In our living room, we have a raccoon pull along crate which contains some books for bear. My idea is to change the books in them every couple of months (or seasonally) so I really couldn’t miss out on putting together a box full of festive books for him. He loves having books in the living room, he is forever bringing them to me (though he has the attention span of a goldfish and just gets up as soon as I open the first page). But sometimes, I will find him sat on the floor with a little book babbling to himself whilst turning the pages. Of course I do sit down with him and read with him, as I said, sometimes he just gets back up but sometimes we can get through a couple pages. Back to the point. Last year, we did a book advent for him (though it didn’t go very well as we missed a few days so just opened them all) but I have picked up some books I’ve seen in shops this year with a festive theme and I honestly couldn’t wait for him to read them.
A few months ago, we thought bear would never get the hang of cutlery. How to use it, what it’s for etc. One day he all of a sudden seemed to know how. He used his spoon to scoop things and put them to his mouth. A few days later, he managed to grasp using a fork, stabbing things and putting them to his mouth again. Though still a little shaky every now and again. We were contacted asking if he would like to try out some Doddl* cutlery, which I hadn’t really known much of before. Sure I’d heard of them in weaning groups on the odd occasion but I just didn’t have a clue. But he soon knew what they were as soon as I opened the package and he couldn’t wait to start using his new cutlery.
A few weeks ago, Bear & I headed to Southport for a day out with our lovely friends Lisa (from Lisa Cowan Blog) & her little lady. I was totally cacking it I’ll be honest, I was mentally preparing myself for a bus AND a train journey there and back. I only really started panicking about it on the way home but none the less, Lisa kept me distracted, as did the little monkeys. Anyways, we were invited to visit the store and have a good look around, and basically gather our views on it (and it gave us a reason to go to the seaside, though the weather wasn’t too kind). But I shall say, we were impressed. View Post
I’ve mentioned before how much we absolutely adore wooden toys & one of our current favourites is this Noah’s Ark that was kindly gifted to us from Beehive Toys. The Noah’s Ark is absolutely beautiful & I’ve been looking for a really lovely one for so long, I couldn’t not right?! As soon as it arrived in the packaging, bear automatically just wanted to tear it open & get it out. Then while I was looking at the box, he was eagerly trying to grab it from me, clearly excited that he knew he had a new toy.
Since Bear was born, I wanted all the toys for him. Well not ALL of them, but lots of brightly coloured, noisy, flashing lights, take-up-the-living-room type toys. I’m not totally against them, but recently, I’ve had my eye elsewhere. Wooden Toys. They’re just so beautiful and look so well made so when I was contacted to review a Hape Toys wooden toy, I jumped at the chance. I do want to change a lot of Bear’s toys over to wooden (obviously there are some toys he still loves and plays with) but I am wanting to introduce more to him. We were sent the Monkey Pop-Up Track* and it has quickly become one of his favourites. Also helping with his speech (I’ll explain that in another post), his counting and his sequencing, which is absolutely fabulous in my eyes.