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Looking for high quality montessori toys for your 1 year old? I was! I decided to test out the montessori based toy subscription service: Lovevery. Sharing all of my thoughts on whether or not the “The Babbler” Play Kit from Lovevery is worth it. This play kit is specifically designed for 13, 14, and 15 month olds, but I'll share how it held up after 6 months of using it! In this post, I'll share a video review, the cost of the play kit, and the pros and cons to it.
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Lovevery “The Babbler” Play Kit Review For 13, 14, 15 Months: Worth It?
You can read the FAQs and full review of all the Lovevery Subscription Play Kits here.
Video review: “The Babbler” Play Kit in action:
What is inside The Babbler Play Kit for Months 13, 14, 15?
Slide and seek ball run
Words cannot describe the level of obsession and GLEE my daughter has with this toy.
It comes with a set of balls (one doesn't make noise, and the others make different types of noise). Your baby places the ball in the top and it rolls down the slide only to disappear into a wooden box that has four different style “doors.”
A lesson in object permanence as your baby learns things still exist, even if you can't see it.
I'm also pretty sure it's teaching her some other stuff because she tried it with all the balls from the other play kits, blocks, puzzle pieces, and even her breakfast muffin.
“Where is Crew's Shoe” Board Book
I'd been wanting a “flap book” (works on dexterity) for R and sure enough, one comes in this play kit!
As with all Lovevery books, my daughter is obsessed.
Balance wooden stacker
Ohh I love this toy! So we keep it on a shelf, with the colorful stacking rings on the center totem.
The center totem actually is flexible (full on 360 rotation and 90 degree bend).
When my daughter goes to play with it, she has to balance the board to keep the totem upright and not drop the rings. It's really fun to watch her concentration as she works on this skill.
We also use the rings for sorting and faux dress up on our fingers.
“Colorful Foods” board book
Each page has a main color, with the word, and a child eating a food of that color.
Again, she's obsessed.
As we read it, I try to name other foods that share the color of the page we are on too.
“Circle of Friends” puzzle
Under each circle is a different child's picture.
The puzzle is great at this age, as all of them are the same shape, but different sizes. It's fun to watch her sort out which piece goes where as a result.
Similar to the Lovevery books, since kids love watching other kids at this age, she also enjoys just looking at the children.
Wooden piggy bank and coins
Working on fine motor skills as she tries to get the thin wooden coins into the slot of the wooden piggy bank.
Again, she's obsessed with this. It is a toy where I need to be there with her (e.g. I can give her a puzzle and cook dinner), but with this one, I need to take the bottom off to release the coins.
Stella and her Speedster car
A little race car that gets some serious speed! Teaching force, mass, and velocity.
Plus it's just a ton of fun. I don't know who loves playing with this toy more, me or R.
Either way we have a BLAST with it.
Felt nesting baskets
I've said this once and I'll say it a million more times probably: so much of keeping toddlers entertained have to do with finding different containers to put things in and out of.
She LOVES these nesting baskets. She'll put the rings from the stacker in, balls in, and see if she can still nest them. We put them on as hats and try to balance them, we use them for sorting colors and so much more.
Made from organic cotton. The texture makes it easier for little hands to grasp and throw.
TBH, this is probably the toy we play with the least for some reason. Maybe it's because I've never modeled playing with it for her, but it sort of just sits in the nesting baskets.
Also made from organic cotton and looks like a mini beach ball. This was the first ball R started to learn how to throw with actually.
She seems to like it more than the rainbow ball. We roll it, put it in the baskets, and kick it.
A larger felt ball than in previous play kits. Great for rolling, catching, and hiding.
Since it's the same texture as balls from previous kits, I think it's been interesting for her to learn that things can be the same texture but a different size (e.g. this doesn't fit in the sliding top box from “The Thinker” Play Kit like previous felt balls do.)
“Big and Little” Mini board book
Diving deeper into the big and little concept. I don't have a ton to say about this book, as it's one of the mini books so often I find R is just sitting and reading it by herself. I honestly don't even know where she keeps these mini books now that I'm thinking about it… they aren't in her book bin, haha! So I guess they are her special secret book stash!
“Messy and Clean” Mini board book
Pictures of kids getting messy while doing sensory play activities to continue teaching the opposites concept.
Discover ways to play and reimagine the items in this play kit, plus what skills they are working on during months 13, 14, and 15! All backed by research.
Is The Babbler Play Kit from Lovevery worth it?
YESSSS! Shop it here ASAP!
This is the first of the “toddler” play kits where we move past baby's first year.
Now the play kits come every 3 months instead of every other month. The average cost per item in the play kits still comes out to be around $8-9 a toy though!
The items in this play kit are some of R's favorites! From the ball slide, puzzle, and piggy bank.
With that said, it is a little heavy on books and balls. Since they revamped some of the first iterations of the first year playkits, *my guess* is this play kit will ultimately be updated by Lovevery to swap out at least 1 ball and 1 mini book so stay tuned!
How much does The Babbler Play Kit from Lovevery Cost?
The Babbler Play Kit is $120 for 3 months of toys, or you can get a 10% discount if you pay up front which would bring the price down to $108, or “$36 a month” as it says on their website here.
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