Toddler Toy Review
Ok, so now that the "joys" of Christmas are over, the dust has settled and a mass of new toys is scattered all over the house. Some are getting more use than others, but all in all I think we made some good choices. I'll review the toys we purchased for those needing toy gift ideas for your little one:
- Tin Tool Box (Schylling)- Cute little tin with rubber and wooden tools inside. Tools are very realistic, but on a smaller scale (the saw is about 6" long). Unfortunately, they're probably a little too realistic and aren't the safest tools for toddlers to play with, particularly the saw... it's got some pretty sharp teeth. But, my daughter loves it!
- Mr. Potato Head (Playskool) - This toy is a classic for a reason. Kids can be silly and practice using their "body parts" vocabulary at the same time. Our 18 month old has played with it everyday since Christmas. Definitely a hit!
- Cozy Coupe (Little Tykes)- Very cute little foot-pedaled car that reminds me of the Flintstones. This little car comes complete with horn and gas cap! Our daughter's face lit up like New Year's Eve when she saw it. She's still figuring out how to maneuver it, but she looks adorable in it.
- Doodle Pro (Playskool)- Magnetic drawing board that allows children to express creativity and work on fine motor skills without making a mess! We actually got the full-sized one in addition to the travel-sized. Both are easy to use. Our little girl enjoys playing with either one for about 15 minutes or so, then is ready to move on.
- Bath Crayons and Finger Paints (Alex)- More outlets for creativity, these activities also are great for teaching a child his or her colors. We confine the finger paints to the bath...just makes clean-up that much easier. The tub crayons work on the tub, tile, or on the child's body.
Not So Much
- Jack in the Box (Schylling)- This was actually our second "Jack." She loved the first one, and it broke from being used so often. We finally bought our daughter another one for Christmas, but she seems to be scared of it now. Perhaps in time she'll come to love it again.
- Stacking Train (Brio)- This little train had all the makings of a hit toy: magnets, stacking, and a train. However, it didn't quite work out that way for our little girl. She seemed to enjoy it at first, but soon lost interest when she couldn't figure out why sometimes the blocks wouldn't stack. I guess 18 months is still a little too young to understand the laws of magnetism!