Sometime ago, I discussed the environment we prepare for J. Based on Montessori principles, we want to provide organized, beautiful toys made from organic material depicting the real world. Unfortunately, this is not always easy to execute.
So much junk is marketed for children. Without knowing any different, families purchase these cheap, unappealing toys because they are educational! And fun! With lights and music! Our nanny, all with good intention, gave J the ugliest, most hideous piece of plastic that blares inaudible counting and letters. He wasn't interested in it, to be honest, and it's shoved deep inside our closet.
If you are anything like me, you frequent many online toy companies to see what is out there. The affordable toys? Crap. The beautiful, handmade, gorgeous toys? Yeah, no way can we buy those. As a general rule, I avoid Toys&BabiesAreUhs. A multitude of useless material is thrown into the face of parents without any purpose or need. However, upon perusing the toy section online of this company, I found animal figurines made by the company Schleich:
OH. EM. GEE. While they are plastic (sigh) they are beautiful and well-constructed. What a great way for J to play, learn language, and be immersed in reality! I wanted to buy them all but these, too, are expensive and T forced me to stop filling the cart at around $200.
When the first of the animals arrived, I gave it to J. Slowly, a huge grin emerged on his face and, using his pointer finger, he touched the nose of the animal. Clearly, he approves. He now crawls all around the house carrying one in his hand.
Lastly? They're patriotic! I mean, c'mon. Look! A bald eagle! Perched on the back of a golden retriever! USA! USA! USA! ( Okay, obviously I did that. They're not really attached nor do they come together. I'm just looking for shits and giggles. )
What toys are you comfortable purchasing and giving to your child?
Any amazing finds you wish to share with us all?
These opinions are solely my own and I have not been compensated by any brand or company. However, I am not above that. If you want to compensate me for an AMAZING review - let's talk! :)