Just ten more days until baby Hattie turns one, hasn’t that year just flown by? She is such a delightful girl to have around and she has the cheekiest grin. Most of the time she is a real ‘velcro baby’ who loves to be carried around and snuggle with mummy, but lately she has been getting better at playing independently too. These VTech toys are making floor-play much more fun:
The colourful Push & Play Spinning Top (RRP $29.95, 6-30 months) is an ideal toy for her chubby little hands to practise her fine motor skills whilst having fun. A good push on one of the buttons or animals is instantly rewarded with flashing lights, songs, sounds and phrases. Designed with babies in mind the buttons are large and the characters chunky, making it easy for them to control and play independently.
Whilst Harriet’s hands are getting some good exercise her growing brain is being challenged too: the VTech Push & Play Spinning Top teaches a range of great basics eg. the numbers 1 to 4, shapes, colours, the names of animals and their characteristics. With so many ways of play this brilliant baby and toddler toy definitely won’t get boring quickly and will be enjoyed for a long time.
To be honest the Spin & Learn Colours Torch (RRP $19.95, 18-36 months) was meant to be hiding in the gift cupboard until Christmas time, but thanks to an unexpected power cut we unwrapped it a little earlier. In the pitch dark we turned the ring to create different coloured lights, sang along with the ABC and made shadow-puppets on the wall. Who would have thought being without power would be this much fun?
This is the perfect first torch for adventurous toddlers, combining playful learning with a practical and sturdy flashlight for bedtime, building a cubby house or going camping. The handy Automatic Shut Off function will ensure we don’t run out of batteries quickly, always ready for our next power cut.
Officially it’s called the Stack, Sort & Store Tree (RRP $24.95, 9-24 months) but in our house they could well go by the ‘Tantrum Triangles’: all our kids (even the almost 8-year olds) are always arguing about this new addition to Hattie’s toy box, I guess that shows it is loved by 11 up to 95 month olds! At just 11 months old Hattie is only just discovering this awesome toy so it is really interesting to see how kids at different ages and developmental stages use it.
Harriet is currently trying to master the stacking part by piling up the coloured triangles, however her favourite part is knocking the tower over (usually before the cat makes it to the top). The older kids like nesting the triangles by number and colour, I really love this feature as it means all the pieces stay together neatly and it takes up little storage space. The friendly cat plays happy tunes, sings songs and when placed on one of the triangles it teaches children the correct number and colour.
VTech toys are available at major department stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.