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Monday, March 8, 2010

{Plan Toys} Review & GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Well, I've always been a big fan of Plan Toys, the main reason being they offer very imaginative and natural toys. You won't find lots of bells and whistles on their products {which I'm a huge fan of} but instead, simple designs to promote wonder and creativity in your children. After all, when I visit big retailers and look at their toys, 99 percent of them are high-tech, loud-volumed, over-stimulating toys that don't allow for out-of-the-box thinking {or some peace and quiet for Mom and Dad, for that matter!} & creative challenges for your child. Where did all the wonder go?

Well, Plan Toys has brought all that back. And not only are their toys innovative, but they are also created with natural wood ~ non-chemically treated rubberwood, to be exact. Furthermore, their manufacturing process reduces waste & saves energy, as they reuse materials. Just one more {easy} way to live "greener." I really experienced this firsthand, as I noted their shipping box has no extra packaging, and it was all recyclable. I'm actually keeping the original box it shipped in to store the toy, as it has many small parts. But it was so nice *not* to see "a box in a box in a box," if you know what I mean! All I had to do was remove 4 extra papers (added to prevent damage to the toys' parts), toss them into my recycling can, and the toys was ready to use. (Read more about their environmental responsibility here}.

Plan Toys has a whole plethora of new toys out, and we were lucky enough to review one of them recently. We received their new "Tower Tumbling" toy. It features 5 wooden, round discs with a number on one side, and a color on the other. Along with the discs are different shaped "posts" in corresponding colors that match those of the discs. Further, there are a different number of "posts" that also correspond to the numerals on the discs. The concept is to use the posts to stack up the discs. Children can mix and match the posts, and eventually learn to match the colors and numbers of the posts with the discs when building their tower.


My 3yo son really enjoyed his Tumbling Tower! We discovered just how many ways there are to use this toy, and to be frank, your imagination is the limit! We started by building it, and then moved to counting, sorting by colors, rolling the "discs," stacking the pegs, rolling the pegs and linking the pegs. I love aiding my child to think differently than how a toy is "supposed" to be played with ~ and the Tumbling Tower is just the toy to allow for such creativity!



Plan Toys has so many educational and well-conceptualized toys out there, you really ought to check them out, if you haven't done so already. Not only can you search their site for toys by age, but you can also search by developmental concepts, such as social, mathematic, physical or creative {among others!}. With preschool right around the corner for us, I would love to get our hands on the Alphabet A-Z toy next - I just love the way the letters fit perfectly on the animal! And on the back of the cards? Directions for helping them learn how to write the letter! Then for our new babe due soon, I love their new Rattle from their Plan Baby line ~simple, modern, safe & creative all at the same time.



BUY IT!
Visit Plan Toys to see all their wonderful products, and select that perfect birthday gift or special prize for your own child there! (Under the "Plan Toys Catalog," select "Shop Online" to purchase while you're there!).

WIN IT! Plan Toys is giving one lucky Haute Tot & Baby Couture reader their very own Tower Tumbling! {Open to US residents}.

Mandatory Entry!
Simply visit Plan Toys and find & come back to tell me something you learned about your child's development for his or her particular age or a parenting tip you discovered (look under "Parents and Children" for the links). Tell me what you learned in a comment on this post (1 entry). Be sure to leave your email address in the entry so that I have a way to contact the winner! If there is NO EMAIL left, another winner will be drawn. Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. Entrants can enter through March 29th. Winner to be chosen March 30th, 2010.

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Opinions are strictly my own, and no one or nothing else has influenced me in my review.

This giveaway has ended. Winner: Tabathia.
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126 comments:

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I learned that my son should love to climb and chatter (that's dead on) and that a tricycle would be a good thing for him.

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Marci said...

I learned that children five Years and Older are beginning cooperative play: "They can now understand and follow the rules of games. They can accept problem-solving suggestions from adults and are more willing to compromise in order to get along with their friends."
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I learned: At two, toddlers tend to be self-centered and are often overly confident. They are not quite ready to get along in peer groups and share with others SO TRUE!!!

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I learned that lacing beads would be a great toy to get him to help him develop manual dexterity and hand eye coordination.

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I learned that a 7 month old needs bath toys such as small cups to teach babies pouring, matching, and colors.

Sara said...

I learned that my 2 year-old can use lacing beads to practice fine motor skills.
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Katie said...

I learned "Running, climbing, and pedaling tricycles are activities that increase strength and mobility of the large muscle groups."
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Play enhances language skills. :)

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My son would love this! I read that pretend play helps to develop speech, logical thinking and decision-making skills.
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jennifer57 said...

i learned: PlanToys has a full line of unique, heirloom-quality dollhouses, family figures, and several styles of furniture and accessories.

Mary said...

At 4 months, babies like to hear themselves talk, lol
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betsy said...

I learned that my five year old learns math skills by playing with blocks.

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I learned that Pretend play helps to develop speech, logical thinking and decision-making skills for my 2.5 year old.

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Jen Mc said...

I learned that for a 2-3 yr old, lacing beads to enhance manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

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Busy Working Mama said...

I learned that by the third year, my toddler is able to hold a spoon or a pencil, and can cut paper with round-tipped scissors
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i learned that my daughter will soon be able to switch objects from one hand to the other.
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I learned that...
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lace said...

I learned that 4-6 yr olds enjoy playing in groups and have learned how to share.

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I learned that "They get great satisfaction from pretending to do an activity just like Mommy or Daddy." This is the only way to get my almost 2 year old through dinner prep sometimes! By letting her help us.

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I learned that my 3 year old is in a stage of doing lots of pretend play. I also learned that Pretend play sets like the Doll House and Crane Set enhance your child´s imagination! awesome!
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