February 20, 2014
Here in Vermont, Winter Break is about to start. Some of you will be traveling, some will be staying home. Turner Toys & Hobbies has products to make Winter Break fun and maybe even educational!
If you are traveling bring along an Eni Puzzle. Eni Puzzles are a great “fidget” puzzle toy with lots of possible solutions and great for spatial relation skills. They come in a small keychain size (which can clip onto a backpack or school bag)
Eni Keychain Puzzle
Mini Eni Puzzle
and a slightly larger “Mini” size. Each is available in two different colors.
Woodkins are also great for traveling. A modern twist on dress up dolls – Woodkins consist of a hinged wooden frame with a two dimensional image of a fairy, princess or kid on the bottom half and a matching outline on the top half. Kids arrange the supplied fabric pieces to create outfits on the bottom half and then close the top half to see the completed outfit. They are quiet, don’t require batteries and can keep kids occupied for hours.
If you are staying home vacation can be a great time for some together time. Puzzles are a great family activity and we have a wide range from colorful jungle frogs
to a 3000 piece world map (circa 1665).
We also have 3-D puzzles of famous landmarks including The Empire State Building, Big Ben and The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Learning doesn’t have to stop just because its vacation time. We have science kits from Science Wiz that cover Chemistry, Electricity, Energy, Inventions, Light and Physics. Each kit includes materials, a book with experiments and background information plus access to more experiments and lessons on the web. These kits have been favorites with our customers.
What toys have you found entertaining, educational (or both!) during past vacations?
April 2, 2013
Today is National Children’s Book Day. When our children were young, we read lots of classic story books to them and they loved looking at the pictures, over and over.
- Any Eric Carle picture book, but especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- The Maisy books
- Goodnight Moon
- How much Do I Love You? (This much!)
Why Were These Great Books for Toddlers?
Each featured great graphics, eye-appealing colors and fun rhymes.
Children’s Story Book Puzzles
Now, add another dimension to your child’s enjoyment and developmental growth through puzzle play featuring images from classic children’s story book puzzles. Puzzles are great cognitive and motor skill activities and are even more engaging when they relate to familiar picture books.
Here are some of the story book puzzles that we carry at Turner Toys:
The Very Books Block Puzzle celebrates Eric Carle’s books which are a staple of most preschoolers’ libraries. Puzzle features images from The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, The Very Busy Spider and a smiley sun. The puzzle includes 9 2″ cubes that form 6 different puzzle pictures or can be used as stacking block and a sturdy box with sliding drawer for storage. Puzzle backing contains 90% recycled paper and packaging contains 70% recycled paper. Printed with non-toxic soy based inks. Ages 3 and up.
This 42 Piece Puzzle forms a 16″ square puzzle when completed and comes in a sturdy 5″ cube box with a colorful rope handle. Puzzle backing contains 90% recycled paper and packaging contains 70% recycled paper. Printed with non-toxic soy based inks. Ages 3 and up.
The classic children’s story written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd comes to life in this Goodnight Moon 42 Piece Puzzle. Kids will enjoy locating each of the objects mentioned in the story.
Each 42 Piece Puzzle forms a 16″ square puzzle when completed and comes in a sturdy 5″ cube box with a colorful rope handle. Puzzle backing contains 90% recycled paper and packaging contains 70% recycled paper. Printed with non-toxic soy based inks. Ages 3 and up.
This 20-piece wooden puzzle depicts an image from the classic book, Guess How Much I Love You. Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare “this much”. Big Nutbrown Hare loves him back “as high as the moon”. Based on the children’s book written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. Made in USA Ages 3 & up
The Maisy books written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins feature Maisy and Tallulah and other friends in different activities. We have Maisy Harvest, Maisy Music, Maisy’s Garden, and Maisy’s Presents. All are 20-pc wooden puzzle. Made in USA Ages 3 & up. NOTE: These puzzles are no longer made and we have limited supply. Please check with us online to see available stock!
What were your favorite books when you were a child?