We've been spending so much time outside that other than crafts there hasn't been much to post. I have been working on the outside play area of our yard which includes the new sandbox, stumps, a swing and more so hopefully I will post on that soon. In the meantime, I thought I would share these inside toys we are really enjoying: some new wooden cars and vans from Community Playthings.
The company has a great video on the importance of block play (found at the side of this blog) and watch out because you'll want to have an entire room of blocks after you watch it. I had been looking for some sturdy, sizable wooden vehicles because we were using mostly match box cars.
I love that these cars are so big and the people are removable.
Community Playthings also sells Hollow Blocks that we've purchased over a period of time (due to the cost). Unlike other companies that only sell a set, C.P. allows you to buy the blocks piece by piece in a more affordable way.
We have so many sets of blocks: natural, colored, tree blocks, large blocks and small blocks, but they are all used and loved. I don't think my daughters have ever seen a set they didn't like, we just really love blocks. I initially encouraged lots of block play in hopes that it might support their math skills later in life (since I am just terrible with math). Blocks are said to encourage spacial awareness, awareness of geometry, as well as skills in the discrimination of size and weight. After seeing my girls use them so much I have really come to value them as the ultimate open ended toy encouraging endless creativity.