Known for push toys and teethers, Manny & Simon is expanding their wooden wonderfulness to include more playtime classics.
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)
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.
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!
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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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.
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)
A Montessori USA puzzle map ($35 + shipping) is always a great choice.
Hope everyone has a great school year!
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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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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.
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It’s been fun hearing what DwellStudio goodies are going on your wishlists. I’m pretty sure that my big gift to myself will be some drapes in DwellStudio Oversize Stripe Charcoal fabric. Really excited!!
Congratulations BusyWorkingMama! Thanks to all who entered and to DwellStudio for working with me on this great holiday gift giveaway. All of their toys make incredible gifts.
There are also three cute new push toys, the Dino, Giraffe and Bunny that also make great decor pieces.
DwellStudio stamp sets are lots of fun and the new Owl Stamp Set is no exception.
DwellStudio has recently expanded their gift and toy collection. If you’re looking for impressive, modern and beautiful gifts for children this holiday season, any of the DwellStudio designs would be winners.
Today I’m excited to be hosting a DwellStudio gift giveaway that includes three of their newest toys.
First we have two puzzles, the Toucan Wooden Puzzle and the new Woodland Wooden Puzzle ($14 each).
I’m a fan of wooden puzzles for kids and any of the DwellStudio puzzles (these two join 4 others) would be welcome in our collection.
I’m also excited about the new Woodland Memory Game ($32). It’s a stylish interpretation of a classic game and would be a gift that could be treasured for generations.
To win this lovely package of DwellStudio gifts worth $60:
Visit DwellStudio’s Baby Boutique and tell us what else you’re putting on your wishlist.
Be sure to enter your email address when you comment so that I can contact you if you are the winner.
The deadline to leave your comments and enter the giveaway is next Tuesday, December 13th at 8 am EST.
The winner will be chosen randomly (using random.org) from among the unique entrants. The giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada who are over the age of 18. Show your appreciation to our giveaway sponsor by liking them on Facebook, and following them on twitter. I also enjoy their blog so I encourage you to read that as well. Good luck and tell your friends! *full rules
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If you love the products from P’kolino (as I surely do), but their color offerings haven’t really worked with your decor, this might open up the possibilities for you.
The Café con Leche Collection includes some of P’kolino’s most popular furniture items like the Toddler Bed, Little One’s Table and Chairs, Clothes Tree, Children’s Desk and Zebra Rocking Chair, but in a dark wood and white finish. The price for these pieces is slightly higher than their lighter and more colorful counter parts (as shown below). All the pieces are currently available for pre-order.
Toddler Bed and Chair– $300 (vs. $250 for the original)
Little One’s Table and Chairs– $190 (vs. $150 for the originals)
Clothes Tree– $120 (vs. $90 for the originals)
Children’s Desk– $100 (vs. $75 for the original)
Zebra Rocking Chair– $90 (vs. $70 for the original)
And while we’re on the subject of what’s new from P’kolino, I want to show you some of their wonderful new toys and puzzles.
The Fishing Hole Shape Sorter ($25) teaches children 1 and up colors and size recognition. The Geared Shape Sorter ($30) teaches children 18 months and older about shapes and colors and helps improve fine motor skills. These will be released on June 1st but can be pre-ordered now.
I love all the P’kolino puzzles and their new 3 (not shown), 6, and 12 piece puzzles are more to love. You can pre-order these today and they will be released on June 1st. They also have two new multi-solution puzzles, the Spaceship and the Owl. I really wish we had these all.
All the multi-solution puzzles are available right now for $20 a piece. These, along with any of the other P’kolino toys, make incredible gifts!