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5 Ways To Encourage Your Toddler’s Confidence

I was enjoying a sunny day walking around the park and stopped to watch the ducks.

Sitting on the bench with my eyes closed savouring the peace and quiet thinking what to cook from dinner, when I was interrupted by two small boys with their moms in tow.

Toddler feeding ducksListening to the parenting styles of the two moms who were clearly good friends, it was surprising to me that they had such differing opinions on the level of responsibility each allowed their own toddler.

One boy was allowed to stand near to the edge of the lake and throw bread for the ducks.

His mom explained carefully where to stand, how to stay safe and encouraged him to enjoy himself. Whilst staying close and watching over him.

Whereas her friend was very worried and negative, telling her son not to do this or that and wouldn’t allow him near the water.

He became so panicked that he kept saying that he didn’t like ducks and could he go home? Continue reading →

Orchard Toys: Pet Puzzle Set

Price:   £6.75

Age Range:  18 months upwards

Cheapest place to buy:  Amazon

Dimensions:  14.6 x 19.7 x 8.9 cm

My Rating:  5* of 5

“Great quality and design!”Orchard Pets Puzzle Set

This collection of six chunky jigsaw puzzles are the perfect first puzzle set for over 18-month olds.

Each of the pictures depict familiar household pets and every puzzle is made up of just 2 chunky pieces.

The puzzles measure approximately 14cms x 14cms and are big enough for toddler to handle easily.

These puzzles will encourage hand-eye coordination and support your toddler’s problem-solving skills.

Talking about the animals and discussing how to fit the pieces together will help to expand language skills.

A perfect introduction to jigsaw puzzles for young children!

“Cute and simple.”

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Melissa & Doug: Animals Wooden Mini-Puzzle Set, with Travel Case

Price:   £6.99

Age Range:  24 months and up 

Cheapest place to buy:    Amazon

Dimensions:  17.8 x 13 x 5.3 cm

My Rating:  4.75 of  5*

 “Great Learning Toy!”Melissa & Doug Puzzle Set

Superior quality, very compact with a well-designed storage box.

This product incorporates 4 different themed puzzles with 4 different shapes each.

These puzzles will encourage hand-eye coordination and support your toddler’s problem-solving skills.

Colour coordinated to allow for matching and sorting skills development.

This is an ideal toy for taking when travelling to keep your toddler occupied.

“Lovely present idea.”

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Art and Craft Easels For Toddlers

Why is art and craft important for toddlers?

Most toddlers are not self-conscious when enjoying an art or craft session and are rarely focused on creating a finished product. Young children who feel able to experiment and to make mistakes feel free to invent innovative ways of thinking, which extend well beyond the craft room.

All the products reviewed have been chosen for their superior quality and are designed to inspire exploration, fuel imagination and encourage the natural curiosity that leads to a lifetime of learning!




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Tikk Tokk

Boss Junior Easel

Tikk Tokk


3 Years +

95 x 49.4 x 5 cm

Archer Trading

Foldable Table Top Easel

Archer Trading


NOW £25.99

3 Years +

45.8 x 34.8 x 5.6 cm


Hape HAP

All-In-One Easel

Hape HAP


NOW £47.84

3 Years - 12 Years

71.9 x 61 x 14 cm


PLEASE NOTE: Easels for toddlers should ALWAYS be used under the direct supervision of an adult.