Dear Jack: We Now Have a Shooting Range in Our Living Room

9 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

Ever since your birthday, which was exactly 2 months ago, your Nerf gun collection has been growing. You now have 3 rifles, one crossbow, and one bow-and-arrow set.

In other words, there are plenty of darts to be shot in our house.

Thanks to the free cardboard blocks to that donated to us this week, we now officially have a shooting range in our living room.

Honestly, I have to say- it doesn’t bother me at all. I would much rather you shoot your weapons on a disposable yet sturdy target, as opposed to your sister.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: The Hamster Didn’t Get the Toy Blocks After All

3 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

Last week, my coworker Lori was able to get some free cardboard blocks from her community’s “buy, sell, trade” Facebook page. The simple concept was that these blocks would be perfect for our family’s pet hamster.

He loves to chew cardboard and make beds out of small boxes. So it was a perfect idea.

However, the blocks never made it upstairs to the hamster’s aquarium.

That’s because you and your brother have been making up games all week using them. Castles have been built. Escape rooms have been constructed. Towers have been set up.

Imagine- that kids would actually get to play with toys intended for kids, as opposed to a hamster!

Love,

Daddy

The Benefits of Dress Up Play For Kids 

Do you remember when you were a kid how much you wished that you were someone else for a while? When your kids play, they dress up on so many occasions and attempts to be someone else that he really admires from the mighty king of a castle to a famous superhero. However, when you little kids dress up, you should ensure that they build both their vocabulary and their confidence. And this can easily be done, so read on as we dive further into it.

Why Dress-Up Play Is Smart

If you didn’t already know, you’re literally going to find a dedicated box of supplies for playing dress-up within any preschool classroom. And this is simply due to the fact that teachers know just how much imagination kids put into play. However, they are also facilitating a series of various emotional and academic muscles that aid with fundamental development.

If you’ve ever seen your daughter in her idea of scrubs examining her dolls and stuffed animals with a stethoscope, you can be sure that her mind is going a mile a minute as she performs the activities that were done on her at some point more than a dozen times. And it’s the same when his mind races as he imagines himself driving down a speedway, because just like her, he is also learning how to sit in a car, buckle up his seat belt and to also put the key into the ignition. We can even guarantee that your kid isn’t doing all of this in a silent manner when he’s playing dress-up.

Even when they pretend to be in fancy restaurants, they’re engaging in conversations about food, drinks and even cooking for those who are pretending to be the chef. And they even go on to order at their favourite table three. Even if she’s walking on the moon exploring and hunting for her favourite Martians, you can be she has a colander or rather her own space helmet on her little head; she’s even going to be searching for the perfect spot to land her rocket ship as well as the colours of the aliens and the desired rock that it hides behind. You’ll be happy to know that even when playtime is a lot quieter, their imagination is at work.

Role-playing with other kids go a long way since it encourages them to cooperate, socialize and even take turns. And when they get the chance to let their imaginations run free, they go on to become some of the best problem solvers at adulthood. And if you’ve asked why, well the simple answer is, their creative thinking grows with practice as they rescue dolls from bad guys and let themselves be the ultimate superhero.

How to Encourage Dress-Up Play

If you’re seeking to encourage more dress-up play, be sure to gather much more supplies and keep them all in a location that is easy to access check out these LED toys perfect for dressing up. And then you’re going to need to talk and enquire about what he or she would like to become when they are older. You can even ask about what they’d do if they were Dora the Explorer and ensure that you facilitate the environment for this fantasy to be acted upon. You can even dress up and play; however, preschool-age children wouldn’t ever need too much encouragement since that’s the perfect age at which creativeness kicks in.

Gather Your Garb

If you’re looking for the perfect costume, a store-bought is actually just perfect. And they’ll come in a series of their favorite characters such as Yo Gabba Gabba’s Plex along with the entire line of Disney Princess outfits. In no time your children will be acting, singing and even reading their favorite books.

