When choosing toys for our little ones, it’s important to pick toys that will stimulate young minds, are age-appropriate, and that help develop motor skills and dexterity. Learning Curve has a great selection of toys that are all of the above as well as fun, bright and colorful, and sure to put a smile on a child’s face!

Thanks to the awesome people at Learning Curve, I was able to review two new toys – the Stack, Roll, and Crawl ball, and Elephantunes.

Stack, Roll, and Crawl Ball (9 months and up):

This is Emma’s favorite toy by far now! I bought her one of those regular $5 plastic ring stackers about six months ago and she hardly touched it. But this toy she won’t leave alone! The Stack, Roll, and Crawl Ball can be stacked in many different ways, including round like a ball and like a cube (above). Emma is a year old and I think this is the perfect toy for babies around her age – younger babies will love the bright colors and the different shapes while toddlers will like to experiment, building the stacker in different ways. And of course any child enjoys rolling a ball around. I love that Emma keeps going back to this toy to play with it (a wonderful diversion!). When we first received it, she happily spent her time learning to put the stacker together. Now she’s a pro and can stack it with no problem – I’m quite the proud mommy! :-)

How it works:

This toy stays together magnetically – the blue rattle “lid” has a magnet in it that holds the toy together. The magnet is strong enough to roll the ball around as long as you aren’t super rough with it. My daughter throws it straight up into the air on purpose so that it will come apart and she can put it back together (see video below) so it doesn’t bother her at all. If the magnet were any stronger, she wouldn’t be able to take the “lid” off by herself. I think this toy is well-made and a lot of fun.


Video demonstration

The Stack, Roll, and Crawl Ball is a winner, I love it! I would recommend it to friends with toddlers with no hesitation. And at $18.99, it’s a great deal!

Elephantunes Elephant (Birth and up):

This soft stuffed elephant is so cute! It can hang on the side of the crib or on baby’s car seat, and has a soft vanilla scent. It’s ears make a crinkly paper sound that babies love so much, and the backs of the ears are patterned black and white. Squeeze each leg and a different note plays – a great way for babies to learn about making their own music in an adorable elephant package. A little chart is even included showing which color leg to squeeze to play a few different parts of nursery rhymes.

Emma’s Reaction:

Emma isn’t quite sure what to do with this toy yet. She hasn’t figured out how to play the notes, but I think when she does catch on, she’ll really enjoy it. For now, she gives me a huge grin when I make music for her and grabs the elephant in a bear hug.

Video demonstration

Awesome Learning Curve Links:

Learning Curve Community (I found some great articles and they even have forums!)
Enter the Play and Learn Sweepstakes (enter often!)
Check out their Great Deals page

Now for the Giveaway!

Learning Curve is generously giving away BOTH the Stack, Roll, and Crawl Ball AND Elephantunes to two lucky people! That’s right, there will be two winners who will receive both of these toys!

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Go to Learning Curve and take a look around, then come back and tell me in a comment which product(s) interest you. Giveaway open to US only.

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