August 15, 2012

Little Pnuts - Brainy Toys for Girls & Boys

A couple days ago I told you about the new educational toy delivery service Little Pnuts and showed you one of their infant Special Deliveries.  If you missed it, you can see it here: Little Pnuts Infant Special Delivery

Have you ever found yourself feeling overwhelmed by choices when trying to buy a toy that's both educational and age appropriate or underwhelmed by the quality of the toys found in mainstream toy stores?  If so, I highly recommend giving Little Pnuts a try.

While baby Lily was having fun with her infant Special Delivery, Kayla was tearing into the preschool Special Delivery for 3 year olds.

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What was in the preschool Special Delivery?

- An Automoblox mini car in pink
- Hape Zoo Animals Mix and Match domino game
- A Plan Toys Shape Sorter
- A Haba Orchard card game

Right off the bat the Automoblox mini car was a hit.  Kayla had her eye on it at a recent visit to our favorite boutique toy store.  It prompted a "Mom, you got that car for me???" No, I didn't but apparently the mind readers over at Little Pnuts did and since they're not here to take the credit I guess I will...score for mom!

Nearly all of the toys Little Pnuts ships are gender neutral which I personally prefer to toys that pigeon hole kids into certain roles.  The Automoblox car is gender neutral but it does come in a variety of colors.  It was nice that there had been some consideration in color choices because while Kayla likes blue, pink and everything in-between most little boys probably wouldn't love getting the pink car.  I've noticed that some subscription services don't do an awesome job of accounting for this but Little Pnuts did.

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Unlike most toy cars on the market, Automoblox are meant to be taken apart and put back together, drawing out the little engineer in your child.  First Kayla sent the car zooming around the living room, then she began to take it apart and eventually all 4 wheels were strung on a shoe lace and became a necklace...I guess it's quite the versatile toy!

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The Plan Toys shape sorter was neat because it was a different approach to more traditional shape sorters and instead of just popping shapes into holes it was more reminiscent of a puzzle.  Like all Plan Toys items, the pieces were wooden, smooth to the touch and carefully colored with water based non-toxic dyes.

This was the easiest of the toys in the Special Delivery for Kayla to master and it served as a confidence booster.  In case you haven't heard me mention it about 4000 times before, she's 3 and a half right now.  While this was fairly easy for her I think it would have been more difficult for a child who had just turned 3.

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I'm glad Kayla got a little boost out of the shape sorter because the Hape Dominoes were far more challenging.  One very neat feature on these is that they are double sided with animal pictures on one side and traditional domino markings on the other.

The pictures are cute, colorful and great for kids Kayla's age who would likely lose concentration counting the dots to make a match.  When your child gets a bit older you just flip them over and give them a new "big kid"challenge.


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The last item in the preschool Special Delivery was the Haba Orchard card game.  I'm a huge fan of cooperative games for preschool aged children and we have reviewed some in the past which you can see here: cooperative games for preschoolers  The Orchard game was instantly visually appealing to Kayla with its cartoony fruit.  This game reminded me a bit of HiHo Cherry-O but without all the teeny plastic pieces. We're often on the go and I liked that unlike most board games all the pieces fit in one very small box so we could take it anywhere.

Did you like what you saw from Little Pnuts?  We sure did.  Their premier September boxes start shipping soon so if you'd like more info about how to join you can find it right here:  Get my Little Pnuts Subscription


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