Toys

Gardening
Plastic
Toys

An Eco-friendly(ish) Fairy Garden for Fairies, Butterflies, Bees and Kids

Last week I spent £20 on a solar powered resin toadstool fairy house. For the last seven days I’ve been deciding whether to take it back to the shop or not for the following reasons: Joni seemed underwhelmed when I showed it to her. I was expecting excited shrieks and instead got a very level, […]

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Decluttering
Toys

5 Ways We Got Rid of Kids’ Toys and Books Without Sending Them to Landfill

Kids are messy. About 60% of the time I spend have with the kids is spent tidying up after them. More stuff means more mess. So in an attempt to claw some time back from the never-ending cycle of tidying up, I went full Marie Kondo on the kids’ toys. When I’ve got rid of […]

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Crafts
Plastic
Toys

Wasteful Wilko Crafting

When you think of kids’ crafts, you might think of houses made from cereal boxes or rockets made from washing up bottles. But this Blue Peter fuelled utopia is no more. Now 99% of children’s craft products seem to be made of foam. Foam stickers in particular are prolific if every craft set, kids party […]

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Fuzzy Felt beach scene
Toys

Could Fuzzy Felt be the oldest and most eco-friendly toy?

Ah, Fuzzy Felt, perhaps the most simple toy every made. It’s basically tiny bits of flimsy material that stick onto other flimsy bits of material to make a picture that resembles nothing like what’s on the front of the box. Back in the 80s I had a couple of Fuzzy Felt sets, and, partially because […]

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Dress up dolls
Toys

Christ!(mas) – shopping is starting already

I’ve always loved Christmas. The cheesy songs, the actual cheese (though not this year again, sadly), the presents, the sense of magic. What I don’t like about Christmas is the mass consumerism and the near-desperation of brands that go all out the make you buy more stuff. This year we’ve made a decision to have […]

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Toys

The Problem with Plastic Toys

I grew up in the 1980s in Bridlington, a North East seaside town full of amusements, tat shops and fish and chip shops. Amongst these seaside staples was Kirby’s Toyshop. Located on Chapel Street, a trip to this wonderful toy shop was a special event saved only for birthdays. The toys – Barbie, Lego, Sylvanian […]

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