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Mini Concept Box

Jade's Toy Box

131 Varick Street #935
New York, NY 10013

Are you short on time, or do you have no idea where to begin teaching your baby, toddler, or preschooler? Jade's Toy Box is a company that specializes in educational "concept boxes" that contain eco-friendly toys, books, games, and other products that revolve around a specific theme and teach a certain concept. The majority of the toys are made with organic, sustainable, or recycled materials. This idea was created by Angelique LeDoux after the Chinese toy lead scare. She wanted to create quality toys and educate parents about safety at the same time.

I reviewed a Mini Concept Box, but they are available in a larger size as well. The theme of this box was food, and it contained a soft cloth chef puppet, an eggplant lacing card, a wooden sliceable carrot, a mini The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, and Mary's Softdough (Bubble Gum Scented). All of these toys are wonderful for the imagination. My daughter just loved this. It came in a very nice box and was packed to look like a gift, which is exactly what these would be great for. It even included some lollipops. She couldn't wait to dig in and see all the treasures hidden inside. With things to see, smell, touch, and play with, this kit was very multisensory and kept her interested for quite a while. This was much better than an electronic device.

These boxes are great for busy parents. They are easy to pick up if   you need instant activities to do with your child or something he can do independently. There are even Parent Guides available on their site to download. Many of the materials included are great for travel as well and would definitely keep a toddler or preschooler busy in the car. While I thought the price of these boxes to be a little high at first, I then realized you are paying for high-quality materials and the convenience of someone else handpicking specific products that teach a concept. They are well worth the price when you are short on time, want safe products that are going to last for a long time, and want to keep your child's interest while teaching him important skills at the same time.

Product review by Heidi Miller-Ford, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, September 2010

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