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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Get Musical With Looe Music Festival

This weekend, Looe has been host to Looe Music Festival for the third year. This event turns the street of Looe into buzzing, music filled street were everyone - local or not - come together to have fun at this amazing festival.


Here at Toyday we have plenty of music themed toys so that your children can rock out at home. 

Accordion - £22.99
Animal Castanet - £1.99
Baby Xylophone - £12.99
Child's Toy Guitar - £18.99
Harmonica -£4.99

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Fun Facts About Famous Toys!

 Fun Facts About The Toys We All Know And Love-

 Ever think about the toys you used to play with as a child and wonder how they came about? Who invented them? How were they created? Well here's a few facts about the best selling toys in the past 100 years:

1- The game 'Twister', that uses all your limbs and body parts to win the game, was originally called 'Pretzel'
2- Mr Potato Head was the first ever toy to be advertised on TV.
3- An African lady. Leslie Scott, created the game 'jenga' which means 'to build'.
4-The slinky toy was created from an incident when Richard James (the inventor) dropped a torsion spring and it tumbled end-over-end across the room. He then decided to make it a fun toy!
5- Silly Putty was discovered by a scientist trying to find a rubber substitute during World War II, when rubber was in very short supply.
6- Barbara Millicent Roberts is the full name of the original Barbie Doll. The Barbie Doll was modeled after a female cartoon character named Bild Lilli.
7- The Frisbee was created when a group of students began throwing empty pie tins from the Frisbee Baking Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
8- The Teddy Bear was named after President Roosevelt after he came back from a large bear hunt with a wounded bear cub.
9- Play-doh was originally used as wallpaper cleaner.
10- Rubik's Cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 color configurations and only one solution.
11- According to Forbes Magazine, one out of three homes owns a Scrabble Board.
12- Crayola Crayons have been on the market for over a hundred years.

We even sell some of these wonderful toys on our website! Just follow the links- www.toyday.co.uk

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Autumn Bucket List



Autumn never used to be a time of year I particularly enjoyed. For some reason, this year, it's becoming my most treasured and appreciated season. 
I'm loving the idea of wrapping yourself up in blankets, having the fire on (for those of you lucky enough to have a real fire, you understand it's particularly special), drinking cups of tea, hot soups, hot baths, wearing patterned wellies, walking in the leaves. Last week I went for a walk in the woods and it made me truly appreciate how the seasons change and how nature changes with it. It's almost slightly magical.

This week I found these 'bucket lists' for autumn on places like Pinterest etc. A lot of them are American and from all different parts of the world. I thought I would write a blog especially dedicated to an autuumn 'to do list' for the times that you can really let go of the stress and just enjoy the parts of life you never have time for.  
Here are a few ideas-

Tell stories around a fire
Have a flavoured latte 
jump in leaves
bake cakes, cookies and pies
go for evening walks on the beach
buy a wooly jumper
go for long walks
roast marshmallows
collect conkers
play boardgames with all the family
go to a fancy restaurant
find an old recipe book and start cooking
decorate the mantlepiece with fairy lights
take too many photos
make fancy coffee
carve a pumpkin
have a picnic with flasks of hot chocolate
pick apples
watch the stars

Just a few basic but lovely ideas to make your autumn as special as possible. Go and enjoy yourself this season and look forward to Christmas being just around the corner (!!!)

Take a look on our website for binoculars, compasses, catapults, boardgames and lots more autumn related products- www.toyday.co.uk
 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

'Everybody UNO, Everybody Play'


 UNO was my all time favourite game as a child! When I got a little older, the second UNO game came out which had a button you could press and cards would shoot out (!!!) 
Whenever we went out in the caravan or had a rainy day at home, the UNO cards would be ready to play with.
I also remember the 90's advert for UNO that even had it's own song- 'Everybody UNO, everybody play.'
 I managed to find an old 80's advert for UNO and I thought it was hilarious! Here's the link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU0xQtgheh8

So, here's a step by step guide to 'How To Play UNO':

1) Have the deck of UNO cards in front of you. Make sure you have up to 2-10 players sat in a circle, ready to start.
2) Deal out seven cards for each player and the remainder of the cards go in the middle of the circle (the players must NOT look at other people's cards!)
3) Turn over the top card of the draw pile and place it next to the draw pile to start the game.
4) Take it in turns, starting anti-clockwise, to put down one card from your seven to match the number or colour or symbol of the card in the pile e.g. If there's a green 5 on the pile then you have to put down a card that's either green, number 5 OR a wild card (in which case you can choose the colour you'd like to have)
5) If you do not have a card to match the card in the pile, you must take one card from the draw pile and the next person has a turn.
The idea of the game is to have as little cards as possible as the game goes on. To win you must lose all of your cards and shout 'UNO'.
Remember, certain cards have certain 'powers' and these cards are called Action Cards. For example, the reverse card means the circle goes the opposite way (and therefore leaves the person next to you to miss a go!)

Give it a go and see if you can win...It's the perfect game for the Autumn season and can entertain the family for hours!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Night Lights

Many children who have grown out of sharing a room with mum and dad haven't yet grown out of sleeping with the light on. That's why at Toyday we have provided you with the prettiest night lights.

