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Toddler (18 months - 3 years)

Ideal handmade wooden toys for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years. Great for tactile development, basic math skills, sorting, and learning through play!

Toddlers make the most of their newfound motor skills. They like to scurry, play, and explore whatever they can get their hands on. They are spirited, inquisitive, and just plain curious. They like to explore their worlds using their whole bodies. Touch it, grab it, twist it, pull it...watch it drop, dribble, splat, bang, rip. They still need help, but are determined to do things for themselves. Foster early independence by choosing age appropriate playthings; toys that will nurture growing skills and allow egos to grow with confidence at a job well done. This collection was designed for your growing toddler. Strengthening motor skills and early developmental concepts, these toys were created with transformation in mind. Sit down for some fabulous Play & Learn time with your little explorer. Watch in awe at the focus and attention that's paid to mastering new skills; delight in the affirmative clap or fancy dance of excitement when your little one accomplishes something new; and watch confidence flourish.

  • Sensory Box - Explore With Me Sensory Bin Starter Set

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    Sensory Box - Explore With Me Sensory Bin Starter Set

    $45.00

    This Handmade Wooden Sensory Bin or Sensory Box is full of developmental manipulatives. Our wooden box kit is an excellent starter toy for hands-on learning and imaginative play. This is a preschooler toy or toddler toy ages 3 and up, with open-ended exploration opportunities to develop an understanding of physics, gravity, volume, shape, size, sound, how things fit together, similar and different, size relation. Add tactile manipulatives to make it a homemade surprise or seasonally appropriate toy.

     

    Our Maker's Description:

    Introducing the Explore With Me Sensory Box tool kit – an invaluable addition to hands-on learning. Oh how I love the open-endedness of a sensory bin. I love how many different skills can be practiced with a little bit of imagination and a box of "stuff". I always enjoy creating these seasonal boxes, it's a lot of fun for me to make - and how I love watching my little one’s excitement when she sits down to play – it’s like opening a present. It’s therapeutic and just plain fun.

    My little explorer really enjoys playing with different nick-knacks in a tub filled with something tactile - I mean, who wouldn't? It's a great way to add texture to play while exploring a subject through excavation and discovery. Sometimes she mulls through the bin on her own and sometimes we work on it together, incorporating more conversation as she explores. Either way she is learning some very important lessons: physics, gravity, volume, shape, size, sound, how things fit together, similar and different, size relation...the list goes on.

    There are so many ways to use, play, and explore with the contents in this kit. A wooden box is the window to sensorial play and imaginative excavation. Let your little one’s creativity go wild with the pouring, scooping, pinching, placing, picking, poking, and playing opportunities this learning box inspires. Add a smidgen of playful thought and create a unique and magical Explore With Me experience at each and every sit-down. This kit contains the basics and can be used over and over again – just change the ingredients and you can create a whole new learning adventure.

    Some ideas for something tactile:
    Rice
    Uncooked Pasta
    Sand
    Rocks
    Beans
    Beads
    Lentils
    Un-popped Popcorn


    What’s You Get:
    - 1 wooden box measuring ( 8.5" x 8" x almost 2" deep ) to hold all your tools & can be used as the actual “Sensory Bin”
    - 2 different wooden bowls
    - 2 different wooden scoops
    - 2 different wooden canisters with lids
    - 1 pair of wooden tongs
    - 1 muslin pouch to fit inside the box & put your main ingredient in

    The Color Sorting Bowls and Sorting Hearts shown in the last picture are NOT included in this kit. If you are interested in these items they can be found by following these links:

    Color Sorting Bowls - http://www.mamamayishop.com/products/color-sorting-bowls

    Sorting Hearts - http://www.mamamayishop.com/products/counting-hearts

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  • Pocket Place - Little People Travel Toy - Choose Your Color

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    Pocket Place - Little People Travel Toy - Choose Your Color

    $16.00

    Pocket Place is a preschooler toy and big kid toy that fits perfectly in little pockets as a travel game or imaginary friend and play companion. Choose a pocket place of your favorite color or collect them all!

    Mama May i Toymaker's Description:
    Pocket real estate is definitely a commodity. But what if you could have a friend hidden between the cloth and thread? A friend kept close, in a home of their very own. What fun. What company. What peace of mind knowing that your little companion could so easily transport – to school, a restaurant, the doctor’s office, grandma’s house, with you - next to you. Transitions may be a little easier…Play times a little less lonely…night times a little less afraid….with a familiar friend held near. This open-ended pocket toy travels easily and lends itself to a myriad of imaginative play, time and time again in a whimsical little world; My Pocket Place.

