Want your child to have a STEM career? Here’s how to start

STEM careers are the fastest growing sector. So here’s how you can teach your child the essential maths skills they will need for the future

Math’s is not one of the most exciting subjects for more people, and more often than not, your child is not going to love the subject. However, once children have a grasp on the basics, they are more likely to enjoy it and will be eager to learn more.

Mathematics is an essential component of the STEM career sector. Seeing as it’s the fastest growing professional sector, you should encourage your child to learn as much as they can about science, technology, engineering, and math to set them up for career opportunities.

These are the best activities for teaching math to kids:

 Begin with counting

You can’t just go ahead and throw your two year old right into algebra, you have to start with something smaller. Begin to teach your child to count from as early as possible. Get the numbers 1 – 10 perfect before you move onto anything higher.

Every child learns to count differently and you need to find the way in which your child responds best – do they prefer memorizing while you speak or do they like you to write it down first? Find the way that they prefer and use this to help them to learn how to count. Once they have the basics under control, you can begin moving onto more complicated things.

Use everyday objects

Counting and math’s don’t have to be a complicated process using textbooks, in fact, it’ better to begin teaching your child the basics by using everyday objects around the house Buttons, fruit, cereal, cans, trees, and cars can all be used to teach your child the basics o addition and subtraction.

Also, use coins and small notes of money to teach your child how to use it, they will be learning an important life skill while simultaneously improving their math.

Have fun

Children learn best through having fun, and that’s why it’s important to ensure you use fun games and activities. A great idea is to do some baking or cooking with your child; measuring is an important skill to take to school and following a recipe will help them learn this.

20171110-IMG_5362canvas (1)There are also heaps of educational games that you can play with your child that will encourage them to learn maths through having fun. Math’s hopscotch, Monopoly, and online games are just a few that you can use.

Miniland Educational toys have been designed to teach children the skills that they need going into school, and further into their careers. The games are all educational, but most importantly they are fun and make learning enjoyable for your children. Here are just a few from the mathematical range:

Photo 27-11-17, 1 52 43 pmMiniland Aptitude Logic Turtles – this game teaches children how to differentiate between colours, spatial orientation and notions of topology. The activities cards cover a series of exercises to help children identify the orientation and colour of the turtles by placing the plastic figures in the correct position. Each card features two levels of difficulty that progresses the child’s aptitude. Kit includes, 20 turtles, 18 activity cards, a didactic guide to help parents to learn with their child and a carry case. Age: 2-5 years.

Miniland Aptitude Activity Math Colour Rings – designed to work on the differentiation between sizes, colours, and textures with different themes and rings. These activities are grouped in different levels of difficulty and challenge. Includes 18 Activity Cards and a didactic guide to help parents learn with their child and a carry case. Miniland provides educational experiences for children – but never forgets the crucial value of imaginative play. Age: 2-5 years.

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Miniland Aptitude Activity Shapes – made of solid plastic shapes, the set includes five different shapes, braided laces and a collection of cards with different sequencing classifications and linking exercises. Age: 3 – 6 years.

Children learn best through fun, and this also goes for mathematics. So start learning through play and you will find once children have a grasp on the basics, they are more likely to enjoy it and will be eager to learn more. They will see maths all around.

 

Miniland Educational are dedicated to creating educational toys for children that adhere to their high standards and help children develop at the pace that they need.

Axis Toys are the distributors for Australia and New Zealand visit our website to see the full Miniland range available in Australia and New Zealand.

Retail or media enquiries please contact:

Paula Opfer, Axis Toys
Email: paulaopfer@axistoys.com
Website: https://axistoys.com/Brands/Miniland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AxisToys/

About Axis Toys
Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for  Cayro, Chic 2000 Bayer, ColourAway, DoodleArt, Goldfish Gifts, Götz, Kathe Kruse, Kiddus Sunglasses and Watches, Kruselings, Leolandia, Little + Sleepy, Lundby, Matz-Spiele, Micki, Miniland, Plasto, Playbox, Sassi Junior, Scribbla, Skrållan, Teebee Box, TicToys, Wooden Story, and Yogi FUN.

They are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Fischertechnik  and Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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Quietening a child’s mind through yoga

Every day we are exposed to noise coming from every direction – television, Internet, videos, social networks, computer games, and mobiles….sometimes it can actually make you dizzy. These technological innovations make attentiveness, concentration, breathing and connection to our mind and body difficult. Imagine being today’s child and not knowing the stillness that many of us took for granted growing up. Integration of yoga into their lives could give provide a solution to quiet their mind. How can we do it? Simply and with enjoyment.

56078338329da352a286ca94daa33607_originalYoga creates a kind of tranquility and sanity that breaks through the noisy reality.  Yoga is becoming more widespread and it is suitable for all ages. There are yoga classes in kindergartens and schools, for children, adolescents and for adults. There are even yoga classes for babies (with their parents, of course).

