First is Twilight Ladybug by Cloud B. This is a combination nightlight and bedroom constellation-maker, designed to help parents and small children deal with fear of the dark and sleep disturbance. The ladybug is a large, friendly-looking plush creature (about 14 inches in length) with a hard, perforated plastic shell. The “stars” are projected onto the ceiling and walls of the room through the perforations, and the shell itself illuminates as a nightlight. A 45-minute timer acts as an auto-shutoff feature, a good thing since it does use batteries. Around CAD$50.00.
Second is Wee Wedgits, an innovative building toy from ImagAbility. This is a five-piece set of squeezably-soft, nontoxic, polyvinyl blocks with rounded edges and intriguing building possibilities. The shape and sizes of the blocks mean that they fit together in a myriad of ways, lending themselves to all sorts of creative building ideas.
I must say, this is one of those toys that children themselves persuaded me to buy, and they were correct! 5-piece set in reuseable zippered case, under CAD$20.00.
Next time, I’ll look at the category of pretend play.