Brilliant Screen-Free Play Ideas for being at Home

Whether you’re looking for some holiday entertainment or having to self isolate this Spring, here’s a little guide full of brilliant, screen-free play ideas to keep everyone busy.

Books

Curled up with a book or ten. Have you noticed that we’ve started to stock an incredible selection of books? There’s something for everyone on the site from birth to adults. Books are an amazing way to lose time, whether getting lost in an author and illustrator’s world of splendid fiction, digging in deep to non-fiction or getting busy with an activity book. There are just so many options. Snuggled up on the sofa, or sat in a tent in the garden, books are the perfect boredom busters.

If you’ve got a more reluctant reader then exploring a book alongside props is a great way to get them engaged. Lots of our small world play toys can be used as story props for your favourite tales.

Love books as much as we do? You’ll love our monthly book club subscription. From birth to 14 years + categories, with options for fiction, non-fiction, activity and Waldorf inspired. An exciting monthly surprise direct to your door. Now that’s something worth waiting in for!

Spring Box

We have some incredible Spring Boxes available right now, with everything you need to get in the Spring mood at home. You can choose what style of box you would like from under 3s, early years, Montessori or Waldorf inspired.

These are the perfect topic boxes to have hours of fun with this Spring. Each box will give you several play ideas to explore with your child.

Jigsaw Puzzles & Games

Does anyone else remember ‘wet playtime’ at school? Well in our school that meant the jigsaws came out, to great excitement from all. The perfect rainy day activity. There are so many skills being developed when children complete jigsaws. Check out this blog post from Usborne on the ways Jigsaws help child development. There’s a huge selection of jigsaw puzzles on the site for all ages.

Have you discovered Orchard Toys yet? We stock a brilliant range of Orchard Toy such as the classic Shopping List, to First Times Tables and Rainbow Unicorns. Fun is at the heart of their range, with a strong emphasis on learning through play. Each game and puzzle has a suggested age range, yet older children get lots of enjoyment out of guiding younger siblings in how to play. A great way for older children to be able to explain concepts such as their mathematical reasoning.

Arts and Crafts

Our selection of arts and craft media, materials and guides are ever increasing with kits available for complete beginners to resources for the experts. Why not try a new craft to pass the time? We have a vast choice of paper mache projects that are suitable for a wide age range, new in are these gorgeous eggs perfect for your creative little ones this Spring. Maybe you fancy having a go at crafting alongside your child and giving crochet, weaving or needle felting a go.

Gardening

As the saying goes, there’s no such things as bad weather, just wrong clothing. If it feels like you’ve been stuck inside then heading outside in your garden can be a welcome relief, especially as Spring is coming along and the weather more mild. If you don’t have a garden then bring the outside in with pots and window boxes.

Children love hands-on, real experiences; especially experiences that allow them to do what they consider ‘adult work’. If they’re at home, getting them involved in household jobs can be really rewarding. Helping out with cooking and baking are very popular, yet exploring the outside and gardening is often high on the list of favourites. We’ve got a lovely selection of child-friendly tools and other gardening resources.

Child sized tools are perfect for little hands and to get them as involved as possible. We’ve also got some lovely little kits such as grow your own carrots and sunflowers to botanist kits. If you are looking for some Spring gardening tools, plants and topical books make sure to check out our Spring Boxes which give you a carefully selected box of Spring time goodies just for your little nature lover.

While out tending to your garden you’re sure to spot some creepy crawlies. We love the new Usborne books Creepy Crawlies and Bug Homes. They’re the perfect companion to find out more about minibeasts. We’ve also got bug pots and explorer kits so you can carefully observe little creatures before returning them to their homes.

Outdoor Play Play Ideas

Our top choices for outdoor play this Spring include this superb little sand and water table that comes with a lid. There are two sections that sit within the table where you could choose to add sand, water, soil or leave empty for small world play or storing your craft supplies. The lid fits securely on to turn the sand and water area into a perfect little picnic table. We’ve also just introduced a range of scrunchable sand and water play tools. Not only does this mean they are light weight, but can be stored easily inside the table.

