We all understand the importance of play! Simply put, it is the core of a child’s development in terms of language, emotional intelligence and regulation, creativity, and intellectual reasoning.
So it seems fairly obvious, but what is ‘play’?
- Fun and enjoyable
- Have no set goals
- Being spontaneous and voluntary
- Involving active engagement
- Involving an element of make-believe
Our top 10 activities for play are:
- Water play
- Play dough
- Dress up and role play
- Doll and Character Play
- Drawing and Painting
- Blocks, Jigsaws, and Shape Sorters
- Music, Dancing, and Singing
- Imaginative Play
- Running, Jumping, Climbing, Swinging
That’s why we’ve created these play tickets to act as invitations to play.
This fun ticket is designed to be download / printed and enjoyed at home. Stick it somewhere your little ones can reach, so they can tear off the little tickets themselves and decide that they want to do!
TOP TIP: To make it extra fun, print the fun pass on coloured paper. We’ve created this one in black and white so it saves your ink levels!
We hope you enjoy it! We would LOVE to see your play pictures and the activities you choose. Please tag us @littletwinkletoes.ltt so we can share on social media and spread the word!
Remember to share with your friends. We all need a helping hand when it comes to juggling child play and working from home or even getting things done around the house or having a bit of ‘me time’!
With all schools and nursery’s, as well as pretty much everything else closed, the idea of having the kids at home all day, every day (for the foreseeable) to entertain can be a challenging thought for everyone! Especially if you are also trying to hold down a job, run a business and/or care for other family members.
Without stating the obvious our Baby Shower business has undoubtedly been affected (big time!). So that’s why we’ve created a selection of FREE printables for parents to download and play with your toddler both in and outdoors with the coronavirus at the forefront of our minds. All screen-free fun (bar one!), educational and creative play prompts to keep you and your children minds sane and sharp during isolation.
Play encourages children to be active, not only physically but mentally.
To get these downloads, we’ve created an extra tab called ‘activity downloads’, accessible from the main menu, and will continue to update with new ideas for entertaining your little one without spending a penny!
Each category has 12 play prompts / activities for your little one which are categorised 1. Cooking / Food 2. Creative Educational 3. Creative Play 4. Outdoors 5. Games
Our most popular is Creative Education, so we are working on new innovative ways of creating more games and ideas to help keep everyone occupied but, why not get in touch with us on Instagram and make some suggestions of what works for you that we can share with others?
Simply click the download button, download, print and fold the squares and pop them into an old jam jar, hat or box and get your little one to pick out and play! They will love to take ownership of their activity which can also boost their confidence and willingness to try new activities.
We would love to see your playful adventures so please remember to tag @littletwinkletoes.ltt in your photos and share with your friends and family.
What is a Wishing Well?
A Wising Well is a pretty box which holds cards, donations, predictions, letters for all types of events, such as weddings, baby showers, gender reveal parties and significant birthday parties! With up to 60% of weddings now having wishing wells, you won’t want to be without one of your big day. These can be kept for keepsakes after the event, including our favourite… gender reveal and baby shower parties!
How can I make my Wishing Well special?
We would always suggest making your wishing well personalised, especially for big events such as Weddings, Baby Showers and significant birthday parties! Our style of wishing wells are minimalist, sleek and modern, perfect for all occasions. We design and manufacture all our vinyls from scratch, with each hand in our West Sussex Studio. Putting hashtags on your acrylic box is another nice idea.
Can I customise my wishing well box?
Yes! You can completely customise your wishing well box from adding vinyl on all sides of the box, using different vinyl colours, whether it be text, icons or florals. The possibilities are endless. We make all our wishing wells to order, just for you in any style, dimensions, style or colour. We also have standard sizes to.
How to style my Wishing Well?
We offer an extensive range of acrylic colours to match your décor, so always make sure its within your colour scheme. All our vinyl is designed and cut in house, so we can design logos, type, use specific fonts to match your existing style.
How to look after your Wishing Well?
