Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
I suppose I should admit it, even though I can hardly believe it myself: I am the mama of a toddler now.
Amelia has been walking since just shy of her 10 month birthday and this mama certainly wasn’t ready for it. Truth be told, I’m having a real hard time thinking of my baby as a “toddler” despite the fact that she’s been toddling along for almost two months now. Slow down, baby girl, slow down.
Amelia’s new-found walking skills mean that she is very interested in things that she can pick up and carry, like little baskets, small soft dolls, the measuring cups with handles. One can usually find her toddling along with an object in each hand as she makes her way around our home.
The dancing alligator
She also currently loves push and pull toys. She’s accomplished learning how to push the doll stroller, albeit in a rather awkward fashion, and anything with a string or a leash gets dragged along on the floor behind her.
One of her favorite toys right now is a pull toy: the Plan Toys dancing alligator.
Ways we play with the gator:
- she “feeds” the gator
- walks with the gator and pulls him along
- sits on the ground and pushes the gator
- opens and closes his mouth with her hands
- the gator “chomp, chomp, chomps” on our toes
- pointing to the gator’s eyes and mouth
What this mama appreciates about Plan Toys and the gator
First of all, I think this little toy is adorable. I appreciate that it is a simple toy, requires no batteries, and the alligator makes a charming little “click-clack” sound as it is pulled along.
Plus, it is helping to develop Amelia’s coordination, motor skills, and even her imagination as the alligator chomp, chomp, chomps our toes or wiggles as he walks along behind her when she pulls the toy as she toddles through our house.
Made from sustainable materials:
- printed with soy ink
- non-toxic glue
- water-based, non-toxic dye
- PlanWood organic paint
- chemical-free rubberwood
- recycled and recyclable materials
This toy is intended for children ages 12 months and up, though my toddling eleven month old enjoys it. The dancing alligator would be best suited for a walking/toddling or preschool aged child, in my opinion. While it doesn’t have any sharp edges, it does have a long pull string so I wouldn’t allow any unsupervised play for really young children.
Overall, I’d say the Plan Toys Dancing Alligator is a nice, quality toy for a toddling child and one that most kids in this age and stage will enjoy. If you’ve got a toddling little one who likes pull toys, this would make a charming addition to the toy box.
Now, how to get the baby to slow down a bit ….
What are your toddlers favorite toys for the early walking days and beyond? Why did you choose them for him/her? Do you consider the materials and manufacturing process when choosing toys for your child?
Disclosure: I was given this toy for review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.