Biscuit counting game

Little Ella James - Biscuit Counting Game

Whether your little ones like playing tea parties or kitchens or are just biscuit fans, this is sure to be well received. It also has the bonus of being a little learning game, as each wooden biscuit is numbered on the reverse. Fun and functional. You get a set of ten assorted wooden biscuits in […]

Make Your Own Inspiration: Cardboard pretend play kitchen

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I’m in awe of this crafty delight – a Japanese pretend play kitchen made from recycled cardboard boxes. It’s got an extractor hood, fridge, microwave, cooker, sink, shelving and even storage baskets and all with fantastic attention to detail from the knobs, to the interior shelving, to the gingham trims, and all actually quite achievable […]

Pretend Play Sandwich Shop & Pizza Parlour Sets by Green Toys

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We’re huge fans of the range of toys made from recycled plastic milk containers by American company Green Toys which are PVC, BPA, and phthalates free. I’m resisting adding to my girls burgeoning collection of pretend play food with these 27-piece Pizza Parlour and 15-piece Sandwich Shop sets. The vibrantly realistic interchangeable parts will make […]

Fairtrade Fortnight: Weaving Hope

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As we’re in the midst of Fairtrade Fortnight, I thought I’d share one of my favourite ethical children’s companies. Sri Lanka-based Weaving Hope is a community of women producing handwoven, hand-dyed cotton toys and accessories in an array of cheerful colours. Toys are largely animal-themed, and range from a baby turtle, £8.50, to this, frankly […]

Great Ikea Hack: Build your own pretend play kitchen from Vika Furusund

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   I was so impressed with this mum’s first try at ‘hacking’ an Ikea product and creating a whole new design that I had to feature it. Can you believe that the pretend play kitchen pictured above started out as Ikea’s Vika Furusund (£21.53), pictured on the left? Now it’s not the simplest of projects […]

Hot Picks from…Ikea

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I had a recent trip to Ikea to buy my Brada Laptop Support and spotted several cool wallet fantastic items. Seriously, I can never go in there and buy just one item! MATA 4-piece eating set Ah…you know I’m a sucker for black baby gear, although this set also comes in red, green, and white. […]

3 Hot Buys…Pretend Play Fridges

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Natalie writes… I absolutely love pretend play toys and the vast array of gear means that you could create a mini home for your toddler! If you’ve been on the lookout for fridge to go with your play kitchen, here are three hot buys… On the left is Pintoy’s Regrigerator which is made from replenishable […]

Hot Toy List for Toddlers 1-2 Years – Part 1

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Natalie writes…In another installment from our Hot Toy List for Christmas 2008, I’ve put together cardboard toys, ride-ons, and trikes and bikes for the exciting age range of 1-2 where they are discovering a whole new world as they learn to walk, run, and pretend. Brands featured were Paperpod, Nume, Brio, Pintoy, Big Jigs, and […]

Eco Friendly Wooden Pretend Play Kitchens

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Natalie writes… Baby Angels have got a brilliant range of wooden pretend play toys, especially of the kitchen variety. They’re made of environmentally friendly replenishable wood and painted with non toxic painted. The one on the left (£72) is based on the electric cooker with a 4 ring hob and oven with 5 knobs. The […]