There are many different ways to keep your kids entertained this summer. On rainy days, children require many different options and this is where good quality toys can come into play.
Alison, a Mom of two shares below her experiences with some of HABA’s newest toy options for babies and children. You can read more about Alison in our About Section.
Quality toys that are durable, safe and fun are a top priority in our family. I particularly like HABA products overall because I am fond of wooden toys. There is something old-fashioned about wooden toys and I feel that they are more natural than all of the plastic that is out there these days.
The Croco Kuno Dragon Crawling Tunnel is very similar to other crawling tunnels that are available on the market, however has the added bonus of some fun creature features. My soon to be 3 year-old enjoys crawling through, under, in and on this tunnel. It is easily put away and stores easily in small spaces which is an added bonus. It’s fun for a range of ages too which is great. My younger daughter (now almost 9 months old) found it quite fun to be placed inside the tunnel to play peek-a-boo!
Speaking of my youngest, she is into grabbing on to everything so any kind of toy that is attractive and safe for her to put in her mouth is great to have around the house. At this stage, she is most interested in toys with faces such as dolls and other stuffies, however she does enjoy fiddling with the Magic Triangles Clutching toy. I have had it attached to her car seat for quite a while and will often find her turning it around and chewing on it as well.
My oldest has just entered the world of board games and it is really fun to watch her learn about the ‘rules’ that are sometimes not so fun to follow when you’re used to making up your own – lol. We have played My Very First Games – Bubble Bath Bunny with her now a few times and she seems to enjoy playing. She also played the game with a friend one rainy day. The dice is a great size for little hands and the design of the game is fun. They only stayed focused on one ‘memory’ round, which likely would be the case for all little ones at this stage.
There are three versions of the game to be played. While the design is cute, there is no function for the removable bunny and ducks, which became a distraction for my daughter. A larger playing surface would help little ones to pick up the tiles and place them down exactly where they came from for the purposes of memory skill building. Overall, it is a cute take on the classic memory game and the added dice makes for a good learning experience teaching board game basics.