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.