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Christmas toys

  • The Christmas Rush – some advice from Wicken Toys

     

    For the past two months we have been blogging about toys and of course the odd Christmas blog hasn't gone amiss.  It’s been a long build-up to the biggest day of the year, particularly for children. But now Christmas is literally a few days away and the question is; are you ready? Continue reading

  • Delivering toys faster than Father Christmas - Wicken Toys

     

    Well the Christmas Day countdown is finally on... the kids are relying on Father Christmas to deliver their pressies during the twilight of Christmas Eve, when in reality it will be Mum and Dad heaving the bags of shopping back the week before! Continue reading

  • Beat the Christmas shopping rush with Wicken Toys

    Christmas blogging in October? We must be out of our minds! But wait; there is method to our madness...

     

    Wicken Toys has been in the business of playtime for a long time and we know better than most outdoor toy suppliers the importance of getting Christmas shopping lists ticked off early. Unless you enjoy the Christmas rush in December and the queuing, the cold weather and the increased pricing, we’ll bet that you would actually prefer to avoid it at all costs.

     

    When you order with Wicken Toys you get your outdoor toys delivered direct to your door saving you the trouble of having to do all that running about in the last few days before Christmas Day.

     

    We’ve already begun to give you our list of recommendations for the ideal Christmas presents this year, some of which you can read HERE. To continue with our suggestions might we direct you towards the following gift ideas for the kids this year:

     

    For children 2 years+ it’s good to give them something that gets them active and keeps them mobile for playtime outside. Our trikes for girls and boys are always a winner.

     

    For him

    This KETTLER Top Trike Air Fly offers maximum comfort thanks to the use of large air tyres and ball bearing hubs.  A safety harness for the younger children is optional too. What makes this trike particularly special is that its unique frame design can be adjusted and extended to grow with your child. Technically, your child will not “grow-out” of this trike for a long time. It’s a worthwhile investment, and as long as they enjoy riding on it, you can’t really go wrong.

     

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    For her

    The KETTLER Run Air Layana Balance Bike tops the range with an innovative easy access frame design, ergonomic padded seat, wire wheels and all the other standard features from the other models in the range.  It’s a really snazzy and sleek design with a purely pink coating, ideal for young girls.

     

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    For boys and girls

    Nothing beats the bounce of a great trampoline for the juniors. This Plum 6ft Trampoline Enclosure is ideal as a first trampoline for children ages 3-10. It helps to increase and build up the confidence of the kids whilst providing a safe and fun experience for them.

     

    This is a great introduction to trampolines for children and it comes in both blue and pink.

     

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     Wicken Toys is devoted to offering safe, quality and fun outdoor toys and games for children of all ages from climbing frames to garden swings to bicycles to sledges. We’re making Christmas easier on the parents this year and a lot more enjoyable for the kids.

     

    Contact Us for more information on any of our outdoor toy ranges.

  • The traditions and values of outdoor toys & playtime

     

    It could be argued that today, a large degree of the innocent magic associated with youth has slowly faded. There was a time when children revelled in the delights of the outside world. They could take nothing but their imaginations out to play with them and let their dreams be their guide. Continue reading

  • Keeping traditional toys alive – the countdown to Christmas begins here at Wicken Toys!

     

    We’ve been counting down the days to Christmas with all the excitement and anticipation of a 6 year old child on Christmas Eve! There’s no time quite like the festive season where families come together to spend a few days in each other’s company, exchange gifts, enjoy giant roasts and watch some Xmas specials on the old telly. Continue reading

  • Keep the kids active this Christmas – the importance of encouraging outdoor playtime

     

    All I want for Christmas is... a nice new DVD collection of my favourite television shows and films, a top of the line computer console plus games, a 3D television, a waffle maker, a new touchscreen phone, a lot of chocolate goodies, a brand new laptop, and on and on. Continue reading

  • Make a list, check it twice – Christmas Toys

     

    Continuing our countdown to Christmas this week at Wicken Toys! You can read our previous blogs on our recommended gift ideas for Christmas toys HERE. So, you’ve decided to beat the rush and pre-order Christmas presents for your kids? We’re here to help you with ideas... Continue reading

  • Slidin’ towards Bethlehem

     

    Christmas gift ideas are a constant source of headaches for parents. You pace back and forth, poring over ideas for Christmas gifts for the children, trying desperately to think of ideas to make your sons and daughters happy on Christmas day. When it comes down to it, children like fun toys that they can use repeatedly; they like outdoor toys and they like toys that they can spend their seemingly inexhaustible energies on.