Yoga is a spiritual philosophy and also physical training originating in the Hindi wisdom, which originates in the Indian sub-continent. The word “yoga” is derived from the root of a word in Sanskrit Yuj – which means “to unite”, and from the word Yoke – which means “to concentrate the attention”. The intention is to unite our thoughts, feelings, imagination with the body. Through yoga we receive the tools to cope with our personal, physical and emotional difficulties as one, as well as providing tools for growth and development.

Balance, flexibility and concentration

The fun of yoga for children is that it combines movement, breathing exercises and concentration, relaxation and guided imagination using curious, challenging and enjoyable games. It is possible to exercise alone, with friends and siblings and of course with parents. It is something the whole family can benefit from.

711b99e3cdc59d80aa7737e009958c58_originalBy making it a game what appears to be difficult at the outset can actually be fun. They may not manage to perform the elephant pose, which requires flexibility (standing upright, lifting the arms to the sky, and then bringing them down to the tips of the big toes), or the tree position, which requires balance and high concentration (standing on one leg with the palms placed together or growing like branches) straight away but with perseverance they will. It is a wonderful feeling when they do it and each time improve, it builds children’s confidence.

The ability to concentrate significantly improves as the mind quiets and eventually children succeed in concentrating for longer periods of time. They gain a better connection to their body and also to their “gut feelings” (this is called intuition).

Breathing for life

Another advantage of yoga is breathing. “What can we learn about breathing? We all breathe”, you will ask with wonder. If we observe babies when they are breathing, you will be able to see that their stomach inflates and then empties, in particular when they are asleep. It grows like a balloon that is filled with air and then empties out. Over the years, when we grow, our breathing becomes shallow, that is to say the majority of us breathe very superficially and less deeply. We do not use the entire capacity of our lungs, but rather utilize only part of their wonderful and natural ability.

006c65_44d27ecabd3949df91748f11c11881c2_mv2In yoga exercising children not only move and hold the body, but they also pay attention to their breathing during the movements. With time and practice, they will learn again how to breathe deeply. It refreshes and renews them, as if it is cleansing the body from the inside out, just like a good shower!

 An opportunity to spend time with ourselves

Another advantage of doing yoga is the opportunity to spend time with ourselves without becoming bored. When children do yoga they do not notice the time passing, they do not feel the need to send text messages, to check who has been looking for them and to skip from one thing to another. Yoga exercising enables them a direct connection to their internalness without any external interruptions, which could sometimes mask the natural and simple flow between their internal world and the external world.

006c65_a15446c3fa064717abfea4a71f78b2d0_mv2The beauty of it is that they can do yoga anywhere – in the park, at home, during examinations (mainly mantras and breathing which helps to concentrate and relax) and there are also exercises that are suitable when travelling in a car. During yoga exercising they free their mind and it seems that anything is possible!

Apart from all of the above, yoga expands horizons as a result of studying another culture. Kids can also teach their parents and exercise together, it is really fun.

Yoga has many advantages: practicing the poses strengthens the body and makes it more flexible, it improves our stability and balance, connects us to our body and improves our self-image. Yoga also helps to cope with emotions, enables us to discharge energy and improves attentiveness and concentration. By doing yoga routinely, one can go to the next stage and study values such as collaboration, inclusiveness, acceptance, mutual respect, and most importantly self-love.

Karin Sella, a kids yoga instructor and biomedical engineer, realized that perhaps there was a more accessible way to help introduce kids (and their parents) to yoga, and to help kids learn and develop in various aspects through the wonderful world of yoga. Along with Guy Meltzer, a fellow yoga teacher and father of two kids, she created YOGI FUN- a yoga kit for kids with lovely illustrations and rhyming instruction cards to introduce kids to yoga in a fun and playful way!

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Axis Toys are the distributors for Australia visit our website to see the full YOGI FUN range.

Retail or media enquiries please contact:
Paula Opfer, Axis Toys
Email: paulaopfer@axistoys.com
Website: https://axistoys.com/shop-online/Brands/Yogi-FUN
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AxisToys/

About Axis Toys
Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for Cayro, Chic 2000 Bayer, ColourAway, Discovery Bath Books, DoodleArt, Eguchi Toys, Goldfish Gifts, Götz, Hess Spielzeug, Kathe Kruse, Kiddus Sunglasses and Watches, Kruselings, Leolandia, Little + Sleepy, Lundby, Micki, Miniland, Plasto, Playbox, Sassi Junior, Scribbla, Skrållan, Teebee Box, TicToys, Wooden Story and YOGI FUN.

We are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Fischertechnik and Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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Mindfulness Begins with Miniland Mindful Play

Our perception of the world begins with how we perceive ourselves on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Therefore, our interactions with people — and responses to life in general — are directly related to the self-awareness we developed as children.

To foster a solid foundation for the future, it’s extremely important that your little one develops mindfulness from an early age.

What is mindfulness? Miniland Educational defines it as focusing on the moment, while calmly recognising and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations. Miniland Mindful KIDS provides valuable resources to enhance these crucial skills required of children in the 21st century. They achieve this through educational toys for kids centred around communal and interactive gameplay experiences.

