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Top 10 Christmas Toys

Top 10 Christmas Toys 0

Rather than the latest crazes and 5 minute wonders, our top 10 is full of toys that will engage and enchant your little ones, spark their imaginations and create memories that will last for many Christmases to come!

1. 'Celeste & Fae' The Rocking Unicorn £94.99

 

2. 'Dazzle the Dragon' Alphabet Jigsaw £19.99

 

3. Bojangles the Ride On Donkey    £84.99

 

4. Spotted Tin Tea Set and Case £19.99

5. Lock and Roll Rescue Garage  £22.99

 

6. Rose Cottage Dolls House £119.99

7. Brio Farm Railway Set

8. Wooden Noah's Ark Shape Sorter & Pull Along   £26.99

 

9. Percy Pup Walker and Ride On  £84.99

10. Dino's Garage and Free Accessory Set  £64.99

 

 

  • Amanda Griffiths
How to choose the perfect Rocking Horse

How to choose the perfect Rocking Horse 0

How to choose the perfect rocking horse

We know that choosing a rocking horse can be a big decision with so many options, and choosing the right one is an investment that can be enjoyed for years and generations to come!

Whether you’re looking for a rocking horse for a baby, a one year old or an older toddler, we’ve put together a guide to help you choose the right one so you and your little ones can get the most out of your purchase.

Rocking Horses are a popular gift for new babies as they make a beautiful nursery decoration that new parents will love. They can then be used by their little one as they grow, giving years of pleasure. You may want to opt for a delightful design, such as ‘Pixie and Fluff’ or ‘Lewis and Fitz’, or a classic, neutral style such as ‘Bobble and Pip’ that will look stunning in any nursery. Suitable from 9 months old, these horses are the smallest in our Little Bird Told Me range and will take children to 2 or 3 years old depending on their height.  Each rocking horse features a tactile ‘scrunchy’ faux suede mane and tail to encourage little ones to explore, and they each carry a little friend in their pockets for added play value. All our rocking horses come in beautiful gift boxes too.

Our small rocking horses are £89.99 with free delivery.

Little Bird Told Me 'Pixie and Fluff' Rocking HorseLittle Bird Told Me 'Bobble and Pip' Rocking HorseLittle Bird Told Me 'Lewis and Fitz' Rocking Horse

If you’re looking for a rocking horse for a 1 year old, ‘Dylan and Boo’ and ‘Florence and Floop’ are a popular choice. Suitable from 12 months, these rocking horses will take children to 3 or 4 years old so they will get plenty of use out of them.  Like the smaller horses, these rocking horses also feature a scrunchy faux suede mane and tail and have a little friend in their pockets to delight your little one! If you’re looking for something extra special ‘Chester and Fred’ features a leatherette saddle and bridle and looks stunning in coffee and gold woven hounds-tooth fabric, with walnut stained rockers.

'Dylan and Boo' and 'Florence and Floop' are £120, and 'Chester and Fred' £164.95.

Little Bird Told Me 'Dylan and Boo' Rocking HorseLittle Bird Told Me 'Chester and Fred' Rocking HorseLittle Bird Told Me 'Florence and Floop' Rocking Horse

The largest horse in our range is ‘Tennyson’. Suitable from ages 3 years +, he is built on a swinging stand and has a weight limit of 45kg so will carry your little ones for as long as they want to play with him! This is a real heirloom rocking horse that can be passed down for generations to come and be enjoyed by all the family!

If you’re considering a rocking horse but would like something a little different, then the gorgeous ‘Lambert’ Rocking Sheep is one to consider! As we’re based in the Lake District, we couldn’t leave this beautiful sheep out of our collection, and he’s proven to be a huge hit! He’s suitable for ages 9 months + and has the most huggable textured woolly body. His neutral colouring means he’ll go with any room too.

'Lambert' rocking sheep is £99.95 and 'Tennyson' £295.

