When it’s April in Paris, show your baby some love in Pittsburg, Portland and Peoria with a bit of French playfulness from the new Moulin Roty Les Cousins toy line. Moms will say merci to these beautifully crafted plush, wood and activity toys from the French village of Moulin Roty, as Les Cousins provides a whimsical collection of farm animals with a French twist.
When children are small, almost anything can be a toy, including the box that it came in. The beauty of giving your child toys that stimulate their imagination is the hours of play that they can invent on their own, whether lost in a fairy tale forest, sitting on the banks of a river, or frolicking in the field with their favorite farm animals.
When we were offered the chance to review something from the Les Cousins line, it was near Easter, so I jumped at the chance to let our girls play with the Wooden Stacking Hens, with the thought that we could discuss where Easter eggs come from. And with the chance to save and use them again each Easter. Tradition born.
The small base has a wooden peg for the stacking fun to begin. The large chicken goes on first, with the medium size one in the middle, and the baby chick (or is it an egg?) on top. The eternal question of which came first – the chicken or the egg? – suddenly becomes a much easier mystery to solve.
Leelou, our almost 2 year old, probably had the most fun with these chicks, as she announced, “Ta-da!” every time she connected them together. They stack via internal magnets, so she couldn’t really go wrong, which gave her a tremendously empowered feeling. See for yourself.
When Annie, the 3 year old, jumped in, she immediately tried stacking in different combinations, which is difficult to do, and occasionally she was victorious. Of course, being slightly more experienced than her little sister, she had to point out how the hens could be made to walk on the floor. The two of them enjoyed making the chickens walk for several minutes.
In addition to working on eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills, the wooden toys can take a pretty good licking from a pair of adventurous toddlers, which is important when you’re trying to purchase toys that have a nice shelf life.
In addition to the wooden hens, the Moulin Roty Les Cousins line is full of plush toys as well as other wooden toys. There’s the Activity Donkey for newborns and up, that’s great for hooking to the stroller, car seat or crib. There’s also the Duck Ring Rattle, Hen Lovey and Activity Cabbage in the plush series.
For the older child, the wooden toys include a Pop Up Toy that plays pop up with a rabbit, carrot and lamb, along with the Pull Along Shape Sorting Garden Truck, as the garden truck driven by Monsieur Donkey includes star, circle and more shapes.
Created by the French toy company, Moulin Roty, the Les Cousins line is being distributed by Magicforest, an American toy importer. Here in the U.S., Moulin Roty toys are getting attention with a nationwide feature on TV’s The View last month, touted as one of six Best Toys of Toy Fair among the thousands of toys exhibited.