January 23, 2013

The Cutest Dominoes for Kids - Janod Kubix Penguins

I can still remember watching commercials for Domino Rally as a child and being in complete awe of how amazing it looked to see all of the dominoes falling and setting off neat features along the way. At some point I convinced my parents to buy me a set and of course, like most toys they weren't quite as spectacular as the commercial promised.  

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A while back while hunting for things Kayla didn't own, I found this great, portable magnetic book by Janod, the Alphabet Magnetibook and it has been a fantastic tool for Kayla to practice spelling out words and has accompanied us to many restaurants.

When the holidays rolled around this year I was trying to find a few special toys that I knew would stand the test of time in our home rather than make their way into the donation pile in just a matter of months and that's when I found these adorable Pengiun Dominoes.

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Much like companies that I would put in a similar category (Haba, Hape, Plan Toys) I love that Janod toys are made of wood and each piece is carefully sanded to be extra smooth and without sharp edges.  The paints and stains are water based and more worry-free than some of the other brands found in the USA.  From the second you open the box you can just tell there is a higher level of craftsmanship than your average toy.

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The Janod Kubix Penguin Domino set also has a bunch of special elements to make it extra fun including stair cases, tunnels, risers, bells that ring when bumped into and even a battering ram to activate the domino action.  It's a pretty impressive set with 100 pieces and a generous helping of special ones.

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Unlike Domino Rally, the pieces are all unattached, which maximizes creativity and allows this toy to function as whatever your child wants it to be.  I've watched Kayla set it up as dominoes meant to fall on each other and just build interesting buildings for the penguins to live in.  Just this morning she built her current heart's desire, a bunk bed for the penguins to sleep in.

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Of all the toys that have residency in our home and the ones that continually make their way through the door I'm putting my money on these dominoes sticking around for a very long time.  If you know a curious little builder who might love these as an original gift or just a great toy to have in your home you can check them out here.

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