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Gifts for 11 year olds

Gifts for 11 year olds

By Allie White 11 year olds Curriculum Links Family Games Hobbies Learning through play STEAM STEM

Buying gifts for 11 year olds is quite exciting as this is the age where they start to make the move from playful, developmental toys to desiring something which offers more of a challenge. They have pretty much developed their social, cognitive, creative and motor skills and are ready to...

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Educational Toys - Learning through Play

Educational Toys - Learning through Play

By Allie White Developmental Education Educational Toys Learning at home Learning through play Maths Science Skill building Toys for learning

Educational toys are the way to go this Christmas! There is no denying that this year has been a rollercoaster for school age children with many spending much of their educational hours at home. My daughter spent four months actively avoiding my home teaching by actually doing all the work...

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Galt toys - playful, developmental fun!

Galt toys - playful, developmental fun!

By Allie White Development Developmental Discover Explore Fine Motor Skills Imagination Science Kits Sensory STEM

Galt toys are perfect for spending some quality time with your children as they are designed to be fun, colourful and imaginative – really important for parents as well as children! The Galt range is quite extensive which means there really is something for everyone and there are some super...

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Toys for 3 year olds

Toys for 3 year olds

By Allie White 3 year olds Imagination Imaginative play Language Development Learning through play Physical Development Roleplay

I am currently on the hunt for the best toys for 3 year olds and I am having so much fun! Several friends have children around that age and with Christmas just around the corner, I am on the lookout for the best presents. This is such a great age...

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Melissa & Doug - sparking imaginations

Melissa & Doug - sparking imaginations

By Allie White Cognitive Skills Creativity Fine Motor Skills Gross Motor Skills KS1 toys Melissa & Doug Pre-school toys Problem Solving Roleplay Social Skills Storytelling Wooden Toys

I wish Melissa & Doug had been around when my children were small – I do believe they would have been my best friends! The company is committed to tech-free play and has created products which promote problem solving and creativity, develop social skills and sharpen cognitive skills – all...

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Children’s Craft Sets

Children’s Craft Sets

By Allie White Artistic Children's Craft Colourful Confidence Craft Craft for Kids Creativity Fine Motor Skills Manual Dexterity Problem Solving

If there is one thing we do well in our house, it’s crafts! We will use anything and everything to create, imagine, build, mould, stick – the possibilities are endless. Crafts for children are so important for many reasons and is an area where the boundaries can be stretched as...

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Science Kits for all ages

Science Kits for all ages

By Allie White Awesome Science Biology Chemistry Hypotheses Physics Predictions Questionning Science Science kits Young Scientist

  Science Kits are a blessing to my family as science is an area which enthrals and baffles me in equal measures! I get ridiculously excited when experiments go well (I won’t tell you about the yeast experiment my year 6 class did with bottles and balloons on the same...

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Coding for Kids – the language of the future?

Coding for Kids – the language of the future?

By Allie White coding coding for kids coding toys game building problem soving programming python STEM

Children as young as 18 months can understand a process so it is never too early to introduce your children to coding! We used to play a great ‘game’ with our Reception children which involved one child being a machine whilst another gave them instructions to move balls of different...

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Building skills with Construction Toys

Building skills with Construction Toys

By Allie White Building Blocks Construction Set Construction Toy Creative Builder Free Thinking Marble Run Problem Solving STEM Young Engineer

Construction toys are great for all ages and something worth investing in as this type of toy can be played with at different levels of engagement throughout childhood.   There’s more to construction toys than just Lego! (Although, to be fair, Lego is awesome and lasts for years!) There’s a...

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Wooden train sets - play and learn

Wooden train sets - play and learn

By Allie White Creativity Fine Motor Skills Imagination Language Development Learning through play Problem Solving Train set Wooden Toys Wooden Train Set

Wooden train sets have adorned the floors of our home on and off for the past 45 years! My Opa (grandfather) brought me a set from Austria when I was about 5. Together we spent the afternoon setting out the track around the legs of the dining table (much to...

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Garden Games and the great outdoors!

Garden Games and the great outdoors!

By Allie White Games for Outdoors Garden Games Garden Toys Great Outdoors Outdoor Activities Outdoor Learning

Garden games are wonderful when the sun is shining and the outdoors beckon. Children love to be out and about, whether it is playing in the garden, running around a park, climbing a hillside or just a quick trot around the block. Garden games allow our children to explore different...

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Remote Control Toys for all ages

Remote Control Toys for all ages

By Allie White casue & effect critical thinking engineering RC Toys remote control remote control cars remote control toys social interaction STEM

I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t get excited about a remote-control toy! There is something exhilarating about sending a small car whizzing across the floor or making a robot shake hands with your gran! Remote control toys are a super lesson in cause and effect – when...

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