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Great Pretenders

Great Pretenders is home to an award winning line of children's costumes since 1989.

  • Cognitive Benefits of Rattles and Sound Toys for Babies

    Kids love toys.  

    Baby rattles might not look like anything special for an adult, but these infant toys spark an array of sensory experiences for a baby.  A rattle can amuse and engage your baby as well as aid in his or hers development.  The sounds babies make can also alert babies to noise. Even without looking, if they hear the sound of a rattle, you will eventually find babies turning their head towards the sound.  By integrating rattles into daily playtime with your baby, you can promote and strengthen your child’s motor abilities and help them reach cognitive milestones.

    Alvin The Elephant Soft Rattle
    Alvin The Elephant Soft Rattle

    Rattles are definitely not just a source of entertainment for a baby to play with. They can help to teach babies many new skills. Here are just a few that benefit a baby's development:

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  • Benefits of Colouring for Children (and adults!)

    Colouring,  as an activity, has many benefits for different age groups.  The practice generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. 

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    One of the first psychologists to apply colouring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. Jüng in the early 20th century. According to psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala when coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres. The action involves both logic, by which we colour forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colours. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.

    In simplest terms, colouring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, our full attention is devoted to the activity and not on our worries.

    Colouring is not mutually exclusive to any age group. Psychologist Antoni Martinez  recommends colouring as a relaxation technique to adults. The trend has lately become popular among the adults and youth.

    However, colouring’s true benefits start when you’re a child as it helps children to develop cognitively, psychologically and creatively. The following are some of the key benefits of colouring pages in kids’ psychology and development:

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  • How to teach your toddler to share

    Sharing does not always come naturally, especially during earlier interactions with other children.

    sharing toddler

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  • Tips on raising a smart baby

    Is there a trick to raising a smart baby? Today's Parent says yes. And it includes lots of playtime and stories. Below are a few ideas to support your baby’s brain development. Pretend play If you want your child to be an engaged and enthusiastic learner, help him or her...
  • Get a gift with your purchase - Limited Time!

    Tis the season - shop now until January 6th and receive a gift with your purchase!  

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