11/24/11

North Star Toys - Review

Thanksgiving dinner is over, the kitchen is cleaned up, the second of three dishwasher loads is running, and I got to wave at Santa Claus in the parade. Now it's time to get ready for Christmas! It's my favorite time of year and I have so many wonderful memories. One of my favorite all time gifts was a dollhouse from my mom and dad. I wish I still had it, but few toys survive year after year.
I love North Star Toys because they make high quality, wooden toys that will last a lifetime. Their timeless, classic toys are simply beautiful. These open-ended toys are perfect for stimulating young minds and encouraging creative play. I received the Little Rollie Horse, the Little Rollie Helicopter and the Rainbow People Mover.
I am so impressed by the quality craftsmanship! The Little Rollie Horse is 3"x3" which is just perfect for a child's hand. The wood is beautiful, the cuts are precise and smooth, and the natural look of the toy is just charming. The wheels on the horse are made from wood dowels and wood discs, secured with glue, but free spinning and ready for years of play. It's detailed and lovingly made with tiny little dots drilled out for eyes and even a smooth cut in the wood for a tail. North Star Toys makes a whole set of Rollie Animals or you can purchase them individually.
The Little Rollie Helicopter is just as beautiful and charming. It's a tiny bit smaller than the horse, but packs just as much fun. The helicopter has the same wonderful wheel construction, plus it has a propeller on top that can be rotated. These toys are pocket sized joy and perfect travel companions. There is a whole fleet eight different Rollie Vehicles to entertain your children!
Ever stood in the checkout line for a half an hour, waiting for your turn while your child screams and reaches for everything in sight? These toys are the solution! Toss one in your purse, one in the car, one in the diaper bag, one in their backpack, and one in your coat pocket. Always keep one nearby so if your child ends up waiting, you can keep them quiet and busy. The natural look and feel of these classic toys make them an excellent choice for children with autism and special needs too.
The Rainbow People Mover has to be one of their best-loved toys. A full eight inches long and made from a single solid block of hardwood, with free rolling wheels, ten removable people decorated with non-toxic colorful paints. As a preschool teacher, I see opportunities here for matching, counting, and sorting. This is a wonderful cooperative toy too - more than one child can play and interact with this because ten people are too many for one pair of little hands to hold all at once. I can already envision the many future preschool-led conversations between these passengers about who sits where.
North Star Toys make perfect gifts and you can be sure children will reach for these simple timeless toys over and over. I LOVE all their toys and I'm excited to announce that North Star Toys is sponsoring Planet Weidknecht for the 12 Days of Gifts Galore giveaway hop! It starts tomorrow so get a jump on your entries by liking North Star Toys on Facebook. Visit their website and order Christmas gifts your children can pass down to their children. If you collect nativity sets, be sure to check out their Wooden Nativity Set! They also have a darling wooden train that would look awesome under the Christmas tree.
You can enter to win the Happy Hybrid toy in the 12 Days of Gifts Galore giveaway hop!
FTC Disclosure: I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. 

2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, that little car set is especially adorable!

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  2. These are great. Makes me want to have Grandchildren!

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