I was looking around my house not long ago and wondering how I ended up with so many plastic toys.  It shows up and it accumulates. My biggest peeve with most plastic toys is not that it may not be recyclable or clog up a landfill, but that many times the plastic stuff only entertains them for a short period of time.

City Planner Blocks

The bells and whistles and sounds and automatic features don’t really challenge a kids imagination much.  It might keep them busy for a few minutes.  The toys that keep my two boys busy the longest, are the ones that rely on their imagination like blocks and building toys.

I was recently introduced to Pure Play Kids that specializes in just that.  Toys that are designed to spark the imagination and learning through play time with natural toys and games.  For review they sent us a set of City Planner Blocks by Haba for the boys to check out.  I love blocks and my kids do too, so I knew these would be a big hit.  The blocks are made in Europe with beech hardwood and finished with natural water-based lacquers.

The set includes the basic blocks needed to create all kinds of towering cities or low lying structures, and it includes people, trees, dogs and benches to complete the scene.  All the pieces are fun (though some are small so the set is recommended for kids 3 and up) but if your kids are like mine, they always come up with their own ways of using building supplies to fit their scenario.  My older son (5) created a winding labyrinth of roads to park small cars in and drive through.

My son playing with City Planner Blocks by Haba

On another play day he used them in conjunction with another set of plain blocks we have to enhance a long tunnel into a construction site.  They are still in regular rotation around here because they have more possibilities than the Handy Manny Workshop he begged for and used maybe twice. The City Planner Blocks have provided tons of playtime and fun for my son.  I will forever stick by my conviction that simple toys are the best investment.

Pure Play Kids has a great selection of toys that are selected because of their safety and their ability to bring out their creativity and imagination at play time rather than just keeping them busy.  But the beauty of that is this style of toys will do both. You can expect to see Pure Play Kids on this years Toy Guide come the holidays.

Get Them: You can order the City Planner Blocks set or any of their great toys from Pure Play Kids!

Win!

Pure Play Kids has so generously offered to give one of my SafeMama readers a $50 gift certificate to their shop! Thank you Pure Play Kids!

Here’s How To Enter (Required):

Visit Pure Play Kids and have a look around.  Tell me in the comments what toys or games you would love to have for your kids (or for a friend/relative)!

For Extra Entries:(You must leave a comment for each extra entry for them to count and you must have already completed the required entry method above):

  • Fan/Like  SafeMama on Facebook (first name, last initial)
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  • Tweet this giveaway (CAN BE RETWEETED ONCE A DAY – Just leave the link to the tweet itself each day in the comments)Enter to #WIN a $50 Gift Card from @PurePlayKids on @SafeMama!#giveaway ends 7/18 http://tinyurl.com/42pfhlt

One US winner will be selected at random using Random.org.  Entries will be accepted until July 18, 2011 at midnight EST.  Good Luck!  Thank you Pure Play Kids!

Congratulations Colleen M, commenter #103!

Posted by: SafeMama Kathy on July 8, 2011

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181 Responses to “City Planner Blocks from Pure Play Kids (Giveaway!)”

  1. Samantha C. on July 8th, 2011 11:07 am

    I love the musical instruments, especially the wooden xylophone. That’s going on our Christmas list:)

  2. Samantha C. on July 8th, 2011 11:08 am

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  3. Samantha C. on July 8th, 2011 11:09 am

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  4. Ehlane OConnor on July 8th, 2011 11:31 am

    The set of six wooden cars would be a huge hit around here. DS takes after his daddy and LOVES any kind of vehicle. :)

  5. Ehlane OConnor on July 8th, 2011 11:32 am

    Already a fan of SafeMama on Facebook. :)

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  7. Marla W. on July 8th, 2011 11:56 am

    I know my daughter would love the Sand Art Kit. And, I have friends who are expecting a baby soon – the Organic Floppy Pal Bear would be a great welcome gift!

  8. Marla W. on July 8th, 2011 11:57 am

    I like SafeMama on Facebook.

  9. Marla W. on July 8th, 2011 11:58 am

    I just “liked” Pure Play Kids on Facebook.

  10. Rebekah C on July 8th, 2011 12:00 pm

    Love love love the 4 floor wooden doll house.

