Ideas for Christmas Presents for Small Children (1-2 years)

RO: Este probabil varsta cea mai frumoasa (cel putin momentan, neavand inca experienta cu copilasi mai mari de atat). Trecerea de la bebeluseala la “toddler-eala” vine la pachet cu multa curiozitate, momente amuzante, mocute expresive si interes pentru ORICE. Cutia cadoului va fi motiv suficient de bucurie sincera, daramite cadoul in sine ๐Ÿ™‚ Si din acest moment parca si task-ul parintilor (acela de a face alegeri potrivite cand vine vorba de jucarii sau cadouri) devine mai simplu. Exista mai multa varietate, implica mai mult joc, mai multa interactiune intre parinti si copii. Copiii sunt si ei mai prezenti, mai absorbiti de joc, sunt mai activi, imping, trag, pun cuburi unul peste altul, le darama, recunosc animale, personaje, sunt atrasi de carti specifice varstei. Important este sa ii ajutam sa isi dezvolte imaginatia si creativitatea prin joc, pentru ca la aceasta varsta doar asta vor sa faca. Sa se joace, sa imite, sa gaseasca corelatii cu lumea inconjuratoare, sa descopere, sa auda, sa simta, sa atinga, sa vada cauza si efectul actiunilor lor. Este deja momentul pentru culori puternice, vibrante, pentru jucarii care ii ajuta sa se miste, sa traga, sa impinga.

EN: This is probably the most beautiful age (at least until now, we don’t have experience with older children). Going from babyhood to “toddlerhood” comes with a lot of curiosity, funny moments, cute little faces and understanding EVERYTHING that we tell them. The box of the present will be enough to make them happy, not to mention the present itself ๐Ÿ™‚ And from this moment on, choosing appropriate toys and presents will be way more easier for the parents. There is a more variety, more involvement in games, more interactions between parents and children. Children are also more present, more absorbed by the game, they are active, the push and pull, they stack thing on top of each other, they crumble them, they recognize animals, characters, they are attracted by books suitable for their ages. It is important to help them develop their imagination and creativity through games, because at this age this is the only thing they want to do. To play, to imitate, to find correlations with the surrounding world, to discover, to hear, to feel, to touch, to see the cause and the effect of their actions. It is now the time for powerful vibrant colors, for toys that help them move, pull or push.
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RO: In lista de mai jos voi include si alte articole ce pot fi oferite cadou copiilor, nu doar jucarii, iar unele dintre ele au fost mentionate si in articolul dedicat bebelusilor pana intr-un an (link aici), insa pot fi folosite la fel de bine si dupa (in unele cazuri si mai bine, spre exemplu carticica Muki, turnul Leea, cartile Usborne si altele). Lista noastra de cadouri pentru copii de 1-2 ani cuprinde urmatoarele, dupa cum urmeaza:

EN: In the list below I will also include other objects that can be offered as a gift for children, not just toys, and some of them were already mentioned in the article dedicated to babies up until one year (link here), but they can also be used after this age, sometimes even better (as the Muki book, Leea Tower, Usborne books and others). Our list of presents for children between 1 and 2 years contains the following:

COPII 12-18 LUNI / 12-18 MONTHS CHILDREN

RO: Este o varsta extrem de frumoasa (si devine din ce in ce mai frumoasa), cand copiii sunt extrem de interesati de tot ce este in jurul lor. Exista atat de multe jucarii care le-ar putea atrage atentia (de fapt toate sunt de-a dreptul captivante pentru ei), incat e destul de greu sa recomanzi ceva anume. Da, sunt jucariile acelea luminoase, zgomotoase si extrem de stimulante, care in mod cert i-ar tine ocupati vreme indelungata insa cumva am incercat sa le evitam. Am avut si noi (a primit multe astfel de jucarii, la diverse ocazii) insa nu mi se par genul de jucarii de pe urma carora sa aiba foarte mult de invatat. Da, il pot tine linistit, insa scopul unei jucarii ar trebui sa fie altul, sa ii stimuleze creativitate, sa invete sa relationeze, sa isi dezvolte motricitatea fina etc. In plus, din cate am observat, copiii se plictisesc destul de repede de astfel de jucarii, asa ca am evitat sa le includem in aceasta lista de idei de cadouri.

