Scott’s Toy Box: Making Time
I don’t really have time to write this article. Here at the magazine we work a month ahead so even though you are reading this in January, we’re in the midst of Christmas Fest and getting the December issue to press before the holidays. Time goes by so fast here, it’s even hard to believe that I’ve been working here for six years. But time flies by in all aspects of our lives. My parents can’t believe their youngest child (me) is in his thirties. Before you know it, your children will also be in their thirties so take time out of your busy schedule (and their busy schedule) and sit down and play with them. That being said, here are some great toys to play with.
First we have Puzzle Battle, a competitive jigsaw puzzle game. It comes with two similar 30-piece puzzles and two 4-piece puzzle models to go by. Both players place all of their pieces in the box and then race to complete their puzzle first. You can only work with 5 loose pieces at a time and if you can’t work with one of your pieces, you must place it back in the box to use later. There are three different Puzzle Battles to choose from: Pirate Battle, Jungle Battle, and Dragon and Princess Battle. Puzzle Battle is recommended for ages 6 and up. It cost $20 on Amazon.
Next we have Seedling, which is a set of different activity kits and toys. Seedling has several different kits to choose from including arts & crafts to science and nature. There is an activity kit to suit everyone’s interests. The kits come with everything necessary to get you started and they are very simple. They allow your child to roam free without too much handholding instructions. Some great kits include Build Your Own Dragon, Make Your Own Dream Catcher, Design Your Own Butterfly Wings, Be the Matter of Your Own Solar System, The Pirate Skeleton Excavation Kit, and many more. Prices of kits vary from $7 to $60. Go to ShopSeedling.com to look them all over and find the right one for you.
Last we have Tiggly. Tiggly are toys that you use with your iPad. Tiggly Counts comes with 5 rubber counting tools and Tiggly Shapes come with 4 rubber shapes. There are currently 7 Tiggly apps that can be found in the Apple App Store for free. I played around on the Tiggly Chef game using the Tiggly Counts tools. The game was fairly simple asking for ingredients and using the tools to count them out. The game also introduces math, as the largest Tiggly tool is 5 and the recipe might call for 10 shrimp. You can also create your own recipe in order to focus on specific counting for your child. Tiggly Counts and Shapes cost $30 and can be found on their website Tiggly.com.