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How to Teach Kids to Jump Rope

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Teaching your children to jump rope is a great way to encourage them to exercise each day. Jumping rope not only can keep children busy on a day off from school or when their friends are away, it is a very good activity in keeping you and your kids healthy. An activity strengthens your bone, improves hand eye coordination, stamina, balance and releases strength.

If your child seems confused or unable to jump rope at first, don’t worry. It’s a simple enough skill that takes some getting used to in the beginning. Be patient with your child and demonstrate the technique until he/she gets it.

Step 1

Jump rope a few times in front of your child so that he/she sees how it is done. Don’t try to impress him/ her with your speed. Go slowly so that he/she can observe the motions of your wrists and legs.

Step 2

Practice jumping or hopping with your child. Tell him/her to stand with his/her feet a few inches apart. Have him/her hop up and down in one place several times.

Step 3

Stretch a jump rope straight across the floor. Instruct your child to hop over it, without touching it, a few times.

Step 4

Show your child how to hold her arms while jumping. Place your arms at your sides and bend your elbows. Press your elbows gently into your sides, just under your rib cage. Arrange your child’s arms yourself if he/she is having difficulty.

Step 5

Place the rope’s handles in his/her hands. The jump rope should fall onto the floor just behind his/her heels. Flick his/her wrists so that the jump rope leaps into the air, over the head. Let your child practices flicking the wrists to maneuver the rope without raising the arms into the air a few times before moving on to jumping over the falling rope.

Step 6

Tell your kid to jump as the rope falls toward the feet. Repeat this a few times, until the your little one seems to get the hang of it, then let him/her jump on his/her own as he/she swings the rope.

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Inspire your preschooler’s imagination: Fun with Shapes

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(Photo source: www.earlylearningtoys.org/)

This is one of the most amazing color wheel’s you’ll ever get to play with! Not only is it colorful, you can create animals, letters shapes and more with the beautifully shaped curves of the pieces.

The traditional color wheel was geometrically redesigned to resemble an iris with the edges of each of the twelve wedges arched to allow the user to create a variety of designs. Kids can make a number of designs by just moving the shapes.

One Shape, Infinite Possibilities

The Chrysanthos color wheel consists of twelve Trigeod shapes and is designed to evoke imagination and creativity. It’s the shapes that allow the children to stack and connect each piece to create their own vision.

Not only is this a creative toy, it is a great teacher resource for challenging children to think out of the box. Children can play with it on their own or with other toys like cars or animal figures. It truly is multi-functional.

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Some imaginative designs that the kindergarten students have created (Photo source: http://educateinvestinspire.blogspot.ca/)

The importance of the Trigeod in play

Creativity is being able to use different elements and express them in a uniquely comprehensible way based on your own personal experiences. The Trigeod promotes this expression in a natural unhindered fashion through open ended play.

This is a process that many children don’t have the chance to experience but it’s valuable to problem-solving, design and creativity. Children will naturally explore the shapes of the pieces and the many ways that you can connect and build with them.

Because of the Trigeod shapes, children are not only playing but dealing with unique problem solving task and decision making. The limits of the Chrysanthos color wheel are only dependent on what the user can imagine.

This is a great toy for children as young as age 3. Who’s ready to have fun with color and shapes?

(Video source: www.earlylearningtoys.org/)

7 Reasons Why Children Need Puzzles

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Do you and your kids love to play puzzles? If not, you might want to start! You may have heard that puzzles are good for your child’s development but do you know why?

Here are 7 reasons why children need puzzles, even at an early age.

Hand eye coordination

Playing with puzzles requires processing skills often referred to as “trial and error”. It’s one of the main ways that children learn. Children need to flip, turn, and remove pieces of a puzzle to not only learn how things work but to develop vital hand and eye coordination.

If placing a piece of the puzzle that does not fit on the first try, they have to try all over again until they are able to begin to understand the process. The brain, eyes, and hands work together to find the piece, manipulate it accordingly, and fit it into the puzzle accurately. Even if they are not able to complete the puzzle, the process helps build vital connections in the brain.

Fine motor skills

Puzzles are a fun way for children to develop their fine motor skills. These skills are

important for future handwriting and self-care activities. While playing puzzles, children are required to pick up, pinch and grasp pieces (some with small knobs, pegs or chunky pieces) and move them around, manipulating them into slots, sorting them and fitting them into the correct places. This process helps the hands and fingers understand how to use buttons, zippers and pencils in the future.

Setting small goals & problem solving

Completing a puzzle, even the most simplest of puzzles sets a single goal to achieve.

Kids have to think and develop strategies on how to approach in achieving this goal such as they may do all the edge pieces first, for instance, or sort all the pieces into piles according to colors or shapes. This helps a child learn to achieve small goals as a means toward a larger goal.

This process involves problem solving, reasoning skills and developing solutions which they can later be transferred into vital skill in adult life. Plus when they do a puzzle they instantly realize that sometimes they won’t get the answer right on the first try. This is valuable because it shows us we always have to keep moving forward.

Shape Recognition

For young children, even babies, learning to recognize and sort shapes is an important part of their development. Puzzles can help little ones with this, since the pieces need to be recognized and sorted before they can be assembled. It’s important that they not only see the shapes but also that they feel them with their fingers.

