Parents often ask me for a list of great baby or kid toys for birthdays or holiday gift giving. I am working on my “Best Language Toys, Games and Books Award” to be announced soon. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I continue to receive toys, games and books for review and came upon this fun baby toy from Yookidoo, “Pirate Play Set.” When I saw this at the toy fair, I knew it would be a hit. Yookidoo uses an inviting combination or striking colors to attract kids and babies can’t keep their hands off this adorable pirate and his parrot. A good language enhancing toy has the features that would attract a toddler too–bright colors, a fun face, and a little theme for play. Here is my review:

Ahoy mateys! The pirates have invaded the crib with Yookidoo’s newest addition to baby’s fun. Little one’s hands fit easily around the circular base of the teether rattle making it accessible for exploration. Multiple rings, a crinkle scarf, shiny tie, soft , chewable pirate’s hat and big engaging eyes and smile invite baby to play. Bring along his side-kick, the parrot, who sings or plays music to baby’s movement. I knew this toy would engage more than a baby. A toddler sibling took one look at baby brother’s new toy and called out,” I want that too!”

If you don’t want to be a girl pirate, the Giddy Up Gal Playset offers a cowgirl and musical pony.

Recommended age: baby and up

The above opinions are solely those of the author. The “Pirate Play Set” was provided for review by International Playthings.