When we are thinking about what toys we are going to bring into our home, we think of a few different factors. The first question we ask is, what purpose will this serve? Is it a toy that will be enjoyed for a few minutes and then tossed aside? Or will it be something that Piper enjoys time and time again? The second question we ask is, does this toy provide any sort of Play Value - is it building skills, Fostering Imagination and developing her mind? The third question is...how is it built? Is it made to last years to come and grow with our Family?
The reason we consider these questions is to avoid the accumulation of "things" we don't need - simply put! Quality over Quantity. With this in mind, today I want to talk about two toys that check off all the boxes And meet the title of Quality - in my eyes! I am talking about Fisher Price's Little People Big Helper's Home and 3 in 1 Smart Car!
The Little People Big Helpers Home
Fisher Price's Little People Big Helper's home is such an amazing one stop discover and explore a toy. All of the rooms play a song that encourages teamwork, helping others and kindness.
The Home also teaches little ones about how they can help in each of the rooms through sounds and phrases. For instance, in the kitchen we hear a phrases like "I'll get the cereal" and "I'll set the table", and in the bathroom we hear "I am getting better at going to the potty all by myself", and "I can wash my hands".
I love the songs that each room plays, and the noises of flushing the toilet, and washing the dishes.
It's a little functioning home with all of our daily noises - so the familiarity of it all really sparks Piper's imagination! Piper LOVES the little people and doggy that come along with it. So much so that we bring it with us to the park when we have a picnic, or if we are heading to her grandparents for a visit. The travel handle makes it so easy to carry from place to place, and the Home closes up so that you can place the little figures and furniture safely inside.
Fisher Price's 3-in-1 Smart Car
I think every single person can say that they grew up with a little car! Both my husband and I have memories of scooting around on our Fisher Price cars, and it's amazing to watch Piper grow with hers! When we first got her 3-in-1 Car she was just learning how to walk, so she used the supportive handle on the back to move around! As she got older she would crawl onto the seat, which has a bounce up and down feature, and use the strength of her legs to bounce! I saw how this action helped to develop her gross motor skills like balance and coordination.
Now, Piper pushes herself around on the car! She loves to wheel around and play with the interactive dashboard which plays songs, sounds and phrases with an academic focus. It feels good seeing her fly by using her muscles. I also know she's expanding her mind while listening to the alphabet, opposites, counting and more!
We have been watching her scoot around the house for so long, that we decided to take her little car with us to the park so that she could play on the path. She pushed her car around and hopped on and off while pressing her buttons and laughing!
I thought about the questions I mentioned at the beginning of the post and felt good knowing that this is a toy that she uses time and time again, that she learns from, develops from and grows with! I can even see this being a toy that can be shared with a sibling in the future, since there is both a sitting and pushing feature!
Looking at these pictures, I can see that her 3-in-1 car nurtures something beyond her physical development - I see Security and Happiness! I see Self Confidence, and a sense of Independence! I also see how Proud she is of herself when she is playing with her car, and that my friends makes it all worth while! I feel confident saying that this is a special item, and I know this car will be in our family for years to come!
Both of these toys offer opportunities to grow, learn and develop in their own unique ways - but one thing that they both have in common is that they make my daughter Happy! Piper turns to these toys every day in her playroom, and I can honestly say that they have never sat idle and have never been tossed aside. We get hours of engaging play out of these toys - and we have lots of Fun! They will definitely be around for years to come, and we can't wait to make more memories with Fisher Price's Little People Big Helpers Home and 3-in-1 Car!
Hi! My name is Amber, I am a wife and mother to Piper June. Welcome to my blog. You will find my path towards natural health and wellness as well as my honest discoveries as a new mother. In all aspects of life, I strive to cultivate Balance through a mindful existence. I share my experiences as a mother, helpful product reviews and companies that I am passionate about for our family. I am so grateful for your visit xo