When you have three kids, you seem to accumulate an enormous amount of toys rather quickly, without even noticing it in the process. You learn that there are toys that when stepped on can feel like walking across hot coals, toys that would be fantastic additions for Mamaw’s house (or any house, really, just not mine!), toys that you put on the very top shelf because of it’s incredibly
annoying catchy tunes, and toys where no matter how hard you try, you will NEVER have all of the pieces back in the box at one time. So along with accumulating toys quickly, parents often learn just as fast that some of the best toys in life are the ones with minimal pieces, no batteries, and very little sound. And over the last 5 years, I’ve also learned that those types of toys have stood the test of time with my kids- encouraging them to use their imaginations, motor skills, verbal skills, and to think outside the box, all while seeming to grow with them. So when I was asked to review a toy that fits the above description all while encouraging creative play, I was excited. But I was even more excited when I received these sweet little owls and held them in my hand- meet Momma and Baby Owl Trudi Puppets!
Imported straight from Italy through Magicforest, an American toy importer, Trudi is a well-known plush toy company with a long-standing history in Italian toys. Their newest line of children’s puppets comes with four different animal mommas (or daddies!) and one baby finger puppet that fits in the parent’s pouch. You can choose from Hen, Penguin, Owl, and Koala mother and child puppets in this sweet new line. Each little set is hand-made, double-stitched, machine washable, and has hand-brushed fur that is incredibly soft. It feels nothing like any of our other plush toys do, and actually reminds me of how soft our pet sugar gliders are.
What makes this Trudi puppet set such an amazing toy for our boys is how excited they were when they received them. After a bit of a scuffle over who got to play with each character (they are boys after all!), the fun started… and lasted for 2 hours! Everyone took turns with the different characters, and the older boys made up story after story. After the stories were over, they did quite a bit of roll playing with the momma and baby. The boys then wanted to take the owls to bed, and because I know that Trudi uses kid-safe, eco-friendly, tested, and durable materials, I loved that the boys wanted to spend so much time with them.
Trudi puppets seemed to have a different sort of appeal and targeted area of development for each of the boys. Ezra (22 months) did a lot sensory work feeling, tasting, and petting the owls, and especially seemed to love putting the baby inside momma owl’s pouch. Reese (3.5 years) really liked to role-play, having the momma owl taking care of the sick baby. Aiden (5 years) did the most creative, open-ended play by making up lots of different stories and scenarios and acting them out for his brothers.
I can tell the owls are going to get tons of use, and I know they will totally live up to their value because all Trudi products have a lifetime warranty. Plus, they are perfect to introduce at almost any age, from baby all the way through grade school, and would make some very fun, open-ended play style gifts. You can follow Magicforest on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and you can purchase Trudi puppet sets here, for a totally reasonable price point of $25. Plus, one of our readers is going to win a set of their choice of Trudi hand puppets! Be sure to fill out the form below to enter!