Their innovative Multiplay Experience breaks down the skill-set as follows: Emotional Intelligence, Body & Move Intelligence, and Speak & Write Intelligence. They have incorporated the latest in mindfulness trends to create an engaging game that fosters relaxation, attention, and self-awareness. These three factors play a vital role in developing and reinforcing a child’s cognitive ability and peace of mind.

Let’s unpack this a little further, and discover just how the Mindful KIDS Multiplay Experience achieves the above. Mindful KIDS is a game and educational tool that develops the most complete mindfulness program for children between 2 and 7 years old, combining real and interactive gameplay experience. In the classroom, it offers valuable resources to enhance skills such as Active Play, self-knowledge, and digital literacy.

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The games have 36 activities for children to enjoy under the guidance of their teacher. Spin the top to begin a game related to one of the four Mindful KIDS principles — Yoga, muscle relaxation, meditation, and conscious breathing. Each game is enhanced by enriching ambient music and soothing melodies.

 

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Yoga Dynamic
By embodying Yoga through nature and animals, Mindful KIDS strengthens equilibrium and concentration through familiar positions such as The Tree, The Lotus, The Flamingo, and many more.

Muscle Relaxation Dynamic
Tight muscles hinder relaxation, and naturally, a child who is sleep deprived will struggle to learn adequately during the day. The Muscle Relaxation program and it’s fun stretching exercises help children relax to learn.

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Harmony is achieved when both body and mind are aligned. Mindful KIDS shifts your child’s physical and mental condition into a relaxed state through naps that clear the mind and mantras that focus on the moment.

Conscious Breathing
Deep, slow, and conscious breathing galvanizes our natural relaxation process and reduces anxiety significantly. Mindful KIDS refines these breathing techniques into easy-to-understand activities that promote peace of mind and well-being.

Mindful KIDS: The Perfect Tool for Developing Your Child’s Multiple Intelligences
Helping your child develop their self-esteem, mental, and physical health at a young age charts the course for a bright future. When you view yourself in a positive light and possess the mindfulness tools to navigate the world, anything is possible!

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For children 2–7 years old, Mindful KIDS nurtures your little one’s multiple intelligences by improving concentration, listening, self-awareness, patience, and emotional quotient. As a bonus incentive, they have included an application that teaches your child digital literacy. Because technology is being integrated into the classroom and home at a rapid rate, this vital skill is crucial for your child’s development.

For more information on why Mindful KIDS is the ideal tool to develop your child’s multiple intelligences, click here.

Miniland design educational toys for children that are age-appropriate and up to the highest safety standards. They believe in using toys to create a holistic education experience for your child that incorporates technology, academics – and most importantly – fun. Like they say, learn through play!

Axis Toys are the distributors for Australia and New Zealand visit our website to see the full Miniland range available in Australia and New Zealand.

Retail or media enquiries please contact:
Paula Opfer, Axis Toys
Email: paulaopfer@axistoys.com
Website: https://axistoys.com/Brands/Miniland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AxisToys/

About Axis Toys
Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for Cayro, Chic 2000 Bayer, ColourAway, Discovery Bath Books, DoodleArt, Eguchi Toys, Goldfish Gifts, Götz, Hess Spielzeug, Kathe Kruse, Kiddus Sunglasses and Watches, Kruselings, Leolandia, Little + Sleepy, Lundby, Micki, Miniland, Plasto, Playbox, Sassi Junior, Scribbla, Skrållan, Teebee Box, TicToys, Wooden Story and Yogi FUN.

We are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Fischertechnik and Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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How to pick safe toys for your child

There are millions of kids’ toys on the market, and there are thousands more released every month. With so much to choose from, how can you be sure that you are choosing a safe option for your child?

Most toys come with safety guidelines on the packaging, and toy safety seems like it should be common sense – until a toy which you thought was safe for your child puts them in danger.

Here are some parenting tips from Miniland Educational on how to make sure you buy safe toys for your child:

Make sure it’s age appropriate
One of the first things you need to consider about a toy is whether it is age-appropriate for your child. Young babies and children especially need to have toys that have been specially designed for their age group.

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Like this six cube set. They have small cubes of spongy texture to grip easily and safely. Each piece is a rattle. The external faces of the cubes are varied and different with simple and recognizable pictures. Great for getting those little ones attention! They are suitable for 9 to 18 months

Don’t give your young child toys with any detachable parts that they can swallow or choke on; make sure there are no sharp edges to scratch their eyes, and remember that little  ones tend to put things in their mouth – so make sure that the toy is made of non-toxic materials.

Electronic toys
We live in an increasingly digital world, and as such, our children are getting exposed to technology from a very young age. Think about the number of young children and toddlers you see playing on iPads at restaurants, in the back of cars, or on the carpet in their homes.

If you are planning on giving your child something electronic, try and make it battery powered for kids under ten, however, if you do give them something with a charger, ensure that the charger is far away so they don’t entangle themselves in it or put it in their mouths.

