"My turn. My turn!" It's a frequent refrain from my toddlers--and maybe yours? Eager little minds watch older siblings "doing school" and want to have their time too. Teach
My Toddler Learning Tote ($49.99) was designed to capture this desire to learn in young children with materials specifically created for toddlers 18-months of age and older. As is the case with many brilliant products, Christy Cook created Teach
My Toddler when she was unable to find an all-inclusive product to teach her own young son. Teach
My Toddler has 17 "coordinated teaching tools" that are stored in a handy tote box with sections for each topic. The set includes five puzzles, four sets of flash cards, four posters, and four board books. The materials cover the topics of the alphabet, colors, numbers, and shapes. There is also a Parent's Guide with many ideas to help you get started with the kit. (For children from 6 to 18 months, check out the Teach
My Baby Learning Tote.
After using the Teach My Toddler Learning Tote with my kids, I can see why this product has earned several awards, including being awarded 3 stars and Best Bet by The Canadian Toy Testing Council, Creative Child Magazine's "Educational Product of the Year," and Outstanding Product of 2009 by iParenting Media Awards. All of the materials are high quality and should withstand the rigors of exploration by little fingers. Each of the four topics has a large poster with pictures to show kids an overview, a foam puzzle for tactile and motor practice (two puzzles for the alphabet), flash cards for each concept, and a board book to review the concepts. We love how colorful and creative the items are, which makes them fun for kids to use. The alphabet topic was my favorite, with cute, colorful animals for each letter. The hands-on nature of this kit means that kids can approach the same topic through several different mediums to reinforce the concepts. It would be wonderful for toddlers who are ready for some "school-time" (or "mom-time") of their own. This is not a toy to give your child and then walk away; rather, it's a wonderful tool for interactive learning. My family would highly recommend Teach
My Toddler if you want a coordinated, high-quality, fun, and educational set of tools to start your toddler on the road to a lifetime of learning!