I’ve had so many lovely messages about my last baby play post that I thought I’d share another five simple baby play ideas with you guys. What’s in the bag? Whenever my Mum comes to visit, the first thing Florence does is empty her handbag […]
Category: Baby Play
Since having Florence, I have become passionate about play. I have loved seeing how, even from an early age, Florence has learned new skills and understandings through playing and today I wanted to share with you 5 simple baby play activities that you can do […]
Today, Florence turned 11 months and I am finding it quite hard to believe just how close we are to Florence turning one! We are busy making plans to celebrate a year of Florence Ivy in style and today has been all about searching out the perfect gifts. Our presents to Florence this year mostly consist of toys & activities in the garden. I am going to do a little post on what we have bought for Florence in the next few days, but I thought I’d share some of the things we’ve seen and loved from some of our favourite toy retailers as part of Florence’s birthday wishlist.
First Birthday Gift Ideas
Fabric Fruit & Veg
Back in my days of Beebies, I used to sell some beautiful handmade fabric food. We’ve recently taken the samples I had in storage out and added them to Florence’s toy box and I’d really like to add some fruit & veg to her collection. Sadly, the lady who used to make them has gone on to make other things but I have found another fabulous Mama run business and I love this cute little vegetable set from Mummy Made it Me. They have an adorable little fruit set too!
Grimm’s Pastel Rainbow
I’ve seen these pretty much everywhere online over the last few months and am so inspired by the sheer amount of ways you can play with the Grimm’s Rainbows. They make great stackers, bridges for imaginative play, are fab for colour sorting, building & more.
With Florence getting more and more confident on her feet, I just know she is going to be running around everywhere when we are out and about through the summer. I’m not a big fan of reins, but actually, this little back pack with added reins is super cute and will mean I can keep our little wanderer close by without her being confined to the pushchair!
Florence has really taken a liking to playing with vehicles and wheeling them around the room so I thought a toy garage would go down well for her too. I think she will love pushing the cars down the ramps on this Whizz World Lights and sounds Garage and it’s great for developing those all important fine motor skills.
I can;’t wait to start Florence’s train set collection off. The possibilities for play are endless with toy railway and I’ve found this cute wooden rainbow coloured train set from Early Learning Centre. It has little animal vehicles and a beautiful rainbow arch and for just £12.80 in the sale, I think it’s a real bargain and a perfect first birthday present.
B.Toys Parum Pum Pum Musical Instrument set
My sister had this this music set when she was a baby and I know that Florence would absolutely love it. She loves making music and this would be a brilliant addition to her noisy box!
Floral Beanbag Chair
We read and look at books every single day and they are often the first thing Florence will reach for in the mornings when we come down to play. I love the idea of her having a little comfy chair of her own to sit in as she flicks through the pages of her favourite stories and this one is just beautiful!
Gears & Cogs Activity Toy
Florence is a fiddler and so something like this to keep her little hands and fingers busy would be perfectly suited to her!
Florence has just become a cousin to a baby girl and has taken quite a liking to her. However, becasue she is so young still, the fact that the new baby isn’t already ready to play with her walker and doesn’t really like being patted on the head like she does with the dog is quite a difficult concept for her to grasp. I think having a little baby doll would be a lovely little introduction to roleplay and might help her understanding of everything going on around her a little more. I love that this Bonnika Baby also comes equipped with her own little carry cot & bottle – perfect for packing up and taking to Grandma’s! Play Prompts
I stumbled upon this Play Hooray on Instagram recently and have been inspired by their play ideas ever since. Claire has put together these play prompt packs to make sure you never run out of ways to play with your little one and I think they’re great for keeping play varied and fun. The do a whole range of different sets, but the ‘Original Play Prompts’ would be great for us and they’ll last us for years to come!
While I could browse the toy shops for hours and hours, I really must stop and move on to the all important party planning! More on how we are going to be celebrating Florence’s birthday to follow, for now though, I hope you’ve been inspired by some of our First Birthday gift ideas.
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As you know, we’re working with Hape in the lead up to Christmas to share our thoughts on a selection of their baby toys. Last week, I told you all about all the fun we’ve been having with our Penguin wobbler and this week I […]
As well as some fab toy reviews, I’m going to be sharing a few festive baby play ideas here over the next few weeks. Today I thought I would tell you about our Christmas Discovery Basket which is suitable for around 6 months and above. […]
We are so thrilled to be working with one of our favourite Toy Brands again in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re a regular around here, you might remember that a few months back, Hape sent us an adorable set of bath toys to test out and we loved them. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be showcasing some of the other fab toys they have on offer which might give you a little bit of inspiration when it comes to your Christmas shopping. Today I want to tell you about their Penguin Musical Wobbler *.
This little guy is possibly our new favourite here. He’s a fresh take on the traditional weeble. You can make him wibble and wobble and he won’t full down which is great for teaching your baby about cause and effect. Every time Florence taps him or pushes him, he wobbles but bounces back quickly ready to do it all again.
His wings click and clack and flip and flap and he makes a lovely and calming jingly sound when he moves and Florence loves to hear it! It makes the game all the more fun. In actual fact, I am certain that this penguin’s chime has magic powers. Six hours into our journey home from Cornwall, when Florence had just about had enough, and I’d exhausted pretty much every nursery rhyme I could think of, I wobbled him on my hand and she was immediately soothed and asleep within about five minutes.
He’s great for on the go as he’s the perfect size to just pop in the changing bag too and in case he gets grubby he can be easily wiped clean.
We sing, to the tune of Dingle Dangle Scarecrow.
I’m a Jingle Jangle Penguin
With my Flippy Flappy Wings
If you wobble me around
You’ll hear my belly sing!
We had my friend and her little boy, who is the same age as Florence, over last week and he loved it just as much as she does. I have a feeling his Mummy will be investing in one!
The Penguin Musical Wobbler* can also be enjoyed by older siblings as demonstrated by my friend Jennie in her very own review where she shares some other lovely penguin themed gift ideas for children.
At only £12.99 he is well worth the money and would make a lovely gift for your baby this year.
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As mentioned before, we were sent this Penguin Musical Wobbler by our friends at Hape in return for our honest feedback. All of the opinions published in this review are my own.
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