    Each Pocket Place comes in a tiny tin approximately 3.75" x 2.5" - the perfect size for pockets, backpacks, and pretend. Inside each little house you will find a friend...and some things to make a house a home.

    1 Little Tin "House" - Each color has it OWN style house / window and cannot be changed
    1 Little Person approximately 1.75" tall
    1 Fabric Swatch
    1 Ball approximately 3/4" diameter
    1 Felt Rectangle
    1 Circle Disk
    1 Raw Wooden Bowl
    1 Raw Wooden Spool
    1 Raw Wooden Circle

    This listing is for one pocket place, please select your color variation before adding to cart :-) 


    This product has Small Parts and is NOT suitable for children under the age of 3. Thank you!

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    This toy and description are property of Mama May i. I work really hard to create new toys. Please don’t copy my ideas or words for monetary compensation. Copyright MamaMayi 2008 – present

    All of my creations were made with your little one in mind. Each piece was designed to nurture child development through open-ended play. These pieces can be used to broaden your little one's understanding and knowledge of our world and were created as early educational toys. I am inspired by the teachings of Montessori; the natural beauty of Waldorf; and incorporate a myriad of other learning-through-play philosophies when I design. It makes me smile to see my made-with-love pieces being toted for use as preschool toys and in natural play settings. Thank you for helping me support little minds, bodies, and imaginations through engaging, hands-on play and discovery.

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  • Family Box - Handmade Wooden Little People Playset

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    Family Box - Handmade Wooden Little People Playset

    $24.00

    Family Box Handmade Wooden Little People Playset reinforces beginner color concepts, size relations, fine motor skills, and open-ended play. This is a great preschooler toy and big kid toy ages 3 and up. 

     

    Our Maker's Description:

    A whole little world inside a box*…like your little one’s imagination, you will find a world of play, a world of fun, a world of learning. The Family Box will inspire creative play and enchant young story-makers. Each family has six members (one for all the colors of the rainbow) and six coordinated sleep sacks. Entice imaginative thinking while reinforcing beginner color concepts, size relations, fine motor skills, and open-ended play. 

    Each family member is made of natural wood and has one of six colors marked on their bottoms. There are six coordinating sleep sacks made of comfy, cotton fabric. Encourage cognitive problem solving while your little one practices matching sizes or colors and enhances fine motor skills. 

    With a dash of imagination, the play and learning possibilities are endless….

    Stand the little people Shortest to Tallest or Smallest to Biggest.
    Match the colored bottoms to their sleep sacks.
    Tuck the little people into a sleep sack they fit into.
    Count the people in the family.
    Group the "kids" and "grown-ups" or "boys" and "girls"
    Play. 
    Pretend. 
    Learn.

    The tallest peg doll measures a little less than 2.5" tall. Mom measures a little more than 2" tall. and the sister measures a little less than 2" tall. The twins measure almost 1.75" tall each. The smallest wee one measures only a little more than 1" tall.

    - The Family Box contains small parts and is not suitable for children under 3. 
    As with all toys, little ones should be supervised while at play. -

    *NOTE : The box you receive may vary in shape from the one pictured.

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  • Wooden Toy - Classic Ball And Cup Dexterity Game

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    Classic Ball and Cup Dexterity Game

    $9.00

    This old fashioned game will never go out of style. You will find that little ones and adults alike will want to try their hand-eye-coordination and skill at this classic game. “Just one more try…” won’t be enough when it comes to playing with this traditional gem. Enjoy the simplicity of building fine motor skills, understanding physics, and fostering hand-eye coordination with this hours-of-fun, old-fashioned toy.

    *This listing is for ONE of the games, you choose the color from those shown in the picture.

    Each Ball and Cup Game is painted to order. You can choose from one of six colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue Purple. The ball and the cup are painted with a non-toxic plant based paint and then lightly sealed with a beeswax finish. Because they are painted to order, please allow an extra 3 business days.

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  • Color Sorting Bowls

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    Color Sorting Bowls

    $26.00

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    Color Sorting Bowls

    $26.00

    These are the perfect little bowls for color sorting. Sort a rainbow of handheld items like marbles, gemstones, rainbow o's, beads, flowers, wooden acorns...the possibilities are endless. Help your little one learn the colors of the rainbow while enhancing fine motor skills and sharpening color recognition. Use your imagination to explore your own colorful ideas. 

    Each set comes with 6 bowls : Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple

    These bowls have been hand painted with a nontoxic soy based pigment. They have been lightly sealed with a combination of organic beeswax and jojoba oil to keep the colors vibrant.

