Nov 30, 2010

Hanukkah for Children

What's Hanukkah, you ask? Spin yourself back in time to learn the story.

Nov 29, 2010

Fun Outdoor Street Games for Kids

The child got nothing to do indoors? Means are only any time can play on a Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo? Well, below are some outdoor games that you might have heard of. Do you remember?

Street Games for children are a fun practice, traditional and encourages healthy activity for kids.

- British Bulldog
Okay this is a golden oldie it’s a fairly simple game. One person stands in the middle of the play area. The rest of the group stand at one end. The group has to get from one wall of the playground to the other wall, the person who is 'IT' shouts someone’s name from the group shouts 'BULLDOG' then everyone has to run to the other end of the play area. The person who is 'IT' must touch as many people as possible. Any person that is touched by the person who is 'IT' has to remain in the middle. Then you start all over again but you keep getting more people in the middle and it gets harder and harder to reach the other wall, don’t believe me? Try it and see!

- Hop Scotch
This is a classic game, first you need to draw squares on the ground using chalk, and depending on the size of the pavement slabs outsize you might be able to use them! The first player throws their marker (stone) onto the first square.

**The marker must land within the square and not touch any of the lines around it, if the marker is touching a line or bounces out of the square then that player loses their turn!

If successful then the player has to make it all the way to the end. When entering a single square the player must hop on one leg, both feet are used on double squares, one in each square.
When the player reaches the end they must turn and hop back through the course in reverse order, don’t forget to collect your marker on the way back!
If the player manages to make it back successfully then they can then throw into the next square. If while hopping you miss a square, touches a line, or lose your balance then you lose you turn.
The winner is the person who manages to complete all squares from beginning to end.

- Run Outs
One person ~ guard, stands next to something steady, this could be a lamp post or tree and it’s called 'home base'. The rest of the group run away while the guard closes their eyes and counts to a high number. The guard has to spot people and touch them before anyone can touch the home base. Any person that is touched by the guard is out and has to sit and watch they cannot help the other players.

- Hide and Seek
This game can be played inside or outside, I’m sure you’ve played it before but if you haven’t... One person is chosen as "IT" The others all go and hide somewhere while the person who is "IT" counts to a high number, when they’ve reached this number, "IT" shouts; "Coming ready or not!" and starts to look for the others. The first person to be found is "IT".

This last game is a favourite amongst most people who love being cheeky.

- Knock Down Ginger
This is very cheeky game, the aim is to ring a doorbell or knock a knocker loudly on a door, and then run away as fast as possible. To make this game even more exciting you can play the game but with different style such as after knocking you hide as close to the door as possible, behind a tree or just around the corner. The test comes when you try a second time on the same door, giving the owner a few moments to settle down in front of their TV, the quicker you do this the more exciting it can be. Maybe you shouldn’t try this one!!!

Nov 26, 2010

Child's care on Christmas or Hanukkah

For most, the holiday season is a special and joyous time.
Unfortunately, children sometimes complete their celebrating in the hospital or an emergency room, needless victims of accidents caused by the very things designed to delight them -- toys, Christmas trees, decorations and plants. As daily routines are disrupted and adults involve themselves in merrymaking, parents sometimes forget how much trouble their little ones can get into. Since more children seem to get in harm’s way during the holidays than any other time of the year, parents need to be especially diligent for their child’s safety.

House fires take a terrible and unnecessary toll every holiday season. The candles that light the Hanukaha menorah or the electric lights that give the Christmas tree its glow pose dangerous threats. Fires can be prevented by keeping all matches and lighters out of your child’s reach. Candles should be removed from flammable materials, such as paper, plastic, and plants. A dry Christmas tree is a potential fire hazard, so always test your tree for freshness (Bounce the trunk sharply on the ground- if the needles fall off, the tree is too dry). Maintain a tree’s hydration by providing one to two quarts of water daily, and be sure to keep the tree away from fireplaces and other sources of heat. Electrical fires are easily prevented by discarding decorative lights that are broken, cracked or have frayed wires. Use only three sets of lights per extension cord and plug lights with childproof plugs behind the tree. Lights should always be turned off when you are away or upon retiring for the evening (use a timer!).

Decorating with plants can make a house more colorful, but be aware that their ingestion by a small child could cause a serious problem. For example, twenty to thirty holly berries can be fatal for a toddler. While mistletoe berries are less toxic, ingestion by a youngster can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pains. A severe overdose can lead to convulsions, loss of blood pressure and serious heart problems. Keep both types of berries out of the house, and call poison control immediately should you discover an ingestion. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettia leaves are less toxic than holly and mistletoe; but ingestion does cause a skin rash and stomach upset.

Tragically, a few years ago a Pinellas County infant choked on pine needles she picked up from the floor around the tree. Keep needles swept up or use an artificial tree as long as there are small children around. Anchor your tree securely to prevent toppling and trim branches at a toddler’s eye level since the needles and branches can injure an eye. Preservatives put in the basins of some Christmas trees serve to keep them green, but inquisitive toddlers may find these chemicals more appetizing then dinner. Beware!

