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New Le Toy Van Toys at Spotty Giraffe

New Le Toy Van Toys at Spotty Giraffe

The New 2018 Collection by Le Toy Van is now available at Spotty Giraffe! We are so excited to offer the new Le Toy Van Toddler Toys of their Petilou range. There is a beautiful Wooden Baby Walker, ‘Rainbow Cloud Walker’. This sturdy Baby Walker includes 45 wooden building blocks for extra play fun. 

 

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New Le Toy Van Noah’s Ark – Suitable from 12 months

New Le Toy Van Noah’s Ark – Suitable from 12 months

As a premium Le Toy Van retailer we are very excited about their New Wooden Noah's Ark Shapesorter 'Le Petit Ark'.

New for 2017, this wonderful Noah's Ark is made from quality wood and painted with waterbased colours. The pretty boat comes with a practical carry handle so it can easily be taken from one room to another.

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New Pop Up Shop!

New Pop Up Shop!

 

Visit us at our new Pop Up Shop in London! We will be at 340 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UR from 9 till 16 October 2016!

We are very excited to be 'popping up' with our friends from Four Fairies and a Prince and i Piccolini!

 

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Easter Gift Ideas for children at Spotty Giraffe

It’s time to think about Easter Gifts! Spring is (finally) in the air and you might want to add something special to the Easter Egg Hunt this year. Browse our collection of fabulous toys and gifts for babies, toddlers and boys & girls. We have selected some Easter and/or Spring themed toys in our Easter […]

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Le Toy Van London Car Set – Review

The Le Toy Van London Car Set consists of 7 wooden London themed cars and this set is one of the bestselling Le Toy Van wooden toys.

All cars are made from quality wood and have rubber wheels for easy pushing along.

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This classic Le Toy Van London Car Set includes the iconic London Route Master bus, the famous London Black Cab, 3 emergency vehicles from the London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance and Police as well as a Mini and a racing car.

We are impressed with the quality of these wooden play cars, they are well made which makes them hardwearing and very sturdy. The paint is very detailed and adds a lot to the play value.

All cars are perfectly scaled for other Le Toy Van toys like the play mats or Le Grand Garage. These wooden cars can easily be refuelled at the petrol station (thanks to the little holes for the fuel pump). Le Toy Van London Car Set8 Le Toy Van London Car Set2

There is also a New York Car Set by Le Toy Van!

Make up some story for London role play, visit sites, go on a bus ride on a  double decker bus, call the London Fire Brigade to an emergency or simply go for a drive. The Le Toy Van London Car Set provides endless play fun! The cars are also compatible with wooden train tracks.

The cars come boxed as a set and this Le Toy Van toy makes a great gift for little London lovers all over the world!

Read more reviews of our toys, including toys of British toy company Le Toy Van on our Spotty Giraffe Blog! We have tested all these toys and we hope these reviews help our customers find the right toy.

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Le Toy Van London Bus with Driver – Review

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The wooden Le Toy Van London Bus is a firm favourite and one of the best sellers at Spotty Giraffe.

The iconic Routemaster design makes this wooden bus a striking toy which attracts (not only) children's attention and keeps drawing them to it day after day. Role play is a fantastic way for children to learn and make up their own stories. The wooden London Bus takes them to the famous London weights or simply down to road to the shops - just as in real life!

Like all Le Toy Van wooden toys the bus is well made and it can survive that daily punishing schedule, just like the real London Buses! The rubber wheels are sturdy and the bus can even be used outside in the garden.

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The bus comes with a driver, the roof and the first floor are both removable and the bus can take up to 11 Budkins passengers which are sold separately. We recommend the Le Toy Van Dolls Family as passengers - the family of four can go on a day trip.

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The wooden London Bus by Le Toy Van is the prefect birthday gift and/or Christmas present for boys and girls alike!

 

Spotty Giraffe is an official Le Toy Van retailer.

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Le Toy Van Cafe Machine – Review

Le Toy Van Cafe Machine – Review

Don’t we all love a pretend play coffee, lovingly made by one of our children in their play kitchen or their pretend café? As a new addition to the popular and ever expanding Le Toy Van Honeybake range, we introduce the Le Toy Van Coffee Maker! A modern gadget and must have item for every […]

 

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Spotty Giraffe is the Best Independent Toy Boutique!

