A lot of the toys we select have an educational aspect, from toys that help with simple gross and fine motor skills for young children, through to math games. Some of the items we pick up are specially designed to help children learn specific components of the school curriculum, such as basic reading, and learning to read a clock.
Our range of these specially designed items, grouped under category Learning and Teaching Aid, has grown to a size where sub-categories are needed. See below for some favourites from the three sub-categories that are more specific to the younger age groups.
This is also a good time to try out any Orchard Toys or ThinkFun educational games, as they are currently 10% off until the end of July!
Memory and matching games are important as they help young children improve concentration, train visual memory, increase short-term memory, and increase attention to detail. The games improve children's ability to find similarities and differences in objects, which is a foundation skillset for more formal and higher learning, such as language and mathematics.
These games are predominately geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. We do have a few that would suit older children, like the Memory Palace Cooperative Game which incorporates storytelling and teamwork. There are also memory games with a twist, such as Walk Like A Chicken, which incorporates elements of charade. A simple traditional matching game like Londji Sports Memory Game can also be an evenly matched challenge between primary school aged kids and tired adults!
Telling the time from an analog clock is an important skill in everyday life, although it can be tricky to learn. Learning how to tell time can help kids with their motor and cognitive skills as well as mathematical skills. Analog clocks also help children understand the passage of time because they have hands that are consistently moving.
We first encountered Franjo's Kitchen at a gift trade fair and picked it up because we hadn't seen lactation cookies being sold before ...and because they tasted quite yummy.
Since the lactation biscuits were so yummy, we couldn't resist adding their kid's cookie range, Kinder Biscuits. The best bit, the biscuits are lunchbox friendly! A mini bonus, the packaging box turns into a simple hand puppet.
Just to round off, we also added Kooka's Natural cookies - egg and dairy free biscuits, with no refined sugar. Except for Cacao Macadamia, all the other flavours are nut-free. There's a gluten-free option as well.
If you are in the Rydalmere NSW area, drop by our showroom for a taste test!!
Below are some of the more interesting recent arrivals. Check-out the Latest Products page for more new arrivals.
Miniland Asian Girl 38cm Miniland's 38cm tall Asian Girl, a great double for Meeka from Play School, will be back in stock around of end of July. So, if you are after one, add yourself to the notify list (select 'Notify Me' button) to be advised when it is back in stock.
Book Subscription Our book subscription has expanded to cover toddlers, which means it now covers ages 1 to 5 years. Join up if you would like board books, picture books or a mix of both to be regularly sent to your doorstep; either on an on-going monthly basis or short-term 3 months.