Budding artists will love this outdoor easel. The painting screen is easily washed so that it can be used over and over again. The ultimate way to explore messy play!

Loose Parts Play Ideas

Loose parts are an incredible open ended play resource. Whether using to make beautiful pictures and mandalas or using them to represent food, coins, magic objects the possibilities really are endless. You can collect natural resources from outside as well as there being wonderful toys made just for loose parts play. We love Grapat loose parts and these natural resources.

Home Gym

Need to burn off a little excess energy? Then balance and rocker boards are ideal. They come in a range of styles, sizes and colours with something everyone will love. Why not add a pillow for the perfect relaxing rock too!

Looking for a little more challenge then put together your own combination of climbing greatness with the stunning range from Sawdust and Rainbows. Supporting development of both fine and gross motor skills through active play.

We’d love to hear what your top recommendations are for staying at home play. Do leave a comment with your play ideas.

If you’re not already a member of our Yes Bebe Babble Group on Facebook, do come and join us. We’re a supportive, growing community who are happy to help out with play ideas and recommendations to keep you entertained through holiday and if you’re having to self isolate.

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Five Facts about Chinese New Year

We present Chinese New Year Facts for you to get in the mood this Spring Festival. New Year is to Chinese what Christmas is to Westerners. It is the biggest festival of the year! Last year we were fortunate enough to be back (home) in China for New Years, but this year we will be here to share it with you. To get in the mood, here are five facts you can share with your children!

1 – Orange Trees and Flowers

Chinese New Year Fruits and Flowers

During Chinese New Year, outside homes, businesses, hotels, everywhere you will see trees of mandarin oranges and potted flowers. Chinese don’t generally decorate with cut flowers, as anything cut represents severing good luck. Instead, live plants and full branches of blossoms are used, with each fruit and flower symbolising different things.

2 – Yuan Bao ( 元宝 )

Yuan Bao

These throwbacks to Imperial China are commonplace in Chinese New Year. They come in all varieties from real gold to imitation. This one pictured actually holds chocolate inside! They are a symbol of prosperity and fortune for the next year.

3 – Happy Birthday! (人日)

Chinese New Year fact number 3 is that on the seventh day of Lunar New Year, everyone grows a year older. Happy Birthday!

4 – The Lion Dance

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Associated with the creature Nian (年), the lion comes out to feast once a year, during the Chinese New Year. Eating crops, livestock and even people, during the lion dance he visits various businesses, housing blocks etc, where they make an offering of food, hung above the doorway. The lion then scatters the leaves and produces a scroll wishing good luck and fortune.

5 – ChunLian ( 春聯 )

couplet, typically seven characters, on two sides of the door frame, whose content is related to spring. Lexical and tonal rules are always adhered, though not strictly, as chunlian is transformed from metrical poems. Sometimes, concurrently, a horizontal scroll with four to five characters is hanged on the crosspiece of the door. Its content is mostly about the beauty of nature, patriotism of China and their earnestness of a splendid future

The concludes our Five Facts about Chinese New Year. Please check out our Chinese New Year section, where we have some fabulous offerings including children’s books and limited edition mice!

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Make your own Pallet Garden

Have you got a spare pallet knocking around? They are easy to get hold of if not…. and what a gorgeous project this is! Just follow the steps below to create your own repurposed Pallet Garden. Thank You so much to the ingenious Hannah at The Chimney House for the inspiration. You can check out her fantastic Blog using the link for Meeting, Making and Munching!

DIY Pallet Garden Front
DIY Pallet Garden Front

1- Find a pallet. They’re all slightly different. Look at their bottoms or underneath. This is the side you will have facing you to plant into. I chose ones with just four slats as I wanted a bit more space between each slat for the plants. Also, if you’re having a few side by side, check the ‘colours’ and fading of the wood match. I found one was very grey and one was a warm yellow, so searched though our pile until I had two similar in colour.

