Vertically challenged, full-time mama of two children; a boy and a girl. Wife to a husband who knows me too well. Past work experience includes interactive marketing, public relations, and teaching. Self-proclaimed worrier and over-thinker. Loves the sun, cookies & cream ice cream, and lounging on the couch with a good foodie magazine.

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Toys That Teach

When shopping for children’s toys or games, I always like to find something unique.  I am always happy to come across a find that I haven’t seen anywhere else.  That can be difficult when you go to a big chain store where most of the items are just advertisements for a television show, movie or video game.  I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, right?

The other day, I came across a delightful store in Bothell’s Country Village.  After stopping by Bella & Max for my son’s haircut, we strolled over to Toys that Teach.  It is a cozy store packed with wonderful treats that you probably won’t find in your everyday shopping outings.  I love that the toys here are powered by your imagination and not a package of batteries.

My son was mesmerized by the assortment of puzzles, games, and stickers.  A little chef in the making, he was also drawn to the pretend foods.  They carry a large selection of Melissa & Doug products; the pretend ice cream set and wooden cookie kit have been added to the “must have” list.  My preschooler could have drooled over this part of the store for at least an hour.

No matter what your child’s interest, there is something for every kid in this store; train sets, building blocks, wooden cars and trucks, and several different science kits.  There are also tons of craft supplies that will keep your little ones busy on a rainy day: clay, markers, paints, crayons, drawing pads, and fun sets that even I wanted to try.

I love that there is a corner dedicated to books and dress-up clothes.  It was fun to look at the funny hats and costumes that they had.  In the back, I looked through the educational activity books they offered for all ages and I chose one for my little preschooler that will be perfect to bring out when there is just “nothing” to do.

As we left, I noticed the seasonal toys they offered, like beach buckets, sand toys, and kites for those windy days.  I saw that they even have gift wrap on the wall.  I don’t know about you, but when I can get a birthday gift wrapped before I even get in the car, that is a good day.

This is an independently owned store (I love this!) that offers a wide range of products that any parent would love their kids to have.  I think that toys should help your child learn something new about their world and enable them to explore through play.  This is a great place to visit when you are looking for a special gift and you can be confident that the child’s parents won’t cringe when they open your present.  I promise.

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