"What can I do now?" is a familiar cry by children during the long weeks of summer. How can you prepare yourself before your child starts wondering what to do next?
Dr. Toy has found wonderful new products to help you find fun and constructive things for your child to do all summer long---products that are great for after school or anytime. Over the next few months, Dr. Toy will present a great array of new products by large and small companies from all over the world. These new products will offer a healthy balance of beneficial activity, educational and creative opportunities, fun while traveling plus plenty of surprises. With summer's heat almost upon us, the need for family's advance planning and preparation is essential.
First, Dr. Toy suggests children need to know they will be safe. They need to know someone responsible is nearby in case of emergencies, to get guidance when needed and to supervise their activities.
Second, children need to have interesting things to do. The most beneficial are things that will help them learn while having fun during their leisure time. They also need time to explore new opportunities.
Third, children need a good balance of things to play with, including toys, books, tapes, software, puzzles, crafts, physical equipment and other items to help them learn as they pursue new interests. These activities help them to discover talents without unnecessary pressure.
Parents can obtain a free copy of the complete "Dr. Toy's Best Children's Vacation Products" by sending a self-addressed, stamped, # 10 business envelope to the Institute (address below). Dr. Toy's Guide, an annual report, contains product descriptions, photos, and information about hundreds of toys and children's products.
For a copy send $6.95, payable to The Institute for Childhood Resources, 268 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94104 (for complete list send a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 envelope).
(c) l995, 1996 Stevanne Auerbach, PhD San Francisco, CA.
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