We absolutely love Magna Tiles Australia, and if you are familiar with them no doubt, you love Magna Tiles too. If not let us explain not only the benefits of Magna Tiles for your children, but why they are such a wonderful and unique product.
They make a wonderful toy for boys or girls, and are popular with both for either birthdays, christmas, any special occasion or if you just want that educational toy to entertain them for hours while developing their little minds in the process.
For girls and boys of three years of age and up, they were one of the best toys in 2014, 2015 and now 2016. Magna Tiles are “where math, science, creativity meet.”
Please read our Review on Playmags vs Magna Tiles if you need help deciding on which set to buy.
These tiles are magnetic, and attract on all sides and in all manner of combinations. Enabling young boys and girls to create pyramids, cubes, and many different geometric shapes. Our daughter is currently building little box and triangle houses for her toys.
The Magna Tiles are fun for children because they give them a "hands on" approach to learning. Boys and Girls are able to critically think through play. This happens when the tiles do not lineup the way the child imagines and your boy or girl will need to think through alternatives. This is great for developing a creative mindset.
The Magna Tiles access the right side of the brain, training through simple fun and construction. This helps with math and spatial relationships, by creative building.
It is quite surprising how many development areas the magna tiles impact in young children. The areas include pattern recognition spotting similar shapes like a triangle. Identifying different shapes and colours, spotting how shapes are symmetrical when joined together.
The Magna Tiles are also great for developing fine motor skills. They are ideal for understanding how magnets work, and magnetic principles. They are wonderful for building skills, and developing your child’s imagination. The building options feel endless.
Outside of being a great product for developing your son or daughter, they are also a multiple toy winner.
They have won the:
Sorry to have listed so many Awards, however one of the things we feel as parents, with so many toys on the market today its good to know that you're buying a toy that's well regarded and recognized by the toy industry.
If we were selecting toys for our children (we do all the time :)). We too would want to know if they were award winners, and how they might help our children develop.
This is why we love Magna Tiles, and we know you and your little ones will as well. Great for Boys and Girls 3 years +
For our complete range of Magna Tiles and other Magnetic Tiles, please click here.
What some of Our Customers have to say about Magna Tiles:
"Great product my grandchildren love them,very creative" by Shelia L
"An excellent purchase from a great seller. I love this construction toy. This is the third set I have bought. Two for grandchildren who live in the UK and this one for granddaughter who lives here in Oz. I highly recommend this to all. 10/10" by Wendy O
If you have read some of our blogs, you will know that we love Sylvanian Families. We believe they are a great toy at almost at any age :) (We are talking about us). It is everything about them that we have fallen in love with.
Let us explain: Before we opened KidzInc we were shopping. As you do, we came across this little home, with this cute little rabbit family. My two-year-old daughters eyes lit up! While she did not ask for a toy, it was one of those moments where you can see the excitement in their little face. I could not help myself, and we left the toy store that day with the little cosy cottage home and the Sylvanian rabbit family.
This was almost two years ago now, and yes we have added pieces to the original set. We have added the tree house, restaurant, and Sylvanian family car. I mean where would you be without transportation?
So every time they launch a new range, we become a little nervous because we know we are probably going to want one new item to add to the village. The wonderful thing though is now our son is playing with them too. Also, we have fun playing with our children and setting it all up as well.
Our daughter is now sitting the families together and starting to tell little stories. The stories are wonderful, and we are not allowed to interrupt in the slightest.
Their products have always been of the highest quality, and if you have even just one of them, you will know what I mean.
Sylvanian families have quite a tradition actually, and it dates back to 1985. Their range is superb, and you could build your little village.
We have had our eyes on one of their classics for some time the Sylvanian Beechwood hall. This is probably going to be the year we buy it; after all it makes for the perfect family home. It has an entertaining area for the whole family and guests. Bedrooms, lounge room, kitchen, and a deck, and landing space.
Now all of the furniture is a separate purchase, but we already have some items we are ready to move in.
I originally started this article, because I wanted to tell you about their new range. So let me do that, and it is here just in time for Christmas.
