Behind Door 13 is the fabulous Miniland Minimobil Jobs Tub! The Tub is filled with 6 brightly coloured vehicles, able to withstand rough play both indoors and outdoors, they are ready to be taken on any adventure!
Enter using the Rafflecopter Widget below, you have till 4pm when the competition will close, Good Luck!
Door 12 has been opened and behind are the gorgeous Wonderworld Colour from Nature Blocks. Made from the wood of dead rubber trees and coloured entirely from natural extracts these blocks are an asset to any toy collection!
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DKL are excited to launch their biggest competition EVER! Welcome to DKL’s very own Advent Calendar where you will be in with the chance to win 24 fantastic prizes throughout December. Here is how it is going to work;
- Every day we will introduce a shiny prize to the advent calendar below (Click the advent calendar to be taken to today’s competition)
- Following the Rafflecopter instructions simply enter each day before 4pm (Saturday and Sunday Prizes will be up for grabs in Monday’s draw) when the competition will close!
- Each day a new competition will open at 9am so keep your eyes on the DKL blog so you don’t miss out!
- The prizes will get bigger and better as the calendar moves closer to the 24th day – building up to end with a must have spectacular prize!
So Join in the fun as we get into the festive spirit, and see what the DKL advent calendar has in store each day – I don’t know about you , but we can barely contain our excitement!
Good Luck to you all
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This giveaway is open to all residents of the UK and ROI over 18 years of age, excluding employees of DKL Marketing LTD and their affiliates, agents and families of such employees and any other person connected with this giveaway. Entry into this giveaway confirms that eligible participants are in acceptance of the terms and conditions set out below. To enter, participants must use the Rafflecopter widget above in accordance with the instructions. A different prize will be given away for 24 days as pictured and as stated on the blog post/Rafflecopter widget. It cannot be returned or exchanged and no cash alternative is available. Only the allocated number of entries are permitted per person as per the widget. No bulk or third party entries accepted. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries. All entries must be received by 4pm each day with the exception of weekends until December 24th 2013. A winner will be chosen at random from all complete entries received. The winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing. The winner must reply to claim the prize by 24th December 2013. Failure to do so will result in a new winner being drawn. The promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize equal to/or greater value in the event of unavailability due to circumstances beyond the promoter’s control. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. We hereby release Facebook Twitter, and Pinterest of any liability. The promoter of this giveaway is DKL Marketing LTD, NN3 6QD.
Lets get straight to it, DKL’s list of top Christmas toys! We have put together a list of the toys that have gained special recognition for being down right fabulous in their own unique way. Taking into account awards, the press favorites, and what you our lovely followers reacted best to…
The Wonderworld Eco House
It would be a crime not to put the show stopping Eco House on the list! Besides it being completely unique to any other doll house we have ever seen its educational value, beauty, and superb quality are hard to match! But don’t take my word for it, just recently the Independent Newspaper named The Eco House as one of its Top 10 Best Eco Toys! Prior to this it was awarded a much coveted Slow Toy Award in 2012.
Not a toy that will tire easily it is sure to become a family heirloom, available to buy from www.argos.co.uk - RRP £120.
Hama Fashion Kit
The Hama Fashion Kit hit the catwalks at the beginning of 2013! Perfect for the budding designer to create fabulous outfits from beads, with the option to change each outfit to meet the latest trends. Hama Fashion Kit was named Juniors Best Art and Craft Toy, a great achievement
Check it out at Yellow Moon - RRP £12.99
Miniland Pairs Game
A firm favourite in the DKL office, we love the simplicity of the Miniland Pairs Game (don’t let it fool you though those pairs aren’t as straight forward as you might think). So much play value is packed into one box with 12 different game cards to choose from, there is so much fun to be had with the whole family! Featured as one of Right Starts Highly Commended Games it is a sure fire hit for keeping the kids entertained on Christmas day.
Get your hands on this fun filled game by visiting Amazon – RRP £19.99
Corolle Limited Edition Les Cheries
To signify 10 years of the Les Cherie dolls Corolle designed these limited edition beauties! So much more effortlessly chic than I could ever be, these dolls have earned a place on the list. The perfect gift for any little girl to love and cherish on a Christmas morning their unique vanilla scent and luscious locks set them apart for any other.
Buy from in store from Harrods or online from Petalinadolls.co.uk - RRP £47.99
Wonderworld Trix Track
I’m not sure if you’ve heard but there is this new Track and Ball phenomenon called Trix Track… Yes we have raved about how marvelous the Trix Track is since we introduced it to you all at the beginning of the year, and 11 months on we still can’t get enough of it! Trix Track gained the stamp of approval from Track and Ball Enthusiast Niki of The Toadstool as well as being featured in Trix Track Ambassador Stores all over the country!
4 sets available – collect them all to make the ultimate Trix Track. Visit The Toadstool – RRP from £25.00
Miniland Educational Aptitude Sets
At DKL we believe learning should take place through play, Miniland Educational Aptitude sets do just that. With the Good Toy Guides seal of approval it’s easy to see why these aptitude sets are so popular, each of the different sets come with an activity booklet to maximise play.
