The Kid Who loves to play

August 13, 2015

Parents, grandparents, godparents, do you know about The Kid Who? It’s a quirky, eclectic and very cool children’s gift site that sells presents, treats and practical things for little and big people.

The Kid Who children's gift shop

We’re working with the site over the next few months and will be talking about our favourite review picks, all chosen around a ‘play’ theme.

So to introduce our choices for this month, I thought it would be fun to talk about the four rules for play in this house.

Rule 1) Be creative

Design Letters E cup

Eliza loves anything that’s crafty and arty so we do as much of this as we can. It’s always as ‘freestyle’ as possible (deliberate of course *cough*).

This Design Letters melamine cup (£8.50) is great for holding all the pens, crayons and random art supplies we have lying around the house. She’s learning her letters at the moment so having her initial on is a big bonus.

Rule 2) Use your imagination

OMM animal stacking cups

We chose these OMM Design animal nesting dolls because they’re a brilliant twist on a classic favourite – I have a set of Russian dolls from when I was little that E already loves – but also because they are a great launchpad for further play.

So they are animals and stacking cup, but also secret keepers, friends, Anna and Elsa on a skiing trip down the North Mountain. And so on times a million.

(Also, I’ve wanted these for ages as they look great, don’t they? There’s loads of stuff on the site that’s good for adults too).

Rules 3) Play together but take your turn

OMM Design memory game

Like the Peppa Pig episode on the rules of the playground, you have to learn to take your turn, however long it takes for the other person to be done. This OMM Design Faces memory game (£12) is fun, has the recognisable  character faces from the range and also teaches turn taking, I’m sure (if you play it properly. Remember the toddler always has to win though).

Rule 4) What rules? Tear up the rule book and just have fun

Animal glass and awesome card

There are no rules really, which is a great rule in itself. As this Postco print  (£2.50) says, today is going to be awesome…however you play. The glasses in this photo and at the top are more Ingela P Arrhenius, in the hedgehog and rabbit design (£4 each). They are great for holding things or for, you know, drinks.

What are the rules for play in your house? And let me know if you get anything from the site (the packaging is brilliant and they send it with sweets).

Four rules for play

Thanks to The Kid Who, and stay tuned for more monthly updates soonish.

P.S a colourful toddler room tour and how to make a felt ball garland.


  • Alison Perry

    August 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Love these bits and pieces – that memory game looks fab. And agree with you on your rules of play. As we all know from Friends: RULES HELP CONTROL THE FUN.

  • Molly

    August 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Totally love Ingela P. Arrhenius designs – we’ve got a selection of her postcards in frames on the wall up our stairs and they add a really fun pop of colour. Your picks are fantastic – The Kid Who really is packed with creative, bright, brilliantly lovely things isn’t it?!

  • Cathy

    August 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I couldn’t stop laughing at the mention of the Peppa Pig episode at the playground. Why can everything in life be explained to young children with the caveat ‘like in Peppa Pig when….’

    Lovely choices. Russian dolls look gorgeous and I bet Cherry would love them, she’s a real collector/hoarder. Things that FIT INSIDE OF THINGS would completely blow her mind.

    I like your rules for play x

  • katie albury

    August 15, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Love discovering new little online shops- will have to check this one out…! xx

  • Bing House from Fisher Price toy review | A Baby on Board

    August 16, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    […] But what’s the children’s verdict? Well, it kept Eliza entertained for ages and it’s great for fostering imaginative small world play (central to our rules for play). […]

  • fritha

    August 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    the design letters cup is brilliant, I need to get some of them for us lot! x

  • Bryony

    August 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Pahaha! That’s one of my favourite Peppa Pig episodes – Grandad Pig is a plonker! Love your rules of play – I should probably implement them in our house to curb the chaos xx

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