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  • 10 Picks from Our Goodie Bag: Indoor Games

    When the rain pours, the fun doesn’t stop! Here are some great puzzles and toys to enjoy indoors with the family.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
  • Animal Puzzle by Plan Toys

    animal puzzle

    I grew up with a dad who would always have a newspaper in hand, patiently filling up the featured crossword puzzle in the newspaper. With this influence, my sister and I have a penchant for similar puzzles like Word Find or Sudoku. Speaking of Sudoku, this puzzle lets your child develop his creativity and imagination with how they’d like to play with the cute animal-themed geometric-shaped pieces. Skills such as sorting and grouping get honed as well.


    Available for P1149.75 at Hobbes and Landes


    Babel Totem Poles by IdKids

    Babel totem poles

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    As I collect decorative pieces for my room, I always consider if the item can also fulfill another function to up the value for its price. Just like these handcrafted Babel totem poles, each set of which is unique. Use it either as an accent to your bookshelf or bedside table or as a creative toy for your child. They can play with it however they want to, so the possibilities are endless!


    Available for P1800 at Heima

    Educational Wooden Game (Colored Farm) by Djeco

    educational wooden games

    When I discovered the logic behind mastering the Rubix cube, I was such a show-off. But I have to confess; I can only do one side at a time. I would consider this wooden cube from Djeco a similar but simplified Rubix cube. It stimulates your child’s association and matching skills because each piece is actually part of a unique design. Your child can come up with different combinations, creating their very own animal in the process!


    Available for P899.75 at Hobbes and Landes


    Ridley’s Jacks

    Ridley's Jacks

    It seemed simple enough when I was in grade school. Jackstone, that is. If you enjoyed this game back in the day, here’s your chance to introduce it to your child. And this stylish-looking set from Heima will make you want to play it all over again. I just love the vintage-inspired container!


    Available for P500 at Heima


    Ridley’s Pick Up Sticks

    Ridley's pick-up sticks

    If you’re an 80s kid like me, then you’ll definitely get excited seeing old games like pick-up sticks once again available for your tots. Never get tired of this classic game where precision and control is key. This set by Ridley’s has 41 wooden sticks inside. 


    Available for P500 at Heima


    Hat Boxed 24 Pieces Puzzle Bath Time by Janod

    puzzle bath time

    Just this past Saturday, I spent the afternoon completing a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle together with my sister, brother-in-law and my nephew. The featured characters were DC superheroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Let your child experience as well the fun of putting together puzzle pieces! Not only does it sharpen their spatial skills, patience and attention to detail, it also doubles as a great bonding time activity for the whole family. Check out this puzzle that your tot can tote around wherever he goes! 


    Available for P1699.75 at Hobbes and Landes


    Emile and Olive Sandwich Making Set by Djeco

    sandwich-making set

    These days, anyone can fancy being a chef, and it can start as early as your child’s preschool years! I grew up playing with a Play-Doh spaghetti making factory and I just had a ball pretending to be a restaurateur. Let your child play the same role with this fun sandwich-making set that comes complete with a decorative box that doubles as the make-believe shop front and a variety of ingredients. It even comes with a menu card!


    Available for P1849.75 at Hobbes and Landes

    Tea Party Set by Djeco

    tea party set

    Whenever I’d like to feel relieved after a heavy meal, I always steep a bag of my favorite Love Me Tea from TWG. And speaking of tea, can there be anything more elegant than your child serving you tea and cake? Not actual tea, of course, but with royal baby fever in the air, your princess can act all British and throw a tea party every single day. Now, doesn’t that sound like a marvelous idea? 


    Available for P2979.75 at Hobbes and Landes


    Real Gingham Fabric Playhouse 

    real gingham playhouse

    Back in the day, power outages in the city didn’t really sadden us kids. In fact, we were pretty excited because we’d get to play with all sorts of things—and we’re not talking about battery-operated toys here! There was a time my sister and I would kick our feet up under a blanket and voila! It was a makeshift tent. In the same manner do I adore this fabric playhouse from La Pomme. It comes complete with a door and window with curtains! How cute is that! It gives a new spin to bahay-bahayan. 


    Available for P2450 from La Pomme


    Wooden tops 


    Remember Chinese garter? Or “ten twenty”? The best games to enjoy indoors are those that require minimal assembly or packaging, and these tops are just the perfect toys. They can be played by either boys or girls and are fun to play solo or with friends. You won’t find these as frequently anymore in toy stores, and these are very much affordable at the same time, giving you value for your hard-earned money.


    Available for P50 each by Tes Sobeng of Toys and Stuff


    Featured stores:

    Hobbes and Landes

     Bonifacio High Street, Rockwell Power Plant, Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza, TriNoma


     Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig and LRI Design Plaza in Bel-Air, Makati

    Tes Sobeng of Toys and Stuff

     Contact her by e-mailing tesmsobeng@yahoo.com, sending an SMS to 0917-787-8921 or by calling (02)912-4056. For more information, visit toysandstuff.com.ph

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