The best toys are not those that make whirring sounds or have flashing lights. Through personal research and observation of my own little ones, I found that the best toys are those that aid pretend play and engage a child's imagination. I can't tell you how many hours my children can stay in their pretend world, washing and slicing fruits in their wooden sink, cooking and serving exotic food in their wooden dishes, and mixing coffee and tea in their wooden tea set.
Did I Say Wooden?
Yes, I did! We started hoarding wooden toys when Little T was just a baby. I would wait for warehouse sales and buy for Christmas months and months ahead. It used to be quite difficult to find high quality but affordable wooden toys. In recent years though, Wonderworld Toys has been gaining a foothold in the local market, and parents in the Philippines now have access to a great line of wooden toys, at an affordable price.
Babysmiths, the online shop of Wonderworld's Philippine distributor. I love their toys so much that The Learning Basket also now carries some selected items (read: pretend toys!) over at the shop.
Sharing The Love With You
To celebrate pretend play and also our partnership with Wonderworld Toys as we jointly promote the value of good old-fashioned play at ExpoKid today, we are hosting a giveaway with the most wonderful prize... my children's favorite -- Wonderworld's tea time set!
Neutral in color, this tea time set is perfect for both girls and boys. Little Sir started pretending with this set when he was around 18 months old, offering me coffee or tea! I will treasure this toy forever!
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