Our Wishing Wells are carefully constructed to sit pretty and be a standout feature for your event. Our Wishing Wells aren’t designed to withstand repetitive or rough handling. Please always carry the Wishing Well securely by the base.
Little Twinkle Toes, the independent party supplier, has launched a luxury personalised Christmas Eve Box.
The personalised Christmas Eve box includes a personalised letter from Santa, a personalised good behaviour certificate signed by Santa and Chief Elf Bernard. The certificate and letter come with personalised with an authentic North Pole Air Mail, express service stamped envelope. The box includes Twinkle Sprinkles to sprinkle on the floor to help Santa and his reindeers find their way to your home. When everyone is tucked up and asleep in bed, the magic sprinkles glow, letting Santa and his reindeer see where to land to visit you, whilst flying through the sky! The Christmas Eve Box also contains a gold magic key for families who don’t have a chimney.
One of our customers said “What a great idea! My toddler will be relieved that Santa has a key as he was concerned about our lack of chimney… I wish I’d found it sooner”!
Hang this magic key on your tree on Christmas Eve and the magic will help Santa get in to leave all the good boys and girls their gifts.
Why not add more to your Christmas eve box to make it even more magical. Here are our favourites Christmas Eve box ideas:
Christmas PJ’s – everyone loves a new crisp pair to wake up on Christmas morning to. We love this three Piece Elf Pyjama Set (1-7 Years) from M&S.
Christmas socks or slippers – we love these colourful and charming elf slippers adorned with pom-poms, stripes and crimped collars.
A personalised Christmas book to cuddle up to..For a little treat why not make a luxury hot chocolate, here’s how to make it!
Katie McCaffrey recently blogged: “I’m just blogging my last few shoots now before I take a little break – just 6 weeks to go before our new baby girl arrives March 2019 and Alex is getting excited about the prospect of his baby sister – especially as he’s put in an order for her to bring cake on her arrival.
Having previously shot product lifestyle shots for all the gorgeous products available on www.littletwinkletoes.com, which have featured in publications such as My Baba, Baby Magazine and OK! Magazine, I recently had the pleasure of visiting it’s founder Kate at her West Sussex home to capture the person behind the brand.
Like myself Kate is a mum and expectant mum and so knows how precious every moment is! She uses that knowledge to design with her husband Ollie, unique personalised products and select beautiful British handmade items. She has worked with many a celebrity, such as Lille Lexie, Cara De La Hoyde, Jacqueline Jossa and Tyla Carr on making their Baby Showers & Gender Reveal parties extra special, and I too was lucky enough to sample Little Twinkle Toes giant gender reveal balloon for our new arrival (a girl!)
Although I will be taking a break, I am booking shoots in for my return to work, so if you are looking to take your brand to the next level with a personal branding shoot or your News Years resolution is to start up that business you’ve always dreamed of doing I’d love to hear from you!”
Check Katie’s portfolio and photography style out at here
Little Twinkle Toes launches it’s new personalised product range, collaborating with upcoming new independent designers.
Just before Christmas 2018, Little Twinkle Toes attended its first public event at Guildford Cathedral’s Etsy Market; a successful event where all of the latest products for parties were on show. The event showcased some amazing upcoming talent in the South of England, all specialising in unique, home-made and personalised gifts and products.
During the event, we met several fantastic new designers with independent businesses during our networking and have liaised with them to come up with our new products of personalised gift boxes for new mums and babies, as well as supplying them individually through littletwinkletoes.com.
Our product range includes:
Handmade Teething Toy
A beautifully handmade teething toy which combines hard and soft surfaces for baby to chew on and explore made with BPA free silicone and beech wood. It is the perfect tactile toy for little hands to discover.
- 100% food grade silicone and natural, untreated beech wood – safety standards approved.
- Free from BPA, PVC, Phthalates, lead, cadmium and heavy metals.
- Anti-bacterial, odourless & tasteless.
View our handmade teething toy
Handmade Nursery Decor Bunting
These bunting designs have been handmade in a choice grey felt or gold glitter. Perfect for hanging and decorating a babies nursery.
