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National Puzzle Day

doodles-ave-puzzlesThe origins of jigsaw puzzles go back to the 1760s when European mapmakers pasted maps onto wood and cut them into small pieces. John Spilsbury, an engraver and mapmaker, is credited with inventing the  first jigsaw puzzle in 1767. The dissected map has been a successful educational toy ever since. American children still learn geography by playing with puzzle maps of the United States or the world. The eighteenth century inventors of jigsaw puzzles would be amazed to see the transformations of the last 250 years. Children’s puzzles have moved from lessons to entertainment, showing diverse subjects like animals, nursery rhymes, and modern tales of super heroes. But the biggest surprise for the early puzzle makers would be how adults have embraced puzzling over the last century.*

Click the above image to download the coloring sheet.
Enjoy!

*http://www.puzzlewarehouse.com/history-of-puzzles/

 

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Vintage Toys: Cup and Ball Game

Cup and Ball is a historical toy. 

The cup-and-ball has its origins in Mexico in the sixteenth century. The game was loved by King Henry III of France. This frivolous monarch was often seen playing in public. After his death, the game went out of fashion. For 100 years the game was only remembered by a small number of enthusiasts such as the Marquis de Biévre.

The game had its golden age during the reign of Louis XV — among the upper classes people owned baleros made of ivory. Actors also sometimes appeared with them in scenes. The game was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Cup-and-ball
 (or ball in a cup) is a traditional children’s toy, consisting of a wooden cup with a handle, and a ball which is attached to a string, which is attached to the cup. It is popular in Spanish-speaking countries, where it is called “boliche“. The name varies across many countries — in Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico it is called “balero”; in Spain it is “boliche”; in Brazil it is called “bilboquê”; in Chile it is “boliche” or “emboque”; in Colombia it is called “coca” or “ticayo”; and in Venezuela the game is called “perinola”. A variant game, Kendama, known in English as Ring and Pin, is popular in Japan.

Click here to download my Cup and Ball Game Coloring Sheet.

Enjoy!!!
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup-and-ball  s


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Vintage Toys: Building Blocks


I absolutely adore vintage toys. They are simple in concept, but have many developmental benefits. This week I decided to pay homage to vintage toys.

Today is Building Block day. 

According to researchers, building blocks have physical, social, intellectual, and  creative benefits.

  • Physical benefits: toy blocks build strength in a child’s fingers and hands, and improve eye-hand coordination. They also help educate children in different shapes.
  • Social benefits: block play encourages children to make friends and cooperate, and is often one of the first experiences a child has playing with others. Blocks are a benefit for the children because they encourage interaction and imagination. Creativity can be a combined action that is important for social play.
  • Intellectual benefits: children can potentially develop their vocabularies as they learn to describe sizes, shapes, and positions. Math skills are developed through the process of grouping, adding, and subtracting, particularly with standardized blocks, such as unit blocks. Experiences with gravity, balance, and geometry learned from toy blocks also provide intellectual stimulation.
  • Creative benefits: children receive creative stimulation by making their own designs with blocks.
As a kid I loved playing with building blocks. The possibilities are endless when playing with them. Click here to download my Building Block Coloring Sheet.
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy_block


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Veterans Day Coloring Sheets

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It is coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.*

Click here to download the above coloring Sheets: Veterans Day Three Bears, Veterans Day Military

Branches * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day


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Vintage Toys: Wagon

Radio Flyer Wagons are small staples in american history.

The first one  was the “No. 4 Liberty Coaster”, which was built from wood and steel in 1923 and enjoyed tremendous success.

Modern wagons are built in “Classic Steel or Wood”, although Plastic is also an option. While there have been dozens of different versions over the years, the “#18 Classic Red Wagon” with which the company is forever associated has been in continuous production for over 70 years.

Not all wagons have been red. The 1950s saw a “Davy Crockett Wagon” which was yellow, as was a 70s “Evil Kneivel Wagon”. A blue “Mickey Mouse Club Wagon” was made in the 50s as well, as was the “Spirit of ’76” model which was made for the Bicentennial.

I have so many memories of my sisters wagon. I use to love riding in it while she pulled me along. What awesome times! Because I have had some many fond memories of the Radio Flyer Wagon, I had to wrap up this weeks blogs homage to vintage toys with a wagon Coloring Sheet. Click here to download my Radio Flyer Wagon Coloring Sheet.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Flyer


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Vintage Toys: Cup and Ball Game

Cup and Ball is a historical toy. 

The cup-and-ball has its origins in Mexico in the sixteenth century. The game was loved by King Henry III of France. This frivolous monarch was often seen playing in public. After his death, the game went out of fashion. For 100 years the game was only remembered by a small number of enthusiasts such as the Marquis de Biévre.

The game had its golden age during the reign of Louis XV — among the upper classes people owned baleros made of ivory. Actors also sometimes appeared with them in scenes. The game was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Cup-and-ball
(or ball in a cup) is a traditional children’s toy, consisting of a wooden cup with a handle, and a ball which is attached to a string, which is attached to the cup. It is popular in Spanish-speaking countries, where it is called “boliche“. The name varies across many countries — in Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico it is called “balero”; in Spain it is “boliche”; in Brazil it is called “bilboquê”; in Chile it is “boliche” or “emboque”; in Colombia it is called “coca” or “ticayo”; and in Venezuela the game is called “perinola”. A variant game, Kendama, known in English as Ring and Pin, is popular in Japan.

Click here to download my Cup and Ball Game Coloring Sheet.

Enjoy!!!


* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup-and-ball  s


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Vintage Toys: Building Blocks

I absolutely adore vintage toys. They are simple in concept, but have many developmental benefits. This week I decided to pay homage to vintage toys. 

Today is Building Block day. 

According to researchers, building blocks have physical, social, intellectual, and  creative benefits. 

  • Physical benefits: toy blocks build strength in a child’s fingers and hands, and improve eye-hand coordination. They also help educate children in different shapes.
  • Social benefits: block play encourages children to make friends and cooperate, and is often one of the first experiences a child has playing with others. Blocks are a benefit for the children because they encourage interaction and imagination. Creativity can be a combined action that is important for social play.
  • Intellectual benefits: children can potentially develop their vocabularies as they learn to describe sizes, shapes, and positions. Math skills are developed through the process of grouping, adding, and subtracting, particularly with standardized blocks, such as unit blocks. Experiences with gravity, balance, and geometry learned from toy blocks also provide intellectual stimulation.
  • Creative benefits: children receive creative stimulation by making their own designs with blocks.
As a kid I loved playing with building blocks. The possibilities are endless when playing with them. 
Click here to download my Building Block Coloring Sheet.
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy_block


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Pretend Time?

Do children still play pretend…or better yet do children of today engage in make believe?

According to Brett Singer, “children have so many electronic entertainment options that they may not be getting enough good old fashioned pretend play.”

It has been suggested that parents should balance children’s time playing with “true toys such as blocks and dolls” and with electronics. With “true toys”, they are more prone to use their imagination fully.

When I was a kid, on the weekends, my sister and I use to create a tent in our room and pretend that we were at the drive in theater. This imaginary drive in theater became the highlight of many of my weekends. What fun we use to have.

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless — Jamie Paolinetti

* http://www.parentdish.com/2011/01/06/are-your-kids-getting-enough-pretend-play-time/
* http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;119/1/182