Our mid-year catalogue is out and you can make some very appealing savings on some of your fave brands. There’s 25% off Schleich – a hyper realistic world of figurines – plus 25% off Sylvanian Families, Ravensburger puzzles and games and Siku’s classic vehicles. On top of that, there are savings to be made on Melissa & Doug, ThinkFun and Galt. Click on the pages below to download it (2.4MB), or visit our Catalogue Specials category on our website.
It’s that time again – the kids are on their break and are crying out to be entertained. Going somewhere different every day can get costly – especially if you are bringing along their little buddies. Why not set-up play dates at home with some of these socially-stimulating toys and games? Our top nine picks will keep them occupied for hours (you might even like to join in…).
- Janod Boules in a Basket, $49.95: Featuring six wooden balls (spherical with no weighting) and two jacks, and contained in a portable basket; young and old will love to play this classic game on the grass or inside on the carpet.
- Djeco Discovery Puzzle Night City, $29.95: Put this 200-piece puzzle together with friends or family, then scour the scene to find all the objects highlighted in the border. You can even turn it into a competition to see who finds what first!
- Discovery Kids Walkie Talkies, $69.95: Head outside and complete your secret mission with your co-agent and these stealthy walkie talkies.
- Unicycle 50cm, $99.95 (was $159): Take turns at mastering this unicycle, then show-off your circus skills to anyone who’ll watch.
- DoodleArt Jungle Poster, $29.95: With 12 different coloured dual-tipped markers, you could have up to a dozen friends colouring this masterpiece at one time. This classic activity is highly addictive and produces very pleasing results.
- EeBoo Bingo What Do You Know? $29.95: For two to six players, you’ll learn nature facts as you fill your bingo board. Animal lovers and their friends will become experts on mammals and marsupials, underwater life, fossils and minerals, flowers and leaves, birds and bugs.
- Deluxe Senior Quoits, $39.95: This deluxe set of quoits is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. It has a solid wooden base and a screw-in peg and the six quoits in the set are steel-centred. Grab as many people as you can to play!
- EeBoo Sidewalk Games, $19.95: Designed for children aged 5 to 10 years, this set includes a gold coin to toss, four vibrant chalk sticks and a booklet of instructions for sidewalk games such as Hopscotch, Skelly, London Calling and more. Traditional fun with friends!
- Loopy Loops Loom Bands Jumbo Set, $29.95: Last but certainly not least, grab a group of friends together and get cracking on making an array of colourful loom bracelets. Either keep them or swap them; then wear them with pride.
For more fantastically fun school holiday boredom-busting toys see www.entropy.com.au.
As the FIFA World Cup prepares for kick-off, the Entropy Elves are celebrating all things football.
We are big fans of the game, especially when considering its ability to score goals for the development of little ones.
“Football has a great role to play in the development of motor skills in young children,” Entropy Chief Poobah Deborah Latouf says, who has a PhD in motor development.
“Plus the game has lots of other fantastic benefits like teaching good sportsmanship, resilience, the ability to deal with disappointment, social skills and sharing; plus it gets children outside being active and having fun with family and friends.”
Here are the Elves’ top football finds:
Apples to Pears Football-in-a-Tin, $24.95: This pint-sized kit has everything you need to bring the game to you – miniature style! With a felt football pitch that fits on the table, two sets of finger-fitting football boots, three balls, two goals and rules, you’ll be a football star in no time. Just slide your fingers into the boots and show your opponent what you’re made of!
Mookie Reflex Soccer Swingball, $49.95: Great for developing coordination in young players, Soccer Swingball is a fun activity for the whole family to play. Soccer Swingball is an all-surface reflex soccer ball on an adjustable, recoiling cord. Play it on grass, decking, concrete or sand — simply fill the base with water or sand for stability and you’re ready for kick-off.
Jungly Tails Boing Ball, $19.95: This ball is great for developing those motor skills from an early age. Making a cool ‘boing’ noise whenever it makes contact, this ball will grab children’s interest to tackle fundamental football skills early.
Cactus Soccer Ball Watch, $34.95: Embrace the spirit of the game by wearing it on your wrist. What’s the time? Time to go for a kick of course!
Orchard Toys Football Game, $39.95: Using a dice and spinners, children work their way up the pitch to try and score the winning goal – but beware of the yellow and red cards. A similar style to Snakes and Ladders, this game teaches cause and effect and good sportsmanship.
Janod Giant Floor Puzzle Multi Sports, $34.95: Football is just one of the activities that features in this action-packed sports-themed floor puzzle from Janod: kick, climb, ride, ski, parachute, bat, hit, skip, swim and run to fun. That should get you keen to move!
Tiger Tribe Inflatable Soccer Ball, $8.95: Kick goals with this fun-filled inflatable soccer ball from Tiger Tribe. The 20cm diameter ball is ideal for indoor, poolside and summer beach fun. Mum and Dad will be glad to hear that – in addition to burning boot loads of energy – it helps develop coordination and confidence for young players (if it hits, it doesn’t hurt!).
For more great wooden, educational and traditional toys, see www.entropy.com.au
To celebrate the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, the Elves have decided to compile a list of some their top princess-themed toys. Check them out below, but also use our Gift Finder (tick the ‘princess’ and/or ‘royalty’ options) to discover many more beauties!
- Djeco Discovery Puzzle Princess, $29.95
- Mudpuppy Shadow Puppets Princess Paradise, $29.95
- Papo Queen of Flowers Pink, $10.95
- Tiger Tribe Magna Junior Princess Party, $29.95
- Janod Princess Coach Floor Puzzle, $39.95
- Seedling Create a Dazzling Tiara, $24.95
- Enchantmints Prince and Princess Music Box, $44.95
- Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Princess Castle, $12.95
- Djeco Create a Story Princess craft kit, $34.95
- Le Toy Van Fairybelle Palace, $199