Each bunting is made from two layers of material with a layer of wadding in between. The bunting is machine sewn and then cut out by hand.
View the handmade nursery bunting
‘Mother Like No Other’ Zip Bag for Accessories
The perfect addition to every mother’s handbag or nappy bag!
‘Mother like no other’ has been handprinted from an original unique template design specially for Little Twinkle Toes in gold ink, on a choice of cream or grey canvas.
This stylish mother pouch can be used to store handy baby or mummy bits or even as a makeup bag.
Hand printed exclusively for Little Twinkle Toes.
View our exclusive zip bags
Personalised Gift Boxes
Our personalised, luxury, white gift boxes have been created for you to provide the perfect keepsake gift. The box is designed for you to fill with lots of lovely treats, that you know the person you are giving it to will love, enjoy and appreciate. The magnetic ‘snap-shut’ flap closure with permanent ribbon tie finishes off a luxury finish to the outside of the box.
- White matt laminate finish.
- Folding construction that assembles in seconds to the highest quality, completely rigid gift box.
- Concealed magnetic ‘snap shut’ front flap closure.
- Pre-fitted and permanently fixed white grosgrain ribbon ties.
We had so much fun planning Love Island star, Tyla Carr’s Baby Shower with her best friend, Hollie. Tyla’s Baby Shower was at her family home in Chiddingfold, Surrey surrounded with family and close friends.
Tyla Carr pulls funny face as close friends cradle blossoming baby bump just weeks ahead of her due date.
The whole event was a complete surprise.
2018 Love Island star Gabby Allen poses with mummy to be Tyla Carr in front of stunning flower wall. Tyla wearing luxurious Mummy To Be sash and cradling beautiful baby bump.
We worked along side the lovely Hannah at Pastelle Cakes on creating the most delicious cupcakes. We created fun silver glittered cupcake toppers to complement the scrummy butter cream.
Tyla had her own white Personalised Acrylic Wishing Well Box, where family and friends posted their predictions (white prediction and advice cards) about the baby, due late December.
‘Ready to POP’ stickers, diamante ‘Bling’ Baby Shower Party Favour POP Tags, custom cake and cupcake toppers! All to complement Tyla’s silver, white and grey theme.
This week we grabbed 5 minutes with the ultimate in cake push pops, Laura Rose at Party Pop’s.…
Can you explain what Party Pops are?
Party Pops are yummy layers of cake and frosting in a push pop container. Making cake fun, personalised and mess free. The colour of cake and frosting can be matched to any theme of your celebration. Our personalised labels add that special touch as well.
It’s a really unique spin on eating cake, where did the idea come from and when did you start your business?
I’ve always enjoyed making birthday cakes but there is so much competition out there I wanted something unique and had seen these fabulous pops and thought let’s see where this goes.
It’s great to have an idea, but how did you get the idea off the ground and make it such a successful business?
I think if you have an idea just go with it, what have you got to lose. I started off with family and friends and then decided to launch on Facebook and Instagram and go from there. Eventually I’d like to have a website but each order is so personalised and I love having that relationship with my clients.
You’ve nearly got 10,000 followers on Instagram, how did that happen? What advice would you give people to grow their following?
I never thought I would get close to 10k followers and can’t wait until I do. It’s taken a while to get anywhere close and I’m still not sure how I’ve managed it, or what the tricks of Instagram are . But I’m so thankful for every follower I have.
You’ve worked with lots of celebrities, who’s been your favourite and why?
They’ve all been so lovely – Amber Davies, Billie Faiers, Chloe Sims and Kimberley Walsh were a pleasure to work with.
Have you ever been asked to do gender reveal Party Pops? When the pops reveal the sex of the baby?
I’ve done gender reveal baby showers but when I’ve provided half pink and half blue – I’d love to do Pops that reveal the gender but need to work on the labels as my pops are see through.
Do you have children yourself?
I am lucky enough to have two beautiful children – I have Jesse who is 6 and Emmy who is 3.
How do you balance work life with your family?
