Still looking for a few last-minute gifts to put under the tree Friday night? Here are a few products that we couldn’t squeeze into our December gift guide but that we recommend!
Time’s Up Time Out Bear (www.geniusbabies.com, $25)
How long until I eat? When do I have to stop playing? When does Mommy come home? This unique teddy with a mechanical timer in his tummy will help preschoolers develop time sense. He is also handy as a TV or video game time monitor. (Kids can play until he dings.)
Marshmallow Blower (www.growingtreetoys.com, $8)
This gadget is good for soft, safe, and somewhat rambunctious play. Mom or Dad supplies the mini marshmallows which load into the barrel with a turn handle; kids supply the lung power to poof them toward parental-approved targets.
Traverse® 20th Anniversary Edition (www.educationalinsights.com, $25)
A chess-meets-checkers hybrid, Traverse requires players to move their geometric pieces from one side of the gameboard to the other. Easy, right? Not when each shape is limited in its direction or means of movement, and not when opponents use the same strategies to block moves.
What’s the most innovative gift you’re giving this year?