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  • What's the Easter Bunny got in store for your garden?

    Well who can believe we're already in to March almost and that Easter is but a few weeks away!

    If you're thinking of ways to inspire the children over the holidays then Wicken Toys can help! We all know the British weather can be challenging but Easter (even if the sun isn't quite shining) is  a fantastic time to get outside and enjoy the Spring!

    Whether it's having a game of footie in the garden or if you want something a little more grand, then we've got some inspiring ideas to get you thinking!

    Now, if you remember back when you were young, how much fun was the humble slide?  As a great activity and for some mini thrills, a slide is a wonderful way to encourage your children to be outside enjoying the fresh air. With a hint of trepidation at the steps, the ultimate result is always laughter or an exciting scream as the little ones make their way down to the bottom.

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  • Slide into spring

    Now that things are getting a bit warmer it’s time to encourage your little ones to break away from the TV or games console and get out in the fresh air. At this time of year the first signs of spring are starting to show. A few early spring flowers are beginning to pop up and many garden birds have started to sing their lovely spring songs!


    So in today’s blog we  thought we’d talk about an outdoor toy, which is bound to get your kids racing out into the garden, filled with the joys of  spring. A free standing slide is not only a staple of children’s playgrounds everywhere but also a great vantage point from which your little ones can spot the signs of spring such as rousing insects, emerging flowers and nesting birds.


    A slide is one of those outdoor playthings that are totally addictive. Like swings, kids beg to go to the park to play on them. There’s something extremely satisfying about climbing up high to shoot straight back down to the ground. Moreover children never tire of this simple activity. It would seem there’s much joy in repetition!


    Much like garden swings and climbing frames, these kinds of outdoor playthings are an immense source of pride for children. Up until the point that they have relied on you to take them to the park or recreation ground, and now, suddenly, they are independent and can play as much as they like. Moreover, they don’t have to wait for other children, to take their turn!


    So let’s take a look at some of the options available here at Wicken Toys.


    To begin with there’s the tp Kingfisher Slide Rainbow. This is a great starter slide, which is made from injection moulded polyethylene, with ultra violet stabilisers to stop it degrading. It also has three heavy duty steps with a grip pattern to help stop your little ones from slipping.


    Next up in the range we have tp Green Crazywavy Slide Body and Step Set, which has a very sturdy construction and wave form slope for a rollercoaster ride of gentle yet super fun bumps.




    For older and more confident children there’s the tp Rapide Slide Body and Stepset, which is an extra wide 3 metre straight slope slide with four steps. It is built on a highly rigid steel chassis for greater strength.


    So if you would like to encourage your youngsters to use the garden more at this wonderful time of year, then consider getting them a free standing slide or maybe even a climbing frame with a built-in slide for double the fun.

  • Playtime at school with outdoor toys


    Schools are now free to decide the length and structure of their school day including lunchtimes and breaks plus activities available during those breaks. The worry is that some schools might reduce unstructured playtime in exchange for promoting further academic study and curriculum time. There is a danger that schools are losing the sense of importance involved in providing their students with adequate playtime activity which is vital for children’s development and learning. Not only does playtime do this but it also helps encourage better classroom behaviour, improved motivation and boosts academic performance overall.


    Studies have highlighted that the more children play outside the more they are likely to do better in the classroom. With an epidemic of “indoor children” becoming more and more prevalent in the UK more and more pupils are aggressive, easily distracted and harder to manage in the classroom. A lack of outdoor play is affecting classroom readiness.



    Playtime at school should provide a range of activities and outdoor play equipment that helps to encourage the children to play freely without the constraints of routine and structure being imposed upon them. P.E. lessons on their own are not enough to do this. It has to be everyday at intermittent times throughout the day.


    School administrations have a critical role to play in reversing the negative impacts of the indoor mentality. Helping children to experience and appreciate the nature of the outdoors and outdoor toys has never been more important than it is today in 21st Century Britain.


    Children tend to be more physically active with open-ended play where the emphasis is on the non-competitive. This is where we at Wicken Toys come in.



    Supplying outdoor toys is our specialty and our years of doing so has helped us to draw the conclusion that nothing quite beats toys like climbing frames, swings and slides as tools for helping to keep children healthy and active. They help to foster an environment of freedom and energy that cannot really be matched in any other way.


    Pre-schools and primary schools should be able to provide these tools for their students to be able to use at their leisure when break times and lunch times come to pass. They can reinvigorate children within the space of minutes and get them interacting with each other on a different level to their interactions in the classroom.



    There is no structure necessary when it comes to outdoor toys beyond the structure the children create for themselves. Help to give your students a helping hand towards their development outside of the classroom by investing in outdoor toys.


    Contact us at Wicken Toys for more information on our product ranges available.

  • 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.

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