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Learning through Grandchildren.

Welcome to my Website Posted on Wed, October 21, 2020 16:42:03

Choosing toys for my toyshop is always difficult, but just recently I have been able to watch how my two granddaughters play (albeit over zoom and FaceTime), In fact I am learning quite a lot about children’s development whilst I’m having fun.

They are both over 12 months now and they have changed enormously over that time, the first few months soft toys, rattles, colours and sounds were very important, but now they are more into building, stacking, problem solving and role play already.

So I have found that my decisions about choosing toys are actually based on the children’s natural development , which takes a lot of the hard work away from me..

I try to buy toys that are fun and have longevity, all the baby toys can continue to be played with ie: the knitted dinosaurs are fabulous at any age, the natural rubber toys are great for teething and for playing with at bath time, the rag dolls are friends for life and the wooden toys can be handed down to siblings and passed on to others, after they’ve had plenty of play.

Sustainable toys, sensory toys and most of all play time toys, but these toys also have an added value because they look lovely too, toys to be on display rather than hidden in a toy box.

Take care and have fun playing.

The Care of Wooden Toys

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, June 01, 2020 15:49:14

Firstly, may I just say that I hope everyone is surviving as best they can in these very unprecedented times, I find that it helps me to be busy so I have been revamping my website and sorting out all of those jobs that have been on the to do list for ages.

I have been asked several times what is the best way to clean wooden toys, and luckily for me one of my toy manufacturers has just written about this very subject.

Untreated wooden toys should never be soaked in water (in the bath, or sink or dishwasher or steriliser) as they have been untreated they will absorb the moisture.

A clean cloth and some vinegar in water / baking soda or an environmentally friendly detergent and simply wipe the toys over and dry off with a towel or simply leave them in the fresh air to completely dry. If you have a particularly stubborn stain you can take a piece of fine sandpaper and sand the mark off gently.

For Wooden toys that have been treated either with a varnish or paint they can withstand being in water a little longer as long as the coating is intact. They too should be wiped down with water with a dash of vinegar added or baking soda and dried in the same way as above.

A study in The American State University of Georgie from 2016* concluded that viruses have a much shorter lifespan on wood rather than plastic because wood is porous and it draws out the moisture needed for the germs to survive on, wood also contains naturally antibacterial substances called tannic acids which helps to self clean.

I hope that this helps,

Stay Safe xxx

Why I Think Stacking Toys are Important.

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, February 20, 2020 17:17:40

Children are like little sponges they watch your every move , from the moment of their arrival in this world they are learning, that is why it is paramount to feed their curiosity. Toys are a great way of doing this, as by playing with you they are learning all the time.

Stacking toys often seem to be useless they just throw the bits all around the room but actually when the child is playing with them they are learning so many things, for example when a child is just sitting up they are learning to control their body whilst playing and they are using their fine motor skills when picking up the pieces, they might swap a piece from one hand to another that is helping with dexterity, and when they attempt to put the pieces in place they are improving their hand eye co-ordination.

Learning through play is a fun way to encourage development, as you are playing you are developing a close bond with your child which helps with your childs relationships as they grow older. Its also fun and free.

Enjoy Playtime xxx

Ethically made Toys

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, September 05, 2019 14:27:54

Its September and I don’t know about you but I feel that this year has flown by, this is a busy month for me as its when I start my fairs in earnest.

I have just finished Calverhall Family Day and had a fantastic time meeting new and regular customers and watching all the events taking part in what was such a wonderful country fair for all the family and this Sunday I am at Hawkstone Hall Summer Garden Day, the weather looks promising so fingers crossed its a good day.

I am buying lots of new stock (always exciting its a bit like Xmas for me) and my lovely Companies have brought out some gorgeous new toys.

I particularly like the new Dodo Bird and the Pterodactyl from Best Years Ltd its even better that monies from the sale of these Dinosaur toys goes towards building preschools for the children of the ladies who make some of the toys.

I have some lovely wooden toys arriving shortly and some beautiful Imajo Dolls just waiting for their new best friends, the sale of these dolls also helps to fund an orphanage in Sri Lanka for girls aged between 3yrs and 18yrs – win win situation really.

Well I hope you all have a great September and it would be lovely to meet a few of you at some of the charity events I’m attending.

all the best
Mechelle xxx

Seven reasons why wooden toys are great.

Welcome to my Website Posted on Sun, June 02, 2019 16:05:34

Seven reasons to invest in wooden toys for your children
Wooden toys are quiet!

From an article I found in
2 June 2019

There are so many tech toys on the market to choose from for your baby, many boasting bells and whistles – each one claiming to work wonders for your child and promising to satisfy all their developmental needs. But one type of toy that’s endured for decades is good old-fashioned wooden toys. Here are seven reasons why we believe they’ve stood the test of time.

