As a child, I loved forts and sleeping outside. You'd obviously not want your toddler to do so though (unless you are there too), so this is the best of both worlds. The Pink Western TeePee is like a tent for indoors. The teepee, which is also available in Red Geronimo is made of pine poles with fabric covering them. You could use this alone as a fort, or buy the Western States Bed Roll in pink or blue so your child could sleep under the teepee.
July 18, 2007
Check out this great Italian made toy: Sevi Activity House. The activity house can be bundled up into an A-frame house. The sides then open up to reveal all the fun stuff inside. It comes with six handmade plush animals. This would be a great toy to bring out to a play date &emdash; there's enough to keep the attention of several babies, and the handle makes it nice and easy to carry.
July 16, 2007
I've mentioned a bunch that I don't mind noise. I love wooden clacking toys, so of course the Crocker Clacker is great in my opinion. The alligator's mouth goes up and down, and there are wooden rings around the stem. It's simple, easy to hold, and your baby will love it.
July 13, 2007
Several months ago we bought a Sit-to-Stand Activity Walker for Anderson. He was just beginning to show signs of wanting to walk, so we wanted to encourage that behavior in addition to giving him a fun new toy to play with.
The Sit-to-Stand Activity Walker is really several toys in one. Before your child is standing, you can set it up as a sitting activity center. In this mode, your baby can sit in front of it, push buttons and be rewarded with all kinds of fun animal noises and so on. The wheels lock so that it doesn't roll away while your baby is playing.
Then when your child is learning to pull himself up, you can easily switch the toy to be a standing activity center. By keeping the wheels locked, the activity center will remain stable. When in this configuration the keys and buttons play different sounds. Andy played with the toy like this for a long time, and even began to push it around with the wheels locked. He had to push it backwards though, so it didn't tip over.
Just recently we unlocked the wheels, and now Andy has a high quality and durable walker to help him walk around the house! I only wish that the toy was a little easier for him to steer. The wheels are slightly rubberized so they don't slip, but this is a drawback when it comes to steering. Luckily there are plenty of long, straight hallways for him to walk down.
Whether or not your child saw Evan Almight, he may like the Activity Ark. This toy has nine animals, and when they are correctly placed on the ark, it makes realistic animal sounds. The steering wheel has water and bell sounds when it is turned, and the keyboard and barrels also have music.
July 11, 2007
I love this 3-in-1 Activity Walker from Combi. It starts out as a stationary bouncer that is shaped like a car. There is a steering wheel with a honking horn, lights and sounds at the footrest for interactive foot play (which would have been perfect for Andy, he is a kicker!) and a mirror. The hood of the car can be removed to reveal a snack and play tray! And then when your baby is old enough to walk, the car converts to a push toy. This is something your baby could really get a lot of use out of as he grows!
July 9, 2007
The Pieke Music Box is a soft wool music box that you can hang from your baby's crib. I like how soft and simple it is. There's a cord that is pulled for the music to start playing. And as your baby gets older, she can maybe learn to pull the cord herself!
June 29, 2007
Anderson is just starting to get the hand of pull-along toys. So, I think he would get a kick out of Pull Along Cowboy, and his friend (or arch-enemy?) Indian Girl. As the toys are pulled along they bounce around. Made from wood, felt, and non-toxic varnish, these toys are approximately 9" x 7.5" x 4". You can also get a pull-along Twareg, and Marajah.
June 27, 2007
These Romping Animals look like they would be lots of fun. They're the perfect size for young children. They can be used as furniture, either upright or on their side, but they're designed especially for creative play. The animals are made from a firm foam material, so rough-housing is encouraged! They are available in 3 or 6 layers, in a variety of color combinations. This product is brand new, so you'll have to order now for a Fall 2007 delivery.
June 18, 2007
I love interesting stackers. Andy's stacker has probably been his most favorite toy out of everything he's owned, playing with it since he started sitting. The Fish Sail Stacker is a really cute take on a stacker. The base is a boat, and the sail of the boat is made up of rainbow fish that come off. The boat also has a spot for little toys or dolls too if your child wants to play pretend. The fish can also stand with another fish to make an arch!