One foot in front of the other could be a metaphor for childhood exploration. It’s also the simple way to play with the six-piece Stepping Stones set from Bunny Hopkins, winner of the 2021 ASTRA Best Active Toy Award. These vibrant, 100% Made in USA wooden circles are handcrafted by local craftsmen in its Atlanta, Georgia workshop. Each 10” large circle entices preschoolers and older kids to jump, spin or joyfully step as they imagine an obstacle course that gives a full body stretch!
Every piece in the colorful Bunny Hopkins Stepping Stones set is crafted from natural and sustainably sourced premium American Maple wood. Imaginative open-end play is not limited to just preschoolers, as children, teens, and even grownups enjoy the challenge of setting up the flat wooden pieces to create an age-appropriate obstacle course. All of a sudden, the path becomes a hot lava trail or perhaps a simple stacking game. Intrigued explorers get a physical boost and improve gross motor skills. Any way is the right way with these adorable “stones” that develop good posture, reflexes, and better balance.
Four different Stepping Stones sets – Unfinished ($69), Honey Maple ($99), Diversity ($129) and Rainbow ($129) – will be available in Spring 2022.
The company’s first step into open-ended wooden toys was its Wobble Board Collection. In just the last year, Bunny Hopkins garnered a mantle full of toy industry honors. In addition to winning the 2021 ASTRA Best Toys For Kids in its Active & Outdoor category, Creative Child gave this Made in USA Toymaker two awards. The monthly magazine gave a nod as its 2021 Kids Product Of The Year Award for Kid’s Active Play Products category and its Creative Play Of The Year Award Motor Skills Creative Play Category. The Wobble Board maker also made room on its mantle for National Parenting Center Fall Seal of Approval, Mom’s Choice Gold Award plus an impressive spot on the Toy Insider Best 2021 Holiday Toys list.
In its timely article subtitled “Take a few steps out of the supply chain and shop American-made,” Reviewed.com took note last month to write about the boards, “we love these Montessori-inspired toys that look good and play hard.”
The Toy Insider, whose editors have seen everything imaginable in the toy world, featured Rainbow Wobble Board in its 2021 Top Holiday Toys listing for two-year-olds. “Perfect for open-ended play, the board can be anything kids can imagine, such as a balance board, teeter totter, pirate ship, slide, or fairy castle. Features a simple curved design and can help strengthen kids’ balancing skills.” The article reminded readers that “at age 2, kids are constantly learning through play, so it’s important to find interactive, educational and enriching toys for them to enjoy.”
The National Parenting Center fully agreed and wrote, “It’s a great vehicle for exercise, and all you have to do is unwrap it. There is NO setup required. Parents made a point of telling us and other parents that this is so much more than just a wobble board. It offers many different playtime benefits and can be used in the “u” shape or upside-down “u” shape for endless play options. It can be a ramp, a rocking chair, a surfboard, a slide, a bridge, a tunnel, etc. Whatever your child does while playing with it will come intuitively because there are no instructions, and that is one of the great things about the Wobble Board.”
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