Little Toy Tribe
We are a young family of four from Brisbane. Alison is an Early Childhood Educator turned stay at home mum and Dion works as an Electrician. We have a busy life with our girls, but that doesn’t stop us from playing!
As our girls grew, we always strived to create opportunities for them to discover and learn through play. This sparked our love for open-ended toys, the limitless possibilities of what they can be and what they will create.
They allow us to have a smaller collection of toys that will grow with our girls and their imagination. In use or packed away they are calm and inviting to young and old, many of our adult friends will sit down and fiddle, play and build with items on display in our living room well after the children are bed.
We’ve started this store with the hopes of inspiring others to learn and create the way we do. The collection of products in our store reflect our most used and loved items for their simplicity and versatility. These have been the foundations to many of our creations and daily play with our two little ones and we’re sure they will get the same amount of love in your home.
There are many benefits to this kind of play and a few strong reasons for us choosing this in our home was to enhance their imagination and strengthen
their understanding of the world around them.
I begun the account to share ways that I was already playing with my daughter as a hobby and now being a part of the Instagram play community is amazing, if you're not on Instagram we highly recommend you join.
At home we incorporate parts of both Montessori and Waldorf and engage in learning through play with open-ended toys. This means that there is no correct way to play or engage with the material. Resources of this kind can be used in a range of ways and have multiple uses and possibilities which allows children to express their creativity through play.
But how did Little Toy tribe come about?
Dion's creations with Grimm's is how this whole adventure started. Our Instagram account @grimms_creations was created in August 2018 when our eldest daughter was nearly two and new baby in our home, we bought a few Grimm’s products and started creating invitations to play for our daughter to enjoy each morning whilst busy with a newborn.
This started with small world and block arrangements, then quickly got out of hand as we would spend hours each night building elaborate creations of ball runs, stacking sculptures and domino runs.
We have shared many of these creations with the world through our Instagram account @grimms_creations and we never knew it would be as popular as it is and only a few months after we started the account Dion had the absolute privilege to join the Grimm’s team at the 2019 Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany.
It was here that we were offered the opportunity to sell these beautiful toys ourselves and Little Toy Tribe has since grown into a curation of all our favourite products that we use with our own children.
We see the way our eldest daughter plays now and how our baby engages in
loose parts play. We know that as they grow these toys will grow with them,
as will their ability in what they can create.
This is only the beginning and we look forward to playing and creating with
Grimm’s for many more years to come.
It brings us so much joy to see parents and children rebuild our creations or even better, creations of their own! We are putting together construction guides for some of our favourite creations which we will continually add to our store.
Our Little Toy Tribe
Recently we have started a group on Facebook called Our Little Toy Tribe. This is a curation of all of our accounts and the many ways that we play.
We invite you to become a part of this community and share your ideas with others, whether that be DIY play or with these beautiful toys they are all welcome as we support each other in our journey through play.
We also invite you to head over and like us on Facebook at Little Toy Tribe.