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  1. Ways to Play - Yellow Door "Lets Investigate Stones"

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    Ways to Play - Yellow Door "Lets Investigate Stones"

    These unique resign stones are one of our most popular toys here at The Wooden Play Den. They are suitable for outdoor and messy play and can be washed easily. They are all approximately 7cm x 8cm  The footprints range are double sided with the animal on one side and the footprint on the other. The sets available are: 

    • Safari
    • Farmyard
    • Woodland
    • Dinosaur
    • Polar

    Other stones available which are one sided are:

    • Bugs
    • Fossils

     

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  2. The Benefits of Playing Games

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    The Benefits of Playing Games

    By Sheila O ‘Reilly @rascals_and_rainbows

    I introduced games to both my girls at age 3 and they really enjoy playing together. Board games, card games and games like Hape Ocean Rescue, are a great way to explore winning and losing with your child and an opportunity to teach them about playing fairly, following rules, taking turns and dealing with success and also disappointment.

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  3. Glitter Storm Review

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    Glitter Storm Review

    Naomi Morris (@naomimorris16)

    We have had our tick-it glitter storm from the wooden play den for quite a while now, and I just love how it gets used in so many different ways. It really is an open ended toy and can help take a child’s imagination to another dimension.

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    My 4 year old absolutely loves to watch the moving glitter after giving in a shake. She then likes to hold the glitter storm up to her eyes and investigate the world around her whilst peering through the glitter. It also gets incorporated into small world play on many occasions, it has been a sky scraper, a tree and even a bulldozer! It’s good to know that a child’s imagination knows no bounds!

    My 9 year old on the other hand tends to use the glitter storm as a tool to help her relax and calm down. She will shake the tube to get the glitter to swirl round and sit watching it as it slowly settles. This is a great strategy she has developed to help her met her sensory needs.

    In contrast when I have used the glitter storm with the children I work with who all have a diagnosis of autism and sensory processing difficulties, they too have all found different ways of exploring the glitter storm. One of their favourite activities is exploring it on the light box alongside the tick-it rainbow blocks. The moving glitter always draws them in to the activity. Another firm favourite is rolling the tub down the ramp in class, this has been great for prompting fine and gross motor skills as well as turn taking with peers.

    I continue to be amazed at the different ways the children use the glitter storm and how it supports their learning through play.

    We now have a dedicated section on our wesbite for Sensory Toys. 

  4. Den Kit - The Natural Fabric Art Kit

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    The Natural Fabric Art Kit

    When we saw the most recent additions to The Den Kit Co products we loved them instantly and knew we just had to try them out. We previously hadn't had anything prior from this brand so we were really hoping once the kit arrived it was as much fun as it looked! We chose the natural fabric art kit and it did not disappoint!
     
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  5. Wooden Baby Toys

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    Wooden Toys for your Baby

    Blog by Laura @ island.mum.island.baby

    The Wooden Play Den has an amazing selection of toys that can enhance a baby’s experiences and development, and that have a good level of longevity in them too. Elsie has been playing with toys from the wooden play den since she was born, and already at 10 months old is showing preferences for her favourites. It’s really great to be able to play collaboratively with your baby, while also enjoying the toys and variety yourself. I’m here to tell you about our top selection of toys:

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