Thanksgiving Blessing

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings to all.
Thanks for reading.
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Toys that Teach

I wrote this post in November 2000, long before I even knew blogging was invented. I want to share it with you here to help you make the most of your toy budget this Christmas. (See not all my posts are about Homemade Gourmet, I’m filing this under Homemaker.)

If you house is like my house, you think your kids have too many toys already, but we’re still expected to get them MORE if we’re good parents. I was looking around the house and online wondering what toys the kids could need for Christmas when I found this. The original article has all kinds of tips on how to make play meaningful for kids from 0 to 5. I just copied the toy recommendations for each age group.
I hope you like it.
Jean Butts

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TOYS THAT TEACH
Excerpt from PLAYTIPS by Dr. Kathleen Alfano, PhD.
http://www.fisher-price.com/us/playtips/default.asp
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0 to 12 months:
Examples of toys that spark imagination:

Floor gyms with hanging parts to encourage swiping and batting
Floor gyms with flashing lights and music
Crib mobiles
Crib music boxes with moving lights
Toys that squeak or ring or clack
Toys with high-contrast geometric designs
Toys with a variety of bright colors and/or lights
Child-safe mirrors
Activity quilts
Toys with friendly faces
Board books and cloth books for patting, pointing and talking
Recorded songs and music
Soft animals or balls of varying textures
Teethable toys

Examples of toys that nurture expression:

Activity toys to manipulate
Baby musical instruments
Crib or floor gym with hanging parts to swipe or bat
Hand-held rattles
Squeeze toys with surprise sounds
Stuffed toys that make noise when shaken
Picture magnets for self-recognition
Board books and cloth books

Examples of toys that encourage problem solving:

Activity toys with dials and levers
Stacking blocks
Containers with items to fill and empty
Shape sorters
Disks or keys on rings
Stacking ring cones
Simple nesting toys
Easy-to-activate pop-up toys
Large plastic snap-together beads

Examples of toys that inspire individuality:

Ride-on toys
Push toys that steady new walkers
Pull toys
Baby basketball set
Baby tee-ball and bat set
Musical toys
Early role play toys: play phone, tools, computer
Low climbing platform
Large balls with holes or ridges for grasping

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1 to 2 years:

Examples of toys that stimulate imagination:

Toys with play figures
Toy housekeeping tools
Play camera
Toy telephones
Dolls and care accessories
Doll carriage, cradle and high chair
Stuffed animals
Soft hand puppets that double as stuffed toys
Transportation toys
Books with different textures
Books with brightly colored pictures

Examples of toys that foster expression and communication:

Musical instruments
Toys with play figures
Toy telephone
Toy camera
Play push tools, like a vacuum or mower
Sturdy art easel
Large crayons
Play dough
Collage materials
Simple dress-up clothes for role play
Child-size table and chairs
Play kitchen

Examples of toys that encourage problem solving:

Activity boxes with dials and levers
Building blocks
Fitting toys that encourage different solutions
Simple matching, counting and ABC toys
Hammering bench
Containers with items to fill and empty
Shape sorter
Simple lock and key toys
Stacking ring cones
Nesting toys
Easy-to-activate pop-up toys
Large plastic snap-together beads
Puzzles with knobs or a few large pieces

Examples of toys that boost self-confidence:

Ride-on toys
Tee-ball and bat set
Mini basketball set
Push toys
Pull toys
Musical instruments
Low climbing gym
Variety of large balls
Wagons

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2 to 3 years:

Examples of toys that stimulate imagination:

Toys with play figures and vechicles
Toy telephones
Stuffed animals
Toy kitchens
Toy tea sets
Dolls and care accessories
Building blocks
Books

Examples of toys that expand communication and sociability:

Child’s tape recorder
Play kitchen with pretend foods and utensils
Play store or cash register
Play telephone
Rhythm instruments like xylophones, bells and drums
Play camera
Play dough
Nontoxic paints for fingers or short brushes
Sturdy markers, large crayons or chalk
Coloring books
Blunt scissors (for three-year-olds)
Dolls with easy-to-use clothing and care accessories
Dress-up clothes and accessories

Examples of toys that encourage problem solving:

Building blocks
Fit-together toys
Simple puzzles
Toys that promote matching by shape, color or symbol
Sorting toys
Water play toys
Containers to fill and empty
Basic counting and number toys
Simple computer programs for toddlers

Examples of toys that boost self-confidence:

