|Nikki Baby Blue from Kathe Kruse|
The occasional kids meal from a fast food restaurant was ordered WITHOUT the toy, thank you very much.
|Shopping Net with Wooden Vegetables from Haba|
The dog eared magazine that's been carried around in my bag for the last month? A toy catalog...that I drool over, despite the fact that my youngest child would BARELY play with anything that I might order from it.
|Balancing Cactus from Plan Toys|
One of my favorite professors in college said that children at play are at their "work." What they're doing at the youngest age is making sense of the world around them and preparing themselves for an adult life. Take a mental inventory...What are your children learning from the toys in your home?
|Gourmet Chef Kitchen from Educo|
I'm always on the lookout for great toys. Toys that are beautiful, interesting, well made, multifunctional and open ended, leaving it for the child's imagination to determine it's many uses. Most toys labeled "educational," are most definitely NOT educational.
|Wooden Blocks from Kapla|
What are the toys that you've loved the best for your own children?
Which ones have stood the test of time and which ones would you save for your grandchildren?