So our friends over at Toadstool have set a challenge to bloggers to write their children’s Christmas list and explain why they would like each item. Those who participate will be in the running to win £300 worth of toys for Christmas and the opportunity to become a toy tester in 2014.
So with that in mind here is Jacks Christmas list.
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I have always been a lover of wooden toys even as a child myself. They last longer, survive the many drops and bashes that come with being a childs toy and are much more tactile than plastic toys. Toadstool pride themselves on their eco friendly toys and as an extra bonus all their packaging is recyclable.
As a 1 year old boy its pretty obvious that Jack would be fascinated by everything that goes and his favorite is trains. Brio are a brilliant company that make excellent quality toys and their train sets are second to none. The Brio farm set is a great starter set for Jack as it incorporates two of his favorite things, trains and animals. And lets face it, what is Christmas morning without watching your toddler play with a train set? :). Encouraging creative play and nurturing imagination this toy would be perfect for Jack and his cousins to play with for hours and hours.
Another great wooden toy that is robust enough to withstand a toddlers heavy handed approach to play. With a pirate crew, treasure chest and cannon Im sure Jack will be perfecting his ‘ay ay Captain’ and forcing Mummy to walk the plank in no time. This toy would be perfect for my water obsessed son who loves role play and creating his own adventures and I am safe in the knowledge that he is learning fine motor skills and widening his imagination at the same time. This would be the perfect toy for keeping my little man occupied after Christmas dinner.
As a toddler Jack loves nothing better than pushing and pulling and toys that feature balls and tracks are perfect. The HABA my first ball track – basic sounds pack would appeal to Jack as it features a bell in the ball, a metallophone connecting block and a sound tube block meaning Jack can make music as he plays. Jack has inherited my love of music and making sounds and can explore the different tones and notes he can make by rolling the ball over and over. This would be perfect for Christmas morning fun with his cousins although it may send the rest of the family a little loopy after a while.
With 3 magnetic carriages and chunky, tactile animals Jack can spend Christmas day developing his imagination and creating many adventures for the barnyard animals. Whether they are exploring his travel cot or discovering a lost brussel sport under the dinner table Jack is sure to be entranced with this train set. Janod trains are compatible with bigjig and brio train sets meaning Jack can have endless adventures far beyond Christmas morning.
Jacks grandma is a paramedic and has even taken Jack to the ambulance station and shown him the lights and sirens (which he loved). Every time we see a ambulance Jack shouts ‘nee’ as in nee naa and my mum is referred to as grandma neenaa. With all that in mind it should come as no surprise that Jack has no less than 4 toy ambulances, some which have lights and sounds others that are pull back and go. The wonderworld mini ambulance would be a lovely addition to our every growing ambulance station with its realistic tyres, chunky driver and non toxic paint. Made in Thailand under fair trade rules its lovely to know my sons fun is not at the cost of another childs hard graft. At 9cmx13cm the mini ambulance would fit perfectly in Jacks backpack or even to be carried along during our post Christmas dinner walk or toddle in Jack’s case.
Along with his love of trains Jack is also fascinated by diggers, trucks and constructions vehicles. The wonderworld mini loader allows Jack to use his imagination and role play many adventures. The mini loader could deliver a cow from the Janod barnyard train to the brio rail farm or be used to scoop snacks from the Christmas evening picky bits platter. Made from 100% sustainably farmed rubber wood and packaged in 70% recycled paper with non toxic, environmentally friendly water based paints I am safe in the knowledge that we are caring for the environment and toadstool are caring for my son.
With 7 chunky pieces Jack can improve his dexterity and ability to problem solve with the Janod wooden chunky vehicle puzzle. Bright and engaging this is sure to keep Jack entertained while Mummy puts her feet up after a busy Christmas morning. Each piece is 100% wooden with non toxic water based paint meaning I can rest easy if Jack decides to have a little chew.
Every toddler should have a shape sorter to discover how objects fit into others and to learn to match a 3d shape with the hole it belongs to. The Tidlo animal shape sorting cube allows little one to match the animals on the outside of the cube and feed them their favourite food. With 25 piece Jack can mix and match the animals themselves creating whacking variations such as a dat or a canda. Jack can work on his problem solving and fine motor skills while his cousins are busy being teenagers on their phones or consoles.
I am a great believer that babies and toddlers learn more about their world through messy play and being allowed to touch, smell, taste and discover than they ever will from books or being taught something. Jack loves nothing better than getting stuck in with messy play items or discovering a new texture or taste. The HABA feeling and touching game encourages learning through play and can be used in free play as well as in the game. With 2 ways to play Jack can explore, imagine and role play while working on his language skills and observation. This game would make a lovely wind down activity for the evening while we cuddle in our pajamas.
My little music maker loves nothing better than making a racket with my instruments, he loves drumming, twanging my guitar strings and even has a little go on my thumb harp. Unfortunately I can’t leave those out for Jack to explore when he likes for fear of injury, however the day might be saved by the HABA big sounds workshop. Featuring a mini magic sound flute, a drum, a mini metallophone, 2 beaters, castanets, a rainmaker and 4 acoustic blocks (squeaking, rattling, a bell and tinkling) Jack can drive everyone crazy, erm I mean delight everyone on Christmas morning.
What would you choose?
This is my entry into The Toadstools Blogger Christmas Wishlist Competition. You can find out all about it here!