Monday, February 05, 2007

Educational Toys - Discovery Toys turn play into learning

I find myself surrounded by new parents these days. I guess that's what happens when you're a single guy in the middle of a bunch of young married couples.

So what comes with being in the middle of newborns and toddlers? Well first there is the baby shower blitz. Then there are toddlers who need to be entertained and stimulated so they don't drive everyone crazy... ooo... I mean so they gain the proper life skills and are equipped and ready to excel in school.

While digging through my normal shopping haunts looking for some unique baby shower and toddler, I remembered that there was a company out there doing some unique stuff. They're called "Discovery Toys". Michelle Helferich, my half sister-in-law (is that a real title? let's run with it), happens to be a distributor. Not only is she a distributor, she's a highly engaged mom of a pre-schooler herself.

Michelle Helferich maintains a blog about happenings, experiences and living life. It's no blasé life either. Michelle and Joe are the parents of an extraordinary little gal, named Kayla, who is gifted with Trisomy 21, aka Down syndrome.

When Kayla was born, Michelle left civil service to become a domestic engineer. If you'd like to peek into their life, take a moment to pop over to her blog - Big Blueberry Eyes. The life of a military wife, raising a pre-schooler with Trisomy, tending to a quiet geek hubby (2 geeks from the same dad... imagine that... 1 quiet, 1 talkitive) and running a small business on the side requires a lot of balance, courage and scheduling.

The next time you find yourself looking for a suitable gift for that inquisitive toddler in your life, head over to Michelle's Discovery Toys ecommerce site. I'm sure you're find something perfect!