Dr. Seuss Characters from Manhattan Toy

The Grinch is someone everyone knows – from his mischievoous grin to his green hairy toes.  Manhattan Toy has added several new plush to their line of Dr. Seuss toys.  Follow along the classic holiday story with sweet little Cindy Lou Who and a Grinch & Max gift set.  The Grinch now comes in a Santa suit, a hand puppet and a finger puppet set.  Lots to choose from!

Cindy Lou Who

 

Grinch in Santa Suit

Garden Hop Collection by NA Bear Company

A veritable Eden of earthy delights in cotton and velour.  Jersey knit Activity Blanket opens a world of baby play with attached noisemaker vegetables in pockets.  Sturdy canvas Vegetable Tote Bag with 5 veggie rattles and squeakers is great for baby travel.  The Garden Hop Activity Belt offers playful practice with soft tools of the trade for toddlers 3+ years of age.

garden hop activity blanket

garden hop activity blanket28" x 38" garden hop activity belt

7″ x 9″
 
vegetable tote bag

vegetable tote bag

8.5″ x 6″
 
Happy gardening!
 

Everything Enchanted!

The Fancy Fairy Furnishing by Ryan’s Room is a glamorous furniture set that’s fit for any fairy!  A beautifully detailed painted wooden furniture set that fits the fairy figures.  The set includes a couch and chair with fabric cushions, mushroom-shaped dining table, 2 dining chairs with petal shaped backs, a colorful felt floor mat and decorative flowerpot.  The box has cardboard cut-outs of 2 place settings, a picture frame and a welcome mat – all to complete the room!

Ryan’s Room – where imagination come to play and learn.  Their toys inspire discovery and imagination, fostering valuable developmental skills kids will use for a lifetime.  They call it play with a purpose, kids just call it fun.  So c’mon in and play!

 

Fancy Fairy Furnishings

Fancy Fairy Furnishings

Little Pounder – A Wooden Toy with Developmental Benefits

Little Pounder by Hape Toys

Little Pounder by Hape Toys

 
HAND TO EYE COORDINATION
 
 
     show kids how to pound the peg through the hole and count each time he pounds and makes contact with the peg
 
 
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
 
 
     Make music – pretend the hammer is an instrument and sing out “tap, tap, tap” or “pound, pound, pound” each time the hammer hits the peg – make up a song or rhythm
 
 
PROBLEM SOLVING
 
 
     help kids discover the difference in power between the right, left, then both hands.

Little Auto – Room to Move!

Little Auto by Hape Toys

Little Auto by Hape Toys

 
 
DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
 
  • Fine Motor

                    observe your child pushing the car with different amounts of force as he/she gauges where it will end up

 

  • Physical Development

                         push cars allow your child to refine fine and gross motor skills – this skill also contributes to a sense of mastery and improves self confidence

 

  • Imagination

                             create storis about the cars – let them be silly and join in! 

      

Double Rainbow Stacker – Naturally Fun!

double rainbow stacker

double rainbow stacker

 
DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
 
  • Shape Matching – encourages children to match colors

   Notice that the star and blossom shapes are different and sort by shapes, instead and stack them without placing them on the posts

 

  • Visualization -once children stacks the shapes on the posts, view it from the top to see how the shapes make a color pattern – what a different perspective!
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  • Fine Motor – let children explore and experiment solo with this toy and discover the patterns that can be made     

 

Stack and Swivel Clown

stack and swivel clown

stack and swivel clown

 
  • developed with a child’s developmental needs in mind
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  • naturally fun
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  • maple wood and nontoxic paints
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  • color matching
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  • shape recognition
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  • enhances vocabulary
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  • hand-eye coordination

 

PLAY TIPS:

  • watch your child stack, sort by size or color, tap or turn the rings over – then follow their lead
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  • talk about what your child is doing
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  • observe how your child creates different sequences of colors and shapes as they are placed on the post.  Is one or both hands used?  Is it the same design over and over or a different one?

 

 

Planimal Australia Series – Wooden Animals Play Set

Australia Series

Australia Series

 
The set includes a Kangaroo, a Koala, a wombat, an Emu and a two-sided graphic scene featuring Australian animals.
 
  • introduces conservation to children’s thinking by using animals characters from the 4 continents of the world
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  • Australia has some of the most unusual animals and plants
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  • almost all marsupial such as the Kangaroo, Koala, Emu and Wombat (pouched mammals) are found only in Australia
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  • children can expand their knowlege about animal life while playing with the Planimal Series
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Pattern Blocks and Boards – a Classic WoodenToy

Pattern Blocks & Boards

Pattern Blocks & Boards

Pattern Blocks & Boards is a classic wooden toy that helps teach matching, color recognition, geometric shapes and problem solving as well as encouraging creativity and independent learning.
 
EXTENSION ACTIVITIES
  • -create a linear pattern and have your child replicate the pattern
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  • -have your child sort the blocks by color
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  • -have your child count the blocks
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  • -have your child name the shapes
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  • -have your child combine 2 or more blocks to make another shape
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  • -trace the outline of the shapes on a paper and have your child place a  block in the correct outline
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  • -have your child create a unique design with the blocks

Happy Pattern Making!

the folks at Cow & Lizard

First Play – Wooden Vehicles

First Vehicles Set
First Vehicles Set

This first vehicles set helps teach hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, encourages imaginative play and reinforces the concept of cause and effect.

 
  • -crafted by hand from select hardwood
  • -non-toxic dyes
  • -durable, chunky vehicles to withstand years of play
  • -easy rolling wheels & spinning propeller
  • -hand-sanded for a smooth finish

 

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • -identify each vehicle in set
  • -explain the use of each vehicle
  • -see if your child can recognize each vehicl
  • -count the vehicles
  • -ask simple questions while playing