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Folkmanis Puppets are Elf Meg’s Favourite

Elf-Meg-WordPressLast but certainly not least on our mission to uncover the elves favourite products and brands we have the magical Elf Meg. Elf Meg is our wonderful weekend retail assistant who you will find in store every single Saturday. She does a brilliant job at looking after our weekend shoppers while the other elves put their party pants on! Excitingly Elf Meg just became a Grandmother to twin siblings, so were very excited to uncover what her favourite brand is.

Having problems picking just one brand Elf Meg finally settled on Fagus and Folkmanis. As Elf Ang has already picked Fagus as her favourite brand, we will focus on Folkmanis.

Folkmanis is a brand that has been at Entropy since day dot. Widely regarded as the most innovative puppet-maker in the world, Folkmanis consistently designs beautifully crafted toys. The puppets inspire creativity, promote hands-on discovery, encourage interaction, teach fine and gross motor skills, and help develop early language. The company’s line includes a virtual menagerie of plush pets and friendly wildlife friends with new designs constantly on the drawing board.

So with so many domestic, wild and fantasy creatures to choose from which puppet does Elf Meg rank number one? “It’s a hard decision to make; however, I do love the Chameleon and the Great Horned Owl. I particularly like the way that these puppets animate and the number of moving aspects that they both have. I’ve not yet decided which one I am going to buy from my new grandchildren,” said Elf Meg.

“Puppets will always have a special place in my heart as my son always wanted to be a puppet maker when he was little. It was a dream that he aspired towards for a very long time and something I encouraged. Unfortunately, he found a new dream and passion, but it is something that I always think about when I play with a puppet,” said Elf Meg.

We hope that you enjoyed reading about the Entropy elves and Chief Poobah’s favourite brands and products. Stay tuned for more news from Elf HQ.

All board as Elf Bec talks Trains

Elf-Bec-WordPressLast week we interviewed the newest member of the elf family and this week we move to the oldest – Elf Bec! Elf Bec has been at Entropy since its inception almost ten years ago, since then she has worked in a variety of roles and is now Entropy’s buying elf. She is responsible for making sure that products don’t go out of stock and identifying new and exciting items to add to our range. As Elf Bec holds this power, it is no surprise that her favourite range is one that she picked and introduced to Entropy herself – Hape Wooden Railway and Train Sets.

“When I first saw Hape Rail I knew straight away that our toy lovers would adore this range. Firstly, the price point is fantastic. Secondly, Hape Rail is extremely innovative. The ingenious way they incorporate moving parts, musical instruments and more into each item is brilliant. Lastly, this is one of the first train sets that I’ve seen that features bright and bold colours that attracts both boys and girls. Also, the inclusion of sweet little animals does a great job at getting children who aren’t normally interested in trains playing.

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Before starting at Entropy, Elf Bec was a nanny for a family that had two young boys. The boys loved trains, and through watching them play, she realised that they were picking up heaps of new skills. “Problem-solving, imagination and creativity and fine motor skills and dexterity are just a few of the skills that children gain and refine through train play,” said Elf Bec. Bec is now a mother of a very handsome two-year-old boy who unsurprisingly LOVES trains.

“I have train tracks coming out of my ears at home. During my many years working at Entropy, I have collected a range of Brio wooden train tracks. The fact that my new Hape sets interconnect with my Brio tracks along with Thomas Wooden Railway, Chuggington Wooden Railway, Melissa & Doug Wooden Railway and BigJigs Wooden Railway is fantastic” said Elf Bec.

If you have a train addict at home or someone who might like Hape Rail makes sure you check out our range.

Elf Sharon loves Schleich

Elf-Sharon-WordPressFavourite products have been a hot topic all week and with some elves still undecided on what they will pick we will move to an Elf whose favourite will never change – Elf Sharon. Elf Sharon is our wonderful “Elf of all trades”. However, she is popularly known for her top-notch craft classes and incredibly fast gift wrapping abilities. Having previously worked as a vet nurse and being a lifetime horse lover it comes to no surprise that the Schleich horse range is her favourite.