2- Turn them, so the underneath is facing you and slats are horizontal. Now you have two choices! You can either back the whole lot, fill with compost whilst lying on the floor, plant whilst it’s flat, then stand and secure to wall OR stand against wall (preferably a garden wall. If it’s against the wall of your house you must leave a gap and put a watertight membrane against the back of the pallet you so don’t end up getting damp! ) secure to wall, put in little compost holders and fill with plants.

DIY Pallet Garden
DIY Pallet Garden

A)
If you chose the backing and planting whilst flat, here’s what to do next…

Back (as in, cover the top/front, since the underneath is now your front) the pallet with a strong weed-stop membrane. I use a staple gun…not a craft one but a more substantial DIY one. You might also want to cover the sides to create an enclosed space. If you’re putting against a house wall I suggest you google how best to back it.

Fill all areas with compost.

Choose your plants…depending on the size of your pallet and your gaps, you’re looking for 2/3 per slat space/area. Choose a range to suit you. I have three types of fern forwards the bottom, a few herbs in amongst, a few pretty little flowers, some sedums that grow tall, some that will trail, and some taller plants (erysimum, wallflowers) for the top to make it pretty!

Plant as usual where you fancy. Shady, water loving plants towards the base.

Water and wait until all soaked in.

Raise pallet, leave a gap of 2/3 inches between the base of the pallet and the wall and lean gently!

I would definitely suggest securing the top of the pallet to the wall. I was lucky, there were already several screws in the wall and the perfect height. I used garden wire, wrapped around a top slat, round the screw, onto the next screw and back around the top slat of the next pallet.

Stand back and admire your new garden!

DIY Pallet Garden #1
DIY Pallet Garden #1

B…
If you chose the lean up and plant when in place option, here’s what to do next…

If you’re putting it up against a house wall I suggest you google how best to back it. You’ll need something like a waterproof membrane to put over the back of the pallet to prevent damp. But please do look it up properly. I use a staple gun…not a craft one but a more substantial DIY one.

Raise pallet, leave a gap of 2/3 inches between the base of the pallet and the wall.

I would definitely suggest securing the top of the pallet to the wall. I was lucky, there were already several screws in the wall and the perfect height. I used garden wire, wrapped around a top slat, round the screw, onto the next screw and back around the top slat of the next pallet.

Now you need little pouches for the compost and plants to sit in. I was lucky…each half (left or right side) was just the right length to use the bottom of a bag for life! Flatten the plastic bag, run a pair of scissors along about 3/4 inches up (leave it taller if you’re not sure, you can always cut down to size when you’ve tried it out) to cut the bottoms pouch section off. This will then sit inside each section and you use your staple gun to secure in place. I began with one staple in the middle at the back, then each end, then secured over the front lip of the slat at each end. It takes a little while.

If you don’t want to use plastic, weed netting or similar will be fine but you need something the water will drown through.

Stab holes with a pair of scissors through the bottoms of all the plastic pouches.

Fill each little pouch with compost but leave them shallow enough to top up with plants.

Choose your plants…depending on the size of your pallet and your gaps, you’re looking for 2/3 per slat space/area. Choose a range to suit you. I have three types of fern forwards the bottom, a few herbs in amongst, a few pretty little flowers, some sedums that grow tall, some that will trail, and some taller plants (erysimum, wallflowers) for the top to make it pretty!

Plant as usual where you fancy. Shady, water loving plants towards the base.

Water.

Stand back and admire your new garden!

DIY Pallet Gsrden #2
DIY Pallet Garden #2

Hope that helps everyone. I sort of made it up as I went along. If I did it again, I

think I’d go for the complete fill with compost and then lean up approach rather than the shallow ‘beds’…thinking it through, it would mean each plant has lots of space and growing room. What I might do as they grow is top up each section

with compost so it goes to the ‘top’ of each slat. I may even, at some point, take them down and redo if I find the plants aren’t growing strongly. But bear in mind, they’ll be a lot heavier if completely filled. I’ve also seen people used them as shallow raised beds laying flat!

DIY Pallet Garden Side
DIY Pallet Garden Side

Why not have a go yourself? We would LOVE to see your creations in our Facebook group Yes Bebe Babble! It’s a fantastic, friendly community full of ideas and inspiration like this!

