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Welcome to 100 Toys
Discover the power of play for the under 5s. Watch your child become a creative self-starter and learn how to offer just the right experience to guide their learning. All with fewer, if any toys.
Learn with 100 Toys
What if you didn’t have to trawl the internet for play inspiration? What if your child’s freely-chosen activities were simple to set up, educational and deeply engaging?
How would that change things?
A Year With My Child
It’s hard coming up with new things to do with a toddler. And checking Pinterest for inspiration leaves you drained. Yet more things to buy and an elaborate set-up for something your child may never engage with.
A Year With My Child is here to help.
Learn how to get more play with less stuff with our weekly email course. Read more here.
Get Set Five
Do you have a preschooler?
Would you like them to develop some key skills before starting school?
How wonderful to go in on that first day feeling like you belong.
Get Set Five is a week-by-week plan to get your child ready for school.
The 100 Toys Method
Our introductory guide will help you declutter and get back to basics
Understand how children learn and the key changes they go through.
Introduce open-ended activities that encourage independent play.
Learn about play and development for the under 5s
All about play
The four types of play, the six stages of play, the sixteen types of play! Independent play, sensory play, heuristic play… What does it all mean? Which one is best for your child?
Arts & crafts
Visit any Early Years classroom and what do you see? Busy children, engaged and happy. But busy doing what? Arts and crafts. But why? What’s so special about art and craft activities that leads teachers to prioritise them over more formal learning?
A ‘toy box’ of everyday things
Your home is full of challenging and engaging toys that you may never have considered offering at playtime. The are hiding in plain sight.
Fine motor skills
Fine motor skills are crucial to your child’s development. Handling objects from zips to pencils takes great control. Help your child develop the necessary hand and finger strength and dexterity with these fun activities.
Learning through block play
In our guide to all things blocks, we explore the kinds of play blocks are good for and look at some of the best toys to put in your toy box.
How many toys do children need?
Not as many as you think? Fewer toys means fewer distractions and better thinking.
Starting school guide
Starting school is a big event in your child’s life. She is proud and excited – and perhaps a little apprehensive.
How can you prepare her for the transition? What skills will she need to develop before that first school bell rings? How can you make sure she walks in on that first day happy and ready to learn?
Play with purpose
We believe children need fewer toys. They learn through discovery, using open-ended materials to play in the most imaginative ways. As well as guides to how children learn, you can also read about the best educational toys, simple classics like blocks, sorting materials and small world figures.
From birth to five
Would you like to know why doll’s house play is so important? Or perhaps you’ve heard of schemas and are wondering how they guide your toddler’s play? Then take a look at the 100. Think of it as a roadmap from birth to five. Created by our founder, Alexis Ralphs, you can think of it as 100 good things to do before you’re five. See the 100.
What people are saying about 100 Toys
A really thought-provoking course that has your child at the centre. Some great ideas but also the theory behind the ideas which allows you to adapt to your child and environment easily. Highly recommend!
A Year With My Child is great – informative, interesting and gratifyingly level-headed. I recommend it to everyone.
We used to sell toys
100 Toys has changed. But play is still at the heart of all we do.