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What are Eco Toys?

March 9, 2018 By Shelley Mason Baby, Children, Play & Product FAQ's comments
What are Eco Toys?

I’ve been in business selling wooden toys and educational toys for 8 years now.  When I first started I knew I loved wooden toys. There weren’t really many around and they were difficult to find.   Thankfully now there are loads around in shops everywhere , but processes vary so much and the word ECO FRIENDLY TOY is thrown around so much – I've been wondering what REALLY makes a toy 'eco friendly' .  What do all these words mean – sustainable wood , FSC certified , non toxic etc. ?

You would be forgiven for believing that any type or brand of wooden toys is a safer option for your children to be playing with as opposed to plastic toys, as wood is a natural material, but… not all wooden toys are created equal and we parents need to be very aware of this. 

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Wooden toys for all ages

March 5, 2018 By Shelley Mason Baby, Children & Play comments
Wooden toys for all ages

Wooden toys make a terrific addition to any toyroom.  Whilst I do believe that almost any toy is an educational toy, I prefer wood to plastic for a few reasons.

Wooden toys are generally extremely durable and safe , are not only colourful and fun to play with but encourage a child to explore their senses and imagination. 

I love the feel of wooden toys and the smell and texture is something that can not be replaced.  Its an impulse for me to smell a wooden toy and the difference in quality and feel is obvious.  I often find myself doing it when we get in new stock at the warehouse , it’s a sensory feeling that evokes a sense of calm and fun in me and I catch my kids doing it too and have a  giggle. 

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Helping kids with inclusion and diversity

January 31, 2018 By Shelley Mason Baby, Children, Lime Tree Mumma Blog, Play & Special Needs comments
Helping kids with inclusion and diversity

Diversity and inclusion in the home, school and even toy box are so important.  All kids want to see themselves reflected in the environment and toys that they play with. Childhood really should be an inclusive place where everyone belongs. 

Being different from most others doesn’t need to be a dis - ability but rather a diff - ability and I’m happy to finally see the toy industry and other companies starting to embrace change and positively represent the 150 plus million kids with disability and difference world wide....

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5 Ways to Make Bedtime Fun and Fuss-Free for Kids

July 10, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Children & Family comments

 Is bedtime a struggle at your home?

You aren’t alone.

Even when the kids are terribly tired, the thought of going to bed sends them into Tantrum-ville!

In fact, it is when they’re absolutely tired, can’t keep eyes open, that they really, really resist going to bed.

 So, what’s Mum to do?

 Bring out ...

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How to Make Being Out and About with a Baby and Pram Easy and Effortless

June 17, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Children, Family & Lifestyle comments

Heading out to the stores, markets or park with your baby and the pram?

Wondering how you’ll juggle those shopping bags with ease while maneuvering the pram around?

Or worried that your little one will get bored and start a tantrum when you’re just getting started with your shopping?

Or unsure if he’ll be able to nap with ease with all ...

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Teaching Kids About Stranger Danger: Why We May Be Doing It All Wrong and How to Get it Right

June 10, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Children & Family comments

As parents, we all know the fear of letting our children out into the world and the importance of teaching them stranger danger.

Like most parents, I always thought that I was doing the right thing by talking to my kids about stranger danger.

I have sat down with my son and daughter many times over the years to explain in an age sensitive ...

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Science Experiments for Kids: Fun Activities for the Little Scientists

June 9, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Children & Family comments

Science experiments for kids can be a fun and interesting way to teach children about basic scientific principles at every age.

Learning that is fun stays with kids for longer and helps them absorb concepts better as well.

We’ve rounded up the best resources for you to get the most interesting and even, mind-boggling science experiments and projects done with ease...

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Rainy Day Activities for Kids: Top 10 Indoor Activity Ideas to Keep Children Engaged

May 6, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Children & Family comments

Rainy day activities are well, in our opinions, those that you can never think of when it actually starts to rain!! Really. 

 It’s as if all the ideas just fly out of our heads and we start to reach for the T.V remote or the iPad. Sigh! 

So, Mumma brain no more. We’re making life as mum easy for ourselves and YOU, by sharing 10 of the best acti...

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The Best Easter Activities, Art and Craft for Toddlers

February 3, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Children & Family comments

Easter is on the 5th of April and if you’re like me, you’d want to get a head start on having some fun yet meaningful activities to teach the kids, especially toddlers, about Easter and the reason we celebrate it.


Here are some of our best handpicked Easter activities for kindy-goers and toddlers:


1. Craft a Super Simple E...
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Six Summer Essentials for a Safe and Fun Season

January 22, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Children & Family comments

Summer, sweet summer!!

Yes, we maybe towards the end of the season but there’s nothing like being prepared for next year, right? ;)

So, on that note, here are 6 summer must-haves for a safe and fun-filled season of beaches, barbecues and bike riding!!


1. Helmet Hats for Sun Safe Bike Riding

The sun...

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The BEST Mum-Approved Memory Games for Kids of All Ages

June 20, 2014 By Prerna Children & Family comments

Memory games for kids are big at our home! We take them along on road trips, bring them out during rainy days or when it’s too hot to go outside or for Family Board Game nights!

Here are some of my top picks for games that help improve memory and boost recognition skills in preschoolers and young kids:

Memory Tray Game

This classic kids’ gam...

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How to Raise an Eco-friendly Child Easily and with TONS of Fun!!

May 6, 2014 By Prerna Children & Family comments



A few fun and simple green parenting ideas are all you need to raise an eco-friendly and eco-conscious child. Yes, the children of today are the adults of tomorrow and helping them understand the impact their actions have on the environment will make a big difference in the long run. However, you don’t have to be all boring and serious about it. You can make ...

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It’s Back to School Season and Time for a Back to Bedtime Routine!

February 20, 2014 By Guest Children, Family & School comments

Toilet Training Must - Haves for Mummas and Babies

February 11, 2014 By Prerna Baby, Children & Toilet Training Tips and Ideas comments

Toilet training. Two words that are enough to strike fear into a mum’s heart! Moving out of nappies and using the toilet is a big milestone for both a mum and her baby.

While there are a variety of views on potty training methods and answers to when to start and how to start, as a mum, I feel that whenever you’re ready, having the right things handy can make ...

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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas: How to Add Fun and Flavour to Kids’ Lunchboxes

January 14, 2014 By Prerna Children, Family & School comments

I’m sure we’re all very excited about sending the kids back-to-school later this month but if you’re anything like me, you’re probably scouting for fun and healthy lunchbox ideas to make sure that the little ones are excited about school lunches and yet get their daily dose of good health. 

Here are Shelley and my favourite ways to infuse fun a...
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Organising the Home Series: Organising the Kids’ Room

September 17, 2013 By Prerna Children, Family & Lifestyle comments

Oh, I’m so excited. All through September and October, I’ll be sharing sweet tips for you for organising the home. Yes! We are going to get all sorted and organised. Lovely, isn’t that?

As busy mums, we know how important it is to have a place for everything and everything in its place,right? It’s just that when life gets busier still, getting organ...

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5 Super Spring Activities for Preschoolers: Fun Ways toEnjoy the Season with the Kids

September 3, 2013 By Prerna Children, Family & Lifestyle comments

Are  you enjoying the beautiful weather these days? We are! There is something about the change in seasons that just makes one want to stop awhile, savour the sweetness and be grateful for what we have.

So, if you’re in the mood to enjoy the delightfulness that spring offers, here are 5 super fun ways to make the most of the gorgeous weat...

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