Fostering a child’s imagination is something every parent aims to do. As a first time Mom I know that I enjoy watching Liam grow and develop into the little boy he is going to be. In fact, I cannot believe that in 2 months he will be a year old already- they say that time flies but I don’t think you truly understand until you’re experiencing it! I am also the aunt to 6 wonderful nieces and nephews that range from age 3 to 13. It is a joy to see each of them grow into the little boys and girls that they are going to be. I enjoy helping them with crafts and playing with their toys (although some of them I don’t even understand). I also love to listen to their stories- they sure can tell some fun ones ;).
The Manhattan Toy Company aims to assist parents in fostering their children’s imaginations.
Once upon a time, back when “text” was still a noun, and not every toy had batteries, there was a little toy company that set out to become the best toy company ever. Not because it endeavored to make a more loveable teddy bear or truck that turns into a wristwatch, but because it endeavors to make a difference. The little company called Manhattan Toy recognizes that we are profoundly influenced by the toys we play with. That in every little pair of hands lies not a marketing opportunity, but a chance to positively affect the future. That having a sense of humor means the difference between enduring life, and enjoying it. If it doesn’t contain a wink and smile, it isn’t worth making. We remember every day that every invention on this earth, be it as complex as a Hadron collider, or as humble as Tupperware, as life-saving as penicillin or as life-altering as the Cronut, was dreamed into existence. We remember that the most powerful thing any of us play with in this life is our imagination.
I was given the opportunity to share some of their toys with my son and my nieces and nephews. The Manhattan Toy Company sent me some of their toys from the Travel + Comfort Collection and I knew that they would be a hit with my family.
Our newest TRAVEL + COMFORT collection is all about practical, stylish coziness. Whether you cruise around in a stroller, play with video games with friends, or just need a soft place to land – there is something for everyone. We have created pieces that travel well so you can bring a little bit of comfort – everywhere. Live the plush life in 2015!
1. Travel + Comfort Tablet Wedge: The Tablet Wedge is an ideal tablet holder for home and travel. Wedge shape allows you to position your tablet horizontally or verticallycan also rock back and forth for shared use. Features zipper compartment to store tablet and accessories when not in use. Fits the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini. May also fit other tablets 7.75″10″ in width. iPad sold separately
My nieces and nephews sure do love their tablets! My Mom is babysitting them while they’re out of school for the summer so on hot days they’re enjoying the AC and playing games/watching videos on their tablets. I knew right away that they would want to use this tablet wedge. I love that this wedge has a nice zipper compartment to store the tablet and accessories- it makes it easier for them to transport the tablet and all accessories back and forth to Mom’s. I asked my nephew what he thought about it and he said, “This thing is awesome….. it makes it better for me to lay back and relax but still play on my tablet.” I think that it would be great for the car, too!
2. Travel + Comfort Snuggle Bear: Snuggle Bear makes the perfect cuddly companion for home or on-the-go. Feel the ultra-soft fabric that lends these cute critters to become the new security blanket! Roll them up and tie with the enclosed fastener or kids can carry (more like drag) them around the house.
This adorable snuggle bear was perfect for my almost 4 year old nephew! I knew right away that it would be as tall as him- and it surely was. The snuggle bear is SO soft that I even wanted to snuggle it…. my nephew told me it wasn’t for adults, though! I love that it rolls up for easy carry and that it extends for them to snuggle. My nephew decided to carry it around everywhere he went and even lay on the couch and snuggle. I think this would be a great piece of home to take with your child somewhere- perfect comfort animal. My nephew told me that he liked the blue color and that it was soft.
3. Travel + Comfort Portable Activity Desk: Carry this handy case with handle and always have a flat surface to draw. Cushioned bottom rests comfortably on a lap or table top. Features removable whiteboard/chalkboard and Zipper storage pouch.
The ages for this toy are 3+ up so I knew I would have a tough time finding one child to play with this. My nieces are so super creative so I figured I’d like them to try it out. They’re 9 and 7 so I knew they would enjoy this. The back of the portable activity desk is padded so it makes it comfortable on their little laps to draw with. That way they don’t have to use the table all of the time or so that it can be used in the car! I also love that this has a convenient zipper pouch that can store their art supplies- that makes it easy for transport. Ideally you could take this on your family road trips or back and forth to grandma’s house.
4. Travel + Comfort Activity Spiral Fox: For babies, travel can be difficult no matter the distance. That’s why we’ve created this spiral to make it better and let’s be honest, when baby is happier, everyone is happier!
I work about an hour from home so Liam is in the car for about 30-40 minutes to get to my Mom’s for the day and then 30-40 minutes to get home for the day. That means that he is in the car a lot and besides the Mickey Mouse CD that he loves to listen to, he usually wants to play with toys. I try to keep a few of his favorite toys in the car so that he doesn’t get upset. At 9 months old, sometimes he sleeps in the car and other times he wants to be entertained. This adorable Activity Spiral is the perfect length for him to play with in his car seat. Along with the spiral design comes toys that he can grasp onto and enjoy the textures. When I gave it to him for the first time, he took it and smiled- I think he likes it and I think we’ll leave it in the car for those long days.
In addition to the Travel + Comfort line, The Manhattan Toy Company has other lines of toys perfect for all ages! They’re also offering FREE shipping on orders of $60 or more plus if you sign up for their newsletter you’ll get 15% off your next order! In addition to the option to order online, you can see if there is a store near you by searching HERE. Be sure to check out their blog for some articles and fun ideas for play!