freymann
    Freymann has a gift for transforming recognizable fruits and veggies into adorable animals and objects.
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  • 59. Counting Kisses
    By Karen Katz
    A countdown to bedtime, this book is sure to inspire lots of sweet mom-toddler snuggles.
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  • 60. Sheep in the Jeep
    By Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple
    Full of fun rhymes, this is a book that your toddler will want to hear again. And again. And -- you get the idea.
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  • 61. Green Eggs and Ham
    By Dr. Suess
    Try as you might, you cannot resist Sam-I-Am and his green eggs and ham. This wacky rhyming classic is as fun now as it was the first time you read it. Now, run out and get it!
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  • 62. Corduroy
    By Don Freeman
    For any kid who has dreamed of having an empty department store all to himself, Corduroy is a dream come true. This adorable bear has terrific adventures on his way to find his missing button.
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  • 63. Are You My Mother?
    By P.D. Eastman
    For the restless toddler who relishes audience participation. Each time the confused young bird asks a strange animal, "Are you my mother?" your kids will knowingly answer, "No!" And they might even explain why not. A wonderful teaching tool with a warm-fuzzy ending.
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  • 64. Are You My Mother?
    By P.D. Eastman
    For the restless toddler who relishes audience participation. Each time the confused young bird asks a strange animal, "Are you my mother?" your kids will knowingly answer, "No!" And they might even explain why not. A wonderful teaching tool with a warm-fuzzy ending.
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  • 65. The Big Shiny Sparkly First Words Book
    By Willabel Tong
    This is a great book for the curious preschooler who is just discovering that learning can be fun. There's plenty to do -- questions to answer, flaps to lift, and unique illustrations to teach children about their first words.
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  • 66. I Know a Rhino
    By Charles Fuge
    A little girl has tea with a rhino, a bubble bath with a giraffe, and more adventures. The crisp rhymes and lively drawings will make this one of your bedtime faves.
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  • 67. Baby Beluga
    By Raffi, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
    We love this board-book version of Raffi's most popular tune about a baby whale and his Eskimo, walrus, and dolphin friends. Wolff's lighthearted illustrations bring the song to life.
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  • 68. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    By Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
    A blue horse, green frog, and yellow duck are some of the unforgettable animals your baby will spot in this colorful book.
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  • 69. Need more ideas?
    Ask a Librarian!
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