Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review for Heirloom Wooden Toys

Heirloom Wooden Toys generously sent my children each an age appropriate toy of our choosing in exchange for our opinions on them. Their website was super easy to navigate. I searched by category which really helped narrow down specifically what I was looking for. Customer Service was fabulous - super fast to respond to my emails. And shipping? The box was here SO fast!


The children were so excited to receive a box of toys in the mail! We dug right in and this is what they discovered inside (Mom chose their items):



Daniella received Melissa and Doug High Sea Symphony musical instruments.
Brandon received Gobblet! which is a game.

Daniella had just woken up from her nap when we opened the box (and I am sure by her wild hair in the next few pictures, you can tell!). Here are the Melissa and Doug instruments - 
Seahorse maraca

Crab jingle bells

Clam Clackers

Octopus tambourine

Clam Clackers
Daniella really loved playing with her new instruments! She is very into music right now so I figured this would be a hit with her! 
She enjoys lining the instruments up to go "night-night".

Up close picture of the seahorse maraca

Up close picture of the clam clackers

Up close picture of the clam clackers while open

Up close picture of the octopus tambourine

Up close picture of the crab jingle bells

All lined up!

Daniella is doing a marching band parade!

Daniella noticed this inside of the tambourine looked like "money"!

She loves to shake the "blells" (as she calls them!)

She is learning open vs. close!

Putting the clackers "night-night".

Shaking the tambourine!

Daniella is absolutely in love with her new instruments. I love how much she is learning with them! She can identify all four ocean animals and their colors. They are a great price at only $19.99! See them here.

For Brandon, I chose the game Gobblet. At age 10, he was a little bit more difficult to find something for but there were still plenty of choices! See Gobblet here. A great game at a great price - $26.99!


Everything is stored inside the game board!

The lid of the box is the game board! (There ARE three of the white pieces as well, Daniella was playing with them when I took this picture!)


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Gobblet came sealed in a plastic wrap with many stickers on it showing just what a wonderful game it is! "OVER 1,000,000 SOLD! MULTIPLE AWARD WINNING GAME!"
"OPPENHEIM TOY PORTFOLIO BEST TOY AWARD PLATINUM"
"PARENTS' CHOICE SILVER HONOR" - PARENTS' CHOICE FOUNDATION
"DR. TOY 10 BEST GAMES WINNER"
"ALL BLUE ORANGE GAMES MEET OR EXCEED U.S. TOY SAFETY STANDARDS"
"BLUE ORANGE PROTECTS OUR PLANET - FOR EVERY TREE USED, TWO ARE PLANTED."
"DR. TOY GREEN TOY COMPANY AWARD"

PRETTY IMPRESSIVE - ISN'T IT???

Brandon and Michael (my husband) enjoyed playing together.







The winning move! Brandon won!


This is what Brandon has to say about Gobblet: "Gobblet is a very fun game. I liked playing it and on my first game - I won! It is kind of like Connect 4 and Checkers."

The object of the game is to get 4 of your colored pieces (either black or white) in a row while using your pieces to "Gobble" up your opponents. Each player has 12 pieces. 4 pieces each of 4 different sizes. The pieces get progressively bigger and fit over one another, similiar in fashion to nesting dolls.


Notice that Daniella had to be involved, too, right? Do you see what she is doing while they are playing?  She, too, discovered that they are like nesting dolls - 









So even though Gobblet is labeled as being a game for ages 7+, Daniella found her own way to play along! And I used it as an opportunity to discuss little, big, bigger and biggest!

Overall, I cannot say enough good things about either one of these toys. I highly doubt that if your were to purchase them, you would be disappointed! My kids have been thrilled with them!

Check out some other items that Heirloom Wooden Toys sells:

( I SO want one of these!) - Learning Tower  The Learning Tower









Fairy Role Play Costume Set



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