Ever since we moved around the furniture in our living room, the youngers kids want to play in it ALL THE TIME! This wouldn't be a problem, except that many of their toys are noisy or take up lots of room. We recently found a few toys from Plan Toys that are pretty contained (while still allowing for imaginative, open play) and that are also very beautiful to look at. You won't mind these being scattered about!
The first toy we tried was the Sort n' Count toy. This was similar to an abacus, in that kids can put items on wooden spools to practice counting.
What I loved about it was that each "bead" was actually two (a top and bottom half). The base of the toy is also flexible for added safety and so that kids can manipulate it easily. All of my kids enjoy this toy, and, as you can see from the photo below, it ends up everywhere in our home.
The biggest excitement came over the boys tearing into the box for the Plan City Parking Garage. This big, sturdy, wooden garage has several levels for play, and it connects easily to other wooden city and train sets.
From the car wash brushes to the working elevator, there is just so much fun detail in this toy. My boys (ages 7, 5, and 2) play together (with supervision, of course. The toy is designed for ages 3 and up.) It also comes with a little car and man, so we used a few of our other wooden toy cars to give everyone something to play.
I can see these toys lasting a very long time. Even with our rough-and-tumble household, they are of a high-quality construction, and we have had a blast using them in our home. For those of you who are looking for a more earth-friendly toy company, I'm pleased to tell you that PlanWood toys are made from the rubberwood sawdust created by the manufacturing of other items by Plan Toys. (Talk about making use of your resources!)
In addition all PlanToys® are made with clean, natural rubberwood from rubber trees which no longer produce latex. To keep the rubberwood pure, no fertilizer is added to the soil for three years before the trees are cut. To strengthen the wood, PlanToys® uses a special chemical-free kiln drying process.You can find out more information about the complete line of Plan Toys (and there are so many) at their website.
*Samples received for review. Opinions (and those of my kids) are 100% our own.