Halloween is over, November is here and my stomach is feeling a little queasy.
I’m not sure if it’s due to the ridiculous amount of candy I consumed this past weekend or the fact that there are only 8 Mondays left until Christmas.
Yes! Christmas is coming!
This year, I’m on the look out for quality toys that will occupy my toddler throughout the long, winter months ahead.
W is now on the move… all over… the house! I like to workout and all, but it would be nice to keep him contained and busy in the same space for more than a few minutes.
So, I’m sure you can imagine my excitement to be given the opportunity to receive one of Mama May i Shop’s handmade Waldorf and Montessori Inspired Educational Toys.
Based right in Philadelphia, these non-toxic, colorful, wooden toys are thoughtfully designed to encourage your child to learn through play.
I couldn’t wait to let W try them out.
Be sure to check out Mama May i & use this exclusive coupon code for $5 off a $30 purchase or more: THEGOODMAMA
*Coupon excludes shipping, cannot be combined, and expires end of November.
Tame your Toddler with Handmade Toys
I really like W to play with simple toys.
I think they help inspire children to be more creative and use their imagination during play. Instead of just pushing a button to listen or watch a toy do all the work, children are encourage to manipulate simple, wooden toys in a variety of ways.
W often chooses his wooden blocks over more stimulating, headache-inducing plastic toys.
So, it came as no surprise when W immediately scurried over to the Colored Cups and Balls Play Set when it arrived in the mail.
W went right to work sorting and scooping the balls into and out of the cups.
Here’s why the colored cups and balls playset is our favorite new toy!
- Colors: I loved the rich colors of this toy. W and I spent quite some time sorting the balls based on color. W liked to mix the colors up, but he also had some success matching the colors (with my help of course).
- Fine motor skills: Recently, W has been really working on his fork and spoon skills (Check out my instagram for some pictures). The small scoop in the set is the perfect size for a little hand. The balls are also great for that pincher grasp. As a teacher, I know these are activities that can strengthen the muscles in the hand needed for writing.
- Sustainable: A lot of baby items can be harsh on the environment (hello, diapers!), so it is nice to find a product that is eco-friendly. These toys are even made from locally-sourced wood.
- Longevity: W has had a blast playing with his new toy. Although I have to keep an eye on him while he plays since the balls are a little small, I know he will be able to continue to play with this toy as he grows.
Check out a review of Mama May i’s beautiful Shoot for the Rainbow PlaySet over at Modern Parents Messy Kids.
Don’t forget to check out Mama May i & use this exclusive coupon code for $5 off a $30 purchase or more: THEGOODMAMA
*Coupon excludes shipping, cannot be combined, and expires end of November.
Thank you for sharing! My son is 17 months old and would LOVE this! Definitely going to look into it 🙂
I love these kinda toys!!! My princess has tons very similar to this 😉 I’m so thankful she likes them as much as me hehehe…..
These look really cool…educational and fun! I’ll have to look I not those for the boys!
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looks interesting! love the pictures:)
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Wow, the colors are so amazing! I’m a big fan of toys without batteries.
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Oh I love the Colored Cups and Balls Play Set!!! That’s adorable! Might have to put that on my toddler’s Christmas list 😉
That set is great for fine motor skills. I love all the vibrant colors.
Theresa (Capri + 3) recently posted…Dia de los Muertos in Hollywood, CA
Wow this is awesome! Love all the bright colors! I LOVE Christmas! I get queasy when it’s over due to sadness haha!
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing this! The colors are fun and something my toddler would definitely be intrigued by.
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That is a great little set. I have a new niece that I would love to get this for!
I’ve never heard of Mother May I before but I love that their toys are great for the environment. I’ve had it with plastic. Will check out the store.
So basic, but yet a good quality toy to keep them occupied, love it!
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This looks like a GREAT toy for kids! And thank you for that anxiety attack… 8 Mondays??? Really?? AHHHHHH! 😉
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I love these! They are beautiful and I could see my toddler playing with them for hours!!
Sometimes, the most simplest toys truly are the best ones! My husband and I want to raise our son with the mindset of simpler is better, and that he doesn’t always have to have the most fancy toys or flashy items. I’m loving those wooden toys, they’re so minimalistic and beautiful!
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My little one is always most entertained with the either the cheapest toy she gets (um…the BOX or BAG!) or something that is homemade with love (and she can tell!) Thanks for the share 🙂
I love it! Love the colours and so many benefits for little ones!
I grew up playing with simple toys sourced from local materials. I am afraid my kids did not get the same kind of play time just as I had. Living in UAE sometimes sucks when it comes to children play time.
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WHAT! 8 more Mondays until Christmas…man, when you put it like that…it set a slight panic in me. That Colored Cups and Ball Game is very colorful and looks like a lot of fun!
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Ah, I was just pinning Montessori-inspired toddler room ideas the other week and wondering where to go about getting all of the wonderful centers, especially wood ones. This is perfect! Can’t wait to check out these sites. Thank you!
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This is the kind of toy I buy! I absolutely love this particular set.
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He looks enjoy playing with that. Thanks for sharing the coupon code.
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I bet my 2 year old would love these! We recently bought something similar from an Etsy shop for her birthday. They are color coated wooden bowls and acorns! We try to avoid plastic, annoying, “take all the imagination out of play” toys like the plague also. I am really into Montessori and Waldorf toys! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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I prefer handmade toys whenever I can. I just like the idea of them.
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when the toys with batteries die in our house… i say their broken and we throw them out. but these toys would last for years! 😉
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I mostly only purchased hand made toys when she was little. She always seemed to have more fun with the basic toys instead of the high tech stuff.
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I really like that they are so sturdy. Handmade toys are awesome, and you’ve showcased a great one here!
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Love the idea of these toys! My little one loves playing and scooping things in and out of boxes and such. Adorable!
I’m all over this for my 4 month old and 3 year old! Love educational toys!
This is so cute! Handmade toys always seem to last the longest and are the funnest to play with.
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My little one would LOVE this! Balls are his most favorite toy! Anything to keep him occupied for longer than 2 seconds!
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These look cute! Love the vibrant colours. Those always draw the attention of the little ones as well.
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Wow these are great! I LOVE homemade toys so much better than the crap you can get in the stores. They mean so much more, are better for the kiddos and last so much longer! Great post! 🙂
I love this set. I love the bright colors and your little boy looks like he’s having lots of fun. I know my little boy would love playing with the balls and scoop. Thank you for sharing the coupon code.
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Tricia – I’m not surprised you’d appreciate these toys. Just look at your son’s face as he plays. It’s engaging, and fun. I learned about this sort of play/learning when my oldest was more interested in playing in the kitchen cabinets, placing smaller items into bigger ones, categorizing, and other things.
These are awesome toys I’ll have to wait until I have grandkids to appreciate.
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These are cute! My daughter would have loved these when she was little!
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These look great!! I can`t wait till my son is a bit older and can play with more toys like these.
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