I find balance hard (just ask my husband) there are weeks when I’m so busy that juggling cakes and children is almost impossible. But we can only try our best and my clients understand that.
What’s the best way of people getting in touch with you if they want to order some yummy Party Pops?
We can be reached via Instagram @_partypops
This week we grabbed 5 minutes with family photographer Katie Mccaffrey to chat about newborn photography, her inspiration and her Baby Shower advice…
Where did your passion for family photography start?
Photography has always been my go to creative outlet from a young age, I still remember looking at the world through the view finder of my toy camera and mentally capturing different details around me. After my photography degree I enjoyed several years at M&S providing their online and brochure imagery, it was here I learnt how much I loved working on kids and baby photography. I loved the fact you never knew what shots you would get, children are so spontaneous and fun. I now get to capture ‘real’ families and get to share their special moments and emotion – what’s not to love about that!
Who’s your inspiration?
People, moments and all the little details.
When you’re not taking photographs what are you up to?
I’m lucky enough to be a mum to Alex, my almost 2 year old son/ little in-house comedian! He is a big socialite so we spend a lot of time meeting up with his friends at various soft play and park locations! Being a mum is one of the best things that happened to me, and I’m so happy that I get to spend so much time watching him grow alongside capturing other people’s memories.
What are your top tips for taking family photographs?
Be in your photos! This is one I struggle with being a photographer myself, but to have pictures of moments together as a family truly is priceless! And don’t be afraid to let go and get caught up in the moment. Luckily the ‘say cheese’ days are gone and family photography is all about enjoying the time as a family, so when you look back you can not only see a beautiful image, but one that shows the essence of your family/ child / baby or bump!
When is the best time to take newborn photographs?
It is often said the best time for newborn photos is in the first 14 days as they tend to be more sleepy at this time for posed shots. But being a mum I know how hard it can be to get out the house in those early stages! And every baby is different Alex wasn’t a keen sleeper early on, but I got a beautiful shot of him at 1 month that I will cherish forever! It is not an overly posed shot and the props used are his own, so when I look back at that shot I see first his cute little face then the hat I picked before he was born to bring him home in, along with his lovingly gifted blanket. So I would say there is not a bad time to book a newborn shoot but do book one as you will not live to regret having those precious shots of your new arrival.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give to new parents?
Enjoy every moment it goes so fast! Oh and take all the advice given (within reason) try it once maybe twice but then rest in the knowledge that you are the best judge of what is right for you and your baby.
What is the best time to photograph your bump?
The optimum time to take pictures is in your 7-8 month or around 30- 36 weeks. Similar to organising a Baby Shower you don’t want to leave it too late in case baby makes an early appearance but you want to show off that beautiful bump!
Speaking of Baby Showers, did you have one?
I did indeed! I wish all the cool stuff like Little Twinkle Toes gorgeous cake toppers, favour tags and prediction/advice cards had been available when I had mine! The best thing about it was getting all the girls together and playing games! It was like reliving my hen party without the hangover the next day!
What’s your favourite Baby Shower gifts?
I love Adan and Anais muslins they have the most beautiful designs and you can never have enough muslins to hand. Cuddle and Kind and Poppy and Honesty also do beautiful handmade cuddly friends and blankets.
Would you have a Baby Shower or gender reveal party for your second child?
Funny you ask as I was thinking about this the other day, I would definitely want to celebrate a second baby, as we would be really excited for Alex to have a brother or sister, but I think I would prefer a gender reveal party for a second so both my Husband and Alex could join in the fun with team girl and team boy badges and a gender reveal cake – never a bad excuse to eat cake!
Thanks so much Katie for answering our questions, please check out Katie’s website here, you’ll find her portfolio, testimonials, pricing as well as her blog and contact information.
The award-winning actress Jacqueline Jossa has just welcomed her second beautiful daughter into the world!
