Are you thinking of holding a kids’ party on St Valentine’s Day? Then you would be wise to start thinking of St Valentine’s Day party games for kids as well. Kids are more distress when they are bored than whilst they are boisterous. Thinking up games is not much of a problem but there are usually two things to take into account: the age of the children and your finances.
The bouncy house always goes down well with children. You could hire a bouncy house for the day and hang hearts and flowers around the outside. Check on the Net first that the firm renting out the bouncy house is a member of your country’s governing body for bouncy house rental businesses.
You could split the children into teams and hold an assortment of races. One race could be the ‘Race of Hearts’, in which the kids have to run to the finishing line and back with a stuffed heart (or pillow) between their knees. It always results in lots of laughter.
Another race could be to ‘Wrap Mummy’ in which every team gets a few rolls of paper kitchen towel and they have to wrap up someone like a mummy as a present. You could add bows and a name and address tag as well.
The teams could play ‘Mr and Mrs’ in which the compare gives a well-known name and the teams have to click a clicker, bang a gong or ring a bell if they know the answer. The compare may say: ‘Samson’ the answer is ‘Delilah’; ‘Hilary Clinton’ – ‘Bill Clinton’; ‘Queen Elizabeth’ – ‘Prince Phillip’. You get the thought.
Split along gender lines, you could play the ‘King and the Queen of Hearts’. Do you remember those round sweets with a heart on them and a romantic saying in the heart? Well, they do not cost a lot for a colossal bag of them. Give each child 50 or so and question them to stack them one on top of the other.
Whoever builds the highest tower in a minute goes through to the next round. Two boys against each other and two girls until there is just one girl and one boy left. They can eat the sweets, obviously.
You could lay a target on the ground, say one of your heart-shaped cushions, give each child an uninflated sausage-shaped balloon and write his or her name on it. Then the kids stand in a circle around the heart, say ten feet away, blow up their balloon and let them glide (without a knot in). The first one to land on the heart denotes the winner. Or the nearest to it. You could have one go each per round or they could fire at will until someone wins.
You could play Valentine’s Day bingo. This can get as elaborate as you have time for. You could make your own cards with hearts etc on them; if the children are young, you could call out pictures instead of numbers, but the most amusing of all is if the caller makes up some Valentine’s Day slang to go with every number.
For instance, when calling bingo numbers in Britain, it is common to say: ‘Legs 11′ and a lot of people will whistle; ‘two small ducks, 22′ and somebody always says ‘quack, quack’. Every number has its own saying and they are used with minor variations everywhere. You could make up your own like: ‘two hairy legs, number 11′ or ‘two gorgeous legs, number 11′.
If you cannot reckon of something appropriate for each number, only do as many as you can – they always get a laugh and that is what it is all about when you are organizing a St Valentine’s Day party for kids.
If you want to give a child an educational toy and you want to encourage an interest in science, then a telescope is a decent choice. Obviously, telescopes come in numerous different strengths and sizes and for just as many purposes.
Telescopes can become used for searching relatively small distances or for observing the stars. In fact, the term ‘children’s toy telescopes’ is a misnomer, because each single telescope is an aid to observation, whatever it is used for.
One of the most self-evident applications for children’s toy telescopes is the scrutiny of heavenly bodies. Children like to observe the stars, other planets in our solar system and our moon and that interest can either be small-lived or it can lead to a life-long interest or even a career. This is the power of educational toys and this is the power that giving educational toys gives bearers of gifts.
Crowd have the power to empower a child by giving it an educational toy rather than a toy gun. A child’s personality will out, but if it has ‘blank spots’, it cannot invent them. Only reckon about how numerous boys follow in their father’s profession or how many girls do what their mothers did.
Educational toys like children’s toy telescopes can spur a child on into a realm of interest that even its parents do not know about. Most crowd have never looked at the Moon ‘close up’, that is through a telescope, leave alone looking at Saturn or Mars through a telescope. Empowering our children to do so is to widen their horizons.