Included in the new ranges are the Sylvanian Families Supermarket, Cosy Cottage (updated), and Nursery. Also, there is a very cool double decker bus, a nursery playset, and nursery school theme.
Let’s start with the Sylvanian Families Supermarket. The supermarket as you would expect is full with bread, fruit, vegetables, fish, bakery goods, dairy and a lot more! It has over 100 pieces including miniature groceries, shopping trolley, and cash register for all the produce your little one will be selling to mum and dad. This is great little supermarket, offering hours of fun. This one is suitable for 4 Years +, so yes our daughter may want to add this to the collection.
The Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage has been updated and is attachable to the Beechwood Hall. Which is great because this was our original purchase. The cosy cottage is surprisingly big and has two floors. It includes a kitchen unit, table and chairs, comfortable bed, and the rabbit sister Freya Chocolate. This, of course, is part of the furniture move we have planned.
In addition to this, there is the new Sylvanian Families Forest Nursery Set. You have to see this to believe how beautiful it is, and that is why we included a picture below :). Hilda Hamilton is the kind teacher who looks after things at the nursery. This set includes chairs, a desk, piano, blackboard, swing, toys, crowns and drawing set. The rest of the figures do come separately but is a beautiful little set all own its own.
Now how else would you expect them to get to the nursery set, but on a nursery double decker bus? That is right a Sylvanian Family Double Decker Bus. The driver, Hucky Hamilton, is in charge of the nursery double decker bus and will drive the child to the nursery each and every day. The top section of the bus is open aired, just like the ones in New York, London, or even Sydney these days. The Nursery double decker bus even comes with a slide and a ladder. It is great for taking to a picnic or another adventure after a day at the nursery.
Speaking of picnics, also new in the line is a Sylvanian family nursery picnic set, ideal for the family car, or the Sylvanian family bus. The set includes George Golightly with a nursery uniform, bag, drink, and a bottle. It also has sandwiches and bananas, and a thermos, spade, and cups. A couple of books are also included for some light reading.
However, if you want to go all out, there is the new Nursery party set. It includes Crème Chocolate with a beautiful little princess dress, and Ambrose Walnut with a prince dress, background sheets as well as some props for the play. It comes with flower shaped tables and chairs, cakes, biscuits, pitchers of juice. It has all you need to cater including glasses, bowls, plates, and forks. The set also has lollipops, candles, apples, and a lovely little headband for the babies. It is a great addition to the Nursery or perfect as a stand-alone item.
You also may want to know, and there are some new families on the scene this year, and who doesn’t want to know the new neighbours? The Sheep family, Chihuahua dog family, Hamster family, Red Panda family, and Beaver family are all new. They are also welcome additions to the Sylvanian Families range. Also, it is great to see them continually adding to the line up, so we have plenty to choose from.
To keep them all clean Sylvanian Families has also just released baby bath time. Bath time is always super fun! The bath time set includes Andromeda Petite and Jason Petite, bathtub, changing table, laundry basket, pajamas with matching head wrap. It also includes a rinse cup, rubber ducky, bear bottle of body wash, and a bottle of shampoo. However, that is not all it has a bottle of lotion, container of powder, washcloth with hand strap, sponge, towel and bath rug. Yes, that right you almost feel like you could take a bath yourself.
Of course, it would be best to do this right before a night at the new Courtyard Restaurant, perfect for the whole family. The grand property has spacious living accommodation at the back, and the restaurant is an open-air terrace. It is perfect for outdoor dining al- fresco style!
Inside the restaurant, there is a large open plan kitchen/lounge on the ground level, with two bedrooms and a terraced balcony on the first floor.
The set includes all the restaurant furniture such as tables, chairs and counter with built-in sink. It has a hob and counter for guests and a wide variety of food and drinks for serving all of your guests.
Inside the restaurant, there is a large open plan kitchen/lounge on the ground level, with two bedrooms and a terraced balcony on the first floor.
As options, you can also include a new kitchen cooking set, dinner for two sets, and kitchen cookware set. The dinner for two set includes a main dish, salad, soup, dessert and cutlery.
