The Wharf Shops’ Gwen Waddington’s Favorite Toys for 2013

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The co-owner of Sag Harbor’s iconic Wharf Shop (with her mother, Nada Barry) talks about some of her favorite toys for the holiday season.

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Hape Mighty Mini Band – A great toy for a toddler, from about one year to three years old. This is a long lasting wood toy that promotes hand-eye coordination and gives children the satisfaction of a musical toy. Children from 18 months and up in particular are drawn to musical toys. It is also made by a socially responsible company and has bright, attractive colors.

Lottie Doll – Hailing from England, she is new to the American market. This doll is created with a little girl’s body in mind instead of some of the unrealistic physiques we see in some contemporary dolls. She has exceptional, detail oriented clothing and accessories including some tied to a variety of activities like karate, as well as horseback riding and even a lighthouse keeper.

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Educational Insights Geosafari Talking Microscope – This toy for children five and up give kids another mode of learning outside of what is available on an iPad. It’s a hands-on learning toy. It comes with prepared slides and has recorded educational information for each slide, which promotes scientific exploration. This is a great introduction to the microscope.

Dollhouse – Another traditional toy that younger children can play with that supports the imagination, and for older children becomes a lobby where they can begin crafting items for the house like making foods out of clay. The highlight of the collection this year is an illuminated water cooler.

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Wooden Chess Set – From Poland, this traditional gift promotes critical thinking and helps children learn how to develop strategy. It is also a game that will teach a skill you can learn as young as five and carry through for the rest of your life.

 

 

 

 

 

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