    Each bowl measures approximately 2.5" in diameter.

    *These bowls are great paired with any of the goodies in the Counting Series - Count and Sort the Seasons throughout the year.

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  • Colored Cups and Balls Playset

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    Colored Cups and Balls Playset

    $24.00

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    Colored Cups and Balls Playset

    $24.00

    A Rainbow fun and educational way to play and learn – colors! Your little one will enjoy picking and placing colored balls into their corresponding cups. This little set is great in enhancing fine motor skills and balance while discussing colors, numbers, and simple volume concepts. My little explorer loves to “scoop” and “pour” these cups over and over again. She is especially proud when she matches the colors together appropriately. This open-ended toy provides many different ways to play – tea party, kitchen accessory, rainbow stacker…with these “tools” and a dash of imagination the play possibilities are endless.

    The 6 balls each measure ¾ inch in diameter - The cups measure almost 2 inches ---All have been colored (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet) with certified non-toxic watercolors and lightly sealed with beeswax and jojaba oil.

    The bowl measure 2 ½ inches – The Scoop measures 3 ½ inches --- Both pieces are in their natural wood state

    -All come in a convenient muslin drawstring pouch

    * All of my creations were made with your little one in mind. Each piece was designed to nurture child development through open-ended play. These pieces can be used to broaden your little one's understanding and knowledge of our world and were created as early educational toys. I am inspired by the teachings of Montessori; the natural beauty of Waldorf; and incorporate a myriad of other learning-through-play philosophies when I design. It makes me smile to see my made-with-love pieces being toted for use as preschool toys and in natural play settings. Thank you for helping me support little minds, bodies, and imaginations through engaging, hands-on play and discovery.

    *Note: This toy is not intended for children who still mouth things. The balls measure ¾ inch in diameter. I use this as a “monitored” or “guided” toy with my little one. As with any toy, children should be supervised while at play. *

    *Note: Color Varies from batch to batch depending on the watercolor wash and how the wood accepts it. * 

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  • Learning Toy - My Little Nurture Box

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    My Little Nurture Box

    $45.00

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    My Little Nurture Box

    $45.00

    Please Allow An Extra 5-7 Business Days For Shipment. Thank You!!

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    So simple a concept, but so many ways to pretend, play, and foster fine motor coordination. I made a Little Nurture Box for my little one (22 months old) and she loves it so much I thought I should share it. A little bit like a puzzle, a little bit like threading – a great step into pretending. There are seven different sized holes in the “flower box” to create a dexterity challenge: “How to put these flowers in?” Some are easy, some are a little tricky, but all are definitely great fun for your little Florist. Arrange, and rearrange ‘til your heart’s content. Flowers come in a rainbow so you can teach early color concepts; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, and Red/Violet. There are seven in all (provides a great counting tool as well!). 

    This Little Nurture Box also comes with a heavy-duty-glass vase so the flowers can be sorted, arranged, or classified separately. Simply put, it adds a creative canvas for your little one. This simple glass container allows you to teach and reinforce handling things with CARE.

    Allow your child to use pretend water in a watering can or cut one from paper and laminate. Let your little one tend to his or her own little garden box or set up “shop” at a pretend flower stand. This toy truly is a step into a whole pretend world of open-ended play possibilities.

    This little box will Nurture your little ones Fine Motor Skills, Cognitive Development, Communication / Verbal Skills, Build Vocabulary, Encourage Empathy, and Develop an Early Appreciation for Nature. 

    This Little Nurture Box is sent as a well-tended package and shipped in a Priority Flat Rate box.

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  • Little People Rainbow World

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    Little People Rainbow World

    $29.00

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    Little People Rainbow World

    $29.00

    More Rainbow Play - This time for toddlers! A great addition to the color series, this little rainbow set is sure to intrigue and delight your little explorer. Placing the people in the coordinating cup houses is not only a great fine-motor skill builder, it also sharpens color recognition, and fosters imaginative play. This colorful set comes in a drawstring pouch and is the perfect size for toting to the doctor’s office, a restaurant, or grandma’s house.

    Each little person measures about 2.5” tall. 
    Each little cup house is about 1.5” tall.

    Each piece has been hand painted with a nontoxic, water based wash. They have been lightly sealed with a combination of organic beeswax and jojoba oil to keep the colors vibrant and the pieces durable.

    *Note: Though these pieces are intended for toddler use, if used incorrectly they could pose a choking hazard. They ARE NOT intended for children who still Mouth things. As with ALL toys, children should ALWAYS be supervised while at play. 

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