As we know the Sylvania’s love to cook and the new Kitchen Cooking set includes everything the little family will need, pots, pans and kettle.
Alternatively, there is a new Kitchen Cookware set, which includes kitchen tools. Included is a hot plate, toaster, blender and a convenient wagon to pack it all away.
Now after all making a meal in the kitchen is only one option with this little family, and a new barbecue is perfect for our Australian weather. The Family Barbecue Set includes a nice barbecue stove in the center of the table so you can grill vegetable and fish. It also includes dishes, vegetables, hot dogs, fishing rods and buckets for four people.
After dinner, you could always take a stroll to the new candy cart, which includes over 40 pieces, lollipops, cookies, and chocolates.
Now who does not like chocolate? Of course, if you are after a bigger selection than you do not want to miss the Sweets store. The Sweet store has fairy cakes, ideal for that special treat or perhaps a biscuit if you are more in savory kind of mood.
However, if the night is hot, you might just want to pick up a soft serve ice cream, from the new Soft Serve Ice Cream Shop. Just like having your own little Mr. Whippy. The Soft Serve Ice Cream Shop comes with a selection of different flavored soft serve ice creams, parfaits and cones for all the family or families.
Did we mention that a long time ago Perkin Harvey is the Supermarket Owner with his beautiful wife Dorothy? Now even though they are both retired, and their son, Austin, runs the store they have never been able to let completely go. They always drop by and let him now how things might be run. Of course, they are an optional buy and should you not wish to have a second set of eyes around, this is always an option.
Now once your family starts to get too big for the car and is too small for the bus. You may want to think about the new bluebell seven seater. The bluebell seven-seater is large enough for all the members of the family and the doors open and close for easy access. It even comes with a roof rack so you can include that picnic set we mentioned earlier.
We have saved some of the best and grandest new additions for last.
Let’s start with the grandest of them all the Sylvanian Grand Hotel perfect for that idealistic holiday that your little families need. I can see our daughter now setting it up for weddings, parties and all sorts of events.
As you would expect there is a luxury dining room, which you can fit out with the new ballroom set. The ballroom set includes music entertainers, Grace and Kelly, a grand piano and microphones. After a night out the families can head back to their hotel rooms and enjoy the balconies in the bedroom that overlook the beautiful Sylvanian scenery.
The hotel itself is three-story grand building with stain glass windows and a beautiful chandelier. The Sylvanian family Grand hotel opens up to reveal an amazing nine rooms with an added roof terrace.
The hotel has to be seen to be appreciated. The detail is what you have come to expect from the Sylvanian families. It includes chandelier, suitcases, hotel reception, room keys, topiary and a suitcase trolley.
Separately sold, but worth considering in the fit out of the grand hotel, is a new luxury living room set. This set includes a battery operated red glow fire with velvet armchair and settee. A grandfather clock and a variety of accessories like a phone for those early evening calls. Ornaments, a lamp, and comfort items are there as well.
Of course, you will need someone to clean up after you, maybe? The new housekeeper set is also available for purchase to keep rooms looking their very best. The set includes the figure, vacuum, dustbin and dustpan, bucket, sprays and other accessories.
Now if you are going to have someone clean for you, you might also need a new butler set?? The fabulous Butler set comes with figure and afternoon tea accessories.
Well, we are almost there; we have just about reached the end of the journey. In doing so we would like to introduce you to the country nurse set, country dentist set, and of course country doctor.
Each set sold separately but like all Sylvanian families they work together as well. The Milk Rabbit Mother with a nurse uniform is part of the nurse set. She has a wheelchair in case one of the family members needs to be pushed around. Include in the set is medicine as well nurse trolley full of supplies.
Now what would a Sylvanian families village be without a dentist? I can see it now the families all-walking around with toothaches, due to those sweets they ate earlier. The Country Dentist includes Alex Periwinkle, who, of course, has the appropriate dentist uniform. A check-up bed, the dreaded drill, and many other accessories. The Country Clinic turns into a dentist office, once you place this set in the clinic.
