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Category: Baby Play
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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I am a massive fan of themed baby play. It is a fab way to introduce your little one to different toys & experiences and over the last few weeks, our play has been centered around Autumn. We’ve crunched and scrunched fallen leaves, explored Autumn colours with yellow, red and orange sensory baskets and turned our Shnuggle stand into an Autumn garden. Our friends at JoJo Maman Bebe sent us this gorgeous set of soft woodland cubes to add to our play.
The set contains four cuddly cubes in the form of four adorable little woodland creatures, a fox, a hedgehog, a badger & a rabbit. They have different cute expressions, and features be it a bobbly nose, floppy ears or zig zag spikes making it easy for little ones to distinguish between them as well as making them perfectly ‘grabbable’ for little hands.
They’re incredibly soft and squishy which makes them perfect for newborn play and a welcome alternative to wooden or plastic blocks which often have quite sharp & pointy corners and edges.
We have played with these blocks in several different ways.
We have stacked them.
Knocked them over.
I’ve used them as puppets while reading stories.
We’ve juggled them.
And even tried to eat them (the joys of teething!)
They are the ideal size to just grab and pop in the changing bag ready to bring out for some on the go play too.
As they are characters, the woodland cubes will make for excellent additions to small world play as Florence gets older so they’re great for older children too.
I also think that these would double as a cute accessory for a neutrally decorated nursery and would look perfect stacked on a shelf when not being played with.
My only criticism of these gorgeous cubes is that they lack any specific sensory element. I would have liked there to have been perhaps a rattle when shaken or a squeak or a scrunch when squeezed. They’re priced at £16.00 which I think is possibly slightly higher than I would usually pay for a set of 4 soft cubes, however as they will likely be used for many years to come in different settings and ways I think that price can be justified.
They’ll make a lovely little gift for any new arrivals on their way, or even as a baby’s first Christmas present!
You can purchase them directly through Jo Jo Maman Bebe.
*We were sent this set of four woodland cubes in return for an honest review. All thoughts are our own.
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With Autumn in fall swing, we have bought the colours & textures of my favourite season inside for some Autumn baby play, making use of some of our most loved toys too! Just like our garden play last month, this weeks play theme has been centered around our make shift play gym (Our Shnuggle Stand!), taking advantage of the ability to customise this however we want to according to the day.
I tied red, orange & yellow sensory scarves along the back of the stand to create a bright & colourful backdrop for our play this week. As well as injecting colour, they were just the right length for Florence to grab and scrunch in her hands. I also used them to stroke her face & tickle her feet with!
I also hung a Mama & Belle teething necklace from the other side of the stand — I love adding things like this to our play. Florence spent ages batting it backwards and forwards as well as exploring it with her hands while laying down. When sitting up in her Bumbo, this is the perfect height for her to reach for and chew upon to soothe those pesky teeth.
Along with her beloved Skip Hop Bandana Buddy Fox who is packed full of awesome sensory features, we have some other toys from the Skip Hop range which were perfect for our Autumn Baby Play. I ordered this Skip Hop Explore and More Egg Shaker Trio Set* back in September and the three characters included are just adorable. There’s a fox, a hedgehog & an owl and each of them make a different rattly sound and have different patterns & textures on their bellies. They’re the perfect size for little hands. Florence likes to pick them up and shake them and pass them from one hand to the other. They will be perfect for small world play when Florence is that bit older.
The other Skip Hop addition to our Autumn Play was the Explore and More Roll Around Rattle which we’ve been sent by our friends over at Jo Jo Maman Bebe. I won’t go too much into detail about him now because I’m writig a full review soon, but he is proving to be one of Flo’s favourite ever toys.
We also played with some of nature’s treasures – conkers & pine cones. Florence is puttig EVERYTHING in her mouth just lately, so before play began I boiled the kettle and left them to soak to get rid of any nasties. As the conkers were quite small, I poked them through the holes in the Skip Hop hedgehog’s tummy so that she could still feel them and see them without being able to attempt to eat them!
We’ll be adding some extra elements to our Autumn Baby Play over the next week as we move on to some Hallowe’en & firework night inspired activities.
Here are some of our favourite Autumn Play ideas from some other lovely bloggers. :)
Hallowe’en Discovery Bottles – MudPie Fridays
Baby Play: Autumn Colours Treasure Basket – www.edspire.co.uk
Infant Activities for Autumn – The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide
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