94104 packaging2016 pngOr you could give them something battery and power free! The Solar Dynamic allows you to build 10 different models with movement. It does not need batteries because it works with the energy accumulated in the solar panel when this one is located under the direct sunlight. It comes with a detailed assembly guide, step by step, of the models. A practical way of learning about solar energy.

Supervision is key
No matter how safe a toy seems to be, there are circumstances that could lead to your child getting into potential danger. This means that you should always have constant supervision on your child when they are playing, especially if they are younger than ten.

By keeping a close eye on your child, you can ensure that they aren’t putting electronics in their mouth and getting electrocuted, they aren’t facing a choking hazard by putting small pieces of toys in their mouth, they don’t get their eyes scratched and everything in between. Keeping a close vigil on your child is one of the best ways to try and keep them safe.

Miniland design educational toys for children that are age-appropriate and up to the highest safety standards. They believe in using toys to create a holistic education experience for your child that incorporates technology, academics – and most importantly – fun. Like they say, learn through play!

Axis Toys are the distributors for Australia and New Zealand visit our website to see the full Miniland range available in Australia and New Zealand.

Retail or media enquiries please contact:

Paula Opfer, Axis Toys
Email: paulaopfer@axistoys.com
Website: https://axistoys.com/Brands/Miniland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AxisToys/

About Axis Toys
Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for  Cayro, Chic 2000 Bayer, ColourAway, DoodleArt, Goldfish Gifts, Götz, Kathe Kruse, Kiddus Sunglasses and Watches, Kruselings, Leolandia, Little + Sleepy, Lundby, Matz-Spiele, Micki, Miniland, Plasto, Playbox, Sassi Junior, Scribbla, Skrållan, Teebee Box, TicToys, Wooden Story, and Yogi FUN.

They are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Fischertechnik  and Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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Miniland, THE Best Educational Toy Brand

Miniland have been developing educational toys for children for over 25 years, and in this time they have grown into one of the top educational toy brands in the world. They offer a wide range of toys that encourage children to learn through having fun.

Their mission is to design toys for children that help to develop the necessary skills that are essential for every age group. Their range of skill-building toys can be used by parents and teachers, both in the classroom and at home, to encourage academic learning during playtime.

Their hard work and efforts have been recognised time and again, and they have received numerous Able Play (special needs) and Parenting Choice awards and certificates. Their online blog is renowned for its wealth of information and advice for parents and teachers on subjects like skill-building, emotional intelligence, and preparing for future STEM careers.

So what makes their toys so special? Their process
They have a unique process when it comes to creating educational toys; they don’t simply build toys they think children will like, but ones that have been well thought out and scientifically proven to help children’s development.

They work closely with child therapists, teachers, trendsetters, pedagogy experts, and various universities during the toy development process. This helps them from the beginning to create toys that target skill-building and other essential developmental aspects that are essential to learn from an early age.

They include an educators’ guide within all their packaging to improve the teaching experience of parents and educators and maximize the potential of the toys by ensuring they are used properly.

A multiplay, hands-on experience
At Miniland they believe in developing toys that work on more than just one aspect of development. They have an all-round, holistic view on skill development and education using a hands-on approach and a combination of academics, fun, and technology. Miniland toys and tools enhance the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of each child. They have been designed to discover and develop new and existing skills and interests in a simultaneous manner, and to uncover the innate intelligences that make each child special and unique.

Here a just a few of the new toys in the multiplay range

BBQ Emotions!
This huge skewer helps kids recognize and manage their emotions. Discussing them while playing individually or in a group. Dealing with emotions as if they were ingredients is great fun, thereby helping kids to recognize and understand up to 10 different ones. Several different kinds of game are described in the guide. This skewer will help kids learn to recognize and interpret up to 10 different emotions! The teaching guide contains 3 modes of cooperative game to enhance children´s creativity and work on the emotions. Content: 1 skewer, 1 base, 10 beads, 20 stickers, 10 game cards, 1 poster and 1 teaching guide. Suitable for 3 to 6 years.

ABC Monster
Point, throw and form words! Fun game to feed the monster with letters to create a myriad of words in many languages. The discs are letters that, once inside the mouth, slide through a channel and are placed in an orderly fashion to form the desired words. Active game for learning to read and write. There are various game modes with three progressive levels. Content: 1 monster, 48 discs of letters, 30 game cards, 1 letter storage bag and 1 teaching guide. Includes storage bag for playing pieces. Age: 3-7 years

 

Follow the Big Foot
A cooperation game consisting of the completion of footprint circuits to find hidden Bigfoot. Throw the dice to choose the route, complete the circuit by stepping over and placing the footprints backwards and watch out for the distractors and obstacles! You will need to overcome them to keep going and find Bigfoot. For psychomotricity sessions with motor walkways, working on cooperation and laterality. The teaching guide describes incredible game dynamics using the dice of courses and obstacles. Activate full psychomotor skills through cooperative play!  Complete up to 6 adventures and footprint circuits to find the hidden Bigfoot! Content: 12 flexible footprints: 6 left + 6 right, 2 soft course die, 1 soft obstacle and distraction die, 1 Bigfoot figure and 1 didactic guide. Suitable for 4 to 6 years.