Little Bird Told Me 'Lambert' Rocking Sheep

 

Little Bird Told Me Tennyson Rocking Horse

 

It’s important to consider the quality of your rocking horse too, as a well-made rocking horse can last for years and even generations to come! If there are brothers and sisters or other children in the family, you need a rocking horse that will stand up to plenty of use. All our rocking horses are from Yorkshire based company ‘Little Bird Told Me’, who believe in making toys that last. All their rocking horses are built on a sturdy wooden frame with the best quality fabrics, so you know they’ll stand the test of time.

We offer free delivery on all of our rocking horses, and a standard 2-4 day delivery time, and our couriers will provide a one hour time slot so there’s no hanging around waiting in all day for it to arrive. If you’d like a specific delivery date just let us know and we’ll make sure it reaches you on time.

You can browse our full range of rocking horses and ride on toys here. If you’d like more information about any of our rocking horses or would like some help choosing the perfect horse, we’d be happy to help. You can visit us in store at The Rocking Horse, 63 Quarry Rigg Shopping Centre, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3DU where we have many of the horses out on display, or call us on 01539 448282 for a chat. 

You can also send us a message here and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
  • Amanda Griffiths
10 eggcellent gifts your little ones will love this season!

10 eggcellent gifts your little ones will love this season! 0

10 eggcellent gifts your little ones will love this season!

We hope you enjoyed the sugar high that comes with the mountain of Easter eggs your little ones will have received this weekend! Or at least that those chocolate-covered fingers didn’t find their way towards your cream sofa! As we enjoy the rest of Spring we thought we would put together our top 10 gifts for your little ones, sure to bring a smile to their face! These are our favourite, fantastically priced prizes...

1. Wooden Train Names

These personalised wooden train names make a perfect gift for a new baby, and look lovely on a shelf or window ledge. They are also great for slightly older children to play with too. Priced at just 99p per piece, they’re a brilliant bargain! 

Wooden Train Names

2. George Luck 'Five Rabbits' Wooden Puzzle

This beautiful wooden puzzle from George Luck is made using eco-friendly water-based paints and has five brightly coloured rabbits that layer on top of each other into the jigsaw.     

George Luck 'Five Rabbits' Wooden Puzzle

3. Little Bird Told Me 'Pixie and Fluff' Rocking Horse

Built on a sturdy wooden frame, Pixie comes in a stunning paisley print fabric and features a 'scrunchy' faux suede mane and tail - and she carries her friend 'Fluff' in her pocket wherever she goes. Pixie and Fluff is part of a stunning range of rocking horses for toddlers from Little Bird Told Me (age 9 months+ and requires adult assembly to attach the rockers).

Little Bird Told Me 'Pixie and Fluff' Rocking Horse

4. Bigjigs Learn to Count

This award-winning educational wooden toy from Bigjigs Toys is a great introduction to counting and mathematics. Match the numbered squares to the the correct place by counting the dots, then add the correct number of discs onto the puzzle. The pieces can be matched by colour as well as by counting them out. 

Bigjigs Learn to Count

5. Melissa and Doug 'Fold and Go' Castle

This stone effect 'fold and go'  wooden castle from Melissa and Doug has a hinged opening, and handy carry handles so you can take it with you wherever you go. It comes complete with king and queen, two knights, two horses, as well as two royal beds and a treasure chest. A working drawbridge helps to keep the king and queen safe inside! This is a great toy for encouraging imaginative play and is very handy when it comes to visiting different friends and family over the holidays! 

Melissa and Doug 'Fold and Go' Castle

6. Bigjigs Snazzy Wooden Xylophone

This 12 note colourful wooden xylophone from comes with two wooden mallets and is perfect for helping your little one develop co-ordination and dexterity, while having lots of noisy fun along the way! The coloured keys mean your little ones can repeat notes and tunes by memorising the colours.

Bigjigs Snazzy Wooden Xylophone

7. Bigjigs Wooden Fairy Skittles

These colourful wooden fairy skittles come with wooden balls and will delight little ones for hours while they topple them over then stand them back up ready to go again! Wooden skittles are great for helping to develop hand-eye co-ordination and dexterity, as well as being a great game to play all together over a long weekend.

