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  • Playing house - opening the doors to playhouses this spring


    As the weather improves and we see more sunny days ahead (the recent snowfall notwithstanding!) it’s a good opportunity to start thinking playhouses for the kids. At Wicken Toys we have some ideas about the best playhouses currently available and what we think will give your children the most fun during spring time.


    Playing at home for kids can be turned into a much more exciting experience. Playhouses are a greta way to encourage imaginative play for pre-schoolers. They can cater to children playing by themselves and with their siblings or friends.


    The key attraction for children is that they can role play and the educational merits of playhouses are that children (knowingly or unknowingly) can practice social skills while enjoying their playtime. Think about it – playhouses are basically platforms for children to pretend to be their parents by “owning” and “living” in their own house. They adopt etiquette very quickly.


    With a playhouse kids can play inside or outside in them. They are designed as outdoor toys but work just as well inside the house on those cold or rainy days. With spring weather and signs of summer spreading across the UK there has never been a better time to encourage children to play outdoors!


    Playhouses come in different shapes and sizes that can suit individual gardens and homes respectively according to their specifications.


    The Forest Wooden Cabin Playhouse is a compact lodge with window frames and fabric door perfect for children aged between 1-10 years.



    Go from small cabin house to fortress castle and tower set (which boys tend to go crazier for!) Children will instinctively recognise that the Castle can be a fairy palace, a Wild West fort, or a stage for medieval chivalry and pageantry.   Then they can run accross the bridge into the tower and act out some other imaginary tale.



    Or for something a little more scaled back and not quite so epic, you can find the All Out Play Jungle Hut more appealing. It has a wooden floor as its base and looks great in gardens.



    Choose from a standard playhouse or a hybrid playhouse / Climbing frame by All Out Play. All Out Play playhouses look great in any garden, solidly built and strikingly unusual.


    Playhouses blend well into any environment. Each design includes an enclosed space that is great in all sorts of weather, but also allows your children to play securely in their own private fantasy world.

  • Who we work with at Wicken to educate children at playtime Part 2

    In our previous blog we started to explore the manufacturers that we collaborate with in order to provide the finest quality outdoor toys for children that give them plenty of active play whilst assisting them with their learning and development.


    We looked at Creative Playthings Special Pine and the Playtime Series which leaves us with the remaining toy manufacturers that we work with in order to produce the best outdoor toys1


    Continuing the rundown...




    Tp toys use both square cut and round wood.  Their products have many different accessories that will keep children busy for hours.


    Tp's Toys design top of the range outdoor toys from climbing frames to wheeled toys. These products teach children about balance and co-ordination, which are essential abilities that need to be absorbed and practiced from a young age.




    All Out Play produce inspirational play equipment that encourages both creative and physical play.  All Out Play is a family run business manufacturing their own designs here in the UK.  They have put a range together that combines a traditional playhouse with play features found on more traditional playsets. The result is fun castles, forts towers, turrets, galleons and more.


    The focus is heavily on creative play. Children learn how to use their imaginations to maximum effect and in so doing discover a lot about what they want to be or what they like to do.




    Plum products are a family run business and have been trading for over 21 years.  They have a range of play centres that are designed to suit different age ranges, levels of activity and sizes of garden.  You’ll find that Plum Products combine all of the educational merits of those mentioned above.


    And that’s the end of our rundown on our manufacturers and how they help to educate children of all ages.


    What we hope you will find with our outdoor toys is the perfect combination of safety, quality design, economical price and educational merit. Not all learning is done in the classroom. The most important learning is out in the world when children play amongst each other.


    If you have any questions about our products and manufacturers, please contact us.

  • Wicken Toys Clearance – children’s toys on sale


    In the spirit of summer commerce we thought we should write a blog about our sale items that are in our clearance section. These children’s toys are ready to go and have been reduced substantially. If any of the following products are appealing then you better act fast, stocks are slowly going down.


    Dolls Houses/Bookcases


    This beautiful selection of handcrafted tp toys is perfect for playtime and they look great on any shelf.


    Tp Melrose Dolls House is the right fit for creative play ad children with imagination. These doll houses are made from durable, high quality, reinforced cardboard that is lightweight yet very strong and sturdy.  It’s easy to assemble and put together. It’s made from 60% recyclable cardboard so it’s also very environmentally friendly too.

    Now only £22.45




    The tp Fire Station consists of brightly coloured features and it’s a practical playhouse that can also double up as a bookcase. This is a model that is perhaps better suited to boys.

    Now only £22.45

    tp Castle Bookcase is something that is a fun-little item for both children and adults to use for their book collections. It’s something for the mantelpiece or for the playroom!

    Now only £35.95


    Outdoor toys


    The Plum Surricate Play Centre features a wooden play tower with shower proof fabric, a rock wall, fireman’s pole, a trapeze and sandpit area. It’s a real adventure in the back garden.

    Was £729.00, Now £449.99



    The Super Tramp Wallaby High Performance Trampoline is a heavyweight performance rectangular trampoline. There is no other rectangular trampoline that will match it on performance, quality and value. It’s a perfect addition to any garden in summer. Kids will be jumping around with joy!

    Was £1,199.00, Now £699.00



    The Emporia Complete Wooden Climbing Frame with FREE Accessories also includes large rockwall, cargo climbing net and 4 swinging activities. It’s one of those adventure activity toys that will have the kids busy for hours leaving you to do some gardening in peace!



    And those are the outdoor toys and items that are currently in our clearance, all reduced and selling at terrific speed! It’s time to start having a browse of what Wicken Toys has to offer you this summer.

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