How to Make Toy Horse Reins (Children’s toy)

Posted under Felt and Felting, Toys and Toy shops

6May
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How to make Toy Horse Reins using fingerknitting and a piece of handmade felt!   Over the years, the horse reins from felt and fingerknitting have proved to be a big favourite with children and adults alike.  They are super simple, yet really effective, and are often the first ‘toy’ that a mother makes for her child with her own hand.  It…

New! Busy Builders Truck Toys from Tiger Tribe

Posted under Toys and Toy shops

28Nov
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Busy Builders Truck Toys New from Tiger Tribe. Oh my. My boys are lucky little things. Have a look at these new Busy Builders Truck Toys they can now play with. Talk about an early Christmas present!  Busy Builders are a new design from Tiger Tribe, my favourite Australian toy brand, released just in time for Christmas. The trucks, of…

GoldieBlox Video Showing Girls Creativity and Smarts

Posted under Toys and Toy shops

3Jan
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The 9th Day of Christmas Video Fun on PFE I love this GoldieBlox video showing girls creativity and super smarts!   I saw this very clever advertising video a few months back, and fell in love. How fabulous it is to see young girls doing something more than playing with Barbie, or dressing up as a princess. Not that there…

Wooden Playscape Designs at Folkwood by Sandy

Posted under Imaginative Play, Toys and Toy shops

29Nov
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Wooden Playscape Designs at Folkwood   A little while ago, I literally stumbled across the most gorgeous shop on Madeit called Folkwood. I have been bubbling with excitement to share this shop with you in the lead-up to Christmas. You will LOVE this. I just know it.   Folkwood is the work of Sandy, Mama to 3 grown boys, and Nana…

Handmade waldorf toys animals and dollhouse furniture by Organic Kinder

Posted under Shops I love, Toys and Toy shops

14Nov
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Shops I love: Introducing Organic Kinder Handmade Waldorf Toys, Animals and Doll House Furniture I’d love to introduce you to Danielle, part-owner of Organic Kinder. I stumbled upon her shop on Made It a few weeks ago, and couldn’t wait to share their delightful handmade waldorf toys animals and dollhouse furniture with you. In the lead-up to Christmas, you might be…

Carla De Jong Toys

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25Oct
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Carla De Jong Toys Let me introduce you to Carla De Jong. Carla makes the most delightful timber toys and dolls. I like them because she comes up with some really quirky, fun ideas. I particularly like this fire truck. But I’m partial to the wooden mobile phone I saw on her craft stand too. Yes. My iphone is my…

10 eco-friendly ways to ‘green’ your children’s toybox

Posted under Toys and Toy shops

21Feb
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Thankfully, the momentum of ‘green’ is gaining pace. We are finally realising that Mother Earth can no longer be treated like Cinderella, left to sweep up the cinders in the basement of the home but instead must be cared for like the fragile glass slipper she wore.  Thank goodness for companies reducing their carbon footprint through sustainable practices, airlines that…

Amber Greene’s Toy Suggestions on Shop 4 Kids Magazine, Australia

Posted under Toys and Toy shops

8Jun
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A few weeks ago, I was asked to contribute to a Toy Feature for the newest issue of Shop 4 Kids. The issue is out now! I have given my suggestions for toys that spark children’s creativity (of course!) but also toys and books that can help children to develop problem solving skills, independence, patience, work in a team, find balance…

Steiner Wooden Play Stand Toys for Imaginative Play, and Handmade fairy wings made by Dave and Sharon Denning

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19May
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Steiner Wooden Play Stand Toys Today, I’d like to introduce you to a local business run by my friend, Sharon and her husband Dave.    Sharon and Dave make delightful Steiner wooden play stands for children, often seen in Waldorf kindergartens. Children can use playstands in all kinds of play- to make cubbies, shop windows, walls for ‘homes’ or ‘home…

Wooden Meccano Set

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16Jan

How cool is this? My friend Sandra was given this by a friend and the children in her family day care LOVE it! I think some of the older Moondew children would too. Anyone know where to get hold of one???

Where to buy eco-friendly, timber or handmade toys for children

Posted under Toys and Toy shops

15Nov

In 2006, I was lucky enough to purchase the most glorious wee felt folk in a seedpod shaped hanging bag from a business called The Friendship Tree Started by two sisters, Kim and Donna, in Melbourne many years ago, their work is divine and has inspired many a toadstool house, I’m sure! The girls have a broad range of wooden…

Fantastic Toys for Christmas from Tiger Tribe Toys

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9Oct
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Are you looking for last-minute Christmas Gifts?   In the lead up to Christmas, we are doing a big toy cull (OMG. Where do they all come from?) and the only stuff we are trying to keep is the good quality and stylish things my boys have been lucky enough to receive. Think Lego, wooden blocks, kitchen playtoys, handmade dolls,…