A telescope is a telescope is a telescope. There is no such thing as children’s toy telescopes because all there are are powerful and less powerful telescopes and every telescope, no matter what its strength, affords better visual detail than the naked eye.
A telescope can become used for observing the stars, distant shipping or animals. Especially shy animals like deer or birds or perilous animals like huge cats or bears.
There are numerous places that you can go searching for children’s toy telescopes. Most small towns do not have stores specializing in telescopes, but you can often buy a bargain telescope from a second-hand shop or a pawn shop, because the fact is that not each child will be fascinated by a telescope. Some, even many, perhaps, will be bored by a telescope within a couple of months.
This is to be expected. But, at least those kids had the opportunity and no-one can say that you did not encourage them. The fact that not each child is interested in children’s toy telescopes is not a excellent reason for not giving one.
The fact is that there are many sorts of educational toys ranging from Lego to Meccano to chemistry sets, but a telescope is up there with the best of them. If you give a present of a telescope, you can at least know that you have done your bit to encourage the child to seek more knowledge.
Collecting antique dolls is a leisure activity that a lot of women grow into or want to if they had the time or and the money. A collection of antique dolls in a gorgeous show case is a very attractive asset, but collecting antique dolls is not as simple as it may sound.
Well, to delineate that properly, it depends what you would like the antique dolls for. As with any leisure activity that has the potential to make the collector money, it is not simple to get it right, but if you just want to delight in your collection you will have an simpler time of it.
Millions of women collect ancient dolls, but it is unlikely that many of them really make any money out of their leisure activity, because you have to study and the professional competition is fierce. It is the same as collecting coins or stamps: you can have a gorgeous collection of gorgeous commemorative stamps or coins that is worthless in monetary terms, because there were too many of that sort or that year manufactured, whereas you could have a collection of a dozen drab stamps worth a million.
Therefore, if you want to start a collection of antique dolls, the first thing to do is visit the library and borrow some books on the subject. If there are no illustrations, you can probably find some photos on the Net in order to afford identification simpler.
One of the first things you require to acquaint yourself with is the names of the most well-known manufacturers of dolls in the 150 years of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Learn the names of the firms, the names of the dolls and an average cost.
If you come across what you reckon is a excellent deal at a car boot or yard sale, do not get place off by a tatty appearance. lots of dolls lead a tough life, but they can be repaired pretty easily and there are many dolls’ hospitals if you need expert help, advice or specialist parts like eyes or buttons. The original clothing can be repaired or replaced and the doll would still be valuable if it is rare, well loved or sought after.
You know, some things are not particularly rare but are still costly because they capture the imagination of a fantastic deal of people. Baby Boomer toys from the Fifties and Early Sixties will nearly certainly buy this status when the Boomers retire and maybe start a collection.
Look out for antiques fairs to help you buy more first hand knowledge. There are often specialized antiques fairs in largish towns and one sort of honest is antique toys, in which the section on antique dolls is certain to feature quite prominently. It is very functional to be able to see the dolls ‘in the flesh’ so to speak in order to know what you should be looking out for while browsing.
Books, photos and the Net are useful resources, but there is no replacement for hands-on experience and talking with collectors and dealers who are passionate about collecting antique dolls.
Do you have a small girl in your life? Say a young daughter or a young niece? If she is between about five and ten years of age? If you are wondering what you can get a small girl of this age as a present, then perhaps I can help you out with a few tips
Does she like playing with dolls? Then I am willing to bet that she would like a doll’s pram. Young girls like to copy their mums and the mothers that they see on the street. They like to walk with their friends, pushing their dolls in their prams around the garden.
Some people say that this is a terrible thing to encourage, but despite trying to discourage parents from purchasing stereotypical toys for boys and, especially, girls for thirty or forty years, young girls still like to play with dolls and doll’s prams, Wendy Houses and toy tea sets..
Those young girls from the Seventies and Eighties are now in their thirties and forties, lots of them are feminists too, so the experience of playing with dolls and dolls’ prams and other customary girls’ toys does not appear to have done them any harm.
