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There is actually some science behind those bright colors! Babies develop eyes, but not full sight in the womb - there isn't a lot to see in there. There is quite a series of steps in their visual development in the first year of baby's life. While baby can see color from birth, distinguishing between different tones of color is pretty difficult so colors ...


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Don't discount the restricting Lego to only one area! You really only have two options: keep the baby away from the Lego keep the Lego away from the baby Your 4 year old should understand the concept of tidying up, so if you let him play with small kits (which is probably best at first) then the pieces should all end up as part of the finished toy, which ...


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I decided to go and hunt down an answer for this because although so far we have managed to keep playdough in the kitchen, which has a wooden floor, it is bound to happen sometime. So, the official line from Hasbro is: “When attempting to remove PLAY-DOH compound do NOT use hot water or cleaning solutions of any kind. To remove PLAY-DOH compound from ...


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Whether it causes resentment or not depends on how much say the child has in the matter. Kids often borrow their older sibling's clothing on their own. A lot of handing down happens even without parental intervention, as one child starts to grow out of something, they are more and more willing to lend it to their younger sibling, until it ends up de facto ...


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I found quite a few scholarly, peer reviewed articles about play and gender-stereotyped toys through my university's library. For example, I found one article about child play assessment with male, female, neutral based toys. In the content of the study, work was drawn in that noted "female" toys exhibited traits such as being attractive, creative, or ...


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Sounds like he's a social kid with a lot of energy. How often does he go out to see other kids? How often does he get outside? My almost-three year old does play with toys, but he's honestly happier 'bouncing around' or outdoors. Kids are unique, and some tend more towards imaginative play with toys, while some tend towards social play. Overall, it ...


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They make playzones (like baby gates but connected into a loop) that are designed to keep baby in. You could do this in reverse - use it to keep baby out - and make it a Lego zone. That way your older child can choose what room he wants to be in while he builds, baby can watch but not touch, and baby is free to explore the rest of the house. You could even ...


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There is a huge body of research out there into toy preferences, mostly dealing with gender and "gendered toys." I can find no studies on early toy preferences being predictive of later behavior, nor what makes a child pick particular toys. It is my experience (parent, preschool teacher) that toy preferences can be influenced by modeling from parents, ...


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Colours give more opportunity for language - "pass the blue block please!". Bright colours are appealing to some children. What's available tends to be good enough. There comes a point where further optimization is wasteful compared to other things you could be doing. Variety is probably good too. So a plain set might be fun as well as all the other ...


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Do you have a kid's sized table? Something the four year old CAN do the legos on, but stand at so reaching higher towers and the like is possible. It works really well for the kids I baby sit. Small toys are played with only when an adult is watching and they are played with on the craft table. Then little brother can scoot around on the floor all he ...


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Steiner (or Waldorf) education emphasizes imaginative play. The idea with simple toys, in this case uncolored blocks, is that it requires more from the imagination. This is right brain development. The goal is to develop creativity. As others have pointed out, colors allow you the opportunity to use words to describe, to sort, and to build using patterns. ...


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The overwhelming experience of parents is that individual children have strong preferences for certain kinds of toys, and that aside from a certain amount of overlap, these preferences tend to fall along gender stereotypes. That's not a politically correct idea, so people have spent time studying the idea, sure there must be some parental bias involved, and ...


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There have been studies done with healthy infants whose ankles were tied to a mobile with a ribbon (the earliest of these is cited below; it has been oft-repeated with additional variables). The reward of the mobile moving produced more leg-kicking. This confirms not only that infants watch mobiles, but also that they attempt to interact with mobiles and ...


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To piggy-back just a bit on what Rory said, we regularly fill a sink with 4 parts water to 1 part bleach, drop the ducks in there, squeeze them a couple of times to fill them with the solution, and let them sit for a while (usually overnight). In the a.m., we empty the solution, squeeze the water out of them, fill the sink again with clean water, repeat the ...


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At your daughter's age she is developing skills in problem solving, cause and effect, and other cognitive activities. She is probably enjoying things like pouring things into containers (pots, boxes, etc.), dumping them out, seeing what fits, seeing what happens when she makes one thing interact with another, etc. These are typical skills for a toddler to ...


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What is the reluctance to keeping the infant out of the 4 year old's room? I could see the problem if the house is such that they have to share a room, but it sounds like they already have separate rooms. Having a place to go to get away from their sibling may become a benefit as they get older. You can start to develop the habit of these boundaries at a ...


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Bricks are going to be used to build something, whether they are colored or not. I'd say get colorful ones, because they will allow the built things to have more details - a blue brick may be a window in a house, a black one may be a chimney, green can be grass, and so on. It gives more possibilities. One might say that the colors will leave less to the ...


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Another possibility is building a lego table. They do sell these commercially, but if you are up to the task it wouldn't be that difficult to build your own to your specifications. This way you could make sure it was baby proof, and your four-year-old will most likely think it is awesome! I would sand down a sheet of plywood and add four legs (to be sturdy ...


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I was the middle one of five kids - and I loved getting hand me downs from my elder brother. (Not so much from my elder sister...) With my group of friends, my eldest is the eldest of all the kids so he almost never gets hand me downs or cast offs, whereas the others get items from siblings, friends etc - and the good quality clothes might go round 3 or 4 ...


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You might have seen "play gyms" - these are mats with interesting patches. Some of the patches make noises, or have different textures, or are bright colours. Sometimes the mats have soft frames and mobile things dangling down. Tummy time is good because it helps with crawling and avoiding flat head. And having fun things to crawl towards helps. Having ...


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We have three solutions to this, depending on the toy: If the toy is a must-have: A solution of Milton, or other mild sterilising solution If we can modify it a bit: drill more holes in it to get a proper cleaning flow through If it is unloved enough: ditch it In saying that, though - most of our ducks are owned by the parents, not the kids (it started ...


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We started moving our son from Duplo to Lego at age 4. There was a significant overlap and he will still play with Duplo now (he is almost 6). We tend to concentrate on buildings since you tend to get the car kits for birthdays (he got two helicopters last birthday). He was able to do a Lego house kit at 4.5 with assistance. The next transition is from ...


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A crib mobile can be helpful for an infant to develop his senses. He/she can see, touch and hear it, while the motion will help with 3D recognition. It is not going to turn your toddler into the next Einstein, but it helps. You however might need to try a few of them till you find one that your child finds appealing. At that age this is basically random ...


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The easiest way is to look at the recommended ages on the boxes. Although different kids are different, those recommended ages work for the majority of children, and take both safety and development into account. However, after age two or so you also really need to ask the parents. Kids very quickly develop strong likes and dislikes where toys are ...


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The number of unique toys your child needs is determined by the amount of time you are willing to spend picking up these toys and their associated parts. The above post mentions pots, pans... "household items". This is truth. I have a drawer full of kid safe "sacrificial" cooking stuff In the kitchen in a bottom cupboard for this reason. Empty , washed out ...


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In our house the adults also had hand me downs. For example, our bed belonged to another family member who was getting a smaller one. The trampoline the kids played on belonged to their cousins first. The dressers in our room are the ones one of us used as a child. In that context, it seems perfectly normal for a child to be using something that someone ...


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Use Dreft. Some of my kids toys I just threw into the washer on delicate. I put them in the dryer on low with a couple of towels, and brushed out afterward. (They needed BIG cleaning- they were vomited on) Although the tags said don't wash, it was either that or throw them out, and one of them was a lovey stuffy. They came out pretty good. Other things I ...



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