Are you thinking ahead to Christmas yet? Crazy, I know..it's not even Halloween! These toys have caught my eye in the store lately, and I just knew readers would want to have the inside scoop on what's coming up for the holidays!
1. Pull Along Snail by Plan Toys (9 months +)
Totally reminding me of Snail from the Franklin series of books, this pull toy is really cute. He's durable, well made, and colored with vegetable dyes instead of paint. Kids and adults can barely resist playing with him! Plan has tons of really great things to choose from. I especially like their line of musical toys. (banjo, drum, xylophone) I love that their toys are made from wood!
2. Klutz books (ages 8+)
It's a book! It's an activity! These are the coolest books ever. With everything from science experiments to crochet, clothespin dolls and travel activities, these books are loads of fun. Jake loves his copy of the Encyclopedia of Immaturity. The one pictured above is the version we have, but there is a NEW one out that looks equally fun. Perfect for the wild and crazy boy in your life (yes, and that could include your husband).
3. Melissa and Doug puzzles (various ages)
If you have a child with special needs who has trouble gripping things, these puzzles with jumbo knobs are a perfect idea. Melissa and Doug have a great selection of brightly colored, cute, durable wooden puzzles that are reasonably priced.
What I really love by this company is this table. It's nicely made, super durable, and has a great little drawer for all those tiny bits that tend to get lost. Plus it's so reasonably priced-if Jake was small I just buy one!
4. Schliech dragons (ages 8+)
Part of the World Of Elves line, Schliech has come out with some amazing looking collectible, hand painted dragons. The one pictured above is named Faraun. The detail on these is amazing, and for the older child who would like to have something to display as well as to play with, these are a fantastic idea. Pair them up with a book such as The Fire Within, a series by Chris D'Lacey about a girl and clay dragons that come to life. Jake loved the books!
5. The Yo Yo Ball by Big Time Toys (Age? I still play with them)
I really have no co-ordination when it comes to yo-yos, and bought this when I was about 10 to play with. LOVED it. Glad to see they are still around for people like me who can't get a real yo-yo to work! They come in all sorts of colors and are a great toy for $10 or less.