They last

Wooden Toys Last
Children are tough on toys. They throw them bite them, smash them together – all an important part of the sensory development process. But a good quality wooden toy will survive the assault, all be it with a few scratches and scuffs, is easily cleanable and will last for generations to come.

Wooden Toys Fuel the Imagination

The simplicity of wooden toys is their real advantage. They don’t tell your child what to do – enabling a blank canvas. Encouraging them to arrange simple wooden blocks by size, shape and colour is a great way for them to develop their burgeoning imaginations.

Wooden Toys are Quiet
A boon for parents who are maxed out with music, computer generated voices and flashing lights. The only noise parents will hear is the sound of their children’s voices and laughter as they learn and interact with their wooden toys.

Wooden toys are Safe

But do be choosy. They may cost a little more but it’s important to invest in those that are made from sustainable materials and free from chemicals.

Wooden Toys Build Fine Motor Skills

The tactile nature of wood will encourage your child to touch, feel and explore. Babies and toddlers can work on different ways of grasping and manipulating a simple block of wood to get it to do what they need it to do.

Wooden Toys Never Run out of Batteries

The best thing about wooden toys, apart from their eco-credentials, is the fact that they never run out of batteries.

Wooden toys simply go on and on and on, through generations of families.

So get down on the floor with your child and indulge in some traditional, plastic-free play together. You won’t regret it.

I saw this article and thought that it covered most reasons why wooden toys are the best, they certainly do last the test of time as we as a family still have some toys that must be over 30 years old and are still going strong, even with a few bashes and chips.

Enjoy what’s left of Sunday,

Mechelle xx

First outing of the year.

Welcome to my Website Posted on Thu, May 30, 2019 13:08:40

Just thought that I would let you know that I am very excited to be selling my toys and organic clothing for babies @CMCclassiccars next public event Sat 1st June – 60yrs celebration of the mark 2 Jaguar.

It’s being held at Stanmore Business Park, Bridgnorth WV15 5SP, there will be lots of fabulous cars to see and in the foyer @marchescentre there will be some lovely stalls for a little bit of retail therapy aswell.

10 – 5 free admission

If you’re free why not pop along it sounds like it’s going to be fun.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Have fun

Mechelle xxx

Lots of lovely new clothes on their way .

Welcome to my Website Posted on Wed, May 01, 2019 19:17:20

Hello all,

I am just so excited to be able to report that I have some new clothes arriving shortly, they are Organic Cotton which is great, but they also come from two Companies who have lovely ethos behind their brands.

Pigeon Organics whose motto is ‘designed with style sustainability and social responsibility at heart,’ which just about covers everything I believe in and their clothes are gorgeous and Kite Clothing who are based on the beautiful coast of Dorset where I personally spent many a happy childhood holiday, and they are a planet-friendly clothing brand for children.

I can’t wait for my orders to arrive and obviously Sophie-Lily will be testing them so I will be able to make personal recommendations which is always a good idea.

I think the term planet friendly sums it all up, not only are these clothes the best for the little ones where no chemicals have been used but they are much healthier for the cotton farmers and their families too but the fact that we can trace from the field to the consumer has to be a bonus.

I hope that you all like my choice of clothes, I am concentrating on Baby clothes at the moment.

lots of love
Mechelle xxx

Baby Clothes

Welcome to my Website Posted on Sat, April 20, 2019 14:26:08


Having just become a new Grandmother it made me very aware of how important good clothing is for new babies, so I set off exploring the baby ranges out there and there are loads to choose from, most of them are good too.

I then came across Piccalilly Organic Cotton Clothing, this Company hales from the Yorkshire Dales and produces quality Organic Cotton clothes from a small project called Chetna Organic.

In 2008 Chetna became the first cotton farmers organisation in India to receive Fair-trade Certification, all the cotton is grown by small marginal farmers without the use of child labour, chemicals and GMO’s.

Its a fair-trade cotton programme with a mission to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers by making their farm systems more sustainable and profitable.

The Chetna farmers also own a 10% equity stake in the factory who make the clothes and the cotton farmers are pre-financed and guaranteed stable cotton prices and a premium to spend within their local community.

So not only do they make fabulous Organic clothing, which is obviously much better next to new baby skin but without the use of nasty chemicals its healthier for the farmers and the eco system too.

Its Fair trade so everyone involved with the garments receive living wages and in this case there are extra benefits including free lunches, healthcare and funding towards education.

No children were involved in the making of these clothes and the whole process has complete traceability down to the farmers field it has been grown in.

The whole process is also eco friendly which in the long run is great for our next generation too

I have personally tried and tested these beautiful clothes on little Sophie-Lily so they come with a big tick from me too.


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