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Early Learning Concepts

Learning to categorise and sort information needs to start early. These activities are chosen to help children establishing early learning concepts for counting, colours, shapes, etc. The sequence for learning is first to match, then to identify and finally to label. For example - first a child learns to match all the red blocks, then we move on to a game involving the child finding a 'red block' on request, and when the child is successful at this level you would move on to a game where the child can tell you what colour the block is. Have fun! Children learn quickly and they remember best when they have fun doing it!


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  • 2 in 1 Talking Ball Learning Toy

    $38.85
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    This is clever! Toss the ball back and forth to hear this amazing ball say the ABC's or count to 10. Just flick a switch to select the mode you prefer, then turn the reversible fabric panels to highlight counting quantities or alphabet artwork. Develop gross motor skills - rolling, kicking, catching, throwing - while introducing early learning concepts in a playful, physical way. There are activities that you can do with this ball that are appropriate for children aged 6 months right through to preschool. It needs AAA batteries (not included).
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  • Avalanche Fruit Stand

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    Spin the wheel, then use jumbo tweezers to pick up fun little pieces of colourful plastic fruit. This very popular game is fun for building finger grasps and eye-hand coordination. Great for sorting, patterning, placing and tong activities. Includes 40 pieces of fruit, 2 jumbo tweezers and a spinner. Ages 3 years up.

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  • Boita Basic Puzzle

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    A sweet wooden shape sorter. This gorgeous set features leaf design on the side, triangle, circle, star and square wooden shapes. The wooden shapes feature adorable characters on them. Great for building fine motor skills and shape recognition.  Suitable for ages: 12+ Months
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  • Bubble Foam

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    A great activity for children to develop all sorts of skills - tactile awareness, visual tracking, visual motor skills, oral motor skills, language concepts - depending on how you use them. All sorts of options - Bounce them, roll them, squeeze and slice! How big can you make your bubble foam? Blow bubbles and use the magic gloves to touch and play with the foam bubbles.
      
    Pack includes  • Pair of magic gloves  (1x large, 1x small) • 59ml bubble solution • Solution tray • Bubble blower
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  • Bubbletongs


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    Versatile fine motor tool children can use to pick up things and place them carefully. Children learn the action and the control needed in preparation for scissor skills. Colourful, translucent plastic allows children to see the contents in the scooper. Sold individually or in a pack of 4.

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  • Bunny Peek-a-Boo

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    Bunny Peek-a-Boo is a favourite with the therapists at Skillbuilders. There are so many ways to use it. There are 60 challenge cards where children can try to build what is shown on the card, using one or more blocks and the rabbit. There are many ways to work on language, eg Is the rabbit looking through the round hole or through the star-shaped one? Is it standing on top of the yellow, the red, or the blue block? How far do the ears of the rabbit stick out of the box? Problem solving, language, visual motor skills, spatial perception all in one fantastic game for children 2-5 years (age guide). Contents: Red, yellow and blue wooden blocks, a rabbit, challenge cards, leaflet with game rules and solutions.

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  • Colourback Sea Turtle

    $31.25
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    Educo toys have a reputation for durability, quality craftsmanship, educational value and innovative design. The Colourback Sea Turtle is one of their classics. Children use the magnetic wand and match the colourful beads to the different colour pockets on the turtles back. Promotes concentration, balance, movement control and matching. Measures 23 x 21cm. For 2 years plus.

     

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  • Farmyard Dominoes

    $27.55
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    Giant farmyard dominoes. Match the familiar farmyard animals and develop game skills in this first dominoes game.
    • Encourages observational skills, matching and memory 
    • Encourages language skills
    • Encourage social interaction and turn taking skills 
    Players 2-4,  Ages 3-6 yrs
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  • Fat Brain Suction Kupz

    $23.95
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    Stack, roll, stick, and sip! Each of these six colourful, squishy cups features a suction cup on the bottom, a suctioning brim at the top, and endless creative-play possibilities all around.
    Use them at bathtime for scooping, pouring, and floating. Stick them to windows, walls, tables, and floors for whatever creative ideas your child's imagination can conjure. Or - just use them to drink! Made entirely of 100% silicone that's food safe and dishwasher safe - Suction Kupz is versatile, open-ended play.
    • Recommended Minimum Age - 1 years
    • Kupz each measure 5 x 5 x 6.5 cm

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  • Find It! 123 - Puzzle Doubles

    $28.75
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    This is not just an ordinary puzzle. It provides an opportunity for children to develop language skills, literacy, visual figure-ground and visuo-spatial perception using big chunky pieces for little hands. 
      
