When purchasing a new toy for my daughters, I generally try to answer three questions... is it safe and durable, is it developmentally age appropriate, and what is it's educational purpose?
These questions can be hard to answer. Thankfully, I've discovered a toy website called Ebeanstalk that is dedicated to selecting good, safe baby toys and toddler toys. Each toy has been selected by a team of specialists, which includes experts in clinical psychology, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, pediatric occupational therapy and education. The team reviewed over ten thousand toys before selecting the best developmental toys for children according to age. In addition, they have asked over 700 moms like me what they think of the toys too.
I was thrilled when they sent us a set of ABC Soft & Nesting Blocks, one of their many unique toys to review. The ABC Soft & Nesting Block set includes five soft quilted cotton blocks and a First ABC's book featuring adorable illustrations by Susan Winget. They are conveniently stored in a reusable package.
1. Are the blocks and book safe and durable?
Yes! I really appreciate that the quilted cotton blocks are made out of fabric that is safe for Mac to explore with her hands and mouth! It's a relief that the blocks are safe for washing too! The book is a board book, which means it can withstand a teething baby and daily readings.
2. Are the blocks and book developmentally age appropriate?
Yes! According to the team of experts at Ebeanstalk, the target age for the ABC Soft & Nesting Blocks is 9 months. Stacking blocks and especially knocking them over is very popular with Mac at this age. The blocks are sturdy enough for her to grab and try to stack up, but soft enough for her to explore with her mouth. The board book is the perfect size for her little hands to help turn the pages.
3. What is the educational purpose of the blocks and book?
The ABC Soft & Nesting Block set is a toy that can be used now and in the future. Currently, Mac is having a blast learning how to stack the blocks on top of one another, as well as, nesting the blocks inside of each other. These simple activities are helping her with her fine motor skills and teaching her object permanence and size relationships. The ABC book is a perfect way to introduce her to the alphabet and simple vocabulary words. The simple illustrations are the same in the book and on the blocks, which can be used for matching.
I would recommend The ABC Soft & Nesting Block set. The soft quilted blocks are perfect for stacking and nesting for little hands and the book is a great way to introduce the alphabet.