18 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS

Children want to decide what to wear and also dress themselves. It is a good time to start attending a drop-in and making trips to the park as well as the library as part of your regular routine. Children in this age group like routine because it gives them a sense of security.

 

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      -Blocks -Crayons, paper, paints -Sandbox -Helping with chores (folding laundry, washing dishes, using a mop) -Hats and caps for simple dressing up

Tip; Be Patient! Because children do things their own way.

THREE TO FIVE YEARS

Preschoolers have lots of energy and enjoy active play. They like to run, tumble, hop, skip, jump and climb. They make up games about mothers, fathers, and babies, as well as about other people with whom they are familiar, like nurses, police officers, bus drivers, farmers or characters on television. This is also the age for playmates and friends as they learn to get along without you for a short time.

 

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Preschoolers have a large vocabulary and can learn their names, where they live and their telephone numbers. Your preschooler will be able to remember stories, rhymes and jingles-and will start to count as well as recognize their letters and numbers. Preschoolers also want to see their names written on their painting and artwork.

 

  • RECOMMENDED TOYS

-clothes for dressing up and props to go with them. -Trikes and Wagons -Balls for throwing and kicking -Games with simple rules -Arts and crafts supplies -Letters and numbers -Cars, trucks, a garage -Dolls and a doll's house -Farm animals, zoo animals, dinosaurs -Books, musical toys -Blocks

 

Tip; For letters and numbers you can use plastic or homemade flash cards. Playing cards for numbers and sorting to use as money for playing shop with cans and boxes.

SIX TO EIGHT YEARS

As they start grade school, children have to make a distinction between work and play. Now the child's job is to be a student.

Up to this age, children learn through their play. However, in school, the young student has to adjust to classroom learning. This is a big change and you may see signs of stress. Try to make it a daily habit to talk to your child immediately after school is out or when picked up from daycare. Be a good listener and take time for the stories of "Do you know what happened at school today?"

Playing at home should help your child to continue to enjoy learning. Perhaps encourage the production of a household newspaper or writing out your shopping list for you.

Tip; If in the school room, circles are being shown and discussed, help at home by playing "I Spy" using all the circles in the house; plates, glasses, balls, water pipes, wheels on the car, the waste basket and so on. If you still have the energy and be creative, take your child outside and run around in circles so that his little body can literally feel what a circle is like.

  • RECOMMENDED TOYS

-Arts and crafts supplies -Writing and drawing materials -Large magnifying glass -Bikes and Wagons -Board games with simple rules (checkers, snakes & ladders) -Cars, trucks, boats, planes, fashion dolls, astronauts, superheroes. -Clothes for dress-up for putting on plays.

 

EIGHT TO Ten YEARS

This is the age when friends and peer pressure become important in children. You will hear "...but everyone else's parents let them." However, your child will also want to be valued at home. You can help your child to cook, do chores and be an important member of your household.

This is the age for scrapbooks, collecting and trading cards. Sewing, woodwork and crafts that can be done with increasing competence.

This is the time to join an organization to play baseball, gymnastics or dance classes at the community center.

Tip; Don't over-schedule your child. Children need a balance of activities and time for free play, for talking with friends and watching the ball game on television.

  • RECOMMENDED TOYS

-Sewing or woodworking materials and craft supplies. -Construction toys -Balls for soccer or basketball -Baseball bat, gloves, hockey sticks -Board games with more complicated rules -Playing cards, books, jokes and riddles

 

BASIC TOYS FOR ALL AGES

-A set of wooden blocks. There are many sets on the market, but the best are the large wooden ones used in play groups and nursery schools. They tend to be expensive, but will give years of good play value.

-A supply of clothes cut down to size, handbags, various hats and caps. Consider some homemade items such as cardboard crowns or magic wands.

CLOTHES FOR DRESS-UP

 

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