Importance of Educational Toys for Kids

 

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Childhood is the period of development. The most part of motor, mental and emotional development takes place during the first five years of human life. If you ever see children busy in play, you will be surprised by the seriousness with which they are involved in the seemingly useless task of pulling carts, rolling balls and building Lego blocks. At best, this is nature working for the cognitive development of children. For them play and toys are serious work for they are learning the most important lessons of their young lives. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “Decades of research have documented that play has a crucial role in the optimal growth, learning and development of children from infancy through adolescence.”

To the parents’ delight, in order to make the best use of this burst of learning energy in children, experts have developed educational toys which serve the dual purpose of play and education. There are toys for infants, toddlers and pre-adolescents.

Toys for infants 0 – 12 months: Babies in their early stages of infancy are hardly anything more than bundle of nerves (and very adorable bundles they are too). They are also at this immobile stage of their infancy when they can’t move around or express much. So the best toys for them are the ones that entice their senses; mostly the sense of sight and hearing. Toys that have bright colors and that make soothing sounds are the best choices. Crib mobiles, rattles and stuffed toys are recommended for this age

The range of toys become a little wider as the baby grows and is able to hold things at the age of 6 to 12 months. The basic criterion for toys remains the same. They should be brightly colored, textured, musical and soft. At this age children find joy in pulling, pushing, rolling and putting things in their mouths. Investing in a baby gym and play mats would be a wise decision. They not only develop fine and gross motor skills but also enhance perspective and general understanding of the world around them. They have all sorts of buttons and knobs that play songs, alphabets or animal sounds when pressed.

Toys for toddlers: kids above 12 months of age are more mobile and are usually finding their way into everything they come across. At this age the toys can be categorized into two kinds. Toys that develop their bodies and physical skills and toys that teach them numbers, letters, shapes and colors. Baby walkers and push or pull along carts are a favorite with almost all children this age. There are fun copy-cat toys that record and repeat sounds and words uttered by the baby. This can be a fun and learning experience that parents can share with their children. Building blocks, shape shifters, soft balls for throw and catch and musical instruments like drums and xylophones are some examples educational toys appropriate for this age.

It is a pleasure for every parent to see their babies playing, growing and learning. Toys that confirm to the three E test are the best for kids of all ages; they entertain, engage and educate.

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Advantages of Australian Online Shopping

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There are many advantages of online shopping in Australia. The statistics of the past few years show a steady incline in the online shopping trend. According to figures released by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), more than 78% of Australia’s internet using population opts for online shopping. Although the ratio of Australian male internet users is slightly higher than the female users, there are more women than men going for online shopping. The reason could be the wide range of products offered on sale. From grocery to clothes and from gardening tools to industrial motors, there is everything for everyone here. Following are the reasons for which internet users prefer e-commerce to shopping stores purchasing that has led to a surge in Australian online shopping retail.

• Availability:

Online retailers store a huge amount of products to interest prospective buyers. Shopping malls that have a limited storage room may run out of stock sooner than the demand exhausts and this causes the frustration in buyers that makes them turn towards online shopping. Online sites are retail stores that just have to deliver from their warehouse storage and may even have your desired item at all times of the year.

• Convenience:

What can be better than buying your grocery or books or gift items from the comfort of your home? You not only save a lot of effort but also a good amount of money in commuting cost, parking fee and the surcharge that shops have to spend on staff salary and premises fare and that is automatically transferred to you. Another major factor is the convenience of shopping from remote areas. Australia is a huge country and when it comes to the regional areas, for purely logistic reasons people prefer online shopping to up street shopping because it alleviates the need to having to travel long distances for something that can be delivered to their doorstep. May be that is the reason why in Australia most of the e-commerce activity is carried out in the Eastern states capitals.

• Pricing:

Majority of the people opting for online shopping are the ones looking for affordable prices. As we mentioned earlier, the online shopping is cost friendly because it saves in a lot of areas other than price you actually pay for a product. But good pricing is not just the marketing gimmick. Prices are low in online shopping sites as the storage, hiring, advertising and shipment costs are low. A major boom in the industry is provided by price comparison sites. These are becoming immensely popular with the online buyers. These are sites that serve as a host to hundreds of stores all over Australia and connect the buyer with the retailer. The buyer gets to see the product detail along with its price. Buyer has the advantage of comparing prices of items of the same specifications without having to leave the comfort of home. They can then choose the store that offers the best price and make the purchase.

• Delivery Options:

Most retailers on the online shopping scene are big businesses that can afford to deliver the product free of charge. They deliver at the given address and are responsible for breakage or damaging. They offer assistance in installation of appliances also. Buyers can also choose their own mode of payment. They can either pay in cash at the time of delivery or pay through the credit card at the time of purchase.