So we have reached the end of all the introductions, by introducing you to the newest member of the Sylvanian families. So without further ado, please meet Dr. Alex Periwinkle, who runs the Country Clinic. Everyone in the Sylvanian Village relies on the Country Doctor Alex Periwinkle. He is there to help them feel better when they are not well, even if it has been from eating too much ice cream. The set comes with doctor’s uniform, desk & chair, bed, scale, reception desk and more much much more.
Well, that is it that is all we have reached the end. As we said at the outset, this is one of our daughters and our favourite toys. We love all the little families, and we love what they represent. They teach our children how to role-play, develop fine motor skills, about communities and families. Also, how to share, care and last but not least about nature and all the wonderful types of animals in the world.
It is a set that you can build on over time, and one that will last many years. Our 8-year-old niece comes over to our home and plays with it all the time. We imagine that our daughter will be using it for some time yet, and we just love adding to the story for her.
Whichever item you may purchase we just know your children will love it. Also do not forget to connect with us on Facebook, as sometime soon we may even give a prize away :).
Any questions let us know. You can view the full range here.
Today we would like to introduce you to the Aqua Dragons. You are probably already familiar with this range, as they have been popular with little ones for the last couple of years.
It even turns out that quite a few adults also buy the Aqua Dragons. Some have even videoed the growth stage of these wonderful little pets on YouTube.
The Aqua Dragons are little Dragons that you hatch and grow up to two centimetres in size. They swim through the water and bring them to life from the egg through to full size, by feeding the little dragons. It is great for teaching your little one responsibility, about life and its various stages, and also helps them with emotional development, from a caring perspective.
There are a number of items in the Aqua Dragon range, and the first to make mention of is the:
The Aqua Dragons EggSpress includes and the egg tank with lid and base. The Agua Dragon food plus the feeding spoon.
All these sets have little refill packs that you can buy to have more Agua Dragons, or Agua Dragon Dinosaurs at the outset or as you go. Both refill packs include eggs, food, feeding spoon, and aerator.
These little live pets are recommended for children 6 years + and are a wonderful little way to allow your child to have responsibility of caring for their pets.
We love the Aqua Dragons, and Aqua Dragon Dinosaurs as they are unique, and offer much enjoyment for every kid we have seen play with them. It is a wonderful experience to watch the Aqua Dragons grow, and look at them as they move through the water. It is like a life like pet, without too much maintenance, and that is what makes them perfect for little ones.
The can learn how to care for them, and if they miss a couple of days, as little one might everything is still OK.
It gives them the early introductions to science, reproduction, and responsibility, not to mention the hours of fun and excitement it will bring them as they bring their little Aqua Dragons to life.
For the full Aqua Dragon range, please click here.
My Magical Mermaids have finally arrived in Australia. Each and every one of them is beautiful. There is Corissa, Pearl, and Shelley. Your daughter’s gentle touch brings these beautiful mermaids into life.
Magical Robo Mermaids are one of the most exciting toys to hit the market. Which little girl does not dream of being a mermaid, sure there could be a few, but we do not know any including our daughter.
These wonderful little Mermaids made by Zuru have to be seen to be believed. Wether Corissa, Pearl, or Shelley, they all spring to life with the gentlest little touch. A removable ring controls their swimming pattern. Corrissa, Pearl, and Shelley can swim gracefully up or down, or do the backstroke :).
They all have water pressure sensors and become alive once placed in water. They are magical whether it is day or night, as the glow in the night as well. We have no doubt that your daughter will love the Zuru Magical Mermaid.
Of course, the question we always need to ask ourselves is what benefit will it bring your child. As without a benefit it is just a toy, and let’s face it there are too many just “toys” on the market.
Corissa, Pearl, or Shelley teach your child about nature and hopefully instil a love of the outdoors. Being nature smart encourages the love of outdoors. Whilst Carissa, Pearl, or Shelley will swim in the fish tank :), or a bowl of water, it helps your little one imagine it is the Ocean or river.
Together you can create stories about their adventures, and the travels they have in the world. As they watch them swim, we are sure it will light up their little face.
All of the mermaids have a real, and graceful feel, and you can buy them each separately.
Also available now is Zuru My Magical Robo Mermaid Playset, which features Marina, an exclusive magical mermaid.
