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REVIEWS & RECOMMENDATIONS
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I know there’s stress involved when looking for just the right toy or book for that special young kidlet in your life. So I’m using my years of experience teaching, being a parent—and now grandparent—plus drawing on observations and evaluations from public play settings I’ve designed as well as in-home play experiences from families when I describe attributes and/or characteristics of different toys or books. These reviews are intended to help you decide if a specific toy or book is appropriate for your family.
What I look for regarding my main criteria for toys:
●Does it allow for child exploration?
●Does it foster the imagination?
●Are gender and/or race represented equitably?
●Can it be played with more than one way?
●How long does it take to assemble/set up? Does it require adults?
●Is it well-made? Does it use natural materials? Is it easy to clean?
●Are batteries required?
Regarding my recommendations for books—in general, I LOVE children’s picture books, but I will try to limit the books I recommend to those I feel would offer a timelessness to your bookshelves; ones you’ll want to read over and over again to your child–and then again to your grandchild….
Additionally, some of these books, PLUS many others, are included in the Go PLAY Activity Cards™. Pick up some sets and discover how to springboard from reading a story into extending your child’s learning with hands-on…never thumbs-on…activities! PLAY is the WAY young children are meant to learn! Go PLAY Activity Cards™ facilitate learning and foster reading in your kiddo!
Don’t see a specific toy or book here yet? Reach out and let me know about it via Contact Us! I’m always on the look out for high quality, engaging toys to review…and hopefully recommend!
Yours in Play!
Melissa & Doug
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Astronaut Role Play Costume by Melissa & Doug
Fire Chief Role Play Costume by Melissa & Doug
Pirate Role Play Costume by Melissa & Doug
Magnetic Dress-up Sets by Melissa & Doug
Tea Set by Green Toys
Wooden Cakes & Biscuit Set by bee SMART
Butterfly Wings by Hearth Song
AquaPlay Super Set by Hearth Song
CREATING &/OR BUILDING
Smart Max by Smart Max
Stacking Cups by The First Years
Wooden Rainbow Stacking Boxes by Grimm
Standard Unit Blocks by Melissa & Doug
Preschool by Lego DUPLO
Squigz by Fat Brain Toys
Connectagons by Hearth Song
INFANTS Or TODDLERS
Treetop Friends Activity Gym by Skip Hop
The Skwish Rattle and Teething Toy by Manhattan Toy
Stacking Cups by The First Years
Roll-Around Hedgehog by Skip Hop
Rocking Owl Stacker by Skip Hop
Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy by Melissa & Doug
Stack & Sort Board by Melissa & Doug
Flip-n-Spin Triangle by earlyears
Textured Multi Ball Set by infantino