The Parentville Fave Five - Gifts Made to Remember
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Parentville received the Yookidoo Stack 'n Stream from International Playthings to try out, and this is one of the coolest, most well-rounded bath toys we've seen. It teaches dexterity and hand-eye coordination as kids learn to stack the different parts. Plus, it teaches cause and effect. Water comes out different holes and creates various squirting patterns depending on how the parts are stacked.
This is a wonderful new pop-up book Parentville received from Simon & Schuster for age 3+. It is a 50th Anniversary collectible version of the original Broadway production. The images are classic and detailed, and each page comes with a smaller booklet that you can remove with more pop-up effects and song words. You can also get the corresponding 50th anniversary CD of the original cast recording.
Parentville received ItzaZoo to try out, which is a follow up game to Sabi's ItzaBitza software for kids age 4+ (for use on Microsoft Windows, XP, 7). This is a terrific game to teach reading and counting.
Since your child can draw your own interactive objects right into each scene with his mouse, he learns creativity, imagination, hand/eye coordination and independence.
There are five different animals/levels to choose from, and he can answer questions asked by making the subject do certain things, teaching cause and effect.
The more goals reached, the more "stars" achieved and Challenges met, plus "camera" points earned when he has the chance to take a picture of his work. The goal is to unlock each subsequent level.
Allermates was designed by a mom in need of a way to protect her child from allergic reactions to eggs, soy, wheat/gluten, fish, shellfish, nuts. Parentville received this flexible, customizable line of wristbands and necklaces with dog tags to try out. We found it gets kids excited about wearing their statements when they are outside their home, so others know they are allergic. The bracelet has buttons to close/open and, especially for children under the age of three, is easy to put on and take off. For a limited time, use code "Parentville" at checkout and receive 10% off!
Parentville received a Zippity from LeapFrog to try out and we would best describe it as a sort of "Wii for kids" designed specifically with pre-schoolers in mind. We think this is a unique and fun way for kids to learn and practice hand-eye coordination.
The Zippity (available for $49.99 right now at Amazon.com) comes pre-loaded with 8 games featuring Disney characters and you can buy more separately. A favorite game was Winnie the Pooh's "Super Sleuths on the Case" in which kids are prompted to choose Winnie the Pooh, Tigger or Darby to solve a mystery, and the character rides a scooter down a path in which clues are given and the correct path needs to be chosen to solve the mystery. Our child really enjoyed controlling the scooter speed (the faster the better!) with the bopper and choosing the right path based on the clues. One thing we noticed was that if your child is not accustomed to interactive games, it may take some practice (and adult help) to become accustomed to the controls. All in all, this a great gift idea for the holidays and beyond and provides a great (and more interactive) alternative to "TV time".