In fact, I reckon that it is much healthier for girls to play with dolls than it is for boys to play at being soldiers or cowboys wielding toy guns, although even that probably does not do any harm. Boys have probably been playing with toy guns, toy bows and arrows or even toy spears for thousands of years.
And I venture to say that young girls have been playing with dolls and giving them tea parties for equally as long as well. While I was in infants’ school fifty years ago, our class had a Wendy House and girls and boys played in there together, although it was more for the girls – I do remember thinking that.
Traditional girls’ presents like dolls, dolls’ prams, Wendy Houses and toy tea sets type of went out of fashion in the West in the last twenty-five years of the Twentieth Century, but they are back again now. These traditional girls’ toys can be seen in all the toys catalogues and toy stores such as Toys R Us.
They seem to be a fantastic deal cheaper now than they used to be too, unless you want a dolls’ pram from one of the traditional pram manufacturers like Silver Cross. Silver Cross dolls’ prams are perfectly made showing all the attention to detail and quality that they place into their full-size prams, which were ‘By Appointment to His and Her Royal Highnesses’ the kings and queens of the United Kingdom from about the mid 1930′s to the mid-1980′s. Who knows, maybe they will be appointed again when the next royal baby arrives..
At the moment Silver Cross, which has outlets all over the world and on the Internet, is also giving away a classic rag doll with every buy of one of their prams.
The brain is a small like an engine, it deteriorates more rapidly through lack of use than regular use. There is nothing incorrect with taking a bit of time out to simply sit and reckon, in fact this mild form of meditation is to be encouraged in our quick-moving world of hustle and bustle, but there is also a requirement for puzzles and educational toys that arouse the brain while still being silent.
Puzzles and educational toys can really be divided into two age groups – generally speaking: adult and children’s games, although just where you draw the line between these age groups depends on the aptitude of the child. A bright child can be playing chess at eight, nine or ten, whereas that same child may not have a strong enough vocabulary to complete crosswords until it is a teenager.
So, if you want to provide adequate stimulation for a child, you could start off with baby Lego and continue adding to the set until the child finds it no longer stimulating (that is, no longer fascinating) which could easily take ten years. There is also Meccano, which is for a slightly older age group than Lego, but overlaps quite considerably. Fascination with Meccano can also last ten years.
Meanwhile, you could bring in draughts (checkers) and chess. You will have to choose whether Chess is too much for your child at the moment, in which case you can carry on with draughts and reintroduce Chess a year later. As the child grows into a teenager, the line blurs and teenagers may prefer adult games to children’s games.
Adult puzzles and educational toys are honestly varied. Most leisure activities could be called educational in some way or another, although for the purpose of this piece, I will stick with adult puzzles and educational toys that can be played sitting down, say on a regular journey into work or during the lunch break.
There is the Rubik Cube and many variations on the theme. Plenty of people find that struggling to solve the Rubik Cube whilst struggling with a difficulty, assists them solve the difficulty. Some say that this works by diversion.
Crossword puzzles are very excellent for distraction and will help keep words that you do not use frequently on the tip of your tongue. Some people say that you ought not not look words up, but I do not agree. If you look a word up in the dictionary a few of times, you will remember it and that must do you some excellent.
Sudoku is a numbers game which is also played in a square like a crossword puzzle. Sudoku puzzles are rated on difficulty from one to five. One is too simple, whilst five is very hard. They take a certain amount of lateral thinking and deduction to solve. They are very excellent because like a crossword, you can pick them up for ten minutes and place them down again.
If you like Chess or Bridge, these puzzles are also very useful for improving your game or just helping you to maintain a degree of skill if you do not play so much any more. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Chess and Bridge puzzles can all be learned in lots of the quality newspapers, so you can keep up with the news and stimulate your mind with puzzles and educational toys at the same time by buying a excellent newspaper.