    Puzzle Doubles are two great products in one. Each Find It! Puzzle includes a giant 50-piece 60cm x 90cm beautifully illustrated talk-about floor puzzle. After the puzzle is assembled, it becomes a game. Also included with each puzzle are two-sided game pieces that match the objects located on the puzzle's border. You can play the game in two ways:  
    * Object Recognition - by having the child place a game piece over the object on the border once it is located inside the illustration  
    * Number Recognition - flip over the game piece and the name of the object appears. As the object is identified in the illustration, place the number game piece over the same number located on the picture's border. 

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  • Geo Pegboard Activity Set

    $99.50
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    An excellent set for use with individual children or small groups. Focus on fine motor skills and visual motor skills. The Geo Pegboard Activity Set includes 4 EVA foam boards that can be joined together, 144 pegs in 6 colours, 12 laces, and 12 x 2-sided activity cards all in a sturdy plastic container.

    Extra ideas:
    * To help children develop fine motor strength and control have them hold the boards against a vertical surface and place the pegs in this position. Working from the floor they'll also be developing postural control!
    * Add in a visual memory component - have the children create the designs first with the stimulus cards, then from memory.
     
    A very versatile resource for therapists and teachers to have at hand.


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  • Geo Pegs and Pegboard

    $27.50
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    Ideal for developing fine motor skills, counting, sorting and patterning. Pegs are designed with a hole through the bottom, therefore can also be used for lacing activities as well as stacking, joining together and posting. The set includes 36 stackable giant pegs in 6 bright colours, 3 shapes, with 21cm square base board and 3 laces. Suitable from 2 years.
     

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  • Hape Counting Stacker

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    A lovely activity to encourage fine motor grasp and placement skills in young children aged 1 year+. 
    Create towers of colourful fun, count the pieces, name the colour. Talk about concepts such as on/off, more, taller/shorter, bigger/smaller to stimulate language and early learning as well.


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  • Hape Farmyard Sound Puzzle

    $26.95
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    Delightful first puzzle to teach the concept of puzzles with the reward of sounds when the pieces are correctly placed. 

    Made of wood. Measures 21cm H x 22.5cm W. Ages 18mths+


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  • Hape Seasons Best Fresh Fruit Set

    $26.45
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    The fruit cuts in half and reattaches with the velcro feature. Fruit set includes 13 pieces of fruit: banana, orange, apple, kiwi, pear, lemon and wooden cutting knife. Made from quality wood and non-toxic paints.  
      
    Develops your child's:  
    * Bilateral coordination - using two hands together in dominant and reciprocal roles  
    * Imagination & creativity by encouraging imitative and imaginary play; promoting story telling, and role playing.  
    * Social skills - the basics of communication, cooperation, collaboration and language development.   

    Suitable from 3 Years +

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  • Jellycat Tails Books


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    ON SALE while stocks last - now $16

    These exceptional tactile book entice young children to learn - to look at books, to turn pages, to use language, eg to 'find the....' , to remember 'who's got bright spots?, ' Who's got woolly feet?, etc. We have a Farm Animals and a Jungle Animals version. The various tails are attached to different animals throughout the book. Bright, colourful and tactile fabrics will make sure it’s a favourite. Suitable from birth, clean with a damp cloth. These soft books are perfect for toddlers, and have a carry-loop for car trips.

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  • K's Kids Match and Sound Blocks

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    Match the picture and listen to the sound of different vehicles. Can you recognise the choo-choo sound of the train? The colourful blocks consist of 6 sides so young children can learn the name and identify 6 different vehicles and sounds! A fun way to encourage bilateral coordination as well. Very motivating!