However, your initial home is actually filled with so many items that do just the same. And they can easily be an old dress or pair of shoes. So, be sure to check your closet or even the thrift shop for the following items:

*Hats 

*Belts 

*Towels for making capes 

*Glasses with the lenses removed 

*Pocketbooks 

*Costume jewellry 

*Gloves 

*Shawls 

*Perfume bottles that are empty 

*Plastic colanders 

*Old bags or even small luggage’s 

*Scrubs 

*Aprons  

*Dance costumes 

In essence, the list is really never ending and it changes according to what you or your child prefers. So, go out and gather supplies and don’t forget to stash them together in an old trunk. And you can even keep it in their play room!

Dear Jack: These are the Days of Halo Action Figures and Beyblades

8 years, 8 months.

Dear Jack,

These letters I write to you often serve as a bookmark to show you whatever you were into at that point in your life.

Therefore, I can positively tell you that these days, it’s Halo action figures and Beyblades that you’re into.

I have a rule that when you come home each day, you need to immediately find something to eat and find an activity to keep you occupied.

Here lately, you have spent much of your “during dinner prep” time has been carefully organizing your Halo action figures and ranking your Beyblades.

It seems like work to me. But to an 8 year-old boy, that translates as fun!

Love,

Daddy

Should You Buy Electric Cars for Kids: Considerations Before Buying One 

Are you struggling with your Christmas or birthday gift shopping for your kids? Have you taken a look at those electric cars in toy stores? Well, they are an excellent gift, and it’ll be terrifically fun for kids to play with them.

Typically, these electric cars are designed for kids ten years old and below. If you’re seriously thinking about giving your child an electric car, here are things to consider and look out for.

  1. Maximum Rider Weight 

Every electric car has a maximum rider weight indicated in their specifications. You may want to purchase electric cars for kids with some leeway for the weight, not exactly the same as the current weight range of your child. Children grow quickly, and you’d want to get something that your child will enjoy using for a long time. Hence, it’s recommended that you get an electric car with a higher maximum rider weight figure for your child.

  1. Parental Remote Control

Another useful feature to look out for is the parental remote control. For newer models, electric cars feature a parental remote control that allows adults to take control of the electric cars. This feature is specially built for those youngsters who are not as well coordinated as the older ones.

The parental remote control allows the usual forward and reverse gears with steering capabilities. Once the kids are able to drive and control their own electric cars, parents can stop using the parental remote control.

  1. Charging and Running Times

Similar to cell phones or laptops, electric cars for kids also have charging and running times that you may want to check. Some less pricey models have small batteries, which means they can only be used for a short time and they need to be charged again. You may want to get an electric toy car with bigger batteries, so your child can have uninterrupted play times. As expected, longer running times may mean longer charging times and a higher price tag.

  1. Safety

Of course, it is very important that your child remains safe while he rides his electric toy car. Here are some of the things you should check in a toy car:

  • Safety belts
  • Functional breaks
  • Material and build
  • Customer reviews

Generally, once these toy electric cars are in general toy stores, they are practically safe. But, it would not hurt to do a little more research on the brand reputation and ask friends or family about their experience with the brand just to make sure.

  1. Price Points

This goes without saying. Consider the price of the electric toy car before purchasing it. Here’s what you can do:

  • Look at the specifications and compare different kinds of cars before you make that purchase, especially when you are on a budget. Some electric cars have a higher price tag but provide fewer specifications. There may also be specifications in the toy car that your child wouldn’t need, and you can save some money by buying a more affordable one with fewer specifications but nevertheless works just as fine.
  • Explore a bunch of toy stores, preferably with your spouse, to make a better decision on which ones to purchase.
  • Make sure that the electric car you are buying includes a warranty from the manufacturer.

An electric toy car is definitely an extravagant gift for your child, and as such you want to make a sound buying decision to get your money’s worth. Take note of the considerations above when gift shopping for an electric toy car so you can give the most exciting and memorable gift that your child truly deserves.

  

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