Local Entrepreneur Gave Toy Cars Whole New Audience

I was reading a monthly magazine the other day when my eyes lit upon an article about the inventor of a particular brand of toy car from my youth.  I had no idea this chap was local to where I have been iving for the last 40 or so years.  The name of the toy is so well known, both here and overseas, that I naturally assumed it was a massive conglomerate from the US.    This cha...
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Unexpected Discovery Of Model Railway Joy

There's something wonderful about sharing a coach trip with several folk you've never met before but you find  you have a lot in common with.  this happens to everyone at some time or another when they go abroad for a short holiday.  We all seem to go into over drive with the polite niceness.   This definitely happened to me recently on a coach trip to germany, I knew no one wh...
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However Hot Out, Never Dive In Deep Water

There are times throughout a year when playing near water is safer than at others.  Now is just when youngsters and teenage men should not go near it.  Why, year after year, do young adult men think it's ok to jump into a largebody of water - to go for a free cooling swim?  We are warned every single year about the dangers of unexpectedly deep water pockets, it makes the swimme...
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Before Buying – Check The Child’s Toy Collection

Whenever I want to get the perfect present for my preciously picky grandchildren, I always ask for ideas from their parents. as there is always an anxious moment when the chosen gift is opened and you wait for a gasp of surprice, exitement, willowing disproval . . .    The children know now not to moan or prattle on if the contents of said parcel are already in the child's  toy...
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Youthful Games Making Comeback

The way babies and toddlers develop has changed little over the years.  Inf act there isn't a grat deal that can change apart from the speed with thich babies graduate from blobby gurgling little lumps in a pram or cot and now seem to be expected to sit up and converse with the world at 6 months!  I have connections with a relatively small number of children on a regular basis....
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Old Familiar Sharing Games Replacing Choc-Fest

I have spent a gloriously happy easter weekend away from home staying with relatives.  There were no children around and although it was busy, it did seem to be missing this essential element.  We made up for it though, happily joking and playing around as grown up kiddies might!  The amount of chocolate scoffed was much less than in the day when my siblings and I managed to ea...
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Getting The Right Toy Or Game Needs Careful Thought

Oh how playing games can be the most wonderful way of spending any spare time.  Of course, as a child, there is no need for spare time.  A child has to go to nursery, so play time is essential in their daily routine.  Not necessarily to just make the child happy, but to help development and to bring a touch of social awareness into their lives.   For some children, life at home...
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Old Fashioned Toys Can Be Made Gender Neutral

There is a young neice in my extended family - and much fun is being had by all of us older folk who no longer have kiddies around to buy any presents or toys for.  We have just had Christmas and of course, there were piles of presents to be shared around the gaggle of relatives.  Needless to say, the largest pile by miles was for the smallest member.  Many different kinds of t...
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Toddler Toy Quest Recalls Childhood Joys

We have just enjoyed another busy Christmas and new year period - this time though we had the joy of a toddler to spoil and be enthralled by.  It was hearing about the tot's exploits, working out how to unwrap the gifts, the shortest route to success, that was the most amusing.  Of course, as is always the case, the actual contents of the boxes recovered from the ripping and sh...
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Toy Stores Bring Unique Joy & Family Togetherness

This must surely be the most favourite time of year for children of any age - 1 year up to 101 years and more! The lure of the Christmas parcel pile is overwhelming sometimes.  I was watching a programme on families who had been affected badly in the blitz of WW2, they were so cheerful all the time, keeping their spirits up was a way of life and no one wanted to be seen moaning...
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