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Little Bear’s Spring

Little Bear has just woken up from his long winter sleep. But when he pokes his head out of the den, the world around him is vast, white and silent. The only thing he sees is a smooth little stone, just as alone in the snowy wilderness as he is. He nestles it in tight to his fur and off they go in search of friends. Let’s explore this Story Sack……

Little Bear's Spring Cover and Characters
Little Bear’s Spring Cover and Characters

Little Bear's Spring Wolves and Wolf Figure
Little Bear’s Spring Wolves and Wolf Figure

Little Bear and Chick
Little Bear and Chick

Little Bear's Spring Rabbits and Rabbit Figures
Little Bear’s Spring Rabbits and Rabbit Figures

Little Bear’s Spring is a lyrical story about friendship, with a gentle introduction to spring and what happens to the natural world when the seasons change. Written by star picture book author Elli Woollard and illustrated by Briony May Smith, whose artwork brings a sun-dappled springtime landscape to life with breathtaking beauty.

Create this Story Sack:

Little Bear’s Spring

Little Bear

Wolf

Chick

Rabbit (ears down)

Rabbit (ears up)

 

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Raspberry Republic

These clothes are just pure JOY. Colour co-ordinate, clash, mix and match, Raspberry Republic looks great whatever way it’s worn.

Papaya Power and Ignacio the Iguana
Raspberry Republic – Papaya Power and Ignacio the Iguana Red

Samba de Janeiro and Ignacio the Iguana Orange and Brown
Raspberry Republic – Samba de Janeiro and Ignacio the Iguana Red and Brown

Papaya Power Dress and Trousers, Ignaacio the Iguana Orange T Shirt and Brown Baggy Pants with Samba de Janeiro T Shirt
Raspberry Republic – Papaya Power Dress and Trousers, Ignaacio the Iguana Red T Shirt and Brown Baggy Pants with Samba de Janeiro T Shirt

Ignacio the Iguana Orange
Raspberry Republic – Ignacio the Iguana Red

Ignacio the Orange T Shirt and Brown Baggy Pants
Raspberry Republic – Ignacio the Iguana Red T Shirt and Brown Baggy Pants

Papaya Power Sleepsuit and Bonnet
Raspberry Repunlic – Papaya Power Sleepsuit and Bonnet

Papaya Power – Leggings

Papaya Power – Dress

Papaya Power – Sleepsuit

Papaya Power – Bonnet

Samba de Janeiro – T Shirt

Ignacio the Iguana (Red) – T Shirt

Ignacio the Iguana (Brown) – Baggy Pants

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Kite – Happy Me

The Happy Me Collection was always going to be a complete stand out. It combines unicorns, rainbows, suns and other nature inspired motifs in a colour palette that shouts SPRING. Kite do what they do best, creating clothes which can be mixed and matched without losing their impact.

The classic Kite dress design shines in this print. Made from 95% organic cotton with a smidgen of elastane for that comfortable stretch it features a shoulder opening fastened with coconut buttons. The dress is perfect for an occasion but equally dressed down for everyday wear,  it is paired here with Kite Flower Tights.

Kite Happy Me Dress
Kite Happy Me Dress

Happy Me Dress, Flower Tights and Dandy Ditsy Bowband
Happy Me Dress, Flower Tights and Dandy Ditsy Bowband

The print translates beautifully onto the leggings also, available in standard and ‘mini’ so even the smallest among us can join in the Spring Happy. The Happy Me T Shirt in Blue is  a joy, as is the Unicorn on Coral Pink.

Happy Me Leggings and T Shirt
Happy Me Leggings and T Shirt

Unicorn T Shirt
Unicorn T Shirt

Kite Happy Me – Dress

Kite Dandy Ditsy – Bowband

Kite Flower – Tights

Kite Happy Me – Leggings

Kite Happy Me – Mini Leggings

Kite Happy Me – T Shirt

Kite Unicorn T Shirt

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Piccalilly Mustard Long Sleeved Top – The Season Staple

This top is nothing short of an essential. Piccalilly do this so well, an item which pairs with so many other items flawlessly. Check out these gorgeous, vibrant looks perfect for Spring 2019.

