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Push N Pull Elephant


Push N Pull Elephant; made by Maple Landmark Woodcraft Inc. made in the U.S.A., Schoolhouse Naturals line, MSRP $17.00 US, manufacturer recommended ages 12 months to 3 years old, a 2008 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award winner. It's all natural, heirloom quality, made in the USA, offering open ended fun, and a guarantee that they will repair or replace any standard item returned to them for any reason at no charge.

Hmm, what's the catch? Yeah, we couldn't really find one. The Montgomery Schoolhouse Naturals line has been designed with safety and the environment in mind. Crafted from sustainably harvested hard maple wood made with no added finish, the Push N Pull Elephant's brown details are added by laser, so no inks or paints are used. They are indeed a natural classic geared for years of play. Much of this naturally handsome, elephant toy's charm comes from mother nature. It is made primarily from rock maple a species native to Vermont. This smooth finished, friendly faced toy measures about 6" long and almost 6" high. It is not too heavy, but little ones will definitely give their tiny biceps a workout lifting this 12oz. elephant. It is a rolling toy so I would encourage maintaining ground contact. A classic toy designed for years of unending imaginative play, it is versatile and will entertain your child through many stages of development. The Push N Pull Elephant has a large handle for young crawler's little hands to grab hold of and push along the floor. Thread a string through the predrilled hole and you transform this push toy into a pull toy to accompany your child's journeys into the walking stage. Play is open ended so kids can go wherever their imagination takes them. Promotes:

  • creativity

  • cause and effect

  • problem solving

  • spatial reasoning

  • developing large and small motor skills

Mike Rainville began woodworking as a hobby but by 1984 it was a full-time business. In 1987, Mike acquired the Troll's Toy Workshop, of Barnet, VT. In 2001, Montgomery Schoolhouse, another long established Vermont producer of wooden toys, joined the Maple Landmark family. Today Maple Landmark Woodcraft Inc. is still a family and neighborhood business; it is not uncommon to find Mike, his wife Jill, his sister, Mom, and even Grandma in the factory. Not to mention the 30 crafters, most who have been with Landmark for over ten years. Although due to logistics the factory is no longer up in the mountains they are still nestled snuggly in Vermont. Maple Landmark takes great pride in being America's local toy company. While they are not "just around the corner" for most customers, they work hard to be responsive to customer's needs. Their toys are designed to provide the basics children still need; hands-on learning and exploration.

Toy Guru Toy & Game ReviewsAbout the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood educator who believes in learning through play and the value of good toys.


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