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Independent play makes learning effortless

If you’re interested in upping your child’s independent play time but don’t know where to start, this guide is the perfect introduction to the subject. It’s full of information and advice on how to prepare your child and home for independent play, ideas for activities and troubleshooting tips for when you need a bit of extra help.

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Getting Under 5s Ready For Life

100 Toys is a place where you can learn about your child's development, and discover toys and free activities to help them along. With years of teaching experience, and using a framework backed by science, our mission is to help you understand how your child grows, what they need at each step of the way, and how to gently steer their path to ensure they enjoy the journey.

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Everything you need to know about play and development for the under 5s

Toys and Playtime Matter

The right toys, at the right time, can be important tools for your child's development. Children need a variety of experiences and a small, well-chosen collection of toys can provide the stimulation that makes learning happen. But playtime is not just about toys. Sometimes only the attention of an interested adult will do. At 100 Toys, we're here to help you choose the right toys and to know just when to use them.

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More Creativity, Fewer Toys

Sometimes, the best toys are the ones you make yourself.

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Better than any toy

Better than any toy

Children don’t really need toys! There are plenty of everyday experiences, objects and ideas that they’ll love and benefit from better than any toy.

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Encourage open-ended play for creativity and focus

Encourage open-ended play for creativity and focus

The best toys ask questions rather than demand answers.

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Why we love Maileg

Why we love Maileg

Gender stereotyping in toys is complicated. We worry about the messages our children internalise, but what to do if they like to wear pink and dress up?

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Welcome To 100 Toys

We started 100 Toys with two simple aims: to give children the skills they need to thrive, and to empower families to make their own choices around toys and playtime. As parents with a background in teaching, we believe that children should have a life rich in experiences - and fun! - before the pressures of school begin.

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