Piccalilly Alpaca Dress and Mustard Stripe Top
Piccalilly Alpaca and Mustard Stripe Top

Piccalilly Dragons and Mustard Stripe Top
Piccalilly Dragons and Mustard Stripe Top

Piccalilly Mustard Stripe Top & Maxomorra Strawberries
Piccalilly Mustard Stripe Top & Maxomorra Raspberry Leggings

Piccalilly Tiger Dress, Mustard Stripe Top and Blue & White Stripe Tights
Piccalilly Hello Tiger Dress, Mustard Stripe Top and Blue & White Stripe Tights

THE Mustard Stripe Top

Alpaca Dress

Dragon Trousers

Raspberry Leggings

Hello Tiger Dress

Blue Stripe Tights

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Piccalilly Alpaca

Alpaca! These cute and fluffy South American camelids are up there with their cousins the Llama for being everyone’s favourite fashionable friend right now.

Piccalilly Spring/Summer 2019 is right on the money with their collection so your little one can wear Alpacas in a variety of ways.

Alpaca Dress
The dress

The simple lines of this stunning summer dress create a loose, comfortable and cool outfit on it’s own. Made from organic cotton jersey this piece features the holy grail in dresses…..pockets! Two pockets for your little ones to collect treasures in while they play. Don’t forget to check them before you wash though! As always Piccallily create clothes to the highest standards, not just in ethics but quality too, so that machine washing keeps them vibrant.

The sleeveless nature of the dress is asking to be paired with a top underneath in cooler weather. We think the Ghita Blouse by Alba in the Seaport Mini Hearts colourway fits the bill perfectly. It picks up on the blues and pinks and with light rose lace details around the neck and raglan sleeves it’s a really versatile, comfortable blouse.

Piccalilly Alpaca Dress with Alba Ghita Blouse
Piccalilly Alpaca Dress with Alba Ghita Blouse

And in a third look, dress down and pick up the yellow of the Alpaca nose by adding this Mustard Stripe. From the same Piccalilly collection the colour match is perfect. It works so well as a wardrobe staple, pretty much a must have! (It’s such a staple in fact see more looks you can create with it here.)

Piccalilly Alpaca Dress and Mustard Stripe Top
Piccalilly Alpaca and Mustard Stripe Look

So that’s the dress….. but have you seen the skort? Yes you read that right! For all your little one’s cartwheeling needs! The integral shorts underneath are in a contrasting blue stripe and the waistband is fully elasticated. Quirky, cute and completely practical: a Spring/Summer essential. It’s hard to resist the matching T Shirt right? Our fluffy friend sits pride of place in beautiful applique and the short fluttery sleeves are a lovely additional feature. Handy hint- up to and including Age 2-3 have poppered shoulders, getting those wriggly little things dressed can be quite the challenge!

Alpaca Piccalilly Set
Alpaca Piccalilly Set

If dresses and skirts (even with hidden shorts!) aren’t your thing may we present the equally adorable Dungarees and Leggings. As with the whole range in this print they lend themselves perfectly to playing ‘Matchy Matchy’! And let’s face it who can resist that for cuteness and an excuse for double Alpaca! The leggings are paired here with the Alba Habian Hood Blouse in Beeswax colourway, a great combination to highlight the yellow in the Alpaca print. (Penguin is model’s own!)

Alpaca Twins
Piccalilly Alpaca

Browse the whole range here. We LOVE to see your little ones in their beautiful Yes Bebe clothing so please do share with us in our Facebook group or tag us on Facebook or Instagram.

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Children’s Christmas for £50

Children’s Christmas for £50

Okay, so I wrote a post about the things I would love to buy my daughter following ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read’ in the future. I loved picking out all the beautiful dream gifts.

The thing is: we are broke. So broke! I chose to be a stay at home parent, and I wasn’t even good with money when we did have it.