Pedal trikes
Ride-on toys
Climbing gyms
Mini basketball set
Tee-ball and bat set
Wagons
Roller skates
Sturdy markers or large crayons
Coloring Books

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3 to 4 years:

Examples of toys that stimulate imagination:
Toys with play figures
Doll house
Toy camping equipment
Toy kitchen and play food
Toy cash register and play money
Toy vehicles
Tracks or ramps for toy vehicles
Dolls and care accessories
Stuffed animals
Simple hand puppets
Dress-up clothes and props
Tea set
Picture books and story books

Examples of toys that expand communication and sociability:

Child’s tape recorder
Toy kitchen with pretend food and utensils
Toy telephones
Toy camera
Doctor kits
Simple dress-up costumes and accessories
Toy housekeeping and fix-it tools
Musical instruments
Drawing toys
Coloring books
Markers, crayons, paints

Examples of toys that encourage problem solving:

Construction toys
Building blocks
Action figures in challenging roles
Matching and sorting toys
Toys for learning shapes, colors, numbers and letters
Large-piece puzzles
Sand and water play toys
Alphabet books
Simple board games
Simple computer programs for early learning
Dress-up clothes and accessories

Examples of toys that boost self confidence:

Pedal trikes
Battery-operated ride-ons
Pedal ride-ons with steering
Tee-ball and bat set
Adjustable mini basketball set
Putting green with golf club and ball
Bowling, ring toss or bean bag set
Roller skates or in-line skates
Climbing gym with slides and ladders
Swings with curved soft seats
Magnetic drawing toy
Modeling dough
Sand and water play toys

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4 to 5 years:

Examples of toys that stimulate imagination:

Toys with play figures
Role-play costumes, props, dress-up clothes
Doll house with furnishings
Realistic dolls and care accessories
Tea set
Toy camping equipment
Toy kitchen and play food
Toy shopping cart and play groceries
Toy cash register and play money
Realistic toy vehicles, trains, boats
Tracks or ramps for toy vehicles
Toy medical kit
Stuffed animals
Simple hand puppets
Picture books with familiar and realistic stories, humor, fantasy or
information

Examples of toys that expand communication and sociability:

Child’s tape recorder
Toy kitchen with pretend food and utensils
Toy telephones
Simple working camera or toy camera
Toy medical kit
Simple dress-up costumes and accessories
Toy housekeeping and fix-it tools
Musical instruments
Drawing toys and chalkboards
Coloring books
Markers and crayons
Watercolor, tempera and finger paints
Child’s scissors with rounded ends

Examples of toys that encourage problem solving:

Construction toys
Building blocks
Action figures in challenging roles
Matching and sorting toys
Toys for learning shapes, colors, numbers and letters
Framed puzzles with 25 to 50 pieces
Sand molds and water play toys
Simple board games based on chance
Picking-up or balancing games
Simple card games and picture bingo
Simple computer programs for early learning
Science materials, such as magnets, binoculars, magnifying glass

Examples of toys that boost self-confidence:

Two-wheeled bike with training wheels and helmet
Scooter or narrow-wheeled pedal trike
Battery-operated ride-ons
Pedal ride-ons with steering
Tee-ball and bat set
Adjustable basketball set
Toy golf set
Jump rope
Bowling, ring toss or bean bag set
Roller skates or in-line skates with pad set and helmet
Climbing gym with slides and ladders
Swings with curved, soft seats
Drawing toys
Variety of sport balls, i.e., soccer, football, etc.
Modeling dough
Sand and water play toys
Toy soccer or hockey goals

Offer the Best

Would you like to get 20% or 40% off your order tonight?
Would you like to continue buying your product at retail or would you rather get 20% or 40% off?

Offer everyone the opportunity by asking, “Do you know anyone who could use an additional $300/mo or more alongside what they’re currently doing?” Or by asking, “Have you ever thought about doing what I’m doing.”  If they are interested in the opportunity and asking questions about joining, I describe the kit purchase like this … “You’ll need to buy the kit with all the catalogs and order forms and supplies for $39. Then you’ll also need a $230 wholesale order which will give you $400 in products, some to try and some to sell. You’ll also get ‘The best of HG Collection worth $103 absolutely FREE because you’re joining before the end of October/November.’ Altogether that is over $600 worth of items and product for only $270!”

The fun part of the conversation is whether they say “yes,” “no,” or “maybe” the next step is to book their Gourmet Gathering.