Grow Wooden Toys Edinburgh

by Wooden Toys Edinburgh in 

Grow Wooden Toys Edinburgh

Making wooden toys more accessible; tackling isolation in new parents; building communities; nurturing play with sustainable & durable toys

by Wooden Toys Edinburgh in

We did it
On 19th September 2018 we successfully raised £1,280 with 24 supporters in 28 days



Wooden Toys Edinburgh is an extremely popular baby-toddler group located in the Comely Bank and Trinity/Goldenacre area of Edinburgh, but it needs YOUR help!


Now in it's fourth year, Wooden Toys Edinburgh has supported countless families and local residents by providing a safe, and supportive environment, where children can interact with wooden and natural toys. There is lots of demand for it around Edinburgh, and despite experiencing natural growth this year, it could do with some funds to help develop it into something to benefit EVEN MORE families, and communities.  

Baby-toddler groups are fantastic supports for families, or children and their carers. They provide environments for children and adults to interact with peers, and have numerous advantages. Children start to socialise, learn to share and can develop other useful skills, all whilst playing. 

Adults on the other hand, can benefit from them in many other ways. Not only do they provide a place for adults to socialise too, but they also give adults the opportunity to meet other parents and carers, have adult conversation and perhaps feel less isolated and unsupported


"A recent UK survey of more than 2,000 mothers by the online mothers’ networking group Channel Mums found that 90 percent of mothers feel lonely since having children and 54 percent felt “friendless” after giving birth." - Today's Parent (2018)


Your support in this project would therefore be invaluable in shaping Wooden Toys Edinburgh's future, and would help more families access natural and wooden toys, which are not only much more environmentally friendly, but also less dangerous, compared to plastic toys. In fact, did you know that plastic toys may contain traces of chemicals which can affect a child's hormone?! 


Wooden toys have also been known to stimulate more imaginative play, create closer contact between children and nature, and have a more calming effect during play.


SO WHERE WOULD YOUR MONEY GO? 

Despite being sustainable and extremely durable, wooden toys are not cheap. 

Here is how I propose spending the money raised:

- TOYSMarket research from Wooden Toys Edinburgh families indicate that the more popular toys are those that are unlikely to feature in your own home or on shop shelves, such as our climbing frame and slides. Having this funding would therefore allow me to invest in more unique toys, that really stretch a child's imagination, and build on different skills. There are some fabulous toys out there that I would love to offer - see wishlist!


- FIXED PREMISES:  This is a biggie! Whilst Edinburgh may have a number of halls suitable for baby-toddler groups, having my own premises would be amazing! It would allow for more opportunity to be cost effective, as I wouldn't be operating to other people's constraints, and can set-up a really nice and welcoming space that doesn't need to be taken apart at the end of every session. This means that I could invest in some really nice toys, which I wouldn't need to worry about transporting around the city. Moreover, typically halls or venues in Edinburgh want £15-£20 an hour for their space to be used, and can charge for setting up and tidying up (time which is not bringing in any money). Having my own premises would therefore eliminate that, to a point, as less time would be spent packing and unpacking toys. 


- COMMUNITY EVENTS: Most of the families that currently attend Wooden Toys Edinburgh are regulars (i.e they attend more than three times a month), and it would be great to do more community events with them, with or without children. It would be great to host such events, and bring people together to build on community spirit. 


- INSURANCE: Wooden Toys Edinburgh has always had insurance cover for it's baby-toddler groups, but did you know that this is not a formal requirement? Insurance benefits everybody involved as it offers peace of mind to the families in attendance, and also covers damage to any of the toys. 

 

And just to put things into perspective, here are some of the things on our wish-list for 2018/2019:

- Rental on property in town (where there is a glaring gap in the market for "soft-play" or similar) with space for Wooden Toys Edinburgh, shop, and baby classes - £16,000 per annum (approx.) Would benefit not just local families but anyone with an interest in wooden toys, and promoting sustainable play given the retail aspect that would be available!

- Life-size wooden vehicles (such as boat, or tractor) - £1,000 (fantastic for imaginative play, and playing together!)

- Balance Board - £100 (great for encouraging stability, and multi-purpose toy)

- Indoor Climbing frame with a ladder and a slide, including safety mats - £2,000 (this is such a versatile toy, and is a firm favourite with families! Unfortunately, the one we currently have desperately needs some love and upgrading!)

