It can be so difficult to find ideal playthings for children that are age appropriate and beautiful - truly standout. There's plenty of the more common stuff out there, but I really strive to find fabulous toys that my kids will love and return to, not just in early childhood, but those that they will continue to enjoy as they grow and revisit with great memories too, even in adulthood.
It's a big ask I know, but I also know that these gorgeous toys (they typically come with an almost 'heritage feel') are out there and they're worth seeking.
Can you remember a favourite toy from your own childhood? I think just about everyone can. My own was a little red plastic phone which I coveted until my first child obliterated it! I was devastated at the time, but hey, I still have those memories and photos to bring back the joy. (Plus that phone became a memory in my own daughter's childhood too, which is also special - even to me.)
Sweet Elephants, I am happy to report, is one such specialist online children's store where you can find these delightful, high-regard items that will stay with your kids in one way or another, for a lifetime.
Sweet Elephants is a family owned business which fills a very special niche - one that captures the magic of childhood.
Conceived by a mum of three kids under the age of two, Krystal found herself homebound and struggling to find the perfect nursery additions to make her children's lives that little bit more special and so created a business to fulfil her desire. In doing so, Sweet Elephants has captured the desires of so many parents and children alike.
A browse through the Sweet Elephants online store is quite a breathtaking experience! There's everything from nursery décor to wooden toys, baby care and exquisite gifts to discover. For a while there, I wanted so much to be little again and own a piece of everything!
Then the next best thing happened: My youngest children were lucky enough to be invited to try out a few of the delightful Sweet Elephants range and outright I'll confess, choosing exactly what to review here from their store was a tough job! It's all so beautiful, but I thought that this gorgeous Kiko Toys Machi London set was really the perfect embodiment of the Sweet Elephants story: It's unusual, educational, unique and truly stunning.
We've a bit of a thing for England in this family. We're huge Harry Potter and Doctor Who fans for one thing and the television in our home seems to be permanently broadcasting BBC programs. Not surprisingly, my kids are very acquainted with all things London and this little English wooden city of London play set instantly appealed.
Isn't it stunning!
The play set comprises of five quality wooden, London landmarks: Big Ben, the London Eye, the British Museum, an iconic red double-decker bus and a regal-looking black London cab. Many of the toys are magnetised so that they stay together but can be rearranged in any preferred format for creative play.
There's moving parts too. As you expect, the little vehicles roll about the town and the London Eye spins just like the real thing for imaginary visitors to enjoy your child's unique and changing city landscape.
The Kiko Toys Machi London Play Set comes with the wonderful addition of a two part, light-weight blackboard base and chalk (charmingly wrapped in a Union Jack! inside a black velvet pouch) so that your little architects can perform some town planning of their own.
Kids can configure the board in any formation they wish, the only limit being their imagination.
|The British Museum|
|Spinning London Eye|
|All aboard the double decker, next stop Big Ben!|
|A two-part magnetised Big Ben helps to prevent little people from becoming frustrated with tumbling blocks |
and provides yet more scope for creative play.
Discover history, architecture, mapping, fine motor skills, shapes, gravity and other cultures via this delightful toy.
The Kiko Toys Machi London play set retails for $49.99 on the Sweet Elephants website. The sets are also available in Machi Paris and Machi Tiny Town.
If you are travelling to Europe, this would be an ideal way to educate your child on the places they'll see or help to keep the memories alive of places they've visited. This is a compact set and can pack small so it would also travel well should you wish to take it along in your bag.
The Machi London play set has been an instant hit in our home and mum can't stop wanting to play with it too! (With dreams of visiting the real deal one day.)
Another item we received from Sweet Elephants, was this great Easy Read Time Teacher watch for kids. This wristwatch makes telling the time a cinch for children dealing with the difficult concepts inherent in learning to tell the time.
Using a simple colour-coded and fully itemised clock-face, the Easy Read Time Teacher watch makes understanding the hours, minutes and seconds of the task so much easier.
The Easy Read Time Teacher watch retails for $36.95 and is available in two styles at Sweet Elephants.
With the arrival of spring, it's time to break out the bubble fun and our final product we were sent to share is the very exciting MothersCorn Eco-Friendly Touchable Stackable Bubbles.
Now I haven't actually revealed these to the kids as yet - I am saving the fun for a very special moment, but I am bursting with excitement about the big reveal (plus trying them out myself!).
Bubbles are a big deal in every childhood. These ones come with the environment in mind and the health of kids. Not only is the bubble blower itself BPA free, but the mixture is cellulose from trees and it fully complies with Australian Standards for toys! No nasty chemicals.
|Image courtesy of Sweet Elephants|
We absolutely adore the stock available at Sweet Elephants and strongly encourage you to take a look at their online store. With the coming of Christmas, this would be an ideal place to shop for gifts with a difference for children!
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