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Magnifying Glass for Bugs

Friday, August 4th, 2017

I desperately want my kid to love bugs. Love bugs, the soil, the grass, trees, leaves, everything that has to do with nature. I want him to be comfortable with it all. And now as he is starting to take interest in ants and caterpillars and beetles, I too am fascinated with the little creatures. Hence, the magnifying glass. It is a whole new world of “WOW” for the kids.
I did my research and found that a lot of magnifying glass out there are too strong or not strong enough for a toddler. This one is just right. It’s not the sexiest looking magnifying glass, but it is the most basic one that covers most basic needs. It doesn’t have a LED light, which I deliberately chose because I do not want my kid blinding himself or others, and plus, I want him to focus on what he’s seeing through the glass, not the glass itself…when he is a bit older, I can get him a magnifying glass with an LED light. I know there are new wonders with that as well.
For now, this cheap and efficient gadget is the perfect toy a kid can get. So much to see!
You can get it here: Number-One 2.5X 4X Handheld Reading Magnifying Glass Reinforced Structure with 80mm Dia Lens Lightweight Pocket Magnifier Loupe, Ideal for Reading Small Prints, Map, Inspection and Jewelry Loupe

Starting with Toddler Scissors!

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Of the many scissors I’ve tried, these worked the best for my 2-year-old. We are just starting so he needs supervision, but overall this seems like a safe option. It has a little spring to assist with usage. And the handles feature anti-microbial product protection to inhibit the growth of bacterial odors! I didn’t think much of this at first, but soon found it a nifty feature, especially when it comes to shared items like scissors and pens in the playroom.
Try it here: Westcott Preschool Training Scissors, Assorted Colors

A Nature Education: Recycled Plastic Bird Feeder

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

For homes who do not or cannot have pets, having a bird feeder nearby will do wonders for your child’s development. Observing animals are an endless education to kids who are just starting to see. On top of that, there is an Asian saying that homes who welcome birds are blessed. I remember when my kid was 3 months or 4 months old, he started noticing the birds outside. It was great visual and auditory stimulation, and I was in awe of his being in awe. Now that he is older, watching birds involve more a behavioral observation with more fascination. At any age, animal watching is one of the best teachings of nature one can get.
This bird feeder is not only slick, its use of natural earth colors allows it to blend in with the trees. It is wonderfully made from post-consumer recycled plastic (over 90% recycled plastic) and designed for easy maintenance and large feed capacities. Itholds up much better than a cheaper feeder, and it’s worth the purchase price.
You can get it here:Audubon Going Green Recycled Plastic Ranch Bird Feeder with Suet Holder Model NAGOGREEN2

And if you live in a super urban area where there is NO WAY you can have a bird feeder like the one above, there’s an option for you too! Here is the Window Bird Feeder that can be perched just outside your window with two suction cups. It is also made of up to 90-percent post-consumer recycled plastic, with powder coated metal screen bottom allowing for drainage.

It can be bought here: Going Greentm Window Bird Feeder

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