4 – Luna and the Threading Apple

2 – Luna and the well balanced Moon

FREE Bedtime Stories – Introducing Luna the rabbit…

We are very lucky at Wood and Wonder to be able welcome a wonderful author into our blog. Adam E. Holton has been kind enough to write some children’s stories following the life of Luna the rabbit. Adam is very kindly writing these wonderful children’s bedtime stories completely free of charge for Wood and Wonder and we would very much like to pass them onto you – our loyal customers.

Luna the Rabbit

Please feel free to download them as PDFs, print them out and read the stories to your children at bedtime.

Luna, a once shy and nervous rabbit, was rescued by the teacher and toymaker. Because of this she wants to help the toymaker find ideas for his next toys with the help of the local children.

Adam would like to write a new episode to Luna’s story around once a month, so please check back soon to find more.

Looking for an activity for the kids this Spring?

Why not take a look at Wood and Wonder’s instructional video on how to take an old toilet roll and a couple of twigs and turn them into a fantastic bird feeder.

It’s a great activity to do along with your children this Spring. It’s fun, quick, easy and inexpensive and a great way to get your kids imaginative and creative juices flowing. Take a look at the video below and please feel free to share with your friends and family.

For your reference, to make this bird feeder you will need:

  • An empty toilet roll
  • A small cup of bird seed
  • Peanut butter
  • Spreading knife
  • Approximately 30cm string
  • Scissors
  • A Pencil (possibly Blue Tack – see video for your preference)
  • 2 x Twigs

Hope you enjoy!

Fair Trade Toys from Lanka Kade available now!

We have really fallen in love with Lanka Kade wooden toys here at Wood and Wonder. They represent everything we strive to be in our little family-run company and although were haven’t posted on our blog for a while, we’d like to take this opportunity to do so.

We discovered Lanka Kade when visiting a Toy Fair in Birmingham, having a look for exciting new products for our website. They are a company based in Market Harborough, not far from us really. The really beautiful thing about them is all of their toys we supply are Fair Trade and come with an attached story about the Artisan who crafted them.

Lanka Kade Alpha

“Lanka Kade” actually translates as “the Sri Lankan Shop” and although the toys are designed in the UK, they are carefully manufactured by Artisans in Sri Lanka. Lanka Kade actually offers their producers interest-free long-term business loans, training in health and safety and on-going support to comply with their Fair Trade principals.

Another important factor for us is Lanka Kade’s eco credentials. Most of their toys are manufactured from sustainable rubber wood. I can remember Sri Lanka as being a big producer of rubber when I visited a few years ago. Once the tree has produced all the rubber it can (after around 10 years of rubber production I believe), Lanka Kade uses the tree to manufacture their wooden toys.

We also love the simplicity and robust nature of their toys. We’ve chosen to supply a mixture of both classic and innovative designs from them – ranging from their beautiful solid wooden Noah’s Arks, to Castle-themed building blocks, to classic colourful children’s jigsaws. All colourful, engaging and a few being the original design for these types of toys.

We hope you will love Lanka Kade as much as we do. Click here to have a look at our section of our website dedicated to Lanka Kade.

The Hape Rainbow Railway for Toddlers

I am very excited to show you one of our new products which solves a problem.

I remember as a child loving my wooden train set. I used to play with it for hours and hours, rejigging the track, moving my train from A to B, playing with friends in our different pretend roles – it was a huge part of my childhood.

The problem is, most train sets on the market are designed for older children maybe 3+ as they probably contain small parts. This is where our new range from Hape comes in. Please take a look at our video…

The Rainbow Railway has been designed to be a toddler friendly train set suitable for children from age 18 months and above.

It is designed to be engaging and exciting at every level. All the pieces contain vibrant colours and they all are incredibly interactive. They are designed to move with certain actions triggering maybe a pop-up piece or a sound or music. This is a train track which will surely engage and entertain your little one for hours as they learn through experimenting with the different pieces.

The designers have developed and enhanced more traditional toddlers toys into track pieces. A good example of this is the shape sorter track piece, where your toddler can sort the complete the shape puzzle with the triangular, rectangular and semi-circular pieces to complete the track and prevent the little train from derailing! Maybe it is sounds your little one is interested in. The train can trundle over the xylophone track piece or make its way through the cymbals, triggering each one automatically as it passes. When the train reaches the bead maze, your child can stop and play with the beads as they whirl them around the loops.

A truly fantastic product which makes us very excited indeed! Best of all it is compatible with other wooden railway brands (e.g. Brio) so it can expand as they get older and collect more pieces, to create a truly unique railway set.

This set could really go a long way in improving fine-motor skills and could also encourage creativity, communication and teamwork.

We aim to expand the range in the future so keep checking our space.

If you would like to take a look at the product on our website please click here.