I received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Play dates keep me sane. Fa’real. I look forward to play dates because it gives me a little bit of “breathing room” and I usually get to sit down for a couple of minutes, sip on some HOT tea and catch up with my mama friends, while our little ones play. That’s why I was stoked when I was asked to host a Bright Starts “League of Little Laughers” Play Date.
Bright Starts products are infused with the perfect combination of clever and engaging features, designed to spark smiles and laughter in your growing baby or toddler. A bonus for parents: exceptional value and affordability.
The toys that we received for the Bright Starts “League of Little Laughers” Play Date were:
- Bright Starts Learn & Giggle Activity Station
- Roll & Glow Monkey
- Spin & Giggle Puppy
- Bunch of Balls
We had a couple little friends over who range in ages and stages- the youngest being 12 months, and a couple of 20 and 21 month old toddlers. It was interesting to see what attracted each child to a toy. For example, some of the kids were drawn to the music of one toy, the colours of another or the bright monkey that was rolling and glowing all over the place.
The kids took to the Bright Start Learn & Giggle Activity Station right away. With more than 65 sounds, melodies, lights and phrases there is something for every age and stage. The very engaging Learn & Giggle Activity Station is a window full of activities for baby to explore and learn! Our little crawler friend loved to sit and play, while Little Moon choose to stand and play. Luna was really into the pressing down on the kitty’s paw as it revealed an exciting light display in the playful fish bowl. There are many buttons to press to hear phrases, shapes, colours, letters, numbers, object identification and cause and effect, which is great for any stage and age. Luna is into repeating everything so she enjoyed repeating the colours, letters, number and shapes. Little crawler was into spinning the sun, that lights up!
The Bright Starts Roll & Glow Monkey was also hit. The toddlers loved pressing down on the monkey’s hat so that the light-up wheels and music would start, and the monkey would roll away. We played “catch” with the Roll & Glow Monkey. I would push the button on the monkey’s head and once it started rolling, the kids would chase after and try to catch it. The Roll & Glow Monkey is also great for playing pass between to kids, just have them sit across from one another! Fun was had my all with the Roll & Glow, it got baby and toddlers moving and laughing!
Another fun chasing activity was encouraged by the Bright Starts Spin & Giggle Puppy. First, the kids can place the balls in the puppy’s bowl, then have one child press the light up buttons on paws or press down on the inside of the bowl to get puppy wobbling. The bowl wobbles and spins balls around until the balls spill out, encouraging baby to chase the balls and repeat all over again.
And last but not least, the Bunch of Balls. Little Moon is totally obsessed with balls right now, so she just loved turning the container the Bright Starts Bunch of Balls upside down and seeing the balls bounce and roll all over the place. After doing that a couple times, she started to throw the balls into a laundry basket and shoe box. The Bright Starts Bunch of Balls are great for organizing games like pass or putting them into a sensory table.
After a couple of hours, our Bright Starts League of Little Laughers Play Date had come to an end. The toys were enjoyed by all, and some even found some new homes. There is nothing quite like seeing your little kid laugh their head off while having fun with the friends. And us mama bears were also happy to not only engage and play with our children, but also to be able to sit back and catch’up with one another. Oh, and I’m specifically impressed at how much fun Little Moon was having that I got to use the washroom ALONE! Hahaha, If I get to go pee alone during a play date, it’s a SUCCESS, LOL.
Bright Starts toys provide entertainment, fun and learning all on their own. But you can also create and organize your own games too. Bright Start toys are thoughtfully designed to delight the senses. You can head over here to check out more of the Bright Starts toys.