EN: This is an extremely beautiful age (and it’s becoming better and better), when children are interested by everything that surrounds them. There are so many toys that could catch their attention (actually is captivating for them), and recommending something can be really hard. Yes, there are those brightening, noisy and over stimulating toys, which for sure would keep them busy for a long time, but we tried to avoid those. We had them and we still do (most of them where received as a present, at different occasions) but I don’t think they can learn much from them. Yes, they can keep them chill, but the purpose of a toy should be a different one, to stimulate their creativity, to learn and correlate, to develop their fine motor skills etc. Besides, from what I’ve noticed, children get easily bored by this type of toys, so I tried not to include them in this list of presents.
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Papucei de mers / Walking shoes
RO: Ce-i drept, primii pasi ai copiilor nostri ar trebui facuti desculti, iar daca asta se intampla in timpul verii, incaltamintea chiar nu este necesara. Insa uneori chiar este nevoie de incaltari pentru cei mici, iar cea care imita cel mai bine mersul descult este cea mai indicata. Am scris foarte mult despre acest subiect in articolul acesta, si pentru ca nu vrem sa repetam aceleasi lucruri, vom spune doar ca brandul nostru preferat pentru incaltaminte tip barefoot este Tikki (link aici). Au incaltari pentru toate sezoanele si sunt extrem de renumiti pentru pantofiorii lor barefoot.

EN: To be honest, first steps of our children should be made barefoot, and if that happens during summertime, footwear is not actually necessary. But sometimes it is and we should choose those kind of shoes that imitate barefoot walking. We wrote more about this subject in this article and because we don’t want to repeat the same things, we will only say that our favourite barefoot shoes are the ones from Tikki (link here). They have shoes for all seasons and they are famous for the barefoot ones.
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Covor de joaca / Play rug
RO: In primul rand, pentru utilitatea sa practica ๐Ÿ™‚ Neavand foarte multe covoare in casa, de multe ori ajungea sa se joace direct pe podea (ceea ce sincer, nu e o problema din punctul nostru de vedere). Insa uneori poate fi mai indicat sa se joace pe o suprafata mai calduroasa. La adinish.com am gasit foarte multe astfel de covoare de joaca, cu diverse imprimeuri. Noi avem unul absolut superb cu o sina de tren, precum si trenuletul de lemn din acelasi set de la Kid’s Concept (link aici pentru covoras si aici pentru tren).

EN: First of all , for its practical utility ๐Ÿ™‚ We didn’t have many rugs in the house and Alexei was often playing directly on the floor (which honestly, we didn’t find a problem). But sometimes it can be better to play on a warmer surface. We found many play rugs at adinish.com, with all sort of prints. We have a gorgeous one with a railway and also the wooden train from the same set from Kid’s Concept (link here for the rug and here for the train).
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Antemergator / Walker
RO: Despre antemergator am vorbit si in articolul dedicat bebelusilor (link aici), asa ca nu vom dezbate prea multe aici. Vom spune doar ca pentru parintii care sunt de acord cu folosirea antemergatoarelor, am gasit unele foarte dragute la magazinul catenlunasinstele.ro (link aici). Noi am folosit, fara sa facem insa abuz de el (am incercat sa il lasam sa se ridice singur si sa inceapa sa mearga fara sa il fortam sa o faca). Pentru copiii care au inceput deja sa mearga, pot fi o jucarie interesanta, mai ales ca odata ce invata sa paseasca li se va parea extrem de interesant sa impinga orice obiect din casa, scaune, ba chiar si caruciorul lor ๐Ÿ™‚

EN: We talked about walkers in the article dedicated to presents for babies (link here), so we won’t say too much here. For the parents that agree using them, we’ll just mention that we found really cute ones at catenlunasinstele.ro store (link here). We used a walker without abusing too much (we tried to encourage him to stand up alone and start walking without forcing him). For the children that are already walking, this can be an interesting toy beause they will find interesting to push any object from the house, chairs or even their own stroller ๐Ÿ™‚
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Turn de invatare / Learning tower
RO: Orice fel de turn de invatare, care ii inalta, cat sa ajunga la nivelul parintelui, pentru a face diverse activitati. Sunt foarte multe turnuri de invatare, unele dintre ele au si foarte multe jocuri incluse, altele pot fi transformate in alte obiecte de joaca. Noi il avem pe cel de la Leea Toys si il folosim extrem de mult (zilnic) inca de cand Alexei avea un an. Ce-i drept, mi se pare din ce in ce mai util pe masura ce creste, parca exista din ce in ce mai multe oportunitati de joaca iar Alexei devine din ce in ce mai interesat (spre exemplu de tobogan, cu care ne putem juca in sezonul rece, cand nu putem iesi din casa). Turnul Leea poate fi comandat de pe site-ul Leea Toys (link aici).

