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Unplug your children

Unplug your children

Commit to unplug! Its national unplugging day on Friday this week will you be committing to unplug? We increasingly miss out on lots of day to day moments because we have our heads buried in screens, are you guilty ? I know I am !  its not just us, children are learning fast how to use technology and are spending more and more time everyday plugged in . Here at The Magic Box my aim is to unplug children with toys that spark imagination and get children playing again. We do not supply any toys that have batteries or any...

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Snow days

Snow days

Snow Days  Snow days are all very well and good, while the kids are out sledging and making snowmen. Then they come home, cold and wet and you hear the dreaded words MUM I AM BORED ! THEN WHAT?  This is when you need an SOS pack to help keep the children entertained and stop the boredom in its tracks   What to include in an SOS pack  Colouring books  Coloring books and pens are a must in any SOS pack from simple colouring books to the more intricate designs depending on what your children like and what age they...

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A controversial post on Gender toys and my take on it

A controversial post on Gender toys and my take on it

So are there such things as boys and girls toys?  This seems to be a conversation I have over and over in the shop with customers, so what is my take on this ... I believe there are no boys toys and girl toys, just toys that every child can choose to play with if they desire. Children do not start out thinking this is a boys toy or a girls toy they just play with whatever they choose to play with, interested in or is within their reach.  It is society that tells children THAT is a boys toy...

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My Top Three family games

My Top Three family games

My Top Three Family Games  As a family we find it hard to play games together as our children are 5 ,13 and 14 so finding something they would all play seemed impossible. Until I found the Haba games, these games are from Germany and are very clever. There is something for everyone and they are quick games lasting between 5-15 minutes so nobody gets bored and players can dip in and out as they please ... perfect  1. Rhino Hero  This game is a game of Luck and ability to balance cards, suitable for players aged 5-99 years, 2-5...

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How to choose the perfect party gift

How to choose the perfect party gift

Hello hello hello Lisa here popping in to talk party gifts! Children seems to be invited to party's every weekend and while that is great for your child it isn't always so great for your purse  So I wanted to talk to you about how to keep the cost down while still choosing a great gift that both parent and the child will thank you for  My Top 5 tips  1. Set a budget you feel comfortable with paying for party gifts A lot of my customers aim for around the £10 mark and most shops offer a good range...

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