Find a great selection of the sets on Play Merrily - RRP from £8.99.
Hama Beads 10,000 beads
Now for a classic. Its not always about the brand spanking new, but about a toy that will bring joy for months on end! Hama 10,000 beads in a tub is your one stop shop for letting the whole family get their creative juices flowing. One of DKL’s all time best sellers and also a ‘Good Toy’ you can do no wrong with this tub of beads.
Corolle Mini Corolline
Packing all the pizazz of a full sized doll into 20cm, the Mini Corollines are the perfect travel buddy featuring adorable outfits, rooted hair, and the signature vanilla Corolle scent! Loved by many of our DKL bloggers these charming dolls make super stocking fillers
Get these miniature beauties from Mothercare – RRP £14.99.
It’s sort of a rite of passage that your little ones will want to play dress up in your clothes, jewellery, and make up, and when they get their first doll to care for themselves they are eager to transfer those skills on! Soon their doll becomes their best friend, attached at the hip – wherever your child goes so does baby doll!
Our blog has many a post about our wonderful Corolle dolls and their fabulous accessories, so we thought we’d let you know that some of our lovely Corolle stockists are now offering a free outfit with any 30/36 cm Corolle doll purchased! Just visit any of the retailers listed below and you’ll receive a shiny new Corolle outfit so your child can have fun playing dress up
Free outfit available with a Corolle Doll purchase available while stocks last at;
Toycraft Traditional Toyshop – Cheshire
Enchanted Childhood – Nailsworth
Present Planners – Skipton
Armadillo Toys - Leeds
Crocodile – Cirencester
Fun Junction – Perth
As there are just under two weeks till Halloween we thought we’d like to give you a helping hand in embracing your inner scaremonger, especially as this is a great time for all the family to have a bit of fun together!
We have created a Halloween Pinterest board to give you some inspiration featuring costumes, food, crafts the lot! As if that wasn’t help enough we are offering 2 lucky readers the chance to win Our Hama 3D Spooky and Glow in the Dark sets. If you are new to our blog and Hama beads we have lots of posts on how creative you can be with these colourful little beads, or visit our bloggers reviews to get an unbiased opinion!
Entry is simple, use the Rafflecopter widget below and follow which ever option you prefer! Don’t forget to spread the word, and good luck to all!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Terms and Conditions: This giveaway is open to all residents of the UK and ROI over 18 years of age, excluding employees of DKL Marketing LTD and their affiliates, agents and families of such employees and any other person connected with this giveaway. Entry into this giveaway confirms that eligible participants are in acceptance of the terms and conditions set out below. To enter, participants must use the Rafflecopter widget above in accordance with the instructions. The prize is 1 of two Hama Bead 3D Spooky and Glow in the Dark sets as pictured and as stated on the blog post. It cannot be returned or exchanged and no cash alternative is available. Only the allocated number of entries are permitted per person as per the widget. No bulk or third party entries accepted. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries. All entries must be received by Midnight 21st October 2013. A winner will be chosen at random from all complete entries received. The winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing. The winner must reply to claim the prize by 25th October 2013. Failure to do so will result in a new winner being drawn. The promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize or equal or greater value in the event of unavailability due to circumstances beyond the promoter’s control. The promoter of this giveaway is DKL Marketing LTD, NN3 6QD.
Here at DKL HQ we are used to seeing no end of wonderful Hama bead designs, we have seen pretty much everything and I guess we have become somewhat desensitized to the skill, time, and effort that is put into each creation. It’s great to see Hama used not only in the traditional way of following a pegboard shape, but people using them to create art (I have seen some pretty convincing versions of the Mona Lisa!), jewellery, storage boxes, Christmas decorations, the possibilities really are endless!
Contrary to popular belief we rarely get the opportunity to sit and make Hama creations, so I set the DKL office a challenge to come up with a Hama design that could be used in everyday life!
So after seeking inspiration from the magical DKL Hama Pinterest Board and sifting through the cupboard to find some unused Hama beads we all got to work!
Since everyone decided to take this much more seriously than expected the competition commenced – Best Hama creation wins! This is what the folks at DKL came up with – some were decorative, some were practical, and some were just for the fun of it!
Neil and the Warehouse were the first to finish, using designs from the Hama Safari set and some imagination to tie it all together, the screen cover has now become the envy of the DKL office.
Charlie channelled her love for owl designs and made this super cute hanging display, a great decorative piece and can be made with lots of different designs. She added a couple more rows of beads to each Owl to create her little family!
Other entries included; Lisa’s name badges to hang on her daughter’s bedroom doors are adorable, Megan’s handmade birthday card adds a personal and loving touch :), whilst Martin’s 3D goal is perfect for desktop football fun!
