Welcome to The Play Hive

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Sep 112014

The Play Hive

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:

Wooden Picnic BasketCarefully 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?

Geo Nesting BoardPersonally 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.

Lunch Box GameAt 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.

Orchard Toys Lunch Box Game

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.

Jan 062013


If you like Hip little one on Facebook you may remember that a few months ago I showed you some gorgeous images of the Polish Kaszubebe range. At the time this brand was not available in Australia but I have good news for you, Kaszubebe has arrived on our shores!

Kaszubebe Puzzles ($26.95 each)

Kaszubebe Puzzles ($26.95 each)

Puzzle RoseKaszubebe is a fantastic eco friendly toy brand that has embraced ‘green’ to the fullest. The stunning wooden puzzles are absolutely gorgeous and made to last, we all know wooden toys have that special charm that never goes out of fashion. The colourful chunky blocks are easy to hold for little hands and they will keep your toddler busy for ages. There are 4 different designs available in store.

Kazubebe MemoryJust as delightful and suitable for children that are a little bit older are the Kaszubebe games Memory, Halves and Domino. These games feature the most gorgeous illustrations, a little quirky and such beautiful warm colours, they are just divine! Made from eco friendly, recycled materials these games have a very obvious green feel to them. Priced at just $19.95 each and packed in a cute storage box they are a fantastic gift idea.

To find out more about Kaszubebe, to take a closer look at the range and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.

Shop For Tots – Holiday Activities (+15% off storewide)

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Dec 052011

If the thought of Christmas being just three weeks away scares you you probably don’t want to be reminded of school holidays. In two weeks time your little students will be home full time so there will be a lot less time for you to get things done. Luckily there are many great products around that will help you to keep big and little people entertained, either at home whilst you prepare a feast or when visiting family over Christmas time. Shop For Tots’ extensive range is sure to offer a helping hand, especially with the current 15% off storewide offer. Simply used the code ‘ELF’ at checkout for your discount to be applied, promotion ends December 10 2011.

The Colouring House of Fun Garden ($9.45-15%=$8.03) activity set is one of my favourites, it not only contains plenty of craft supplies for multiple kids but it is also fabulously priced. Designed by Tiger Tribe this gorgeous little house holds a 2.5m (!) scroll of  illustrations for colouring-in, 2 sheets of stickers and a packet of crayons. Girls will love this garden design where as the boys can be kept busy with the Colouring House of Fun Transport.

My kids love doing puzzles but the pieces often end up everywhere, something that won’t happen with the Melissa & Doug Puzzles in a Box ($17.05-15%=$14.49, vehicles or farm). There are 4 puzzles in each box and with 12 pieces per puzzles your little ones will be entertained for a while. Do just one puzzle at a time or mix up all the pieces for a little challenge! Once finished everything can be packed away in the box, no mess and perfect for at grandma’s house too.

If you’ve tried everything and the kids just won’t leave you alone you might as well get them to help you in the kitchen. Unfortunately Shop For Tots can’t guarantee a spill free floor but at least the clothes will stay clean with one of the gorgeous Oil Cloth Aprons. They are a steal at a bargain price of just $14.95 (plus an additional 15% off with the discount code) and available in three different styles to suit both genders.

To find out more about Shop For Tots, to browse the extensive range and to order online visit www.shopfortots.com.au. Keep an eye on the Shop For Tots Facebook page for the latest news and specials.