     

    The sheer size of a slide is enough to get kids excited.  Although it’s a difficult gift to wrap up, its size will make them curious and ecstatic as they see it in the garden on Christmas morning. They’ll be thanking you and Father Christmas for months afterwards. There’s a pure enjoyment to be had from a slide that you don’t get with a lot of modern toys. Fun days are had down the park, playing on the swings and the slides outdoors with your children. With Wicken Toys’ free-standing slides, you can capture that magic and have it in your own back garden at competitive prices for Christmas.

     

    Kingfisher Slide Rainbow

     

    Kingfisher Slide Rainbow is a fun little slide for younger children over the age of 3 years. The Kingfisher Rainbow slide is constructed from injection-moulded polyethylene, which is made with ultra violet stabilisers to keep the slide from fading in the sun. The steps on the slide are serious steps made for protecting children. Each step is sturdy and made with a friction pattern to give children a better grip as they climb up to the slide platform. The slide is two metres long with safety handles; it goes to ground level for a smooth landing for little bottoms!

     

    The slide comes in gender-neutral green, so you can buy it for your son or your daughter.

    Kettler Jumbo Slide

     

    Our Kettler Jumbo slide is the biggest slide in our free-standing slide range, measuring at 3.25m of sliding fun. It is the largest and longest by far. Its sliding chute is constructed from galvanised steel and there are plastic safety platforms at the top and bottom. Every aspect of this slide is fun and replicates the magic of a park slide in your back garden. Make your children happy this Christmas, get them the Kettler Jumbo and they will have a jumbo smile plastered on their face for the rest of the year.

     

    Features include non-slip safety treads, a ladder with handrails on both sides and a central support running from the base of the ladder to the base of the slide giving extra rigidity.  Supplied with anchors for securing to the ground.

    Plum Products Climb N Slide

     

    Other slides pale in comparison to The Plum Climb ‘N’ Slide. It causes chute-envy in all its free-standing slide brethren because it is much more than your run of the mill slide; it’s an activity centre! The Climb ‘N’ Slide from Plum Products gives you a slide, a climbing frame, a rock wall and a raised play deck for the children to get the most out of their new slide. A must for the adventurous children of the family; this will make their Christmas morning, noon and night. Come to think of it, it might just make their year.

     

     

    All of these toys are available from Wicken Toys. Learn more here or find our delivery options here. Wicken Toys sells the very best in free-standing slides and unique outdoor toys for happy Christmases.

  • Christmas toys cometh from Wicken

     

    There’s less than 60 shopping days left until Christmas! It may seem like a long time, but we’re almost in November now and Christmas shopping is already underway for many families this year. We’re even taking advance orders to beat the Christmas rush.

     

    So start making those lists and find out what the kids want this year.

     

    Wicken Toys has an unparalleled range of outdoor toys to choose from and we’ve prepared for every eventuality for this coming festive season.  If you follow our blog then you’ll see over the next few weeks just how many Christmas gift ideas we have to impart to you.

     

    You’d think buying Christmas toys for the kids would be the easiest thing, but with such a wide variety of choices available these days it can be a bit of a nightmare to hunt down the best ones. We believe that playtime should keep the children active and what better way to encourage them to do that then with outdoor toys such as climbing frames, playhouses and wheeled toys?

     

    So let’s start ticking off that list of possible gift ideas shall we?

     

    For the active, sporty kids we always recommend getting them toys that help them to continue their active pursuits...

