Sometimes the hardest thing to do is go shopping for a toy for a child, especially if they are not your own. When I have this type of situation I like to have a store around like Brilliant Sky Toys and Books. This is the type of store where you are greeted as you walk in the door. There is actually someone there who can assist you in your search for just the right toy.
I was sent three different toys from Brilliant Sky Toys and Books to assist in my review. Please remember that this review is not about the actual toys, but about Brilliant Sky and the types of toys and gifts you will find there.
Here is an example: I received Squigz. They are little rubber shapes with suction cup ends. Toys like this encourage imagination and exploration. Your child can build and re-build creating whatever comes to mind. You might even find yourself joining in! This is the type of toy Brilliant Sky carries.
5 years ago Brilliant Sky Toys and Books decided to go through the 10,000 children's products that filled the shelves of their 17 stores and chose a handful to be named their Brilliance Awards. This year there are 10 low tech products that were chosen.
Brilliant Sky Toys and Books:
The Brilliant Sky chain chooses its Brilliance Award Winners upon quality, the value of open-ended play and the simple beauty of a child's fascination and delight. With the huge variety of toy buying occasions coming up, there’s truly something for everyone represented in this great group of toys. From finger puppets, arts & crafts kits, dolls and building bricks, it’s evident that childhood playtime really hasn't changed that much!
Are you interested in what products were chosen this year for the Brilliance Awards? I was! Here is their list:
· Squigz Starter Set (24 pieces)
· Plus-Plus Mini-Basic (480 pieces)
· Lottie Dolls-Autumn Leaves, Snow Queen
· Doodle Quest
· Create Your Own Storybook
· Super Stadium Baseball Game
· Sew Cute Sets
· Illustrated Adventure Stories and Illustrated Fairy Tales
· Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls
Brilliant Sky Toys and Gifts has 17 locations. Be sure to check the locator on their site to see if there is a store near you. I am hoping when we go to Chicago in November that we might be able to visit one of the stores.
Here is another one of the toys we were able to try out: Plus Plus. Your child will really have fun building with the Plus Plus pieces. They can make a flat pattern placing these together of they can build 3-D. Another great product to encourage imagination and play. Speaking of being able to try out a couple of products, that is something you can experience when you stop by a Brilliant Sky Toys and Books Store.
The last item we received was the Lottie Doll Snow Queen. I personally like the Lottie Dolls because they are a designed to look lie little girls, not adults.
Once again, I want to emphasize that this review is for Brilliant Sky Toys and Books. Then, I want to tell you, that they are going to send the winner of this giveaway winner's choice of one of the ten toys listed above as Brilliance Awards! Winner must live in the USA.
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