Coloring Helps Development – Free Coloring Sheets

Coloring Helps Development – Free Coloring Sheets

Springtime is finally here and we have a few free coloring sheets for you to enjoy with your little one, which are fun especially on a rainy afternoon. Coloring helps development in a variety of ways: Coloring Helps Development of Skills 1. Improves fine motor skills Gripping a crayon helps with the muscle development in hands, wrist and fingers allowing for greater dexterity and manipulation of objvetx. 2. Prepares them for school At school, children will do many projects that involve coloring, paper and other creative media and getting them used to and enjoying coloring at a young age can help prepare them. Entering preschool children should know how to hold a writing tool, make drawings that start to have basic resemblance to the object and can describe to you what they are drawing. — For other developmental tips, go to the Please and Carrots Blog — 3. Stimulates creativity Coloring helps with imagination. Free form coloring is great to give them the freedom to draw what they dream up. Even if there are images on coloring books or sheets, your child is still using their imagination and it is a great opportunity to ask about what is happening in the scene. 4. Color recognition and self expression Crayons are great for recognizing, naming and eventually mixing to create new colors (red+blue = purple). Coloring is wonderful for self expression as your child decides what color(s) to use on which part of the page. 5. Spatial recognition Your baby, toddler and preschooler won’t color within the lines, but they will start to visually learn about lines and shapes. ———— Free Coloring Sheets...
Are the ages on toys matched to development?

Are the ages on toys matched to development?

Most of us have purchased a 2+ toy for a 2nd birthday or a 0m+ toy for a newborn and then were disappointed to see the child [fill in the blank]: chewed on it, threw it, didn’t like it or didn’t use it as intended.  Was it a bad toy? The problem might actually be with the stated age on the box and when it was given. Did you know that the ages on toy packages are not matched to skill development? They are first and foremost a safety rating. -Interested in toys matched to milestone and skill development?  Learn more about Please and Carrots.- For example, some storytelling cubes have a stated age of 2+. However, according to Dr. Susan Bartell, a child psychologist, regular blocks are better for 2 year olds and story blocks are more developmentally appropriate for children 4+. Since these story telling blocks have no small pieces, they are deemed safe for  a 2 year old. On the flip side, some toys rated 3+, such as some “play pretend” food sets, are suggested for older children due to small parts, even though younger children love playing pretend and emulating adults. If you can find food or household type toys for a child 18-21 months, you’ll see your child really gravitate towards these and learn from them. In addition, children can play with the same toys in different ways as they grow. Blocks can be held or banged together early on, stacked as motor skills develop and then used to build houses and other structures as they grow. A common reaction can be “this toy’s age is too young for my child”. However,...
Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls?  Be Conscious of Gender Specific Toys.

Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls? Be Conscious of Gender Specific Toys.

If you are a parent shopping or you are buying a gift for a friend’s child, inevitably you will be asked “is it a boy or girl?” and then be directed to the aisle with blue or pink toys. Colors are just at the surface of the debate. Some toys have inherent gender based biases that many parents may not want to expose or limit their children to. How do you handle this? First, be conscious of it. Decide how and why you want to incorporate color into your baby’s surroundings; what kind of toys and play you want to expose them to; what assumptions or stereotypes are or are not acceptable to you. Babies don’t know about gender difference – it’s learned from adults and their surroundings. Make it a conscious decision. Second, encourage gender neutral toys such as blocks and musical instruments.  These often present the best opportunities for imaginative play which is critical for your child’s development. Third, consider exposing traditionally “boy” or “girl” toys to your opposite gender child.  Boys can learn a lot playing with dolls and girls playing with trains and helps your child foster an open mind. Finally, don’t force the issue either way. If you have a girl, she may at some point love princesses, whether you encouraged it or not. All children go through phases. Just encourage them to learn and develop through all types of play! We will be exploring this topic in greater detail with our experts.  Let us know what you...
5 Reasons Please and Carrots Makes Your Life Easier as a Parent

5 Reasons Please and Carrots Makes Your Life Easier as a Parent

Let’s cut to the chase… Here’s what Please and Carrots brings to you – 1) Expert chosen toys – our experts spent hours with us determining what is beneficial for your little one, and when. We have chosen classic toys from quality brands that are appropriate for their stage and focused on key developmental milestones. We’ve done the work for you! 2) Conveniently delivered to you each quarter – our subscription means you don’t have to remember when to pick up new, more advanced toys or books. Each quarter a new box arrives at your house with everything you need. Parents have told us their kids get so excited when the box arrives – they instinctively know the block-like box is a present for them! 3) Fun activities – our teachers have developed simple interactive activities for inspiration of fun things you can do at home with your child, which also develop important physical and cognitive skills. These are also great to share with caregivers. And your little one will have so much fun!  You can find them when you login to your account. 4) Language development tips – our speech therapist has provided 3 tips for each age group with ways to improve and support your child’s language development in your exclusive online area in your account. Help your little one communicate with you! 5) Expert advice – our pediatricians, psychologists and educators have come up with amazing advice on how to make parenting easier for you. New tips and advice will be added bi-weekly at Parenting Advice. All on topics important to you! We believe Please and...
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