Saturday, July 11, 2009

What comes through your mind when you consider a new toy for your toddler? My parents love sending "teaching toys" to Smarty and some of them are quite a hit!
Toys for toddlers and preschoolers: Nestling Blocks
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I rarely write about toys, because they don't take a lot of space in our daughter's life. Of course, space in our house is another matter. She strongly prefers books and outside activities at this point, and we like it this way. When we pick toys for her, we try to avoid toys with batteries where pressing the button leads to a predictable (and eventually boring) result. She has a lot of basic DUPLO bricks and other building toys.
For the past week or so her favorite toy was this set of nesting blocks that we got about a year ago from my parents. My mom has this interesting tendency to pick good toys, but give them to her beloved granddaughter about a year too early. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the link on the web for this particular set, which I find the best from what I've seen. I like it, because it's so versatile. It's a nesting toy (Smarty still can't concentrate long enough to nest the blocks back together), a stacking toy, and also a puzzle which requires to turn the blocks in a certain way to arrive to a proper picture on each side. Each side represents seasons of the year - another "teaching through play" moment. Smarty gets better and better at assembling this tower by herself. Here is our exchange while she was at it:
Toys for toddlers and preschoolers: Nestling blocks

Smarty: This is a spring boy, mama. Why is it raining?
Me: It rains often in the spring.
Smarty: It's spring now. And it's not raining.
Me: Well, our spring comes earlier. Remember, it rained a lot a few weeks back? And it rains a lot now in the other parts of our country.
Smarty: Yes, when we went to U&R (our neighbors) and brought them cake, it was raining. Then it was spring!

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4 comments:

Vidhya said...

Hi Natalie,
We have this toy. It is called Alphabet nesting and stacking blocks.
Link below from where I purchased.
http://www.grandrivertoys.com/webstore.taf?proId=5823&string=nesting%20blocks&pstart=1&sortBy=&_UserReference=C0A8DEC946B5BC565451C667F1D949D3A2D7
This toy has been a hit in our house for the last one year and Aparna never gets bored.She loves stacking them, running and breaking them all off to rebuild again. Recently she likes identifying the alphabets.

Vidhya said...

Hi Natalie,
We have this toy. It is called Alphabet nesting and stacking blocks.
This toy has been a hit in our house for the last one year and Aparna never gets bored.She loves stacking them, running and breaking them all off to rebuild again. Recently she likes identifying the alphabets.

teachingyoungchildren said...

Hi Vidhya. Yes, I saw the alphabet stacking blocks online. But what I like about ours is that the number of blocks is not too overwhelming, and they really have to be stacked in the right position to complete the puzzle. I am glad that Aparna enjoys hers - it's really a great toy for toddlers in so many ways.

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