Activity boxes, Baby shower, Educational, Kitchen helper stool, Toys & Play, Wooden toys
Angelique from BabyPlay is a mum to one, and believes children learn naturally through play and that our job as both parents and educators is to set the environment, provide appropriate resources and scaffold the child’s play.
BabyPlay takes inspiration from Reggio, Montessori, and Waldorf education practices. They provide beautiful natural open-ended resources for children from birth, which ignite their imagination, curiosity and spark.
They also provide parents and educators with creative play ideas, both using resources and also other budget-friendly items commonly found around the home.SKU: n/a
Activity boxes, Crafts, Décor, Educational
Creative Sand Store
Creative Sand is a small family business with big ambitions based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Their exciting journey started in October 2013 after returning from a holiday abroad where they saw sand art activity being held in a park with lots of excited kids “colouring in” pictures using coloured sand! Being parents themselves, they understood the importance of creative activities and how they benefit children’s development, so they decided that New Zealand kids should enjoy Sand Art too and opened Creative Sand to deliver high-quality products to Kiwi families.
Sand art isn’t only lots of fun, it’s also great for the development of Creativity, Imagination, Fine motor skills, Concentration, Logical thinking and Confidence.
Creative Sand offer Coloured Sand and Sand Art products for kids (3 years and older) and young at heart. They cater for Schools, Pre-schools, Community groups, Family events, Kids birthday parties, Fundraisers, Festivals, Weddings, Corporate Events, School holiday organisers and others.
Creative Sand is New Zealand’s leading Sand Art and Coloured Sand provider, offering
- High quality and non-toxic products
- Fun and educational Sand Art which keeps kids occupied for hours
- Perfect indoor activity for play dates, rainy days, school holidays or at a Bach
- Stress-Free kids’ activity for events
Educational, Swings and ladders, Toys & Play, Wooden toys
Early bird toys
Abi is the owner of Early Bird Toys, a family run business based in Auckland. They create beautiful toys and resources for the little person in everyone’s life. Abi prides herself on sparking joy, delight, and wonder in their wee customers.
The playthings are made in New Zealand, where they are carefully designed and built by hand. They use high-quality timbers and non-toxic, child-friendly finishes.
With a strong focus on open-ended, robust toys and resources, the items are made to last. Whether an heirloom item for the nursery to be enjoyed for years to come or a carefully selected resource for an early childhood setting, the toys stand the test of time.SKU: n/a
Activity boxes, Educational, Outdoor
Eco Kiwi Kids
Eco Kiwi Kids is run by two mamas who noticed their little ones were getting out of touch with nature and getting taken over by screens, rather than being outdoors exploring and making huts like we used to do as kids.
It became their mission to reintroduce their kids back to nature and all the amazing things it has to offer.
Their eco-friendly activity packs do exactly that, with wonderful educational fun and creative activities. Their Native Plant Activity Pack for ages 3-5 and 6+ focuses on educating kids on the wonders of the plants that grow in our own backyards. It has hands-on activities that get kids exploring outside on those beautiful sunny days but also activities for indoors too when the weather isn’t so great.
All paper is made from recycled materials and their pack contents are sourced with eco-friendliness in mind.SKU: n/a
Educational, Play gyms, Swings and ladders, Toys & Play
Ryan & Janetta are the owner/operators of JOYBOX. They’re located in Auckland, where all the goods are manufactured and assembled.
JOYBOX believes in the value of child-led dynamic play to improve motor skills and encourage creativity. The open-ended wooden play items are inspired by experts in child care around the world and endorsed in child care settings and at home for their versatility.
Their children, along with RIE and Simplicity Parenting theories of play, are the inspiration behind JOYBOX. Ryan, who is passionate about creating high-quality products that offer a sense of joy, saw a great opportunity to develop products for toys. And thus, in 2016, JOYBOX was born.SKU: n/a
Activity boxes, Educational
My Learning Box
The My Learning Box™ team is a group of enthusiastic, New Zealand based educators who are passionate about revolutionising education at home. They believe in;
- All kiwis having access to fun, home-based learning opportunities
- Replacing screentime with stimulating, hands-on and real learning activities
- Creating the most engaging and age-appropriate learning resources for Kiwi kids
- Helping families with their child’s educational journey
A My Learning Box™ means you’ll have a tailor-made resource that connects you with your child’s education, helping to build a positive relationship with their learning at home.
Ultimately, they strive to make education easy.SKU: n/a
Educational, Wooden toys
Play by Nature
Play by Nature is a locally owned business run by two small families based in Nelson. They skillfully make quality hand-crafted educational wooden toys for your child and also a few classic toys that no toy box would be complete without.
At their local workshop, they are hard at work designing and building the highest quality wooden toys with a passion for innovation and top workmanship.
These beautifully hand-crafted toys are great fun for children:
- Motor skills and hand-eye coordination
- Spatial reasoning
Activity boxes, Educational, Wooden toys
In 2017, after playing with the concept for many years, Angela decided to take the plunge and start ProjectPlay.
Angela is a fully-registered ECE Teacher with a Teaching Bachelor’s Degree. She has over 10 years of private/corporate early learning centre teaching experience and has served as a liaison instructor, mentor and headteacher. She has a keen interest in infants’ and toddlers learning and development.
In sunny Hawke’s Bay, ProjectPlay is a kiwi-owned and run family company. Angela strives to bring consistency, open-ended loose parts and services for children ages 0-6 alongside her husband and son. For opportunities that inspire and spark the imagination, they do all the hard work and scour the neighbourhood and the globe.
They value real, authentic play experiences for children. Project Play is inspired by Montessori, Rudolph Steiner and Pikler philosophies while also supporting the theory of loose parts.SKU: n/a
Arts and Crafts, Crafts, Educational
Weirdough makes themed playdough kits that offer hands-on learning opportunities for children. The kits come with different coloured playdough, stamps and more. They are a fun sensory element for children’s exploring and engaged learning.
The playdough is home-crafted, soft, stretchy and smells sweet, perfect for little children to play with or as party favours for your little one’s birthday celebrations.
Weirdough can also accommodate your custom themed orders.SKU: n/a