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Monday, 27 October 2014

Halloween Tricks and Treats at Toyday

It's almost that spooky time of year again and we have some great things to help make yourself, your children and your home as frightening as possible this Halloween!

If you're looking from some halloween tricks, treats and dress up items, pop down to our Totnes shop.


Trick your friends into thinking their finger will be chopped of with one of our Finger Choppers.

If you're decorating the front of your house this year, then the glow in the dark Skeleton Sticker is perfect for your window. 

Make your very own Zombie monster! This kits includes four different colours of modelling clay in green, red, white and black. Reuse the clay or leave him to air dry for 24 hours.
four different colours of modelling clay in green, red, white and black to allow you to make a scary zombie. Reuse the clay or leave him to air dry for 24 hours. - See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/creative-toys/craft-kits/build-your-own-zombie/prod_6219.html#toy
four different colours of modelling clay in green, red, white and black to allow you to make a scary zombie. Reuse the clay or leave him to air dry for 24 hours. - See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/creative-toys/craft-kits/build-your-own-zombie/prod_6219.html#toy

We have some super scary masks, including, dracula, frankenstein, bats and cats!  If you're planning on going all out this year the self adhesive fake wounds set is great for creating realistic and gory looking injuries.

Halloween happens to fall on a Friday this year, so for most people there is no work or school the next morning, which gives you even more reason to celebrate! 

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Did you know about the new cinema in Totnes?

Okay well it's a not so new. The Romoney cinema located where the library used to be behind Harberton Arts, originally opened in 1946.  It showed films on Thursday nights for a traveling cinema. Then became full time, seating 161 movie fans and showing the greats until October 1964 when it closed. Now all these years later there are plans to re open it for the people of Totnes to enjoy.


Last week they opened  the space so people could come and share ideas and visions on how the cinema should be. When I went in there, the space looked incredible! So different from what it was before. Loads of people had given their ideas on what films they wanted to see, what food they want to eat and what they wanted from the space. The notice board was stuffed with suggestions and words of encouragement.

It's a great idea and I am very excited to see how it works out. Personally I would like to see them supporting local film makers and showing interdependent shorts before the feature instead of adverts. This would provide a chance for people to share their work with local people. Having your film screened is such an amazing feeling.

I really hope this works and the community supports this project. Going to the cinema is such a fantastic and social experience when it is full of people all laughing and crying together.
Its so much more exciting than sitting at home watching a film on your own. Films bring people together and let them share experience and emotions.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Nadine's time at Toyday

Hello, my name is Nadine. I'm 18 years old and from Germany. It's my third week in Totnes and I have just two weeks left.

The first week i went to the Totnes Language School and there we talked about our favorite games in the primary school. I told the group about a game where two people get a rope around their legs and a third one skip.
Then I got the chance to work in the Toyday shop. I went around the shop and saw the game: French Skipping. It's about 10 years ago that I played it... but maybe I should try it again one time.
 

Another toy I remember is a goki puzzle. My grandparents have a lot of these and I played with them when I was about 5 years old. I liked it a lot and Toyday sell some of the puzzles in their shop. You have 20 cubes and could make 6 pictures. So you decide which one and then start to find the right pieces.


I remembered here my time when I was young and I think the time where we played together with other children was better than the time with the mobile phones. Kids should play without their phones and enjoy the time.
I never had some technical games when I was younger and I miss the time to meet friends without being on the phone the whole time.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Traditional vs Technical


What makes a good toy?
Narrative?
Interaction?
The ability to promote imagination?
The amount of flashing lights and noises it makes?
The way it keeps the child entertained and focused for hours?

Its interesting to think about. "Techno toys" in the form of apps etc have become very popular recently, the world is changing as technology becomes increasingly clever and advanced. However has the way children think changed?

I remember having a Tamagotchi. Just like the one pictured. There was something so exciting about them they could go round to their friends for tea! and they died if you didn't look after them properly. They even pooped. Great! I wish I still had it, because now they are worth a small fortune. They kicked off the screen based games that are so popular today.
http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/dolls-plush/puppets/knitted-finger-puppet/prod_4387.html#toy
But then you start to ask. Does this encourage children to use their imaginations less? The same amount of fun could still be had with a normal doll, teddy or puppet. They can also go round their friends for tea or go flying or skiing or dancing. They can do far more than a Tamagotchi can. Your imagination is your limit! Its interesting to think how something so simple has more perpetual than something so complex. The traditional toys have a more reel, practical feel to them.

http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/creative-toys/make-your-own-monster-puppet/prod_4789.html#toy
But then of course you are relying on the child sense of creativity and energy in keeping that up. It can be tiring! However creativity is something that should be promoted in children. Its such a good quality in life to be able to make the best of something. Our imagination can be our savoir sometimes.

The finger puppets and make your own monsters can be found on the Toyday Website.





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