Writing Matters: how to teach a young child to write

Writing Matters: how to teach a young child to write

Encouraging a young child to write requires creativity so that each day feels fresh and engaging. To celebrate National Stationery Week and its motto #WritingMatters, we’ve been asking parents for tips on how they create a positive learning culture at home that promotes writing as a fun and accessible activity for all ages. This handy guide combines their tips with our own to provide a comprehensive resource for learning outside the classroom. Learning happens when you make activities fun Home…

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National Stationery week: Back to school supplies

National Stationery week: Back to school supplies

We all remember our stationery from school: the smelly gel pens, the rattly tin pencil cases, the novelty rubbers and bendy rulers, notebooks covered with wrapping paper and novelty pencil toppers. Stationery may be a source of nostalgia for some, but for young children, bright and engaging stationery is actually of great importance. Just as a child chooses their favourite toys and sets, they’re more likely to engage with something if it’s in their favourite colour or personalised for them….

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Geography Learners: Useful Websites and Resources That Will Rock Your World!

Geography Learners: Useful Websites and Resources That Will Rock Your World!

Drum roll please…… our World Map Jigsaw – one of our range of education toys has been singled out for being a great Geography resource by Tutorful in their latest blog! After a tough selection process and after whittling down from hundreds of recommended resources, our jigsaw has been chosen to feature in Tutorful’s editorial – Geography Learners: Useful Websites and Resources That Will Rock Your World! Their article recommends some incredible geographical websites, apps and resources to bring our…

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Mulberry Bush and Mobile Phones Direct collaborate on Parental Controls Campaign

Mulberry Bush and Mobile Phones Direct collaborate on Parental Controls Campaign

In a digital world, online child safety is more important than ever. The rise in technology has seen a new generation of children grow up staring at tech toys, and gadgets – not to mention looking at smartphones from a young age. While these children may have more knowledge of technology than previous generations, they are still vulnerable to online dangers and should be monitored. Here at Mulberry Bush, we prioritise online safety for children. Our toys and games are…

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Turn off the TV and get outside!

Turn off the TV and get outside!

A news article in The Times shows a worrying trend that children under 12 spend less than 2 hours a day outside – even in summer – and cannot recognise conkers or insects! Many children prefer to stay inside watching TV and playing computer games which does not bode well for a healthy lifestyle or future development. Our advice? Switch off the TV and computers and take them out to play in the fresh air in the garden or park….

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Bloggers wanted

Bloggers wanted

Having recently taken over the Letterbox brand we are looking at all of our promotional activities to further raise our profile and spread the news about our thriving company. We are a British independent family run company and our guiding principle is to select the type of toy and gift that parents remember with fondness from their own childhood or that Grandparents will want to buy for their grandchildren. You can read more about us here. We currently do everything…

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Personalised Gifts – Back by popular demand!

Personalised Gifts – Back by popular demand!

We love to hear from our customers and following your overwhelming requests for the Letterbox personalised  range we are delighted to re-introduce many of their incredibly popular best sellers. So here they are – we’ve got it all wrapped up from towels to pencils to placemats and more! Our new catalogue featuring these and lots more exciting new products will be mailed around mid March. But if you can’t wait – you can get an early sneaky peek on our…

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Are your toys made in Britain?

Are your toys made in Britain?

Some months ago we saw a couple from Kent, the Bradshaws, interviewed on TV as they had determined to buy only British made products.  We were reminded of the “I’m Backing Britain” campaign of the late 1960s (which shows our age) and wished them luck with their quest. We sent them a message to this effect but did warn them that finding British made toys might prove difficult.  Our only suppliers that produce everything in the UK are Orchard Toys,…

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Christmas closing

Christmas closing

We wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We will be closed from the afternoon of Monday 23rd December until Thursday 2nd January.  Any orders placed in that time will be despatched on that date.

Letterbox joins Mulberry Bush

Letterbox joins Mulberry Bush

We are delighted to announce that we have acquired the Letterbox brand and website www.letterbox.co.uk from the Tobar Group, with effect from 31st October 2013, and will be incorporating Letterbox into Mulberry Bush.  Letterbox was founded 25 years ago in Cornwall and offered a range of traditional toys and childrens’ toys and gifts very similar to our own, with a specialisation in personalised children’s gifts. Mulberry Bush already includes many of the Letterbox favourites in our own range and, whilst…

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