(Little Tikes $89.99)
Our cruising 14-month old tester keeps returning to the Light and Go Activity Garden Treehouse, making the lights of the lantern twinkle, getting dance music to play, and feeding balls into the giraffe and toucan. He liked ringing the doorbell, crawling through the giraffe arch, turning the clicking hands of the clock, getting balls to roll through the zig-zag ball drop, sliding the monkey on the zip line and oh, so many activities. Set this up like a four-walled playhouse or open it wide for an expanded and different look. As he moves around and through the archway he develops gross motor skills while many of the eye hand activities help refine his fine motor skills. At first all those buttons and the sounds and light they produce come as a surprise, but he soon began to return to some, seeming to understand what would he could make happen if he pushed a certain button—giving him a sense of power and budding understanding of cause and effect. Marked 6 to 36 months, we believe the sweet spot for this kind of setting is more like 12-24 months.
Ages: Infants, Toddlers
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2016
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