When Widget was born, I was captivated by the world of simple toys that could be used to spark and enhance a child’s imaginative capabilities. I wanted all-wood, non-commercial, toxin-free toys, and I wanted only the ones that would help my child learn.
Five years later, we have more plastic (and metal cars) than I’d care to admit. But each toy that comes in to this house must meet our rigorous standards for learning. It has to be usable four different ways, and it has to be something that requires the child to do more than the toy.
Today, Widget is five, Little Bear is two and a half, and they are past the ages where they are going to eat anything not on their plates (and some things on their plates. Like squash). Today, they got their very first marble run. It’s not the Quadrilla that I fell in love with years ago — it’s a brightly colored plastic set that has just as many possibilities — more, actually — 121 pieces, 12 marbles, and many different kinds of pieces that join together to make a marble raceway.
Check it out. It’s teh awesome. And Widget has played with it for three hours straight, even through his little brother’s naptime and Mommy’s afternoon work. The Marbulous marble track is incredible, and I just wanted to tell everyone about it.
I bought mine at Lakeshore Learning Store, where I went on a veritable spree on a recent trip to California. They have stores all over the country, including Alexandria, VA, (Call me; we can drive down there together sometime!) and they are full of awesome learning toys and old-fashioned storybooks. (I haven’t been asked to promote them or anything; I just liked the store so much I would move in if they let me.)
Today is the last day to enter the Sid the Science Kid giveaway — click here and leave a comment before midnight, August 28, and you’ll be entered to win! Tomorrow will begin a new contest, for Zula Patrol DVDs, also from PBS Kids.