Green Start, the maker of this cool Banana Splitz toy, is one of our favourite toy manufacturers. Always in great colours, made from sustainable materials, well designed and of good educational quality to boot, what’s not to like? This fun toy lets little ones (aged 1 to 3 years) put the different parts of an ice-cream sundae together by sliding them onto wooden poles set in the base. Each piece is sturdy and reversible, perfect for little hands to play with!
Banana Splitz – Green Start – $33
And before you ask, Beekle is NOT an imaginary friend — he’s definitely real, and he’s definitely seeking a human to be friends with. In Dan Santat’s Caldecott Medal-winning book, Beekle leaves his homeland of magical creatures, takes the perilous voyage to the big city (aka New York) and sets out on the hunt for his special friend. It has lovely illustrations, hints on how to make friends for the uninitiated AND it comes with a free, inflatable space hopper. Just $15 of fun.
The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend — Dan Santat — PB — Hachette — $15
Charades has always been a favourite party game, but the classic book/film/TV show format assumes a lot of knowledge, making it suitable only for older kids and adults. Charades for Kids has adapted the traditional game for younger children, allowing them to join in the fun! The boxed game consists of cards with 3 levels of difficulty: there is a picture and a simple subject (train, chicken, lion) for the youngest children to act out, a simple action for slightly older kids (swimming, getting dressed), and a more complicated action for even older kids (frying a pancake, eating spaghetti). The audience needs to guess the action before the egg timer runs out. Great fun for three or more players, ages 4+, $26.95
These colourful blocks look just like Lego, but are in fact crayons. You can build with them, as well as colour. A neat multitasking indoor activity, perfect for cold mornings and wet afternoons. $9.95.
How do some Farm Finger Puppets sound? Or perhaps Robot Hand Puppets are more your style? These fantastic paper creations are a craft project that become a fun activity. Designed by Hector Serrano these puppets are easy to make and even easier to play with, all you need is glue and a little imagination! Both come in packs of 4; the finger puppets are $8.95 and robots are $19.95. A great rainy day activity!
Fairfieldbooks is excited to be stocking a small range of Nanoblocks critters for the first time. These Japanese build-it toys are mini lego style construction kits that have been around for awhile but difficult to find in Australia. But here they are. Currently we have a koala, a duck with bonus duckling, a dog (all $9.95), an elephant and a pair of meerkats which are both $12.95. Seriously cute and FUN, if slightly infuriating, to build. A great addition to a gift for anyone 12 and up. The (adult) staff members who had the task of building the display figures also really enjoyed them, not just for kids!
Small pieces present a chocking hazard for children under 3, may be extremely difficult for younger children due to complexity and small parts.
These great wooden toys are not only environmentally friendly, but really cute. They pull apart into two pieces allowing for some silly fun mixing silly cars of your own! All pictured are $12.95. We also have the larger crane and army tanker ($16.95) and the Click Critterz which are cute animal pull back toys. They also pull apart into two pieces allowing you to make things like a frogs body with a pigs head. What more could you want? The Critterz are $7.50. Too cute!