The Importance of Playing with Toy Cars

The Importance of Playing with Toy Cars

Some kids toys come and go out of fashion, but there’s one staple that never loses favour: the humble toy car.

Now, the latest research shows that there may be many benefits too...


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Fun Games to Play with an 18 month Child

It’s an adorable age when little ones start to toddle around and make cute noises and words. It’s also an age of exploration and discovery, demanding new and engaging toddler games at every twist and turn.

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Tips for Buying Gifts for 3 Year Olds

Tips for Buying Gifts for 3 Year Olds

What should you buy the special three year old in your life? Key toys to consider for this age group are those that are problem solving, refine motor skills, pretend play, promote speech or just bring pretend play to life, among a few of the great things to look out for.

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The Different Types of Child's Play

What are the different types of child's play? Play is a complex issue, taking many forms. If you’re a parent keen to learn more about this subject, here’s just a few different types of play to look out for.

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Munchy play car plate

How to Become a Toy Collector?

What does it take to become a toy collector and where do you start? In this helpful feature, we examine ten essential things that ever wannabee toy collector must do, to nesure they get the most out of their toy investments.

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Why do kids love planes, trains and automobiles?

Kids - they can’t get enough of all things automotive. If it’s got an engine, if it makes a noise and if you can pull or push it along, it’s bound to entertain. So if you find yourself reaching for the kids car plate, you need to read on!
 

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Fun Games to Play with a 4-Year Old

Fun Games to Play with a 4-Year Old

What are the best games to play when you have a 4 year old? Here's some fun classic games that parents and grandparents can play with their little ones. From bubbles to freeze, you're going on a journey back through memory lane.

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Choo Choo kids plate

Four lessons that Thomas the Tank Engine taught us!

Toot toot, he’s your lovable friend that you can’t put down. If your child has the Thomas and Friends train set, the pyjamas, the toothbrush, the school bag, the books, the toddler plate and so on, well done you’re a bona fide parent to an infant. Congrats!

Thomas the Tank Engine is much-loved by parents and grandparents with good reason. Behind his friendly face are lovely messages that early years children can understand and relate to.

Here’s four times Thomas and Friends taught us something valuable…


Believe in yourself
In the film Thomas and the Great Race, our favourite engine is desperate to take part in the Great Race Show but suffers numerous setbacks, with people telling him that he’s just not good enough or too small. Shame on them. The resilient machine shows us that no matter what adversity he faces, he never gives up and as a result, makes it on to the show. Go Thomas!

Friendship
In most episodes of Thomas, we see a general theme of friendship. From helping and supporting others, to standing up for your friends. There's even an episdoe dedicated to 'A friend in need' which is full of encouragement. If you don't believe us, just watch your little one play with their Thomas toy train, it's adorable.
 
Fireboxes!
The other F word! Thomas and friends manage to use colourful language, in the best sense of the phrase! Instead of getting angry, they use fun words to share their emotion, some of the best lines include ‘Fizzling Fireboxes’ and ‘Bust my buffers’. These fun words invite children to ask what they are and expand their vocabulary.
 
Don’t be Cranky!
It’s not just Thomas of course. In the book ‘Cranky’ by Thomas and Friends, we learn that Cranky the Crane gets nowhere by being a meanie. He takes great pleasure in playing tricks on Percy and Thomas, but in the end, comes unstuck when he needs their help.
 
If your little one loves toy trains, check out the Munchy Play Choo-Choo train plate.

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Gift inspiration for preschoolers

That delightful age, somewhere between nursery and school, is an age where little ones certainly know wha they want (and don't want)!
So, when it comes to cool kids presents, where to turn for inspiration? Whether it's Peppa Pig Miss Rabbit or Thomas the Tank Engine, here's some great ideas...

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