  11. Rebekah C on July 8th, 2011 12:00 pm

    I’m a SafeMama fan on FB. My name is RebekahPC

  12. Rebekah C on July 8th, 2011 12:03 pm

    I subscribe to the feedburner email.

  13. Melanie W on July 8th, 2011 12:14 pm

    My kids would love the Caterpillar Croquet set at Pure Play Kids! Thanks for the giveaway ^_^

  14. Melanie W on July 8th, 2011 12:14 pm

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  15. Melanie W on July 8th, 2011 12:15 pm

    I Like Pure Play Kids on Facebook. These blocks are so cool!

  16. Melanie W on July 8th, 2011 12:17 pm

    And now I follow you on Google Friend Connect ^_^

  17. Heidi Seligman on July 8th, 2011 12:41 pm

    Hi! the 41 Block Junior Set would be great for my girls! what a great give away!

  18. Heidi Seligman on July 8th, 2011 12:42 pm

    I am a fan of SafeMama on Facebook! Heidi S.

  19. Heidi Seligman on July 8th, 2011 12:43 pm

    I am now a fan of Pure Play Kids on Facebook! Heidi S.

  20. Heidi Seligman on July 8th, 2011 12:45 pm

    I Subscribed to SafeMama.com via feedburner email! Thanks

  21. Heidi Seligman on July 8th, 2011 12:49 pm

    I follow SafeMama On twitter! Thanks for all your hard work! love the cheat sheets! just realized I should try california Baby Diaper cream reading about it last night!

  22. Heidi Seligman on July 8th, 2011 12:50 pm

    I follow Pure play kids on Twitter now, Heidiho30o . I forgot to put my twitter name above for the post that I follow SafeMama on twitter! sorry!

  23. Heidi Seligman on July 8th, 2011 12:54 pm

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  24. Jodi on July 8th, 2011 1:09 pm

    This would be great and just in time for my daughter’s birthday. I would love to get her the cash register and wooden log building kits.

  25. Brie on July 8th, 2011 1:15 pm

    My daughter would love the 4 floor wooden dollhouse!! (and so would I!!) :-)

  26. Brie on July 8th, 2011 1:16 pm

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  28. Amy on July 8th, 2011 1:27 pm

    What great stuff!! I would love the wooden cash register.

  29. Marla W. on July 8th, 2011 2:26 pm

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  30. Melanie Juhala on July 8th, 2011 2:26 pm

    I am so in love with the wooden firetruck and rainbow blocks! Not to mention the city planners! I follow you via google friendconnect. :)

  31. Laura on July 8th, 2011 2:28 pm

    rake and shovel set, wooden cars, or 41 block junior set

  32. Laura on July 8th, 2011 2:28 pm

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  33. Laura on July 8th, 2011 2:29 pm

    follow you using google reader

  34. Andrea on July 8th, 2011 3:56 pm

    I love it all!!! I always do…but I especially love the dolls and city blocks:-)

  35. Andrea on July 8th, 2011 4:01 pm

    Fan on FB, Andrea A

  36. Andrea on July 8th, 2011 4:02 pm

    Fan of Pure Play Kids on FB, Andrea A

  37. danielle hittle on July 8th, 2011 4:10 pm

    I think my son would love the marbles and blocks building set!

  38. Jaime on July 8th, 2011 4:44 pm

    I love the soft dough, the Underground garden, beeswax block crayons, I could go on …great items!

  39. Jaime on July 8th, 2011 4:45 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  40. Jaime on July 8th, 2011 4:45 pm

    I subscribe via email!

  41. Monica F on July 8th, 2011 4:58 pm

    Love the drainable ducks for bath time!

  42. Monica F on July 8th, 2011 4:59 pm

    Like SafeMama on FB (Monica H. F)

  43. Monica F on July 8th, 2011 5:00 pm

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  44. katherine on July 8th, 2011 6:07 pm

    I’ve been on the hunt for a good block set, so this would be great!

  45. katherine on July 8th, 2011 6:07 pm

    I follow via feedburner!

  46. Lo on July 8th, 2011 8:58 pm

    My son would love the wooden cash register.