     

    Take this tp Basketball Game Set. This is a great way to keep them on the go and it saves on garden space too. The basketball set fits directly onto a wall or if you purchase a mounting kit with it, it can fit onto any of our giant swing frames or climbing frames. Without overstating the pun; it’s a slam-dunk choice for kids this Christmas.

     

     

    Okay, maybe you’re thinking, “We want to keep the kids active but it might be too cold this winter to have them playing in the garden all day long.” So, here’s an alternative idea...

     

    The Kettler Stockholm Indoor table ideal for table tennis and ping pong matches in the cosy comfort of your home.  This is actually a great gift for the whole family as it offers super value for money and a range games that all ages can get involved with. The Stockholm is equally suitable for clubs and schools too. It’s both rollaway and foldaway efficient so it doesn’t take up any space when not in use. Christmas Day could be a great opportunity for the family to go head-to-head for some serious ping pong matches!

    Wicken Toys knows that some kids just want to have toys that they can play with a la Buzz Lightyear! So we have introduced a range called SIKU Diecast Models, which include toys such as lorries, buses, cranes and farm machinery model toys.

     

    For more than 50 years SIKU has fascinated children and adults alike with its model toys. The range of SIKU toy farm models is as captivating and varied as the real world of agriculture with many different implements available for the different model tractors. The SIKU Deere tractor and trailer set is a popular seller.

     

     

    These are just a few of the Wicken suggestions and options for Christmas toys this year. We’ll be back with more blogs and more Christmas gift ideas for the kids and the whole family. For more information on any of our products or ranges, please Contact Us.

  • Toying with the idea of early Christmas shopping?

    We hear cries from parents from around the country shouting out, "It's too early to think about that!” well, for some it is, but unless you actually enjoy the Christmas rush and getting caught up in the mad dash of people during the two weeks lead-up to old Xmas day, it really is best to start early. At least spare a thought for what you would like to get the kids or what they may have asked for.

     

    Wicken Toys is very busy around this time of year, for obvious reasons, but the important factor we feel is getting the Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. November is a good time to start and by then it doesn’t feel too early to be taking Christmas matters into your own hands.

     

    This year Wicken Toys is going all out to make your Christmas shopping easier than ever before! Why queue in the cold when you can shop from the comfort of your own, warm abode? Order online with us and we’ll deliver it to your door.

     

    Our delivery service takes place on weekends, although smaller items from our catalogue are sent via ParcelForce which operates on a 24 hour service. All orders made receive tracking numbers and receipts via email. You’ll even get the expected day for delivery so you know when to expect the toys!

     

    So what outdoor toys are set to be our best-sellers this winter? Believe it or not, garden swings and climbing frames tend to get a high volume of interest. Regardless of the low temperatures the kids sense of play lasts all year around.

     

    The most sought after Christmas toys are playhouses and wheeled toys.

     

    At the top of Mum and Dad’s lists (or Santa’s) should be the Kettler Wildcat Go-kart, suitable for children aged 3-6 years. It’s an impressive and safe design that makes for a great way for the younger ones of the litter to get around in. It comes with a 3 year warranty and any child who gets one of these will certainly be kept occupied for a long amount of time.

    Kettler Go Kart

    It boasts the following features:

    • A sturdy frame.
    • Easy to adjust seat, no tools required.
    • Front spoiler.
    • Solid wheels.
    • Non slip pedals.
    • Dual action brake.
    • Freewheel facility.  Freewheel means that when the Wildcat is being pushed the pedals will not spin around hitting the riders feet.

     

    Let’s not forget the best in playhouses either!

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    The TP Forest Cabin Wooden Playhouse is a compact playhouse that combines dried European redwood with galvanised steel.  All plastic parts are natural forest green and UV stabilised. All the timber used has smooth rounded edges so no splinters.

     

    It features a compact lodge with window frames and fabric door. It’s an ideal outdoor toy for the kids and makes a wonderful Christmas present. The biggest problem you’ll find will be wrapping it!

     

    These are just a couple of our favourites for Christmas gift ideas. Order in advance so you beat the Christmas rush.

    Contact Us for more information on our services and products.

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