During the BC (Before Child) era, my husband and I frequented HomeGoods for throw pillows, knick knacks and kitchen gadgets. Now-a-days we head straight for the kids section. We often find board books (L’s fave), cute storage baskets and high end toys. On a particularly lucky trip, we scored three Janod toys (our favorite toy brand). From past HomeGoods’ experiences we’ve learned that if you like it, buy it. It definitely will not be there tomorrow and you can always return if buyer’s remorse sets in. I passed on a Land of Nod play tent, and I’m still kicking myself for it.
We first came across Janod toys at a local baby boutique years ago. My husband is big on green toys, and I have a thing for wooden toys. Janod meets both of our preferences. We love this brand’s modern designs, impeccable quality and functionalities. Not to mention the adorable packaging the toys come in. I’m sucker for cute packaging. The toy maker is French. Their products are usually carried by smaller boutiques and online retailers like Amazon. The company has an array of products ranging from board games to play kitchens to backpacks. The prices for some of the toys are a bit expensive, but if you find them at HomeGoods, they are a steal.
First up is the Plateau Lunch set, albeit a very European lunch. Don’t you just love the cheery color combination? For young tots like L, this set is great for fine motor skills, learning daily objects and use of utensils. Each piece, with exception of the cup, is made out of wood. The scale is perfect for little hands. I like that each piece is outlined on one side of the tray to help with sorting. This toy can grow with L in time for tea parties, picnics and play kitchen.
The packaging of the Menagere picnic set sells itself. To me the glasses look like champagne flutes. Fancy! Then again, it is French. The color scheme is very pink, but seems fit for a princess’s picnic. Similar to the lunch set, each piece was made from wood. The only down side is the utensils and cups are a bit difficult to put back into the elastic slots. We purchased this toy as a gift for a friend’s 2 year old. She loves it!
The box Tapidoo floor puzzle came in was rather large. So I thought it could potentially double as a small area rug in a play room. But the actual puzzle was a lot smaller, 27 inches in diameter. You can get a better idea from the pictures with L. The floor mat is made from felt and is soft and cushy. The owl puzzle pieces are made from wood. I love the colors, and it’s gender neutral. The graphics on the mat are painted on–not sure how that will hold up in the long run. I imagine the soft gray color will attract/show all sorts of stains. L has been playing with it for a month, so far so good.
So next time you’re at HomeGoods don’t forget to check out the kiddie section and share what treasures you’ve scored with us!