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Free Monochrome Baby Flash Cards

These animal black and white baby visual stimulation cards are so cute! Research shows that infant stimulation cards will help calm and soothe your baby as well as increase concentration skills, enhance natural curiosity and stimulate the creation of brain cell connections. The best distance to place the card is 8 to 12 inches from your baby’s eyes. These cards are good for newborns up to around 5 months. You can download these stimulation cards here, just click on the images below! The are 3 pages with 5 cards in total to download.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Watermelon matching number game

A very summery matching number game free to download! These watermelon cards have lots of uses, help your child identify the numbers 1-10, practice counting, sequence numbers in the correct order, match the number card to the watermelon pip!

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Free Recycling And Sorting Activity

A fun printable activity and recycling game to help your kids get familiar with recycling. Great as part of a lesson plan or just an educational activity. Builds on concentration and motor skills.

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day from Wild Thing Toys everyone!

Even though earth day is every day, it’s nice to have one day every person on earth has in common wherever you come from or whatever your background is. A day we can all contemplate and think about making some sustainable choices and appreciate this planet that gives us so much.

Whatever you’re doing today have a great day!

 

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Less Toys Are better For Your Kids

Yes it does seem strange for a toy manufacturer to say ‘buy less toys.’ However here at Wild Thing Toys we truly believe less is more when it comes to toys. A few good quality heirloom toys made from natural materials are worth far more than an entire room of plastic themed dolls or toys that need a switch to move or talk or flash. With pre-determined toy, especially true of merchandised toys, everything in that toy is intentionally planned out so your child does not need to use their imaginative skills at all. The fantasy and discovery of play is restricted.

Two German researchers, Elke Schubert and Rainer Strick in the 1990s conducted an experiment where toys were taken away from Munich nursery for three months. After short period, researchers say children re-adjusted and their play became more social and creative. You can read their findings here.

Of course, we are not advocating a toy free world for your children. Toys are an important part of your child’s life, they teach your child about the world around them and about themselves, but limiting the amount of toys you give to a child will have greater benefits.

Boost creativity

Less toys leave room for a child’s participation and creative imagination with the toys they do have. Simple open ended toys are the toys children comeback to again and again. These toys are appealing and long lasting because of their ability to fuel the imagination. Research shows children who are encouraged in imaginative play prove to be more creative in later years, have better vocabulary, have less aggressive tendencies and are more confident with other children.

Longer attention span

Being bombarded with too many toys, a child will go from this toy to that toy, for temporary amusement and distraction without feeling inspired. A study by Claire Lerner, a childhood development researcher funded by the US government to run pre-school educational programmes across America reported that children under the age of five that have too many toys, cannot concentrate on one thing long enough to actually absorb from it, instead they feel duty bound to rummage everything without ever fully immersing themselves in any one activity or ever learning from it. “Our studies show that giving children too many toys or toys of the wrong types can actually be doing them harm. They get overwhelmed and cannot concentrate on any one thing long enough to learn from it,” said Lerner.

Toy is appreciated

A toy given only on certain occasions only or not very often, will hold more value to the child and the child will have an emotional investment to it knowing that he/she had to look forward to this toy and it is something special. The child takes care to look after it and appreciate it more, as they know that there is no replacement at hand.

Better social kills

Children with fewer toys to play with learn better at how to improve their personal relationships and social skills with other children and adults. They spend more time in natural play as well as outdoor play. Endless toys which require staring at a screen and pushing buttons will only have a passive negative effect on building the social skills they require.

Interest in other activities

Less toys can mean more time to play out doors, read books and paint and draw. Good old fashioned childhood activities such as kicking a ball about with friends, playing with marbles, inviting friends to play with dolls, making dolls clothes, making paper planes, and reading a book in a cosy corner are all unstructured play activities that nurture their creativity, intellect and social skills.

Free Spring Theme Flash Cards

Finally it seems spring is here! In celebration of spring, we have a free spring theme flash card activity for the kiddos. These cute insect and animal cards can be used in many ways, such as a memory game, ‘snap’, word recognition or even a scavenger hunt.

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