What a year the first quarter of 2012 has been! We’ve been blessed with an unseasonably mild winter. We were treated to an extra day in February (which won’t happen again for another four years). Heck, we’re even enjoying a slamdunk celebration for the 100th anniversary of Oreo cookies. (Do you eat the cream middle and save the chocolate cookie outside for last?) As we get ready to “spring ahead” this Sunday, here are some unique and fun products to teach your children more about dates and times.
Brick Calendar | LEGO Shop ($14.99)
Calling all LEGO®lovers! Build an entire year with LEGO bricks! Create your monthly calendar with colorful bricks labeled with the days of the week, months and numbers 1–31. Follow the building instructions to rebuild the Brick Calendar every month! This could very well be the last calendar you ever buy again.
•Includes 2 minifigures
•Features labeled LEGO® calendar bricks: 12 months, 7 days and numbers 1–31
•Colorful LEGO pieces make counting and learning the calender fun!
•Recommended for ages 6+
One of the most common sleep-related concerns parents deal with is that their little ones are notorious for waking up in the middle of the night and for being early risers. To the rescue…..
Baby Zoo – Kids Alarm Clock ($39.99)
The BabyZoo kids alarm clocks is a sleeptrainer for children showing them in an intuitive way when they are allowed to get out of bed or still need to catch some much needed shut-eye. Hopefully your children will adhere to the “Monkey See, Monkey Do” philosophy: When the adorable monkey’s eyes are closed – “You should be sleeping”, Eyes open – “Rise and Shine”. Like a regular alarm clock, it displays time digital time as well analogue, teaching little ones how to read time both ways. Another special feature is waking up with the optional cool jungle alarm sound, instead of the regular not so pleasant, and often ‘frightening’, alarm bells. The volume of the alarm can be switched off completely, either for the younger child who do not necessarily have to get up or to allow a late sleep-in on the weekend, but still preventing an early rise. If you hurry, you might be able to fit in some “Monkey business” in your master bedroom.
ZAZOO KiDS ($89.00; personalization available for an additional small fee)
Created by a mom of three “bad sleepers,” the patent pending The ZAZOO Photo Clock TM has been designed for children who haven’t mastered telling time yet. The digital screen shows an image of the sun when it’s time to start the day and a starry night when there’s still time for sweet dreams. In addition, the device has a nap-time setting, can act as a digital photo frame, can play music and video, as well as audio books. The only thing it doesn’t seem to be able to do is cook breafast!
Lastly, here’s an interesting tidbit (especially for all your train lovers) that I discovered at webexhibits.org:
To keep to their published timetables, trains cannot leave a station before the scheduled time. So, when the clocks fall back one hour in October, all Amtrak trains in the U.S. that are running on time stop at 2:00 a.m. and wait one hour before resuming. Overnight passengers are often surprised to find their train at a dead stop and their travel time an hour longer than expected. At the spring Daylight Saving Time change, trains instantaneously become an hour behind schedule at 2:00 a.m., but they just keep going and do their best to make up the time.