Memory

Simple jigsaw puzzles and other types of puzzles may help enhance a child’s memory. For example, a child will need to recall the size, color and shape of various pieces as he or she works through the puzzle. If a piece doesn’t fit, the child sets it aside; but he or she will need to remember that piece when it is needed.

Social skills

Puzzles are a great educational tool to enhance and promote cooperative play.  As kids work together to complete a puzzle, they will discuss where a piece should go and why, take turns and share and support each other when handling frustration, then sharing the joy of finishing the puzzle.

Self esteem

The accomplishment of achieving a goal brings so much satisfaction to a child.  Overcoming the challenges involved in solving a puzzle really gives them a sense of achievement and pride within themselves.  It provides a boost to their self-confidence and self-esteem as this prepares them for other challenges in life.

Puzzles are such a fantastic learning tool for hand eye coordination and logical thinking. Some may think that their children are too young for that, but you will be surprised how quickly they will master the skills. The ability to work on puzzles is a skill that needs to be taught, so the earlier they start the better.

Find a wide selection of puzzles right here on Jolly B!  Here’s our favorite one’s for your toddler and preschooler:

Montessori Fraction Puzzle Blocks

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Wooden Alphabet Floor Puzzle

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Wooden Tetris Puzzle Toy

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Fill your kids’ space with our beautiful educational toy – Tree Building Blocks

 

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These beautiful tree building blocks continue to be one of our most popular educational toy items – and for a good reason! There is such a sense of uniqueness to these blocks that you rarely get from educational toys like this, and that difference really shows up in the overall look and feel of the ‘tree.’ As far as building blocks go, it doesn’t get much more realistic than this, which really allows kids and parents alike to appreciate the simplistic beauty that goes along with creating something amazing.
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Kids will be able to learn through play, while not only developing their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and level of concentration, but using their imagination! Perhaps one day they will want a tall tree, and the next day something more outstretched, or with more leaves, etc. – your children can change the design of these blocks everyday to create something new. The blocks even have the ability to ‘change’ with the seasons! Your child will love learning through play as they use darker, autumn leaves in the fall, and vibrant pink leaves in the spring. That realistic nature of the blocks really comes to life within the parts of the tree; leaves, branches, the trunk, etc. It’s a peaceful, quiet way for your child to learn while they’re creating, and they’ll love seeing their finished creations each and every time.
The blocks themselves are high-quality, made of solid timber with a non-toxic, water-based paint, and every surface is smooth, so no matter the age of your curious kid, they’ll be safe while they’re having fun creating. If you’re looking for something truly unique that promotes imagination, peacefulness, learning, and fun, there is no better solution than these tree building blocks – perfect for home, or a classroom.
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Why Children Need Wooden Toys

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It seems plastic toys are the norm nowadays and it’s such a shame. Many don’t remember the days of wooden toys!  There are so many reasons to invest in wooden toys. Although they are not what you normally see on the shelves of the toy store, they are amazing for your child’s development.

Here are just a few reasons why you should invest in wooden toys for your child.

1. Wooden toys are safer.

You might ask “why” when it comes to this point. For the most part wooden toys tend to be larger, designed without small pieces that can easily go missing or get broken, and most of all they are often created without the use of toxic chemicals that can be damaging to young minds and bodies.

Even better, they have no batteries! So if you are looking for a peg puzzle or possibly looking for your child’s next favorite toy truck, choosing wood as the material for your kids’ toys is the best way to make sure they’re getting the safest toys and most sturdy toy on the market.

2. Wooden toys for kids of all ages.

Many wooden toys, like this wooden block set or this set of wooden play food are timeless and will keep your kids playing with them for years. Plus these toys are often so well made that they can be handed down from child to child.

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3. Wooden toys are long-lasting.
Wooden toys that you purchase for just a little more than their plastic counterparts are durable and tough enough to stand up to multiple children to enjoy. Plus they may still be around if you want to keep them for your grandchildren!

Plastic toys are crafted with sometimes toxic and very cheap materials that break soon after you bring them home. If you have a high-energy child who is who is tough on toys you might find plastic toys are broken minutes later.

Wooden toys, however, are designed to be tough. These days you can get everything from wooden dolls to wooden food sets that are adorable!

4. Wooden toys encourage kids to be creative.

Creativity is a vital life skill for kids. Most kids don’t get enough time to be creative. Being creative when playing can help to teach kids to think outside the box later in life and to develop problem-solving skills. Plus with no flashing lights or noises to distract them, kids are free to create play that comes from their imagination.

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5. Wooden toys help teach problem-solving skills.

Wooden puzzles, shapes and stacking toys not only are fun to play with, they vital to helping children build problem-solving skills. The sooner children work on this skill, the better they can become at it when they become older.  

Choosing wooden toys for your child is such a wonderful way to bring play into their lives. Most parents think that a child needs a huge variety of toys to hold their interest but that’s not true. In many cases, that variety just results in frustration or worse toys that are purchased and never played with.

Instead, invest your money and your children’s future into great wooden toys that will enable them to enjoy creative play for a lifetime to come!

 
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