Feb 19, 2011

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No More Playtime Boo-Boos with Rubbabu Toys

One of the best learning materials EVER is a good toy. I am a firm believer of that. In fact, whether it is in the preschool classroom or my undergraduate lectures, toys are bound to make a cameo. Today, I got to discover a new brand of toys that will be hitting the Philippine markets in just a few weeks, Rubbabu toys.

So what makes Rubbabu different from other toys in the market? First off it perhaps one of the first toy collections that is not only cute and adorable, but is actually eco-friendly and child-safe. From infants to big kids, this is sure to be a delight. It is made from 100% natural rubber foam with a velvet smooth surface and it comes in such brilliant and captivating colors. The toys are very light and chunky, which is great for little hands to play with (big hands too, actually haha!). The toys are bouncy and soft and just oh-so-lovable, and I promise, I’m not just saying that.

Okay, I can just imagine some eyebrows being raised right about now (correct? hehe). Seriously though, when I first heard about the product (I googled it after all when I first received an invitation to the product launch), I was a little dubious about yet another new toy. However, after getting to play with these cutie patootey and very versatile toys, I was smitten. I loved the texture of the materials and how the smooth velvety finish made me just smile in delight.

Rubbabu comes in a wide array of shapes and styles, perfect for learning at any time of the day. From basic shapes, balls, toy cars, to educational materials such as shape sorters, alphabets and numbers, blocks and the like, kids will delight in this highly entertaining toy all day long. I sure did! :)

What else makes it different from a typical toy? Well, in my opinion, Rubbabu does remove the boo-boo (boo-boo meaning any form of injury, ouchie, or pain) in playtime. Here, lemme list the reasons how:

No more boo-boo for baby (or mommy, yaya and teacher for that matter!)

  • soft, squishy, no corners, no danger of getting injured! except perhaps for those with movable wheels, which is why it is recommended for ages two and up.
  • it is completely non-toxic and even the velvet finish doesn’t rub off or get “himulmul” so it cannot be swallowed or eaten, even if the child bites, tugs and attempts to eat (haha, exag!) the toy
  • because of it’s bouncy rubbery nature,  even if a Rubbabu toy is thrown at you, it wouldn’t hurt :)
  • also, because it is made from natural rubber, it is anti-microbial, dust mite resistant, mildew resistant, hypoallergenic and flame retardant.

No more boo-boo in learning!

  • Rubbabu makes learning fun! No pressure, no difficulty and  highly attractive and captivating
  • The tactile material allows for perfect mastery of hand-eye coordination, dexterity and motor skills
  • Games like tic-tac-toe, blocks, and other play sets make learning fun

No more (or at least not much!) boo-boos for daddy’s wallet!

  • Rubbabu toys, for it’s inherent high quality production and materials, are actually quite affordable. Prices would range from an estimated 300-1000+.
  • The long-lasting quality of the toys can withstand years of use and abuse from children who will definitely love these adorable playthings.

No more boo-boos for Mother Earth

  • Rubbabu is made from 100% natural rubber foam, with no fillers, and not synthetic rubber
  • More so, it is made WITHOUT HAVING TO CUT DOWN TREES!
  • It is 95% bio-degradable

No more boo-boos for the heart

  • for kids at heart like me, playing with a Rubbabu ball is pure stress relief!
  • its soft, velvety texture can help calm and pacify feelings of anxiety and stress
  • they’re so cute you can’t help but gush and smile
  • it is a great reminder to adults that play is indeed an important part of life and is quite therapeutic

Rubbabu has won countless accolades over the years. It has been recognized as one of  Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Toys for 2010,  and was also given the Parent’s Choice Award for 2010 as well as the Creative Child Seal Excellence Award. Rubbabu is exclusively distributed bu San Giovani Phils. Incd. Corp and is set to hit the stores this March :)

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Nov 25, 2010

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Toy Feature: Lincoln Logs

In our school, one of my favorite toys, yet most ignored by the kids, are Lincoln Logs. I love, love, love this toy set I tell ya! Sadly, our set is so old and unattractive to the kids (oh, and did I mention that it’s incomplete?!?), it hardly gets played with.

photo credit: http://kiddleylinks.com/2006/11/17/lincoln-logs/

I love this toy because it really taps into a child’s creativity. I also like the whole “rustic” feel of the toy, given that it is made of wood and most Lincoln Logs sets really come in just natural wood colors so it really allows the kids to just imagine. I like to how I can use these types of sets to see how my kids’ develop their logical reasoning skills as they try to construct their cabins and houses.

