Educational Toys For Children
When I first began home schooling Henry last year, I was afraid to buy educational toys for children. For some reason I thought if I used a game or something similar in my lesson plans, it wasn’t really teaching! Thankfully, I was set straight by a support group here in Knoxville. As a matter of fact, I was told over and over that there were many layers to learning, with fun being one of them. We would do our math problems on the living room windows, learned about money at the grocery store and learned about nature when we just sat in the yard and looked at all that was around us. Henry really had a hard time when he was in public school, so I figured anything I could do to help him learn was a lot more than what he got in public school.
Guidecraft has been expanding children’s imagination and tapping into their creative play for 46 years now. What started in a small woodworking shop in 1964 has grown over the years to include more than 850 kid friendly furniture and educational toys. The folks at Guidecraft have worked hard to build the reputation they have. The foundation for that respect has been by selling only the highest quality products that are backed by a phenomenal customer service department. The designers at Guidecraft are always working on new ideas for products so that they can offer such a huge variety. Whether you are a teacher, parent, or other professional who works with children, Guidecraft has something for everyone.
Special Needs Friendly Toys
With Henry’s autism, I am always on the lookout for special needs friendly toys. I was lucky to have found a great Occupational Therapist who gave me plenty of ideas for helping Henry with his issues. For these awesome kids, you need to have a lot of tools in your arsenal and be extremely flexible. If we are working on math and 10 minutes later he wants to jump up and down, we jump up and down until he is ready to get back to work. The City Blocks set from Guidecraft ($50.00) was the perfect item to help Henry with his fine motor and tactile work we do. With 64 beautifully crafted wooden blocks and other shapes, I was confident in the quality of the City Blocks set. There are just enough pieces to build anything your child can imagine! Some of Henry’s issues are tough to deal with and some are actually pretty cool! One of his “things” is to count everything in a box that holds multiple pieces. This literally includes everything! Fruit snacks, batteries, rolls of toilet paper, etc. True to his routine, Henry took all the pieces out of the City Blocks box and counted every one of them!! He then studied the picture on the box for a few minutes and then turned and duplicated the image exactly. (See what I mean? Pretty cool, huh?!). I am so happy with our City Blocks from Guidecraft and am looking forward to adding other toys into our collection soon!
One reader will win the 64 piece City Blocks set from Guidecraft (ARV $50.00)