Little Sunshine Kids Top 10 Christmas Gifts to inspire curiosity and wonder!
We all want to give our little sunshines a lot of happiness this Christmas and we think we’ve found the way to do just that…without even having to leave the house! Now that’s what we call a Christmas miracle!
Adelaide based online children’s store Little Sunshine Kids sources beautiful, quality and environmentally friendly children’s products and we think this is just the place to start (and potentially finish!) your gift shopping this year.
Run by SA mum Kristy, Little Sunshine Kids came to life in 2019 not long after the birth of her second son Alby (now 2 years old). But the seed was well and truly planted all the way back in 2017 when she was pregnant with her first son, Lenny (now 3 years old). As Kristy began planning life with a baby in the house she realised lots of the more readily available baby and children’s products were so focused on convenience, that a huge ‘throw away’ industry had been created, which was having such a detrimental impact on the planet our little people are due to inherit!
Imagination, Creativity, Problem Solving
Kristy was a mum on a mission and began researching more sustainable ways to raise a family, as well as age appropriate toys for Lenny to play with and explore. She soon found this was also an area filled with cheap, throw away plastic items that are readily available, but not really very beneficial to our children, let alone kind to our planet!
After researching for hours what types of toys and resources aided in developing gross and fine motor skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving skills but also wouldn’t end up in landfill for hundreds of years, Kristy stumbled into the world of wooden toys and hasn’t looked back, creating Little Sunshine Kids as a beautiful collection of childrens’ brands and products that foster curiosity and wonder.
Kristy has done all the research for Little Sunshine Kids and we now get to reap all the benefits, with the store offering a beautiful selection of curated, quality, purposeful toys that inspire creativity, imagination and interest in the world around us… while respecting our planet at the same time!We’ve got Little Sunshine Kids Top 10 Christmas gifts to inspire imagination and creativity! We know your kids will love them.
Connetix Magnetic Tiles
Connetix magnetic tiles allow children to construct 2D and 3D shapes, using their imagination and creativity to play and build. These magnetic tiles encourage cognitive development, spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills and help children build knowledge around scientific and mathematical concepts – all through play!
Not only that, children can play independently or with friends and family, supporting important social skills such as teamwork, cooperation, perseverance and resilience.
from $35 RRP
Felt play food sets
Let your child create his or her own Market Grocer with these realistic-looking felt vegetables and fruit set. Your child can also learn the names and colours of these most popular vegetables in a fun way.
Sets are designed to include colour variations of some vegetables in order to teach the children about variation. The avocado comes in 2 pieces and can be split up with the seed on one side. Each set consists of 2 carrots (orange and purple), 2 capsicums (yellow and red), 2 mushrooms (white and brown), avocado (2 pieces), a corn, radish, bean, strawberry, tomato and eggplant.
from $69.95 RRP
Green Turtle Mini Puzzle from Mudpuppy is a small size puzzle featuring a realistic image of the Green Turtle in its natural habitat. This puzzles small size makes it perfect for planes, trains and at home! A two-sided insert includes an image of the puzzle on one side and fun facts about the Green Turtle on the other!
Little Sunshine Kids has a huge selection of gorgeous kids puzzles to choose from that will challenge their minds, and their little fingers too!
Candylab Wooden vehicles
Wooden toy vehicles like you’ve never seen them before! Candylab Toys is a company built by an enthusiastic team of gear-heads, designers, engineers and parents with a passion for modern-retro design and a commitment to crafting high-quality all-natural wooden toys.
Your little speed racer will be enthralled by the variety of colours and styles on offer. From ultra-modern to vintage-cool, Candylab cars, trucks and vans are loved by children and collectors alike!
from $19.95 RRP
Grapat Together Set
Grapat Together are beautifully handcrafted from solid wood, featuring figures of differing shapes and sizes, and three distinct skin tones, representing and celebrating all of the wonderful cultural and ethnic diversity in our world. These open ended wooden pieces are a lovely variation on the classic peg doll.
Made with love and sustainable materials, they form the basis of so many aspects of play, from imaginative and small world play, to story-telling, and to learning through play in counting and sorting. Their simple and unstructured form allow children to imagine the expression, gender and roles supporting their own emotional development and understanding of the world and people around them.
A world of imagination and discovery awaits with these potion play sets for little creatives. Playful magic kits are an introduction to potion play where you can experiment with ingredients that fizz, shimmer and sparkle!
Wizards and witches are experts at brewing magical concoctions, from truth serums to protection spells and even spells to shrink you down to the size of an ant. They have a deep connection with nature and wild places, casting spells using wild plants and rare ingredients.
from $29.95 RRP
Play silks, a staple in any playroom. These wonderful toys may not seem like a ‘toy’ but put them in the hands of a child and what will emerge can be surprising. There are so many ways to play with this simple toy that is only limited by imagination.
Designed in Melbourne, Australia and made from the highest quality, 8mm (momme) A-grade Habotai Silk.
Each Play Silkie measures approximately 90cm x 90cm making them perfect for a range of play including dressing up, cubbies and peek-a-boo.
DIY Let’s Create Kits
Give a gift that’s good for the planet and great for young minds. Kiddos will enjoy back to nature play with these creative eco kits for kids.
from $22.95 RRP and lots to choose from!
Reusable Colouring in mats
Practice writing the alphabets while learning the names of our furry, feathered and slimy friends. See how many blowing leaves and shiny starfishes you can find! And then do it all again by simply washing off the colour. Pens are non-toxic.
Christmas Collection | Buy 2 get 1 free!
Perfect for eco stocking fillers or pre Christmas celebrations!
Candy Cane Play Dough Mini Eco Bags
These Candy Cane Play-dough Kits are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. It smells good enough to eat (which it can be as it’s all natural)! Have fun squishing your dough, mindfully cutting out stars and using the festive stamps. So may ways to get creative with this kit this Christmas.
Clay Stars Mini Eco Bag
Get into the Christmas spirit by making and decorating your own clay star decorations.
Roll out your air drying clay and use the cutter to make 5 or 6 star decorations by pushing in wooden stars or stamps and sprinkling them with bio glitter. Once dry, make them into a bunting garland or into individual tree decorations. Lots of fun to do together as a family this Christmas and use for years to come.
DIY Christmas Decoration Set
A beautiful set of 8 Wooden Shapes (each approx 5cm high x 4cm wide) to create and craft at home with your children. This set also comes with 3 mini Eco Colour Tubs in Green, Red and Yellow and instructions in use.
The unique wood grains will vary between each piece. We believe that this adds to the character and shows the true beauty of natural wood.
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