Sometimes, there is just too much choice!! We have put together this mini guide to help you with your decision.
Firstly how old is your child?
If your child is under 2 – first of all look under the baby friendly section of the shop. Some of our PlayBags have long fabrics, which may shed, so if your little one likes putting things in their mouths, they may not be suitable.
The Building Blocks PlayBag is a good starter choice – especially for babies, as they have a simple fleece interior, in a choice of colours, so it is a good option if you want a clean lightweight PlayBag that you can just open out for them to sit on or have tummy time. As they get older, they can also use it as an open ended base for construction toys such as Lego.
From 1 year old
The Enchanted Garden PlayBag is also another good option as it contains no long fabric and is extremely tactile. It features an oversized flower with “crunchy” orange petals and a squeaker in the centre, as well as different textures to delight your little one. As they reach the age of starting small world imaginative play, the other features come into their own…. The stepping stones and the rainbow bridge offer a perfect backdrop for many toys.
From 2 years old
We love our bestselling Shire design. We think it is one of the most versatile PlayBags and can be used with a wide variety of toys. Although we designed it around the story of The Gruffalo, we use it just as much with our wooden train sets, and Playmobil toys.
Where will you be using your PlayBag?
On the bus/train/plane/in the car
The PlayBag Mini is ideal for travel. It is small enough to fit on the lap or on the small tables on planes. Children love to pack away a few small toys in their PlayBag and carry it themselves.
At Grandparents house
The PlayBag Maxi is perfect for keeping a self contained play station at Grandparents house. It can be filled with toys, and hung in the cupboard ready for their next visit. Every now and again, swap the toys over for a brand new adventure.
If you are not limited for space, the PlayBag Maxi is ideal for use at home. If you have more than one, you can create different themes with them, or lay them next to each other with the roads or rivers aligned to create an even bigger play space.
Depending on how you are travelling, either PlayBag is great for holidays. Especially the rainy days. We tend to take a Mini if we are travelling by plane, or the Maxi if we are in the car. Also love taking them camping so when we are all snuggled up in the tent we can sit around the PlayBag by torchlight and make up stories.
This all depends upon the space you have. We quite often take a Maxi with us to restaurants, then spread it over the table, as it quickly tidies away once the food arrives! Cafes tend to have smaller tables, so we take our Mini to them, although we have been known to lay the PlayBag on the floor in a quiet corner if it is not too busy
Which toys will you be using?
We create our PlayBags to be used with a wide variety of toys, and the idea is that the scene is changed depending upon which toys you are using. If you are buying your PlayBag specifically to use with certain toys this may influence your decision.
We find that the Garden PlayBags are great for trains and vehicle play with its over/under bridge – it has been a race track as well as seen many car chases!
Boy or Girl?
Haha!! Threw this one in as a bit of a red herring!!
We create our PlayBags to be gender neutral, so they are all suitable for either gender. What makes them specific to your child are the toys you decided to use with them. What could be dinosaur planet to one child could be a mystical adventure to another.
Make it your own!
All our PlayBags are made individually in small batches, so it is a simple task to change the features around if you would like something done slightly differently. For example, one of the features in a different colour, or omitting the long grass on The Shire to make it baby friendly. Simply drop us an email and let us know what changes you would like.
Also, although we keep a small amount of PlayBags ready-made, we also have a stock of part made interiors, ready to sew to their outers, so if you want your PlayBag with a different colour outer, let us know and we will make it up for you.
Changing minor things to our design such as features and colours does not count as a custom bag, so does not incur any further charges.
Please do get in touch if you have any queries about any of our PlayBags