Recently, I was introduced to Ebeanstalk, which is a company dedicated to selecting good, safe toys and baby gifts. Ebeanstalk is looking for moms to help pick the toys they and their children love and will play with for years to come. They sent us a toy to test and try out. It's called the Sort 'n' Learn Pelican from Tiny Love. Tiny Love makes great developmental toys for babies, by the way.
At first, I was thinking that my boys had enough toys; why do they need another? Actually, though, Jaden loves this toy, which automatically makes me love this toy....,and it tends to grab his attention better than some of the other toys he has. He's really enjoyed playing with it. It's all about shapes and colors. The pelican's mouth opens up to swallow the shapes. The four shapes it works with are the circle, square, triangle, and star. Each shape also has a number on it, numbered 1-4. As Jaden inserts the shape into the designated shape hole, I can either set the pelican to play a sound/music, say the shape name, or say the color. Oh, and I can set this toy to speak in either English, French, or Spanish, which is really kind of cool.
It's a really cute pelican with its huge mouth and its crinkly sounding, little feathers and wings. It's also very sturdy with my rough and tumble boys. The minute we got it, Jaden was interested in it and wanted to touch it and play with it. If I were buying it, I probably would have bought it when he was just a bit younger, since he's likely to grow out of it within the next year and a half or so. For now, though, he and I will both enjoy it, especially when school rolls around next week, and Mommy needs something to occupy my "little monster" for just a bit.:)