Welcome to the Creative Christmas Toy List 2018 – Whirligig’s favourite creative toys and an alternative to the famous Christmas toy lists that feature all the big brands, large boxes of plastic and obvious toys that everyone else will have. We’ve created a list of 10 of our favourite toys that will be great for the creative members of our families – we hope you find something that will make the perfect present!
Discoveries – Our way of sharing our passions and latest finds
Of course we all want the children in our lives to have good quality, creative toys that they will love. Going out and finding toys is great fun, but whilst I spend most of my time doing this, other people have real jobs!
So, time to share. Think of me as your personal toy researcher. Through this blog, I’m going to show our latest discoveries, tell you about toys that we love and hopefully introduce you toys and games that your children will love as well. I’d love to hear about your success stories with the toys that I talk about. And, if you find something you think I’ll love, please tell me about it.
If your family is coming around for a party this year, we’ve been looking at the best family games for 2018 and selected some of our favourites. We think you’ll find something here that everyone will love. Get the party started and enjoy!
Coding for children – everyone is talking about it and most of us are confused. Not something we did at school – or is it? How can we get involved and support what the school is doing? We’ve been looking at toys and which ones use coding type skills – ways of making the activity fun and relevant without having to spend all our play time on the computer. See what you think.
Crafting – something that adults enjoy as a hobby or an essential part of all our childhoods? Both of course, but how do you get children started? Here are some great tips and ideas on ways of involving children and giving them experiences that can kick start a lifelong passion.
Building Toys – from the earliest blocks we stack together to the intricate models that we create to investigate how the world works. Children love seeing things grow almost as much as they love to knock them down – but how do we get them hooked and wanted to investigate more and more…
For many of you, dinosaurs rule are very much part of every day life. Whilst you may not spot them from the bus, they are there at bedtime, you house may be full of them and like many of us, you are probably still trying to remember which one is which. And just how do you pronounce that one? For many children, the dinosaur obsession is also the first time that they really learn and remember a set of facts and they often have an amazing capacity to recall and retain them, in great detail! Inspired by a recent conversation with a customer, we have been thinking of all our dinosaur related products how they can be used.
Everyone wants a stocking – no matter how big a child they are! But what do you put in it? We’ve been through our shops and found 10 suggestions, all under £10, that we think make for a great stocking or smaller gifts. Have a look through and see if they will fit in your stockings this year…
Choosing a beautiful book for Christmas is a tradition in many families, but where do you start?
Here is a selection of our favourite gift books this season – a present that will live through the year and be remembered forever.
We have all heard the terms and been told how important they are, but what do they mean. We’ve been investigating toys and games that give children STEM skills whilst they are having fun and brought some of them together for you to look through. See what you think..
Whirligig recently visited a wonderful collection of automata in the small village of Pujols in France, the inspiration of Daniel Descomps. The Maison du Jouet Rustique had so many unique and beautiful ideas, we had to share them and encourage everyone to visit. An inspirational visit that will make everyone, young and old, want to start designing and building their own automata.