EN: Any kind of learning tower that lifts them so that they can be at the same level with the parent, in order to do different activities. There are many learning towers, some of them have some other games included, others can be transformed in other objects for playing. We have the one from Leea Toys and we use it a lot (daily) since Alexei was only one year old. It is true that it becomes more and more useful as time goes by, there are other activities that can be done and Alexei is more interested (for instance by the slide, which we can use in the cold season when we can’t go out of the house). Leea Tower can be ordered from Leea Toys website (link here).
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Carticele Primele Cuvinte / First Words Books
RO: Chiar daca acest tip de carticele poate fi folosit si inainte de varsta de un an, in perioada in care incep sa spuna primele cuvinte vor fi mult mai apreciate. Exista seturi de astfel de carticele, pe categorii, cuprind imagini mari si clare cu obiecte sau animale, iar cei mici sunt fascinati de ele. Se gasesc peste tot, noi le-am luat de la emag.ro (link aici).

EN: Ever though this type of books can be used before the age of one year, they will be more appreciated once they will start saying a few words. There are sets of books, on categories, they have big, clear images with objects or animals and the little ones will be fascinated by them. There are many stores that sell them, we have a set from emag.ro (link here).
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Jucarii cu legume si fructe / Toys with fruits and vegetables
RO: Sunt extrem de bune pentru a invata care sunt fructele si legumele. Probabil ca au devenit deja familiari cu ele de la mese, insa joaca ii va face sa le recunoasca si mai usor. Sunt foarte multe astfel de seturi, noi avem unele luate din Olanda, insa am gasit unele foarte dragute din lemn la magazinul catenlunasinstele.ro (link aici pentru setul de legume si aici pentru setul de fructe).

EN: These are very good for learning fruits and vegetables. They probably know them already from the meals but palying with them will make them recognize them easily. There are lots of sets, we have one bought from The Netherlands but we found some cute ones at catenlunasinstele.ro store (link here for the vegetables and here for the fruits).
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Jucarii cu animale / Toys with animals
RO: Un set de lemn cu animalele de la ferma cu siguranta ii va atrage pe cei mici. Sunt in perioada in care descopera animalele, le place sa le imite iar joculetele precum “cum face catelul/oaia/calul/etc?” ii amuza teribil. Noi am avut un set de animalute de lemn gasit la elcokids.ro (link aici).

EN: A set of farm animals will for sure be interesting for our little ones. They are discovering animals now, they like to imitate them and games like “how does the dog/sheep/horse/etc do?” will be extremely fun for them. We had a set of wooden animals found at elcokids.ro (link here).
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Carticele cu usite / Flap Books
RO: Acest tip de carticele ii va fascina intotdeauna pe copiii mici. Am recomandat acest tip de carti si in articolul dedicat bebelusilor (link aici), insa vor fi mai de folos dupa varsta de un an cand cei mici incep sa recunoasca obiectele din poze. Vor relationa foarte usor cu realitatea si li se vor parea din ce in ce mai interesante. Exista carticele pentru a invata culori, cifre, litere, forme, cuvinte. Am facut o mica selectie mai jos, acestea sunt carticelele pe care as vrea sa i le comand si eu lui Alexei cat de curand (link aici pentru mai multe flap books de pe site-ul usborne.com).

EN: This type of books will always fascinated the young children. We recommended this type of books also in the article dedicated to babies presents (link here), but they will definitely be more useful after one year when they will start recognizing the objects in the pictures. They will relate easily with the reality and they will find them more and more interesting. There are books for learning colors, numbers, letters, shapes, words. We made a small selection below, these will be the next books that I would like to order for Alexei soon (link here for more flap books on usborne.com website).
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Carticele pentru pictat cu degetul / Finger painting books
RO: Cartile de la Usborne sunt atat de multe si de variate, ca in mod cert se vor gasi intotdeauna carti potrivite oricarei varste. Cartile pentru pictat cu degetul se recomanda dupa un si jumatate (poate chiar doi) insa le includem in categoria de varsta 12-18 luni pentru ca Alexei a fost innebunit dupa ele inca din primul moment in care am inceput sa le folosim. Bineinteles, cartile includ diverse activitati (de facut diverse obiecte, animale sau oameni cu ajutorul punctelor facute cu degetele) insa pentru ei va fi amuzant sa mazgaleasca cartea in fel si chip, fara o logica anume. Simplu fapt ca vad punctele colorate ii va distra enorm.