Miniland Educational are dedicated to creating educational toys for children that adhere to their high standards and help children develop at the pace that they need.

Axis Toys are the distributors for Australia and New Zealand visit our website to see the full Miniland range available in Australia and New Zealand.

Retail or media enquiries please contact:

Paula Opfer, Axis Toys
Email: paulaopfer@axistoys.com
Website: https://axistoys.com/Brands/Miniland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AxisToys/

About Axis Toys
Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for  Cayro, Chic 2000 Bayer, ColourAway, DoodleArt, Goldfish Gifts, Götz, Kathe Kruse, Kiddus Sunglasses and Watches, Kruselings, Leolandia, Little + Sleepy, Lundby, Matz-Spiele, Micki, Miniland, Plasto, Playbox, Sassi Junior, Scribbla, Skrållan, Teebee Box, TicToys, Wooden Story, and Yogi FUN.

They are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Fischertechnik  and Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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Teebee – the new Toypod for kids & the healthier way to play

The ultimate portable toy box

Teebee is a transportable compact toy box for kids that enables them to bring their favourite toys when travelling. The box is wedge-shaped and fits perfectly between the child’s legs when they are sitting in a car or on a plane. When open the lids transform into a lap tray ideal for playing, drawing or food.

Teebee-hero.jpgDesigned for kids on the go, the Teebee toy pod encourages good old-fashioned tactile play anytime anywhere. Teebee is a transportable, compact toy box made from food-safe plastic for kids aged 3-12 years, it encourages good old fashioned tactile open-ended play wherever, whenever. And can also double up as a lunchbox for any aged child or adult!

Many experts warn about the side effects of too much screen time, e.g. tablets/electronic devices, can disrupt the child’s hormonal balance and can ultimately lead to loss of creativity and social skills. Now Teebee is on a mission to challenge parents to swap their kids’ electronic devices with a stylish portable Toypod.

Teebee-USP-Sheet-Logo.pngMichael Moncur, co-founder of the Teebee, explains, “We love tablets and smart phones, but as many others, there is also a fear of the consequences of spending too much time in front of the screen. We therefore decided to challenge the way children play when they are on-the-move, so that kids are entertained for hours avoiding the battery running out, having to strain their eyes and suffer from motion sickness.”

Teebee comes with a sorting tray and plate for Lego®, Mega Bloks®, Kreo®, etc., but works for all kinds of creative toys. Teebee is robust and can accommodate the smaller pieces of toys, which children are usually not allowed to bring on a trip.

Teebee comes in 5 different colors; blue, dark grey, raw white, red and pink

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Axis Toys is delighted to announce that it will be distributing the Teebee range for 2018 in Australia and New Zealand and can be preordered now for delivery early March.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Opfer, Axis Toys
Email: paulaopfer@axistoys.com
Website: https://axistoys.com/Brands/Teebee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AxisToys/
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About Axis Toys
Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for Teebee, Goetz, Lundby Dollhouses, Micki, Miniland Educational, PlayBox, Plasto, Sassi Junior, Chic Bayer 2000, Kathe Kruse, Skrallen, Leolandia, Kiddus, Cayro, Wooden Story, Little + Sleepy and Goldfish Gifts. They are also the developers of the ColourAway and Scribbla brands. They are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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Tell me a Wooden Story Inspired by Nature

Family owned Polish toy brand Wooden Story has a rich history spanning three generations. It started back in 1969 in the Beskidy Mountains where Grandpa Borowy (Borowy is male woodland spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild and forests) crafted toys from the woods of the forest. Nearly fifty years later, the family brand still make and create heirloom toys in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Beskidy Mountains. Inspired by nature each piece provides an incredible tactile experience for your child. The whole ethos of this toy company is to create playthings for children that are both natural and, in turn, inspired by nature. “We say that the toys came to us from the forest, they smell of wood and you can still hear in them the sound of wind,” so the company’s story goes.

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Wooden Story toys and blocks improve the senses and although wood they are incredibly soft to touch. They catch your eye with natural and rainbow colours and delight your senses with the smell of real wood. The blocks are carefully handcrafted and sanded perfectly smooth. They are made of the best, carefully selected wood and they are not “poisoned” with toxic paints or varnish. Beeswax and botanical oils give them a soft polished finish and they use all natural eco-certified paints to colour them. That gives you the certainty that your child will play with toys free of any harmful substances. To make this joy and happiness complete the toys are made of wood that comes from FSC® certified suppliers. Lastly, packaging is not made to be thrown away, Wooden Story eco-friendly canvas bags, creative cardboard boxes and chic wooden crates are designed to be reused or easily recycled.

