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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!

Send them back in style – school lunch bags and bottles from Crocodile Creek.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The holidays are nearly over and it’s that time of year when we swamp shoe shops in the hunt for black shoes and buy dull uniforms our children would otherwise refuse to wear. So, it’s nice to be able to give your children a bit of individuality, in the mass of grey and black, and choose a lunchbag and bottle with a unique design.

Crocodile Creek Solar System Lunch Bag

Crocodile Creek Solar System Lunch Bag

The great thing about the range from Crocodile Creek is that they don’t feature gaudy characters that go out of favour before the end of the first half term, rather they have classic, interesting and timeless designs that co-ordinate with bottles, placemats and even jigsaws. The favourite Solar System lunch bag is even educational!

Classic Lunch Box: Fairy Tale Princess

Classic Lunch Box: Fairy Tale Princess

Crocodile Creek’s lunch boxes are beautifully designed, sturdy, insulated and have a zipper front pocket for stashing a napkin, lunch money, or a little embarrassing little note from mummy!

Classic Lunch Box: Ladybird

Classic Lunch Box: Ladybird

The lunch bags are wipe clean and slightly padded to prevent squished sandwiches and to maintain a cool temperature. They measure a generous 10″ x 7.5″ x 3″ providing plenty of room for a packed lunch and snacks.

Fairytale Princess Water Bottle from Crocodile Creek

Fairytale Princess Water Bottle from Crocodile Creek

The bottles are eco friendly stainless steel so they are great to use with water, juice or milk as, unlike plastic, they won’t hold the ‘taste’ of the last drink.

Firetruck Water Bottle from Crocodile Creek

Firetruck Water Bottle from Crocodile Creek

The range varies from fantastically bright and fun robots design to a pastel hues horses theme, something to reflect all hobbies and interests and definitely something different in the lunch queue!

Classic Lunch Box: Dinosaur Kingdom

Classic Lunch Box: Dinosaur Kingdom

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