    Age: 18 months & up 
    Blocks Size: each approx. 9.5cm (H) x 9.5cm (W) x 9.5cm (D) 

    * Warning: This product contains button battery. Choking Hazard. 
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  • Linking Cube Set

    $129.65
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    The creative possibilities are endless with this monster pack. Designed to be virtually unbreakable, these blocks will easily meet the rigours of the classroom. These blocks are just the right size and require just the right amount of pressure to connect and disconnect to encourage children to develop their grip strength - not too hard and not too easy! They can copy the designs included or create their own designs. Use them for visual motor skill development, visual-spatial perception, and if you ask children to re-create their design from memory they'll be developing their visual memory as well!
    The set includes 500 blocks in 10 bright colours, comprising 400 cubes, 50 triangles, 50 quadrants, 4 base boards and 36 x 2-sided activity cards in a sturdy storage container.  Each cube measures 2cm square.

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  • Lunch Box Game

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    Identify healthy food and improve your visual memory skills as you race to fill up your lunch box with tasty items.

    Ages 3 - 7yrs

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  • Match It! Opposites

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    This colourful set of 30 puzzle cards challenge children to identify opposites. The puzzles are illustrated with colourful pictures depicting opposite scenarios. The cards are also self-correcting and will only fit their matching pair. A fun way to learn about opposites.

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  • Match It! Sequencing

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    Sequencing fun puzzle cards providing children with an introduction to the ordering of events, life cycles, and actions. Each card set introduces an event that needs to be ordered from left to right. The cards are self-correcting as no two puzzle cuts are the same. This simple set teaches cause and effect and the basic elements of sequencing in a fun and easy way. Recommended for ages three and up.
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  • Memo Bear

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    An adorable bear memory game for younger children. Develop visual perceptual skills while matching the cute bears that are the same. A lovely game to introduce and practice language concepts of same and different, colours, shapes, and other features that children can notice and describe. 
      
    Suitable for ages: 3+ Years
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  • Navy Fishing Lotto

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    Children practice fine motor control at the same time as visual matching for numbers. This is great game to use  in different body positions to develop postural control and midline crossing, eg have your child kneeling on hands and knees and put the box on his/her non-dominant side so that he needs to reach across his body to go fishing. Suitable for ages: 3+ Years


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  • Nuts and Bolts Activity Set

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    These large, easy-to-hold nuts and bolts are made from sturdy plastic and are very durable for everyday use. Ideal for children to develop fine motor skills, as well as learn about colours, shapes and numbers. Set includes 32 nuts & bolts and12 durable plastic activity cards.
    Nuts and bolts measure 60mm and come in 4 shapes and 4 colours. Activity cards measure 21cm x 24cm.
     

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  • Pengaloo

    $33.00
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    Pengoloo is a multi award winning memory game developed by Blue Orange Games. The aim of this fun south pole eggs-pedition is to get six penguins and their eggs on your ice berg first. The game is played by positioning all of the penguins with eggs in the middle, then take turns rolling the dice. Find an egg matching one of the colours rolled on the dice and you can move that penguin and egg to your ice berg.  This excellent game of memory is a 2 to 4 player game with game time around 15 minutes. Pengoloo comes complete with 12 x Penguins, 12 x coloured eggs, 4 x iceberg scoring boards, 2 x coloured wood dice and illustrated rules of game.

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  • Plui

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    This new water toy is guaranteed to add plenty of fun in the bath tub or at the swimming pool. When immersed in water Pluï fills up bubbling happily. Just seal its mouth with a finger and the water stays in its belly until the finger is removed and it starts pouring through the little tentacles at the bottom. 
    Kids will have a ball and playfully learn about basic physical principles. Pluï arouses curiosity and stimulates imagination, turning from little octopus to puffer fish or submarine with jet propulsion. 
    From a therapy point of view, this little gizmo helps children practice isolating their index finger for controlled movement while stabilising the rest of the hand - an essential skill for all fine motor tasks. Perfect!!

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  • Pop & Slide Shelly

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    Pop and Slide Shelly by Fat Brain Toy Co is the perfect on the go attention keeper for babies and toddlers. It's a vibrant activity for babies and parents to explore together, encouraging sensory exploration, cause-effect learning, finger isolation and colour matching.

