Tag Archives: toys

Escaping the tyranny of toys

Oh yeah, I know. I do love to use the word “tyranny”. It’s so dramatic. *flounces about* Tyranny this, tyranny that. Ramona was introduced to her first whizz bang, vibrating, flashing toy when she was seven months old. It had … Continue reading

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Ethical Christmas Toys for Children

GAH! WHAT IS WRONG WITH TOYS THESE DAYS! If they are not ridiculously gender specific (pink toy laptop with half the functions of the boys one, anyone?) then they are dictating how to play with their flashing lights and music, … Continue reading

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Vintage Toys and a mother’s second hand strategy

As soon as Ramona and I enter a charity shop or a jumble sale I zoom straight to the kids section and pick out the nicest (by nicest I mean oldest/ most wooden/ cheapest) toy or coolest kids book and … Continue reading

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Old Soldiers and things in jars – a few thrifty toys

THRIFTY! Den, den, deeeh, de den den dehhh!  (To the tune of “FOXY!” as sung by Wayne and Garth) It is due to a mixture of cheapskateness and environmental consciousness that I have yet to buy Ramona a single new … Continue reading

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