  47. Lo on July 8th, 2011 9:00 pm

    I follow you on twitter (I’m @prizealert)

  48. Lo on July 8th, 2011 9:00 pm

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  49. Lo on July 8th, 2011 9:00 pm
  50. Lo on July 8th, 2011 9:01 pm

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  51. Natalie T on July 8th, 2011 9:57 pm

    So many cool things, love the cash register and the fishing rod and gold putter! Great stuff!

  52. Natalie T on July 8th, 2011 9:58 pm

    already a fan on FB!

  53. Natalie T on July 8th, 2011 10:01 pm

    Liked Pure Play Kids on FB!

  54. Tomoko on July 9th, 2011 1:20 am

    I would love to have the Wooden Rainbow Stackers

  55. Tomoko on July 9th, 2011 1:21 am

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  58. Alison Hart on July 9th, 2011 2:03 am

    My girls love to build and would love the city planks or the city planner blocks!

  59. susanlanai on July 9th, 2011 6:18 am

    I’d love the Beeswax Block Crayons and Felt-Tastic Playset Zoo Life.

  60. susanlanai on July 9th, 2011 6:19 am

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  61. susanlanai on July 9th, 2011 6:19 am

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  62. susanlanai on July 9th, 2011 6:20 am

    I follow @pureplaykids on Twitter @susanlanai.

  63. susanlanai on July 9th, 2011 6:20 am

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  64. susanlanai on July 9th, 2011 6:20 am

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  65. susanlanai on July 9th, 2011 6:23 am
  66. Sarah puterbaugh on July 9th, 2011 9:12 am

    I love their organic floppy bear, out twins would live it!

  67. Sarah puterbaugh on July 9th, 2011 9:12 am

    I subscribe to the feed burner of safe mama!

  68. Sarah puterbaugh on July 9th, 2011 9:13 am

    I always like safe mama on facebook

  69. Jody N. on July 9th, 2011 9:44 am

    We would LOVE the white, pink and green kitchen w/oven and refridgerator set. Also the dollhouse is adorable!

  70. Jody N. on July 9th, 2011 9:44 am

    Fan of Safemama on FB!

  71. Jody N. on July 9th, 2011 9:45 am

    Email subscriber of Safemama!

  72. Kim Pollock on July 9th, 2011 9:47 am

    I like the Tumbling Cans and everything else!

  73. Kim Pollock on July 9th, 2011 9:47 am

    I like u on FB
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  74. Kim Pollock on July 9th, 2011 9:48 am

    I follow u on twitter
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  75. Kim Pollock on July 9th, 2011 9:48 am

    e-mail subscriber

  76. Kim Pollock on July 9th, 2011 9:48 am

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  77. Kim Pollock on July 9th, 2011 9:49 am

    I follow Pure Play Kids on twitter
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  78. Shawn E. on July 9th, 2011 9:53 am

    Hi ,
    I liked the Classic Wooden Alphabet Blocks Made in USA or the Izzy doll. Trying to find safe toys for my baby is sooo hard. I like this website.
    I “liked ” SafeMama on Facebook :)
    (Shawn E.)

  79. Debra Sabah Press on July 9th, 2011 10:23 am

    We love the musical instruments, the rocking horse, the stacking and sorting toys, and all of the blocks!

  80. Donita on July 9th, 2011 11:11 am

    The firetruck is awesome!!!

  81. alunya on July 9th, 2011 11:45 am

    i like the lamb squeaky toy, rusty cyclops towel and the zylophone!

  82. Claudia on July 9th, 2011 11:59 am

    I would love the wooden trains, wooden cash register, and the wooden food set for my son and the Lilah cloth doll for my niece.

  83. Erin on July 9th, 2011 12:38 pm

    The Wooden Green tractor looks awesome!!

  84. Aileen on July 9th, 2011 1:52 pm

    The city planner blocks would be a big hit but my son loves trains so I love the train track set.

  85. Marjorie S on July 9th, 2011 2:12 pm

    The 4 Floor Wooden Doll House, the Marbles and Blocks building set and the Building Planks all look great.

  86. Dori on July 9th, 2011 3:37 pm

    I think I would choose Sophie the giraffe and some wooden play food or the marbles and blocks set. Thanks for the giveaway!

  87. Sarah Hull on July 9th, 2011 3:46 pm

    I would love to get the Classic Wooden Alphabet Blocks Made in USA for my son! I think he would love stacking and building with them.

