Syd’s second birthday is hurtling towards us at a rate of knots, and to keep my mind from dwelling on how fast his early years are flying by, I have been thinking about what to get him. August is an expensive month, as Syd’s birthday falls just 3 days after his big sisters, so initially I had a plan to keep costs down a bit. We had decided to get Syd a garage as he loves cars at the moment, and always enjoys using the one at playgroup. We thought to save a bit of cash we would purchase one second hand from Gumtree. My other half, as the driver and gumtree expert, was given the task of getting hold of one. A task that he achieved quite admirably, obtaining and collecting a fab one. Just one small problem, he forgot it was a birthday present, so came home and gave it to Syd straight away. Cue lots of ‘wows’ and one very happy little man, and one Mummy back to the drawing board for birthday present ideas!
Luckily I was then offered the chance to choose something to review from a fab range of interactive toys at Argos. I picked the Vtech Car Carrier. He loves anything with buttons to push, and this one has ones that will help reinforce his learning of colours, numbers and shapes, as well as playing lots of tunes. The Car Carrier recognises the vehicles from the Toot-Toot Drivers range and says a cheery hello to them.
One of the difficult things about buying for 2 year olds is that there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of choice, you are faced with baby toys, or things suitable for 3 and over. This toy says it is aimed at 1-5 so we should get a few years fun from it. Of course Syd hasn’t played with it yet, as his birthday is still a couple of weeks off, but I am sure he is going to love it. I have had a good look at it, it feels solid enough to withstand toddler rough and tumble, and is suitably chunky and tactile for small hands. It is fun, while also having some educational benefits, the combo that pleases parents!
We have also got him a few other bits and bobs- some play dough, a number puzzle, and this fabulous book from Penwizard. They do some lovely personalised books for children. The one we were asked to review features Peppa Pig, and after our visit to Peppa Pig World last week, Syd is an even bigger fan, so I think he will adore this. It will be a lovely keepsake, my parents had something similar made for me when I was small and I still have it now!
You simply pop onto their website, add your child’s name, choose their hair colour and style (my only minor grouch here was that Syd’s hair most resembled one from the girls style section, but I couldn’t pick that style without also putting him in a swimming costume instead of trunks- can we have some long hair for boys too please Penwizard!**), choose their eye colour, and you can add a personalised message for the inside front page. It costs £15 in paperback, and a hard back version is available for a few pounds more, I find this price reasonable as it is just fabulous, with high quality printing and binding. It was with me within 48 hours of ordering too. More than happy to recommend them for a gorgeous personal gift. I love it, and I think Syd will too!
I have a few other bits and bobs in mind for him too, you can check out my pinterest board with ideas, and also do let me know in the comments if you know something no 2 year old should be without!