While Elf Sharon always remembers having a horse and cow in her backyard, she didn’t have a horse to call her own until she was 12. The beautiful brown gelding was named Danny Boy and has an uncanny similarity to the Schleich Hanoverian Stallion. Elf Sharon now owns six horses, that are as varied as our Schleich range but this isn’t their only winning aspect.

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“I love how realistic the horses are and the attention to detail that Schleich puts into each figurine,” said Sharon. “All Schleich products are hand painted so like real animals they are all different in their own special way. When picking out a new horse to join the family, I like to spend some time looking at all the different horses and picking one that resonates with me,” Sharon added.

While Elf Sharon didn’t have any Schleich animals when she was growing up her daughter has a lovely collection. Unsurprisingly, Sharon’s passion for horses has been passed down to her daughter who is an accomplished rider. Elf Sharon’s daughter grew up loving her Schleich animals and used them for many hours of imaginative play in her youth. However, now aged 12 years, the horses are no longer used for play and instead sit in pride of place in her bedroom.

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Gender-neutral Doll Houses

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Since the 18th century boys and girls in countries across the world have been fascinated, delighted and entranced by dolls houses – so why are they all pink? Processions of love heart adorned doll houses have saturated the toy market for years on end. However, is this long-running reign soon to meet its demise?

Gender-neutral doll houses are slowly starting to penetrate the market and they are being met with open arms. These houses do much more than omit pink, purple and hearts. They include elements that aren’t normally seen in a traditional doll house. Barbeques, garages, and dog kennels are just the start of a long list of modern additions that are making their way into these more realistic miniature homes. So let’s discuss the benefits associated with doll houses.

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Doll houses do a brilliant job at engaging children’s imaginations and encouraging them to investigate the world around them. In the safety of their imagination, children explore dialogue and language that helps them develop emotional, social and intellectual skills.

During pretend play and role-play children gain and refine fundamental life skills. For example, when children open their pretend world to another they learn to share responsibility, take turns, and problems solve collaboratively. By pretending to be someone else (even if it is Batman), they learn to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes’, which helps teach important moral development skills and empathy. On top of this, children build self-esteem when they discover they can be anything they want to be in their pretend world.

The amount of benefits that pretend and role-play has on children’s development is something that shouldn’t be underestimated or reserved for only one sex.  Hape’s All Season Deluxe Gender-neutral Wooden Doll House has just arrived here at Entropy, and it has been warmly welcomed by both the elves and our customers. This house is superbly made and entices both boys and girls with its multiple floors, quirky furniture and bright colours. Click here to inspect the doll house for yourself.

Introducing Playmobil

BannerPlaymobil is brand new to Entropy, and it would be an understatement to say that we are excited. Since 1974, Playmobil toys have been a favourite in children’s playrooms, with its many different play worlds – from Space to Wildlife adventures. The iconic friendly faces of the Playmobil figurines and their creative environments are best known for stimulating imagination and creativity – which is why it gets five gold stars from the elves here at Entropy.

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So why do we love imaginative play? The process of imagination builds skills in many essential developmental areas. When children engage in creative or pretend play, they are actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. When another child joins, they both learn through cooperative play. They will learn to take turns, share responsibilities, communicate and come up with creative solutions together. Playmobil has been assisting children all over the world slip into many different imaginative roles with their huge range of products and unassuming characters.

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Playmobil is not only known for sparking creative role play but also for having extremely high quality and safety standards. Made in Europe, Playmobil never compromises on quality. Fulfilling both national and international safety requirements, Playmobil often go above and beyond what is required. As a result, Playmobil always produces brilliant products. Time after time, they fail to disappoint, from unique characters to beautifully orchestrated petting zoo’s and castles, we are always blown away by the detail. To get an idea of the work behind each Playmobil creation watch the video below.

Go ahead and immerse yourself in the world of Playmobil, you will not be disappointed! Discover our entire Playmobil range here.