EN: Usborne books are so many and so diverse, I’m sure we will always find books that will be suitable for any age. Finger painting books are recommended after one and a half (maybe even two), but we will include them in the 12-18 months category as Alexei really loved them from the first moment we used them. Of course, the books include several activities (to draw different objects, animals or people with the dots made with the fingers) but for them it will be fun just to spot the book in all the possible ways, without having a logic. The simple fact that they will see colorful dots will be fun for them.
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Carticele cu stickere / Sticker Books
RO: E foarte probabil ca abia dupa un an si jumatate sa inceapa sa fie interesati de astfel de carti, insa merita incercate si inainte. Cei de la Usborne au foarte multe astfel de carti (link aici), noi am ales la inceput ceva cat mai simplu, cu animale pe care sa le poata recunoaste, ca sa fie cat mai interesat de ele. Nu au avut succes la inceput, insa ulterior le-a acceptat si chiar a inceput sa i se para distractive. Nici acum nu este foarte incantat de stickere, pentru ca nu ii place ca i se lipesc de degete ๐Ÿ™‚ Deci doar observa cum lipesc eu stickerele, fara sa le atinga ๐Ÿ˜€

EN: Most probably they will start to be interested by this kind of books after the age of one and a half, but it’s worth trying before. Usborne has many sticker books (link here), we have chosen something simple for the first one, with animals that he could easily recognize, so to increase his interest in the book. We didn’t have luck at the beginning but then he accepted them and now he really likes them. However, he’s still not so thrilled about the stickers, he doesn’t like having them glued on his fingers ๐Ÿ™‚ So he just obseves how I add the stickers in the book, without touching them ๐Ÿ˜€
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Piscina cu bile / Ball Pool
RO: Sincer, ar trebui sa se inventeze astfel de piscine si pentru adulti :)) Atat de tentante par! Cei mici vor fi incantati de orice jucarie rotunda, daramite de o piscina intreaga! Nu stiam de existenta lor, asa ca lui Alexei i-am luat un set de bile de la Jumbo (de care inca mai este fascinat chiar si la 18 luni!), dar am gasit la davidandthea.com niste piscine care arata minunat (link aici).

EN: Honestly, they should invent such pools for adults as well :)) That’s how tempting they seem! The little ones will be thrilled by any round toys, not to mention an entire pool full of balls! We didn’t know about the existence of these pool, so we bought a simple set of normal balls from Jumbo for Alexei (he still loves them at 18 months) but we found some amazing pools at davidandthea.com, they really look great (link here).
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Jucฤƒrii care se trag / Pull Toys
RO: De รฎndatฤƒ ce รฎncep sฤƒ meargฤƒ (cei mai mulศ›i dintre copii รฎncep sฤƒ meargฤƒ รฎntre 12 ศ™i 18 luni), cea mai mare distracศ›ie pentru cei mici este sฤƒ tragฤƒ jucฤƒrii cu ศ™nur dupฤƒ ei ๐Ÿ™‚ Cele mai simpatice jucฤƒrii pe care le-am gฤƒsit sunt cele de la adinish.com (link aici), sunt din lemn ศ™i aratฤƒ foarte bine. Existฤƒ รฎnsฤƒ multe variante de jucฤƒrii de plastic care se pot trage dupฤƒ micuศ›i, รฎnsฤƒ รฎncercฤƒm sฤƒ le evitฤƒm pe cรขt posibil, prin urmare nu vom recomanda astfel de jucฤƒrii รฎn acest articol.

EN: As soon as they start walking (most of the children start walking between 12 and 18 months), the biggest fun for our little ones is to pull toys after them ๐Ÿ™‚ The cutest toys we’ve found are the ones from adinish.com (link here), they are made from wood and they really look very nice. There are plenty of pull toys made of plastic but we try to avoid those as much as possible, so we will not recommend such toys in this article.
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Puzzle de Lemn / Wooden Puzzles
RO: Este vorba de acele puzzleuri mari, cu forme usor de recunoscut, speciale pentru copiii foarte mici. Cele mai multe au forme de animale sau diverse obiecte foarte folosite in viata de zi cu zi, si sunt utile copiilor atat de mici pentru a invata sa recunoasca si sa sorteze forme. Am gasit unele minunate la Zara Home, pe care le si avem de altfel si cu care Alexei se joaca foarte des (link aici si aici).