Joy and happiness of kids – it’s so easy, so important

wsWhile playing with Wooden Story toys, children integrate with this world in a very natural way. Ideas like recycling, environmental protection, the beauty of nature and colours will be with them throughout their entire life. Time spent with the Peace & Love Blocks® wooden blocks is a simple way to inspire a child with values like love, friendship, consciousness, joy and freedom. The little cars are perfect for tiny hands, stacking toys teach patience and creative problem solving and comforting baby teethers are all crafted to ensure they are good for children, parents and the planet alike. In their own words: “We created Wooden Story from our love of nature, for the happiness of children”.

Freedom in creation stimulates inventiveness, awakes imagination

ws 2The Peace and Love blocks are the showpiece, handcrafted they are imprinted with messages – life values, if you like – that every parent wants for their child. Messages of  freedom, of friendship, of truth and acceptance, of love and peace. High ideals, yes, but ideals and values worth striving for and worth passing to your children. The natural and rainbow round stackers are beautiful gifts for adults and children alike. But it’s the kids who really love them, young children love to stack, post, roll, count, sort and line up these chunky shapes. With their timeless appeal these beautiful stackers help your child to develop important skills such as hand/eye co-ordination, balance and fine motor skills. Bright colours and textures engage young children.

ws 3Blocks are kind of a staple in most households because they are perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers. You can’t go past a wooden block set for great constructive play for little people who spend hours creating, constructing and deconstructing their masterpieces. The addition of a set of fabulous architecturally inspired shaped blocks continues to challenge older children to create the visions from their imagination. Wooden Story blocks conjure the most amazing creations because they are an inspiration in themselves.

These pieces are truly heirloom toys that can be loved and passed from generation to generation. We hope that your grandchildren will discover their own Wooden Story in the toys of your children. If so, the forest, water, air and our whole planet will benefit from their story.

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Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for DoodleArt, Goetz, Lundby Dollhouses, Micki, Miniland Educational, PlayBox, Plasto, Sassi Junior, Chic Bayer 2000, Kathe Kruse, Skrallen, Leolandia, Kiddus, Cayro, Wooden Story, Little + Sleepy and Goldfish Gifts. They are also the developers of the ColourAway and Scribbla brands. They are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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Introducing Kruselings – Guardians of the dreams, new fantasy dolls from Kathe Kruse

Axis Toys is delighted to bring the Kruseling fantasy adventure range of dolls from Kathe Kruse to Australia. The multi-cultural range of dolls developed in conjunction with doll artist Sonja Hartmann includes five deluxe boxed sets and six single doll boxed sets as well as magic outfits and tools.

Kruseling Fairies GroupKathe Kruse has sculpted a line of affordably priced dolls designed for hands-on play, as well as collectability. The dolls are part of a brand-new epic storyline that the German company has invented. It revolves around a group of children, hailing from different nations and ethnic backgrounds, who are able to crossover from the world of reality to the world of fantasy. They can transform from their ordinary human forms into a band of fairylike super heroic characters called the Kruselings. The dolls are available in both their forms. They have created a range of dolls that help children between four and seven years old relate to positive body images whilst encouraging them to go on great adventures through inspirational backstories.

Kruseling Fairies CasualThe Kruseling backstory

When Luna, Vera, Sofia, Joy and Chloe are summoned by the “Fire Opal”, a mysterious power that is known as the “shines bright heart”, they turn into the Kruselings, the guardians of the Dreamland! Their job is to fight nightmares and to spread sweet dreams for all. The Kruselings go on adventures through the Dreamland with magic tools and spirit animals by their side.

Though the story of the Kruselings is one of friendship, togetherness and teamwork, each member has her own story to tell. Luna, Vera, Sofia, Joy and Chloe know that with their unique and combined talents they can face every challenge.

Let’s meet the adventurers

Untitled design (29)Luna – Girl of Justice
I’m Luna, a puzzle solver from Hong Kong.  I am always up for a challenge! Puzzles teach me to always think a few steps ahead. Due to my analytical mind, my fellow Kruselings think it best to make me the leader of the group. My magic telescope allows me to see things from a different perspective. Sometimes I can use it to see things hiding in plain view, invisible to the unaided eyes. Bao, my cuddly toy Panda, joins me on all my adventures.

Untitled design (27)Chloe – Girl of Creativity
Hi, I’m Chloe! I try to see the best in everybody and everything. The art in my hometown of London, England teaches me to never stop creating and pushing boundaries. I rarely find myself in a corner I can’t paint my way out of! With a wave of my magic paintbrush I can turn nightmares into the sweetest dreams. When Luna and I combine my creativity with her puzzle-solving skills we make a very powerful pair! My squirrel friend, Brandon, is never afraid to withhold his criticism or his praise of my creations. He is a great friend and a greater teacher.

Untitled design (38)Vera – Child of Grace
Hi, I’m Vera. My dream is to be a great dancer in my home city of Paris, France. The other Kruselings think my love of dance is the reason I stay calm and easy-going in all situations. With a twirl of my magic ribbon I can draw elegant shapes into existence from thin air! I love to have last-minute dance parties with friends. My feline friend, Koschka, never leaves my side. However, Koschka doesn’t come close to the grace I demonstrate while dancing!

