It’s time for a GIVEAWAY!
This past month, I have shared with you my top 20 picks for toys for toddlers and preschoolers and how each toy can help support speech and language development. Here is the list:
- Stacking cups
- Shape sorter
- Toy Phone
- Mr. Potato Head
- Baby doll
- Baby stroller and/or grocery cart
- Cars and Trucks
- Farm Set
- Kitchen set
- Doll house
- Dress up clothes
- Sand/Water play table and toys
- Doctor/Vet set
- Magnetic letters and board
- Inset puzzles
- Magna doodle
- Ride on car
- Play dough
As you look over this list of toys…what do you notice? Do you notice a trend?
You should…because not ONE of the toys I recommended requires BATTERIES. Some of the toys may come with batteries or the option of using them (like many toy phones and some toy cars, and even the Little People Farm can use batteries (however…I never put them in ours!). That said, none of the toys I recommend need them to be used! Why? Because I really do not like many toys for children under three that require batteries. With the exception of a phone that might “ring” (even though it is still not necessary) I see no reason for toys to light up and make noise. I will expand on why I loathe these battery-operated toys in a future post, but for now I want to share with you one of my most FAVORITE books!
Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun, by Bobby Conner is an amazing book FILLED to the brim with fantastic play activities for all ages. Here is the book description at Amazon:
“From the joy of smearing glue on paper to the screaming delight of a bubble-blowing relay, kids love to play. In fact, it’s every kid’s built-in tool for experiencing the world at large. A parent-friendly encyclopedia, UNPLUGGED PLAY (“A wonderful guide,” says Daniel Goleman) offers hundreds and hundreds of battery-free, screen-free, chirp-and-beep-free games and fun variations that stretch the imagination, spark creativity, building strong bodies, and forge deep friendships…and keep kids busy at the table while mom or dad makes dinner.”
I love this book because it gets the kids away from activities and toys that require a plug or batteries. Sure, we own a TV, a Blue Ray and an iPad but we are trying to balance these with fun play that doesn’t involve a screen. We also have very few toys with batteries (most of which were gifts). For example, my daughter likes her play lap top and her keyboard and that’s ok. However we get more use out of her baby dolls, her $5 plastic shopping cart, and her kitchen set!
I love this book so much, that I want to give it to two lucky readers! And as an added thank you to all my readers (I just 500 email subscribers and have over 600 Facebook Fans!), to celebrate the season of Spring that will be upon us in just weeks…I am also giving away a copy of Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug along with an adorable Ladybug Parts puzzle to two more lucky readers! (Two readers will get the book AND the puzzle!). So that is two more prizes for a total of FOUR!
So are you all ready to enter my VERY FIRST giveaway!? Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! Giveaway open until Tuesday, March 6th at 11:59pm Eastern and is open to US and Canadian residents only (age 18 and up). Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends via email and I will post the winners names on Wednesday March 7th on the blog. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Please read the terms and conditions before entering. Good luck!
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