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One of my favorite things to do with my children, when they were younger, was to build things. I think I loved it so much because it was time spent just sitting with my kids, no T.V. on. Nothing but us just talking and building. What we were building did not matter and if I am being truthful, sometimes it was an unidentifiable thing we created, but the fun was being together.

Emily loved play dough and clay to create things.

Michael was more of a Lego kind of man.

And for our beautiful Elizabeth, due to her sensory processing disorder, she did not have a favorite but we were always encouraging her to participate in all of the above. Sometimes she did and it was great and other times she did not wish to participate and we tried to understand.

So when I came across these learning blocks, I immediately knew who my go to person was for help to tell you about them. And it is my beautiful 11 year old son, Michael.

He is my side kick and my assistant for toy reviews. What follows is a combination of his thoughts and mine about the building blocks called: Elemenosqueeze

They are alphabet blocks but so different from any you will find.

First off their colors are not in the primary realm of red, blue, yellow and green, but come in orange, moss green, pink and red. So this is something that, right away, caught my eye. Partially because the colors are different but mostly because the colors are soothing. It is a nice change from the traditional color options in most children’s toys.

The Elemenosqueeze blocks come in interesting shapes. Not just square, triangle or rectangle but in curved ones like a bridge, long ones like pillars and ones with rounded corners. So the building will be easy with these choices and allow for more creative play. 

But aside from that, on each alphabet block there is a letter, hence the name, as well as a raised imprint of a word that starts with the letter and an animal image. Thus, the Elemenosqueeze blocks help with letter, animal and color identification while promoting fine motor skills and imagination through building. 

Nice! Right? I think they feel nice in your hand and come with a zippered carrying case to take them with you. The only thing I have to say is that the case requires the blocks to be put in in a certain way to get the zipper to close. So to be realistic, it might be a good idea to take them out of the container they came in and put them in something that will allow your child to throw them in. It would just make it easier. Also, the letter “X” has an imprint of a fish on it with its ribs elevated. So just know I think they are going for X-ray here. But you may have to explain it to your children.

But other than that, the Elemenosqueeze is a perfect addition to the toy chest or the classroom, especially for sensory seekers! 

Now here comes Michael.

He opens the bags and takes out some of the blocks. He immediately squeezes them and when they make a noise, he looks up at me and smiles. “Listen to this!” he says. “I love that they do this!” So the sound made is a high point in 11 year old land.

And because he is a chewer, think shirts, pillow cases and the like, he reads they are PABA free and puts one in his mouth. He is immediately happy with the fact that these can become “chewies” and continues to work with the Elemenosqueeze as he happily chews on the moss green pillar.

His final thought is actually a question “How cool is this?” And it refers to the fact that the b toys building blocks, when filled with water make some “really nice squirt guns!” “Mom, seriously these would be so fun in a pool”.

I then told him to squirt the remaining water out of the rectangle. Which he did in an unhappy fashion.

Michael gave the blocks a great rating on the fun scale!

Add the Elemenosqueeze building blocks to your sensory diet, bathtime fun, and/or  the sensory table today.

Ohh, and they were also rated Best Baby Toy of 2011. So there’s that too! 

I wish everyone a peaceful week.

Michele

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Aren’t you tired of seeing the same baby products everywhere? Of perfect moms commanding you to buy the last item of this brand you already know? These 8 items promise to change your routine, as they are innovative for babies and parents. And they are available online! No need to be showered or have baby ready to go to shop these.

1.

Grape tooth wipes - Special Needs Essentials

Oral care for the dummies! The disposable tooth wipes developed by pediatrician Dr. Ray Wagner help prevent children’s tooth decay early and safely. Wrap one around your finger and gently wipe baby’s teeth. They are naturally flavored (apple or grape) and individually wrapped for your convenience. Can even relieve teething if placed in the fridge 30 minutes prior to use.

2. theraputty set of 6

Unlike most play dough, this one comes in different colors and resistances from xx-soft to x-firm, letting babies figure out which one works best for them or progress from one to the other. This is a 6 different recipes pack and you don’t have to make any single one of them at home! Tan is xx-soft, yellow is x-soft, red is soft, green is medium, blue is firm, and black is x-firm.

3. Color My Bath - Special Needs Essentials

Color My Bath non-toxic tablets fizz releasing color when dropped in your child’s bath. The innovative thing here is that they are all natural, non-staining and eco friendly, as they are made of food grade coloring, soap and perfume free.

4. Safety toothbrush - Special Needs Essentials

Serving also as teethers, safety toothbrushes introduce baby to oral hygiene softly, so that they won’t be scared when time comes to do this regularly. They can play with these first quality items by themselves as they are big enough not to be pushed too far. Let them explore!

5. Knobby Q - Special Needs Essentials

“Beyond the pacifier” is what they say. This high end bumpy, round teether offers a fun mouth exercise for little ones without latex, lead, BPA, PVC and phthalates. Meanwhile, the little stem of the Q encourages side chewing and the big size of the item keeps mouth open for sound play. Plus it makes a cool bracelet.

6. Oddballs - Special Needs Essentials

Oddballs are the coolest toys of this list. No boring squares and triangles here, these 4 unique sensory balls have modern graphics and gorgeous colors that even adults love. AND a portion of each sale goes to Free The Children. This non-profit “carries the power of WE globally, empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty through [their] holistic, sustainable international development model, Adopt a Village.”

7. Turbo Bubble Blower - Special Needs Essentials

Full disclosure: the Turbo Bubble Blower is not the toy that will teach baby to blow. But isn’t it nice to play with a frustration free toy for once? Just pull the trigger and thousands of bubbles will pop up in the air, stimulating baby’s visual sensory development.

8. Bath Toys - water flutes - Special Needs Essentials

Water flutes are also frustration free. No need to place fingers in the right spot, just fill them with various amounts of water and blow to hear beautiful music during bath time. Plus, instructions are included so mommy doesn’t have to figure this all out by herself 😉

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