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    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.

    From Birth

    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.

    Building Blocks elmer inner blue

    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.

    Enchanted Garden pooh adn frieinds

     

    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.

    • The Shire with Playmobil

    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.

    PlayBag Minis

    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.

    At home

    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.

    Maxi Bags

    On Holiday

    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.

    Restaurants

    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!

    Camo Garden wooden toys

    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

    Debbie x.

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  2. We have been super busy over the last few weeks giving our shop an overhaul and a fresh new look! We hope you love it.

    Blog title new shop front

    So what’s different?

    We have upgraded all our product images to show each one individually. This means that you can see the exact outer colour of the PlayBag as well as many more images showing how it can be used. Kinda “serving suggestions” for PlayBags! ;)

    New Products

    We have also added some new products to give you even more choice. (I know that can sometimes make the decision on which PlayBag to buy harder!)

    We have added the Stepping Stones mini, which we love. It is like a mini version of our Enchanted Garden. It has a lush green clearing with stepping stones that lead over the river via a bridge.

    Also introducing the brand new Safari PlayBag which we designed in collaboration with one of our customers. It features a larger sized cave, with lush green leaves, a long vibrant red exotic “plant” area, and a bridge over the track.

    We think both these new designs will fire the imagination of your little one and allow you to take a bagful of imagination wherever you go.

    Two new designs

    New categories

    We have simplified our categories to make it clearer when you are browsing, showing each product category including their key features, with the products listed individually. We have also added a section for PlayBags that we have reduced – either as we have decided to discontinue them, have modified the design, or if there are imperfections (hmph – it does occasionally happen with handmade products!)

    You can also view all the PlayBags at once on the main shop front page.

    Let us know what you think.

    Debbie x

  3. Happy New Year to you all!!

    I don’t think I am alone in saying that 2017 was a tricky year. For so many people it was a year punctuated by difficult situations, and I too had my fair share of problems to deal with on a personal level.

    Take control in 2018

    Happy to say though, that the New Year brings with it a renewed sense of optimism, and we are literally buzzing with new ideas and a fresh outlook for 2018!

    So, what do we have in store for 2018? Well firstly, we are planning to get out and about with our PlayBags even more. Not only to our usual events, but we are also spreading our wings further afield. I won’t say too much just now, as a lot of our new venues are still being firmed up, but you can keep up to date by subscribing to our E-newsletter.

    We currently have a huge January sale going on in our webshop with 25% off all our current ranges. This is so we can make room for our new designs which we will be releasing this year. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we are super excited about our new PlayBags. They are currently in their design phase, so we still have to make the prototypes and put them through the rigorous play-testing to make sure that the design in my head works in reality. We will be posting updates on social media and on our newsletter as these progress, so keep an eye out over the next few months.

    We want you to get the most out of your PlayBag, so we are currently designing a free downloadable e-booklet to give you some more ideas about how to use them. I don’t like the thought of them sitting unused as they were created to make your life as a “parent on the go” easier, so hopefully this will provide some more inspiration.

    We have also lots of cool competitions coming up this year: A photo competition in April (so get busy snapping pics of your PlayBag in action), and also a Design your own PlayBag competition in June, where you could win your own design fully made up – how exciting!!

    Our social media accounts have been slightly neglected of late, but that is set to change. I have been very busy behind the scenes learning new ways to use the different platforms, as well as handing over some of the responsibility to my tech-savvy teenage daughter, who as you know is already in charge of Instagram and doing a fab job!

    Social Media

    Please leave a comment if there is anything you would like to see on our website.

    Here’s to a fab year!

    Debbie xx

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  4. Temporary Shop Closure

    Ok, so I know Christmas is on its way and approaching very fast, but we are taking a brief break from 8-15th December, so will not be processing orders during that week.

    You may (or may not) remember that we are involved with a local charity that helps support a small rural village in The Gambia? Well, two of our team are taking a trip out there again to visit the families that we support, and see how the schools are getting on. As a company we also have donated some money towards their malaria campaign, which is rife in the area. It will be good to catch up with our friends over there (and get some sunshine in – sorry!)

    Don’t worry though, there is still time to order your PlayBag in time for Christmas. We will be getting orders out on Thursday 7th, and Saturday 16th and posting all orders first class including your free Christmas Bobball. Anything urgent, the office will still be manned by the other members of the team ;) 

    Why not check out our Christmas Shop here.

    Debbie x