Our little business was born from a need for more eco-friendly toys for our daughter and for being able to spend more time with her. I got Zoé her ...
Just imagine having a toy that was handed down from grandparents to parents, from parents to children and grandchildren. What a great feeling and sentimental value learning colours, letters, and numbers on the same toy as our grandparents did.
Pagalou Toys were developed to stimulate children’s curiosity. Pagalou toys have skill-building attributes across a range of developmental skills, including physical (gross and fine motor), educational (math, reading, writing), and social and emotional (turn-taking, role-playing) skills.
Benefits of toy rotation
- Having fewer toys available reduces over-stimulation and encourages creative thinking and independent play
- A rotation is an opportunity to pick out toys that are no longer reached for
- Each rotation brings out "new toys" which reduces boredom
- Creates less clutter, makes decluttering and clean-ups quicker and easier
- Creates a calmer environment
- The child gets to practise doing an activity for a longer period of time as their attention isn’t diverted to whatever has just caught their eye
- Leads to developed sense of patience and perseverance and heightened creativity as the child learns to repurpose toys in different ways
When cleaning your wooden toys, remember that wood is a porous material. Never soak or immerse a wooden toy in water.
You can use a mild soap or white or apple cyder vinegar diluted with water. Make sure you use a small amount of soap, preferably natural one, that wouldn't dry the toy's surface.
I have been baking gingerbread for Christmas for many many years now. It has been one of my favourite Christmas traditions really. When I was youn...
This is now not about saving our planet. It’s about saving ourselves. With or without us, the natural world will rebuild. In the 30 years since the evacuation of Chernobyl, the wild has reclaimed the space, the forest has taken over the city. It’s a sanctuary for wild animals that are very rare elsewhere. It’s a powerful evidence that no matter how big our mistakes, nature will overcome them. We humans can’t presume the same. We are the smartest creatures that have ever lived, but to continue we require more than intelligence. We require wisdom. We alone are able to imagine the future. There’s a chance of us to make amends and manage our impact. And become in balance with nature. We know how to create the perfect home for ourselves, a rich, healthy home, full of magic.
“We have overfished 30% of fish stocks to critical levels. We cut down over 15 billion trees each year. By damming, polluting, and over-extracting rivers and lakes, we’ve reduced the size of freshwater populations by over 80%. We’re replacing the wild with the tame. Half of the fertile land on Earth is now farmland. 70% of the mass of birds on this planet are domestic birds. The vast majority, chickens. We account for over one-third of the weight of mammals on Earth. A further 60% are the animals we raise to eat. The rest, from mice to whales make up just 4%. This is now OUR planet, run by humankind FOR humankind. There is little left for the rest of the living world.” (A Life On Our Planet)
A few days ago we watched ‘A Life On Our Planet’. And it had such an impact on me that I decided to write a blogpost about it. Actually, more than one blogpost. As one would simply not be enough, I would need to leave out too much valuable information.
The reason why I decided to write about this topic on one hand is that not everyone can watch the film. On the other hand is that our actions have been affecting our children's future and we must act now if we don’t want them to struggle and if we want them to experience the beauty and magic of our planet.
If we would like children to learn how to solve problems, work towards individual or collective goals, or improve active listening skills, structured play is the answer. Unstructured play on the other hand builds important qualities such as creativity, empathy and imagination.
Abaki®’s is a family-owned toy manufacturing company specialising in all-natural, handmade wooden toys. They strongly believe that toys are more than just fun and games for kids. Their Abaki® toys engage a child's senses, spark their imagination and encourage them to interact with their parents & other children. Abaki®’s range of all-natural handmade wooden toys put a smile on every child’s face.
Childhood is a time of magic. Wooden rings can become swim belts for peg people, rainbow stackers can become slides or rockers for small dolls and soft toys, and little ones can become doctors, bakers, baristas, builders or explorers, all in one day. When children use their imagination in play they are developing crucial psychological and emotional capacities that help them understand the world in which they live and their relation to it; they are learning to solve problems, create new possibilities, even change the world.
Eden Reforestation Projects is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. They hire the poorest of the poor to grow, plant, and guard to maturity native species forest on a massive scale. Their “employ to plant methodology” results in a multiplication of positive socio-economic and environment measures.