- Pikler Triangle - £120 (climbing aid suitable for smaller children that wouldn't be able to benefit from the indoor climbing frame)

- Halloween "Pumpkin Party" for 90 families - £620 (£7 approx per family is our cost for having a petting zoo, hiring venue, providing snacks and face painting - this would be done across 3 sessions and was super popular in 2017)













Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

1x Drop-In Session

1 child and up to 2 accompanying adults can experience Wooden Toys Edinburgh in it's current form at either Comely Bank or Trinity/Goldenacre. This includes a healthy snack, real coffee and tea and cakes for grown ups, and singing at the end. Excludes special events.

£6 or more

1x Drop-In Session Multiple Children

2 children and up to 2 accompanying adults (must be same family/ childminder) can experience Wooden Toys Edinburgh in it's current form at either Comely Bank or Trinity/Goldenacre. This includes a healthy snack, real coffee and tea and cakes for grown ups, and singing at the end. Excludes special events.

£15 or more

3x sessions for 1 family/1x session for 3 families

1 child and up to 2 accompanying adults can experience Wooden Toys Edinburgh THREE TIMES in it's current form at either Comely Bank or Trinity/Goldenacre. This includes a healthy snack, real coffee and tea and cakes for grown ups, and singing at the end. Excludes special events. This can be modified for 3 children and up to six adults to attend one session (You and 2 friends?), but all three families must attend the same session.

£21 or more

3x sessions for 1 Family with Multiple Children

2 children with up to 2 adults (same family/childminder) can experience Wooden Toys Edinburgh in it's current form at either Comely Bank or Trinity/Goldenacre for THREE SESSIONS. This includes a healthy snack, real coffee and tea and cakes for grown ups, and singing at the end. Excludes special events

£50 or more

4 of 10 claimed

10x Drop-In Sessions

1 child and up to 2 accompanying adults can experience Wooden Toys Edinburgh in it's current form at either Comely Bank or Trinity/Goldenacre. This includes a healthy snack, real coffee and tea and cakes for grown ups, and singing at the end. Excludes special events. The 10 session pass does not expire, and allows people to bring a friend and their child once for free during the 10 sessions.

£55 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Bundle of Wooden Goodies

Build up your very own wooden toy collection at home - starting right here with this bundle of natural wooden toys. 3 toys included in bundle - pull along duck, some natural wooden blocks and push along vehicle. Toys made in Scotland.

£60 or more

0 of 10 claimed

10x Drop-In Sessions Multiple Children

2 children and up to 2 adults (same family/childminder) can experience Wooden Toys Edinburgh in it's current form at either Comely Bank or Trinity/Goldenacre. This includes a healthy snack, real coffee and tea and cakes for grown ups, and singing at the end. Excludes special events. The 10 session pass does not expire, and allows people to bring a friend and their child once for free during the 10 sessions.

£85 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Singing Session and Toys!

Love the singing we do at Wooden Toys Edinburgh??? Well, now you can replicate this at home! Be the proud owner of 4 of our favourite crochet toys from our song-bag, and you will get a masterclass of the songs and actions to go with them! If you have never been to a session, then this is a great starter kit for nursery rhymes at home! This must be redeemed at an Edinburgh postcode. Singing session is 45mins long at a location of your choice

£145 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Singing Session, Toys and Wooden Bundle

Same as "Singing Session and Toys" reward PLUS 3x wooden toys - this includes a pull along toy, a push along toy and wooden building blocks..

£200 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Your very own Balance Board plus one month FREE!

A unique opportunity to get your hands on your very own Balance Board, plus 2 adults and 1 child can attend any of the current Wooden Toys Edinburgh sessions FREE for one month. Excludes special events! Balance boards are fantastic to help children learn to balance and move (great for cycling later in life!). They are 110cm long, and 25cm high when upside down(they make great archways!) Must be collected from Edinburgh.

£275 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Happy Birthday from Wooden Toys!

Wooden Toys Edinburgh will host a 2 hour party for up to 20 pre-school children, at a location of your choosing within the city of Edinburgh. This does not include venue rental, but does include light snacks for attendees (a selection of fruits and cheese, chopped and ready for little fingers and little mouths; tea and coffee for grown ups). The last 20 mins of the party will be singing and nursery rhymes. Expires after a year.

£350 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Be recognised as a Wooden Toys SuperFan!

WOW!! How awesome are you! Thanks for your support! In exchange you will get UNLIMITED entrance to Wooden Toys Sessions at Comely Bank AND Trinity for a year, PLUS guaranteed entrance to any of their special events (excludes collaborations, but includes Halloween and Christmas Party). Valid for one year from when bought.

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