Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dec25_ChristmasMorning2_SM My daughter is extremely lucky. She is an only child for quite a few adults – the only grandchild on both sides, an only niece. We also happen to be the only couple with a child among our closest friends, and she also got a present from her closest friend (this is the one that she chose to open first). Even our elderly next door neighbors gave her a present. Not surprisingly, on Christmas morning our living room looked like a half of a toy store moved in. Interestingly, by the way, Anna didn’t ask Santa for anything specific. She actually said, I want no presents from Santa. I only want presents from you guys. Still, Santa brought her a Good Luck Care Bear and a Care Bear Baufix puzzle. The rest of her presents were from friends and family, and the one that we are all most excited about is Baufix Starter Set. As you might have noticed, we love high-quality German toys here even though they are expensive. I’d rather have fewer good toys that can grow with my child than masses of plastic stuff floating around. I have first seen Baufix during our first visit to Germany with our daughter; she Dec27_PapaAnna was 20 months then, and I was determined that one day she will get one. It’s a great wooden construction set with many possibilities for building specific things (a car, a helicopter, a locomotive, etc.) or for open-ended play of learning how to keep two pieces together for younger children like my daughter. It’s targeted to children 3-6, and I doubt that any 3 year old will be able to Dec27_Baufix1 actually build a working model despite very detailed and clear instructions in accompanying booklet. They will, however, have hours of fun playing with their older siblings or parents or just experimenting with a screwdriver and a wrench. The good part is that a completed model can be used by itself as a stand-alone toy for a while until your child is ready to disassemble it and to build something else. My only warning is that the set might not be suitable for closely spaced children, since it doesn’t lend itself well to cooperative play. You can only build one model at a time, and there is one screwdriver and two wrenches included. Obviously, it’s also not meant for children under 3, since small screws can become a choking hazard.

8 comments:

Christy said...

I love German toys too, like Haba. I'm not familiar with Baufix though. Looks great.

MaryAnne said...

We love German toys at our house too. And right now Johnny is sitting on my lap exclaiming in excitement over the "bob the builder toy". Maybe something to keep in mind for his third birthday...

Kim said...

This toy looks wonderful! Sounds like Anna is a much loved girl!

Ticia said...

Looks like an awesome toy. I'm with you on liking German toys, but my kids don't always find them as intriguing as I do. Oh well.

Debbie said...

I am with you on toys that will last. I have never heard of the Baufix.

I am curious but would have hesitant since Selena has never shown much interest in things she has to put together.

Eva said...

oh neat, I love how the toy can be changed and built into something new once the child gets bored of it!

Susana said...

I have something like this for Joe that I got a few months ago. I cannot remember the namebrand, but it looks almost identical to what Anna is holding. The pieces are very hard to manipulate though when putting together and he cannot do it himself yet. He and Hanna usually play with it together and she does most of the screwing and such.

Are there problems like this with the Baufix, or is it easier to screw/put together?

And, yes, you better believe, we do not get this out when Jack is around and up:-). Way too many small pieces that he loves to try and "eat" despite my effortless warnings:-).

Adriana said...

That is wonderful that Anna has so many adults that love her in her life. She is a very lucky girl! This looks like a toy that Diego would love. I am going to check it out. Thanks for sharing!