Since before I was even a parent, I knew that I wanted to teach my kids Charity. After losing Alexander, it became an unbridled passion to do something good in his name.
After sending out a request for help, a bunch of people and companies stepped up and offered to give to those in need. They asked for nothing in return besides being able to “Give The Gift of Giving”. As you will see, giving to those in need is one of the many things that make 2 Blue Ducks, PlaSmart, Fisher Price and Cloud b stand out as exemplary companies.
2 Blue Ducks
2 Blue Ducks is a distributor of childrens products based out of Toronto, Ontario that does a lot of philanthropy work. So much so that they have an entire page dedicated to it! For this years toy round-up, they sent us not one, not two but THREE Discoveroo Fruit Music Sets!
It was great to see how this toy related to kids of vastly different ages (7 months to 4 years). They all loved the vibrant colours and sounds and the ease of play was evident. The percussion instruments included; Apple Xylophone, Lemon Maraca, Lime and Melon Castanet and a Pear Guiro. As a parent, I was pleased that the toys were made from durable (plantation) wood and that they were clearly identified as conforming to the Safety Requirements and Canadian Regulations.
If you are looking for a unique product that will stand the test of time, check out all the other beautiful products that they offer from companies that put special emphasis on environmentally friendly, green materials that are as safe and sustainable as possible.
PlaSmart Inc. is a global toy distributor located in Ottawa, Ontario. They seek out interesting, one-of-a-kind toys that meet their “smart, simple, and fun” philosophy and avoid toys that are difficult to understand or operate.
The newest game in their arsenal is “Squashed” that was featured in this years Time For Kids 2013 Holiday Toy Guide. The purpose of the game is to be the last pawn on the cube. Sounds easy enough. Ha! Even though Max has never played it, he says it’s his favourite. I think he just likes to say “Squashed”. Recommended for ages 6+ and 2-4 players.
Watch this quick video to get a idea of how it’s played.
It was created by Nicolas Metzler when he was just sixteen years old and is just one of the many innovative games that they distribute along with the Original Doodle Art and the PlasmaCar.
Uncle Andrew and I played with Fisher Price when we were kids. We had the record player, A-frame and Camper. The reason I know this is not because I have a great memory but because The Kids are now playing with all our old toys and some new ones like “Poppa’s Barn” (pictured). We have always owned Fisher Price toys and will continue to do so.
The Fisher Price I-Jig Interactive Puzzle is the unique interactive electronic puzzle and game system with three modes of learning and discovery. The Find & Seek Game mode helps teach kids about memory, matching, colors, objects, counting and sounds and the Discovery Time Game mode provides discovery games with each puzzle that enhance the fun and learning.
Tranquil Turtle from Cloud b combines both sight and sound features while projecting gentle underwater images and playing the soothing sounds of the sea. The 23-minute timer ensures complete darkness and silence during child’s deep sleep. This comforting combination makes for a super serene sleep space.
Since seeing this toy, The Kids have been captivated with watching turtles lay eggs, on the beach, near water and then watching the eggs hatch. In that order. Preferably all in one video. Who knew that three year olds could be so particular. I don’t mind. I’m so happy that they want to discover more about the world around them and this toy was the catalyst.
Not only does Cloud b support charitable initiatives like this but you can too! By supporting this company, a percentage of all Cloud b sales will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation. This is the type of company that I want to give my hard earned dollars too.
And last but not least, personal contributions from my BFF Rene and Divorced Doula.
There are no words to describe how much I appreciate everyone’s help. Not only those that gave but those that shared and encouraged. I hope you know who you are. If not, I need to do a better job of telling you how much I appreciate having you in my life.