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Our Latest News On Traditional Toys and Wooden Toys

  • Wooden Toys For Children To Learn & Have Fun

    Let’s talk wooden toys. Why are they so great? Well, let us tell you what we think is so good about these timeless toys. They have been around for centuries. A trip to the Museum Of Childhood will prove that! I still have some toys that my Mum used to play with. Have you too? Learning with wooden toys is fun. With different colours, shapes and sizes, education is a breeze!

    Learning & Fun Wooden toys Wooden Toys To Love & Cherish

    We love the fact that wooden toys can be passed down through the generations. It is always good to remember past times and treasures such as these will evoke happy memories every time. Despite children breaking the odd bit or losing the occasional wheel, the basic toys rarely get much damage as they are made from sturdy wood. Durability is welcomed by many a parent who is aware that children can be excitable! Add to that fact wood is easy to clean and decoration is by non-toxic paint, what is not to love? Continue reading

  • Christmas Ordering & Delivery Date Information

    Our Festive Delivery schedule for 2017/18 will be as follows:

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    Christmas Delivery Dates

    Last orders for  a weekday (Mon - Fri) delivery will be on THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2017 by 12.30PM. Delivery is scheduled for a next day service i.e. Friday 22nd December 2017.

    Last orders for a scheduled SATURDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2017 delivery MUST ALSO BE RECEIVED BY 12.30PM on THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2017. 

    Any orders placed on Friday 22nd December  or after 12.30pm on Thursday 21st December are scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday 27th December 2017.

    We will update you with any additional information for the following week as soon as we can.

    Merry Christmas from The The Toy Centre

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  • Haba Biofino Fabric Play Food Blog by Old Ted

    Hi Fans, Ted here! My very first Blog. I am so excited! I have been asked to write a review of Haba Fabric Play Food… so here goes….

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    Uuuummmmm… sorry, caught me choosing my tea! Haba Biofino Fabric Play Food is so bright and colourful it is sure to appeal to young eyes. The soft fabric play food is not only tasty looking but very durable too. I invited some of my toddler friends to a Pretend Play tea party last week and we had Haba Sponge Roll and Petit Fours. These little soft toy cakes are beautifully decorated with embroidery and beading. We had a bit of rough and tumble whilst sharing out, but no stitches have come out and the food has remained intact. A gentle machine cold wash (at 30C so Mum says. Oh, and if the food is small you might want to put it in a pillow case first) and air dry will soon sort out our jammy fingerprints. Continue reading

  • HABA Toys Coming Soon To The Toy Centre

     We are very excited to tell you that we will shortly be stocking HABA Toys at The Toy Centre.

    HABA will add tasty additions to our Play Food range, enhancing our extremely ever-popular wooden play food selection. We are also thrilled to announce their very wonderful Biofino brand of soft fabric play foods will be at The Toy Centre. These beautifully made pretend foods are perfect for the Age 3+ group as they introduce sharing and learning. Being such fun items who wouldn't love these pretend play foods? Perfect for role play kitchen and shopping games.

    Other fantastic HABA toy introductions are wooden PLAY SETS including a beautiful Zoo set complete with animals. We could play with the wooden PUZZLES all day - great for matching and sorting skills. The very gorgeous cuddly SOFT TOYS (think snuggly and soft) are dreamy. These toys will suit a range of ages from baby to toddler (that is if Old Ted lets us have them!).

    We know you will really love all the new toys as much as we do. The new arrivals can be happily used alongside some of our special favourites. The new HABA play food goes wonderfully with our range of wooden kitchens and kitchen accessories. Our wooden animal sets will go nicely with the new Zoo and Ark sets.


    Take a peek at our new Coming Soon section... We will be adding our new HABA items for you to browse at - so do keep looking!

    And finally, we have promoted Old Ted to Head Toy Reviewer. Keep an eye on the Blogs in the coming weeks to see what he thinks of our new HABA toys. He will be reviewing each and every one so that you can really decide what you would like.



    Well what a busy few months it has been deciding on what to stock for Christmas – there are so many lovely toys out there. Don't worry, your favourite items are still there - we know from experience that you all love our traditional toys - as do we! There will be even more added as we get into the festive season. We have listened to you and do hope you like our choices!

    We are also very excited to be expecting some wonderful new stock in – so look out for this in our SPOTLIGHT ON section on our HOME PAGE where we highlight special toys and what is ‘COMING SOON’. Currently we have focused on the darling world of Dolls Houses and their accessories where you can see a marvellous selection to inspire youngsters imaginations and make dreams come true.  

    And please do meet our friend Old Ted – he has been with us for many a long year and is still working hard… when he isn’t playing that is! He investigates our new stock and lets us know his verdict – so watch out for his personal blogs in future months…. He has become so important to us that we have given him his own personal section with ‘OLD TED’S TOP PICKS’ – where he lists SUPER SALE items and favourite toys. (Yes, Ted - we know you love the Janod Live Music Set  - pictured). This is a MUST for anyone looking for that special BARGAIN. Please click on the link below for a sneak preview...

    Old Ted's Top Picks

    By the way, don’t forget to come and visit us on our Social Media sites – we often have Facebook competitions and updates on Twitter. We’d love to see you! And if you do have any comments or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will always respond being a friendly bunch!

    Janod Live Music Set - Ted's current favourite :-)
  • Good Toy Guide for Small Children 1 – 6 years (part one)

    Child development professionals recommend certain types of toys to assist small children in their mental and physical development. We are going to highlight some suggestions which may help you in choosing suitable toys for young children aged 1 – 6 years of age. Today we will start with age 1 +.

    Recommended Toys for age 1 +

    Babies at this age are beginning to develop their imaginations and motor skills, ideally their toys should help them with this. Some good examples would include:

    ride on toys, see:

    baby dolls, see:

    puppets, see:

    baby walkers, see:

    push and pull toys, see:

    sound puzzles, see:

  • Tidlo Animals Table & Chair Set

    The Tidlo Animals Table & Chair Set can be found in our Kids Room collection. Tidlo make such great products and this child's room furniture set has proven to be a big hit.

  • Scottish Postal Rates

    Good news for customers in Scotland! We have now added many more Scottish postcodes into our UK Mainland FREE delivery offer, all orders over £50 can now be delivered FREE to any AB, PA and KA postcode. Have a great weekend!

  • New Website Layout

    You may notice some changes to the website over the next few weeks as we make improvements to the design and add some extra services including gift wrapping and cards. Many of our great toys will now include a gift wrap and card option at checkout and we have also set up a separate category for gifts where we provide suggestions for suitable gifts based on a child's age. Don't forget to also check out our What's New section, we have just taken delivery of some lovely toys, including the 'Honey Kitchen' from Le Toy Van. Have a great bank holiday weekend!

  • New! Mini Grow Kits

    We've just taken delivery of something that's a little bit different for The Toy Centre. Sembra Mini Grow Kits are designed for children to have fun growing their very first salad, vegetable and herb plants. These kits include a beautifully illustrated book and all the necessary items from which to get started, even the soil is included! You don't even need a garden as these kits are ideal for balconies or terraces. see:

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