Natural Toys Aplenty!
July 26, 2012 § 4 Comments
Lola got a big, lovely box of goodies from her beloved store Things for Wings this past week and she sure is a happy camper! She’s been having to make do this summer with very ugly home made toys by me so she’s quite pleased to see some more interesting designs and varieties to play with. Danita never disappoints us. This time around, we ordered a mix of ready made toys as well as a few custom ones for good measure. There’s so much fun (and lots of wood to chip!) in this box of goodies!
Here is everything all together. I think there are ten toys in total, along with one perch. I’ll go through them in smaller batches…
I’m not sure how well you can tell, but there are actually four big, lovely toys in the photo!! Two are the classic “Lola’s Toy” that Danita has made for us many a time, which is such a favorite around here of course. The other two, however, are two custom versions based on the Lola’s toy that have a few other types of interesting natural wood sticks and coins mixed in (the original is all hardwood pieces, save for the base). They’re on interesting types of rope as well, like sisal and seagrass, which should keep it interesting! I absolutely love these toys as there is so much packed into every single one. Lola really relishes them and despite her super fast wood chipping, they do actually last a while because Danita manages to fit so many different parts on these. What’s more is that the strands are kept relatively short so that even when everything has been chipped and chewed off, there are no long, empty strings that could pose a safety risk.
Next is another regular for us: the Hardwood Hullaballoo, another Lola-inspired toy on the site. This toy has all the appeal of the Lola’s Toy, but has even more packed onto it. It’s really built to last, plus the base is reusable which is always a plus. The second one on the right is a new one for us. This one was inspired by another Cape Parrot, our lovely friend Lea (read about her and her flock on the blog Just Poifect!). It’s a custom toy that Lea’s mom commissioned and we liked it so much, we had to have one as well, just un-dyed. I think Lola will absolutely love it– Capes tend to like their wood.
We also had to try out some of the new toys from the “Pine Only” line, an adorable new collection that is also especially reasonably priced. We purchased the Quad toy which has four dangly legs of crunchy pine and hardwood beads, but unlike most toys, they are strung on stainless steel wire. This gives them an extremely fun shape (kind of reminds me of a four-legged spider or a weird mutant octopus– quadropus?) and it also means that again, even when all of the wood is chipped and removed, there are no naked strings that can pose a safety risk. We also nabbed the Moon Dance toy, another adorable one. There are so many cute designs on the site though, from a palm tree to a horse to a little bug-style car. Finally, on the right, that adorable little toy is from the Grandma’s Strawberry Patch collection, again only un-dyed. It’s so cute and the hardwood textures and natural wood sticks should really entice Lola. I also love that it’s on a great pine wood base that is reusable… if Lola doesn’t get to it first.
Finally, I couldn’t leave out the budgies. Sabrina got another shopping bag-style toy stuffed with shreddable goodies. I think this is her fourth one– she absolutely loves them! She does everything from pull out each shreddable one by one and dump them each on the ground, she nibbles and chews each shreddable up, she gets inside the bag and naps, she beaks the beads or the crunchy vine outside the bag, she destroys the bag itself… and she enjoys every minute of it. These are such great shredding toys for the little ones. I also purchased Charles this eucalyptus perch with stainless steel hardware. I was originally purchasing a Lola-sized one but they were out of stock, so I decided that Charles could use one. I also realized that eucalyptus is a type of tree that budgies in the wild would be familiar with, so I think Charles might enjoy it.
As always, we are so very pleased with this amazing order– Danita never disappoints! Her toys are the real deal, and she doesn’t skimp anywhere, whether it be safety, enrichment, aesthetics, or customer service. We can’t wait to see the cute collections she comes up with next!