Marina comes with a beautiful underwater environment. The lights bright up the amazing underwater world, and she has a magical wand, to lift her out of the water.
Whether you buy the play set or the Mermaids individually, we know you will be happy, in fact we guarantee it. The Zuru Magical Robo Mermaids are just that, magical, and we are proud to stock them.
For the full range please click here, and we would love to hear about your experiences with this wonderful collection.
We all know the importance of our family, the love we share amongst each other, the hopes, dreams, and so much more. We learn this from the moment we are born, and there is nothing more important than family to us.
This is why we love Sylvanian families. It is such a wonderful collection of little families, who live together, share and enjoy their little village life. There are so many aspects to the Sylvanian families that we are unlikely to include them all in this post.
Created back in 1965, Sylvanian Families have continued to grow around the world. Their focus has always been on three main principles, nature, family, and love and what a wonderful aspiration that is.
With Sylvanian Families, your children learn key social skills. They learn how diverse families can be through the different types of families. The collections include the chocolate rabbit family, silk cat family, and the walnut squirrel family. They all might just live in a cosy cottage starter home :), or the grand Beachwood hall.
Whether you start with the cottage starter home, of cedar terrace you can start small and slowly build your village. There are eating out sets like the hamburger restaurant, juice bar for the healthier families, or the courtyard restaurant. In fact, you can build this to include the soft ice cream shop, the pizza parlour, or the popcorn cart. Luckily they all live near the forest, so they can go for a run afterwards :).
This enables you to build a little village, and that brings all of the Sylvanian communities together. Also, we personally love the tree house, as it comes with a slide, and hammock when joined with the log cabin.
With a great focus on nature, all the settings have that forest village feel. It helps your little one learn about relationships and love of others.
All the figures are soft and warm by appearance, and are very detailed with a happy disposition. It is not trendy per se, even though it grows in popularity every single year. It is a collectable and whether your child has one family, one piece or many we know they will love playing with them.
How do we know, our daughter loves them, and her passion for them has made us fall in love with the Sylvanian families even more than we originally had.
From an education point of view, the Sylvanian families teach your child about love, social interaction, and fine motor skills. It is also great for understanding different animals and nature and emotional development. The families are always happy, and whilst life is not always that way it is a wonderful disposition to have.
We stock the complete range, because we believe in the Sylvanian families so strongly. Even our little boy has started to play with them. Oh yes, he loves the Sylvanian family saloon car.
They are a beautifully made product, and one that you will be happy you bought. We are proud to sell it, and use it ourselves :)
For the full range please click here, and we would love to hear about your experiences with this wonderful collection.
Every little girl wants a dollhouse, and everyone wants a dream house. The desire to own our own home is very Australian and often referred to as the big Australian dream. After all though what is life with dreams? Let us introduce you to the Hape DIY Dream house.
Yes, we know a dollhouse that is also a dream house, and it is. It is a 3 level masterpiece; it is modern in design and measures in at 57cm high, 72cm wide, and 29cm in depth. Now this is going to surprise you, the furniture is uniquely magnetic. For anyone who has played with a dollhouse, you would know that putting everything in place, and knocking it all over the end is heartbreaking. It is usually when you are making that final adjustment, and moving the last piece.
The furniture is a 32 piece set, offering many design possibilities for you daughter or son, dad, or mum :). It is a work of art and includes three-split floors, bookshelves, kitchen cabinets, beds, fridge, showers, and living room furniture. It is complete dollhouse set.
What is brilliant about the dollhouse is its open design, as it allows your daughter to move around the furnishing easily. It lets your daughter play with dolls without obstruction or the need to be uniquely flexible :). The Haye DIY dream houses are beautifully designed and coloured. Another great feature is that the doll house is easily accessed from two sides, allowing for more than one child to play.. Nice feature.
There are three chalkboards so your daughter can draw flowers, doors, windows, and gardens. We love this feature, as it provides your little one with the ability to create and design. Four of the rooms are set, bath, bed, living, and kitchen, leaving the top 2 spaces completely free to create an art studio, gym, or office. Whatever their heart desires.
