i recognize that i have put off writing this post until it is a little late for most of you to use this as a guide, but i love these products so much, that i'm going to write it anyway. these are the things that i wish i had put on my kids' lists, although i learned about them a little too late. for sure, next year, these are the things that will be at the top of our lists!
i am not a complete plastic-ophobe but i much prefer the higher quality wooden toys we have over the cheap, commercialized plastic ones. as i speak, i have wooden train track spread all over the floor around me. i'm so happy that the kids (tate and lilianna especially) enjoy the (quieter) version and don't necessarily need to play with the battery-powered (louder) trains all the time.
with this in mind, i am absolutely in love with plan toys. we had the opportunity to play with some ourselves at the chicago toy and game fair. tate was instantly drawn to this drumset:
...because who can resist those adorable tiny vegetables?
even though these toys are a bit pricier than their plastic cousins, you can feel good about your purchase with plan toys. this is their vision: "we create toys that inspire children's imagination as well as promote
their physical and intellectual development. we're also proving that it
is possible to maintain superior quality standards while steadfastly
following a path of environmental and social responsibility" (taken directly from their website).
if you haven't looked into plan toys previously, take some time to look at their website. they have some really great baby toy options that are adorable as well as safe for babies and toddlers. i definitely hope my kids will spend some time on their website the next time they are making christmas and birthday lists!
i really believe in the vision of plan toys and think that they make quality toys i would like for my kids. i have not received any compensation for writing this post. these
are toys that we really enjoyed when we used our free pass to the
chicago toy and game fair. the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.