Puzzle CarSqueak, squeak… make way for the Sevi Squeaky Car.  This adorable little car is lots of fun and will help develop motor skills, imaginative play and logic.  It’s colorful blocks turn into a fun car with a squeaky sound.

About Sevi:

Sevi is an Italian wooden-toy manufacturer, the oldest in Europe, known for its sophisticated style and international design influences that have been the brand’s hallmark since its founding in 1831.  Sevi products are handcrafted and hand-painted; any irregularities or slight differences from toy to toy are characteristics of a hand-made product, which adds to the value of these toys.  All pigments and finishes used are non-toxic and resistant to saliva; this means that Sevi toys are suitable for small children.  Sevi is so confident in the quality of their toys that they back them up with a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

Review:

Sevi has made what is traditionally known as a boy’s toy, a gender-neutral toy that both boys and girls are drawn to.  The cheerful passenger block has a boy’s face on one side, and a girl’s face on the other.  The mix of neon and pastel colored blocks are attractive to all, and makes this toy stand out.

Your child will continue to come back to this aesthetically appealing toy.  There is something about it that makes you want to play with it.  Maybe it’s the fun designs and bright colors or it could be the rewarding squeaky sound you get after it is put together.

It is extremely durable as it is made from wooden blocks that can be disassembled and re-assembled over and over again. The rubber strips on the wheels allow for great gripping action on virtually any type of surface.  The rubber strips also help protect your wood floors from getting scratched.  The rounded edges of the blocks make for a safer toy for your toddler to explore and are also easier for little hands to grip.

The squeaky car is a challenging toy for different age levels.  There are six wooden pieces that make up the car, two of which are easier to take apart than the other four.  This allows for a younger child to immediately gain a sense of gratification by being able to take apart the two easier pieces from the get go, but in turn giving them a goal to achieve, which is to disassemble and re-assembled the entire car.  Older children, that can disassemble and re-assemble the entire car, gain a sense of accomplishment and will be engaged to find new fun ways to play with the car.

As the squeaky car is built entirely out of wood, it is extremely durable.  It can handle a fall onto a hard surface and not come apart and easily holds up during active play without showing any noticeable wear and tear.   This is one of the few wooden toys that we will allow our toddler to take anywhere, and yes that includes outside.

This is a pricey toy (approximately $31.99 retail), but it is a toy that is built to last a lifetime. It is made with quality, durable wood, and you will want to keep it in your family and pass down for generations to come. Contact Little Pnuts if you’d like to purchase one for your Little Pnut.

– Misty Scott, owner/blogger at The Motley Toddler

Photo Credit: Cheltanham Parks.

When we think of Play and Structured Play, we immediately realize that observation skills and learning go hand in hand. Both are highly beneficial to your child’s development. Do you often ask, “What is Child Development”? According to Kid Sense Child Development, “Children’s development occurs across a range of skill areas including: physical (motor) skills, speech and language, social and emotional, cognitive and intellectual abilities”.  Monitoring of Child Development is crucial to your child’s success, while making sure their milestones are being met. Let’s delve into helping your families use three techniques to take your fun playtime and make it slightly more structured, you can do this without your child even knowing they are learning! Here it goes!

  1. Introduce (1-2) specific concepts for daily playtime sessions – Choose specific times whether early morning or after afternoon snack to structure your child’s play. Get on their level and engage with them. Find something you know your child likes and set up an activity around it. This could take place at the carpet, table, or outside on a walk. Use props, materials and high energy. Ask open-ended questions, discuss observations, and use visual cues. Your child can go into any direction they choose and you follow their lead, this will make a huge difference for the future. This will offer a wealth of knowledge for the child.
  2. Create a home model of an educational space/classroom – This can be used for children infant to preschool. Purchase bins, drawers, chairs etc. and turn your child’s entertainment space into an educational realm. This means having everything in its order and all materials having a home. I.E. books on a shelf, small table and chairs for art, puzzle rack, stuffed animals on a shelf, cars in a bin. This will give it a structured look and even free play will be semi-structured.
  3. Use team building and appropriate social skills on playdates – We encourage children having play dates and or friends. A play date is the perfect time to see what developmental, and social level your child is on. Use special techniques to discuss emotions, proper sharing techniques, and listen to the language they use with peers. Take notes, and see how you can improve these for the next visit. Encourage success using positive words and modeling appropriate behavior.

    Photo Credit: Cheltanham Parks.


—Jessica Howard, Little Pnuts Educational Play BloggerFounder and CEO of Kid’s Night Out Parent’s Night Off in NYC.