"In our play, we reveal what kind of people we are." - Ovid
"Play is the highest form of research." - Albert Einstein
Today is the first installment of a new series I'm calling Toy Tuesday. Once in a while - on a Tuesday - I'll share a new toy company or product that I've discovered and love.
But why toys? They may seem superfluous and excessive but in actuality, when a child plays, a child is problem-solving, building skills, exercising his creativity and imagination and facing and overcoming mental and physical challenges. In short: play is incredibly beneficial. And open-ended toys, especially, are beneficial in helping children play.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson says, "It is a happy talent to know how to play."
So, I'm sharing my favorite open-ended toys that foster healthy play environments for our littles.
First up: Bannor Toys. It's no secret I love wooden toys for Noam. They're beautiful, sustainable and safe for him, and I love that they can be passed down through generations as keepsakes.
I discovered Bannor Toys a while ago, through Instagram, and bought their classic baby rattle when they participated in the ShopUp (which is an amazing shopping event for kids - you should go!) in Brooklyn last year.
Since then, I've grown our Bannor Toys collection with an incredible cash register, a really sweet duck push toy and truck push toy (that were personalized with Noam's name), and a gorgeous SUV rattle with Noam's birth details engraved on it.
Also, Bannor Toys is giving my readers 15% off their purchase using code NOAM15 until 8/13!
I love how sweet these pieces look but more importantly, they're so well made and safe for Noam to play with and chew on and they're made in the US by a family-run business
The personalized SUV rattle with Noam's birth details and the classic baby rattle are two of my favorite pieces - they're just so beautiful. And wouldn't these two pieces together make an incredible new baby gift?
Noam's favorite toy of the bunch is probably the duck. He loves to push it around (and he thinks it's hysterical when I say "quack, quack.")