My daughter is a handful, to say the least. Sheâ€™s 2 and a half, but sometimes she thinks sheâ€™s 12. And sometimes, she acts like sheâ€™s an infant. So as you can imagine it takes some quick thinking and creative parenting sometimes to keep her occupied and stimulated. One day while shopping I got luckyâ€”I came across two toys I thought would cater to both her inquisitive and creative side, as well as to her sweetness. Sofia The First Dress Up Trunk and Big Hugs Elmo!
Sofia is very popular in my house-being a young and very relatable princess my daughter LOVES to pretend she is Sofia, she even makes up songs. She'll dance around the house singing "I'm Sofia, I'm Sofia," so when I saw the dress up trunk I knew I had to have it. The full set, which was incredibly affordable, has Sofia's signature purple dress, her amulet, a purple purse, tiara, gloves and wand. Cadence couldn't get the costume on fast enough-and once she did get it on she treated us to many renditions of her made-up song (I'm Sofia!). The best part is that the box is actually a trunk so we were able to put the whole set back neatly where it will stay until we are ready to play with it again-which happened to be the next day. I loved seeing my princess dressed like her favorite princess.
The second toy I bought for Cadence was Big Hugs Elmo. Like Sofia, we are big Elmo fans but I had concerns that my daughter's Elmo-mania had waned. I was wrong. As soon as she saw the life-sized figure (he stands as tall as my 2-year-old) her first instinct was to hug him. I had to laugh when he actually hugged her back. The furry red Sesame Street character greeted Cadence with a big hug, and even asked her to hug him tighter. She squealed with delight and did what he asked; maybe a bit too overzealously because Elmo said "too tight." Once she was done playing and dancing with Elmo, Cadence put him down and said "Elmo go night night," and Elmo agreed. He started to sing a lullaby and then began snoring. Cadence laid down right next to him. If only it was that easy to put her to bed.
These two toys really lived up to my expectations. I give them both Mommy's Seal of Approval!
What type of toys do you look for when shopping for your children? Educational? Creative? I'd love to know.