Untitled design (31)Sofia – Girl of Communication
I’m Sofía. I love nothing more than spending time exploring the sunny outdoors, especially around my home city of Lima, Perú. Nature holds many mysteries, and thanks to my magic flower I can communicate with all living things to learn their secrets! I may seem shy, but in truth I like to think carefully about my words before I speak. Exploring nature teaches me the importance of listening and observing problems carefully. If I can’t solve a problem on my own, I can almost always solve it by cooperating with friends! My stuffed animal rabbit, named Turu, enjoys taking a nibble of various plants in nature when I’m not looking, but I’ve got my eyes on him.

Untitled design (28)Joy – Girl of Trust
Hi, I’m Joy! When not singing along to tunes on the streets of my hometown of New York City, I like to see if I can dance longer than Vera during her emergency dance parties! My friends say I have a bottomless supply of good humour and energy. I like to keep the positive attitude of the Kruselings team going strong! If someone is having a bad day, I help them work through it so we can get back to our responsibilities in the Dreamland. Though I prefer to respect people’s privacy, I can use my magic headphones to listen in on a person’s deepest secrets. But I never tell secrets to my parrot friend, Pippo. He talks too much!

Untitled design (32)Michael – Boy of Adventure
Hello, I’m Michael from Berlin, Germany! When not playing soccer with my friends, I’m always on the lookout for adventure. I believe that I can learn from everything I go through in life. I may lack the magical abilities of the Kruselings, but I always find ways to help out. Maybe someday I will have superpowers as well. The only thing I care about more than sports and adventure is being a good friend and team-mate. However, sometimes I just like to play a simple game of catch with my Golden Retriever, Peppi.

The Kruselings are brave adventurers, but more importantly,  role models devoted to making Dreamland and the world a better place.

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Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for DoodleArt, Goetz, Lundby Dollhouses, Micki, Miniland Educational, PlayBox, Plasto, Sassi Junior, Chic Bayer 2000, Kruselings, Skrallen, Leolandia, Kiddus, Cayro, Wooden Story, Little + Sleepy and Goldfish Gifts. They are also the developers of the ColourAway and Scribbla brands. They are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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Goldfish Gifts – handmade and Fairtrade gifts with a difference

Goldfish Gifts is known for its beautiful wooden mobiles, award winning Balloon Balls, colourful Rainbow Ribbons and whimsical fairy doors, that are produced by a close-knit community in Bali. With no two pieces ever the same, owner Elisa Doro explains what goes into producing these mini works of art and how she came about creating this happy cottage industry in Bali.

roel--elisa---about-us-4The Goldfish toy story began in 1989 when Elisa Doro and Roel Visser were traveling through Indonesia on their way to work in a far northern part of Italy. In Bali, they designed a collection of colourful and original children’s mobiles that they had produced by a small community. They bundled them up and so it was in Italy that they sold their first mobile. Together they spent six months traveling through Europe selling their wonderful children’s toys.

Upon returning to Australia, their van become a regular visitor to markets and fairs across the country where Elisa and Roel would often find themselves sleeping in the back on top of the toys at the end of a busy day. Finally in October 2000 they were able to realise a life-long dream of opening their very own bricks and mortar toy store in the quaint town of Berry, NSW. As they say the rest is history.

How do you sum-up Goldfish Gifts in a nutshell? We’re all about originality, colour and happiness. We don’t conform to fashion or trends and our products are designed to last. What makes us really happy is that our footprint on the earth is small but our footprint on the hearts we meet is giant.

9088de0e-79bb-42ca-8203-647b59355325What can you tell us about sustainability of the manufacturing process in Bali? All wood used is plantation or MDF. It’s a true cottage industry where people work from home with family, animals and Gods all around them. There are between 20 and 30 people working for us in Bali. I have been working closely with my producers for over 20 years and together we have learnt, laughed and even cried, but always been positive about the Goldfish products and the impact they have. From a quality control perspective each mobile goes through at least 15 sets of hands in the production process. Now that’s handmade!

Handmade and chemical-free toys are in high demand these days, what’s your view? Parents love the fact that Goldfish Gifts designs toys that are handmade, non-toxic, Fairtrade and ethically made in Indonesia, from a range of different materials for safe play and development purposes. And the fact that each piece is unique makes it even more special! They are made with a smile with the intention of making you and your children smile too.

IMG_1151What do you think is the appeal of the mobiles? Happy wooden mobiles are handmade totally, they are colourful, stimulating, fun and funny, perfect for babies.  All the paints used are non-toxic and the wood used is either MDF or pine from controlled plantation forests. The bags they come in are made in another small village on the other side of Bali where previously unemployed stay at home mothers gather to gossip and work together..and there’s lots of smiling too! My favourite is probably the Ozi Mobile because it was purchased by the last Governor General to gift to Princess Mary of Denmark’s first baby. Suppliers to royalty! My Balinese suppliers were so impressed and proud.

