We are an online only toy store based in Melbourne, Australia. You will find unique, beautiful and heirloom quality toys as well as tools that inspire creativity throughout our virtual shelves.
About the Owner/Creator of Wild and Whimsical Things
I’m a day dreamer, lover of nostalgic childhood stories, crafter/doodler/DIYer, collector of beautiful toys (I tell everyone they are for my child, but really, I love them more) and appreciator of fairytales and make believe. I’m also a part time paediatric physiotherapist who understands that play isn’t just fun, it’s the building blocks for children to learn skills that will allow them to be more confident and capable adults.
(this is me and my daughter)
I hope that I can share with you all of the knowledge I have gained while working as a paediatric physiotherapist and explain the ways each particular toy can enhance certain skills (e.g. fine motor, gross motor, emotional skills, sensory skills etc.). Look for the Skill Development tab on each product description box for this information.
At Wild and Whimsical Things, we want to empower children to live a wild and whimsical childhood.
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Play allows children to discover movement. It engages their senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell). Play helps children to express their feelings and encourages social skills (build friendships, strengthens communication skills). It stimulates the mind to problem solve and explore creativity. Play can also engage children to explore the world around them. It encourages children to exercise and there are many benefits to this including muscle and bone development, keeping the lungs and heart strong, contributing to better mental health and improving body image.
Wild and Whimsical Things have selected toys that help naturally engage children into imaginative and creative play rather than have a specific purpose built in mind. We look for pieces that don’t restrict children’s imagination and allow them to play and explore freely.
Wild and Whimsical Things stock handmade products, individual pieces that challenge the mainstream toy shops, Australian and International products and toys that have more than one play purpose (plus look fabulous scattered around your place). We want our toys to make a home in your house for many years to come and be handed down to your children’s children, so we look for toys that are made of quality materials.
We want shopping with Wild and Whimsical Things to be easy for you, so we have used icons on each product description that will allow you to easily identify what products help promote certain skills, and particular social considerations that you might find very important (such as environmentally friendly, non-toxic, recycled materials, fair trade). Please see the icon key here.
We hope that you have a wonderful shopping experience here at Wild and Whimsical Things. If there is anything we can do to assist you or improve your shopping experience, please do not hesitate to contact us here.