Great toy inspiration for toddlers

Whether you’re buying for your child or someone else’s, it’s always hard to know what the best gifts for a toddler are. Here's a few developmental points to look out for when you're buying gifts for young children, including best toddler gifts.

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Ways to prevent toy overload

Avoid toy overload with these helpful tips. For instance, Set a rule, that if your child hasn’t played with a toy in say 6-12 months, that it goes to a better home. There’s no value in a house of clutter, and it may help teach your child the value of giving to those less privileged, by donating it to a charity shop – perhaps of their choice.

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Six timeless toys for children and preschoolers

Six timeless toys for children and preschoolers

Still loved by the current generation, here’s a list of five classic toys and books that never go out of fashion. Whether you’re after inspiration for timeless kids gift ideas, grandchildren christmas presents or looking for cool gifts for kids, or just crave a touch of nostalgia, you’ll want to read on.

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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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How to get kids to recycle

How to get kids to recycle

If there’s one thing it’s crucial to teach the next generation, it’s the importance of caring for our world. At schools, nurseries and homes, it's encouraging to see a focus on reusing and recycling goods, to minimise our global footprint. The good news is that our toddler plates can be recycled or handed down.

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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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How to Influence your Child's Diet

Who doesn't love food art? If it’s true that you eat with your eyes, then there’s a lot we can learn from the food artists nailing it on Instagram right now. Sure to lure in even fussy eaters, food art is a mesmerizing form coming to a toddler plate near you.

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Fun Ways to Promote Imaginative Play

From pretending to be a dinosaur and making a ‘special kids meal for Mummy’, to dressing up as a pirate! Whichever way your child gets involved in imaginative play, it's an important and valuable tool in their childhood development.

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