Something I love about Yes Bebe is that there really are lots of great choices for any budget. So I thought I would redo my list with a more realistic £50 budget (I’m including the 10% discount shared on the Facebook group. Also I went over budget a little bit. Did I mention that I’m bad with money?). I’m still completely stoked about these choices!

1 Years Old:

£50 budget want need wear read

WANT: Lanka Kade small rainbow ark and characters – £34.95. Are you kidding me? What an absolute steal. So bright and lovely and full of animals for a little person to explore for years to come

NEED: Grimms small rainbow – £11.95. My daughter has had this since she was under a year old and it has always drawn her attention, from persistently dismantling it as a baby to looking at the colours and making simple arrangements with it now that she is 19 months. Personally, I prefer this to the six piece as I think the thinner wood handles more nicely (NB the packaging warns this is a choking hazard for under 3s)

WEAR: VillerValla anti slip socks – £4.95. Cute little sockos with anti slip to help with first wibbly walking

READ: Snow – £3.99. Whether there is or isn’t snow at Christmas, we can talk all about it together

TOTAL – £55.84 – Less 10% = £50.26

Two Years Old:

£50 budget want need wear read

WANT: BigJigs Carpenter’s Belt – £15.49. What baby wouldn’t love to run amok with a tiny hammer? And a tool belt to wear. I love everything about this. The little nuts and bolts are a great way to perfect a fine motor screwing action as well

NEED: Tegu Travel Pals Kitty – £15.30. Great to take out and about and keep little hands busy, as well as starting to understand how magnets work

WEAR: Smafolk mittens – £19.96. To keep her little hands cosy and cute

READ: Rosa rides her scooter – £4.99. A fun book to look at together and start to talk about road safety

TOTAL: £55.74 – Less 10% = £50.17

Three Years Old:

£50 budget want need wear read

WANT: Janod Doctor’s Suitcase – £26.80. So much fun for role play, as well as building empathy. The bag looks so beautifully made as well.

NEED: Smallfoot Wobbly Tower – £3.49. A lovely travel pack which can also work on turn taking and balance skills

WEAR: Maxomorra playsuit sunflower – £18.90. These playsuits are so beautiful. Getting one in Sunflowers in a year is clearly a pipe dream, but this is a wish list after all

READ: Cook it! – £4.99. A sweet book full of details about cooking, which will be a lovely way to embed information, as in the heat of the kitchen she’s usually too distracted by pinging the empty toaster rack down

TOTAL: £54.18 – Less 10% = £48.76

(I’m assuming the discount can still be applied to imaginary Maxomorra)

Four Years Old:

£50 budget want need wear read

WANT: Grapat Tomtens – £31.90. This is such a gorgeous set. Grapat is so wonderfully made and there is a little bit of everything here, from cute characters to little trees, mushrooms, coins, fire and honeycombs, which makes it really versatile for creative play

NEED: Okonorm watercolour paint – £6.12. A sweet little palette for a budding artist to practise with

WEAR: Maxomorra unicorn dreams tube scarf – £9.90. A beautiful and hassle free scarf for keeping the chill out

READ: Dinosaurs – £5.99. A perfect amount of detail about each dinosaur along with cool pictures

TOTAL – £53.91 – Less 10% = £48.52

Five Years Old:

£50 budget want need wear read

WANT: Ambrosius mermaid doll – £14.95. What a sweet, magical little friend to carry around and confide in

NEED: Orchard Toys What a Performance! £15.95. Christmas family fun which builds on so many creative skills

WEAR: Little Green Radicals sherpa hat – £18.00. Adorable, snuggly goodness

READ: The Emperor’s New Clothes – £5.99. An important message to discuss in this story, and the flaps to lift will add extra interest

TOTAL: £54.89 – Less 10% = £49.40

Six Years Old:

£50 budget want need wear read

WANT: Haba Terra Carving set: £26.52. How cool is this? I can set her to work whittling us a fleet of toy animals, look out for our store (launching 2022)!

