I don’t write many posts about toys because, frankly, I am not impressed with a lot of them (and neither, apparently, is my daughter who usually abandons a new toy after a week or two). But this Safari Animal Sorting Bus has real staying power in our household. It’s a wooden bus with moving wheels, and contains 23 animals from A-Z (with a few exceptions) including a little Noah himself. It’s a hands-on way to learn animals, match shapes and even spell. R. now recognizes animals I’ve never even heard of, and she expertly sorts all the shapes. She’s had this toy for over a year and she still plays with it almost every day. The bus measures 18″L x 8″W x 8″H, is made of wood and non-toxic paint, and makes a great birthday gift, too. It costs $39.95 at SensationalBeginnings.com (which, by the way, is a great site for birthday gifts and offers free gift wrap with most online orders).