Christmas is a wonderful time of year – and also a busy time of year. As one of your local Discovery Toys consultants, I want to make it a little easier on you, so I’ve come up with some suggestions for gifts for various age groups, and a great deal as well.
The Rainfall Rattle is a favourite of mine for infants (and up to preschool) – this smaller version of a rain stick makes a soothing sound, with fun bright coloured beads raining down. It’s great for distraction (worked like a charm during immunizations), tummy time or as a musical instrument.
For toddlers, Castle Marbleworks is always a hit! Chiming balls rolling down a colourful track provides hours of play. The track can be changed to allow for play while sitting, or standing – it’s great when little ones are trying to master their balance. The visual tracking that happens while following the ball (or toy car or train…) is an important skill for reading in the coming years.
Flip Flop Faces is a hit with preschoolers! This introduces emotions with a game that also helps with hand eye coordination. There are lots of ways to play the beanbag toss – emotions, colour matching, spelling and more! Even I’ve found it challenging at times!! And I don’t know a single child who hasn’t used the “bowls” as hats, or stepping stones. The game is also available with French Beanbags. Continue reading Discovery Toys – Alison Gregory→
Alison Gregory is a local Team Leader with Discovery Toys, bringing you a fabulous giveaway and a review of two great books.
The 2012 Discovery Toys catalogue has just started and with it has come twenty three new and returning toys and ten amazing books for the whole family. Here is a sneak peek at two of my favourite new books!
Have you ever wondered where the food you eat comes from? Have your kids ever asked How Did That Get In My Lunch Box? Well now you can show them how it got there! How Did That Get In My Lunch Box, by Chris Butterworth, walks kids and parents (and would even be a great in classrooms/daycares) through the steps to get some of our favourite foods, and it is also beautifully illustrated. Chocolate chips – yum! Did you know that chocolate chips start as beans from the cocoa tree? I knew this, but my kids were amazed to know how these beans are turned into such a yummy treat.
The book also explores bread, cheese, tomatoes, apple juice, and clementines, as well as the importance of choosing foods from each food group to be healthy and balanced. Packing lunches for school has always been a challenge in our house, whether trying to make sure our son eats everything he is given (and not just the cookies), but making sure a balanced lunch makes it into that growing tummy! After reading this (and we’ve been reading it over and over and over because the boys LOVE it) the boys are asking about what they’re eating, wanting to know where it came from, and what food group it is part of. Definitely a worthwhile read for any growing family! Continue reading Check out the 2012 Discovery Toys Catalogue and a Giveaway→
Ahoy Pirate Pete is a fantastic and entertaining book.
Aimed at the preschooler aged 3-5, the story comes complete with press-out pieces that fit into the pages so your young pirate can make up the action as you go along.