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The Advantages of Interactive Books for Children

There are many technological tools on the market today geared towards parents who wish to help educate and entertain their children. Computers have become a big part of that technology, from the more simplistic portable computerized toys to actual computer applications designed to help children acquire useful skills while promoting fun. Interactive books are among those applications.

The concept of the interactive book is simple; to help provide children with the fun stories they have come to love, while allowing them to interact with the characters in a way that makes the experience more real and more fun. While most interactive books are available online, there are also other mediums for such reading material.

The interactive book began with simple talking books. These books allowed children to read while listening to a recorded version of the story. The recording came complete with sound effects and character voices which enhanced the actual reading experience. It also helped those children who did not know how to read or had difficultly reading to enjoy the story.

Now, the interactive books that are available via the Internet take this idea one step further. By using a mouse, your child is now able to actually take part in the story and interact with the characters. Computer images make the story come alive, while the written words are displayed on the screen. Character voices are also heard. All of these features help give the story an added dimension, and help walk the child through the various experiences of each character. Interactive books also provide your child the opportunity to learn more about the computer, and can help prepare him or her for the use of the everyday technology that is becoming more and more familiar all the time.

There are many sites that offer interactive books, so finding one to suit your child should not be difficult. You can also find various resources on the Internet that will lead you to other similar sites and materials, all of which are designed with children in mind. You will also be able to choose books that match your child's skill level, and compliment his or her interests. The options are numerous, and choosing books online can be even more fun than the traditional method of checking them out from a library. This is not, however, meant to discourage traditional library use, but is meant as another avenue by which to instill in your children a love of reading that will serve them all their lives.

 


Preparing Older Kids For A New Baby Coming

Though many photos albums are full of cheery photos of the new little one and the older brothers and sisters, it does not always start this way. Family structure is often drastically changed with the appearance of a new baby. There is quite a lot of preparation that must happen before the delivery of a baby. When it comes, that new baby is going to be wanting and needing quite a bit of attention. If all of this attention is spent only on the newborn, then the older siblings might become jealous and make a scene as a way to receive attention. In order to help this to be an easier change to deal with, there are a few things that the mother and father can do during the first several days to make the older kids feel more calm and not so frustrated and confused.

For the Duration of the Pregnancy

Before informing your other kids that they are going to have a new baby brother or sister, you need to consider your child's maturity level. You must also be comfortable with how stable the pregnancy is. Really young children are not as likely to understand if you tell them too early. Their sense of time is not well developed at this time. It is a good thing if the mom and dad can inform their kid what time during the year the new baby will probably be coming. As one example, if you have a baby coming in December you should tell your kids that their new sibling will be coming near Christmas. Parents should always answer their children's questions honestly. For those parents who aren't comfortable talking about where babies come from with their kids, there are many books out there which are age appropriate for a mother or father to read with their kid.

Becoming Familiar With the Baby

When parents introduce the baby to older siblings for the very first time, they really should have someone else there to hold the baby. Each sibling should have a chance to hold the newborn. This is a wonderful time for the mom and dad to snap some great shots for family photo albums, while simultaneously making the older sisters and brothers feel more like they are included in the special event. If a sibling is too young to hold the newborn, an adult ought to sit with him or her and help them to support the baby. This enables parents to help them meet the baby with free hands. Both parents need to make time to give each older sibling some one-on-one time. Sometimes it will only take as little as ten or fifteen minutes to help a child's behavior to improve. During this one-on-one time period, parents need to let the sibling pick something to do. Allow the child to fully express their feelings about the new baby and the adjustments that have taken place.

Delivering the New Baby to Your Home

Once arriving home, there will most likely be many visitors to welcome the newborn. The mom and dad should discreetly ask that the visitors give the same amount of consideration to the other kids if they can. This will assist them to feel special also on that special day. Older siblings should be allowed to help in the care of the baby. Parents may want to allow them to push a stroller, help with the baths or even try changing the baby's diaper. Older siblings should not be expected to be automatically independent once the baby arrives home. These siblings will still require some degree of babying so they can better adjust. The parents should help the older siblings realize the good things about being older, such as choosing what they eat, selecting what they wear, and getting to not wear a diaper. It will not take much effort to make the coming home of the baby more simple for the older siblings. When this special occasion is a happy time, there are sure to be some great memories to capture for your favorite family photo albums.

After you've put these helpful hints into practice, you will be sure to feel better about how your older kids will feel when the new newborn arrives.

 


The Best Educational Toys for Toddlers

Every parent wants to give their child a head start when it comes to their early development, and there are many educational toys available that can stimulate your child to grow and develop in fun and playful ways. It's been scientifically proven that young minds need stimulation to develop thought and reflex patterns and good hand/eye co-ordination. The toys available must also entertain your child if you want basic learning skills to develop. The child won't even realize that lessons are being taught, because it's so much fun!

Toys that feature a lot of turning buttons and items will help to develop motor skills and co-ordination. Toddlers and infants especially love the toys that make noise. Also, toys that feature keyboards or noise-making buttons can help your child to associate actions with obtainable and fun sounds. A basic ability for sound recognition is usually developed in this manner.

It's important to realize that there are age-specific toys for every level of childhood, because children grow through various stages of their development. Educational toys must stimulate the child's imagination during play to be effective, and these toys must match their learning ability. Interactive toys are some of the best educational and fun toys for a child. They usually stimulate and entertain the child so that they can learn while having fun.

Any activity that involves pulling or pushing something is also a favorite activity, followed next by filling and emptying anything. Toddlers are curious and have to touch and look at everything in their world. Action toys, cause and effect toys and any activity that challenges their minds are always favorites. Stacking blocks, simple puzzles and any toys that pop up are also high on the list of fun and educational toys.

Shape sorters, which are colorful and interesting, can keep a child entertained for hours. Bath toys are also colorful toys that are a great way for your child to have fun and learn in an unlikely spot. Interesting bath toys that bob and float and make noise are wonderful playmates in the bathtub! Some great bath toys include the traditional rubber ducky, foam letters and numbers, and the more sophisticated bath play areas that are educational and fun additions to any child's bath time.

Older toddlers can have fun with colorful fridge magnets, books that feature sounds and songs and other interactive toys. Any sorts of fanciful play sets, such as garages, airports and dollhouses, can also be popular and educational ways for your child to learn about the world around them. Toys that feature clay modeling, chalkboards or anything that the child can write on will help to give the older toddler an outlet for expression.

 




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