Monday, October 17, 2011

Let Your Imagination Go Wild--Imagine Toys @imaginetoys

I am so tired of my kids getting toys that are cheaply made and easily break.  It seems so many times that the quality of toys has just completely gone down hill.  It is so hard to know what is quality when buying, unless you have experienced the brand first-hand.

That's why I love  It seems to me that this online toy store is picky about what they sell. They take the guess work out of toy buying and offer wonderful, quality products.

My girls and I were able to review the Learning Resources Kitchen Set.  I am telling you, this is the most fabulous kitchen play set I have seen!  The box says it comes with everything but the kitchen sink and I full heartily agree!  This colorful set comes with the typical pots and pans, plates and utensils but then has the extras--ice cream scoop that works like a real one, kitchen timer that ticks, cutting board and knife, a true looking tea pot, lemon juicer (seriously, I may have to borrow this), measuring cups and spoons, salt and pepper shakers, dish drying rack and cookie cutters!  Add some food and you are in for a day of fun.  My girls, ages 5 and 7 loved it!  In fact, my 44 year old girlfriend was here visiting and fell in love with it too.  It is made out of very durable plastic and right now, it is on sale for just $29.97!  So worth it!  This set encourages imaginative play for children.

It was like Christmas Day for my girls.  They wanted to have PJ day.
Claire busy chopping.  Maybe she will make dinner tonight?
Camille setting out place settings by color.
We also reviewed (and I say we because my kids are the true reviewers) the Alex Friends 4ever Bracelet Kit.  Sadly, I have to admit that I had no idea how to make these.  Seems they weren't popular till I was a bit older, but I never learned.  This kit was designed for children 8 and up.  Camille is just seven, and generally shows some weakness in her fine motor skills, so I was happy for her to try this as a means of developing her skills.  I will have to say that getting started seemed a little complicated, but once I watched the online video (link is included in the kit), it was very easy for me.  However, it did take a bit of practice for Camille to remember what step was next, but she started getting it fairly quickly.  I suspect if you mess up, your bracelet just won't have the exact pattern you had hoped for.

Once again, this kit contained quality materials and has great play value and helps develop fine motor skills as well as cognitive skills.  The kit contains enough materials to make up to 22 bracelets.  When your child is finished, they have a sense of accomplishment and a nice gift for themselves or others.  I like that this gets kids away from the electronic age and into crafting. even has a toy selector on their site so if you aren't sure what to get, you can search by toy type, age, interest or company.  Their prices also seem to be competitive with other stores.  With the holidays coming just around the corner, get your shopping done from the ease of your chair!

Order by midnight tonight (October 17) and get 15% off when you enter the code SPOOKY15.

Twitter:  @imaginetoys

Disclosure:  I received the items described in this post for review purposes only.  I was not compensated for this post.  As always, this review contains my honest opinions.

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