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Guest Blog: What’s so great about barefoot stimulation?

Guest Blog: What’s so great about barefoot stimulation?

The importance of bare foot walking and feet stimulation has been well known for many years. In our modern world, most of us live in cities in towns, going from building to building, from flat floor to flat floor. Our feet no longer experience the varied textures of...

Guest Blog: A Guide to Independent Play by Resolve to Play

Guest Blog: A Guide to Independent Play by Resolve to Play

How to Encourage Independent Play This seems to be the Holy Grail of parenting, especially for those of you who are working from home! I feel the immediate need to caveat this with the following: some children are just better at this than others, remember to have...

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is coming! I just love this time of the year, and now more than ever we need to bring some happiness and magic into our homes. 2020 has been a crazy year for us all! I've chosen my ten top picks to help you shop for baby, toddler or preschooler and some fun...

The Benefits of Block Play

The Benefits of Block Play

Wooden blocks are a traditional and favourite toy loved by many. They stand the test of time because of their simplicity. A block is a loose part resource that can be used in so many ways, open ended with no predetermined purpose, a child can imagine and create while...

Summer Holiday Top Picks

Summer Holiday Top Picks

The summer holidays are already upon us, although after months of lockdown it doesn’t feel as though much has really changed… or is that just our house! We have been blessed with weeks of beautiful sunshine. Here are my top picks to really embrace our British...

Guest Blog: Making the Most of the Little Things During Lockdown

Guest Blog: Making the Most of the Little Things During Lockdown

This months guest blog is from Sam Goldsworthy Childminding, a wonderful mother and daughter team. You can follow them on their adventures at Facebook and Instagram @samgoldsworthychildminding. As most of you know I am Sam from Sam Goldsworthy Childminding. We are a...

Guest Blog by Mamasden | Including Nature in Your Daily Rhythm

Guest Blog by Mamasden | Including Nature in Your Daily Rhythm

This months blog post is brought to you by Jennifer Wooldridge @mamasden. Jennifer is a childminding mother of 3 who is highly influenced by the natural world and loose part play. She creates a fun learning environment and her instagram, facebook and blog posts offer...

Guest Blog by Sam Goldsworthy Childminding | Forest School

Guest Blog by Sam Goldsworthy Childminding | Forest School

This months Forest School blog post is brought to you by the wonderful mother and daughter team at Sam Goldsworthy Childminding.One of our favourite outings that we provide is definitely Forest School which has become a weekly ritual in our setting. We use the same...

Hygge: Creating Happiness and a Cosy Family Feel

Hygge: Creating Happiness and a Cosy Family Feel

This months guest blog is by the fantastic Kimberly Smith from KSEY Consultancy. Lots of the members of my rep team are enrolled on her Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation™ course so I approached Kimberly for advice when creating a Hygge Collection for the website....

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone reading this blog. This year has been so exciting for Tinker Tray Play. I never even dreamed that my little Etsy store selling home made tinker trays and treasure baskets would grow into the shop I have today. My website is 5 months old now...

Tinker Tray Play Christmas Gift Guide

Tinker Tray Play Christmas Gift Guide

Top Ten Christmas Picks Christmas is just around the corner, so close I can almost hear the tinkling of the reindeer bells in the air... a perfect time for me to share some of my top picks and best sellers with you!1. Seasonal Subscription BoxesGive the gift of a...

Guest Blog by Rainbow Sensory Gifts – Easy Messy Play

Guest Blog by Rainbow Sensory Gifts – Easy Messy Play

I am going to start this blog post off by saying… I am not a blogger! I am a busy mum of two, who is trying to run a small business and keep everyone alive and happy! My early years teaching experience gives me invaluable insight to the benefits of play/sensory...

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Tinker Tray Play sells a wide range of Engaging, open ended and heuristic toys and resources with a focus on wooden and natural play in the early years. Happy tinkering!