Categories for Toys and Play

How to choose toys that will outlive the latest playground craze

So…have you got that slime out of your carpet yet? Thrown out the old fidget spinners? Hoovered up the last of the loom bands? You never know what might spring up as the next must-have toy or playground craze (you’d be rich if you did!). These toys are driven by popularity – once they fall…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose toys to support your pre-schooler’s learning

One of the biggest myths about playing is that it is a waste of time unless it has a purpose. But even scientists agree: play is vital for your child’s development. For play to be valuable to your child’s learning, it doesn’t need to to be ‘educational’ – there are many, many more skills that…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose toys that will grow with your toddler

They grow up so quickly, don’t they? And as much as we resign ourselves to buying new shoes and clothes every few months, we hope that the toys Father Christmas brings will last a little longer than that. This isn’t simply about the toy’s quality though, it’s also about the child’s stage of development. While…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose budget-friendly, screen-free gifts for your tween

The older children get, the smaller and more expensive their requests seem to become! As a result, you may need to manage your child’s expectations – you may need to explain to your child that if they want that one expensive gift, they might not get as many other presents as they used to, or…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

10 Fun games to play in the rain

There’s nothing I love more than getting my children outside – even when it’s raining. In fact, we particularly like going out when it’s raining, because the garden transforms into a whole new wet and wonderful world to play games like…   1. Jumping in puddles   It’s a classic. Just don some welly boots…
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September 24, 2018

Child playing with toy Airplane

Eight Physical Activities for Energetic Toddlers

Active games for energetic toddlers Toddlers are positively buzzing with energy most of the time! Here are some simple activities to help burn off some of that energy, and also help develop those all-important gross motor skills. Many of these ideas can be done outdoors or indoors – but don’t be afraid to don a…
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June 28, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , ,

How to save money on Toys by building your own

Play on a budget: Classic toys you can make yourself Making your own toys can save you money and really encourages your child’s creativity!  Depending on the age of your child, you can get them involved in the making process too. They could even invent their own toys! Here are a few examples of classic…
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June 26, 2018