Children are naturally attracted to colorful and glittering decorations. Keep out of reach any breakable decorations, especially those keepsakes of great sentimental value that have been handed down from generation to generation. Avoid edible decorations such as candy since toddlers have trouble distinguishing between decorations that can be eaten and those that can’t. Every winter small children are treated after they have swallowed such diverse objects as pine needles, tinsel, angel hair, styrofoam and artificial snow. When glass ornaments break, sharp pieces are formed that can be inhaled or swallowed, easily cutting your child. It is wise to keep these breakables out of their reach.

Even when potentially dangerous decorations are kept out of their reach, other holiday hazards are threats to children. For example, when wrapping gifts, be sure to dispose of the numerous pins in clothes, sharp plastic tags, and plastic covering. After wrapping, put away scissors, knives, and ribbons.

When choosing toys for your child, use caution, judgement and common sense. Matching the proper gift to the child by ability and age is important for both safety and enjoyment. Don’t ignore age guidance given by manufacturers. Seemingly safe toys can cause tragedy. For example, even something as playful or innocent looking as stuffed animal may have eyes which can come loose and swallowed, or interior wires which can cut or stab if exposed.

Happy Holidays!

Nov 22, 2010

Playing is more than having toys

The play develops the perception of the world.

Participate in the process of creating a toy is highly educational.

The play has to be encouraged in all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status. A child can develop their creativity, when stimulated by other people. This can be done with creativities and diverse materials.

The playing develops the perception of the world for the child. Through music, dance and even the use of creative approaches, objects and materials that we have at our disposal, such as simple things that we have at home.

You can encourage a child to invent their play with fabrics, ropes, rubber bands, scraps, newspapers and an infinite number of materials which are available everywhere.

Creation of toys
The toys created by them are be much more remarkable in theirs personalities. With availability and creativity, parents and educators can encourage them to have their own toys and games that are more playful and sharpen the wits.

When they participate in the creation of a toy or game, all your senses are stimulated, and is strongly recorded in its memory.

When a child is encouraged to participate in the process of creating the play and / or toy, he learns more and feeds your soul with a way to enjoy much more complete than when he picks up a toy manufactured.

Noodles: You can be create playing wtih noodles at home - mixing flour, water and food coloring. Let the child participate in the process of implementation of this mass.
Foods: The child may participate in the preparation of foods such as sweets, snacks, and then experience the taste.

The positive references, acquired with this practice are enormous. Remember that it is very important the supervision of an adult, then hands-on playing...

Nov 19, 2010

Intellectual development and behavior of Babies

Something reminds Einstein?
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The development of behavior and intellect varies considerably from one child to another. Some babies develop more quickly than others, though within a family may have typical features, such as walking or talking later than usual. Environmental factors, such as a lack of sufficient stimulation, or physical, such as deafness, can delay normal development. Although the development of a child custume be continuous, there may be temporary pauses in a particular function, such as the ability to speak.

Normal development in the first year of the baby:

1 month - It takes hands to eyes and mouth.
Shakes his head from side to side when he is face down.
Following an object moving in an arc, approximately 15 cm from his face, until the middle line (in front).
Responds to a noise anyway, for example; start crying or being quiet.
Can look in the direction of voices and sounds.
Recognizes faces

3 months - Lift up your head 45 degrees (including 90°) when lying face down.
Opens and closes hands.
Pushing your feet, when it is placed on a flat surface.
Swinging in front of toys that move and touch them.
Follow an object moving in an arc over his face from side to side.
Observes faces intently.
Smiling at the sound of mother's voice.
Begin to emit sounds, like speech.

5 months - Holding the head, without rocking when in the raised position.
Turn over, usually while lying face down, to turn up.
Stretches to pick up objects.
Recognizes people at a distance.
Listening closely the human voice.
Smile spontaneously.
Emits sounds of pleasure.

7 months - Sits without support.
Hang in the legs, when held upright.
Passes the objects from hand to hand.
Looks for fallen objects.
Answers to his name.
Responds when you say 'no' or "yes".
Babbles, combining vowels and consonants.
Stir with excitement before starting to playing.
Laugh when jokes to hide and appear suddenly.

9 months - Strives to get a toy that is out of reach.
Opposes you take the toys.
Crawls and creeps on hands and knees.
Try to stay upright.
Remains standing holding on to someone or something.
Saying 'Mom' or 'papa' indiscriminately.

12 months - Sits alone, even if are lying face down.
Walking cling to furniture, can taking a step or two without support.
Remains standing for a few moments without support.
Says 'Papa' and 'mom' to the appropriate person.
Drinking on the cup.
Making "applauds" and "bye bye" with his hand.

Remember: It's very important the stimulus in baby care. More interaction and stimulation, the baby develops easily.

Nov 8, 2010

Breast milk - Best food for Baby

When was the last time you had a well-balanced meal that was easy on the stomach, exactly the right temperature not to mention packed with the equivalent of the best antibiotic to thwart any potential cold or flu coming on? On top of it, the meal was essentially free?
Breast milk does that for babies with every feeding. What are some interesting facts you may not know about the ingredients in breast milk - nature's nutritionally-perfect food?

Breast milk - Best food for Baby: Breast milk is the most nutritionally-perfect food for babies.