I am so excited about this review and giveaway! One of the things I am passionate about it my home is including my children in every aspect of life. I love letting my oldest son (19 months old as I write this) "help" me do laundry, dishes, sweep, mop, vacuum... Whatever it is I am doing he is often doing it right along with me. His favorite activity right now is helping my husband bring in firewood (on the rare occasion its actually cool here!) and will eagerly stand next to my husband holding small starter twigs and crinkled paper. The look of pride on his face is priceless. Something we often run into is that his hands are just too small or he is not strong enough to take part in certain things. That is why I am so excited about For Small Hands! This is a montessori inspired store that sells everything you could possibly think of to fit small hands. Some of my favorite things that I plan to purchase for my boys are their real leather work gloves, child size yard and garden tools, small weaved laundry basket and so many much more! All of their children's products are not just child sized but fully functional and real.
For Small Hands was generous enough to send me their small glass water pitcher and set of 6 small durable glass juice cups to try out for my son. I wasn't sure how this would go because though he has been drinking from a cup for a couple of months now we had not really given him a real glass cup during his meals yet. As soon as I opened the box he got excited. He kept putting the lid on the pitcher and pretending to drink from the glasses. So great was his excitement that I immediately went and sat him at the table, filled the pitcher and gave him a glass. I knew it wouldn't take him long to master but I was very surprised to see him easily poor himself a glass of water! He was so proud! He was beaming up at me as he expertly handled the little pitcher. It really is perfect for his little hands. The cups are fantastic as well, just the right size for him to handle without dropping. Of course with glass cups there is the risk of them breaking when dropped but I found these are quite durable. Oddly enough the only cup that has broke was my fault. I was impressed to find that when he knocked it off the chair and the dog rolled it across the tile there wasn't even a chip.
Along with the pitcher and glasses they have all sorts of kitchen and home care tools the perfect size for your little ones. Safe pizza cutter ($4.95), non-slip mixing bowls ($8), basic cooking utensils (most are $5), veggie cutters, small citrus juicers, trays, dish cloths, mops, compost buckets... Even a small spice grinder, wood nut craker and wheat mill! This is really my new favorite store. Can you tell?
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You might be wondering why your toddler needs real tools? Well, here are my thoughts.... My son could suddenly actively take part in a job with his daddy. He wasn't just holding a tool or helping hold the drill. It wasn't the same as a toy or a hammer that's too heavy for him. It was just his size and he could handle it with confidence. We don't leave the hammer down to play with whenever. This is a real tool and fully functional so it is pulled out when we actually have a project.
For Small Hands also has all the tools you need to build your child a size appropriate tool kit. Saws ($1.95-$4.95), small screw drivers ($2.50), hand crank drill ($17), real leather work gloves ($4.50) and more. All the perfect fit for them and all completely functional! I am impressed by the variety of items available for any activity. Not only that, but all of these things are selected with safety in mind. Of course some shouldn't be used without supervision and not all things are appropriate for all ages. If that isn't enough they also offer a variety of toys and books for different ages that are perfect for not only entertainment but mental stimulation as well. My eyes have been opened to the possibilities! Our children are capable of so much if we give them the tools they need in a size that works!
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WIN IT- For Small Hands has kindly offered to give one reader either a Glass Water Pitcher and 6 Juice Glass set or a Tool Belt and Accessories set (winner gets to choose one)!!! This is up to a $31 value and just in time for the holidays!!!
Written By Happily Domestic Contributor: Brittney Thompson
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