Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sesame Street K'NEX!!

Do you remember watching Sesame Street as a child? I sure do, and my very favorite characters were Burt and Ernie. I loved Ernie's "Rubber Duckie" song and would sing it all the time! I am sure I drove my parents crazy with it!

Now, I have the joy of watching my son fall in love with Sesame Street, and it is amazing the nostalgic and joyful rush of memories I get as we sit and watch all my old pals teach my son great lessons, brought to him by the letter Q and the number 3! My Little Dude is so in love with Sesame Street, he can even point out characters as he sees them in stores or in magazines. "Elmo!" "Zoey!""Burt" "E-ne!" (Ernie) I am just loving it.

Obviously, I was SO EXCITED, when I found out K'NEX (another childhood favorite of mine) was teaming up with Sesame Street to create special Sesame Stree K'NEX toys for toddlers!!! And when I was asked to review them....let me just tell you it was a dream come true!

My son just turned two, so I was a little worried that perhaps the parts would be a little too advanced; however, he quickly identified his favorite characters from Sesame Street: "Burt! E-ne!" and after a short demo from me, he was off and running, building to his heart content. He is still too young to actually balance the Burt and Ernie characters, but as he gets older, the toys will even stand, bend, and work on his eye hand coordination as he balances them in a standing position!

My son LOVES building with these Sesame Street K'NEX, and I LOVE that all 46 pieces are chunky so that his little hands can easily grasp and hold them as he builds. I also love that while he is having a blast he is also improving his gross motor skills, fine motor skills and imagination. We were blessed to try out my favorite guys, the Burt & Ernie building set, and along with the vibrant, great colors, (which are great for teaching my son his colors!) there are also extra pieces in the set to build whatever your child's imagination can dream! The Burt & Ernie Building Set comes with three fun and educational activity cards with additional building ideas, but trust me, these toys are so fun that once you show your child what to do, he will be creating all kinds of wonderful things for you!

There is a whole range of different sets you can buy, ranging from $10.99 up to $31.99, featuring all your lovable Sesame Street Characters. Also, all the sets are compatible with each other AND contain the new KID K"NEX blocks, which are compatible with other leading preschool building blocks, so Little Dude has a whole new world of fun opened up to him. I already have my eyes on some of the larger Sesame Street K'NEX sets as Christmas gifts for him and my little nephew and nieces!!

And let me just tell you, when I need a little time to "be a kid" myself, I LOVE getting on the floor with Little Dude, building our Sesame Street characters together, and singing to him, as he laughs, "Rubber Duckie, you're the one...."

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