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Colorful Dragonfly Toys for Babies and Toddlers
Dragonflies are small, but exciting and colorful creatures. They are stronger fliers, hovering above streams and ponds, and darting around before our eyes. They are truly one of nature's miracles - living miniature helicopters.
Some cultures see dragonflies as sinister. For others, they represent swiftness. In fact, they are fast and agile flying insects, which aids them as predators of other insects. They do a great job, eating mosquitoes, flies and other small insects such as ants.
Interestingly, and sensibly, for at least one North American tribe, they symbolize pure water. Like birding and butterflying, they have ardent followers. Called oding, from the Latin name Odonata, this hobby is particularly popular in Texas where more than 200 species of dragonflies and damselflies have been recorded.
"This dragonfly came up to me. He was hovering right in front of my face, and I was really examining him, thinking, How does he see me? I became enlightened."— Ziggy Marley
Bright and Friendly Dragonfly Toys
We said earlier that dragonflies are exciting and colorful : just like us, babies and toddlers are fascinated by the movement and the colors of these curious creatures. So, not surprisingly, dragonflies have been an inspiration for toy makers.
From cute plush dragonfly crib toys, through to the colorful Scuttlebug, dragonflies have inspired toys that help develop baby's sight, hearing, touch, balance and motor skills. Here I give a small selection of my favorite playroom toys.
Darla Dragonfly is a rocker, and much more. Cute and colorful with dreamy blue eyes, she will charm any small child. She has rattles in her antennae, squeakers in her leafy green necklace, and plays four educational songs teach colors, shapes, numbers, and letters.
Darla is made of maple hardwood and luxurious fabric.
Blue Dragonfly Scuttlebug
Great fun for both indoor and outdoor use, these adorable scuttlebugs are light weight and compact. Fitted with three wheels, they help toddlers to develop balance and steering skills.
As the Scuttlebug will arrive assembled, you only need to snap the legs and handles up. This is so simple that you can unfold and fold in a few seconds! Light and compact enough to carry, the Scuttlebug is great for a visit to the park. The Scuttlebug is available in other colors and types of bug!
Hollie Schultz of Baby Gizmo reviews the Scuttlebug and the Scramblebug
Hollie shows how to assemble and re-fold the bugs. Her two year old assistant bug-tester preferred the Scuttlebug, her three year old assistant bug-tester preferred the Scramblebug.
Dragonflies and People
It's a sad fact that dragonflies and damselflies, like bees and butterflies, have been badly impacted by environmental changes caused by us, the human beings. For me, it is important to introduce children to the environment and wildlife at any early age. With toys and story books about animals and the natural world, we can help to educate the next generation. We can talk about their interesting shapes, their stunning colors and their amazing abilities. We can help our children relate to the world around them, whilst at the same time helping them to develop their own senses and motor skills.
Top Dragonfly rattles and Crib Toys
Dragonflies are colorful, curiously shaped and fun, so they are a great theme to help babies and toddlers develop focus, senses, motor skills and an interest in the world around them. The bright colors and fun sounds of a well-made crib toy will keep baby entertained in the crib, playpen or carseat. These toys are great for babies learning to grab, shake, look and listen.
One of my favorites is the beautiful blue plush dragonfly pictured on the right. Made by miYim, it is one of a range of clip on stroller toys with bug and animal themes.
Another favorite has to be the colorful Bright Starts sensory dragonfly.