September 7, 2007
Andy's recently discovered that he loves to pound things. He's quite happy to slam him hands on whatever is in front of him, but when given something to use like a wooden spoon, he is even happier. The Tap-tap Mother Hen from Djeco would be perfect for any other children who are the same. The hammer can be used to tap the eggs through the holes and then they'll come out of the whole, where the chicken will lay them. A bell will wring each time too. The rubber rings in the holes can also be removed so if your baby is a little young for pounding with a hammer, they can just drop the balls in.
Here's a great toy for the future engineer in your family: Block and Tackle by Haba. This pulley system reduces the weight load by four times, making it easy to lift heavy objects (up to 350 pounds, but if your toddler weighs 87.5 pounds then we've got some nice exercise toys over here for you ...). You can attach the block and tackle to ceilings or trees with the included tension belt. This would be perfect for a loft of a tree house — use it to bring up those heavy items, and have fun doing it!
August 27, 2007
For some reason, I'm all about farms right now. I'm not even sure if I've ever been to one, so I don't know why I want to push them on Andy. Maybe so he learns his animals? No matter the reason, the Creanimaux Farm from Djeco is adorable! It's made up of 29 individual blocks that can by used to make a dog, bunny, horse, pig, cow, and chicken. And they can be mixed up to make unique creatures too! The pieces are chunky enough for a toddler, full of color, and 100% wood.
August 21, 2007
Andy's now at the age that he seems to appreciate magnet toys. He has a few cars that attach by magnets, but nothing like Magnet Mates by Tiny Love. The three figures (which all come together) can be attached to each other in different ways, making them look like the best of friends. They are colorful and cute and much more fun than your normal plush toys.
August 14, 2007
We've said before how we like musical instruments for toddlers because it introduces the joys of music at a young age. We recently told you about a xylophone, and here's a Flute from Sevi too. While it's called a flute, it's actually a recorder. It's made of wood and hand painted. It's perfect for the budding musician in your life!
August 9, 2007
I love wrist rattles, and I think the Birdie Plush Wrist Rattle by Sevi (also available in a butterfly version) is really cute. They rattle at the slightest movement, and the plush toy is delightful and not too overwhelming for your baby. Put it on his feet when he discovers them!
August 7, 2007
Blocks are one of those essential toys that every baby needs. Not just a source of endless fun, but blocks will help your baby develop fine motor skills. These Wood Blocks from notNeutral are different than the usual alphabet blocks. They feature a series of patterns and colors that go across the set of blocks to form a total of six different "puzzles". The blocks are 1.75"x1.75", and each set comes with 12 blocks and a wooden tray.
July 30, 2007
The Oval Xylophone by Plan Toys is a great way to introduce your baby to music. If yours in anything like mine, he loves to pound at things anyway, and the noise that comes from it will be a god way to learn cause and effect. The xylophone is made from chemical free rubber wood and has non-toxic paint.
July 26, 2007
I love Sevi toys. We've shown you a lot on this site in the past, but here's another I wish we owned. The Fly Alone Lion Plane has a wooden propeller, mirrors on the wings, squeaky horizontal stabilizers, and an open cockpit. This plane is great for imaginative play by your little one.
July 24, 2007
Have a Harry Potter fanatic on your hands? Treat them to an extraordinary magical gift: a Shooting Stars Pewter Bubble Wand. These pewter wands are handcrafted in the USA and are all inscribed with a magical phrase. An "incantation", if you will. The wands are 5 1/2 inches long. Order now to enjoy it while you read the last Harry Potter book!