    Small fingers can't wait to push, slide, and pop the three buttons into the slots in the brightly-coloured shell. Fine motor and concentration skills get a big boost. 

    Features:

    Slots of shell alternate in colour - teal, orange, magenta, green
    Press and slide buttons beneath slots - Children like it when the buttons POP into place
    Practice colour learning by matching buttons with matching-colour slots
    A great fidget toy for little exploring fingers, too!
    Features rubber feet so the turtle doesn't move around when you push the buttons
    High quality design and materials, built for lasting durability and safety
     
    Suitable from 10 Months to 2 Years 

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  • Progressive Puzzle Puppies

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    Three distinguished dogs feature in this first puzzle for little ones. There is a 4 piece, 6 piece and 9 piece puzzle.
    Suitable for developmental ages: 2+ years
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  • Rainbow Pebbles


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    Children will have lots of fun with this construction and early mathematics manipulative set. Ideal for developing fine motor skills, and for counting, sorting and creative design.  Add a visual memory challenge by creating the card designs by copying, and then again from memory. 

    Available in two sets:
    * The Activity Set includes 48 pebbles in 4 sizes and 6 colours, with 12 x 2-sided A4 activity cards in a cardboard box. 
    * The Plastic Container Set includes 36 pebbles in 6 sizes and 6 colours, and 20 x 2-sided A4 activity cards in a sturdy plastic container.
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  • Rainbow Peg Play Activity Set

    $38.20
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    Rainbow Peg Activity Set gives children the opportunity to practice colours, numbers, shapes, and patterning while developing fine motor skills. The large hexagon-shaped pegs in six assorted colours are easy for little hands to grasp, whilst the double-sided peg mat offers printing on one side for higher-level activities. This game includes both stacking and threading. Made from durable plastic the set includes suggested activities. Features: 30 x Rainbow Stacking Pegs, 1 x double-sided peg mat and 2 x laces.



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  • Red Dog Blue Dog

    $36.50
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    An award-winning first lotto game for very young players. Try to be the first to match all the coloured pictures on your playing board. 2-5 players

    Age guideline: 2-5 years


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  • Roll and Play Game

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    Roll & Play is a lovely 'first game' for toddlers. To play, simply toss the big plush cube and identify which coloured side is face up. Choose a matching coloured card and perform the simple activity shown. You can 'Make a happy face', 'moo like a cow' and 'rub your belly'. There are 6 card categories - emotions, animal sounds, body parts, actions, colours, and counting. Roll and Play is an ideal way to introduce play patterns and rules through a fun-filled experience. For 18 months +. The box includes: 1 large plush cube, 48 cards (8 in each category), a storage pocket for the cards, and a parent's guide.

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  • Sequencing Visual Texts


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    Sequencing Visual Texts is a series of three resource books to support the teaching and learning of sequencing. Teachers, therapists and parents can use these books to support students to develop an understanding of concepts like before/after, to work out what happens next, and to use their expressive language to describe sequences.

    Features:
    * Background information, suggestions for use, and suggested additional activities
    * Optional print resources to match all visual texts
    * Australian Curriculum English and Early Years learning framework links

    There are 3 books in the series. Aimed for children aged 4-7 years.

    These activities can help a child work on quite a few goals in the one session:
    * Scissor skills - cut out the boxes
    * Language concepts/problem solving - work out the sequence
    * Expressive language - talk about it, describe it
    * Visual memory - mess it up, then remember how to put it back in the right order
    * Vertical surface work-  build up little muscles by sticking the boxes on a vertical surface to colour in!!

    Voila!!

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  • Snug As A Bug Game

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    Work together to find matching bugs and slip them under the rug before the arrival of the 3 stink bugs. Three levels of play add more challenges and ensure the game is very adaptable. This game teaches early learning concepts of counting, colours, numbers, and shape recognition, while building visual discrimination and cooperation. No reading required. 2-4 players. For ages 3-6 years.

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  • Sound Puzzle Blocks


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    Children place the 2 wooden cubes correctly into the wooden tray and listen to the animals or hear the sounds of the vehicles. Find the halves that match and listen to 6 different, realistic sounds. Develops visual perception and fine motor skills. Suitable from 2 years+.


