Archive | July, 2011

Circa finds its way to the awards…

12 Jul

Prompted by a simple question “How long until I go swimming mummy?” – Melinda Holohan has launched a new and exciting calendar toy – Circa.

Circa – the Circular Calendar – is an educational toy calendar specifically designed to help children understand the cycles of the calendar using the toy’s innovative rotating and circular stacking design.

Mumpreneur Melinda says – “I wanted to present the calendar such that children could visually understand its cyclical nature. We are taught to use the calendar reading left to right, but intuitively, for some children, this doesn’t make sense, as the days seem to come to an end when presented linearly. So I thought, wouldn’t it be easier to just present the calendar in a circular form to make the concept easier to grasp?”  

The Circa design is based on ease of learning for children in a gradual progression at their individual paces. They can explore each of the different pieces individually and fit them together as their knowledge increases.

“In designing Circa, it was also important that the calendar was presented as a toy. Time awareness is one of the hardest concepts for children to learn, so I wanted it to be fun and tactile. Children love movable pieces, stacking objects and sticking things, so it was a bonus that these were all things that were integral to Circa’s design,she explains.

Circa is divided into four pieces that represent a major cyclical event in the calendar:

  • the days of the week disc
  • the months of the year disc, including a rotating seasons sub-disc
  • the days of the month disc
  • and a perpetual year dial

Full features are:

  • movable markers on each disc to highlight a day, month or date
  • removable and reusable vinyl activity stickers to be used to emphasise an important event
  • colour coded days of the week to separate between weekend and week days
  • colour coded months of the year to correspond with the number of days in each month
  • seasons disc that can be rotated depending on which hemisphere you are in
  • days of the week nursery rhyme on the reverse side of the disc
  • months of the year nursery rhyme on the reverse side of the disc


“The idea and design for Circa came to me overnight but its actual development to get it ready for retail has taken almost two years. The process has been long but really worth it, as I believe in the product and that children will not only enjoy it but also benefit from it.”

Circa will be available from in October at £39.99

More information is at

iball3 – Grab a Gadget this Christmas!

8 Jul

In the post bag today came iball3 from HTI!

iball3 is a clear ball with an electronic display inside.  The idea of the game is to get six lights in sequence to light up all the same colour within a certain time.  There are two levels of play….

iball 3

Succeed and a code will allow access to interactive aspects of the website.

We think boys especially will love this one!  It’s suitable for ages 8 – 80…

At £19.99 from Hamleys, Toys R Us and Tesco we think it’ll be on rather a few Christmas wish lists!

There’s more info at

What have we here…time for tea?

5 Jul

We’ve been so busy with entries, we’ve not blogged about them!  Tut tut you can slap our wrists shortly… here’s one of our latest entries, as it’s just come into stock with the supplier so samples can be sent out.

John Crane Ltd’s High Tea Shape Matching by Tidlo is a perfect girly example of a matching and sorting toy.  With cupcakes galore it’ll enthrall little girls, and their mums.  Each dainty cake or pastry is shaped to fit its special slot and is numbered one to fifteen, the highly detailed cakes look good enough to eat but really they’ll just encourage pretend play, shape matching and number recognition….which is quite a lot of fun and learning in one toy!

Available from it’s great value at £24.79.

Check back soon, as we’ll plunge our hand into the bag of entries and pull out another to delight you with!

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