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A new release puzzle. Introducing Narrow to Wide Puzzle! July 31 2014

Having fallen in love with the Qtoys Short to Tall Puzzle I have been eagerly awaiting the new Narrow to Wide Puzzle. It's now here and I thought I would use this occasion to talk to Cathy from Qtoys about this puzzle and what it is about her company that makes it so special.  Cathy, as you may know we started stocking your puzzles and blocks when we opened in...

Heavy and Light - Learning about Weight June 13 2014

There are a lot of materials we can have around the home to allow children to explore concepts such as size, weight, volume and length. Measuring tapes, rulers, measuring cups and jugs and scales.  We have been using these really simple Bucket Balance with Otis. At three these are ideal for pretend play and exploring natural items.  It has allowed us to explore concepts such as 'more', 'less', 'heavy', 'light',...

Sunday Giveaway - Montessori Starter Kit May 25 2014

Looking for some fresh ideas and terrific value for money? Last week I introduced Montessori Starter Kits to the shop and it has been so much fun.  I entertained the thought of developing a standard Starter Kit however I came to the realisation that as much as possible the pack need to be personalised to the child, to the family.  Montessori Starter Kits retail at $100.00, they ship for free...

Sunday Giveaway - Crinkle Cutter with Black Handle May 11 2014

This week for our giveaway I was thinking of a basic item. Something that most children can use. An everyday item. Something for the kitchen. Crinkle Cutters are so popular with Montessori families because they allow a very young child to participate in food preparation. I have seen toddlers delighted once they've realised that they have cut the fruit!      I always have my children use the crinkle cutters...

Sunday Giveaway - Sorting Tray April 27 2014

Colour sorting is a bit too easy for Otis. He does it easily and quickly. Although he is still not 100% correct with the names of colours. Above are the little discs that come with the sorting tray. Please note because of their size these discs are not suitable for children under the age of three and even for a three year old I would only use them supervised.  There...

Preparing Banana Snack for Friends April 23 2014

Having friends over? Why not serve a snack that your toddler can prepare independently. They will achieve a sense of pride and use lots of fine motor skills.   Otis uses the Spreader/First Knife and Small Cutting Board. He uses cocktail picks for his guests to pick up and eat the banana from.   Banana snack - could not be easier!

New arrivals! Small Wooden Tray, Wooden Sorting Tray and Posting Box. April 08 2014

New arrivals!! All preorders will be shipped tomorrow morning. Sorting Tray - Wooden.  Fantastic and so, so useful Small Wooden Tray - with Handles.  Our Posting Box (with drawer and knit ball) from our Infant Materials range. 

How we use the Geoboard at home April 05 2014

One of the reasons I love the Geoboard is because both of my children want to use it. Otis (3) loves to play, stretching the rubber bands. Caspar (6) takes things a little further, learning shapes and space, using dot paper and being creative.  A Geoboard is a math manipulative used to support early learning in geometric, measurement and numeracy concepts.  Geoboards support mathematical thinking thorough exploration. Otis uses his...

Coming Soon - Wire and Harvest Baskets April 04 2014

I love baskets and they are really the most practical items for our shelves, cupboards and play spaces! These wire and harvest baskets are great for so many purposes - wardrobe, bathroom, play space, clothes, play silks, blocks, Schleich animals, books, so many other toys.  I've only ordered them in small quantities, each in small, medium and large and each basket will be sold separately. It's exciting for the future...

Montessori Egg and Cup April 02 2014

We have Egg and Cup sets in stock!! Yay, this is one material I've been trying to source since the shop opened! Why is something so simple is so hard to find in Australia? It beats me why our toy stores are overflowing with chaotic, over-stylised, over-stimulating, over-priced plastic toys. The Egg and Cup set is well priced, made from natural materials and when used appropriately it's highly valuable developmentally. ...

Waldorf pencils? March 26 2014

Both of my children have used the Lyra Ferby pencils and Caspar (six -years) has the Super Ferby pencils at home and they are also the pencils we've chosen for his pencil case at school. (The Lyra Ferby are shorter and recommended for younger children, the Super Ferby are longer and therefore recommended for older children).  Lyra pencils have a great, uncompromising reputation. They are naturally un-lacquered and have a highly pigmented...

Spreading. July 25 2013

Often it's easiest to prepare a snack and give it to the child - less mess and it's usually quicker. However spreading can be an important activity on it's own. Think developing coordination, building concentration and strength in the hands and fingers, life skills and learning about foods.  . A hard cracker or rice cake is easier than soft bread when the child is first learning how to spread. Something...
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