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  • Spotty Dogs

    $30.55
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    Learn to count with these Spotty Dogs. Spin the spinner, match the number with the dog's spots and then see how many biscuit bones are in the basket. For children aged 3-6 years.

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  • String Along Shapes - Creative Lacers

    $26.95
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    String-Along-Shapes provide many happy hours of stacking and threading fun.  The plastic tips on the ends of the thread are sturdy and long enough for children to really grasp, turning the 32 blocks into a train, a caterpillar, a tower, a necklace or whatever you can imagine!  Children will also enjoy sorting and lacing them by shape, colour or pattern.

    This set of 32 wooden shapes promotes dexterity, pattern formation, and bilateral fine motor skills.  Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction. 

    • Recommended for children ages 3 years+
    • Each shape measures approximately 5cm
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  • Super Sorting Pie

    $62.50
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    Pie shaped sorting tray and pie crust lid that holds the coloured fruit counters for children to sort, count and learn early math skills and concepts, and at the same time practice fine motor skills.

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  • Think and Thread

    $19.60
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    Build skills in sorting, matching, visual discrimination, hand-eye co-ordination, colour/shape recognition and early number language. This value pack includes 72 wooden beads, 4 coloured threading laces and 12 laminated pattern cards in a strong plastic container. Beads are approx. 12mm and come in 6 colours and 4 shapes with sufficient to complete all of the patterns.


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  • Where's Bear

    $29.90
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    Discover various games you can play with little ones, with "Where’s Bear?" blocks and wooden Teddy Bear.

    Each block is beautifully illustrated, showing five rooms in Bear’s house and Bear’s backyard. On each block, there are multiple items to talk about and, learn to know and name.

    Various games can be played with the five blocks and the small wooden painted Teddy Bear. One suggested game incorporates two activities of stacking blocks and finding a hidden object - children take turns hiding Teddy while the other players seek out Teddy.

    Another game refers to the smaller illustrations on the top of the blocks - name an object on the top of a block, and then ask your toddler to find the object on the sides of the block. A little visual matching game that will also reinforce knowing and naming.

    There are other suggested games which aim to extend language skills. 

    Features:

    • For ages 2+ years
    • Includes
      • 6 x Sturdy stacking blocks
      • 1 x Wooden bear
      • Instructions
      • Parents guide

    Learning Skills:

    • Problem-solving
    • Spatial concepts
    • Object permanence
    • Matching and sorting
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  • Wikki Stix Activity Book

    $26.95
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    This is a great value Activity Book with Wikki Stix included - 72 of them…for super hands-on fun that can be used over and over again.

    28 pages of awesome activities that keep kids happily and quietly engaged…with just the right amount of learning fun. Developed with a kindergarten teacher (30 years) this delightful book provides school readiness skills like visual discrimination, fine motor development, as well as number and literacy awareness, and active engagement.

    Shhhh…. the kids won’t know they’re learning… they’ll be having so much fun!


    Includes:

    • 22cm x 28cm Activity Book (28 pages)
    • 72 x 15cm Wikkies in assorted colours
    • 2018 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year!

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  • Wikki Stix Shapes Kit

    $24.95
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    Learn basic shapes through hands-on connect-the-dot fun! The Basic Shapes Kit contains 72 Wikki Stix, 25.4cm individual connect-the-dot shape design boards, plus a giant foldout sheet of fun and exciting ways to combine shapes.
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  • Wooden Vehicle Lacing

    $24.95
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    A lovely threading activity for little people with 16 bright wooden beads including cars, planes and even UFO's. Great for bilateral coordination, counting skills and having two laces included facilitates turntaking activities. Suitable for 2 years +

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  • Zimbbos

    $32.90
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    The elephants are ready to impress in this thrilling building game for kids. Help the circus troupe and their star attraction but don’t let them fall! Taking turns, roll the die to find out how many elephants you must stack on to the pyramid. The player who manages to place the last elephant on the pyramid wins. A perfect first game, Zimbbos teaches color recognition, counting, and develops dexterity and balance awareness. This wooden building game is sustainably made. Suitable for children aged 3 years +. The game can be played with 1-4 players.
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