One of the best things about being a mom is having an excuse to go play in toy stores! Seriously, I’ve always loved neat toy stores. Toys R Us is neat, but I could get lost in some of the little hole in the wall local stores in strip malls so, so much.
We found one over the weekend, Toy Tyme, that I could seriously buy out. I kept turning around finding more things I wanted for the boys! We ended up leaving with a couple of puzzles for Eric, one of his new loves. This, of course, delights me and thrills his dad, who is a big puzzle nut. By the end of yesterday, Eric was able to take the wooden puzzle we’d gotten for him and put it together all on his own – he is always asking to “do the puzzle pieces” now. At this rate, I’m going to need one of those wooden puzzle racks or something, because he has … one … now but I think that won’t last too long.
I’ve also found a love for Melissa & Doug stuff. (Which, ironically, is one of the brands at the store we found this weekend!) They make puzzles, they make puppets, they made wooden toys, they make just awesome stuff … and the best part is none of it needs batteries. I’d never seen their baby stuff until going to their website, and it’s pretty cool. I didn’t realize that the stacking train and tool kit we got are both by them too – not surprising though! The cutting food we saw at the zoo that Eric liked are also by them. I could go on and on. Love the stuff.
And of course, as much as I see and love all this stuff for Eric, I also see SO many language opportunities in all of it. There’s something to be said for toys that incorporate language themselves, like the Laugh & Learn stuff we adore. There’s also something to be said for toys that are just pure imagination that we apply our own language to.
I love toys. I love toy stores. I’m such a huge kid.
Eric’s birthday is in 5 months…
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Happy Birthday dear Danny…Happy birthday to you.
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I love those little stores too! And M&D! Which puzzles does he really like?
Right now he absolutely loves the wooden 12 piece ones. He’s working up to 24 piece quite quickly though. He’s got one with a bunch of different trucks on it and he is constantly pulling it out, he’ll do it over and over again.
Oooh, I love stores like that! We have a couple around here and they are awesome!