With Toy Recalls every other day…Parents get back to basics

August 17, 2007 at 7:00 am | Posted in Kindermusik, Music Making, Parenting, Toy Recals | Leave a comment


Fellow Kindermusik Educator and friend, Daneille Grimes, of Atlanta wrote the following article regarding getting back to the basics of playing. Daneille is a mother, grandmother, past Kindergarten teacher and of course a Kindermusik Educator! Her roles give her a rich experience to draw from as she gives this very opportune advice. Parents take heed and provide your child with some wonderful play experiences!

“Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens!”

Have you noticed how much pleasure your toddler can find in touching a
pansy petal to his cheek? …or the fascination in the eyes of a three
year old who has discovered a spider crawling on its web? Everyone who
has a one-on-one relationship with a child can get “back to basics” in a
blink of an eye. Even fuzz-balls under the fridge can capture a little
one’s interest. Think about the toys you or your child loved most…..
probably a cuddly bear, a houseful of “little round people”, wooden
building blocks, Colorforms shape sets, or play pots and pans, dishes
and some play dough “food”. A two year old can still spend hours
playing with soapy suds or digging in the sand. Remember the basics
choosing toys and there will be less frustration for you AND your
children. No batteries, raucous electronic voices or beeps, software
that disappoints, violent games, or lost pieces in the bottom of the toy
box. A gift of a big plastic tub with snap-on lid filled with age
appropriate art supplies and blank paper, a plastic drop cloth, and a
collection of “stuff” such as tissue tubes, stickers, rubber bands,
feathers, scraps of fabric and construction paper might be one of the
best gifts you could give. But don’t just set it down in front of your
child…. “Let’s see what we can make!” could be the magic words. Don’t
insist on conformity or beauty. Just the experience of construction can
bring great satisfaction. There are some good books on home-made
instruments for parents and children to make together, combining music
and craft/art. Let me hear of your successes and/or disasters. We can
all learn from each other.

Thank you Daneille! Parents let me know what kinds of fun play activities you and your children are enjoying! We might all get some good ideas!

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