Go for a ride with Avidiva

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Aug 252012

You may have noticed Avidiva’s updated logo, but you may not know that behind the scenes this Australian store has recently changed owners. Busy mum Cass has handed the reins over to the lovely Jamie who is very excited about growing Avidiva to something even bigger and better. Soon we’ll be having Jamie over for Sunday Coffee to get to know her a little more. A little birdy told me that Jamie has been busy sourcing some fantastic new products and one of the new labels on board is I’m Toy:

The I’m Toy range fits in really with Avidiva’s passion for eco friendly products for baby and child. Made from sustainable rubberwood and using non-toxic paint these wooden toys are not only a fun and stylish but also a safe and durable choice for little ones. Featuring your child’s favourite animal friends the I’m Toy Walk & Ride, Rocker and Paddie Rider make great buddies and would be a lovely Christmas gift idea. Nice to know, delivery is free Australia wide.

This gorgeous Walk & Ride Bunny Sorter is a fantastic 3-in-1 toy that will keep curious little monkeys busy for ages (cow available too). The sturdy wooden construction is designed to support wobbly legs when they are ready for those first steps. It also makes a cool ride-on, not everyone has a rabbit they can just hop on and take off. At last don’t forget the shape sorter game on the side for some calmer, on-the-spot play.

If your cheeky monkey has already got the walking under control and is up for some speed you might want to check out the I’m Toy Wooden Ride-Ons. You can choose from a Lamb, Calf, Rabbit or Tiger design and each little ride-on comes with a soft seat cover that is removable and washable. Wooden toys like these are timeless and durable, they can easily be handed down again and again so they are great value for money.

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

Nov 092011

If you live in Melbourne and are looking for a nice family outing on Sunday November 20 you should consider visiting the Polish festival at Federation Square. It is fantastic way to introduce your children to a different culture, music and food and not to forget see some great Polish brands with your own eyes at the Coccinella stall where owner Renata will be displaying and selling her fantastic range.

Renate has managed to source a large selection of Poland made toys and clothing which is available to Australian parents in her online store Coccinella. If you are looking for something unique, beautiful, quirky, high quality and eco friendly you will love the latest additions from Polish labels Kalimba, Mon Petit Bebe and Bajo. This 7 piece Mon Petit Bebe Layette would make a lovely gift for a very special new arrival.

Another new product, and probably one of my favourites, is this Kalimba Piggy ($19.95) which is available in different colours. Aren’t they just the cutest with those coloured socks and curly tail? I think they are adorable and having seen the quality and detailed finishing of the handmade Kalimba toys myself I am tempted to buy this one too for my oldest daughter who just loves little piggies.

The fabulous Bajo toys are designed and made in Poland by a talented designer called Wojtek Bajor (hence the name). He uses high quality wood and non toxic paints to create safe, simple and durable toys that can be enjoyed by children for a long time to come. Bajo toys are not only popular in Europe but also in many other countries worldwide.

This multifunctional Bajo Snail Sorter ($74.95) covers different areas of play and development: firstly the shape sorting aspect, the ‘shell’ can be lifted off the base and 6 chunky coloured shapes need to be sorted in the right holes encouraging problem solving skills and logical thinking. Secondly there is the pull and roll aspect which will get little people moving, as the snail is being pulled his shell spins independently triggering a rattling sound as the shapes tumble around.

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

For your chance to win a Bajo Snail Sorter visit www.coccinella.com.au and answer the following question: Aside from the items featured above, which other Polish toy available at Coccinella do you really like?

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