Once everyone’s designs had been completed the office took an anonymous vote. In an almost unanimous decision, Katie’s window display was crowned the winner! It’s hard not to walk into the office and smile when you see this
For tonnes of Hama creativity and recommended stockists check out the links below;
DKL and Wonderworld would like to thank everyone who got involved in the ‘Tree Plus +’ scheme by tweeting, liking and sharing to plant trees in Thailand’s Forests. Thanks to you we managed to contribute a phenomenal 569 trees to the ‘Tree plus +’ project! On the 1st July the big bosses Kai and David flew off to Thailand to take part in the tree planting day, a whopping 7,777 trees were planted on the day in government protected forests. Here is the story in pictures…
Many came to help plant trees; members of the community, school children, and local farmers to name a few.
Before the tree planting began Crabs and Fish were released into a stream to bless the land.
David, Kai and the Wonderworld team enjoyed a few pictures before the hard work began…
… Until the heavens opened and monsoon like rain descended upon them!
Despite the heavy down pours spirits were high and all 7,777 trees were planted throughout the day
The month of June was all about making new friendships between our Corolle dolls and a few lovely little girls! Role play at a young age is such a refreshing and natural type of play which is why dolls are an important and memorable part of most people’s childhood (I still remember my cabbage patch doll like it was yesterday!).
We sent some of our stunning Corolle dolls of different shapes, sizes, and functions to our bloggers with doll loving pre-schoolers to see how they would fare. Lots of fun was had and each doll fitted in like they had always been part of the family.
Corolle Doll Reviews
Here Come the Girls gave home to the beautiful Mon Bebe Classique Blonde doll, the whole family loved her so much she has been given ‘heirloom’ status which I’m sure is not an easy title to gain in any home. I think the pictures pretty much speak for themselves, the girls seemed to be taken with her glossy hair putting good use to the accessories she comes with.
Mummyandboo had a different setting for play time – in the bath! Boo enjoyed a bit of bath time company from her new vanilla scented friend! It was great to see Bath Girl used to her full potential, she was stripped of her outfit for bath time and her rubber duck companion also joined the party! But play didn’t end there, as soon as ‘Caroline’ was dry she was back by Boo’s side
Companionship was the name of the game when lifewithliv was introduced to Calin Pink Star. Play time, lunch time, and bed time all featured Liv’s newest friend! The Calin doll was definitely a perfect match, she seemed to be the perfect fit for Liv to slot under her arm and her posable body meant she could sit and play without having to be held.
Lili Pink Happiness was put through her paces by Muslimmummies toddler, good thing her rag doll style is designed to be thrown, grabbed, poked, bitten and pulled! They made great use of taking her everywhere as the whole doll is machine washable, making sticky fingers and dirt a problem of the past!
Thank you to our bloggers who so kindly homed these dolls for us! You can view the full range of Corolle dolls and accessories over on our Facebook page or for recommended stockist visit the Where to buy page of our blog.
I don’t want to jinx anything but judging from the past week I think summer may have finally arrived! Usually when you think of summer toys all things outdoor come to mind such as plastic vehicles, sand toys, climbing frames etc. but rarely do you think of dolls – I am about to change your perception, a doll is a companion for all seasons
You are about to roll out the paddling pool and dust off those bathing suits, what would really be nice is if you could bask in the sun reading your book whilst your little one plays blissfully on her own… well now that’s very possible! Corolle Bath Babies are the only summer time companion your child will need. Bath Girl with Accessories comes equipped with snorkels, arm bands and flippers – all of this together in any pool of water (bath, beach, paddling pool) oozes hours of imaginative play. Their soft bodies are light so they float in the water, and have hooks on their back so they can be hung up to dry when water play is over. The other Bath Babies feature a boy and a girl who come with a rubber ducky and a dummy – dressed in the cutest summery outfits they are ready for action.
Headlining summer style this year is the gorgeous Camille en Vacances from the Les Cherie Collection. On a personal level the Les Cheries dolls are the most beautiful dolls I am yet to lay my eyes on (call me bias if you will), but for the hot summer sun Camille En Vancances (Camille on Holiday for you non-French speakers) is the only fashion doll for the job! I think the appropriate question here is, what is NOT to love about this doll? Is it her incredibly fashionable outfit with matching hat to shade her from the sun and bag to hold her sun cream and shades, or maybe her tresses of dazzling hair (is it weird to be envious of doll hair?), perhaps it’s her beautiful face with realistic features… I can’t quite put my finger on it but she is rather stunning.
As I said earlier a doll is for all seasons which means when autumn arrives and Camille gets back from holiday she can change into one of her many trendy outfits to keep her warm!
If it’s a busy fun filled summer you have planned then your daughter can have her own sidekick to take with her on all of your travels! The Corolle Mini Corollines have 7 personas so you can find the perfect mini double – whether your hair is red, brunette, black, or blonde, if you like polka dots or flowers, if you prefer pink or blue, one of these pint sized dollies will be your mini me!
Standing at an adorable 8 inches tall and sporting gorgeous rooted hair that is dying to be styled the Corollines fit into any bag, suitcase, or even a generously sized pocket.
So what do you all think, do or will dolls play a part in your child’s summer toy collection?
Buy Corolle dolls from these recommended retailers;