Useful Links     Top of page

There's something to be said for boredom.  A minimal number of toys, and time without sensory overload, promote imagination and self-direction.  Cardboard boxes or objects found in nature can be great for inviting a deeper interaction.  Children can also take an interest in everyday activities and chores.  

Toys, along with media such as books, play a role in socialisation and perpetuating cultural norms and narratives.  A violent or competitive toy could be seen to condone dominant behaviour.  

Raising Rebels

Let Toys Be Toys

Why black dolls matter

Let's change attitudes to disability, one toy at a time

Real Gender Equality Includes Femininity (and the Color Pink)

Ethical shopping guide to Toy Retailers, from Ethical Consumer

 

Toy types     Top of page

Montessori

Ebay

Bonanza

Toys used by Montessori method nurseries. 

Article explaining Montessori toys

From:

£3 - 240

Cooperative

Ebay

Bonanza

From:

£3- 20

Multicultural

EBay

Dolls in different tones. 

From:

£10- 30

Shop types     Top of page

Some Fairtrade or Eco

Loubilou

From:

£4.95- 445

From:

£5- 95

Organic Shop

From:

£4.99- 162

 

STEM     Top of page

Solar Toys

Solar powered toys. 

From:

£5- 25

Museum shop

Brititsh Museum- UK & international

National Trust toys- UK & international

'Part of the 'Great Minds' range of puzzles from Professor Puzzle.'

From:

£9.99

Raspberry Pi

Dennis Deal- Hong Kong & international

Coding activity. 

From:

£87.95

Technology will Save Us

Technology will save us- UK & international

Squishing sculptures. Sewing circuits. Playing with power. Crafting and coding. Explore our range of creative tech kits and begin shaping the future.

From:

£20

 

Outdoor     Top of page

Tent

My Tipi- Germany & Europe

'Quality, safety and health are enormously important to us: my-teepee a product made in Germany made of only natural materials and 100% free of harmful substances.'

From:

€155

Trampoline

Trampolines.

From:

£230- 600

Playground

Planet Organic- UK

Various play things

From:

£99.99- 624.99

 

Craft     Top of page

Craft shops

Craft shops

From:

Vary

Stamp

Stamp Design- Germany & Europe

'With our great editor, you create your own stamp with just a few clicks! Fast, easy and uncomplicated!'

From:

€12- 75

Activities     Top of page

 

Kid Pass

Kid's Pass

Family discount card.

From:

£1- £75

English Heritage

English Heritage

Membership to visit historic places of interest without paying extra.

From:

£3.83- £99

National Trust

National Trust

Membership to visit historic places of interest without paying extra.

From:

£120