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New toys at

Friday, January 31st, 2014
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New toys at Character online

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Character online just added these super new toys
Chill Factor Slushy Maker - Red
Chill Factor Slushy Maker - Red £12.99
ChillFactor Squeeze Cup Slushy Maker is a unique slushy maker which allows you to make delicious slushies' in seconds. Put in the freezer, wait to freeze then add your preferred chilled drink and squeeze!
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New toys at Early Learning Centre

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Early Learning Centre has these top new toys today
Little Tikes Inside Outside Kitchen
Little Tikes Inside Outside Kitchen £139.99
This unique two-sided toy kitchen with realistic styling and cooking sounds has an inside play kitchen on one side and an outside barbecue patio area on the other. Children will have great fun indoors or out preparing food inside the kitchen, then cooking it on the barbecue.Featuring a stone patio, stylish fabric canopy, a pass-through window, a picnic table, a bench, pretty flowers, and a large sink with a modern style tap, oven and dishwasher.With a stove top burner with electronic sounds, a magnetic refrigerator door, grill with cooking sounds and realistic ''flames'' and a coffee pot with disappearing coffee.Comes complete with a chef's hat and 27 additional accessories.
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Junior Scholars

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
jslogoEducation, Education, Education! Your Child's Future: Junior Scholars Have Got It Covered.

Junior Scholars is an educational online retailer based in a high street shop and offices in Watford, Hertfordshire, UK. Their mission is to help parents, teachers and schools find the best resources to ensure every child has the best start in education. The recent UK PISA performance shows that kids in the UK have a long way to go in catching up with the likes of China, Singapore and Canada in Maths, English, reading and science. What can be done to help improve the UK?s performance in education? A good early start in learning is crucial for our children's future.

We know from the earliest age that baby can learn through play, so JuniorScholar's have taken this head on with a range of learning and educational toys, games and books to delight and entertain. I took a closer look at their online offering and what makes them different from other online toys and games retailers.

Firstly, the website is colourfully displayed and it is easy to navigate the different age groups to find what you are looking for. You can filter on interest, subject, product type or brand. There are over 1400 products to choose from that help play and study at each stage of your child's development, right through to their teenage years. They also stock the major brands like Galt, Orchard Toys, Horrible Science as well as 11+ GL assessment and test papers and the popular Heinemann math's range. Their product range is also strong for toddlers and the early years age range.

For nurseries or schools, they offer a bulk discount of ten percent off, which if you are part of a larger nursery group can be a justifiable incentive to purchase big for the whole year.

I'm a big fan of eco and fair trade toys, and on their site found the Lanka Kade wooden jigsaw range, which is hand painted made from sustainable rubber wood. I know the quality and robustness will stand the test of time from my 2 year old nephew.

JuniorScholars also run Kids events that are centered around arts crafts and play. Drawn on the experience of Celia, (an ex Prep school teacher), who seems to be a natural on camera, as she shows how to make clay cottages and cats out of cardboard and paper, could have been mistaken for an early Blue Peter episode back in the day. The events look great fun which incorporate play activities, colouring, drawing, quizzes, prizes and refreshments. Their past events can be viewed on the Junior Scholar's youtube channel.

They also have a strong following on Facebook and an active blog with varied content and featured categories,'help my child', kids education, product reviews to parenting and teaching tips.

New toys at Early Learning Centre

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Early Learning Centre just added these super new toys
Janod Rock 'N' Go Rocking Horse
Janod Rock 'N' Go Rocking Horse £64.00
The rocking horse is a classic part of any nursery, and with the Janod Rock n' Go Rocking Horse your child will have hours of fun. It is comfortable with its blue felt seat, yet employs many safety features. These include anti-tip pads, back rest, foot rest and handles. With the quintessentially Janod high quality wood finish, this solid and robust yet elegant rocking horse will look fantastic in any child's room.Quick Facts:Finished in red and blueFeatures back and foot rest, handles and anti-slip padsMade with woodSuitable from 12 months
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Price reductions at Hamleys

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Over a hundred prices reduced today at Hamleys
Hamleys Wooden Letter O
Hamleys Wooden Letter O was £1.20 now £0.50
Part of a colourful new range of pre-school toys, now at Hamleys.These traditional Wooden Plaques are constructed from the highest quality FSC wood and are available in a variety of flashcard-style designs. Put the fun back into early learning and development with this delightful series of Hamleys Wooden plaques; Hamleys Wooden Animal Plaques, Hamleys Wooden Letters (A-Z) and Hamleys Wooden Numbers (1-9) (each sold separately).Each Hamleys Wooden Plaque is beautifully decorated in vivid primary colours, designed to capture and hold children''s attention whilst they learn. A wonderful way to encourage both group and 1 to 1 learning and lots of fun for the whole family.Who can make the longest word? Who can do the hardest sum? And most importantly, who can do the best Giraffe impression?
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New toys at Hamleys

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Hamleys just added loads of excellent new toys
1-2-3 Musical Gym
1-2-3 Musical Gym £64.00
A comfy mat, playful friends, music, sounds, and plenty of stimulating fun as baby grows - the Fisher Price 1-2-3 Musical Gym has it all! Baby can bat at the roller ball for delightful music, watch sweet butterflies spin overhead, and kick the raised end panel for toe-tickling textures. When baby is old enough, the pillow wedge encourages tummy-time fun with a peek-a-boo mirror, jingling toucan and other toys! Grows with baby for lay & play, tummy time & sit & play. Features a soft mat with overhead toys & spinning mobile. Toys include a soft toucan, sun mirror, rollerball, giraffe, bat-at tiger, palm tree, textured peek-a-boo leaf & butterfly mini mobile. Bright colors & high contrast details.Requires 3 x LR44 batteries (included).
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New toys at Early Learning Centre

Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Early Learning Centre has these excellent new toys today
Wooden Castle
Wooden Castle £40.00
New Wooden Castle includes drawbridge, trap door, collapsing wall and a knight. Great for imaginative play.
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Price reductions at Hamleys

Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Hamleys has cut the price of these great toys
LEGO Star Wars Star Destroyer 75033
LEGO Star Wars Star Destroyer 75033 was £13.00 now £9.00
Control the galaxy with the cool LEGO Star Wars Star Destroyer microfighter. You''ll be amazed how many details have been crammed into this miniature-size version of the Empire''s giant starship, like engines at the back, 2 flick missiles and a mini cockpit for the Imperial Crew minifigure to sit in! Fire up the engines and get ready to hunt down the Rebels. Includes an Imperial Crew minifigure with a blaster pistol.
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Price reductions at Early Learning Centre

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Early Learning Centre has cut the price of these excellent toys
Wooden Castanets
Wooden Castanets was £5.00 now £2.50
Perfect for children of all ages, these Wooden Castanets are easy to play. Your little one will love to create songs and music, which will encourage their creative skills.They will keep your little one enthralled for hours - combine with other ELC instruments to create musical mayhem.Quick Facts: Easy to playMade with strong woodPainted with bright stripes.
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