Jan 032015


Help, is there a doctor in the room?! Kids of all ages love playing doctor and with four young children in our home there is always a willing patient. If you’re looking for a stylish pretend play kit for your wannabe physician check out this gorgeous set from Whimsy Child:

Le Toy Van Doctor's Set

This vintage style Doctor’s Set (RRP $77, ages 3+) by UK label Le Toy Van is without a doubt one of the cutest pretend play doctor kits I ever seen.

Vintage Doctor's SetNo cheap, squishy plastic tools here, the sweet fabric doctor’s bag contains a selection of very realistic looking medical instruments and bottles made from strong, durable wood. With a toy stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, blood pressure gauge, ear scope, reflex hammer, scissors and two medicine bottles your little doctor is well prepared for all kinds of patients. A gorgeous toy set to enjoy today and a lovely keepsake to keep for later.

To find out more about Whimsy Child, to browse the Le Toy Van range and to order online visit www.whimsychild.com.au.

Jul 252013


Now that’s one eco cool way to enjoy an old school puppet show, check out this awesome Puppetbox by Australian brand Tinyfolk:

Puppetbox by Tinyfolk

Puppetbox by Tinyfolk

The super hip Puppetbox ($79) is made using strong, durable cardboard from sustainably managed forests and of course it is 100% recyclable. Even the beautiful black silhouette illustrations are printed with non toxic inks so this is one very ‘green’ toy fit for modern, eco consious families. Kids will have hours of fun writing their own plays and you get to do be the public, such a great way to encourage children to use their imagination.

Fun with shadows

Fun with shadows

The flatpacked Puppetbox takes just minutes to set up/pack up which makes it very practical for houses with little storage space. Dig up the old handpuppets and start playing or try something special and create a magical shadow story. To help you get started each Puppetbox comes with a whimsical Moon or Forest Shadow Puppet Pack. Just hide behind the screen, turn on the little light and get those shadows moving using the beautiful characters on sticks.

Puppetbox Shadow Show

Puppetbox Shadow Show

If you like the idea of flatpack play with an eco friendly touch make sure you check out the Tinyfolk Picture Playhouse ($69) and Tinyfolk White Playhouse ($59) too. Perfect indoor entertainment for little ones and they can even decorate the houses to their taste!

To find out more about Tinyfolk, to browse the range and to order online visit www.tinyfolk.com.au.

Nov 172012

Last week I wrote about kids using their imagination and one of the things my kids enjoy most is a cardboard box. Luckily we usually have plenty of them which is good because they are getting too big to fit in a box together. Depending on the day and their mood a box makes a perfect car, bus, train, taxi, plane or boat, who knew a plain brown box could be so much fun? Help your kids let their imagination go wild with Imaginabox by On The Gro.

The super hip Imaginabox kits are sure to get those curious little brains working, they don’t cost a fortune and you can use these great products again and again. A big empty box and an Imaginabox kit are all you need to create a cool car, fast plane, awesome train or ready-to-use oven in a matter of minutes. Stick on the wheels and a dashboard, hot plates and an oven door, attach the steering wheel or even safety straps like on a real plane and you are ready for an exciting adventure and lots of laughs.

The award winning Imaginabox concept encourages lots of important skills and values in little ones: gross and fine motor skills, creativity, colours, shapes, story building, the value of recycling and re-using and much more! Children can enjoy Imaginabox on their own (with some parental help to get started) but it is also great fun for siblings or little friends to share. The recommended age is 3 years and up.

Imaginabox stickers are reusable and made using child-friendly materials, the last thing parents need is to worry about scary chemicals like BPA and phthalates. The big car, aeroplane and train kits ($19.95) contain all your stickers and the steering wheel, straps are sold separately ($10.95). You can also buy individual sticker kits ($14.95), to keep as spare or to replace worn stickers on other toys. Keep Imaginabox in mind when you do your Christmas shopping this year, they’ll be a big hit under the tree!

To find out more about Imaginabox, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.onthegro.com.

For your chance to win an Imaginabox kit of your choice (Car, Aeroplane, Train or Oven) visit www.onthegro.com and answer the following question: Which Imaginabox design is your favourite and why?

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