There's something about having a baby that makes you go all natural isn't there?
We want to eat natural foods when we're expecting, experience natural births and swathe our new babies in natural fibres when they're placed in our arms. We want to feed them naturally and surround them in only the very best of things. (Like those that only nature can provide.)
We even want our child to play with natural toys.
Can there be such a thing as a natural toy?
Yes I say!
Some of my favourite things I played with as a child were made of natural fibres and materials. I loved wooden blocks, ragdolls and teddies, hand knitted playthings and rustic styled toys that invited me to use my imagination. This love of these type of toys is not unique to me; most people will have fond childhood memories of these types of playthings. (And even have a few treasured relics fitting this description tucked away as keepsakes.)
When Finlee & Me invited me to review their products, I naturally (pardon the pun), opted-in having little idea about the company other than the fact that they were an online retailer. When a package arrived however, containing the loveliest set of children's playthings I'd seen in ages, I was instantly hooked and keen to know more! My two little play testers were quickly mesmerised too!
It turns out Finlee & Me are not your average retailer but a stockist of beautiful children's and Mums gear!
Their range specialises in toys that are both educational and gorgeous. Theirs are the type of playthings that fit the bill for 'natural' and I have to say they look beautiful in the nursery too.
Here are just some of the sweet items we were sent to play with.
Where to begin with such a gorgeous collection of new stuff? Gather around kiddos!
How about the Playon Crayons? I secretly have a thing about these! I first came across them at playgroup with child number 3. I think these are brilliant! I remember them being set up at a table at playgroup and long after my child (and everybody else's) had wandered away, I was still there scribbling away - much to the amusement of the other Mums! It has just occurred to me that maybe the kids left because it was possibly creepy of me to be enjoying them so much!
These are lovely little crayons perfectly shaped for small hands. Since children are unable to grasp writing tools with the finesse of an adult, these allow your baby's inner artist to shine without frustration.
The crayons are designed with a bulb end for 'clutching' so they can scribble with ease. The crayons can also interlock for building coloured towers. Little holes in their centre mean children can wear several crayons on their hand at once and produce some interesting artwork.
I love how these are packaged in a beautiful plain brown box too. The product itself is the appeal here! The Playon Crayons come in sets of 12 colours and are non-toxic so entirely safe for tiny ones.
These little beauties retail for $12.95. Did I mention they smell sensational too? (Takes me back to prep in the '70's - waxy goodness!)
For children of all ages there's these gorgeous 52 Nature Activities cards. This stunning little deck of cards offers 52 ideas for outdoor play. Perfect for carrying in your pocket or handbag as a backup for when the kids need some outdoor inspiration. There's lots of outdoor fun ideas here to get the kids away from you and hunting for all sorts of excitements in the park or backyard. Retails for $12.95.
One of our favourites from our parcel is this brilliant box of flash cards and building blocks by Hungry Little Minds. The A-Z Flash Cards & Wooden Blocks set is priced at $49.95. This beautiful box of building items is both compact and entertaining. Blocks are a big deal at our place and these have proven super-popular.
The alphabet flash cards are all building-themed and provide loads of inspiration to create constructions using the cards and blocks as building materials. There are 36 blocks made from European beech wood which smell divine. (What is it with me and smells?!) Naturally, these are perfect for little builders of all ages. (Mum likes these especially!) I think these would be a great little set to pack for travel too. There's loads of entertainment to be had with these.
Finlee & Me is a place to shop for toys, babies and Mummy products with a difference. They only stock products that are both educational and beautiful. Their items are a stunning mix of well-crafted, unique and natural, all carefully selected. From fairy doors (always wanted one!) to pram and nursing covers, your baby, child and Motherhood needs are all on the one stunning site. I will be heading there next time I need a very special gift.
Childhood goes so fast. I want to make sure my memories of my children's playtimes, and theirs, are pretty ones! There's plenty of prettiness on offer, on Finlee & Me's gorgeous website.
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