The picture is far too big (I left it that way on purpose to ask a question) and the boy is lopsided, I know, (but still cute). :) Don't mind me, I'm just playing with features on my camera and shot this sideways photo on accident. I don't mind though, I like things that are slightly different than the ever-typical. My question for camera gurus though, is why does the picture show up clear at a normal size, but when I make it bigger to fit the page better, using the html, it's a little out of focus? Probably because I'm restricted by my server? I have been thinking of switching to one that gives me more freedom...in fact, I've been thinking about it so long, that I should probably just go ahead and take the leap on Monday. We shall see. But back to what this post is about...toys!!! And not just any toys, we're talking high quality toys that will last for generations to come (making an already good value, a great value). We're talking LeapFrog and VTech Toys!
There, that's better, as far as being straight, but enlarging it to fit the page (the same numbers I've always used) so it isn't so tiny makes it a little out of focus (you see what I mean?). In his hands are new gifts for my grandbabies. Yes, grandbabies!!! I don't know how we went from one to three so fast (well, I do, but you know what I mean), but I'm so, so so sooo happy our family is growing!!! For the youngest, who isn't born yet (grandma is very proactive with getting toys), little man is holding the LeapFrog 'My First Scout Book' and for the little one who was born in March, and is starting to love things that move and make noise, he has the VTech Push & Explore Elephant.
And going back to the photo, the default size for my DSLR is above. It's crystal clear, but I cannot enlarge it at all (to fill the page more) without getting the slightly blurry photo you see in the photo above it. *sigh* The photos from my far less expensive point-and-shoot camera enlarge, why don't these??? And that is definitely not a rhetorical question. If you have ideas, by all means, please share. :)
The toys themselves are awesome. Most everyone with kids knows that LeapFrog and VTech Toys are the best. I have items in the kids' baby boxes from both brands. In fact, the child holding the toys in these photos has a VTech toy in his baby box that he loved and used many months until he outgrew it. It's in so many of the family pictures, and he was so attached to it, that I knew it was going to get the honor of being stored in that box. Those boxes are very special; they contain memories of what each of my own 4 kids loved when they were little. I have one grown child (my second oldest), who still gives me items to put in his baby box (his first driver's license, the tag off of his first motorcycle, etc.). 💕
The My First Scout Book is for my second oldest child's son or daughter (we still don't know which) who will be here in January!! I wonder if he will start a baby box? They have a rescue dog in their family that goes with them, even on weekend cottage trips to get away, so I thought gifting their little one something with a dog on it just made fun sense.
It's cute as can be, and full of items designed to delight little ones. You know, crinkly flowers, a baby-safe mirror to see the cutest face in the world, light up buttons, etc. There is a dog bone hidden on each of the two-page spreads which makes it a learning opportunity (it wouldn't be a LeapFrog product if that wasn't true). It also has big tabs on the side, so baby can change to their favorite 'page' in an instant. It does play a few songs (babies love music!) and has a soft carry handle on top, so you or your little one can carry it everywhere you go. It is recommended for ages 3 -24 months.
The VTech Push & Explore Elephant has a sturdy handle that "encourages crawling, exploration and motor skill development." The big textured ears are perfect for tactile stimulation, and it's VTech, so of course those buttons all do something great. You can hear a melody or short phrase when you push the button that has a music note on it. All buttons light up. The other buttons introduce the elephant and his other animal buddies, talk about shapes and colors, and play sounds.
It's Play Time!