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 – without having to spend all our play time on the computer. See what you think.
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.
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..
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. For many children, the dinosaur obsession is also the first time that they really learn and remember a set of facts with an amazing capacity to recall them, in great detail! We have been thinking about how we can make the most of our dinosaur friends.
A long journey can be a great time to play and have a lovely time with your children – but only if you have all the tricks up your sleeve! Here are some of our best suggestions on how to make the time fly by.
Balancing is fun! But how do you get good at it? Whilst we are not all going to be trapese artists, children love the feeling of being in control and being able to play with the smaller things in life. Here are our recommendations of toys and games that we love that are also great for developing balance skills.
Numbers are such wonderful things when you are confident and ready to play with them. Here’s our top tip on getting children to love them whilst they play.
Telling stories with our children is one of the most important things we can do and so much fun. Helping children explore an idea and find a way of spinning it out into a story is all about getting started – here are some of our favourite ways of getting going.
We love playing games and solving puzzles – finding the way to the end of a maze and winning through are all part of the fun. But where is the logic in that? Answer – everywhere. Here is a selection of products that we think encourage children to develop their own logic skills as part of their play – with not a computer screen in sight!