|Melissa and Doug Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks|
|Wedgits Deluxe Set|
|Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box Play Set|
|Building Words Tabletop Pocket Chart|
These are just a couple of the recommended ones, they have so many more. They carry a wonderful selection of brands, too; Melissa and Doug, Guidecraft, Plan Toys, Patch Products, and more.
It was a really hard choice for me, there were so many tot school tools I wanted to get. After a lot of thought, I finally decided on these three...
|Counting Bear Cups|
|Melissa and Doug Magnetic Wooden Alphabet in a Box|
|Tall Stacker Pegs Building Set|
Tall Stacker Pegs Building Set
Avery's favorite was probably the Tall Stacker Pegs Building Set. I was really impressed with how many pieces came with it. Right now she pretty much likes playing with the large purple pegboard (it's orange on the other side) and the pegs. I think the building pegboard pieces are going to be something she grows in to, which I love because it makes it a toy that will grow with her and hopefully keep her interest for years to come.
She had the best time playing with it and it kept her interest for over 30 minutes. Then when Papa and Nana came over that night she was really excited to show them the toy and spent another 30 minutes playing with it. I loved how much she concentrated on what she was doing. So cute!
Wooden Alphabet in a Box
Avery has suddenly developed a great interest in the alphabet. She is constantly asking about letters and telling you letters that she sees around her. So, I figured this Melissa and Doug Alphabet in a Box would be perfect for her and boy was I right. I love how high quality they are, the wood makes them extra sturdy and the size is just right for little hands. The bright colors make them fun and give them another learning/teaching attribute.
We started out by getting out the first 5 letters of the alphabet in all capitals. She loves going over to her magnetic chalkboard, playing with them, and telling me what each of the letters are. She is getting really good at it and can even say them in the right order. I just love hearing her say "A, B, C, D, E" with a big smile on her face. Soon I will add a couple more letters and we can start working on those, too.
Counting Bear Cups
The Counting Bear Cups was one that I was really excited about. I had seen them before and knew that they were great for working on so many concepts; colors, sorting, counting, addition, and subtraction. They came with 5 different colored cups and 50 colored bears, 10 of each color to match.
Avery still isn't super excited about sorting but she is really into the colors blue and yellow right now so I thought that if I used those it would keep her interest. I was kind of right. She sorted a couple and then became more interested in checking out and playing with the bears. I think this is another one of those things that she will have to grow into a little. But it has so many possible uses that I am looking forward to playing around with them and seeing what I can come up with.
CSN Stores not only has a wonderful selection of toys and educational materials, but they have over 200 stores that carry just about anything you could be looking for. Be sure to stop by and take a look at all their wonderful products!
Disclosure: I was provided with a gift certificate in order to purchase the products for this review (I was responsible for any expense over the gift certificate value). All views and opinions with regard to the products or the company are my own and were not influenced by the company.