Posts Tagged ‘Bigjigs’

Who would live in a house like this?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
One of the most commonly asked questions we hear at PlayMerrily is the sizing of the different dolls house furniture. From BigJigs modern ‘whole house in a box’ furniture set to the more intricate and detailed Le Toy Van Daisylane range there is plenty to choose from to make your doll’s house a home.

Le Toy Van Daisylane Dolls House Furniture

Le Toy Van Daisylane Kitchen

Le Toy Van Daisylane Kitchen

 

The Daisylane range from Le Toy Van are sold as individual room sets. This is a massively popular range. The sets include smaller accessories and fabric detailing. The furniture style is more traditional, country cottage looking, with pastel hue colours.
 

 

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Dolls House Furniture

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Kitchen

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Kitchen

 

This range is ideal for smaller dolls houses or for starter sets, as it has the detailing of the Daisylane, but with fewer individual furniture pieces. The colour range is brighter than the pastel hues of the Daisylane sets , with more minimalist styling in the furniture pieces.

 
 

Selecta Dolls House Furniture

Selecta Dolls House Furniture Kitchen

Selecta Dolls House Furniture Kitchen

 

The selection of dolls house furniture and accessory sets from Selecta really fill a gap for ‘everyday life’ sets that are lacking in some of the others. (The Housework Set  is much more fun than real life!)

 
 

 

 

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

 

A fantastic value set that includes all the main furniture pieces so that you can furnish your whole dolls house. All natural wood finish with coloured accents for each room.  This set contains the furniture only.

 

 

 

 

All theses wooden furniture sets are sized very similarly.  The sink unit in each set measured around 12cm wide and 9cm tall, so all furniture sets would be compatible in any of the dolls houses. Therefore any of the dolls house families or Budkins characters would fit with the furniture to bring your dolls’ house to life.

Throughout July we have a 15% discount on all Le Toy Van, including the Dolls Houses and furniture, so it’s a great opportunity to get that extra special birthday gift that will last a lifetime, or even (dare I mention it?!) be super prepared for  Christmas!

Roll up, roll up, get your market stands here……..

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

With the arrival of the rather lovely Le Toy Van Honeybee market stall we realised that making a choice between the fantastic BigJigs market stall and the all the food crates and market stand related accessories might get a bit difficult.

Le Toy Van Honeybee Market Stall

Le Toy Van Honeybee Market Stall

So, we have compiled a little ‘compare and contrast’ to try to help the decision making process along.

Both these wooden market stands are table top play styles. The BigJigs market stand is 52cm wide by 52cm tall whereas the Le Toy Van Honeybee stall is taller at 64cm but narrower at 40cm. The Le Toy Van stall has a pale blue finish with a red and white stripe canopy and comes with a canvas shopping bag and a crate with wooden apples and pears. The Le Toy Van stall can hold up to 6 Le Toy Van market crates on the 2 shelves snuggly. It can also hold 6 Big Jigs crates from the Healthy eating set of 4 crates set or 6 Melissa & Doug food groups crates on the 2 shelves. The Le Toy Van crates are sold individually and come lined with adorable ‘Le Toy Van News’ paper.  These crates include items not found in the other crates, such as the bunch of blooms flower crate.

Honeybee Market Stand

Le Toy Van Honeybee Market Stand

The BigJigs market stand has a natural wood finish with the requisite red and white stripe canopy. It comes with 2 empty wooden crates which you could fill with groceries. The Bigjigs healthy eating food crates fit on the BigJigs market shelves, 3 to a shelf with room to spare if they were arranged narrow end forward, as in the image.  You could also mix and match as the Le Toy Van crates will fit 3 to a shelf with space in between and the Melissa & Doug Food Groups crates fit 4 to a shelf snuggly. The extra space on the shelves is great for items such as the BigJigs wooden milk bottles in a crate or a boxed cake or gateau or you could arrange the crates so that the wider side faced forward and another crate could be stacked behind it. The shelves on the BigJigs market stand are deeper, allowing for more variety in your little market traders produce presentation.

BigJigs Wooden Market Stand

BigJigs Wooden Market Stand

Some fantastic market accessories are the Le Toy Van Honeybake weighing scales or the BigJigs wooden scales for weighing out customers fruit and veg, the Haba Net Shopping bag, or the BigJigs collapsible shopping basket  in a range of colours, just perfectly sized for little hands to carry home their purchases and the BigJigs wooden cash register for essential money role play.

Haba Play Food Net Shopping Bag

Haba Play Food Net Shopping Bag

Le Toy Van Honeybake Weighing Scales

Le Toy Van Honeybake Weighing Scales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market stand or shop role play are fantastic ways to introduce your child to money, weights, food and imaginative conversation. These beautiful markets stands are the perfect backdrop to hours of versatile, imaginative play in a home or school setting.

 

Best of British!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

With red, white and blue bunting proudly hanging from homes, street parties planned in towns and villages across the nation and a summer of hosting the Olympics in our capital to look forward to, it is a great time to celebrate all things that that are quintessentially British.

So, to join in with the Jubilee spirit here at PlayMerrily, we have pinned up our virtual bunting, donned our inflatable crowns and put together a little collection of our favourite British inspired toys for your enjoyment.

Le Toy Van have long provided us with fantastic wooden toys but the London Bus with driver has been massively popular and what could be more iconic than a big red Double Decker bus? For younger ones the BigJigs London Bus Shape Sorter is a lovely option with 20 wooden animals to hop aboard the sturdy wooden bus.

BigJigs London Bus Shape Sorter

To upgrade your dolls house simply add James the Royal Guard and Sentry Box for an instant Buckingham Palace! Will the Queen leave her residence and give a regal wave to the sightseers? With the Budkins Heart of London Gift Pack you will have all the characters you need for a Royal Jubilee Celebration. Although, I actually think Mrs Davis, the teacher is a better candidate for HRH than Queen Alice, or is that treason?!

