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How the BuckleyBoo Toy Helps Toddlers Practice Matching and Fine Motor Skills


This is BuckleyBoo, a developmental toy available at Imagine Toys.  When we were offered the opportunity to review him my initial thought was I don’t want her to master buckles yet!  But then my logical mind took back over.  See, a few months ago, Rissa started showing interest in her buckles.

Buckles on her infant to toddler rocking chair, buckles on her stroller, and buckles on her high chair.  She wanted to make everything “click.”  (That’s what she says!)  She was still learning how to match up the right parts but sometimes she got them right.

I thought about it some more and considered the benefits this toy offered in skill building.

  • Practicing fastening a variety of buckles helps with fine motor skills
  • It takes hand and eye coordination to get the buckles lined up and fastened
  • Undoing the buckles will further develop fine motor skills and performing two actions at once (pushing and pulling)
  • Problem solving
  • Matching of ribbons and buckles
  • Variety of textures (he’s soft!)
  • Cause and effect (his head makes a tinkly chime sound when shook)

You can see Rissa’s buckling skills in this video as well as a moment of frustration:

He is designed for ages 18 months through 3 years old.  While she is getting more proficient at connecting them, she still needs us to separate them for her.  At first I could only undo one set at a time or it was too overwhelming for her.  She would keep trying to connect the wrong ends together.  But now, I can unfasten all of them at once and she’s able to move through them to connect them.

BuckleyBoo (or Buckadoo as Rissa says) continues to be a big hit in our house. He’s a tad too big to go along on outings like some of her other stuffed animals, but she loves to spend at least a few minutes each day fastening all the buckles!  She loves him so much that she started calling her grandparents “buckadoo!”


You can find BuckleyBoo and a variety of other toys that encourage children to use their imaginations and develop skills at Imagine Toys! Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on new items and sales!

Disclosure: I received a BuckleyBoo free of charge in order to conduct a review. No other compensation was provided; just fun!

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  1. Molly Bussler June 15, 2012 Reply

    I think this is a wonderful learning toy for little ones.

  2. Laura Miller June 15, 2012 Reply

    This would be the perfect gift for Ivy’s first birthday!!! I think she’d love playing with the buckles!Krazed79

  3. Gloria walshver June 15, 2012 Reply

    Great toys for kids

  4. Megan June 15, 2012 Reply

    So cute! What a great way to make motor skill development fun!meganr

  5. Tahlia B. June 15, 2012 Reply

    I would have to wait to give this to my 9 month old, but I can already see her fascinated by it because she already loves to inspect the buckles on all of her baby gear.

  6. Patti Williams June 16, 2012 Reply

    My youngest will be 2 in 2 weeks and he would love this. Buckles fascinate him right now. He is very determined to unbuckle like his big brother.

    • Darcy June 16, 2012 Reply

      It’s really amazing how a seemingly simple toy can keep them so busy!DarcyZalewski

  7. Carrie Phelps June 17, 2012 Reply

    This is just about the cutest stuffed toy ever! And I love that it teaches!!

  8. Brooke June 19, 2012 Reply

    How cute, I would love to have this for my 18 month old.
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  9. Rita Spratlen June 21, 2012 Reply

    The picture is darling and she seems to love it! I think my grandson would love it! Thanks for the review. I had never heard of this before.rjs7777

  10. Dianna Thomas June 24, 2012 Reply

    What a fun learning toy–Pierce will be 14 months old at Christmas, this would be a great gift for him to play and learn with– the colors are great.This review is great for his ideas.

  11. courtney b June 29, 2012 Reply

    aww so adorable. i want this for my daughter! would make a great bday gift

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