Friday, October 23, 2015

Lakeshore Learning is Every Child's Holiday Dream Present #HolidayGiftGuide

My 10 month old daughter Scarlett spends most of her days playing.  It's important for her to not only have fun, but to learn through play as well.  I do play with her, but independent play is essential for a child to thrive and grow.  Make sure your child has plenty of educational toys in their toy box at all times. 

Lakeshore Learning creates award-winning educational products for schools and families to provide a high quality education for every child.  Not only does Lakeshore Learning offer toys and games for children from birth to 6th grade, but they offer educational materials and classroom supplies too. Your child will be delighted to play with a Peek-A-Boo Octopus as a baby and then a magnetic vehicle set a few years later.  The toys and games offered are entertaining and fun and the best part is children learn through them.  Don't know what to get your 7 year old niece for her birthday? A real-working cash register is an excellent present that teaches children about money.  There are so many wonderful birthday and Christmas present options available at Lakeshore Learning.  Why not head on over to their website today?

Scarlett was sent a Color Rings Sorting Board, a Fraction Board, and a Sort-a-Shape Activity Board.  These items are all for children ages 2 and up, but I regularly let Scarlett play with older toys.  I supervise her play and some of her favorite toys are for older kids.  

Learning about colors and shapes is very important for all babies. 

Even though Scarlett is 10 months old, she won't be forever.  One day, she'll know the names of colors,shapes, animals, and much more.  Before she gets to that point, she has to learn what things are called of course.  Thanks to toys like the Color Rings Sorting Board and the Sort-a-Shape Activity board, they are helping her learn and develop.

Scarlett absolutely loves the sorting board and has been playing with it since it arrived.  I tell her what colors each ring are and she loves banging the chunky brightly colored rings together.  Stacking is something that she enjoys as well and this toy incorporates that perfectly. The rings are large and easy for her to hold and grab.  Since the toy is wooden, it's durable and will last for years to come.

The fraction board is a little advanced for her, but it won't always be.  Right now, Scarlett plays with this toy like a puzzle.  She loves removing each piece of the fraction and putting it back.  It's okay with me that she doesn't understand that it's meaning is beyond a puzzle, but one day she will.  The pieces are easy to hold and I love that each one is different and brightly colored.

The activity board also holds her attention for quite a while.  This toy helps little ones work on their logical thinking skills and hand/eye coordination as they play.  What a win-win to have fun and learn at the same time.  I like that each peg set holds a different shape and helps children learn about circles, triangles, rectangles, and squares.  These jumbo pieces are easy for Scarlett to hold and she loves trying to stack them onto each peg.  She's not quite there yet at accurately putting them onto each peg, but we'll get there! 

Thanks to Lakeshore Learning, Scarlett is learning through play and that is something that I am passionate about.  Each item is made well and will provide years of play.  Their toys will instantly become your child's favorite as soon as they receive it.  Why not put a Lakeshore Learning item under the tree for your child this Christmas?

*DISCLOSURE* Thanks to Lakeshore Learning for providing me with product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

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