Woodland Rabbit - £4.99




Woodland Owl - £4.99

Woodland Mushroom - £3.99

These nightlights would be prefect for any child as it will make them feel safe in the darkness. They are also very pretty and sweet so are not an eye saw in your children's rooms.

They would look especially good in a woodland themed room.



Saturday, 7 September 2013

The fun of playing 'dress up'!



 Do you remember when you were small and you opened your box full of different princess dresses, fairy wings, cowboy hats and aprons? Suddenly you could be absolutely anything you wanted to be. You could have any career you wanted- astronaut, vet, nurse, chef, fireman, princess, cowboy. It never seemed to get boring throughout your childhood. It really was such a special part of growing up and using your imagination! 

Here at Toyday we sell lots of different costumes for children between the ages of 4- 12 years. They range from characters such as a Nurse, Mermaid, Fireman, Cowboy, Ladybird, Indian, Knight, Policeman, Bee and Cheerleader. So whatever they fancy being, they can be it with our selection of costumes! They are particularly good for children with fancy dress parties or for birthday/Christmas presents.


Have a look on our website for all costume and fancy dress-related products! www.toyday.co.uk

Retro Rag Dolls

Check out our new range of Rag Dolls which are selling like hot cakes!

Aren't these just the cutest things you've ever seen!?! These are beautifully hand made in the UK using 100% cotton and hollow fiber filling. On close inspection the attention to detail is the undeniable proof of the level of quality craftsmanship.

The kids absolutely love them, just goes to show that some things never change, the classics are always the best.

There is a large Rag Doll which sells for £20.99, she measures approx 60cm she has blond bunches made of 100% wool. She is wearing a white dress with a delicate pink floral pattern.

       We also have 3 kinds of medium rag doll which retail at £11.99 and measure approx 40cm. One has also got blond high bunches and she is wearing a white cardigan over a pale pink dress with patterned patchwork butterfly's embroidered on. She has pink shoes and pink gingham bows in her hair.
        Another type has her blond bunches in low plaits with a bonnet on her head. She is wearing a white dress with multicoloured flowers on it. She has red polka dot shoes and a bow to match around her waste.     
The 3rd style we are stocking is a Sailor suited doll sporting a very cute hat and brown bunches.

The smallest ones are £4.99 and measure approx 20cm. There are a number of different styles of this size, we have nurses, ballerina's, angels and lots lots more!


 I had a rag doll when I was a little girl, she was called Amanda and she has ginger hair. I once left her in the public toilets while on a trip to the seaside and made my poor Dad drive 50 miles to go and find her. I cried the whole way but was eventually reunited with Amanda.
Did you have a rag doll when you were a kid? 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Toyday's Top 5 Board Games

Our top 5 board games at the moment are....

5. Retro Grand Prix Race Game
Grand Prix Racing Board Game
£6.99

 

Take in turns to roll the dice to move your racing car around the track. The winner finishes first. A family board game based on an 1930's game in lovely vintage packaging.
Steeple Chase Game 
£6.99
 
The aim of the game is to get your coloured wooden horse to the finish line on the board first by rolling the dice and avoiding the fences on your way. - See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/games-puzzles/games/steeple-chase-game/prod_4101.html#sthash.oVqVsMbi.dpuf
The aim of the game is to get your coloured wooden horse to the finish line on the board first by rolling the dice and avoiding the fences on your way.
The aim of the game is to get your coloured wooden horse to the finish line on the board first by rolling the dice and avoiding the fences on your way. - See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/games-puzzles/games/steeple-chase-game/prod_4101.html#sthash.oVqVsMbi.dpuf
The aim of the game is to get your coloured wooden horse to the finish line on the board first by rolling the dice and avoiding the fences on your way. - See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/games-puzzles/games/steeple-chase-game/prod_4101.html#sthash.oVqVsMbi.dpuf
 
 
 
Air Race Board Game
 
The aim of the game is to get your coloured wooden horse to the finish line on the board first by rolling the dice and avoiding the fences on your way. - See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/games-puzzles/games/steeple-chase-game/prod_4101.html#sthash.oVqVsMbi.dpuf
£6.99

The board is a map of the world and the playing pieces are little wooden aeroplanes. The letters are dealt amongst the players and you must chose the best route to deliver them. Roll the dice and fly your plane around the world delivering the mail. The winner is the first person to deliver all their letters.
 
Vintage Snakes and Ladders Game
£9.99

This family board game of snakes and ladders comes with a folding board and wooden playing pieces in a cotton bag.
 

Touring England Game
£10.99

An all time favourite, and very popular board game. Tour around England with this traditional motoring board game from the 1930's. Plan the best route but take care to avoid any hazards as you drive around the map. Nostalgic and educational too.

The board is a map of the world and the playing pieces are little wooden aeroplanes. The letters are dealt amongst the players and you must chose the best route to deliver them. Roll the dice and fly your plane around the world delivering the mail. The winner is the first person to deliver all their letters. - See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/games-puzzles/games/air-race-board-game/prod_5558.html#sthash.SmpOiqqU.dpuf

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