Toys R Us is one of the largest retailers of toys in the world. It is also one of the most imitated names in the world. There businesses all over the place with names like ‘Carpets R Us’, ‘Taxis R Us’ et cetera, et cetera. Toys R Us also has quite an extraordinary Internet presence.
This equals that millions of people are looking for Toys R Us coupon codes, particularly at Christmas. Money-off coupons for Toys R Us can save lots of money on modern toys too as traditional toys such as dolls’ prams, dolls’ houses, rocking horses, board games and dolls.
Coupon codes are a set of numbers and letters, which when entered at the checkout will reduce the price of the item that you are buying or entitle you to a bonus with that item. They can be entered at physical and Web checkout points of sale.in precisely the same way. There are a number of benefits associated with coupon codes, some of which we will discuss later in this article.
The first and most obvious advantage of using coupons is the discounts that they offer. A Toys R Us coupon could give a fixed discount, perhaps $5, a percentage discount as in 5%, or a bonus, as in a free outfit with every Barbie doll or three outfits for the price of two.
If you are shopping on the Net, the added value may be in the form of free delivery, although that may be only within a fixed geographical zone such as mainland United States.
Convenience can be a huge consideration. If you do not know what toy to buy for a child and you have a fixed amount to spend and you have a discount coupon for a fitting toy, then that can make your mind up for you.
For instance, if you were going to buy a board game, and there is a 10% discount on Monopoly, why not buy Monopoly? It saves having to reckon about whether to buy Risk, Monopoly or Cleudo, does it not?
On line shoppers often get honestly limited issue coupon codes as a loyalty bonus or to encourage them to come back and buy something again. These personalized coupon codes are often honestly generous, but might be quite specific.
For example. if you bought a Barbie on line a few months ago, Toys R Us may send you a coupon code for Barbie clothing three or four weeks before Christmas. This type of coupon is usually sent out by email.
All in all, Toys R Us coupon codes, similar to any other coupons, are useful, if you want the device they are discounting or can find a use for it. They are especially helpful at Christmas, when people have to buy a number of presents.
But, you should not let coupons from any company persuade you to buy and do not hold your breath waiting for a coupon off any item that is in huge demand, money-off coupons are normally reserved for items that are not going too well or are last year’s hot seller.
Someone who has a toy leisure activity is usually an adult. After all, all children collect toys – the more the merrier for them, but a person who has a toy leisure activity normally collects one sort of toy – like, say, train sets or a specific maker of train set. These adults retain their childhood absorption with fantasy. They are not childish, but are childlike when they start talking about or playing with their favourite toys.
Some toy hobbyists like to share their leisure activity with children, often grandparents fall into this group, and some toy hobbyists do not, often single men who are frightened that children may hurt their frequently valuable collection.
These collections of toys can get very valuable, because toy hobbyists tend to collect the toys from their youth, so a grandparent is mostly collecting toys from fifty or sixty years ago.
A favourite toy leisure activity for women is collecting antique dolls or dolls from other countries. Sometimes this interest in dolls will spill over into an interest for dolls’ prams or dolls’ clothes and they may start to make dolls’ clothes and even their own garments. Some women and some men as well get into making dolls and even dolls’ houses.
Rag dolls are a distinct favourite both for the collector and the crafter because they are simple to make and simple to mend. Teddy bears could also be place in the category of dolls. Many homes have a small collection of teddy bears if there have been children brought up there and it is not weird to see hundreds of teddy bears on shelves dotted around a house.
Lots of older men collect train sets or model cars. Hornby, Marxs, Marklin and Lionel come to mind for train sets and Matchbox and Dinky for small but detailed, die cast model cars. Tonka is well-known for larger, maybe less detailed, model trucks, but people liked to play with their bulldozers, trucks and earth-movers as children.
More contemporary toys that have become collectible include Beanie Babies. Beanie Babies are childlike representations of babies. So there are baby kangaroos, baby elephants, in fact babies of every type of animal you can reckon of and each one has its own distinct personality.