Just like her acting career, Jacqueline is throwing her all, into being the very best mum possible. Not long before gorgeous Mia’s birth, Jacqueline along with her nearest and dearest gathered together for the most stylish baby shower! Organised by the actresses cousin, Sarah Farrelly, they delighted in announcing the baby’s gender with stunning floral displays… and our very own “Ready to POP!” pastel pink stickers.
OK! Covered the baby shower exclusively, offering pages of beautiful shots from the day, with Jacqueline in a hot pink cold-shoulder dress while her older daughter Ella looked adorable in a contrasting soft blush dress and matching necklace. We know every mother-to-be is blessed with that pregnancy glow, but doesn’t she look so poised and radiant?!
Good luck with your gorgeous girls and thank you for choosing Little Twinkle Toes, Jacquie! Get in touch today if you’re organising your own Baby Shower or Gender Reveal Party as we would love to help!
We have designed some beautiful and unique baby shower party gift tags in a variety of colours to suit your baby shower decor! We’ve got exactly what you need here at Little Twinkle Toes to make sure your guests enjoy a glass of bubbles when you POP!
We all love a personalised gift, so we’ve designed a new range of personalised gift tags. These gorgeous personalised baby shower bottleneck gift/favour tags are the perfect way to thank guests for coming to your baby shower/gender reveal party! Each tag is made with love in our studio in Surrey. They can be tied to your party bags, gifts or, our favourite, a quarter bottle of bubbles for each of your guests to take home. These clever little tags read: “POP ME (heart) when baby SURNAME arrives”. “POP ME (heart)” is die cut and the text “when baby surname arrives” is digitally written in black ink with a hand written script font.
We supply several pearlescent card stocks for you to choose from. Please see our swatches available online. Our luxury pearlescent pastel options are 310gsm card stock and are pearl lavender, baby pink, ivory, baby blue and pearl mint green. If any of these colours aren’t quite what you are looking for, then please get in touch with us with a colour reference and we will do our best to match what you are looking!
When you pop, so do your friends and family!
Baby showers can be a brilliant opportunity to give your friends and family a bottle of Prosecco, champagne or similar to thank them for their support and, most importantly, celebrate the arrival of your little one. Fun and simple, these tags are, in our opinion, the best gift!
Tags for all!
We have tags dedicated to the gender of your baby. If you’ve been saving the gender reveal for your baby’s birth, we also have neutral colours to keep your family and friends guessing right up until their arrival.
With a vintage style, eye-catching text and a comical little message, we’re confident your guests will love these precious little features added to their gift.
To discover our other products and celebrate the occasion with exciting features, you can take a look through our website or give us a call on +44 7795 158 350.
It’s the baby shower trend that swept America and has now well and truly arrived in the UK. Gender reveal parties are HOT right now! These are fun parties where parents-to-be can first discover the sex of their unborn baby as well as their guests. It also provides the perfect opportunity for parents to proudly announce to the world whether they are having a baby boy or girl!
So for this special occasion, you may likely ask yourself “What do I need in order to plan a special gender reveal party?”
When it comes to planning a gender reveal or baby shower party, it’s the little details that make a big difference, and here at Little Twinkle Toes, we have you covered. On our website you can find everything you’re looking for all in one place. We make planning a gender reveal or baby shower party simple and easy, and provide you with unique and fun ideas and games to inject into your party.
Little Twinkle Toes have everything from gender neutral mint, 100% recycled kraft stock, blue and pink silk swing tags, to our increasingly popular Team Boy and Team Girl gender reveal party stickers and badges. We have also designed stickersfor ‘It’s a girl’ and ‘it’s a boy’, as well as ‘ready to pop’ stickers that ideal for popcorn treats or party and favour bags.
For those that want to have some real fun with their gender reveal, why not try our prediction and advice cards? These fantastic cards allow your guests to give you those all important tips and advice on motherhood, but more importantly give you something to treasure and look back at forever.
Not only are our products unlike anything else out there, we also want to make a difference to the next generation, which is why we use FSC and recycled paper stock where possible.
To view our full range of products that are designed for gender reveal parties and baby showers, take a look around our website today around our website today – www.littletwinkletoes.com