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So Babies 'R' Us visually assaulted you? I am so sorry.
Hey readers! No idea what I am talking about?
Kate sent an email to us, asking for help finding toys (she is already loaded down with books, rattles and mirrors) for her 8 month old, starting-to-crawl, son.
So, let's start shopping!
Since your handsome son is at the stage where sorting and stacking are most likely on his "to do" list, one type of toy that might help develop these skill are toys like....
Fun Stacker by Plan Toys
My First Stacker by Green Toys
Small Wood Rainbow Stacking Tower by Grimm's Spiel Und Holz Design
Or, if you have an international connection (or don't mind shipping costs) this amazing piece of art:
Shape Sorting Truck (lorrey) by Janod
Eekgawd I love it!
Also, to feed into the sorting aspect of this stage, shape sorters are no one trick ponies (although the full concept of the toy will most likely be one that your son will need help with now, and grow into later)! You can do all sorts of things with it, like teaching "empty vs. full" and "In vs. Out" (Grilled cheese sandwich, grilled onions and chopped chilies please!), and then when you are doing shapes in a few months this toy will still be perfect, not to mention the continued fine motor skill development toys like this promote. So, a toy that is great for now, and great for later. Works for me!
Shake 'n' Match Shape Sorter by Educo
Is anyone else starting to notice a serious color theme?
Shape Sorting Cube by Melissa and Doug
Also, around this time kids are starting to connect behaviors, meaning - “If I push this button, it makes a loud noise”. So, to help encourage their minds, snagging toys with buttons, levers and dials would be awesome.
Lastly, since your son is army crawling now, that just means you are mere months away from walking. Which means that you could start thinking about a push toy or activity block since your soon to be cruiser will be ready for it in the blink of an eye.
The StrollKart by Kaiku Design
Or even an activity cube (This thing is huge and a little much but our local library has one and kids of all ages are OBSESSED with it.)
Busy School Activity Cube by Parents
Some other great choices?
Any kind of Ball - you guys can take turns rolling it back and forth, pushing it around the room, throwing it...or, chewing on it.
Peek-A-Boo Ball by Wonderworld
Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench by Educo
Rocking Owl and Nesting Toy at Bikks + Kids
Red Stacking and Nesting Blocks at Bikks + Kids
Oh - and have I told you about my obsession with Rody Horse? He is our best friend and photo bombs EVERY photo I take in the living room. It's okay. I forgive him because The Beast loves him so much.
Well Kate, those are just my suggestions. Personally, we own several of these items (Rody, The xylophone pounding thingy, the nesting owls, and stacking rings similar to those pictured, but not nearly as cool) and they have all been used and are currently loved by my 13 month old Beast.
Oh, and hey readers - what toys would you recommend for Kate?