Sunday, September 23, 2012

Peapods Favorite #3: The Punch and Drop Wooden Ball Pounding Toy by Plan Toys

Peapods Favorites is our continuing series about our all-time favorite toys. Keep and an eye on facebook and Pinterest for more favorites through the holiday season! 

The Plan Toys Punch and Drop is a very simple yet satisfying wood toy. Just push or hammer the large wooden balls on top and they drop down with a hearty clunk and roll out the side. We've found that for a one year old, no other toy is this compelling.

The Punch and Drop stimulates a one year old in several ways. First, it plays on their newfound sense of object permanence, similar to a game of peek-a-boo, where the ball disappears and reappears in a new place. Wow!

Second, it build coordination through hitting and retrieving the balls and using the wooden hammer as a tool. (The hammer itself can also become a source of enduring fascination. What else can we pound on? Pots, pans, stairs, chairs, etc. It's an open-ended opportunity for further exploration.)

Finally, the Punch and Drop stimulates a toddler with colors and kinetic motion, which helps build a sense of cause and effect.

What this all adds up to is an enduring classic that we've been recommending to our customers for nearly 14 years.  In fact, the Punch and Drop is probably our all-time best selling toy.

Plan Toys is also one of the most respected brands in educational toys. They're extremely well designed, affordable, and durable. Plan toys are made in Thailand from kiln-dried recycled Rubber Tree wood using fair labor practices. We're proud to feature the Punch and Drop and all of Plan's other great toys for all ages.
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