Need a toddler girl gift? Take a look a Vilac’s Ball Maze Toy. This wooden toy made by French company Vilac always grabs and keeps kids’ attention. The mechanics of it mesmerizes them as they try to figure out how this simple machine works. This will make any toddler girl very happy.
Accumulated from various holidays and times of gift giving, our daughter has a trunk load of instruments. Everything from tambourines, maracas, mini-drum sets and even a triangle. When her Godmother gave her a bright pink recorder, it sent chills down my spine. Every time, she hits the highest note imaginable on it, I question my friendship with this woman. But I guess I should relax a bit. After all, it’s musical, and my daughter loves it. The dog and me—let’s just say, the two of us haven’t quite found it to be as melodious as she thinks.
This beautiful wooden guitar from Vilac completes her concerto of rhythm and song. We love that with this one instrument she can channel her inner rock star in so many musical ways. She can wail away with quiet ballads of love and longing (I love milk, I long for some more) or dressed up in rock star baby clothes rock out with all-out fired up jam sessions (I love milk! Yeah, yeah. I love milk!). Sure, both of these genres of song sound exactly the same as she plays them. When the look on her face changes, that’s our only queue that she’s taken on a new direction with the tune.
With each performance, she’s learning to appreciate music and all the work that goes into producing it. A juice box is usually the only thing that can refresh the spent musician in her, after all that crazy rocking out.
My recorder-gifting friend has a son now. I see this guitar in his future. And perhaps a blue recorder as well. Rock on, little one. Rock on.
I’ve always selected gifts for my friends’ kids carefully. Not only do I want the child to like it, of course, but I also want the parents to like it. Or not like it. Depends on whether I like or dislike the parents, I guess. The noisier and more annoying the toy I choose is to the parents, the noisier and more annoying the parents are to me. I know. I’m childish. I once bought a horrible toy dinosaur that made loud screeches for the son of a man who I consider one of the biggest loudmouths I’ve ever met. The kid loved it. The father, not so much.
This red tambourine would definitely be for one of my best friends’ kids. The sweet jingles that come out of this little instrument created by French children toymaker Vilac are music to my ears (and with a silly little price, to my wallet, as well). Listening to it really brings a smile to my face.
There are a ton of musical instruments on the market for small children, but a tambourine is perfect for even the tiniest of enthusiasts. Very rarely do you find a toy that’s both musical and educational, no matter the child’s age. Little grasping hands are able to participate in singalongs with random jingles, while older ones can learn to keep a beat along with fellow music makers.
So I guess my secret’s out. The quieter the toy, the more I like you. The louder the toy, the more I like your child. Unless of course it’s a tambourine. Then I like you both.
Your entire life you were told to keep your eye on the ball…just keep your eye on the ball. Whether it was an actual ball on the playground during recess or gym class, or the proverbial ball that reminded you to keep your eye on the ball, eye on the prize, don’t give up and never surrender — your eye was definitely on the ball.
Well, it certainly seemed like an awful lot of pressure for a young child but you listened and watched and finally made it to adulthood…and you were exhausted. (You still wake up during the night every now and then, in a cold sweat, after dreaming of running down an empty corridor, being chased by countless balls. Those suckers were fast!)
Time passed and now that you are parent, you want your child to have every opportunity they can possibly have — but without so much pressure. Why not start with something simple? Enter Vilac’s Maison des Boules. Why even the name sounds soothing.
This colorful, completely natural wood toy is a lovely kinetic piece that lets your child keep their eye, fingers and hands on the ball; four of them to be exact. Think of it as a Rube Goldberg contraption that’s been genetically combined with the best Skee ball machine, ever. How fun is that?
So for now, don’t worry about the getting them into the best preschool, high school and college. Just let them have fun rolling those balls and hearing the teeny bell at the end of the ramp ring. Yes, for now it’s that simple.
And remember, life is a ball. Just roll with it.