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The Play Gym by Lovevery

The Play Gym by Lovevery

Spring 2018 Toys
Ages: Infant - 2 yrs.
Manufacturer: Lovevery
Price: $140.00
Review:

Rarely do we cite packaging claims. But The Play Gym is indeed, "a whole year of play in one box."

Made with sustainable wood and organic materials, not only is the Play Gym safe for infants, the color scheme is appealing to all. The five development zones, each thoughtfully designed and executed, offer, encourage and promote different sensory systems. Sweetly labeled as Learning to Focus, Hiding and Finding, Making Sounds, Exploring Colors, and How Things Feel, the clever reveal and conceal flaps control the extent and timing of exposure.

For tactile stimulation, baby explores textured fabrics, and auditory senses are stimulated by squeaking or crackling sounds that change depending on where she is on and touches the mat. Visual stimulation starts with brightly colored petals, and a problem-solving zone features toys hidden in little pockets. There's a batting ring with a bell, a high contrast ball, and a teething ring too. All detachable, and non-toxic.

The four sets of picture cards begin with black and white for the newborn, and continue with mirror cards, everyday objects and images of body parts to use as the child's vision develops. The activities guide parents through what to expect and when. The folks at Lovevery got everything right.

Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2018 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.


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