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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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Christmas Gift Guide: Janod Wooden Tool Box

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas Gift Guide, Product Reviews | Posted on 19-12-2011

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Janod have been making beautiful wooden toys for over 40 years and their range is amazing. We were sent this tool box set to look at – and I fell in love at first sight!

Designed for budding carpenters aged 3 years and over this 22 piece portable tool box contains a lovely selection of nuts and bolts, as well as pieces of wood, a spanner, a screwdriver, a cap and a tool belt. This tool box is of the highest quality and it very well built, meaning it should last for years to come. The nuts and bolts can be fitted into the holes down the side of the box, and also into the additional wood lengths, meaning that your furniture should be fairly safe from modification!! The screwdriver and spanner can be slipped into the pockets on the tool belt meaning there easy to access when your little one is on the job. The entire set fits neatly into the tool box which whilst strong is light enough for your little one to carry around.

The Janod Tool Box is available from several online toy retailers including Amazon and the Wooden Toy Shop. Order fast to make sure you get it in time for Christmas!!

Product Review: BigJigs ABC Wooden Blocks

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 01-08-2011

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It’s only in recent months that my little man has truly discovered toys. Whilst he often had them placed in front of him and more often than not picked it up for a good chew its only recently that he’s started to interact with them. My lounge floor is not a veritable bombsite of cars and stacking cups and baby walkers and blocks. Within all this carnage however is one of MY personal favourites; the BigJigs ABC Wooden Blocks.

Wooden toys are just brilliant. A nice traditional toy that doesn’t require batteries, comes with no flashing lights, and won’t sit repeating itself until you snap and toss it out the window. My little man can sit and stack the blocks (or more often knock them down) to his hearts content. Thirty blocks make up this brightly coloured set – all the letters of the alphabet plus four shapes. On one side you high uppercase letters and pictures of the shapes, and on the other side you get lowercase letters and the name of each shape. Each block is one of six vivid colours with an easy to read contrasting coloured letter or word. What’s more all thirty blocks fit neatly into a smooth wooden tray.

Now the recommended age use for this product is 12 months + but my 9 month old little man was more than capable of picking up the blocks and knocking the towers down that his Daddy built for him. In time I’m sure he’ll be able to stack these manageable blocks himself and I’m confident this toy will last for years and years to come!


The ‘BigJigs ABC Wooden Blocks’ are available for £13.49 from the Wooden Toy Shop, along with an Aladdin’s cave of other gorgeous wooden toys!