BBALLSBrightBalloonBalls6What do you think is the appeal of Balloon Balls? They are small safe toys that mums love because they are lightweight and the balloons never pop so they don’t scare the little ones. The balloon ball moves more slowly through the air so it is great for hand-eye coordination leading to catching, throwing and bouncing. They are handmade, even the fabrics are personally chosen and hand batiked, which gives them those nice bright colours and appeal to children. It can be used again and again and is machine washable. To re-use simply insert a new balloon for safe and fun indoor play! Best of all it packs flat for easy travel.

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What can you tell us about the Rainbow Ribbons and the Fairy Doors? Both handmade, these toys ignite the imagination. The beautiful one metre long rainbow ribbon set features every colour of the rainbow, it is the perfect imaginative play toy. The Rainbow Ribbons are attached to a sturdy wooden ring handle that includes a small bell to create music. The Fairy Doors are very organic and natural looking, blending in with nature but also whimsical. You could expect to trip over something like it in the forest.

Why has it been important to you to keep the production process in Bali? The workers really are like our family now. Over the years we have helped to send a few of the workers’ children to high school and always give them a bonus payment at the end of an order. We feel very happy, and proud of these wonderful people and their handwork. We have recently been able to employ another 10 women. Previously these women had no opportunity for work because the village was so far removed from tourists and business people, but now they are all happily sewing. It’s so great to visit and hear them all call out, “Hello Elisa! You have more jobs??” We hope to keep saying “YES!” for many more years to come.

Beautiful, safe, ethical, handmade products made in a happy cottage environment. What more could you ask for?

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Since 2004, Axis Toys has specialised in distributing quality imports for Australia and New Zealand within the toy, gift and lifestyle markets sourced locally and from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland Spain and China. Our quality product range is primarily niche oriented – each product bringing a very strong point of difference to its category. All our suppliers’ products conform to the latest safety standards and we are able to supply disclaimers for each supplier to verify this fact.

Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for DoodleArt, Goetz, Lundby Dollhouses, Micki, Miniland Educational, PlayBox, Plasto, Sassi Junior, Chic Bayer 2000, Kathe Kruse, Skrallen, Leolandia, Kiddus, Cayro, Wooden Story, Little + Sleepy and Goldfish Gifts. They are also the developers of the ColourAway and Scribbla brands. They are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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Family Favourites – Miniland Dolls that Develop Social Skills in Children

Learning social skills is one of the most important aspects of early childhood development. It helps children to not just take care about themselves but also gets them ready to start school,  make friends with other children, and know how they are expected to behave in public.

It’s imperative that they get a good grasp on social skills for good classroom etiquette, and more importantly, it will help further their schooling, university and professional careers in life.

Miniland Educational doll collections are an important educational resource which helps comprehend the concepts of family, population groups, the basic rules of relationships and coexistence, respect for racial and sexual diversity.

Advantages of Miniland Dolls

Here are just some of the benefits and values that your child can gain from having one of our dolls (or more):

Caring and Nurturing

IMG_3855 (1)Children who have dolls often treat them like babies. This allows them to develop a caring and nurturing side that is very good for the development of empathy in children. Empathy is a skill that is in short supply in today’s world, and by encouraging it in your children, you are increasing their chances of being well-rounded adults.

Racial Diversity

31154-31156-31158.jpgFor many years, dolls were primarily European, and this meant children of different races were forced to play with them. We are proud to have a racially diverse range of dolls for children of all races and cultures to choose from. This can foster a sense of acceptance, belonging and awareness about racial inclusion and diversity.

Dressing and Other Skills

31061-31067 NIÑaHaving a doll means that children are dressing and undressing them all the time and this helps them learn about their own self-help skills. Their motor skills and hand-eye coordination is also developed through playing with their dolls and getting them ready.

Getting Ready for a New Sibling

2The dolls can also be used to teach children about how they should act around a new sibling that may be arriving soon. If you are expecting a new baby in the future, then you can use our dolls to teach your child how to hold, rock and care for the new addition before they arrive.

Made in Spain, these anatomically correct dolls are vanilla scented to smell like a newly born baby.  The dolls can be articulated.  Made in Phthalates-free vinyl, they are soft and flexible to the touch.

Dolls are an important part of developing many different skills, and every child could benefit from having one in their early childhood. Have a look at our dolls, which are part of our age specific, skill development Miniland Educational toys range.

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Axis Toys is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for DoodleArt, Goetz, Lundby Dollhouses, Micki, Miniland Educational, PlayBox, Plasto, Sassi Junior, Chic Bayer 2000, Kathe Kruse, Skrallen, Leolandia, Kiddus, Cayro, Wooden Story, Little + Sleepy and Goldfish Gifts. They are also the developers of the ColourAway and Scribbla brands. They are the exclusive distributor for WWF in Australia and the agent for Steiff Bears in Australia and New Zealand. Axis Toys is a member of the Australian Toy Association.

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