The Better Staff Recommends #10: HOLZTIGER’s Barn

Is it a barn, or a Nativity manger? The answer is: both. And it’s precisely this versatility that makes this play scene from Holztiger our staff pick this month, brought to you by none other than our jolly ol’ Smiles Ambassador, Jonathan. Individually handcrafted in Germany from solid maple and beech hardwood, Holztiger’s Barn is synonymous with…

The Better Staff Recommends #8: STEIFF’s Paddington Bear!

For over 55 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has been entertaining children and families all over the world with his wildly imaginative stories of Paddington Bear – everyone’s favourite marmalade-loving, duffel-coated, wellington-booted bear from Darkest Peru. Over time, this pint-sized troublemaker has gone on to capture the hearts of millions throughout the world, delighting all with his…

The Better Staff Recommends #7: PUSTEFIX’s Bubble Bear!

Pustefix’s unique twist on classic bubble blowing has made this usually-sloppy activity so much easier and mess-free – and this month, Early Childhood Specialist-in-the-making Rahmuna tells you exactly how and why! The Pustefix Bubble Bear is a classic bubble-blowing toy that anyone can use and appreciate – just remove the bear’s hat, squeeze its belly, and the wand pops out…

The Better Staff Recommends #6: DJECO’s Labidou Labryinth!

At The Better Toy Store, early development has less to do with traditional academics and more with abstract learning; which is why it comes as no surprise that this wooden Labidou Labryinth Puzzle has been singled out by DJECO Evangelist, Jean Flores, as her top choice of the moment! A great tool for developing early problem-solving skills in children…