NEED: BambooCUP for kids – £11.95. Her own special cup for drinks on the go

WEAR: Slugs & Snails tights – £12.99. Aren’t these adorable? They will look amazing with big warm boots too

READ: Never Ever – £5.99. A lovely reminder that life can be more exciting than it seems

TOTAL: £57.45 – Less 10% = £51.70. Close enough!

 

How about you? Do you have any budget superhero present picks to share? How else do you save money at Christmas? Any tips gratefully received!

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Dreaming of a Yes Bebe Christmas…

I’ve done a lot of Christmas shopping already – from Yes Bebe – of stocking fillers and odds and ends that will add up to make Christmas for my three boys. We don’t buy them individual presents, as they have ample grandparents  (two sets on each side), aunts and uncles (I have 6 siblings) who buy for them as indivuduals. We look to get greater value by buying toys that can be used in different ways at different developmental stages and won’t be outgrown soon, meaning we can continue to build on our collection year-on-year instead of simply replacing outgrown toys. This means lots of lovely open-ended wooden toys – rainbows and building blocks and animals – oh my!

Being Pagan, we begin our Yuletide celebrations on solstice morning, and celebrate 12 days of Yule. To celebrate the solstice we will bring greenery into the house – holly and ivy to represent the male and female and misteltoe for fertility, the evergreen tree to represent the new life of the coming Spring – and make a wreath to represent the cyclical nature of the year.

On solstice morning the children wake up to a gift, with a further small gift to follow on each of the 12 days of Yule, including something larger and a small stocking on the 25th to tie in with Christmas tradition. Last year I set up a story sack for each day; this year I am hoping to begin Yule with a stone circle scene with Ocamora teniques and Ambrosius fairies, with a Grimms fire in the centre, then something like hang a wrapped Holztiger animal for the 5 year olds and a Lanka Kade toy for the 18 month old on the tree to open each morning. I also have a few story sacks planned – I’ll write another post about those!

lanka kade jigsaw christmas

I hope to give them each a beautiful Lanka Kade jigsaw:

Coby: Lanka Kade 1-10 dinosaur jigsaw

Conall: Lanka Kade a-z dragon jigsaw

Harris: Lanka Kade 1-25 crocodile jigsaw

IF we did advent, I would have bought one of these 25 piece jigsaws for each of the twins and given them a numbered piece each morning, with the final piece on the 25th.

My Dream Yuletide

There are so many goodies on the Yes Bebe website that I would love to bundle together for the kids. If I were to somehow come into some extra cash between now and December, here’s what I would buy:

For the 18 month old…

dream christmas 18 month old

We have so many lovely toy cars which Coby loves to push around the house. I would love to extend this play with:

Way to Play King of the Road – or in fact, any of the Way to Play roads.

A Grimms Bridge – natural or rainbow… or both…

The Lubulona Lubu Town Winterberg Maxi would be ideal for building cityscapes (recommended for 3+ years but how gorgeous???). Alternatively, some Grapat houses and Nins would work to build a townscape.

Grimms 6 coloured cars – I know I said we have plenty of cars, but come on!

For 5 year old twin: Conall

dream christmas 5 years old

Conall loves all things fantasy: castles, dragons, knights, fairies, wizards and witches… He also LOVES building with blocks.

Hape medieval quest marble run – its a castle AND a marble run!

Ostheimer Dragon and Cave – he would tell me so many stories about this…

Conall is also austistic and has certain sensory needs. He loves our Creatimber but often has to fight his brothers for it. I’d love to buy him his own Spectra Swing to rock on. I would also love to buy him a Magic Wood Marble Tree as I believe the sound would soothe him.

For 5 year old twin: Harris

dream christmas 5 year old

Harris is currently viking and monster obsessed, and enjoys drawing. He is also showing a genuine interest in numbers.

Magic wood viking boat and vikings would be an obvious place to start!

Although not on his radar, I’d love to buy Harris some TicToys Binabo as I think he will love the creativity of this!

And as he loves to draw, I think these gorgeous Crayon Rocks might spark his imagination…

Sumblox have been on my list for ages, but as Harris is actually interested now I finally have an excuse to invest!

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