When our twins were born 6 years ago we carefully chose a gorgeous Lamaze toy for each of them, we loved the cheerful designs and could see straight away these toys would be enjoyed for ages. They did play with them for a long time, exploring all the different learning areas as they got older and even after two more children the toys still look amazing. For us Lamaze translates in fun, age appropriate, playful learning, quality and durability, keep an eye out for these fabulous Lamaze toys in store:
The very huggable Frankie the Hanky Whale (9 months+, RRP $29.95) proves that young children don’t need lights, sounds, buttons and plastic to be entertained. This soft cuddle whale toy features bright colours to catch the attention of little eyes and lots of interesting textures, patterns, ribbon loops and crinkly fabric to attract little hands. Frankie comes with 4 coloured hankies that you can stuff into his mouth and pull out again from his spout, endless fun!
At first miss Sybbie looked very confused, how can the hankies go in on side and reappear somewhere else? It didn’t take her long to work out and she now performs her own magic tricks with dummies, blocks and balls, a little magician in the making.
The award winning Lamaze Octotunes (0-24 months, RRP $29.95) has been around for a few years, the colours may have changed a little over time but the concept is still the same and it is still a big hit with little ones at different stages. Babies will love looking at the bright colours and patterns, exploring the different textures and feeling the knots, while older babies and toddlers can use Octotunes to practise their colours.
Of course the most popular feature of Octotunes are its eight musical tentacles. By squeezing the legs each tentacle produces a different note, encouraging children listen to use their hands, train their muscles and listen to the sounds. There are enough notes to ‘play’ selected nursery rhymes like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Mary had a little Lamb (find the right notes/colours in the manual) and if you can’t get enough of singing with Octotunes you can download additional tunes online.
Lamaze Developmental Toys are available at Target, Big W, Toys R’Us, Baby Bunting and all good independent baby retailers across Australia.
To find out more about Lamaze and to browse the range visit www.lamazetoys.com.