  88. Sarah Hull on July 9th, 2011 3:49 pm

    I like SafeMama on FB (Sarah H)

  89. Sarah Hull on July 9th, 2011 3:50 pm

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  90. Sarah Hull on July 9th, 2011 3:50 pm

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  91. Julie A. on July 9th, 2011 4:34 pm

    I would just love to get the Three-Piece Kids Rake and Shovel Garden/Beach Set for my kids. My son would very much enjoy this as I would too :)

  92. Julie A. on July 9th, 2011 4:34 pm

    I Like SafeMama.com on facebook!
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  93. Julie A. on July 9th, 2011 4:35 pm

    I Like Pure Play Kids on facebook!
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  94. Julie A. on July 9th, 2011 4:35 pm

    I am a subscriber to SafeMama.com!

  95. Julie A. on July 9th, 2011 4:36 pm

    I am a follower via Google Friend Connect!

  96. Emily C. on July 9th, 2011 5:54 pm

    i like ya on FB!

  97. Emily C. on July 9th, 2011 5:55 pm

    my little girl would love any of these sets!

  98. Leslie Y on July 9th, 2011 6:04 pm

    The marbles and blocks building set! The plank building set looks fun too.

  99. Alli on July 9th, 2011 6:16 pm

    I would love the organic dragon for my son :)

  100. Colleen Maurina on July 9th, 2011 8:29 pm

    I would also like to have their Wooden Lawn Mower/Vacuum and their Complete Train Track & Town.

  101. Colleen Maurina on July 9th, 2011 8:30 pm

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  102. Colleen Maurina on July 9th, 2011 8:31 pm

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  103. Colleen Maurina on July 9th, 2011 8:31 pm

    I subscribe to you by email.

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  104. Colleen Maurina on July 9th, 2011 8:32 pm

    I follow your blog via GFC. (ColleenM)

  105. Lara J on July 9th, 2011 9:33 pm

    So Many Great Toys! I would get the Organic Floppy Pal Bunny.
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  106. Lara J on July 9th, 2011 9:34 pm

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  107. Lara J on July 9th, 2011 9:35 pm

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  108. Lara J on July 9th, 2011 9:37 pm

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  109. Lara J on July 9th, 2011 9:37 pm

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  112. Becky on July 9th, 2011 9:56 pm

    I love the wooden toy cash register and the wooden eggs.

  113. Becky on July 9th, 2011 9:59 pm

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  114. Randy on July 9th, 2011 10:29 pm

    I like the classic rocking horse

  115. alex on July 9th, 2011 10:39 pm

    There are too many great things to choose from. My 6 yr old niece loves fairy stuff. Anything from that page, probably would love another pair of wings

  116. alex on July 9th, 2011 10:39 pm

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  117. alex on July 9th, 2011 10:40 pm

    the art table is by far perfect for my little newly today 3 yr old.

  118. Tina B on July 9th, 2011 11:16 pm

    I love the kitchen sets and the blocks!

  119. Tina B on July 9th, 2011 11:16 pm

    I like SafeMama on Facebook

  120. Tina B on July 9th, 2011 11:17 pm

    I like Pure Play Kids on Facebook!

  121. Tina B on July 9th, 2011 11:17 pm

    I subscribe to your e-mails.

  122. rachel on July 9th, 2011 11:30 pm

    We love all the wooden toys (truck, camera, cash register, kitchens, eggs). I am always looking for toys to replace my plastic toys. I also like that Pure Play carries Waldorf toys.

  123. Wendy C on July 10th, 2011 12:24 am

    I like the mail sorting truck. DS just started moving objects around like a toy car. It would be a great present for his upcoming 1st birthday.

  124. Wendy C on July 10th, 2011 12:25 am

    I’m a FB fan of Safemama.com.

  125. Wendy C on July 10th, 2011 12:33 am

    I’m a FB fan of Pure Play Kids.

  126. Tomoko on July 10th, 2011 12:35 am
  127. Wendy C on July 10th, 2011 12:44 am

    I’m an email subscriber.

  128. Wendy C on July 10th, 2011 12:45 am

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  129. Jennie henderson on July 10th, 2011 1:48 am

    I thought the City Planner Blocks was cool, and then I saw the Marbles and Blocks set… Wow, would my 4 yr old son go CRAZY for that! Would so love to get that for him!