EN: We’re talking about those big puzzles, with shapes that are easy to recognize, made for small children. Most of them have shapes with animals or objects that are used in daily life, sso they are useful for children to recognize and sort shapes. We found some great ones at Zara Home, which we have and use very often (link here and here).puzzle de lemnJucarii de Stivuire / Stacking toy
RO: Am recomandat si in articolul dedicat bebelusilor (link aici) astfel de jucarii, insa potrivite pentru varsta de pana un an. In continuare copiii vor fi interesati de astfel de jucarii prin care pot pune obiecte unul peste altul, ba chiar acum vor fi mai constienti si mai entuziasmati cand vor construi (si bineinteles, darama :D). Am gasit niste cuburi mari din spuma, usoare, colorate si inscriptionate cu cifre la adinish.com (link aici) sau cuburi de lemn, de la adinish.com (link aici) sau de la davidandthea.com (link aici).

EN: We recommended this type of toys in the article dedicated to babies (link here), but those were suitable for children under one year. Children will continue to be interested in stacking toys, they will actually be more enthusiastic, more aware when they will build (and of course crumble :D). We found some big foam cubes, lightweight, colorful and printed with numbers at adinish.com (link here) or some wooden cubes from adinish.com (link here) or davidandthea.com (link here).
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Piese de construit/ Buidling Toys
RO: As spune fara doar si poate Lego Duplo insa parca pana la varsta de un an si jumatate piesele Lego nu au fost atat de tentante pentru Alexei. Chiar daca sunt mult mai usor de folosit decat piesele normale de Lego, mult mai mari si mai usor de imbinat, este nevoie de destul de multa precizie. Pe care un copilas de pana in 18 luni inca nu o are. Asa ca mai indicate ar fi piesele de construit mai moi si mai usor de imbinat, cum ar fi cele de la Clemmy (de la Clementoni – le-am gasit la emag.ro, link aici) sau Mega Blocks (link aici).

EN: I would normally say that Lego Duplo is the perfect building toy but up until one and a half, they haven’t been so tempting for Alexei. Even though they are way much easier to use than the normal Lego pieces, bigger and easier to combine, they need quite a lot of precision. Which an 18 months old child doesn’t have it yet. So it would be better to use building pieces that are softer and easier to combine, as Clemmy (from Clementoni – we found them at emag.ro, link here) or Mega Blocks (link here).
Cuburi Clemmy

Jucarii Crosetate / Knitted Toys
RO: Alexei nu a fost interesat prea mult de jucariile de plus, insa dupa ce a trecut de un an (si mai ales dupa un an si jumatate) parca le-a descoperit. La 18 luni a inceput sa indrageasca o jucarie de plus (un iepuras Miffy, faimos in Olanda) cu care doarme, mananca, se joaca, ca si cum ar fi prietenul lui ๐Ÿ™‚ Asa ca o o jucarie de plus poate fi o idee buna de cadou, am gasit niste jucarii adorabile crosetate pe pagina de instagram @soranacroseteaza (link aici) si la davidandthea.com (link aici), tot crosetate.

EN: Alexei hasn’t been so interested in such toys, but after one year (actually after one an a half) he truly discovered them. At 18 months he started to love a bunny (a Miffy bunny, famous in The Netherlands) that he sleeps, eat, plays with now, as if he would be his best friend ๐Ÿ™‚ So a stuffed toy might be a good idea, we found some adorable ones on @soranacroseteaza instagram page (link here) and at davidandthea.com (link here), also knitted.
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COPII 18-24 LUNI / 18-24 MONTHS CHILDREN

RO: Este momentul in care jucarii precum carticica Mukibooks (pe care am mai recomandat-o si in articolul pentru bebelusi), cuburile, masinutele, plusurile, cortul sau orice alta jucarie incep sa fie folosite in moduri diferite. Incep sa isi dezvolte imaginatia intr-un mod fabulos, iar cel mai dragalas lucru mi se pare faptul ca vor sa imite intru totul ce vad la adultii din jurul lor. Vor sa fie oameni mari, sa fie bucatari, tamplari, doctori, mama sau tata ๐Ÿ™‚ Iar prin jucariile de rol nu facem altceva decat sa ii ajutam in toata aceasta joaca si sa le stimulam creativitatea. Oricat de mult timp si implicare cere aceasta varsta (joaca devine parte serioasa din viata copiilor si vor ca parintii sa fie alaturi de ei), este o varsta minunata iar ei sunt incredibil de dulci ๐Ÿ™‚

