With just over 3 months to go until Christmas I am slowly making a start on my shopping list, jotting down cool gifts as I spot them and bookmarking fabulous stores I discover. With toys taking up the majority of Christmas wish lists for most families it is important to shop wisely and invest in items that are fun, age-appropiate, educational and encourage children to develop new skills. For a fabulous range of toys that fit all the boxes look no further than The Play Hive:
Carefully handpicked by pre-school teacher Emma Butler The Play Hive stocks a wide range of toys, games, puzzles and books for children of all ages. With years of experience under her belt Emma knows exactly what to look for in a great toy and she loves sharing her insights with you so can shop with confidence and select the perfect gift for your child. If you need a bit of extra help or are in a rush you can even use the handy Product Finder, how easy is that?
Personally I always have a soft spot for high quality, wooden toys so I am glad to see Emma has sourced a beautiful range of wooden toys that are sure to be enjoyed by generations to come. Not only are they durable, strong and timeless but they are eco friendly too, it doesn’t get much better than that. This beautiful Geo Nesting Board ($39.95) from sustainable rubber wood is stunning in its simplicity, it teaches little ones about colour, shapes, sizing and stacking.
At our house we are huge fans of Orchard Toys, the kids never get enough of playing these games and it’s amazing to see how much they learn as they play. The fun and colourful Lunch Box Game ($28.95, ages 2-7) is based on the traditional lotto concept, the aim of the game is to collect all the foods pictured on your card and be the first to fill your lunch box with a healthy, balanced lunch.
It’s the perfect tool for small children to learn the names of everyday food items, recognise images and match them up while using their memory skills and practising taking turns. With only 6 items per card the Lunch Box Game is a fantastic ‘quick’ game for after dinner, short enough to keep young kids from losing their concentration yet challenging enough for little minds. There are lots of other great Orchard Toys games to choose from and I will definitely add some of them to my Christmas shopping list.
But The Play Hive is not all about shopping, Emma has also put together her best tips, advice and children’s activities for parents to enjoy for FREE. We can all use some refreshing thoughts, ideas and inspirations from time to time so make sure you bookmark the Fun & Advice category and you’ll always have Emma’s expert advice at your fingertips.
To find out more about The Play Hive, to browse the range and to order online visit www.playhivetoys.com.au.