Books and Games: Mothering’s Natural Toy Guide 2012



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Why We Love It: This Monopoly inspired game provides all of the fun as the original–with an earth-friendly twist. Instead of attempting to take over and develop as much property as possible, players work to save the earth by protecting and cleaning up habitats. It is truly a blast to play and great way to teach eco-values. Printed on recyclable paper with vegetable-based inks. 


Price: $24.95


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden





Play Zoo Game


Why We Love It: This enticing set actually includes ten different entertaining games for preschool age kids. From teaching concentration and memory skills to counting, colors, shapes and animal recognition–you’ll want to break this out again and again.


Price: $37.80


Where to Buy: Rosie Hippo


What Do Roots Do?


Why We Love It: You’ll love digging into this delightful, rhyming storybook about the importance of roots. What Do Roots Do is deeply informative while still being fun to read. Perfect for nature lovers of all ages. 


Price:  $8.95


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden





Nature Bingo


Why We Love It: Bingo just got a whole lot better! The gorgeous and realistic animal images in this fun spin on a much loved classic explains why it has won one award after another since its release. There is something here for kids of all ages. Perfect for family game night and parties! 


Price: $15.95 


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden





Know Your Knots Fundana


Why We Love It: This is an incredibly simple and yet completely engrossing game that can be played with kids of all ages. It is especially perfect for little ones who love to try out and show off new skills. A lovely idea for family game night and a great way to keep those little minds turning. Made in the USA. 


Price: $7.95


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden





Green Tris Tic Tac Toe Game


Why We Love It: This uniquely beautiful and tactically satisfying wooden game is a one of a kind. Stunning design made in Italy. Includes one wooden base and 10 sapling scorekeepers (tees) in colored wood. Parents and kids alike will enjoy.


Price: $24.95


Where to Buy: The Wooden Wagon





The Bee Who Lost His Buzz


Why We Love It: This beautifully illustrated collection of short tales is sure to entertain kids of many ages. Follow the antics of Tiptoes and Jeremy Mouse as they help friends of all sorts get out of unusual scrapes. The short stories blend together and can be read individually or as an ongoing adventure. Great as a read aloud book or for new readers looking for fun and simple stories to dive into. 


Price: $13.95


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden





Kaleidograph Crystal Pattern Game


Why We Love It: This educational children’s toy and adult design tool was created in the tradition of the original Kindergarten to teach the most fundamental lessons of pattern, rhythm, association, interconnectedness, and unity through symmetry and color combinations. Made in USA from sturdy, non-toxic paperboard.


Price: $12.00


Where to Buy: The Wooden Wagon





Whoo’s There? A Bedtime Shadow Book


Why We Love It: Guaranteed to produce some oohs and ahs: this book is a brilliant way to bring old fashioned shadow puppet fun to bedtime. Just shine a flashlight through the imaginative pictures to project them on the wall and the story comes alive right before your eyes. 


Price: $12.95


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden





In a Nutshell


Why We Love It: In a Nutshell is the kind of picture book that makes you feel like a child again because it is so filled with sweet, simple magic. The rich illustrations are weaved together with a touching story about the interconnectedness of everything on our earth and the mighty power of even the smallest of things. 


Price: $8.95


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden






Flower Fairy Alphabet CD


Why We Love It: A very special CD and songbook set for any child who loves the curious and wonderful world of fairies. With 24 beautifully performed songs the kids will be dancing and twirling to their heart’s content. This unique collection is also great background music for any imaginative play. 


Price: $19.95


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden





Complete Book of Flower Fairies


Why We Love It: This hardcover book will be treasured for years to come, It includes 192 pages of beautiful fairy illustrations and poems that are sure to enchant the whole family. Perfect with the Flower Fairy Alphabet CD. 


Price: $24.95 


Where to Buy: A Toy Garden







Pick-Up Sticks in Sun Colors


Why We Love It: These long, sturdy, colorful pick-up sticks invite you to play with them. Beautiful new, stylish interpretation of a classic. Made in Italy of Milaniwood.


Price: $40.00


Where to Buy: The Wooden Wagon





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