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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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Games for Girls: Fun Activities that Encourage Creative Thinking

March 4, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Play comments




Games for girls can go way beyond the cooking games on the iPad. Here are our handpicked activity ideas that encourage creativity, independent thinking and are tons of fun for little girls.

 

1. Have Fun with Felt

 Felt sets are perfect for quiet play and encouraging creativity and imaginative story telling.

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The ULTIMATE List of Fun, Creative and Inspiring Indoor Play Ideas for Kids of All Ages {Part 1}

May 13, 2014 By Prerna Play comments


With the cold, rainy weather just sneaking around the corner, chances are all of us are stocking up on fun ways to keep the kiddies engaged and happy when they can’t go out to play, right? 

So, here are 17 {yep, try one every other day of the month!} fun, creative and inspiring indoor play and activity ideas for kids of all ages, right from your wee baby to active kin...

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[Product Stylecase] Kinetic Sand: The Perfect Indoor, Creative Toy for Kids of All Ages

April 11, 2014 By Prerna Play comments

Starting this month, we’ll be stylecasing {a spinoff on showcasing… with more style, of course!} a product to help you get to know more about it. 

Our product for April is Kinetic Sand, the perfect indoor toy for kids! Made from 98% sand and 2% magic, this lovely sensory and tactile play toy is every mum's dream come true for keeping kids off the telly and doing someth...

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For Kids: Outdoor Toys, The Easiest Way to Good Health

April 1, 2014 By Prerna Healthy Living & Play comments



For kids, outdoor toys are the best thing possible because not only do they make play super-fun but they also, manage to get kids out of the house and engaged in real, good, physical activity! SO important for building those bones! 

So, here’s our mum-approved top picks for the best outdoor toys for kids. Take your pick and give your little ones the gift of go...

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Wooden Toys for Safe and Fun Play

July 29, 2013 By Prerna - LTK Play comments
                                    
        

I remember when I discovered wooden toys, like the one they used to make when I was a kid {sigh!}, I was ecstatic. Not only could I finally stop Googling every plastic toy my daughter got to find out whether or not it was BPA-free but I could get a whole bunch of pretend play wooden toys that she could have hours of fun with. Yes, wow!

Here is why I think wooden baby toys are the best sort of kids toys online or offline these days
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Child-directed play and praise: a perfect partnership

June 8, 2012 By Lime Tree Kids Play comments
So much of society today suggests that children as young as 2 or 3 require structured teaching so they ‘adequately’ perform at school and so they can ‘excel’ in life.
If we choose not to have structured teaching and learning for our children at this age, the implications are that we are somehow doing them a disservice.
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