EN: This is the moment when toys like Mukibooks (which we recommended in our first article dedicated to babies), cubes, toys, stuffed toys, tents or any other toys will be used in totally different ways. They start to develop their imagination in a fabulous way and the cutest thing is the fact that they want to reproduce everything they see at the adults that surround them. They want to be grown ups, to be chefs, carpenters, doctors, mother of father ๐Ÿ™‚ And through role playing we help them in all these games and stimulate their creativity. No matter how much time and involvement this age requires (playing is becoming a serious part of children’s life and they want their parents close to them), it is an amazing age and they are extremely cute ๐Ÿ™‚
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Creioane, Carioci, Acuarele / Pencils, Felt Pens, Water Colors
RO: Ca sa fim sinceri, noi am inceput sa desenam, coloram si pictam mult inainte de 18 luni, insa cele mai multe produse de colorat (in special cariocile si acuarelele) sunt recomandate dupa varsta de 18 luni. Am cautat mult timp produse speciale pentru bebelusi, care sa nu aiba substante toxice si care sa se poata curata usor (sa fie lavabile) si am gasit o gama variata la cei de la micostore.ro (link aici).

EN: To be honest, we started drawing, coloring and painting way before 18 months, but most of the drawing products (especially felt pens and water colors) are recommended after the age of 18 months. We’ve searchedfor quite a long time some products that are sitable for babies, without toxice substances and that can be easily washed and we found many of these at micostore.ro (link here).
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Bucatarie / Kitchen
RO: La varsta aceasta, puii nostri incep sa imite TOT ce facem noi. Astfel ca orice activitate de “oameni mari” ii va fascina. Si cum cel mai probabil isi vad mamicile gatind pentru ei, bucataria va fi tentanta atat pentru fetite, cat si pentru baieti. De altfel, nu suntem adeptii jucariilor gender specific. Exista foarte multe bucatarii, chiar a fost nevoie de un research amanuntit: cea de la Ikea este una dintre cele mai faimoase (link aici), exista si la Lidl o bucatarie pentru cei mici (link aici, in Olanda se poate comanda chiar online), cei de la adinish.com au o bucatarie de la brandul Kid’s Concept, care are incluse multe accesorii (link aici) iar cei de la Cate-n Luna si-n Stele au bucatarii de la mai multe branduri, precum New Toys, un brand olandez (link aici), Jabadabado un brand suedez (link aici) sau renumita bucatarie de la Little Dutch, care noua ne place extrem de mult (link aici).

EN: At this age, our little ones start to imitate everything that we do. So any “grown ups” activity will fascinate them. As they probably see their mother cooking for them, th ekitchen will be tempting for both girls and boys. Actually, we don’t like gender specific toys. There are many kitchens available on the market, we really had to do an in depth research: the one from Ikea is one of the most famous (link here), there is one at Lidl as well (link here, in The Netherlands it can be ordered online), adinish.com has a nice kitchen from Kid’s Concept brand, which includes lots of accessories (link here) and Cate-n Luna Si-n Stele has kitchens from many brands like New Toys, a Dutch brand (link here), Jabadabado, a Swedish brand (link here) or the famous Little Dutch kitchen, which we really love (link here).
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Banc de lucru / Work bench
RO: Tot din categoria jucariilor de rol, bancul de lucru poate fi extrem de tentant pentru cei mici. Sa invarta, sa traga, sa mestereasca ca un tamplar adevarat ๐Ÿ™‚ Ramanem fideli brandului Little Dutch (pentru care am cam facut o obsesie) si mentionam bancul lor de lucru care poate fi achizitionat de la magazinul Cate-n Luna Si-n Stele (link aici).

EN: Also in the role playing category, the work bench can be extremely tempting for the little ones. To spin, pull, mend as a real carpenter ๐Ÿ™‚ We continue to be faithful to Little Dutch brand (we made an obsession for it) and we’ll mention their work bench that can be bought from Cate-n Luna Si-n Stele store (link here).
Banc de lucru
Set Modu Explorer / Modu Explorer Set
RO: Este genul acela de jucarie care poate fi reinventata in fel si chip. Ce este foarte interesant este ca are niste piese foarte mari si usor de asamblat, prin intermediul carora se pot face diverse obiecte (masinuta, antemergator, balansoar sau leagan). In videoul acesta se poate vedea exact cum si ce se construieste cu aceste piese. Este un produs care poate aduna intreaga familie la joaca, incepand cu constructia jucariei. Poate fi un cadou de Craciun mai diferit si mai ingenios ๐Ÿ™‚ Noi l-am gasit pe site-ul davidandthea.com (link aici).

