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Morning Routines that Work

Morning Routines That Work

By: Kaila Weingarten, MSED
Want to have a calmer day? Then work to ace the marathon with a morning routine.
Routine can be a safety net for young children. Keeping a steady routine will help every member of the family feel loved and respected. Along with setting up a routine, comes speaking to your child when changes inevitably occur, and keeping your child abreast of the situation so he knows what to expect.
Take one young child with speech delays, for example, whose mother said, “It just never occurred to me to talk to him about what was going to happen, until a therapist gently pointed out how I can improve my interactions with my child. She suggested that this might be a direct cause to the meltdown my son was having.”
“‘He needs to know what to expect,” she explained.…

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4 Ways the Winkel Builds Wonder

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Babies delight in grasping things as early as four months when they are just starting to develop fine motor skills. This is also when eyesight matures enough to track interesting objects, which is why infants often put objects with contrasted patterns or bright colors in their mouths. This new sense of wonder is what makes our Winkel™ a winner across the board.
Easy to grasp: Manhattan Toy Winkel is composed of small, flexible tubes, great for little ones just learning to grasp. It also promotes clutching and two-handed play.
Loops are thin, lightweight, and flexible: The toy is lightweight so it won’t hurt when your little one misjudges the distance from hand to face.
Can be refrigerated for teething babies:  The soft, colorful loops are made from safe, BPA and PVC­ free plastic and can be refrigerated to soothe teething babies.…

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Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

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Earth day is Friday, April 22.  What are you doing to celebrate?
Founded by former U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson, Earth day is a time to remember just how important it is to protect and care for the environment.  After all, we’ve only got one Earth! If you’re looking for some family friendly activities to get you into the spirit of “Earth day” check out our list of five ways to celebrate this year!
1. Get out and volunteer – Find a local organization that has planned environmentally friendly events going on this weekend like planting trees or organized trash pickup. Great resources could be as close as your local community center. Visit earthday.org to find events in your city/state. Or plan your own group volunteer efforts in your neighborhood to help out your community.…

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10 No-Nonsense Spring Cleaning Tips

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By: Kaila Weingarten
We all need a little help de-cluttering our lives!  Check out these 10 tips to cleaning up your household this spring and say hello to the new, organized you!

Throw/donate 10 things from the room you’re most bothered by. Do this every week and in one year, you’ll have thrown out 520 items. Alternately, focus on one room a week, and throw out ten items each day.

Live in the present. Focus on today, and don’t worry about history, or the future. Don’t keep projects that you are holding onto for “someday”. 97% of information filed isn’t used again. Throw out some of those recipes and paperwork. I stopped keeping recipes I don’t try out within a week.…

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“It’s not just Child’s Play”

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By: Kaila Weingarten MS ED
Play is crucial to a child’s development. It helps build your child’s imagination, encourages socialization and communication, and enhances many other areas of your child’s development. Early childhood experiences have a dramatic impact, physically determining how the intricate neural networks of the brain are wired.
In a report, titled The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child, the American Academy of Pediatricians wrote: These guidelines are written in response to the multiple forces challenging play. The overriding premise is that play (or some available free time in the case of older children and adolescents) is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Our society often confuses learning with memorization and test scores with success.…

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Move to Music

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By: Kaila Weingarten
Why is music so vital to children?
Children are programmed to move. As infants, rocking and hugging children soothes them, and teaches them about the rhythm. Music appeals to children, and helps them develop in myriad areas. By encouraging your child to sing, dance, move and create music, you will help him develop in a wide variety of areas. Read on to see how you can enable this learning to take place in your home.
While writing this article, I sang “Five little Monkeys” with my daughters. It was amazing to see how they both lit up and responded to the fingerplay. Music transcends age gaps and helps everyone feel safe and loved.
Music is a developmental milestone in itself.…

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Sensory Learning Tips YOU need to know

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Kaila Weingarten, MS Ed
We use our senses to learn every day without even realizing it. With your fingers you decide that the pot is too hot to touch without a towel. You answer the door after hearing the bell. An acrid odor warns you that something is burning. You look into the mirror to see if two colors match or clash. You taste a savory new salad and decide to ask for the recipe. All this is a seamless thought process, with our senses responding automatically and gracefully each time.
The brain of your child is still changing and learning from each experience. In the first three years of life, each experience is new. Therefore, rapid changes occur in the brain.…

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Baby’s First Easter

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Babies have so many ‘firsts’.  From first smile and word to first time rolling over to sitting up, babies experience so many mini and milestone achievements in the first few years of life.  Apart from developmental and physical progresses, there are always first holidays!  So many pictures to take and traditions to begin as newborns take part in their first family holidays.  As we head into spring, many first time and seasoned parents are gearing up for their newborn’s first Easter.  Whether you’re filling a basket or hiding gifts around your house for older siblings to find, choosing the perfect fillers and hidden gems is easy at Manhattan Toy!
We’ve got so many new toys in stock; it’s easy to find the perfect gift for your newborn or toddler.…

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Yes, You Should Buy Your Son His Very Own Doll

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By: Jamie Davis Smith
Contributor for Everyday Family and Huffington Post; Professional Photographer
 
Boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. Or will they?
Although dolls are traditionally considered “girl” toys, many boys also have fun playing with dolls and can even learn a thing or two by having a “baby” of their own, which is another way that gender lines are being blurred a little bit. Whether or not that’s a bad thing isn’t the issue. The issue is finding the benefits in girls participating in typical “boy behaviors” and boys participating in typical “girl behaviors,” such as playing with dolls.
I’m not talking about action figures and G.I. Joes, here. I’m talking about actual dolls. In fact, many companies are now making boy dolls so that little boys can have little friends that look like them.…

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Let’s Celebrate Dr. Seuss

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By: Kaila Weingarten, MSED
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss from Manhattan Toy! Did you grow up with The Cat in the Hat ringing in your ears? Are you waiting for Thing One and Thing Two come pick up your toys? (I am!) It’s time to pass on the joy to your child. Theodor Geisel, better known as “Dr. Seuss” was born on March 2nd, 1904 During his lifetime, Dr. Seuss wrote and published over 44 books and is the world’s best-selling children’s book author. So what better way to celebrate his birthday then by reading! Here are some fun ways to host your own Dr. Seuss birthday reading event:
1. Get your hands on your favorite Dr. Seuss characters at www.manhattantoy.com!  They’ve got adorable Dr.…

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