They are not expensive and lovable and there are hundreds of them – just the blend that some collectors want. Teddy bear collectors frequently have a couple of Beanie Babies too.
Other well-liked toy leisure activities are flying radio-controlled, powered model aircraft and racing motor-powered radio-controlled cars and trucks. There are also hobbyists that collect or and manufacture radio-controlled boats. Some collectors of radio-controlled aircraft, boats and vehicles might not like being referred to as toy hobbyists, but it is what they are after all.
Wooden toys have always been well-liked as well. A hundred years ago and further, all toys would have been manufactured of wood, particularly those of the working class and there are still a fantastic deal of parents and grandparents who like to give or make wooden toys themselves. A toy leisure activity is a fantastic pastime for those who remember their childhood fondly and never quite got out of the habit of playing.
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If someone likes radio controlled leisure activities, they nearly certainly started with a car. This is because, unlike a boat or a plane, cars will not usually be completely smashed up if the operator makes a huge mistake or the engine fails. It is honestly straightforward to construct a basic radio controlled car, but as you are doing it, you will learn that there is a vast amount to be learned.
As you gain this knowledge, you can utilize advanced techniques to construct autos that are tougher, quicker and more efficient than your previous efforts. You can either piece one together in a few days, or you can spend months making an astonishing car which has superb speed and handling.
If you are just starting out with remote controlled leisure activities, it is nearly certainly wise to buy a pre-made, RTR (ready-to-run) radio controlled car. It is possible to buy these in toy or modeling stores nearly anywhere. They may be slow and ungainly and they may not satisfy your technological desires, but they are still a excellent place to start. Play with it for a few days, and then take it apart. Look at the way the motors are connected to the wheels, and examine the overall architecture of the car.
Once you have grasped it all, you will have much better picture when you start to build your own. You may even be able to use a couple of parts, such as the body of the vehicle or the radio control apparatus. The motors will nearly certainly not be as powerful as you will desire.
After you have gained this indispensable basic understanding of the way that remote controlled cars work, you can start on whatever your next project is going to be. The ambition for most people is to build a model vehicle from wood or plastic, install the electrical workings, paint it, apply decals, and get it looking as excellent and running as well as possible. Others may want to build an incredibly quick remote controlled car in order to show off to friends. But no matter what you want to do, you will only be able to accomplish it, if you take it one small step at a time and learn everything there is to know about remote controlled pastimes.
But, there are many different means that can help you become an expert in remote controlled leisure activities. You will nearly certainly spend a fantastic deal of time researching all the different details that you need. You can find information and even tutorials on the Internet. For more specific questions, you could always go to community groups and forums. This is where enthusiasts from all over the world meet together on the Internet to discuss their leisure activity, support each other, and show off about their latest achievements. These groups welcome newcomers, particularly if you are polite when posing your question.
Remote controlled vehicles can also enter competitions. If you want to place your car up against those of other enthusiasts, there are different races and shows around the world. A quick Internet search will reveal where nearest event is. You could make a weekend trip out of it and it will be worth it to be around others who are as obsessive as you about what you are doing. These events may include races, or they may just be a get-together to share tips and tricks with other radio enthusiasts. You will be amazed at the amount of information that you can buy from the people who go to these dos.
It may be daunting at first to start a new leisure activity, since there is probably heaps of stuff that you probably know nothing about. But, the best thing to do is just get started with the fundamentals and learn gradually.
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Is it possible for children to have too many toys? I reckon that there probably is a case against children having too many toys. I grew up with four younger brothers (about two years between every one of us) and our honestly large communal bedroom was lined on two walls with shelving from floor to ceiling with toys and every Christmas there were sacks full of even more playthings that we did not have any more space for.
I was the eldest, so you would reckon that I could pass my baby toys down the line once I had no use for them. That worked while my brothers were really babies, but as their consciousness started to develop they wanted to play with what I was playing with and so all the toys that I used from, say three to eight years of age were ostracized by my brothers as they leap-frogged past those years and went directly to year eight and nine with me.
