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Why You Should Buy Wooden Toys For Your Child

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have children, you have undoubtedly had the experience of listening to your child’s plea for the newest hot toy. Even though there are a lot of great toys out there, wooden toys are often overlooked. Before making your next toy purchase, here are some reasons you should also include wooden toys in your shopping.   Highly durable. The toys are usually made of high quality materials that helps them to last longer. As a result, your child can pass a beloved wooden rocking horse down to his or her own child. Good for the environment. Wooden toys do not contain the same chemicals that toys made of plastic are. It is because of this they degrade in landfills faster than plastics. Inspires creativity. Wooden toys require your child to use his or her imagination more. Toys, such as wooden blocks, inspire children to learn more freely. Less risk of injury. Wooden toys tend to contain fewer parts that are easy for children to swallow. Plastic toys are more likely to have small pieces that when broken, can be a choking hazard. Your child can also avoid injury through being poked by sharp plastic objects. Develops reasoning skills. Plastic toys often have mechanisms that help your child to perform simple play-related tasks. By contrast, a wooden toy forces your child to use his or her reasoning skills to develop ways to use the toy to accomplish a task. Wide range of toys available. In addition to classic wooden toys, such as a rocking horse, you can purchase puzzles, instruments, dollhouses, and a host of other wooden toys for your child. Saves money. In addition to having a toy that lasts a long time, you also do not have to worry about buying batteries and power cables to power your toys.  Less noise. Outside of your child’s voice while he or she plays, you do not have to worry about loud noises emitting from plastic toys. This gives you the chance to work around your home in peace.  Hypoallergenic. If you have a child with allergies, wooden toys are just right for him or her since they are hypoallergenic.  There are many other reasons you should include wooden toys on your next shopping spree for your child. By taking the time now to help your child appreciate the toys, you can help him or her learn an appreciation for simpler...

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Explore Your Passions Fully And Safely – Tips For Soldering Gun Safety

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ever since the dawn of electricity, people have been curious about what makes electronics work and have been trying to create their own. Hobby electronics have remained a strong industry for decades, and for many hobbyists, the thrill never goes away. What should accompany this thrill, however, is a focus on completing your projects as safely as possible. Below, you’ll find a guide to staying safe while using one of the most common tools of the electrical hobbyist – the soldering gun. By following these tips, you can be sure that you’ll be able to complete your projects and enjoy your hobby without putting your health, safety, or livelihood at risk. Select the Right Wattage Electric hobbyists know that different electrical components have different wattages and, as such, different power requirements. What you may not be aware of, however, is that your soldering gun has similarly variable wattage requirements. Choosing the right gun is a vital part of a safe and successful solder. Without carefully selecting the right soldering gun, you may be vulnerable to short circuits and all of the safety concerns that spring from that. You may also find yourself with excessive sparking and arcing during the solder process, quickly turning your enjoyable hobby into a potentially very serious fire hazard. Be Aware Of Ventilation Soldering creates many things as a byproduct. Chief among these are odors and fumes that, unless dissipated, can cause severe irritation. In some cases, they can even build up to levels that are overwhelming, and can risk you losing consciousness and suddenly facing a very dangerous heat situation. You should be sure that you only use your soldering gun in a well ventilated, open space that will allow fumes to safely spread out among a large quantity of air. This will guarantee that you don’t find yourself struggling through a haze of confusion or choking down difficult air while trying to enjoy your electrical products. Don’t Challenge the Heat Along with fumes, the primary byproduct that comes from the soldering process is heat. You need to be aware that your electric components will get extremely hot during the soldering process, and the gun itself will hold heat that could be a fire hazard if laid on the wrong surface. You should be sure that you always wear appropriately heat resistant gloves and never set a recently used solder gun down on an unprotected surface. This will guarantee that your gun cools off before the situation gets out of...

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Fixing A Used Leather Jacket

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you just bought a leather jacket from a consignment store or flea market, it is bound to have a few damaged areas that you will want to repair. Purchasing leather second-hand can give you a nice looking jacket at a cheap price. You can fix any irregularities on your own with a quick trip to your local craft store. In no time you will be sporting the look of luxury at a fraction of the cost! Here are some instructions for you to use to repair a second-hand leather jacket. Clean The Fabric You will want to give your jacket a thorough cleaning before you attempt to make any repairs. Since it was not originally owned by you, it will be unclear what kind of dirt or grime may be lurking in the folds of the material. To remove stains, use a toothbrush to gently scrub the areas with a mixture of water and mild detergent. This will remove any cigarette smoke film and other contaminants.  Matching Colors Bring your jacket with you when you visit a craft store. You will want to match up the color of the leather as closely as possibly with a leather repair kit. If there are any larger rips or holes, you will want to match the color of a patch that can be placed over the area to hide it. Pick up a package of leather glue while you are visiting the store. Filling In Small Holes Small holes can be filled in with the materials you will find in a leather repair kit. First trim any small threads from around the ripped area. Use a cotton swab to apply the coloring over the areas that have tears, making sure to smooth it into place over the existing leather so the material will blend in properly. This will need to dry for the amount of time specified on the kit instructions. You can put another layer on after it has dried to build up the material over the ripped area, making it less likely to tear further in the future. Fixing Bigger Holes Bigger tears will need to be patched over completely with a cloth patch. Trim the threads around the rip and place the patch on the interior of the broken section. If your leather jacket has a lining, you will need to trim the patch to fit over the exterior of the ripped area. This will not be as hidden, but it will keep the rip from becoming worse. You can use leather glue to adhere the patch into place. To learn more, contact the experts at Sew...

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From Math To Muscles: Four Ways Music Encourages Success

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From the first time you place a pair of headphones over your pregnant belly to the moment you sing the first lullaby to your newborn child, music can be an integral part of your son or daughter’s upbringing.  If you are looking for a way to give your child an edge up when it comes to his or her academics or social skills, you will be happy to know that taking piano or guitar lessons can greatly enhance a youth’s brainpower. Here are a few reasons why. Music and Math Go Hand in Hand Music is constructed of rhythms to count and patterns to recognize. As you read music, you also are introduced to the ideas of dividing and fractions. Think about time signature (for example, a piece written in 3/4 time or the more complicated 5/8) or counting how many quarter notes fit into a particular measure. It’s no wonder that students of music also show advanced mathematics ability during testing. Music is a Social Exercise Enrolling a child in a group ensemble encourages him or her to learn how to a) work as a team and b) find his or her own place within a larger entity. Musicians in a band constantly have to check how they are playing against the music of their peers to reach the desired effect and dynamics. It may feel counter-intuitive when you think of musicians spending hours practicing alone, but learning an instrument could greatly enhance a child’s social skills. Music Works with Muscles Many a musician will tell you that he has developed a keen muscle memory for his chosen instrument, whether that be through recognizing the frets of a guitar or tickling the keys of a piano. Brass players develop stronger jaw and mouth muscles while piano players can work to become more ambidextrous. Through learning both coordination and timing, taking music lessons could translate to improved athletic functions as well. Music Lessons Aid Older Generations  A Eurekalert study has shown that learning an instrument can increase memory and decrease instances of the typical senility that comes with old age. If you are hoping to bless your child with a long-term gift, consider giving her those guitar lessons she so often asks for. The years of practice could create new neuropathways that will compensate for typical age-related decline. Encouraging a child, whether through music lessons, reading, or play is important for his or her overall development. By starting with music lessons at a young age, your child could learn valuable and unexpected skills to help him or her succeed in school and in social settings. You might also look into various instruments. Contact a company like Pimentel & Sons Guitars to learn more about what would be...

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