I’m a sucker for well-designed toys that are not in the usual mainstream. I wrote about Mudpuppy toys last summer at my main mommy blog when I reviewed their vinyl sticker play scenes, which make fabulous road trip toys.
This summer we had the chance to review a couple of Mudpuppy’s recent award-winning toys:
- Charlie and Lola Mini Cube Puzzle, winner of the 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award
- Constructibles, 2008 Parenting Outstanding Product Award winner
Between the two I’d highly recommend Constructibles. We tested out the Painter’s Palette version but I think the under the sea and the garden theme sets would make great gifts, too. This is one of those imaginative construction type non-battery toys that is a rainy day favorite. My girls are 33 months apart in age (nearly 7 as I write this post and 4) and they both LOVED making whimsical creatures and vehicles with the Constructibles set. They’re recommended for ages 4 and up help improve hand-eye coordination and develop fine motor skills. Plus at $13 a set, they are reasonably priced (and oh so quiet…no batteries required here, just your child’s imagination.)
My 6-year-old with her cool Constructibles creation.
The Charlie & Lola puzzle is great for any Charlie & Lola fan and I’m a big lover of jigsaw puzzles. The pieces are large and the puzzle is perfect for my 4-year-old. Plus Mudpuppy’s cube puzzles are only $10-$11, making them a nice choice for a birthday present that won’t break the bank. I’m loving the Where The Wild Things Are puzzle and the Map of the U.S.A. puzzle with its fun graphics. (What a great way to teach geography!)
The next time your seeking an unusual outside-the-box birthday present, try browsing all the award-winning toys from Mudpuppy.
p.s. Mudpuppy has been awarded an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award and 10 Oppenhaim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Awards for 2009!