Do you remember having building blocks as a kid? I do. They were probably one of my most enjoyable activities when I was younger. I used to spend hours building them up only to knock them down again.
Well, they have come a long way since I was a kid. We now have Hape Blocks, Melissa & Doug Blocks, and Plan Toys Blocks. All these blocks are slightly different and offer girls or boys a variety of choice.
In the range we selected we have the Hape Fantasy Castle blocks, which as you would expect builds a fantasy castle. A lovely one at that.
Hape also make a maple block set, which offers a little less structure. It leave’s your child to create a castle, house, building or whatever they may choose or create.
The last line in the Hape range is the Undersea Blocks. Yes, that is correct the undersea blocks. You can make turtles; it has starfish, and an Octopus to create. It is certainly something I would have enjoyed as a kid.
One of our favourite ranges is the Melissa and Doug range. We like this range because of the quality of the craftsmanship. The are made to perfection down to the very last detail.
We have included the alphabet nesting and stacking blocks, the 100 wood block set, the classic ABC block cart which is always a popular seller. As it is nice for your children to have a trolley, they can pack the blocks into and pull around the house. Just try not to step on the odd stray later :).
To finish this range off, we have also included a beautiful ABC/123 range.
But we hate to say this, one of our favourites in their range is the Castle and the Fairy Tale Blocks. The fairy tale set includes two horse with a carriage and two figures.
The castle theme is just as wonderful and will provide your children with hours of fun and play.
As you would expect toy blocks promote;
They are also good for developing creative and lateral thinking skills. Will this go with that? Can I build this?
Additionally children are also learning cause and effect. If I build it too high, it might fall over. If the shapes do not match or logically belong together perhaps, I need to try another way?
They also learn patience and focus as they are engaged in the activity of building. This leads to enjoyment of them seeing what they have built. When our daughter or son stand there pointing to their structures, we are just as proud of them as they are proud of themselves.
We have selected a lovely range for you, and we know whatever you choose, you and your little one will have hours of fun.
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.
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.