EN: This is the type of toy that can be reinvented in so many ways. What is really interesting is the fact that it has some really large and easy to assemble pieces, through which different objects can be created (car, walker, rocket, swing). In this videoit can be seen exactly what can be built with these pieces. This is a product that can gather the entire family to play, starting with the construction of the toy. It can be a really different and ingenious Christmas present ๐Ÿ™‚ We found it on davidandthea.com website (link here).
set modu kit
Tricicleta / Tricycle
RO: Alexei a inceput sa foloseasca tricicleta fara pedale inca de pe la 12 luni insa momentul in care a folosit-o cu adevarat (corect si coordinat) a fost in perioada in care a inceput sa mearga si mai ales dupa. Tricicletele ii atrag ca un magnet pe copii, si nu doar ca sunt extrem de amuzante dar pot fi si foarte utile pentru ei, pentru dezvoltarea abilitatilor motorii, pentru coordonare si echilibru. Ce este de avut in vedere atunci cand alegem o tricicleta pentru cei mici este sa fie cat mai rezistenta, sa nu se rastoarne usor si am spune noi sa nu fie din plastic. Noi avem tricicleta de lemn Tiny Tot Bamboo de la Kinderfeets, se gaseste la jucariialtfel.ro (link aici) care poate fi transformata ulterior in bicicleta. Are scaun reglabil si practic โ€œcresteโ€ si se transforma odata cu copilul.

EN: Alexei started to use the tricycle without pedals since 12 months but the moment he really used it correctly and coordinated was when he started walking and even more after that. Tricycles are amazing for children, not only because they are so much fun but also because they cn be really useful for them, they develop their motor skills, their coordination and balance. What should be taken in consideration when choosing a tricycle is to make sure it is solid, it does not easily turn over and we would say to avoid the plastic ones. We have a Tiny Tot Bamboo tricycle from Kinderfeets which can be found at jucariialtfel.ro (link here) and that can be later transformed into bicycle. It has an adjustable chair and it basically “grows” with the child.

tricicletaLego Duplo
RO: Sau Lego pentru bebelusi ๐Ÿ™‚ Nu am fi crezut ca va fi atat de interesant pentru Alexei, insa este pur si simplu innebunit dupa piesele de Lego Duplo. Sunt mai mari si mai usor de folosit/montat/asamblat decat Lego-ul clasic si in general au mare succes la copiii mici. Alexei a fost interesat de Lego Duplo chiar inainte de un an, insa cel mai mult le-a folosit dupa 13-14 luni (la 18 luni deja era innebunit sa construisca, sa darame, sa construiasca iar). Pentru copiii mai mici poate ca mai indicate ar fi piesele de la Clemmy sau Mega Blocks. Lego Duplo se gaseste fie in magazinele Lego, fie online la diverse magazine. Cel mai des am comandat de la emag.ro (link aici).

EN: Or Lego for babies ๐Ÿ™‚ We didn’t think that this will be so interesting for Alexei, but he simply loves Lego pieces. These are bigger and easier to assembly that the classic Lego pieces and they are really great for young children. Alexei was interested in these even before one year but he used them more after 13-14 months (at 18 months he’s already mad about building, crumbling, building again). For younger children it might be a bit better to use the building pieces from Clemmy or Mega Blocks. Lego Duplo can be found at Lego stores or online at different shops. We usually order them from emag.ro (link aici).
Lego duplo
Calut balansoar / Rocking horse
RO: As fi zis ca un astfel de calut balansoar este exact genul acela de jucarie perfecta pentru poze, pe care copilul nu il va folosi aproape niciodata, insa m-am inselat amarnic. Inca de cand a avut pentru prima oara un astfel de calut (la varsta de un an), Alexei a fost fascinat de el. Am evitat insa sa il folosim foarte mult, fiindu-mi teama sa nu se accidenteze, insa dupa varsta de 18 luni a devenit una dintre jucariile lui preferate. Noi avem un calut balansoar din lemn, cu un design foarte simplu, de la Cate-n Luna Si-n Stele (link aici) insa am gasit unele foarte dragute si la adinish.com, au si material textil pe deasupra, blanita sau alte pufosenii, si ar putea fi mai confortabile decat cele complet din lemn (link aici pentru cel din poza de mai jos).

