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Educational Toys

The toys that you use or see are educational toys if (a) They are used for educational purposes, (b) They educate, (c) They can be used for play, (d) They are typically made for and used by children, (e) They can enhance the children’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development, and (f) They are designed to teach children about a certain subject or help them learn a certain skill as they play with them. But the best educational toys, according to authorities, are those that are age-appropriate from which the educational value can be derived by the children.

Some people say that the appropriate toys for pre-school youngsters may be simple wooden blocks because they may help the pre-school child to begin to understand basic scientific principles and to develop hand and eye coordination. As the child progresses to the elementary school, he may use interlocking manipulative toys or puzzles that can challenge or improve his patience and hand-eye coordination more. If your child is already in the elementary school, he can play toys that are sophisticated construction sets. For children of all ages, the top toys recommended include abacus, plastic soccer and tennis balls, bean bags, plastic buckets, a balancing board, plastic hula hoops, and musical instruments such as guitar, drum, ukulele, and maracas, among others.

If you have the privilege to choose educational toys for your child or children, your choice must be based on certain criteria. One is that children will use their imagination when playing with the toys, and that the toys will pose a positive challenge to them. Most importantly, children will feel a sense of accomplishment after playing, and develop love for what they have learned from the experience.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in computer

 

How Educational Games Affect Children?

Nowadays, children usually spend most of their time playing video games or watching television especially when out of school. This seems to be some form of recreation to enjoy. But what most parents and educators don’t realize is the value of including educational games in classes. This can be fun and exciting as they learn many new things.

Games like learning the alphabet and counting numbers are now available for very young children. They may also choose to play more advanced educational games such as mathematics, reading and language. For older children, they can choose online courses where games are included for easy learning.

With the current technology and trends, most children are satisfied to see games played while learning lessons. A larger percentage of teachers find using educational video games have helped improved learning of children. They feel at ease with the current technology; where it makes them stay on top especially in class. These games improve the motor control and hand-eye coordination of kids as well.

If you get to choose the right games for kids, these may change their outlook. They turn to be helpful and friendly to others. They get to retain more knowledge in school. This will also increase comprehension of instructions, and make them gather helpful information. Studies show children who get to play educational games are those who never develop attention problems in school.

Few parents don’t agree to have kids spending more time playing video games at school. But if these games help them perform well and improve their studies, why should they stop kids from enjoying.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in computer

 

The netbook is a nifty mini laptop at half the cost!

Small personal computers or laptops have totally taken over the standard desktop computers and netbook computers are the smallest amongst them. It looks and works like a mini laptop and is a much more affordable option than the high-end laptops and gaming computers. If you are on the lookout for the best netbook here are some key features which you must watch out for.

The size and dimensions of the netbook computer is its most obvious characteristic. The netbook computer came into existence to cater to the demand of a PC which was diminutive in size and yet could function like a basic laptop. The screen size of the netbook computer hovers between 5, 7, 11 and 12 inches. Since the size is small it is lightweight and is easily portable. Although a large screen does provide better resolution, the ease of mobility decreases which is what makes the netbookwith its light weight and compact size stand out from its cousins.

Although a netbook computer has a decreased number of hardware parts as compared to the larger notebook or laptop, it does have multiple card slots, Ethernet port and Wi-Fi. Bluetooth may or may not be present but the webcam is a welcome perk on the netbook. Since storage is of prime importance, the number of SD slots and USB ports are key features to look out for while in the market for a netbook computer. The hard disk drives provides for more storage in the netbook while compared to the solid state drives but the HDD does decrease battery life and is more liable to get damaged. It is better to be equipped with external disc drives and SD cards.

The other main feature to consider is the processor which in a netbook is not very powerful. However, the best processor for a netbook is the Intel Atom processor with VIA Nano close on its heels. The rationale behind single core processors in this minicomputer is to provide basic computing functions with good battery life. Most netbooks run on Windows XP but the Windows Vista is also present as is the Windows 7 on some models.

When it comes to choosing between weight or battery life, the downside of the netbook computer is that its battery life is limited to 4-6 hours. While an extended battery can be used, it makes the netbook heavier; so, it is a choice between light weight or good battery life. When out to buy a netbook bear in mind that, it is meant for basic computing activities like browsing, word processing, spread sheet tasks and not for heavy duty tasks like programming or gaming.

The major advantage besides it lightweight is the affordability of the netbook. Good quality cheap netbooks are as easily available as the high-end ones and provide you with all the basic functions of a computer. Keeping an eye out for its various features should enable you to purchase a good netbook at half the price of a normal laptop.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in computer

 

Some great tips to come up with interesting Christmas gift ideas!

Selecting and purchasing Christmas gifts gets more and more challenging every year and it is difficult to come up with interesting Christmas gift ideas. Finding the perfect present for the loved ones seems elusive but with a bit of planning and thought you can get some unique gifts for them.

The best way to get yourself organized is by categorizing your gift list into gender and age. This will give you a clearer picture of what to look for when you are out shopping or ordering.  Although most of us think that finding gifts for men is the most difficult, in actual fact, it can be sometimes simpler than getting something for women. The majority of men are not as notoriously fussy as women and they will be very happy with gifts of electronics, perfumes, clothing, accessories and various sports memorabilia.

Amongst electronic gifts, you can get an android tablet, iPod, GPS, music speakers or system. If the concerned men are sports fans, then you can do no better other than to gift some sort of a sports memento, get them tickets for a game or book them for some lessons in their favourite sport. Some men do like jewellery, so, if that is your case, you can get nice cufflinks, bracelets or chains for your man. Watches are another eternal favourite and you can go from the lowest price point to the highest in this regard.

While on the surface it may appear that gift ideas for women far surpass that of men (and it does), in reality it is at times more difficult to choose a gift for a woman. Jewellery, clothes, perfumes, bags, shoes, watches and make-up top the list of Christmas gift ideas for women and you cannot go too wrong with any of these items. If the person is fond of reading or music, gifts relevant to her hobby can also be given. Chocolates or a gourmet hamper also delight women as does exciting home and kitchen ware.

Children love almost everything they get for Christmas and there is no dearth of choice of Christmas gift ideas for them. Toys, clothes, games, music, hobby lessons are some regular but interesting things which you can gift children. A basket of their favourite goodies will make their eyes sparkle as will a puppy or a kitten. But, if you are on a limited budget you can easily find good but cheap toys for kids which will keep them amused and happy for hours.

If you really cannot think of the right gift for someone particular, then a great idea is to gift them dining gift certificates at fine dining restaurants. You will not be paying through your nose as many restaurants offer these gift vouchers during festive times and you can pick up some good bargains if you are sharp about it.

Putting in some careful thought in your Christmas gift ideas will not only give pleasure to the receiver but also earn plaudits for you!

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Mini Laptops, Shopping