Wind Chimes, the Gift of Music
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Wind Chimes, the Gift of Music

Ever since childhood, I’ve been a musical person. At the age of seven, I started taking piano lessons. When I was a teenager, I began singing solos at community events. Not surprisingly, I adore wind chimes. Every time the wind blows, these beautiful music makers spring into action. Their soothing, melodious, and high pitched sound calms and refreshes me. I am amazed at the amount of eclectic wind chimes available for sale at various retailers. One can enjoy the music of pig, cat, or even seashell themed wind chimes. If you know someone who enjoys natural harmonies, wind chimes make a perfect gift. On this blog, you will discover how to buy the right set of wind chimes for your loved one. Enjoy!


Wind Chimes, the Gift of Music

3 Ways to Use a Plushie With Bedtime Stories

Tyler Morgan

For many families, bedtime stories are a part of the regular nighttime routine. The stories are an ideal way to relax a child and introduce them into a wide world of reading. Instead of just reading straight from a book, you have the option to involve stuffed animals and plushies into the mix.

Whether you use stuffed animals you already own or purchase a giraffe plushies and children's book set, you have a lot of options when it comes to nighttime reading. Check out some of the ideas below and see which ones your child would love doing the most.

1. First-Person Adventures

When you have a specific stuffed animal like a giraffe or a bear, then you can select books featuring the same animal. When told from the plushie's perspective, the child can connect with the stuffed animal and see the story from their point of view. When events happen in the story, have the plushie react and reflect on them.

The reactions and first-person point of view adds a fun layer to story and will help build a child's empathy as they see the feelings and emotional response from others.

2. Expanding the Stories

Along with first-person stories, a stuffed animal allows stories to continue. Children can use a plushie to play out events, showcase what would happen next, and build on the narrative. Start off with your own ideas and then after a couple of nights, see what ideas your child can come up with.

If you read books from a series, then use the plushie to tease the next adventure and give hints at what will happen in the future. Expand on the play by using multiple plushies and increasing the interactive story element.

3. Playing School

Once a child reaches the age where they can read themselves, you have the opportunity to expand on the nighttime reading routine. For example, you can have a child set up a group of stuffed animals and play "school" with them. The child will play the role of teacher and picks a book out to read to all the stuffed animals.

You can remain involved by voicing the stuffed animals, asking questions, and creating a lot of interactive elements. Keep the process relaxed by setting everything up in a bed and read while laying down or sitting in the bed.

Every child will showcase different interests so you have a lot of options to choose from when involving plushies into the nighttime routine.

For more information on Giraffe Plushie and Children's Book Set, contact a business in your area.