The boys and I have been doing some Christmas window shopping online at The Toadstool, and have come up with our Toadstool Christmas Wishlist. The Toadstool is an online shop whose aim is to sell beautiful toys to love, which have been ethically made.
Firstly a special item each to discover under the Christmas tree. 5 year old Jacob already enjoys playing with his plastic marble run but the Haba wooden large Ball Track and Construction Set took his fancy.
And 7 year old Daniel was very taken with a new cuddly friend Lilliputiens Walter the Dragon pouffee who would double up as a cushion to snuggle up with for TV viewing. Daniel has been gaining a lot of comfort from his cuddly toys, since being diagnosed with leukaemia in May.
Then together we’ve chosen a selection of games and puzzles that we can have fun together with. Both Daniel and Jacob love playing games, doing jigsaws and construction toys. And what is Christmas without at least one brand new family game to play. Also I would like to mention that I particularly like the idea of the resealable pouches for the jigsaws, as standard jigsaw boxes don’t last very well in our house.
And then we’ve chosen a couple of great looking Haba squirter bath toys as stocking fillers. I like to replace bath toys regularly, as they mostly get that horrid black mould inside so easily.
Also I always like to include some items under the tree for the boys which aren’t toys. So they have agreed that they would each like a Lilliputiens’ Arnold the hippo children’s umbrella, to replace their Thomas the Tank engine ones which have bent spokes. Daniel at age 7, is particularly pleased about this as he says “Thomas” is not a cool look.
And then I couldn’t resist adding another stocking filler for Daniel. Janod Tubix Mikado is a version of the classic pick up straws game, which I used to love playing as a child myself. Daniel tried pick up straws out earlier this year at the hospital. Each time we went for his weekly in-patient chemotherapy stays over the summer, he would ask the play specialists if he could borrow the 100 games compendium box. He had fun in spite of what he was undergoing.
Finally I’ve chosen this one rather than the boys. It is a Lilliputiens Walter the Dragon castle toy storage basket, that compliments the pouffee Daniel chose. It will be ideal to house the ever-growing menagerie of cuddly toys in our house which have overflowed their current storage.
I’ve also saved our Toadstool Christmas Wishlist on Pinterest.
This blog post is my entry into The Toadstool big Christmas Wishlist blogger competition for a chance to become a 2014 Toy Toad Tester.