If you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas this Christmas, check out what we just reviewed here – Lauri Toddler Tote from NMC Toys. The Toddler Tote is an educational toy for 2-5 year olds and comes filled with acitivities to keep even the most active child occupied. 
Made in Smethport, PA, USA, this 9″ carrying case contains:
  • 3 animal puzzles
  • 7 colourful pegs
  • 1 geometric shape puzzle
  • 4 basic shape mini-puzzles
  • 2 vehicle stackers/pegs

 

About NMC Toys:

There was much news regarding the quality and safety of toys produced in China during the summer of 2007. We walked through the toy department of big box retailers and could not find a toy produced outside of China. Gone were the wooden blocks, dolls and wooden trains we played with as children. These toys were replaced with cheap plastic toys that had character ties to movies and cereals. We then turned to the internet and were frustrated by the lack of alternatives and lack of country of origin information. We experienced first hand the frustration and angst associated with taking away our child’s favorite toy that was recalled and we routinely threw away toys within a few days or weeks of purchase due to poor quality. These experiences led to the development of NMCtoys.com.

BUY IT : Many parents lament the fact that these days, it is so difficult to find non Made In China toys. If you are one of those parent, your search stops at NMC Toys. The Lauri Toddler Tote is a great toy for kids who are always on the go, whether it is just for a dinner out or for those long road or plane trips. You cannot go wrong with a toy which is safe, washable, durable and Made In Good Old US of A!

Still undecided? Why not get the opinion of our Parent Reviewers? Here are excerpts from their reviews (Click on the link to their blogs to read more):

Shop With Baby – It introduces color, shapes, puzzles and pegging to a child. The recommended age for this toy is from two to five. But I would give this toy to my child even if he/she is younger than two as it is soft, has texture on the puzzle and will help my child with an early start off with the motor development.

Amanda – I was really surprised at how Sarah became completely engrossed with the shapes, and playing with each one. I do think her favorite is the animals, particularly the dog. I keep seeing her walking around with the dog cut out.

Sassy Frazz – The carrying case makes this a great activity for my kids to bring anywhere. My kids have a fun time putting the pegs in the holes, and stacking the pegs as high as they can. We also like to find the cat, dog and bear…among the other shapes. This product is great for early childhood development and is geared toward ages 2-5 years old. What a great home school resource for pre-school!

Ponderings From My Heart – At 3 1/2 my son loves puzzles but it’s not long before the ordinary cardboard puzzles become bent, ripped, and no longer fit together. The best thing about the Toddler Tote is that these puzzles hold up to the rough handling of children. They are perfect sized puzzles for little hands and very easy to pop shapes in and out.

Moomette’s Magnificents – The Toddler Tote is compact enough to bring when dining out! Additionally, this education-packed toy is also a great idea for daycare providers and home schooling. Best of all, Lauri replaces lost pieces!

Living In A Charmed Moment – My son had loads of fun with the toy. It kept him playing while focusing on his shapes and colors. He loved the “peg” toys. We also recently went on a 2 1/2 hour car-ride, the Lauri Toddler Tote was able to keep my son entertained for over an hour!!

Mom On The Rise – My daughter has been playing with this non-Made-in-China toy for hours on end. She names all of the shapes, colors, and animals. She pretends to fly a plane or swim with fish and has even counted all of the pieces. Her favorite activity and the one that makes her concentrate the most is trying to put the puzzle pieces back together. It has been amazing to watch.

My Trendy Tykes – My 3 year old and 5 year old loved piecing together the shapes and adding the plastic pegs to each puzzle piece. It’s a huge hit! Plus a great learning tool for my 3 year old as she is learning about all the shapes and colors.

Red Sox Mommy – You’d like it too because it’s perfect for keeping them busy and happy while you get things done around the house.

We opened ours up tonight and let the girls play. They both had fun and didn’t want to put it away when it was time for bed. I have a feeling they have lots of fun times ahead of them with this Toddler Tote.

Just My Rambling – If you are looking for a gift for toddlers this Christmas, this is a great gift. It helps to develop their fine motor skills while teaching them about colors and shapes. The best part is that if any of the pieces are missing which happens very often with toddlers, Lauri will replace them!! The Toddler Tote is currently available at MNC toys.
Book Room Reviews – Educational toys that are fun are my favorite buys for Christmas. The Toddler Tote is one of those toys. It encourages children to work on their eye and hand coordination, learn colors and shapes, and increasing fine motor development. The Toddler Tote includes large and small geometric shape puzzles with a 9? square carrying case. The carrying case is an added bonus so you can take the toys anywhere to keep the kids busy.

Chick N Monkey – As I was unwrapping the package, Ashlyn and Alex were excited. Both of them were curious about the “toys”. Before I had a chance to explain to them the activities, they already started to explore. Alex grabbed the yellow airplane and raised his hand up high and started flying. As for Ashlyn, she popped out all the animals from the squares, hugging them and pretended they were stuffed animals.

Rockin Mama – Not only is this toy entertaining, it’s educational.  This portable, geometric-shaped assortment of Lauri Crepe Rubber shapes and animals can help your child learn his/her colors, animals, shapes, and numbers.  It’s versatile and as your child gets older, you can use it to teach him/her broader concepts such as matching, sorting, and creative storytelling. The primary colors used are bold and vibrant and the shapes are perfect for enhancing the development of fine motor and eye-hand coordination.

Chefdruck Reviews – The Toddler Tote is so clever. The tote is actually a sturdy cardboard suitcase which my kids would have been thrilled with, even if it had been empty. But it was not empty, it was full of activities that have kept my three kids entertained with weeks of meals out. All the shapes are made of Lauri Crepe Rubber which feels interesting and pleasant to the touch. There are three simple one-shape animal puzzles, geometric pieces, and transportation shapes with stackable inserts.

Shake The Salt – I have been wondering how I am going to keep Lil’ Roo occupied & content during the long flights and I have found a cute activity set that I’ll be sure to stash in his carry-on bag.

You already know I love NMC Toys (say it with me: Not. Made. In. China. Gotta love that!!) – they are not a stranger to Shake The Salt. One of my Lil’ Roo’s favorite toys is from NMC Toys.

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6 Responses so far.

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    Tracye says:

    I love NMC toys! They have awesome stuff that you don’t need to worry about your kids playing with.

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    Michelle says:

    These are really popular in our house too.

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    Jeanette Jackson says:

    This will make a great stocking stuffer for my great-niece

  4. 4
    Staci A says:

    These look great! I’m sure my son would love getting these in his stocking, he loves any kind of puzzles. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. 6

    THIS IS GREAT MY GRANDSON’S BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP.

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