Five Toys for the Holidays
Dr. Toy (Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D.)
and teachers are always looking for the products that have enduring
qualities, are reasonably priced, and help children to learn.
These selections will provide children from preschool through
older children with learning and fun, plus they will be used well
into the new year. Tips on Selecting toys:
the right toy starts with your child’s interests and some research.
Ask yourself: Is the product appropriate? Does it fit the child’s
age, skills and abilities? Is the product well-designed? Easy
Is the product appealing to the child? Will it frustrate or challenge?
Play is a perfect way to introduce reading. Use these suggestions
and look for more guidance on our web site. Reading can be a natural
part of the child’s activities if you provide the tools the child
needs for success.
Phone Station 3-5 yrs. ($36.00) 800-822-8828
is a unique new telephone that will thrill your youngster. Children
enjoy conversations on phones and this one adds to the value of
the play with on buttons with sounds, pre-recorded buttons for
messages, and sounds that are realistic. Talking on the phone
is a natural process to help them expand their communication skills.
They will learn about 911 emergency number and also ways to answer
the phone and expand their talking on the phone. There is a washable
notepad built into this practical and clever new phone system.
Play With Letters Desk 3-7 yrs. ($29.99) 800- 432-5437
a child rolls a letter on the desk, the desk magically knows which
letter was rolled and rewards the child with a fun response. Children
can see and hear the letters and also trace them with their fingers.
By incorporating all the senses, sight, sound and touch, this
learning toy teaches pre-reading skills including letter identification,
word association, spelling, and more.
3.Folkmanis, My First Puppets Soft Book 6-36 mos. ($35.00) 800-654-8922
new soft book features four spreads each with a hand puppet and
matching finger puppet. It emphasizes discovery tools such as
color, texture, shape, movement, sounds and surprise to stimulate
development. Puppets will bring joy to your child plus it will
also help her/him learn the fun of reading. Use the colorful finger
puppets while you talk and read along to your child.
Real Girl, Get Real Girl 6-12 yrs. ($25.00) 866-474-4747.
Get Real Girl dolls are each unique for action and adventure.
They provide girls with role models from everything from soccer,
basketball to backpacker and surfer. The dolls help girls to be
inspired and develop their own role model. They provide support
for greater self-esteem and will help girls to imagine play and
adventure. The dolls are diverse in ethnicity as well as in their
interests and they each have unique aspects. They carry passport
journals that give them a path to their adventures. The founder
of the company, Julia Chavez, created dolls to help children appreciate
diversity and understand themselves. She wants to help girls understand
diversity and strengthen their own feelings of empowerment and
self-esteem. Her late cousin, Caesar Chavez encouraged her to
follow her dream, an important lesson for every child.
American Puzzle Factory, 3-D Undersea Jigsaw Puzzle 6-8 yrs. ($7.00)
is a puzzle that illustrates colorful fish, underwater scenes,
and coral. When your child puts on the glasses the fish pop up
and the scene comes to life. The glasses are also fun to use away
from the puzzle. This is a puzzle that is 11x16 inches and is
a great value that will help your child to learn about underwater
Dr. Toy (Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D.) selects best educational
and developmentally appropriate products annually for Dr. Toy’s
Guide (http://www.drtoy.com) and her syndicated column. This report
is the first monthly feature exclusively for Education Update.
Each issue will focus on useful learning products for home and
school. Dr. Toy is a graduate of Queens College. She lives in
the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have any questions please write
to Dr, Toy c/o firstname.lastname@example.org. See her book Dr. Toy’s
Smart Play: How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. (Play
Quotient), St. Martin’s Press.
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