TODDLERS: ONES & TWOS

June 26, 2020

(Mindware $25.95)

Three chunky little cars with interchangeable blocks that transform them into a camper, tow truck, or pickup—with a lot of imagination. Designed for small hands, these three wooden bases come with six changeable tops. Colorful first wheeled toys for ea...

June 26, 2020

(Mindware $25.95)

Cleverly designed, this looks like a stacking toy on a rod, but it’s much more open-ended than the traditional size order stacker. Individual pieces do fit on each other, but size order is not required. It can be stacked in a multitude of zany crocked...

May 26, 2020

(Corolle $29.94)

A first doll, 12 “ Swan Royale, comes dressed in a pink romper that cannot be removed, except for her headband which is removable but firmly attached at the back of her neck so it won’t go missing. The headband has a bow, that matches her shoes and ruff...

April 7, 2020

(Mindware $17.99)

Designed for toddlers, Duck, Duck, Dance is an active cooperative game for parents and child. There are no winners or losers, only lots of shared giggles, wiggles, and turn taking. There are several ways to play the game, all involving gross motor acti...

April 3, 2020

(Fat Brain $19.99)

We’ve written about other Fat Brain dimpl toys. This newest variation has smaller dimples and no doubt require little fingers, rather than the whole hand to push and press the silicone bubbles to move. So this calls for finer motor skills. It also has...

April 2, 2020

(Fat Brain  $19.98)

Fit the three textured tracks onto the wobbly tower...put them in any order. Put one ball on top and zip-zap, wiggle-wobble it runs down the track! Not only does the tower wobble, the sound of the balls on the textured track also add to the fun....

April 2, 2020

(Mindware $17.95)

Crafted of solid hardwood and painted with water-based finish that is non-toxic and BPA-Free, Babu’s new Tilt and Spin is designed for two-handed play. Toddlers grasp the handles and as they tilt the toy the beads slide and the spinner in the middle tw...

April 1, 2020

(Fat Brain $29.95)

Our tester family loved the sound of the jingly chime bells built into the round bottom bowl that rocks as toddlers experiment with this clever toy. Take a pin out—put a pin in and the sweet sounding bells tinkle. Put them in to stand tall or turn the...

March 30, 2020

(Peaceable Kingdom $17.95)

Who doesn't love a picnic? Here's a perfect picnic basket loaded with plates, a cloth to spread on the ground, and an assortment of foods in three different shapes and colors. Each player gets a plate and takes turns digging into the basket to...

March 24, 2020

(Mudpuppy $14.99)

You’ll find six thick and sturdy puzzle boards with one shaped puzzle piece—the baby animal—that must be fitted into the big scene. Kids match the babies to the parent on each board. Introduce one board at a time and talk about the scene. A good chance...

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