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PlanToys Brings a Little Taste of Christmas Early!

PlanToys Brings a Little Taste of Christmas Early!

*This is a sponsored post. I received these items from PlanToys in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* My boys got a little bit of an early Christmas present from one of our favorite toy brands, PlanToys! We received the Activity Clock and the Frog Life Puzzle which were both a hit! The Activity Clock was really an ideal toy for my oldest in kindergarten. He is learning his numbers, addition, subtraction … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Boutiques and Stores, Building Toys, Chanukah, Christmas, Counting, Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Educational, Featured Store, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Play, Pre-schoolers, Puzzles, School Aged Children, Science, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Puzzle it Out: Guidecraft Educational Puzzles

Puzzle it Out: Guidecraft Educational Puzzles

Guidecraft sent me an assortment of their Montessori-style wooden puzzles and the entire family is impressed! The children immediately begged me to open all the puzzles but I parceled them out over several weeks so that they would have a chance to more fully explore each one. Because the puzzles are open-ended, the educational potential of these puzzles is limitless. Whether you are studying basic concepts, such as shapes, colors, relative size, or counting, or more advanced … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Featured, Puzzles, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School)

Jishaku – What a Twist!

Jishaku – What a Twist!

I was a bit leery about even showing another game to my kids who, at the ripe old age of 12 and 13, bore easily. So, I was completely shocked when I brought out the Jishaku box and heard from one of their friends,”Oh, I love that game.” Another one of their friends added,”That’s the game I asked my mom to get from Lainie’s Way [a local toy store].” Jishaku is a classic strategy game with a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Puzzles, School Aged Children, Toys (School Age)

Just Right Puzzles and Books for Toddlers

Just Right Puzzles and Books for Toddlers

When my son had his first birthday and people asked what to get him, I said, “Puzzles!” He didn’t have any and I had visions of sitting on the floor chatting about the pieces and working together while working out his brain. So, for the past 9 months I’ve been picking up puzzle pieces that he’s thrown, chewed and hidden under the stove.  But somehow, magically, this summer he has gained an incredible interest in puzzles … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Featured, Puzzles

Solving Nature’s Puzzle (Find of the Minute)

Solving Nature’s Puzzle (Find of the Minute)

Working on some Earth Day stories, I spotted this beautiful and educational wooden leaf shape puzzle over at Just Hatched’s Etsy Shop. We love the book, Winter Trees, and my preschooler has become adept at spotting leaf shapes. Although it is a bit pricier than our mass-produced wooden puzzles, I am very tempted to add this to the kids’ collection. — WANT IT: wooden leaf shape puzzle ($25) from Just Hatched. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Made in the USA, Puzzles, Science, Toys (Pre-School)

Play Smart – Three Clever Puzzles from PlanToys

Play Smart – Three Clever Puzzles from PlanToys

A kid’s work is play.  And toddlers and preschoolers learn primarily through exploring the world around them.  A few high quality toys, like the gorgeous sustainable, fair-trade toys available from Plan Toys, are enough to spark their imaginations. The tactile feel of real wood, the non-toxic, bright colors, and the open-ended nature of these toys make them perfect for flexible, young minds. Plan Toys sent us three items from their catalog of Developmental Toys for Preschoolers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Building Toys, Contests, Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Puzzles, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Imagine That, ImagiPlay

Imagine That, ImagiPlay

Imagine a world where toys please the senses and stimulate the imagination. Now imagine a world where all of those toys are made in fair trade facilities from eco-friendly, sustainable materials. It is easy if you try… just visit ImagiPlay. They make beautiful, clever wooden toys for infants, toddlers, and children. My infant and preschooler tried out a few of their new imaginative playthings: EarthWorm Grasping Toy, Rolling Snail Shape Sorter Pull Toy, and Backyard Buddy … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Building Toys, Contests, Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Puzzles, Toddlers, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School)