How to Make Toy Horse Reins (Children’s toy)

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How to make Toy Horse Reins using fingerknitting and a piece of handmade felt!   Over the years, the horse reins from felt and fingerknitting have proved to be a big favourite with children and adults alike.  They are super simple, yet really effective, and are often the first ‘toy’ that a mother makes for her child with her own hand.  It…

GoldieBlox Video Showing Girls Creativity and Smarts

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goldieblox video showing girls creativity

The 9th Day of Christmas Video Fun on PFE I love this GoldieBlox video showing girls creativity and super smarts!   I saw this very clever advertising video a few months back, and fell in love. How fabulous it is to see young girls doing something more than playing with Barbie, or dressing up as a princess. Not that there…

Wooden Playscape Designs at Folkwood by Sandy

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Wooden Playscape Designs at Folkwood   A little while ago, I literally stumbled across the most gorgeous shop on Madeit called Folkwood. I have been bubbling with excitement to share this shop with you in the lead-up to Christmas. You will LOVE this. I just know it.   Folkwood is the work of Sandy, Mama to 3 grown boys, and Nana…

Carla De Jong Toys

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Carla De Jong Toys Let me introduce you to Carla De Jong. Carla makes the most delightful timber toys and dolls. I like them because she comes up with some really quirky, fun ideas. I particularly like this fire truck. But I’m partial to the wooden mobile phone I saw on her craft stand too. Yes. My iphone is my…

10 eco-friendly ways to ‘green’ your children’s toybox

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Thankfully, the momentum of ‘green’ is gaining pace. We are finally realising that Mother Earth can no longer be treated like Cinderella, left to sweep up the cinders in the basement of the home but instead must be cared for like the fragile glass slipper she wore.  Thank goodness for companies reducing their carbon footprint through sustainable practices, airlines that…

Amber Greene’s Toy Suggestions on Shop 4 Kids Magazine, Australia

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A few weeks ago, I was asked to contribute to a Toy Feature for the newest issue of Shop 4 Kids. The issue is out now! I have given my suggestions for toys that spark children’s creativity (of course!) but also toys and books that can help children to develop problem solving skills, independence, patience, work in a team, find balance…

Steiner Wooden Play Stand Toys for Imaginative Play, and Handmade fairy wings made by Dave and Sharon Denning

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Steiner Wooden Play Stand Toys Today, I’d like to introduce you to a local business run by my friend, Sharon and her husband Dave.    Sharon and Dave make delightful Steiner wooden play stands for children, often seen in Waldorf kindergartens. Children can use playstands in all kinds of play- to make cubbies, shop windows, walls for ‘homes’ or ‘home…

Wooden Meccano Set

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How cool is this? My friend Sandra was given this by a friend and the children in her family day care LOVE it! I think some of the older Moondew children would too. Anyone know where to get hold of one???

Where to buy eco-friendly, timber or handmade toys for children

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In 2006, I was lucky enough to purchase the most glorious wee felt folk in a seedpod shaped hanging bag from a business called The Friendship Tree Started by two sisters, Kim and Donna, in Melbourne many years ago, their work is divine and has inspired many a toadstool house, I’m sure! The girls have a broad range of wooden…