  130. susanlanai on July 10th, 2011 3:34 am
  131. Cathy Lange on July 10th, 2011 2:58 pm

    I love the city planner blocks and the musical instruments!

  132. Cathy Lange on July 10th, 2011 2:59 pm

    I’m a fan of Safemama on FB.

  133. Cathy Lange on July 10th, 2011 2:59 pm

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  134. Cathy Lange on July 10th, 2011 2:59 pm

    I’m a fan of pure play.

  135. Cathy Lange on July 10th, 2011 3:00 pm

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  136. Cathy Lange on July 10th, 2011 3:01 pm

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  137. Beth on July 11th, 2011 12:12 am

    Ooh, so many to choose from, but I think I like the wooden animals the best.

  138. Tomoko on July 11th, 2011 12:29 am
  139. Sarah B. on July 11th, 2011 7:30 am

    I would buy the classic wooden alphabet blocks! I have been searching for a set to buy for my daughter!!

  140. Sarah B. on July 11th, 2011 7:31 am

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  141. Sarah B. on July 11th, 2011 7:31 am

    I like Pure Play Kids on facebook! Sarah B

  142. Sarah B. on July 11th, 2011 7:32 am

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  143. Sarah B. on July 11th, 2011 7:33 am

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  145. Sarah B. on July 11th, 2011 7:34 am
  146. Victoria on July 11th, 2011 8:33 am

    I would love to have the Felt Mailbox Set and the Wooden Fishing Rod Toy with 5 Fish for my son!

  147. Victoria on July 11th, 2011 8:36 am

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  148. Victoria on July 11th, 2011 8:37 am

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  149. Victoria on July 11th, 2011 8:38 am

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  150. Victoria on July 11th, 2011 8:39 am

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  151. Jaime on July 11th, 2011 6:51 pm

    I love the puzzles, my daughter loves putting puzzles together!

  152. susanlanai on July 11th, 2011 7:02 pm
  153. aeriel on July 11th, 2011 7:20 pm

    Hi! What a great giveaway! My little one’s 1st b-day is around the corner and I would get her the Hardwood Xylophone and the stacking rainbows.

  154. Gerti on July 11th, 2011 8:35 pm

    I just love the marbles and blocks building set and I know my son would love it just as much! It looks like hours of fun!

  155. Tomoko on July 12th, 2011 12:06 am
  156. susanlanai on July 12th, 2011 3:09 am
  157. Kate on July 12th, 2011 10:19 am

    I looked around and I really do think that the city planner blocks are nice. My son is really into building towers with what we have around the house. Having a set if those blocks would be great! Plus I love Haba products!!

  158. Liv on July 12th, 2011 1:35 pm

    The Caterpiller Croquet set – I have so many happy memories playing croquet as a child!

  159. Julie G on July 12th, 2011 7:34 pm

    The moldable soap looks like lots of fun! I love their wooden food, especially the carton of eggs.

  160. Mackenzie V on July 12th, 2011 9:47 pm

    I really like the city planner blocks you reviewed. How cool! My kiddo would also love the little hands music kit. What a great site!

  161. Tomoko on July 13th, 2011 12:34 am
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  163. Tomoko on July 14th, 2011 12:25 am
  164. susanlanai on July 14th, 2011 3:56 am
  165. beth on July 14th, 2011 2:46 pm

    Everything is so cute, but I think we’d like the wooden animals best!

  166. Tomoko on July 15th, 2011 12:20 am
  167. susanlanai on July 15th, 2011 4:19 am
  168. Bethany on July 15th, 2011 2:37 pm

    I would like to order the amazing doll houses!!

  169. Bethany on July 15th, 2011 2:38 pm

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  171. Tomoko on July 16th, 2011 12:29 am
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  173. Julie on July 16th, 2011 10:43 pm

    So many cool toys that my boys would love and that I would feel good about. My 2yr old keeps looking at the pic of your son playing with the blocks and says “wow! I play blocks with that boy, mommy” lol. He loves to build. I also love the garden set, they could help out in garden! The log building sets look fun too!

  174. Julie on July 16th, 2011 10:44 pm

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