Bigjigs Wooden Fairy Skittles

8. Win Green Toy Shop Cushion and Quilt

This beautiful cushion cover is appliqued and embroidered with a brightly jack in a box, and has brightly coloured bunting effect trim (the cushion cover is machine washable and made from 100% cotton). To match the cushion, there is also a lovely floor quilt available which makes a great rug and play mat. They are both currently on sale, with the cushion priced at £19.99 and the quilt £49.99.

Win Green Toy Shop Cushion and Quilt

9. 'Three Little Pigs' Finger Puppet Story Set from The Puppet Company

This nursery rhyme finger puppet set includes a hardback copy of 'The Three Little Pigs' that your little ones will love to have read to them. It also comes with four finger puppets: three little pigs, and of course the Big Bad Wolf. You can really bring the story to life as you read the book and act out the tale with the finger puppets! The set comes beautifully packaged making this a perfect gift.

The Puppet Company 'Three Little Pigs' Finger Puppet Story Set

10. Melissa and Doug Magnetic Wooden Letters

A set of brightly coloured magnetic wooden letters from Melissa and Doug. The set contains 52 letters in total with an alphabet of upper case letters and an alphabet of lower case letters - all packaged in a handy wooden storage box. This is great for developing letter recognition, stenciling and spelling.

Melissa and Doug Magnetic Wooden Letters

So there we have it, our top 10 fantastically priced gift ideas for your little ones! We hope this has served as inspiration for your spring shopping. If you’d like some more advice, please feel free to pop in at 63 Quarry Rigg, Bowness-on-Windermere, or contact us here. We love to talk all things toys!

  • Amanda Griffiths
February Half Term Days Out With Kids

February Half Term Days Out With Kids 0

The February half-term is just around the corner, so we’ve put together some great attractions and events to visit with kids if you’re heading to the South Lakes!
Brockhole Visitor Centre
Brockhole has lots to offer for the more adventurous with an adventure playground, archery, boat hire, bike hire and much more. It’s also home to tree top treks letting you fly, climb and swing through the trees, or tree top nets for the younger adventurer. If that’s not your thing, there’s the house and gardens to explore, as well as a gift shop and tea rooms.

February half term events include ‘Wild Art at Brockhole’ on the 16th February where the whole family can create art work inspired by the natural surroundings, and face painting on the 18th February.

 

 

 Please note there may be charges for some of the activities listed, please see www.brockhole.co.uk for full details of prices, activities and opening hours.

Festival By The Lake
‘Festival by the lake’ is taking place at Whitecross Bay on Saturday 18th January from 12 noon til 10pm. Organised by the Ambleside Rotary Club, the event is raising money for North West Air Ambulance, and local charity Danny’s Healing Fields. There will be fun for all the family including face painting, arts and crafts, balloon modelling and a jester. Alongside this, you’ll find a range of local musicians providing live entertainment, and a selection of caterers offering a wide range of fresh local produce. Tickets are £10 for an adult, £5 for a child, or £25 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children).

For full details visit www.amblesiderotary.org.uk/

Windermere Lake Cruises
A cruise on Lake Windermere is one of the best ways to enjoy the stunning scenery. They run throughout the day, with boats sailing from Bowness, Lakeside, Ambleside, Ferry House and Brockhole. You can take a circular cruise to take in the islands and scenery, or make a day of it by stopping off in Ambleside, Bowness, Lakeside or at Brockhole. You can also combine tickets for a cruise and local attraction, such as Lakes Aquarium at Lakeside. There are facilities for prams and buggies on a number of the boats.

For full timetables visit www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

The Fun Factory
This indoor play centre in Bowness is the perfect place to let the kids burn of some energy on a rainy day! Situated right next to the lake, you can relax in the lounge and take in the stunning scenery while the kids play.
  • Amanda Griffiths