I am going to let other people rave about this neat riding toy. But, first look at the video of people riding the PlasmaCar
"Looking for a children's toy that will delight, fascinate, and invigorate for years to come? PlaSmart's come to the rescue with the perfect toy: The revolutionary new PlasmaCar.
It's like magic, but you don't need to be a magician to get it to work. The PlasmaCar is a mechanical marvel that makes use of that most inexhaustible of energy sources, kid-power, by harnessing the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, gravity, and friction. It's so easy to operate; all it needs is a driver and a smooth, flat surface.
- Develop large muscle skills develop as children dig, pour, sift, and scoop.
- Improve eye-hand coordination and small muscle control as children play with sand accessories.
- Promote social skills as they play, they are faced with real problems that require sharing, compromising, and negotiating.
- Develop mathematical concepts as they play with measuring spoons and cups and containers in a variety of sizes and shapes.
- Develop science concepts such as more and less.
- Improve language skills as they explain to you what they are doing.
- Improve their writing skills as you encourage them to write in the sand.
Your kids will love you if you put a sandbox in the back yard and I have the perfect product. Here is the description:
"The Sandlock is a great sandbox for the entire gaggle of kids to enjoy. It is one of the best sandboxes around because of some great features which are included. A standout feature on the child sandbox are the two removable corner seats which are great for play time. Anytime a child can have companionship and still enjoy a good time in a safe play space is great. This kid sandbox has everything needed in a great sandbox. A great feature which parents will be loving is the Coverlock system. The Coverlock is a heavy duty vinyl cover which attaches to the sandbox with sewn in shock cords to ensure a secure fit. Unlike other sandboxes the sand should always be dry with a Sandlock Sandbox. The puncture resistant ground barrier also keeps sand in the child sandbox, which will preserver the grass in the backyard. A precision design made of commercial grade plastic, this kid sandbox from Sandlock is a fantastic addition to the backyard. "
I have met the men who design and make Sandlocks. They listen to their customers and make changes. The cover is really great. The sand box goes together and comes apart easily. They make Sandlocks both for families and for schools or parks. They have been really working on a design that will truly work for a child who uses a wheelchair. In my mind, any toy designer who spends time and energy to help design something that my son can really play with, should be supported.
Therefore, if you decide to splurge for a sandbox, I highly recommend Sandlock.
In Rush Hour, you look at a pattern card, and then place the cars and trucks according to the pattern. You need to figure out how to move the cars around so that your red car can get out of the "rush". Or maybe you would prefer Safari Rush Hour, where you have to get your Safari Van out without the animals getting you. You can try it on-line to see what I am really describing. When we bought this for my daughter, my husband and daughter fought over who could play with it. The cards range from beginner to advance so many ages can play it. There is now a Rush Hour Jr. so littler kids can play.
Other ThinkFun games we have enjoyed in our house are Tipover, River Crossing, and Four Children's Card Games. I played Chocolate Fix and Ducks in a Row at Toy Fair. I really needed by daughter, she is much better at these types of games than I am, but I still loved them. I am thinking of getting 36 Cube for her this Hanukkah--it is under the serious puzzler section. (don't tell her).
These are great games and puzzles, especially when there is only one child in the house. My daughter would play with these for hours and I never heard, "mommy come play a game with me".
I think that almost every ThinkFun game and puzzle is under $20, unless you buy the ultimate deluxe versions, and you will play with them for a long time, so I highly recommend them. I think every toy they have designed has won multiply awards, because they are so well thought out and both children and adults love to play them.
In addition, to ThinkFun, there are other Mind Challenging games on the LetKidsPlay website.
Not sure how many of you have read the American classic by Betty Smith, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", but I remember reading it before my kids were born - B.W.I.C.C. Back When I Could Concentrate. There's a point when the main character, Francie Nolan, learns to read and then systematically goes to the library and works her way through the books. That situation in the book heightened by awareness of the whole process. I don't remember when my lights turned on and I started to read, but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching it happen to my kids. My eight year old is a voracious reader - to the point that he can't walk past something without picking it up to read. His favorite thing to do is spread the sports section out on the floor and read about every single game that happened overnight - happily spouting facts and figures of the most obscure games. Hopefully, I can get back into reading something other than a magazine. Perhaps it's time to get the book club started again.
I'm a full time stay-at-home mom of two boys - ages 8 and 5. They are active little guys, who love school and all sports and their Wii. This year is the first year I have both of them in school together - even though we live in a district with only half-day Kindergarten. I'm truly lucky to be home with them. When my first was born, my husband and I hoped to have me home with him for one year. It's parlayed into nearly nine years now - round the clock child rearing responsibility but being there for them for homework and school bus stops and being the first to hear about the trials and tribulations of growing up these days. With the full time focus on the kids, I have to watch that they become independent and I don't do too much for them. We've always wanted to give them the chutzpah to stand up and be their own little men. The ultimate goal is to raise "American Gentleman".
In my past life I was a marketing and advertising executive in the cable and telecom industry. I was hip to all the trends, happenings and goings-ons. I worked amidst fun people in an industry full of great perks - tickets, sporting events, parties. Now, it's slowed down, but is definitely more down to earth and an environment where I want my boys to grow up. I find myself wanting to retreat into the days of simpler times.