I was recently approached by eBeanstalk.com to complete a review of their website. I went into the review with the idea that I would be looking at a fairly average web store with a number of children’s products. What I found was very different than that. Sure, there’s a catalog (of over 3000 products), and there are sales that happen through a relatively easy to work with web store. Those things exist. What’s really different about this site is that it’s more like a support community for parents of children 0-12 years of age.
Ebeanstalk.com exists because an incredible team of child specialists decided to come together in 2005. They decided to look at the toys on the market and specifically choose toys that support different skills and different stages of childhood development. What’s more, they provide play ideas, instruction cards, and keep open an FAQ page to help parents and children alike work through the different development stages. Essentially, this site guides you through the entire child development process from baby/infant to 12 year old children.
What’s amazing about all of this is that it’s offered for free. There’s no hook, and there’s no requirement for you to sign up or do anything of the sort. You can simply head to http://www.ebeanstalk.com and start reading. The best information I’ve found on the site is this resource about developmental milestones. It breaks down the developmental milestones by age, and then by skill type (dexterity, emotional, social, etc.). What’s great about this is it’s a fairly simplistic guide for how my little guy is doing.
Now then, once you’ve had a look at all of the great information on the site, there is still the web store component to it. As I mentioned, it’s a 3000+ product catalog, all of which have been chosen by the team at ebeanstalk.com. What’s amazing about this is that each toy has been chosen for a specific age and a specific developmental skill(s). Every toy on the site appears to have a full instruction card that is sold with the toy to help you guide your child in play that will develop their skills. I for one, have always found that when my toddler is developing a skill, he’s having more fun too.
Speaking of the instruction cards, see below for a sample. The card helps you (the parent) to identify the skills that can be developed with this toy and also how your child can play to develop said skills. You can also see why the toy was picked in the first place. These cards are a true bonus to buying from the site and I really can’t say enough about this idea. You can’t get something like this anywhere else and it was built by people who are truly experts in child development and psychology. In reading the card itself, I was astonished at just how much information has been prepared for what I would consider a very simple toy. Just imagine what you’ll get from a complex toy!
All of this is to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the website and the web store. I even found their pricing to be extremely competitive with places like Amazon, despite the extra work that goes into each toy. If nothing else, simply head to the website now to take advantage of all the great information there.
Oh, and if you’re on a mobile device, here’s a few extra ways to access the site tailored to your device:
Thanks, and remember to Smash, Crash, and Learn!