March 9, 2007
The other day we were at a friends house and I noticed a tiny bowling set in their child's room. At first I thought it was a little strange, but then I realized, what kid doesn't love setting things up only to knock them over! My Nature Bowling Set from Latitude Enfant, is a great bowling set for toddlers 18 months and up. Your child will love the smiling characters on each of the plush pins, and will take pleasure in knocking them over with the rattling green ball. And in case of the inevitable accident, everything is hand-washable in cold water.
February 23, 2007
If you can look at this super cool swing and think something other than "where am I going to put this," then you are a better person than I. I see this, and not only do I want it, but I wonder if it'll support me too! It's just that cool! This swing, made by Haba, would be a great addition to any play room, or deck. Just don't keep it out in the rain, snow, or extremely cold temperatures. Also, you might want to get advice from your local handyman or hardware store, to make sure your ceiling joists can handle this kind of load. Don't put this up unless you know what you're doing!
February 22, 2007
Pirates are huge right now, and your child may be loving them just as much as the rest of our culture. If that's the case, consider the Magificent Pirate Ship at Oompa Toys. This wooden toy has a six person crew, cannons, pirate map, lantern, anchor, rope ladders, and more to play with. It's for children three years and up because of choking hazards. If he's an adventurous one, he may get a kick out of it.
February 19, 2007
This is one of those toys that I know I would have loved as a child. I could never get enough of things that spin, so the Butterfly Spinner would have been right up my alley. When you press down on the handle, the butterflies and ladybugs inside move all around and look like they're flying. It's a good toy to help with cause and effect as well as coordination, but I really just like it because it's fun.
February 13, 2007
I recently wrote about a crocodile clacking push toy, and now I've found an alligator one that I really like. The Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy by Melissa and Doug is made of sturdy wood and has three alligators whose mouths open and shut when the toy is pushed. There are also wooden insects flying above the alligators and cute fish paintings. It has great reviews, but it sounds like it's not the best on carpet, so reconsider if you have a fully carpeted house! If you like this toy, you may also like the Drumming Bear Push Toy, also by Melissa & Doug.
February 8, 2007
We're finding that music is very important in your child's early education. Here is a perfect toy to help them explore their musical creativity. The Schoenhut piano is chromatically tuned and works by striking precision ground steel music rods (as opposed to taught wires in a conventional piano). A color-coded strip fits behind the keys to guide fingers from chord to chord, teaching children proper "finger stretch" from the beginning. This strip even works on full sized pianos, so the transition for your musical prodigy will be easy. The piano is about 12 inches high, and 12 inches wide. Plus, if you use the coupon code "supercoolbaby" at checkout, you'll get 15% off your purchase at Green Little Beans!
February 6, 2007
If you are really into the holidays like I am, you may want to buy a few toys and clothes to celebrate Valentine's Day. We've already shown you the Conversational Heart Onesies, so how about some clutch toys to celebrate this lovely holiday? We really like the Little Heart Clutching Toy and the Bella Clutching Toy, both by Haba. Each toy has wooden hearts attached to a ring, and it would be great toys for babies six months and older. Like the toys but not a big fan of Valentine's Day? Consider the Bonita Clutching Toy instead. It has flowers instead of hearts, so it'd be a good one for spring.
February 1, 2007
I had a toy like this Caterpillar Tracks growing up, but instead of caterpillar segments, it had letters and numbers. It was also made of plastic, instead of high quality wood like this. This is for your older toddlers, whose little fingers will delight in moving the caterpillars around. As with all HABA toys, the toy is painted with multiple coats of water-based non-toxic lacquers which will ensure the toys vibrant colors for many years to come.
January 30, 2007
The Chatter Telephone was one of my favorite toys growing up. I don't think I actually owned it, but everyone else seemed to, so it was always the first toy I went to when I played with my friends. I had no idea that it had been reintroduced, but I love the idea of Andy playing with the same toys that I once played with. Of course now we don't have any phones that look like this, so I'm not sure if he'd love it because it's different or not like it because it's not similar to what mom and dad use. Either way, I'm thrilled to see it back in stores!
January 23, 2007
Andy's far from walking as he isn't even crawling yet, but I've already started to look at push toys for him. I had one that I loved as a child, so I thought it'd be nice for him to have one too. As we don't have a ton of room in our apartment, I'm staying away from the big ones that carries things too, like the Pushing Car by Haba. Instead, I think the Croco Wooden Push Toy by Selecta. I think the clown riding the crocodile is very cute, I only wonder if its mouth moves up and down. But at $29.99, it's a great price for a large wooden toy.