Toys (no screens) to keep them amused these holidays & beyond…..

With the school holidays fast approaching we were delighted to be given some fabulous toys from the gorgeous online toy store Finlee & Me to try out. Finlee & Me specialise in beautiful baby products and educational childrens toys, so right up my alley & probably yours, yes?   As always, while we were gifted the products, all thoughts, words & opinions are my own.


I’ve been slowly getting rid of all the bulky plastic toys that we have accumulated over the years and the eleventybillion soft toys & tiny, tiny, tiny toys that don’t seem to serve any purpose but they HAVE to have them, (don’t get me started on the Shopkins Your Tube videos, who is that lady & that voice!?). Anyway, it’s a long slow process as whenever I get rid of some there’s a birthday or Christmas and more appear again but nothing like a house move to focus the mind. I was especially delighted that the games we were given are all small so can come with us as hand luggage in the “big move” this way the girls will have some games to amuse themselves with while I race around like the proverbial blue fly!

I am sucker for a good looking wooden toy though & I love the feel of wood too so they are allowed to stay! The girls have been enjoying this adorable wooden memory game, “Make a Match”  set RRP $21.95, the one we got was particularly appropriate for us, the Vegetable Edition but they also have fairies (also highly appropriate around here given most of the household is away with them most of the time), zoo, fruit, space, pirates and others.

Match & Hatch Game

Do your kids give you the “I’m bored” business in the holidays? I’m loving this stylish box of wooden tokens with great activity ideas for kids. I particularly like the “Look at your partner and try not to laugh” one and “Eat a cheerio off your shoulder with your tongue”! There’s 6 different boxes of activities to choose from (RRP $22.95).

Finlee & Me Idea Box

No reason to ever hear “I’m bored” again and I think these make lovely presents too for both the parents and the kids!

Spy games are big in our house, how about yours? It started with hide & seek and now it’s all very sophisticated with codes, mysteries and invisible ink etc. I love any game that is getting the kids brains ticking especially when it isn’t obvious to them.  This Spy Decoding Ring & Book (RRP $19.95) has been fabulous and it requires encoding and decoding, two things that really help Miss E at the moment.  We’ve been flying back and forth to Townsville a bit ahead of the move and rather than the girls be glued to the iPad the whole time(or when the battery dies because someone forgot to charge it!) real life spy tools have helped pass the time and making up messages for each other has been fun too.

Code breaking

We were really spoilt with all these lovely things to try out, the one though that I think will get the most use from us, given our moving situation, is the Childrens Letter Writing Set (RRP $14.95).

Finlee & Me Letter Set


Did you have a Penpal when you were at primary school? I know that we will email, Skype & Facetime our friends but who doesn’t love getting a letter in the letter box too!

So what have you got planned for these holidays?  Moving interstate like us? Probably not, but if you are looking for some lovely toys (no screens) to keep them amused these holidays & beyond I’d really recommend taking a look at Finlee & Me and their gorgeous range of baby & children’s gear and not a bulky, plastic, big name brand in sight!

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Did you have a Penpal growing up? Got any spies at home?  School holiday ideas?


16 comments on “Toys (no screens) to keep them amused these holidays & beyond…..

  1. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    September 15, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Still not sure what we have planned for our holidays, but some of these ‘toys’ are awesome! My kids would love the spy decoding stuff and those tokens look like so much fun! We limit screen time, and encourage day trips and time spent outside, not so easy now that they are all so much older, but the skate park certainly comes in handy. Good luck with your move! xxx

    • Vicki
      September 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks Nic, full on into the packing now. I hope that you have lovely holidays whatever you end up doing x

  2. Jodi Gibson
    September 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Vicki these are fabulous! We do the ‘roll the dice’ activities twice a day during holidays, the rest of the time they need to use their imagination! lol. Screens off till 5pm. And these holidays we’re heading north. Can’t wait!

    • Vicki
      September 15, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks Jodi I hope that you have a great time up North. x

  3. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    September 15, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    How lovely are the toys from Finlee and Me?! We also reviewed these activities coins and they’re great inspiration for play.

    • Vicki
      September 15, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      They have such a gorgeous selection of games and toys don’t they.

  4. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    September 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    What a great collection of toys! Each week I do a tidy up and either bin any broken/annoying toys as well as add a few to our donation pile in an attempt to cull them – it’s never ending!

    • Vicki
      September 15, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      It is never ending isn’t it. There is a family day care centre in our street so I keep dropping things off there at they moment, they think it’s Christmas!

  5. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    September 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    What wonderful toys, I not only love that they are wood but that you actually have to use your brain to play with them – best sort of toys!

    • Vicki
      September 15, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      They are the best sort of toys aren’t they x

  6. Renee Wilson
    September 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    What a lovely collection of beautiful and different toys! I would have loved that spy set as a child. I did have pen pals. I got them when I was at Expo 1988 in Brisbane. I think they only ever wrote back once 🙂 #teamIBOT

    • Vicki
      September 15, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Oh goodness Expo 88 that just bought back a flash of memories! I had a pen pal for a couple of years but have no recollection of her name, a friend of mine recently met up with hers after no contact for 20 years they met for the first time in person a few months ago!

  7. Becky from BeckyandJames
    September 18, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    These are awesome. I love that spy book.

    • Vicki
      September 19, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks so much – the spy book is quite fun

  8. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    September 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Those toys are seriously cool. How good does it feel to rid the house of all the plasticy junk they accumulate though. Best feeling ever. As for holidays – well I’m working through and the kids are kind of coming along for the ride but the break from homework and lunches and morning rushing is as good a holiday than any in my opinion. I hope you manage a bit of a break too hun xx

    • Vicki
      September 24, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      No break big move is on in the morning. Townsville here we come! So sorry that I didn’t have a chance to arrange an IRL catchup but once I’m on my feet up there I will be planning lots of trips back so will lock something in for sure! x

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