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Get Set…Bake!

Get Set…Bake!

With the excitement mounting around the season finale of The Great British Bake Off 2018, why not let the children join in the fun too with our play food and play kitchens!  Our fantastic wooden range includes the delightful Honeybake Oven & Hob, with an easy view oven, spinning cooker knobs and lots of accessories and the Country Play Kitchen where they can play cooking and washing up too!  Children love role play and these sets include everything they need…

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Toys Made in Britain??

Toys Made in Britain??

The BBC Breakfast programme is featuring a family who are trying to buy only British made goods.  How good to see that idea back I thought as I watched, reminded of the We’re Backing Britain campaign of the late 60s.   Then I choked on my cornflakes when I reflected that, if they were looking to buy toys for the couple’s young children they might be hard pressed, remembering what we sell ourselves that is made in the UK which, I’m…

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John Crane Rail Track – Does it fit with Brio ?

John Crane Rail Track – Does it fit with Brio ?

As we know, Bigjigs Rail and Brio wooden railway track and trains are compatible.  (For full details see our article about these two brands).  What about extra track from the John Crane Branching Out (now Tidlo) range?  Will this fit with either or both?  Mulberry Bush have a large selection of track pieces of various lengths and shapes from various brands.  The photo below shows pieces of John Crane track connected to a section of Bigjigs Rail track connected in…

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Best Selling Christmas Toys for 2009

Best Selling Christmas Toys for 2009

What are our best selling toys this Christmas?   Some of the wooden toys we offer are best sellers year after year.  In pride of place has to be the fantastic Mini Cakes and Stand which has been immensely popular for a couple of years now, and not surprisingly.  The detail is incredible and with 12 mouth-watering wooden cakes plus wooden stand at £11.99 it’s incredible value too.   Another best seller this year and a consistent favourite for 2 or 3…

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Wooden Toys to be Christmas best sellers

Wooden Toys to be Christmas best sellers

It may seem incredible to be thinking about Christmas in the middle of the summer (what summer ?!?) but that’s what we do every year at this time as we finalise our autumn & winter catalogue.  All the toy manufacturers and retailers will have been gearing up for the past few months as the Christmas season begins as soon as the summer holidays are over. We’re adding a couple more pages of wooden toys this year – which have always…

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Wooden Toys – too many eggs in the Chinese basket?

Wooden Toys – too many eggs in the Chinese basket?

It really does seem that the Chinese are beginning to find that manufacturing is not all beer and skittles In April 2008 I wrote that there were signs of slowing in the Chinese economy, and pondered whether it might not have been time for British toy manufacturing to re-emerge.  Now it seems the Chinese themselves are concerned at the rapid shrinking of their toy manufacturing sector, to the extent that they are seeking approval – presumably from their Government –…

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Choosing the Right Wooden Toy

Choosing the Right Wooden Toy

Quality wooden toys give lasting pleasure. They feel organic. They are robust and long lasting. Aside from their immediate play value they also represent an investment in childhood memories. An heirloom that can be passed on from generation to generation. Many of our toys are similar to those that parents remember with fondness from their own childhood. All are guaranteed to be fun and exciting as well as educational and helping to improve and develop motor and creative skills. But…

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Could wooden toy making return to Britain?

Could wooden toy making return to Britain?

It’s no secret that a huge proportion of the world’s toy manufacturing has found its way to the Far East, particularly to China, in recent years. Very few of the wooden toys we sell now come from anywhere other than that part of the world. Don’t get me wrong – some of these people produce fantastic quality products. Have a look at this Fire Engine if you have a moment, made in Thailand in a state of the art factory….

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Junior Joiner – Carpentry for Kids

Junior Joiner – Carpentry for Kids

I never cease to be amazed at the number of Junior Carpenter sets we sell – certainly one of our most popular toys. Although it shouldn’t really be described as a toy because these are real tools that really work, and certainly should be used under supervision, at least to start with. Perhaps that’s part of the reason for these sets’ popularity. They are to be used “to start with”. They are bought by people who want their children to…

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Toy safety – is it a minefield?

Toy safety – is it a minefield?

Mulberry Bush take the issue of Toy safety very seriously. All the toys we sell come from reputable manufacturers and safety testing certificates are held by them, or by the company that imports them into Europe. The test certificate for any toy – be it a wooden toy, game, doll etc – will show an age for which the toy has been agreed to be suitable, but these are, in effect in bands, dependent on the age test for which…

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