EN: I honestly thought that this toys is precisely that kind of toy that looks great in pictures, but it’s not actually used by the child. And I was sooo wrong about it. Since he had a rockign horse (somewhere around one year), Alexei was fascinated by it. We avoided using it too much as I was afraid he could hurt himself, but after the age of 18 months it has become one of his favourite toys. We have a wooden rocking horse with a very simple design, from Cate-n Luna Si-n Stele store (link here) but we found some really nice ones at adinish.com as well, they have a textile cover, fur or other fluffy fabrics and could be a bit more comfortable that the wooden ones (link here for the one in the picture below). Balansoar
Instrumente muzicale de jucarie / Instruments
RO: Da, parintilor nu o sa le placa ideea unei tobe batute dimineata la prima ora insa copiii incep sa fie fascinati de instrumentele muzicale. Am remarcat interesul pentru instrumente muzicale intr-o vacanta, cand a auzit un domn cantand la chitara pe strada. Nu voia sa plece, asculta captivat, efectiv nu se misca. Asa ca o jucarie care sa imite un instrument muzical poate fi o idee foarte buna de cadou. Am gasit foarte multe astfel de jucarii la catenlunasinstele.ro (link aici si aici) insa cele mai multe si mai dragute dintre acestea (chitara, flaut, muzicuta) sunt recomandate copilasilor mai mari (peste 3 ani). Toba de lemn draguta am gasit pe siteul nichiduta.ro (link aici) si un xilofon de lemn adorabil la adinish.com (link aici).

EN: Yes, parents will not like the idea of singing at the drum at first hour in the morning but children are starting to be fascinated by instruments. We noticed Alexei started to like them in a vacation, when he heard for the first time a man in the street singing at a guita. He didn’t want to leave, he was totally captivated, he was literally not moving. So a musical instrument as a toy can be a really good idea for a present. We found this kind of toys at catenlunasinstele.ro store (link here and here) but most of these toys (the nicest ones, like guitar, flute, mouth organ) are recommended for bigger kids (over 3 years). We found a nice wooden drum at nichiduta.ro website (link here) and an adorable xylophone at adinish.com (link here).ย  xilofon
Set de matusa si faras / Set of broom and dustpan
RO: Am adaugat acest set dupa ce articolul era deja finalizat, pentru ca am fost cu Alexei la un loc de joaca unde aveau maturi pentru copii iar jumatate din timpul petrecut acolo a curatat podele ๐Ÿ™‚ Nu ma asteptam sa aiba un astfel de efect asupra lui, insa clar trebuie sa primeasca in curand o matura pentru copii :)) Am gasit un set frumos la adinish.com (link aici).

EN: I added this set after the article was almost finalized, because I’ve been with Alexei at a playground where they had brooms for children and half of the time spent there he cleaned the floors ๐Ÿ™‚ I did not expect that so he definitely should get a broom soon ๐Ÿ™‚ We found a nice set at adinish.com (link here).
set matura si faras
Masini / Cars
RO: De pompieri, ambulante, utilitare, agricole, de constructii – orice e fascinant pentru ei. Am gasit un set de masinute de lemn la catenlunasinstele.com, care contine toate tipurile de masinute (link aici), insa sunt foarte multe optiuni dragute. Noua ne-au placut cele cu design scandinav de la Sebra, de la acelasi magazin (link aici, aici si aici).

EN: Fire trucks, ambulances, farm equipments, construction cars – anything will be fascinating for them. We found a nice set of wooden cars at catenlunasinstele which contains all type of cars (link here) but there are many other nice options. We loved the Scandinavian design ones from Sebra, from the same store (link here, here and here).
masini
Sine de tren de lemn / Railways
RO: Arhi cunoscutele sine de la Ikea, nu au nevoie de niciun fel de prezentare. Sunt multe seturi la Ikea, atat cu sine cat si trenuri sau masinute potrivite sinelor. Nu as fi crezut ca vor avea atat de mult succes, insa le foloseste zi de zi. De altfel, toate jucariile de la Ikea sunt foarte potrivite pentru copii, simple, design simplu si foarte usor de folosit (link aici).

EN: The famous Ikea railways, they need no presentation. There are plenty of sets at Ikea, with both railways and trains or cars. I never thought they will be so successful, but he uses them every day. Actually, all the Ikea toys are really nice for children, simple, with a clean design, very easy to play with (link here).
sine ikea
RO: Si pentru ca in mod cert fiecare casa cu copii are haosul sau specific (jucarii prin toata casa), am recomanda si un cadou pentru parintii carora le place ordinea si disciplina ๐Ÿ˜€ Si anume sacii de depozitare ๐Ÿ™‚ Am gasit unii extrem de draguti, din hartie, la adinish.com (pe care ii si avem de altfel, link aici si aici), insa si cei de la catenlunasinstele.ro au unii adorabili din textil (link aici).

EN: For sure every house with children has its specific chaos (toys all around the house) so we would recommend a present for the parents who love discipline ๐Ÿ˜€ And that’s a storage back ๐Ÿ™‚ We found some really cute paper ones at adinish.com (we actually have these, link here and here) but catenlunasinstele.ro also have some adorable textile ones (link here).
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