Saturday, October 11, 2014

For Small Hands Toddler Flatware Set & Dustpan & Broom Review

            Hey folks! I'm excited to be kicking off my very first Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Event with a wonderful company I've had the pleasure of working with before: For Small Hands! Started in 2004 as the "parent version" of Montessori Resources, For Small Hands specializes in providing access to the same child-sized tools used in Montessori classrooms. This is great for continued learning at home or homeschooling families who follow the Montessori teaching method. Even if you and your children aren't into this teaching style, you are still sure to find educational products you and your children will love!
            For Small Hands was generous to allow us to review two of their products: the Baby/Toddler Hammered Flatware Set and Black Whisk Broom and Dustpan. Myka is at the age where she enjoys helping out with certain household chores when able. We also feel like she is getting old enough to start teaching her about cleaning and picking up after herself, so we were especially pleased to try these items out and see how Myka did with them!

            The flatware set is designed for ages 1 1/2 to 3. Since Myka turns 2 today, it is the perfect size for her little hands. I have to confess that since she seemed to have a hard time with the little plastic "silverware", we have been letting her use our silverware to feed herself for quite some time. She has an easier time with ours than the kid-sized plastic ones, but the main thing I didn't like about letting her use ours is that she gets WAY too big of bites. (Does anyone else have a toddler with a bad habit of stuffing their mouth as much as they can no matter what he/she is eating?) While she still has a habit of taking huge bites, they aren't quite as bad since the spoon is much smaller. My only regret is that we didn't start out with these!
            If you can't tell from the pictures, the quality of this flatware set is great. They are nice and durable and I don't foresee any reason why we won't be able to use them with future children! Plus since Myka is only 2, she will still be able to use them for awhile.

 Evidently my parents' paper shredder needed dusted off.

            We have been having fun with the dustpan and whisk broom as well. I think it's important to include young kids in daily household activities and try to make chores we as adults may not think are very fun, fun for kids so they won't view it as a chore (as soon in life, at least) like we do. I've been trying to teach Myka to clean up the floor and her booster seat after she eats. She's not always interested in doing it, but that's ok. Sometimes she'll go in the kitchen and get it on her own and try to sweep "dirt" off the floor with it. Besides being a nice size for her, the whisk broom and dustpan actually come in handy for me as well if I just need to clean up a little spot!
Well, I tried to get a cute video of her "cleaning"...but "What Does the Fox Say?" was just too irresistible. :)
            You can browse through all of For Small Hands quality educational products and find out more about them and Montessori in general on their website and stay up-to-date with them on Facebook. Before you run off, don't forget that there is a giveaway as well! If you'd like the chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to use on For Small Hands website and try some products out for yourself, simply click HERE to be directed to the giveaway page!

Disclaimer: I received products to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own and may differ from your own.

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