Toys are one of the “gifts” that rarely find their way from the toy shelves or virtual shopping carts into our home. This apparently strange choice is two fold. First, Beckett rarely plays with toys. She is hands on and wants to tool around the garden pulling “weeds”, wetting down the windows with her spray bottle or washing dishes and moving them in an endless cycle from sink to drainer and back again. And, second, I am picky about toys.
Any toy that I take credit for must be of superbly high quality, non-toxic, mostly wood based (it’s hard to completely get away from plastic), well designed and uniquely clever. I love to spot a funky flip-flopping, leather footed waddling push duck at the crafts fair or a realistic set of wooden vegetables that can be sliced and diced while I prepare an actual meal of sustenance.
A few months ago, I talked about the Easter basket that I assembled for Beckett in April. It was filled with a reasonable number of goodies and each had a purpose and message. The needle felted eggs were handmade by me, the board book was a classic story from mine and Jacob’s childhood and the toy duck from ImagiPLAY was found at a local toy store and was all-natural, beautiful, non-toxic and innovatively simple.
After assembling the basket, I contacted ImagiPLAY and shared my blog posting. I knew that the products they made were cool and represented everything I look for in a toy purchase. Each of their toys are made with all-natural rubberwood, an eco-friendly, renewable hardwood, and are detailed with non-toxic paints. The designs are aesthetically pleasing and teach a concept or send a message without being overtly “in your face”. The personal touch found in each of the toys is also reflected in their customer service. My email found its way to one of their employees, Tammi, and her enthusiasm and excitement for our family’s project emanated from her response. I was incredibly surprised and supremely touched by the choice of toys that Tammi sent for a review and giveaway. She read the Sacred Bee’s Blog, followed the Ferry family and lined up toys that touch on who we are, what we are about and what we are teaching our daughter to live, love and embrace.
The 3 CHICKS six-piece puzzle set is a delightfully accurate representation of our six sweethearts we call Gwynn, Jackie, Mays, Sandy, Paige and Tris. The puzzle is a decoration in Beckett’s room, a source of distraction during diaper changes and an exercise in problem solving skills.
The BEAR & BEE BEAD MAZE is a creative twist on the classic bead maze that is evidenced in almost all doctor’s office waiting rooms, children’s play rooms and day care centers. The idea of a maze centered around a brown bear and bees buzzing around his head is utterly adorable. The size is perfect for travel and easy to grab and go for a sit down meal at the restaurant.
The COUNTING BUNNIES puzzle is a beautiful kaleidoscope of rainbow colors and draws on the infamous relationship between the rueful garden nuisance, the rabbit, and his center of affection, the carrot.
ImagiPLAY has surpassed my expectations. Their toys are one of those all around, outstanding finds and their exceedingly high quality standards are interwoven into the very fiber of their company and the people who work for them.
Where to buy? www.imagiplay.com. If you want a little more good news in addition to the following giveaway, check out ImagiPLAY’s website and use the coupon code best-toy35 to receive 35% off your purchase!!
Ready for the cool giveaway!?
One lucky Sacred Bee Blog readers will win the following three toys from ImagiPLAY!
- 3 Chicks Puzzle
- Bear & Bead Maze
- Counting Bunnies Puzzle
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Winners will be drawn on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 8:00pm PST.