I LOVE toys made out of natural materials. There are so many advantages to choosing wooden play things, including durability, safety, and beautiful simplicity. I was excited to discover ImagiPLAY toys, which are made from plantation-grown chemical-free rubberwood and bamboo (which is actually a grass). ImagiPLAY uses safe, renewable materials, no child labor, and pays it's factory workers a living wage. But besides being ecologically responsible and crafting toys with integrity, ImagiPLAY toys are adorable and downright fun!
My 3 1/2 year old got a new ImagiPLAY toy called puzzleplay. It is a puzzle and an 18 piece play set all in one! In the rainforest play set that we have, the pieces are in the shapes of various rainforest animals. The animals are thick enough to stand up on their own. This is a terrific toy that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
I wondered if Jojo would have the skills to do the puzzle; it looked pretty challenging to me, but it was no problem for Jojo.
ImagiPLAY also has a line of toys for toddlers: Baby Deeds has his very own Pushalong Duck. The wood is gorgeous and smooth, hand painted using child-safe (lead free) paints. The wheels on the Pushalong Duck have little rubber "tires" so that it rolls smoothly and doesn't scratch surfaces.
Deeds has fun pushing his Pushalong Duck, but he also likes to kick it, making it roll really quickly, so that he can "run" after it and kick it again! I have tried to teach him that ducks make a "quack quack" sound, but Deeds makes his Pushalong Duck go "vroom vroom"!
I think it is so important to give my children quality playthings that help them learn about the world around them. ImagiPLAY playsets are a great way to introduce simple concepts of ecology and zoology.
ImagiPLAY also has an ENORMOUS variety of Colorific Earth Puzzles for teaching numbers, letters, spatial relations, and hand-eye coordination.
The hand-painted, 3-D Number Snake is a fabulous manipulative for a tactile learner to explore number sequencing (as a teacher I get excited about these things!).
So, how would you like to win an amazing prize from ImagiPLAY?
You could win the VERY COOL ZOOM TO THE MOON playset ($27 value)!
To enter, simply comment here with your favorite ImagiPlay puzzle (besides the snake, of course!).
One winner will be chosen by Random Integer Generator at www.random.org and notified by email.
This giveaway will close on Sunday, August 3, 12 midnight.