November 9, 2007
Excited about going sledding this winter? Well, with the cozy cruiser baby sled babies 18 months and up can sled too. This soft, inflatable sled has a three sided security enclosure and tough, welded-on rubber handles. It's got an extra-long tow rope, for those long trudges up the hill, and a reinforced base to help guard against popping. It supports up to 100 pounds, so you can probably fit a couple of babies on there!
In our current hunt for puzzles for Andy, I've discovered the Wooden Lion Puzzle at Craftsbury Kids. I like it because it's 3D so it's a little different than others. Also, it can be put on a shelf and used to decorate the nursery or play room as well. It's made of basswood and is paint and finish free. There's also similar puzzles in the shape of a cow, pig, rabbit, tortoise, and the ocean.
November 7, 2007
One of the first toys that Anderson really played with was his stacking rings. Well, here's an interesting take on that toy: Who is Sitting on My Head? Instead of boring plastic rings, there's zebra, giraffe, pig, and fish rings. The rings have hidden noise-makers and are covered with soft fabrics. And the whole thing is over a foot tall, so its bigger, than most of the other stacking toys.
November 6, 2007
This wooden front loader is a neat toy that reminds me of the well made toys that I played with as a kid. Its large, nearly 16 inches in length; so its big enough for small hands to grasp and steer. The bucket is raised in lowered in an easy-to-grasp winch as well.
November 5, 2007
Here is a cute toy for a baby just starting to get to know his surroundings. The Spin-Around Glitter Drum spins easily and has different colored glitter patterns throughout. It's also on a sturdy base, so you don't have to worry about it tipping over. Great for babies who have just learned to sit or for tummy time!
A friend of mine always had a train set around his Christmas Tree. I loved the idea, but we never had anything like that. Well, check out this Santa Train Set. Its easy to assemble: just connect the track and add the train cars, then load up the presents and the passengers! The set comes with the velvet storage sack for easy storage when you're all done.
November 2, 2007
Babies and toddlers just love bubbles. Can you blame them? I still love blowing bubbles! Well, with this bubble blowing machine children as young as 18 months can have fun blowing bubbles with just the push of a button. The spill-proof toy will burst into a flurry of bubbles whenever the handle is pushed down. It comes with 4 oz of a safe, non-toxic bubble solution, and refills are sold separately. I'm not sure if you can refill it yourself, and if you can't that would be very annoying. It runs on 2 AA batteries.
October 31, 2007
Here's a neat toy that encourages children to use their imagination while creating all sorts of different shapes. This set of nuts & bolts can be assembled and reassembled in a variety of different ways. And the twisting and turning will help with fine motor control. The toys are made from natural and chemical free rubber wood, and finished with non-toxic colors.
October 30, 2007
I was a huge fan of rocking horses when I was little, so I'm looking forward to Andy starting to use them. The Sibi Olga is a good choice for those of you that like modern furniture. It's a simple design so your child can use his imagination to determine whether he's riding a horse or another animal. It has a nylon belt seat and is made of laminated plywood and beach.
October 26, 2007
Andy loves to stack things. Give him a pile of something, and invariably he tries to stack them, although sometimes without much success. I think he would love this toy: Star Stack Ups. It includes 24 stars in 6 different colors and 4 different shapes. And in a neat twist a wooden
moon ball is included, so you can have as much fun knocking the stars down as you did stacking them up!