Wow! We have been chosen by the prestigious Junior Magazine as Best Independent Toy Boutique! The results of the Junior Design Award 2015 have been announced this week. Having been awarded ‘highly commended’ in this category of the Junior Design Award in 2014 we are very proud to have won this super award this year! […]

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Dolls Houses

 

At Spotty Giraffe we value toys that let a child explore their imagination, helping them to learn and we value toys that a child will go back to again and again.

 

A dolls house can inspire role play and more importantly children can act out the events that they have encountered meaning they are learning through play.

 

We have found that both girls and (!) boys enjoy playing with dolls houses and the appeal is long lasting with the dolls house being played with for years. What changes as they grow older is what they act out with the dolls.

 

The role play can revolve around any of the rooms in the house with dinner and bed times being particular favourites. Or they can get even more adventurous and move house!

 

History of dolls houses - originally known as baby houses

 

Dolls houses have been around since the 16th century with the early ones being replicas of large houses built by the wealthy house owner.

 

At the same time in Germany and Holland wealthy women used the baby house as tool for teaching household management and reinforce the upstairs-downstairs divisions present at the time.

 

By the mid 1700’s cabinet houses were appearing, these were a cabinet with a house in it. Also doll’s houses as we think of them today were appearing and in 1760 the Tate Baby house was built. This was a grand house where the front opened up and revealed the luxurious interior.

 

Popularity grew of the dolls house grew in the victorian era but it was not until the first half of the 20th century that they became really popular. The growth began in Germany with a large global collectors market for their houses and miniatures but after the first world war mass production and the fact that they were marketed directly for the use by children lead to an explosion in their popularity.

 

Over the 20th century this grew to be the dolls houses we now know.

 

Some dolls houses to visit

Recently the V&A Museum of Childhood held an exhibition of the history of the dolls house.

 

They have a large permanent collection including the Tate baby house.

 

 

Probably the most famous dolls house in the country is the Queen Mary’s Dolls house at Windsor castle. This was designed by the famous architect Lutyens. It took 4 years to build is over 1.50m tall and has 16 rooms. It has running water, lighting and books written by Kipling and Conan Doyle on the shelves of the library!

 

 

The national trust also have a number of houses to visit.

 

In the south at Uppark, West Sussex they have the famous Uppark Baby-house (circa 1730) on display.

 

 

In Yorkshire at the Nostell Priory they have on display The Nostell Priory Baby-House another Dolls house from he 18th Century.

 

 

 Our dolls houses

 

At Spotty Giraffe we have wide range of  great wooden dolls houses, dolls and dolls house furniture from Le Toy Van. The range includes:

 

Le Toy Van Mayberry Manor:

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NEWS: Pop Up Shops this Summer!

NEWS: Pop Up Shops this Summer!

The sun is out and we are looking forward to getting out of the office and warehouse! All our pop up markets were a great success last year and we are looking forward to more shopping events this year! 

 

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Spotty Giraffe Pop Up Shops this Christmas!

Come and meet us at one of our London Pop Up Shops this Christmas! This is a great opportunity to see all our bestsellers, grab a bargain and meet the Spotty Giraffe Team in person! We will be at three Christmas Shopping Events this year: Northcote Road Christmas Fair 29 November 2014, 10am-5pm, Northcote Road, London, […]

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Meet us at the Babyccino ShopUp!

Come and meet us at the Babyccino ShopUp event on 3 and 4 December 2014! The event will take place at Chelsea Town Hall, London, SW3 and promises to be a great shopping event - in perfect time for Christmas!

We are very much looking forward to taking Spotty Giraffe across the river and showcasing the best of our popular toys! All our bestsellers from famous brands like Le Toy Van, HABA, Janod, Sevi and Goki will be there. BUT, you will also be able to discover some European toy brands which are (not yet) widely known in the UK. Sigikid, Lilliputiens, Oskar & Ellen to name just a few.

There will be some bargains and special offers available, too! So, put the date in your diary and don't miss out!

Find out more about the Babyccino ShopUp event here: www.theshopup.com

See you there! x

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