But we never got rid of those five years worth of overlooked toys or any other toys either. This would have been in the Fifties and Sixties and I do not reckon that recycling was quite the buzz word back then that it is nowadays.
My parents did not throw them out, we only squirreled them away on the top shelves, which we could not reach anyway. I assume that after sitting up there for ten years they were eventually thrown away but I do not know as I had already left home by then.
The point is that those redundant toys were not doing anyone in our family any excellent and they were taking up space. It would have been far better to have given them away or not even to have bought some of them in the first place.
We always had to have ‘one each’ so that there would be less squabbling. So, we had things like five plastic trumpets, five tin xylophones, five plastic guns, five of this and five of that and we never used them after Christmas Day. We liked to play together at board games like Monopoly, Risk and cards and although I, being the oldest, won nine times out of ten, my brothers never seemed to mind.
We also had a train set, Scalectrix and a huge box of Lego. We would spend all weekend making various scenarios with combinations of the train set, a roadway and Lego houses and Lego railway platforms. OK, these three toys were probably expensive, but they were quality, versatile, could be used in combination and, in a way, were educational. These were the toys that we kept on the bottom shelves.
What I am saying is that more is not always better and in the case of toys, more can be simply a waste of money. Instead of all that junk on the top shelves, which was often donated by aunties and uncles by the way, it would have been better to give us a new bridge for the railway set or a new chicane for the Scalectrix or another box of building bricks for our Lego collection.
The children of the so-called Baby Boomer generation, those born in the twelve years or so after the Second World War, are now grandparents and one of the jobs of being a grandparent is to dote on one’s grandchildren. Baby boomers belong to the wealthiest generation that the West has ever seen and that is a excellent thing, because all this doting is honestly expensive.
Baby boomers were lucky because their parents outlived the worst war the world has ever seen and their parents knew unprecedented wealth as the world rebuilt itself after the devastation of the war. Needless to say a fantastic deal of the wealth that baby boomers’ parents were earning was spent on their children, giving them what they had never had themselves.
This meant that a fantastic deal of baby boomers had way too much: rocking horses, dolls’ prams, toy forts, train sets, dolls’ houses, you name it. Nothing was too much for the generation of hope from the generation who had had nothing.
Now, fifty odd years later, those baby boomers are grandparents. But not just grandparents – the wealthiest generation of grandparents that the world has ever seen and the way things are going, the wealthiest generation of grandparents that the world will see for a generation or two to come as the Western world struggles to pay off the mountains of debt that the banking crisis cost us.
Nevertheless, money has a way of burning holes in pockets and grandparents like to dote and spoil their grand kids, so grandchildren, particularly young grandchildren are being given the sort of gifts by their grandparents that the grandparents loved themselves: rocking horses, dolls’ prams, toy forts et cetera are making a come-back huge time.
The generation in between missed out, in general, on these ancient fashioned toys, but look on Amazon or eBay and see what is most in demand now – it is modern versions of the ancient stuff, traditional toys. One of the reasons why traditional toys are so excellent is because they are timeless.
Yes, a computer is a fantastic present – it is both a games machine and it can be educational, but it will be too sluggish to run next year’s games, whereas children will play with a rocking horse for ten years and then it can be passed on.
But, boomer grandparents were not just brought up on traditional toys, the Fifties and Sixties also saw a huge advance in science – nuclear science and the journey into space fascinated most people. Yes, it was a time of uncertainty and distrust as well because or the Arms Race with the Soviet Bloc, but that was not what most individuals talked about.
Music and science were the issues of the day. Flower power, hippies and a contemporary, clean, bright way of life powered by new technology. Educational toys were well loved gifts: Lego, Meccano and chemistry sets.
Toys of this type are becoming well loved as baby boomer grandparent presents too. Lego sells one Lego set every seven seconds of each day of every year, day and night! This is a new trend, or at least, it is a revived trend and without doubt a step in the right direction. Baby boomers may not have been the best parents, but they make honestly decent grandparents.
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