Summer is a special time of year for children. They have the privilege of staying up as well as sleeping in later than usual, having and going to sleepovers, going camping, swimming, eating tons of ice cream, seeing those action-packed summer movies, and not to mention the best part of all-no school! With so many different things bringing them joy and excitement, it can be easy to see why it’s a struggle for most parents to get their kids ready for school once summer starts coming to an end. If you’re just not sure how to ease your kids back into school mode without lots of whining and hassle, read our simple tips below!
I’m a big fan of toys that can be used in more than one way and inspire children to think outside the box. Promoting imagination is one of the most important duties of being a parent, as imagination is the one thing that can really take you anywhere in this world. Continue reading →
How to ensure that your child gets a healthy mix of work and play this year.
It seems as though kids these days have more and more priorities each and every year that they have to balance. Between soccer practice, homework, participating in clubs, playing with friends and spending time with family, it can seem nearly impossible some days to try and fit it all in. Sooner or later, you may even feel as though you need to start sacrificing some activities over others in order to have a more manageable schedule. But is it fair to your child to start cutting the fun activities out of their life in favor of more time for school work?
A comparison of structured and free play, with valuable information about both.
Structured play, which is also called “guided play,” is generally geared toward preschoolers or those entering kindergarten. It consists of any game or activity that has a specific goal for a child to strive towards. This could be anything from motor skills (the coordination of muscles) to sensory skills, to things they will be learning in day care or preschool, such as the days of the week, or identifying their colors. Toys or activities that are used in structured play range from puzzles to music classes to follow-the-leader type games like “Simon Says”. Many parents and educators are advocates for structured play, claiming it gives children a sense of direction and varied skills. But is it really the best option for children when it comes to play time?
Parents of autistic children sometimes have a complicated time when trying to choose a toy for their child. They want a toy that their child will treasure and enjoy, but one that is able to serve as an educational tool. But since there is a full spectrum of children with autism, no one child is alike. Below are an array of options to consider when buying toys for autistic children.
Every parent wants their child to be safe, cared for, and protected. It’s something that is virtually instinctual in moms and dads. But can some parents take it too far? In the past decade or so, a phenomenon termed “helicopter parenting” has taken off, so to speak.
If your family is like many families out there, you probably juggle multiple schedules between work, school, sports and other extracurricular activities. Busy schedules can make it difficult for some families to even sit down at the dinner table together on a regular basis. It is important, though, to find time to spend together as a family, and working on creative activities can help bring you closer together.
If you are a parent or educator who is in search of engaging activities for kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), you may want to consider spending more time outside the home or classroom and adding building or construction toys to your kid’s toy box. While some research has shown that kids with ADHD can stay engaged while playing video games, there is some concern that the repetitiveness of these games may actually encourage ADHD.
At Laser Pegs we strive to make unique toy construction sets that kids love, spurs their creativity and helps them develop skills, all at the same time. We also hope to be seen as innovators in our field, by offering kids cool toys they can’t find with other toy designers. That innovation was launched in April 2009 when we released our first building set to the global market. Continue reading →