Another reason I really like this, on a more personal level, is the fact that I really like log cabins (or nipa huts for that matter!) filled with all sorts of heavy, wooden cabin furniture (much like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears teeeheeeheee)because it reminds me of summertime and camp and games I played as a child.

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May 16, 2010

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Choosing the best toys for kids

Toys are among the most important learning materials any child can lay their hands on. I am a firm believer in the value of play and for me, I feel that there really is no “wrong” or “right” toys for kids. For example, some may criticize Barbie dolls because it can give children the wrong notion of beauty. Some might even point out that these dolls can affect one’s self-esteem and body image because it portrays beauty as being long-legged, well-endowed, blond and blue-eyed. However, for me, I see that Barbie’s are great ways for kids to learn about the social nuances of day to day. With these dolls, kid’s learn to pretend play. While I don’t like toy guns, I’m sure this can also be a good way to develop a child’s skills in some way, shape or form.

For me, whatever the toy may be, what matters is the way they are designed and how it can foster a child’s thinking skills, creativity and social skills. I like toys that are more ambiguous and unstructured such as blocks, playdough and sand.

Some guidelines I consider when purchasing toys are as follows:

  1. Does it have any small parts that are unsuitable for young kids, such as doll eyes, buttons or the like. For toy cars, do they have little parts such as those tiny toy Ferrari parts that may come loose?
  2. Does it smell so yummy that it may entice a child to bite or taste it? This is especially true for play dough! I once made a batch with peppermint scent and….well…it smelled like candy and I had kids who attempted to taste it!!!
  3. Are there sharp edges that may accidentally hurt a child? I notice these usually in blocks and puzzle boxes.
  4. Is the paint safe? A lot of cheap toys have been said to contain lead in their paint, so I try to choose toys that are not painted or are of good quality.
  5. How much does it weigh? Believe it or not, some toys are quite heavy! I avoid these as this can be an accident waiting to happen.

These are just a few questions I ask myself before incorporating these toys in my classroom. Do you have any other suggestions? Please feel free to post them below :-)

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Jun 21, 2009

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Must Have Toys: Playdough

This is the first in a series of toys and playthings that I plan to feature in this site. Some of these “must haves” may be commercially available and some homemade.  This series does not necessarily aim to promote a product, but perhaps to highlight the value of such TYPES of products. On occasion, however, I am open to endorsing a product or item, but only if I beleive in it :-)
One of the most valuable playthings for children, in my opinion is playdough.  For me, it’s like literally giving a kid a world of possibilities in their hands. Playdough does not only offer kids a fun time, it also exercises their imagination, gives them opportunities to share, and allows them to learn simple concepts such as shapes and sizes. For older kids concepts can include fractions and parts of a whole. I’ve also used playdough to help teach kids about textures. These definitely highlight why playdough is a must have plaything for kids.

I prefer the softer playdough over the harder modelling clays which are more difficult to manipulate. There are many popular brands out there, but I go for the homemade ones for two main reasons: one, it’s more economical and two, the kids can actually be involved in making the dough!

You can Google a lot of different playdough recipes, but here’s one I particularly like and use myself:


1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tbsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. food coloring* (if you wanna make different colors, hold off adding this until you divide the mixture)

1 tbsp. oil

1 cup water


1. Dissolve the salt in the water in a medium saucepan. If you are using rock salt, dissolve as best as you can and remove the remaining crystals to avoid lumpy clay.

2. Add in the flour, oil, coloring* and cream of tartar. Stir over medim heat for about 5 minutes or until you can form a ball and holds together. If you’d like to make different colors of dough, do not add the coloring until after the dough has been cooked. Then divide the mixture and add in drops of food coloring as you desire.

3. Cool slightly then knead the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface, preferrably while still somewhat warm.

4. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

This  recipe is generally safe and non-toxic for children. I like adding a few drops of essential oils to make the dough smell yummy. My preferences include peppermint, cinnamon, and vanilla. However, I make sure to label my container with a “do not put in your mouth” sign and only let the older children use it as young toddlers may try to taste the dough!

What I like about this cooked type of dough is that it has a very stretchy, bouncy consistency that’s not too sticky, which uncooked doughs tend to be.

Do try it out and have fun! Let me know how it works for you!

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