Because the design is open, your daughter can use her or his own dolls as well, and hold parties should the occasion arise? The Haye DIY dollhouse, of course, comes with a family of dolls, 6 pieces in total. Every piece is made with most amazing detail and to the highest quality, and will bring you and your daughter or son endless hours of fun.
I guess the important that we always ask when selecting toys, is how does this help develop your child. In this case it works on fine motor skills, creativity, focus, social skills and of course language skills through the story’s they tell themselves and you when playing with each piece.
You and your daughter will be very happy with the Haye DIY Dollhouse; it is just beautiful in design, easy to play with, and easy to love. You can see more by clicking here.
The Gifts to Give Your Child
We came across an interesting paper written by Dr. Ben Bissell, “Building Self Esteem: The Ten Gifts To Give Your Children."
We are going to give you an overview what we believe these to be, and why they matter. We know that every parent wants to give their children with the best start in life possible. You, just like us are committed to knowing all you can to achieve this.
So what are the gifts?
In order, but not in importance.
1. A good name: This does not refer to their birth name, but rather a nickname, like bossy, or little terror, or a troublemaker, etc. Whilst these names can be humorous and certainly describe some behaviours. They can create permanent labels, and if we are to create labels, would it not be better to give one that builds their self esteem? Like “Smart Steve," because he is always finding ways to get up out of bed, “Thoughtful Annie," because sometimes she will play quietly in the corner, without fuss.
2. Listening to our children: This builds their self-esteem and lets them know they too are important to us, and their opinion matters. And by doing this it helps them create a sense of self worth, but lets them improve their ability to think and express themselves.
3. Letting Your Child Make Decisions: If you give your child the ability to be included in family decisions you let them know their opinion matters in the family. Your child will also begin to feel special about themselves. They will develop an ability to make decisions now and later in life, and be confident about them.
4. Allow Your Child To Feel: Simply put if they hurt themselves, or something makes them sad let them express this. Look to understand rather than make them hold the feeling back.
As an example your child falls down and grazes their knee, this happened with our daughter very recently. Instead of saying, “it is okay, and you're ok now," it would be better to say, I know that hurts and how about we fix that up. Our first instinct is to try and make them feel better immediately, but we need to allow them to express their feelings and show that we understand. This relationship with our child will help them develop the ability to express their feelings now and later in life.
5. Rules, Your Child Needs Them: This provides them with structure and the ability to understand that certain things are not ok. It also lets them know that there are consequences for their actions, which is something that will serve them well later in life. The rules need to be fair, and the consequences appropriate, and this will help them think through their actions.
6. Hugs: Now who does not need a hug, this is the physical act of letting your child know that you love them. And don’t we all need to know that those close to us love us? And can you give your child too much love, and spoil them this way, no. All studies indicate to date, that you cannot love your child too much. Your little one might say mum, that's enough hugs, and that might be your sign :)
7. Laughter & Play: Play is the work of children, and interacting with your child making a puzzle, building a tower, picking the toy your baby through on the floor, only so they can through it back again, builds trust and a sense of fun. They learn to communicate, interact, enjoy life and achieve, whilst enjoying the action along the way. Take a moment to chase your little one around the house, play peekaboo, or just tickle them. Life is meant to be fun, and they should believe this too.
8. Permission To Make Mistakes: Mistakes are good, that means we are learning and trying, both as adults and children. By allowing your child to make mistakes, you give them the permission to learn from them. If your child is to busy covering up their mistakes, they simply cannot learn from them. Because hiding becomes the priority and not what they learned out of the experience. Let them make mistakes, and learn, they will do this for the rest of their life, just like us.
9. The Truth: We need to tell our children the truth, they can handle it. It is important to consider the child’s age and maturity, but by telling your child the truth, you let them know that you trust them. They will in turn tell you the truth. Your child does not follow your words, they follow your example.
10. Freedom: The chance to learn and explore, and to grow into a little lady, or gentleman. This of course is also dependent upon age, and the boundaries available considering our own circumstances.
Ten wonderful gifts that you can give your child, that cost nothing but will be priceless.