When I bring my little guys to the pediatrician, the first toy they run to in the waiting room is always the wooden busy boxes. I can't even tell you how much time they've spent doing the peg mazes and bead runs, waiting for their names to be called for a check-up. Maybe that's why this Mama was so excited about working with Manhattan Toy Co. again, to show off their Playful Dino.
Activity centers like the Playful Dino teach cause and effect while helping to develop fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. I love play-to-learn toys, and what cuter way could there be to boost baby's skills than with this colorful dinosaur?
Straight out of the box, it requires a little bit of assembly. Not much, though! The tail comes unattached, but easily slides with a notch on the box and gets secured with a cord that is looped through and placed on a peg. Took me a couple of tries to get it to stay, but once it's on - it's secure. I recommend using a screwdriver to stretch the cord over the peg to save your fingers from getting snapped. The cord "hinge" gives the tail a little movement, which of course delighted Kaya even more.
There are so many activities on this Playful Dino to keep a little one occupied. The eyes flip, the flowers "boing," there are spinning gears and letters, plus bead runs and bug mazes - all bright and colorful to keep baby entertained. The cute little characters definitely give it a sweetness, with a ladybug and snail, dragonflies and flowers.
The Playful Dino is rated for kids 12 months and up, and as much as my 3- and 5-year-old love it, I'm going to say it's great for any toddler. Just a simple little busy box that has my kiddos racing bugs and flipping letter, and playing good together.
Really easy to wipe down this wooden toy to keep it disinfected every day, I think this toy is perfect for classrooms and pediatric offices as much as it is for having for your little one at home. It provides hours of easy, simple fun with no extra parts to lose or electronic noises.
You can buy the Playful Dino from The Manhattan Toy Company for $68
About Manhattan Toy Co.
The Manhattan Toy Company is dedicated to the art of creative play, quality craftsmanship and the success of the national and specialty retailer. The company distributes through thousands of stores nationwide. Toys are designed, developed and manufactured with every child's safety in mind. The Manhattan Toy Company ensures that each product complies with all U.S. and European toy safety standards. For more information about the many award-winning toy collections, visit their website at www.manhattantoy.com.
Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above free of charge in the hopes that I would mention it on Momma Without a Clue. Regardless, I only recommend products that I love and believe would be great for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.