Our shelves are piled high with gifts for two-year-olds this Christmas. From wooden toys to dolls and musical instruments – we have everything a two-year-old could possibly want. For a growing toddler, there’s nothing better than getting to rip open a whole load of new presents in a some new festive pyjamas, so read on for our top tips on what to get them to ensure a tantrum-free Christmas day.
Nadolig Llawen! Give a Welsh present this Christmas from Babi Pur.
If you’re looking for a fun Welsh baby gift this Christmas for a little Cymraes or Cymro, Babi Pur has it covered.
Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia, Babi Pur is a family-run, one-stop-shop for natural, ethical children and baby products. From reusable nappies and baby carriers, to organic clothing for mums, children and babies and more fab wooden toys than you could shake a fairly traded, sustainably grown stick at, Babi Pur has everything under one roof for the little people in your life. And if you’re after for a Christmas gift with a definite Welsh flavour, Babi Pur is definitely the place to go. We’ve put together a little collection of our favourite Welsh baby gifts here to make things easy for you.
Say goodbye to throw-away plastic and hello to ethical toys by having a green Christmas with Babi Pur. Our shelves are fit to burst with lots of lovely organic, fair trade, sustainable toys that are built to last, without harming the planet. Here are our top ten ethical gifts that your children will love this Christmas.
Haba Wooden BlocksWooden building blocks have to be one of our all time favourite toys and Haba have a wide selection for all ages. Haba First Blocks are a fab Christmas present for a one-year-old. Combining brightly coloured blocks with a bell, beads, mirror and ball, building their first tower will be a stimulating experience. Take it to the next level with the 102-piece Haba Basic Building Blocks XL Set, a huge set of building blocks that will keep children aged 1 and up entertained for hours. For ages three and up, the Haba Ghost Tower and Knight’s Castle block set will be a magical present. Young children will love creating castles of their own designs using this set and populating them with a host of residents, including a spooky ghost and fiery dragon. Children aged 5 and up (not to mention their parents) will love Haba’s historical sets which enable them to create the pyramids, Middle Eastern palaces and the Roman Coliseum.
This week, Cecilia reviews the Lanka Kade colourful building blocks for Babi Pur
We are delighted to test out the Lanka Kade Colourful Building Blocks. We received a 38 pieces wooden building blocks set, it comes in all sorts of shapes and a variety of colours in exchange for an honest review. The set is suitable from 10 months.
With a small age gap between our first two children, now 8 and 7 years old, they have been growing up together and sharing many exciting games and activities along the way. When Isla came along, now 11 months old, we wondered how we could involve all three children (and different age groups) and engage them in meaningful activities with each other, activities that are safe enough for the little one and enticing enough that the older children would not get bored: the lanka kade blocks did just that.
In our house we like to provide an environment where play is child led, therefore when asked to review the building blocks instead of ‘staging it’ (by that I mean direct the children to play ‘nicely’ with the toys whilst I take some pictures), I simply left the building blocks in a corner of the room and watched to see how the three would respond. Sure enough the three were immediately keen to play with the new toy, whilst chatting to them I took some pictures!
This is a beautiful Fair Trade Castle and knights toy by Lanka Kade made from solid natural wood. We have one of these wooden toys to give away in today’s Advent giveaway. You have until one minute to Midnight tomorrow night (10th Dec ’13) to enter and we’ll send it to the winner before the end of the week!
Lanka Kade our one of our favourite toy suppliers, they have been with Babi Pur since we opened our virtual doors in 2007. Beautiful fair trade toys made by skilled artisans from sustainable wood. It’s a simple formula that yields wonderful results.
Traditional wooden toys that stimulate imaginations, learning through play and good old fashioned fun. We love the brightly coloured jigsaws and toys, each one is hand painted which adds to the character and uniqueness.
Fair trade principles run through the heart of the company. Lanka Kade work with small scale producers in Sri Lanka providing them with skills, training and financial support so that they can run their own businesses independently. These principles are what fair trade is all about, it’s not about charity, it’s about good quality continual employment with fair wages and good working conditions so that people are able to provide for themselves and their families without being exploited.
Lanka Kade work directly with each producer providing a full and fair price for their products. Lots of the toys are hand painted to an incredible standard, Ramani can be seen here painting skipping rope handles. Highly skilled at their craft, the toys are designed in the UK for each producer to utilise and develop their individual knowledge and skills and so ensuring that local skills are respected and secured.
Lanka Kade aim to provide continual employment throughout the year with prompt payments for goods supplied. They also offer producers long term, interest free loans to enable producers to expand and develop their businesses. Producers are expected to provide good rates of pay, equal opportunities, pleasant and safe working conditions and have an understanding of fair trade practices.
So what about the toys? Well here’s a few of our favourites.
Large Rainbow Noah’s Ark as painted by Kusuma in the picture above. This is a big ark painted in lovely colours. The animals go in two by two and the ark keeps them safe from the impending flood. £59.99
1-10 Dinosaur jigsaw, brilliant bright coloured pieces, put them together in the right order to make this friendly dinosaur £10.99. There are loads of Lanka Kade jigsaws to suit a range of ages, all in fantastically bright colours some with numbers and some with the alphabet.
Castle building blocks, these have only just come in and we love them! Build your own castle! Any shape, any height, lots of fun to be had with these and you can add them to any other blocks you might have to build even bigger structures £25.99
Check out the Lanka Kade section on our website for a full list of products. There’s blocks, jigsaws, skipping ropes, castles, farms, spinning tops, skittles, cars, buses and lots more.