Bright New Toys from Petit Collage

The latest new items from Petit Collage are more colorful and more fun than ever. Among my favorite new toys are the Musical Jumbo wooden xylophone ($24).

The Rock + Roll Alligator ($32) is Petit Collage’s unique take on a shape sorter which doubles as a pull toy.

Animal Town wooden blocks are a beautiful playtime basic ($35).

And finally, I recommend the Day + Night 2-in-1 double sided chunky puzzle ($20).

You can shop for all my picks and the rest of the new Petit Collage items on their website.

Stackers and Puzzles from Manny & Simon

Known for push toys and teethers, Manny & Simon is expanding their wooden wonderfulness to include more playtime classics.

With two traditional stackers, the Ring Stacker and the Shape Stacker ($24 each), babies experiment with colors and shapes while exercising their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Manny & Simon Stackers
In addition to stackers, there are a few new puzzles to consider for your toy box. Fred and Frida Robot Puzzles have pieces printed on the front and with a chalkboard back. After toddlers have mastered the puzzles, they can get creative and design their own robots! ($30 each)

Manny & Simon Puzzles
The simple Shape Puzzle is the quintessential first puzzle. You’ll treasure the basic beauty of domestically grown North American Hard Maple finished in non-toxic, zero VOC paint as in all Manny & Simon products.

Temptation Tuesday: Make A Face

The best toys are the simplest and Moon Picnic’s Make a Face is a pegboard puzzle that will really play with your emotions… I mean… that will let you play with emotions.


Face pieces can be flipped around and arranged to create many different expressions.


The pieces are made of solid beech and are painted with non-toxic paint.


Make A Face will be at home in the best toy and puzzle collections. It’s going on my wishlist!

New Green Toys 2016

There are lots of new products from Green Toys for 2016. We previewed them at ABC Kids, but there’s even more!

Green Toys New 2016

My favorite is the Cupcake Set, and then the Tea Time Puzzle, Dump Truck Puzzle and Garden Puzzle are fun new additions. Three new vehicles with figures include the Dumper, Mixer and Scooper. For the bath you have the Rescue Boat and Helicopter and the Sport Boats. The block set comes in new colors and for the outdoors you have the Watering Can and the Dig & Discover Set.

We love Green Toys for being 100% recycled, made in the USA and being extremely durable.

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Puzzlehead from Areaware

I’m enjoying this new Puzzlehead set from Areaware.

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Designed by Richard McGuire, this brain teaser / construction toy is a beautiful modern puzzle.  For $40, it’s a cool gift for adults, older children and future older children.

Back To School: Wooden USA Puzzle

So everyone who’s going is back in school now, right?  Whether your children are in the classroom or still at home with you, start them off right this year and make geographic literacy fun with a great puzzle.

This beautiful “My Puzzle Tis of Thee” ($69) wooden puzzle of the United States is a Nod exclusive and includes 45 pieces and the tray.

my puzzle tis of thee US puzzle from The Land of Nod

Another USA Jigsaw puzzle to consider if you’re interested in having colors is this one from Puzzle Man.  ($40)


I also like this one from Hollow Woodworks because of the little pegs on each piece.  ($58)


Montessori USA puzzle map ($35 + shipping) is always a great choice.

Montessori USA puzzle

This laser cut magnetic US puzzle from Steven Mattern Design features the continental interstate highway system though they also have one with rivers and lakes. ($102)

USA Map Puzzle - Continental Interstate Highway System

Hope everyone has a great school year!

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Top 10 Animal Puzzles

As far as toys go, you really can’t go wrong with wooden puzzles, and you can never have too many.  Here are my top 10 picks for animal puzzles.  Pick your favorite or get them all.

1- Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Safari Chunky Puzzle– $10 (they have lots!)
2- ABC Animal Puzzle– $20
3- Animal Puzzle– $23
4- Wild Animals Peg Puzzle– $12
5- DwellStudio Woodland Puzzle– $14
6- Fox Wildlife Party Puzzle – $19.95 (two other cute designs!)
7- Deep into the Forest– $37  (Fun for older kids!)
8- Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Match and Play Puzzle– $25
9- Safari Babies from Petit Collage- $13
10- Charley Harper Classic Wooden Peg Puzzle– $13

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Wooden Animal Puzzles (high, medium and low)

You can never have too many puzzles.  The modern wooden animal puzzles I’m sharing today double as animal figurines as well.   From the reasonable to the collectible, this is just the type of classic toy that has loads of play value.  They’re also easy to admire for their artistic and sculptural qualities.  Be sure to add one to your (I mean your little one’s) wishlist.

The first puzzle is Petit Collage’s brand new Safari Jumble wood puzzle.  For $32 you get nine wooden animals hand-cut from FSC-certified beech wood with a wooden storage tray.

From Woodroid, we have this set of 7 organic wooden animals for $58.  The Organic Wooden Animal Puzzle is made in the Ukraine out of maple and fits into a maple/oak tray.

Finally, Enzo Mari’s 16 Animali Wooden Puzzle is a design classic.  The puzzle, currently produced using oak, is a limited numbered edition (only 300 made per year) with a price tag to match.  The set with the box is $820.  This often imitated design will never go out of style and is really art you can play with.

Check ebay for these if you’re interested in collecting one, but be sure to do a little research to make sure your purchase is authentic.

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