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  1. Which PlayBag should I choose?

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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. Temporary Shop Closure

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    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

  3. The Technology Gap

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    When we think back to twenty years ago, what do you feel is the thing that has changed the most? For me, I straight away thought, technology! Definitely! We have realy come a long way since VHS tapes and Walkmans; nowadays it almost seems like children are born with phones in their hands. The next generation with thumbs that could kill due to their strength from texting. So as a teenager who doesn't really have that much of a liking for technology (says she writing this on her laptop with her phone by her side), it really bugs me when I see children who know how to work an iPod before they can walk. But I mean, that's just my opinion of course!

    technology

    But that's why I like seeing kids using normal conventonal toys, such as ones similar to our PlayBags for a convenient example. Not to seem stone age or anything.... We created the PlayBag in order to keep little Peter occupied whilst I was at training and sure enough, from an idea to a creation, and then from a creation to a company we grew. Paired with whatever is lying around the bottom of our bags, he is entertained for hours, lost in his own little world of imagination. No matter where we are; whether that be in a car, somebody's house or even at a restaurant waiting for a meal, we can always count on our PlayBag to keep little Peter far from boredom.

    Do let us know what toys you use with your PlayBag and follow us on Social media to keep up with our latest creations and ideas for using your PlayBag.

    Caitlin x

  4. Negotiating the Rollercoaster of Parenting

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    We all love our kids, but we know it can be a bit of a minefield out there! Although the basics are still the same, the world has changed so fast. I see this with my own children, who live in a fast-paced world where anything is available at the touch of a button. Six-year-old Peter does not have access to the internet or any electronic devices, although he is always asking for an iPad because “all his other friends have them”! I personally find it quite scary how freely information is available out there and not all of it is positive. The number of stories in the news and from other parents about how children have been injured or even worse from following trends on Instagram or copying daring feats from YouTube are getting scarily frequent.

    Lifeline

    I discovered the Sue Atkins Parenting Show a while back and have been listening to her Podcast whilst getting on with various jobs around the house and find it a wealth of information and advice. She has her finger on the pulse of what is really going on out there, and her advice is relevant to parents of children of all ages. Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert, Writer, Speaker, Broadcaster and Presenter as well as being a mother herself. She has had articles published all over the world as well as making regular appearances of TV shows such as “This Morning”. She understands the difficulties and pitfalls of parenting and offers no nonsense advice. Show website page:

    Sue Atkins long

     

    Check out her free podcast

    The Sue Atkins Parenting Show is a free, weekly show which addresses many different aspects of parenting. She both interviews and is interviewed by other experts to give us a balanced view of modern issues. Here is the link to Issue 31: Helping your kid become smart talkers to give you an idea. (Listen out for our advert ????). Each episode is between 20-40 minutes long and focusses on one or two aspects. The podcast is published every Friday and is easy to subscribe to!

    Definately worth a listen, and do check out her social media links below. Leave us a comment to let us know what you think?

     Debbie x

    Social and website links:

    The Sue Atkins Parenting Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sueatkinsshow

    Sue on Twitter:https://twitter.com/SueAtkins

    Sue on Facebook ‘Happy, Confident Kids with Sue Atkins’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/108120436394183/

    Sue’s Parenting Club

    https://www.sueatkinsparentingcoach.com/parenting-club-online/