Posts Tagged ‘Budkins’

Time to get Spooooooooky!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The leaves are orange and gold and the weather has turned, school is back in and it can only mean one thing….Halloween and Bonfire night are just around the corner.  Aside from a fantastic excuse for children to get some imaginative dressing up in and munch lots of sweets and chocolate (as if they, or I for that matter, need an excuse!) , it’s also a pretty good time to enjoy some  good ol’ crafting. With a half term approaching, we have a lovely selection of Halloween and Remember, Remember inspired toys and crafts to fill the days.

Budkins Gwen the Witch

Djeco craft kits are among the most fantastically unique and imaginative, so it’s of no surprise that they have some super kits inspired by this season.  The kits I have been most impressed by are the Djeco stitching cards. Far from being simple lacing card type kits, they combine simple stitching techniques with quality threads, sequins and sturdy card to give satisfyingly gorgeous textile art end results.  The Witches Stitching Cards kit is a great example of this.

Djeco Witches Stitching Art Kit

For a fireworks fiesta you need look no further than the Djeco Chalk Markers City Lights Kit or just the Chalk Markers themselves for those who prefer to work without a template. These unique markers can be used again and again on the background paper, which can be wiped clean. Vibrant bright colours on a black background are perfect for those firework night pictures.

For those who enjoy some quiet Hama-time, there is the incredibly popular Midi Hama Glow in the Dark kit and also the wonderful Midi Hama Beads Small Gift Box – 3D Spooky for some fantastic 3D ghosts and ghouls to put beside your pumpkin.

Midi Hama Beads Small Gift Box - 3D Spooky

For a less messy pumpkin craft, pop over to Craft Merrily for some of the Tulip pens in glow. Use these pens to create an intricate and unusual design on the outside of the pumpkin and avoid the gunky mess (and foul burning smell!) of a traditional carved pumpkin. The Sculpey Glow in the Dark kit is another great alternative for Halloween decorating.

Budkins - Bones the Skeleton

The lovable Le Toy Van Budkins have their own spooky range of characters from crafty Gwen the Witch to Dracula to Bones the Skeleton. Turn your Dolls House into a spooky haunted house with the help of these wooden figures.

Baby Stella fans will be pleased to know that we have a new outfit for Baby Stella so that she can join in on the trick or treating fun. The Baby Stella Dress Up Kitty Outfit is purrrrfect for turning Baby Stella into a witches cat.






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!

Budkins from Le Toy Van – why I love them…and why you will too.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

I have a special little soft spot for the Budkins characters from Le Toy Van. Perhaps it was the hours spent getting to know each one of the little wooden dolls house characters, huddled around me expectantly so I could accurately describe them for the website that did it……Whatever it was, I can happily say that they are not difficult to become enchanted with. Budkins dolls are a perfect handfull size of 10 cm, large enough for the fantastic individual detailing that they are renown for, but small enough for adventurous dolls house play.

Wooden Toy Police Van Set

Wooden Toy Police Van Set

The range of characters is enormous, to call them ‘dolls house characters’ seems unfairly restrictive, from farmer, farmers wife and stable hand to historical Budkins like the great Henry VIII. Far from being limited to a pretty classic dolls house, these characters all have Le Toy Van buildings or vehicles and even playmats that would complement their theme. Abdul the pirate Budkin , for example, is most happy when plotting the course of his ship, the Barborossa and Josh, the patient would struggle to get to the hospital if an ambulance wasn’t there in his hour of need.

Budkins Dolls Gwen the Witch

Budkins Dolls Gwen the Witch

All the Budkins characters are made from sustainable wood with fair trading at every stage. The arms and legs are bendable for posing the characters and are strong enough to stand. Their hair is woollen and their fabric clothing has wonderful detailing. The Budkins fairies or princesses have the most wonderful dresses and headdresses with layers of silk and chiffon looking fabric and sparkling sequins hidden in the layers.  Archibald the Archer and the knight characters even have realistic looking armour and chain mail.

Budkins Dolls House People - School Girl

Budkins Dolls House People - School Girl

The wonderful quality of the Budkins characters is their flexibility in play. Pair Amy the schoolgirl with the teacher Mrs Davis, or help her board the wonderful red double decker bus to take her home from school. She may pass a construction site on her way and wave to one of the workers, CharlieBilly the Cowboy on the other hand would be happier in Rattlesnake Wooden fort after an disagreement with Indian Chief Bearclaw at the Cherokee Tepee. Whatever era of history or fantasy ignites the imagination of your little storyteller, be it Medieval, Viking, Roman or Hammer Horror you can be sure that there will be a cluster of friendly little Budkins ready to help act out a tale.

Le Toy Van - Three Wishes Castle

Le Toy Van - Three Wishes Castle

Through September, all Le Toy Van has a fantastic 10% off at Play Merrily, including the Budkins characters. Take advantage of this great discount to add to an existing collection or start planning for Christmas gifts that are sure incite delight and creativity.

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