Royal Guard & Sentry Box

For London sightseeing tours you can always hop aboard the train and visit the major sights with the John Crane City of London Train Set or there are plenty of London Vehicles to travel in.

City of London Train Set

For an easier way to see the sights you could always use Alphabet Jigsaws lovely London Skyline Wooden Jigsaw, a fantastic chunky wooden jigsaw for younger ones to enjoy the major sites of the capital city.

Big Bus Floor Puzzle

 

 

For an Olympic Games theme in your own home, try Orchard Toys The Animal Games Jigsaw or Bus Stop Game for when the typical British summer downpour strikes.

 

 

 

Djeco My Picnic Hamper & Accessories

Of course, come rain or shine, we Brits love a picnic and Djeco’s Toy Picnic Hamper or the John Crane picnic tea set are lovely role play toys to enact such an event with eager dollies. And what could be more British than a lovely cup of tea? Perhaps even with a crumpet and cake on the side? Delightfully provided by Bigjigs wooden play food range, choose from Tea for Two or Tea Time Treats or skip straight to the cakes for high tea with lovely cake stands ranging from pink and pretty to Honeybake 3 tiered to classic and simple

 

Honeybake 3 Tier Cake Stand

I think we even have reason to sneak in our new little collection of Holztiger wooden animal figures, especially the lovely Bluetit, Hedgehog and the adorable fawn who all epitomise the English countryside.

Holztiger Fawn

Whatever your plans, enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend!

The benefits of toy wooden food play.

Monday, May 7th, 2012

With four children who have been busy strewing our home with toys for 14 years now, we think we are pretty good at knowing what toys work for kids. One type of toy that ours have come back to time and again over the years is our wooden toy food. The opportunities for imaginative play with it are huge – restaurants, home corner play, cooking, picnics, making nurseries for their dolls, shops, cafes… you name it, my lounge has been host to it. Over the years it’s undoubtedly the basket of toys that has spent the most time being mixed in with other toys too. The dolls certainly spend a lot of time eating very well indeed but it works beautifully when turned into stew with wooden maths blocks, added to building blocks to make Faraway Tree style lands, used with plasticine to make cakes that can be cut along side the toy ones or served up as part of our home educating life when we need to do some work on healthy eating and food groups. I’ve even used to to model for still life drawing on occasion.

A year ago our youngest daughter was a very lucky girl indeed when she got a wooden play shop for her birthday. Shop play is brilliant for kids, especially if you take the plunge and add some real money into the game. Nothing teaches quite like doing and endless hours of totting up costs and change, drawing up price tickets and restocking the shelves did wonders for her maths and her writing. It sits next to a matching wooden cooker which gives her loads of opportunity to mix and match games so they involve cooking and food play with money and writing games.

Recently we ran a competition over on our blog to give one lucky winner a picnic full of wooden play food from BigJigs. I adore the BigJigs stuff – not only is it excellent value and good quality but it has real diversity. There are meals, there is healthy food, often made so it can be cut and sliced and there is the all too essential cakes and biscuits too. There are no calories in wooden biscuits so I am quite happy to have those served up to me! Given the competition had over 100 entries, I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one to like these types of products for my children!

I’m really proud of the diverse selection of wooden toy food we have on PlayMerrily and love that we dip into different brands, materials and prices ranges too. I especially love the soft fabric play food from Haba, which really ticks a box from me. It’s incredibly delicately stitched, making it seem like a craft product in many way, with lovely colours and some really novel ideas too.

I know I ought to be liking salad… but you know, these just really appeal!

With the weather set to be wet for sometime, you could probably do worse than planning for some carpet picnics. If you need an incentive, Haba and BigJigs have a full 15% off in May across the entire range. If you’d like to join us for our next giveaway, do follow us on FaceBook and/or Twitter.

New Roads! Great new range of Wooden Roadway from Bigjigs

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Bigjigs range of Wooden Railway have been hugely popular, and it’s easy to see why. The wide range of buildings, accessories and trains that are compatible with leading train track brands, mean that a train set can easily and affordably be updated and expanded to create unique and imaginative routes.

So we are very excited that this design has now extended to a wooden roadway system that can either link up to a railway using a level crossing, or be used alone to build towns and cities.

BigJigs Wooden City Road & Railway Set

BigJigs Wooden City Road & Railway Set

The superb attention to daily life that we have come to love from Bigjigs is evident in the smaller accessories such as the parking spaces set and the zebra crossing set, which not only make the roadway realistic, but also provide a great role play opportunity to talk about road safety with children.

Bigjigs Wooden Roadway - Parking Spaces Set

Bigjigs Wooden Roadway - Parking Spaces Set

A roadway set can be started fairly simply with the most basic set, My First Roadway which is a fantastic toy for a toddler, who will love the chance to slot together the road pieces to create a transport system for the small wooden cars to be pushed along. The Figure of Eight Roadway Set includes people, wooden houses and the all important bridge for wizzing the cars down!

Bigjigs Wooden Roadway - Figure of Eight Roadway Set

Bigjigs Wooden Roadway - Figure of Eight Roadway Set

As well as roadway sets, this range also includes roadway pieces in a variety of sizes, for extending existing sets and a selection of bridges and tunnels. The Countryside Bridge is particularly fantastic for running a railway under which can later meet the road at a level crossing for a really large and imaginative road and rail track, the design of which will stretch and encourage a child’s (and parent’s!) imagination.

Bigjigs Wooden Roadway - Countryside Bridge

Bigjigs Wooden Roadway - Countryside Bridge


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