Side Street Style: Inspiring a world view with simply toys + giveaway

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24/02/2017

Inspiring a world view with simply toys + giveaway


wooden toys


1. Plan Toys Musical Band Planwood £34
2. Plan Toys sailing boat £10
3. Manny and Simon Red truck push toy £31
4. Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug £44
5. Melissa and Doug Jumbo crayons £5
6. Fat Brain Toy Tobbles £20


There are a variety of views and studies on the idea of simple toys being far more educational and beneficial for children over highly detailed flashing plastic ones which offer everything and leave nothing to the imagination. In simple terms if you take a stick it offers so much opportunity for the child to use his imagination as it can be a sword, a paddle for a boat, a flag, a pillar to keep up a tent, a musical instrument - in fact pretty much anything and it allows for the user to connect with nature and the world around them in a more organic way.


kids train
My sons love their simple train track



As some of you may already know it was my youngest birthday this week and I am taking on a minimalism challenge this year to get rid of 50% of everything I own so when it comes to things like this great thought needs to go into what we pick as it has to be beneficial, offer lots of scope for play, be made well and long lasting. We only got our 2yr old two small presents which we he can take with him on our travels and keeping things simple also offers lots of ways to become more aware of the world around you and there is some great inspiration from this post on the best toys for 2 year old boys (and girls).

The world feels so chaotic at the moment and it's easy for that to find its way into your home but with simple toys you can restore a little calm, such as a box of high quality crayons, my youngest loves nothing better than drawing and that opens up a whole world of creativity and imagination, it also gives us the chance to discuss different themes, what we saw that day, favourite colours and with my eldest practising drawing countries and the world. There is a lot to be said for naturing a playful mind and there are some great online resources about this.



musical kids
My eldest loves his wooden drum 


Musical instruments such as the little drum kit above are also fantastic as music is very therapeutic and enjoyable even from an early age and with older children you can listen to music from around the world together and discuss different cultures. 

Also you can share the importance of less is more and being eco conscious of what you buy from an early age by finding things that are more planet friendly such as Plan Toys Sailing boat which has been made ethically from organic rubber tree wood using non-toxic dye, as well as the Manny and Simon red push truck which comes from reclaimed wood and non-toxic paint. 

I found all of the toys above at Diapers.com which has everything you need for your little ones and has a huge array of fantastic toys and ship internationally and I'm very happy to say I have a $50 voucher to giveaway to one lucky reader, its super easy to enter and the giveaway ends on the 10th March and is open internationally. 

This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate


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57 comments:

  1. I like the classic wooden blocks

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  2. I love their KidKraft Metropolis Train Table and Set!!!

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  3. Hi! My favourite wooden toy is the Grand Piano by Janod, it reminds me of one piano I had when I was a child. Thank you!

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  4. https://www.diapers.com/p/melissa-doug-happy-handle-stamp-set-21139?sku=MD-122&qid=549167747&sr=1-19

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  5. I like the giggle Wooden Stacker Baby Developmental Toy, Pink.

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  6. love the Carter's 2 Piece Floral Dress Set

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  7. I love the tegu magnetic wooden block sets!

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  8. I like the Melissa & Doug Shapes Chunky Puzzle

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  9. I love their Hape String-Along Shapes x :)

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  10. PlanToys Stacking Tree ~ Love this.

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  11. I like the Mickey Mouse wooden clock! mindy_delisi@hotmail.com

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  12. Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Race Car x

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  13. I like the Hape string-along shapes.

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  14. Skip Hop Turtle Island Play Set

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  15. Melissa & Doug Shapes Chunky Puzzle

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  16. oh i like Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Clock

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  17. There are so many nice options. Part of me would like the see and spell for my daughter.

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  18. Melissa & Doug Puppy Grasping Toy

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  19. my kids would love those instruments you show, they are really into making music (being loud haha)

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  20. The Brio Travel explorers set my grandson is so into trains he'd love this

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  21. My favorite wooden toy is the PlanToys baby gym & rattles.

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  22. I like the Plan Toys stacking rocket.

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  23. I like the Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Workbench.

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  24. I love the Hape Gourmet Kitchen Starter Set.

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  25. the bristle blocks look awesome for the little tyke!!

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  26. I love the PlanToys Van Walker blue.

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  27. LEGO City Great Vehicles 60146 Stunt Truck :)

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  28. I love the variety of products this website offers. I have shopped here multiple times. I really love the Melissa & Doug Sandwich Making Set and also the Cutting Fruit Crate by Melissa & Doug! starla.batesATyahoo.com

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  29. Janod Grand Piano looks so cute!! My daughters would love it!!

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  30. i like the melissa and shape sorting wooden clock

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  31. Love the Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Race Car - https://www.diapers.com/p/melissa-doug-decorate-your-own-wooden-race-car-27599?sku=MD-171&qid=1159135051&sr=1-3 :)

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  32. Melissa and Doug see and spell perfect for gun and learning

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  33. I like the Melissa & Doug Puppy Grasping Toy. Mhy son had one as a baby.

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  34. I like the PlanToys Oval Xylophone!

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  35. my fave is the PlanToys Blocks (50 pcs)!

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  36. I love the my busy town wooden activity station xxx

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  37. Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers - but wow, there are some lovely things on that site and it was a very hard decision which one to pick. But this is SO CUTE. Thanks for the chance.

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  38. I love the look of the bristle blocks.

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  39. I love the wooden train set :) Always a popular one, I remember having hours of fun as a child!

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  40. Plan Baby Toys Van Baby Walker Blue is my fave wooden toy.

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  41. I love the Melissa & Doug Puppy Grasping Toy .x

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  42. I like the Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Clock

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  43. I love the red retro vintage kitchen. Looks so fun :)

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  44. The Melissa & Doug Shapes Chunky Puzzle

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  45. Love the shape sorting wooden clock

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