Reviewed for Preschool, 2008

Moringa

You may not have struggled to tie your shoelaces lately, but lacing up, like writing, is a major task for most preschoolers. That's because they're still developing the fine-motor skills necessary for completing intricate tasks, and require lots of practice before they can grip a pencil or tie a bow. This cool tree makes the job of basic lacing, a big skill-builder, creative and fun. You child can attach colorful wooden birds, leaves, apples, and butterflies to this holey tree, using the sturdy green laces provided, to create a layered Moringa bursting with life. Plus, because it packs up nice and compact, it's easy to take the learning on the road, so lace up! (Beleduc, $24.95)