Thursday 27 June 2013

Retail Royalty Challenge

You wait a lifetime just to be grown up.

You throw away your childish toys and momentos.

Or so you think.

I pick them up and store them.

For when you leave home.

Your dad says fly away far.

I say "NO"

Stay close.

Childhood is precious you see and that's why when I agreed to take part in Money Supermarket Retail Royalty there were many charities that sprung to mind. But I decided upon the children department at my local Derby hospital where I and my family have spent many a long hour. The budget given to us was £30 for us to spend on the charity of our choice.

Working in EYFS (Reception) my focus is always on value added play especially those that encourage sensory and fine motor skills, which are very much one of the building blocks of education.

Now the challenge is to buy as much as you can for £30 and as it's a hospital I really wanted a child there to have the pleasure and joy of unwrapping a new toy. You 'll be surprised to see that I have only 2 items in fact now you might very well be scratching your head. 

You see the value is in the play itself there is NO shortage to a child's imagination and the adventures that these and other toys can take them on. The Rainbow sound blocks are brilliant for teaching focus and interaction and will delight many children.

The other toy that I decided to go for was Duplo's first zoo , Duplo is always a firm favourite and you pay for its quality but it's a quality that will last countless generations.

I spent my entire budget of £30 but I think I did well don't you ?

This is my entry for Retail royalty challenge, from MoneySuperMarket. 


  1. Great choices, and a great cause. I can see the rainbow blocks engaging so many different children in different ways.

    The value of play in hospital is massive. I remember being in hospital myself, though much older than the children you work with. I actually relished the chance to spend an hour or two in the schoolroom. Not so much for the learning, though I did make a great batch of jam tarts, more for the chance to feel like a normal kid again rather than a patient. We took a load of my outgrown toys & lego to the ward I was treated in after I was discharged, to give another group of children the chance to play. I thought it was a nice way to say thank you.

    1. You are right , the value of play in hospital is a life saver to the children. I love to help the children at the hospital when ever I can.

  2. Actually I think you did really well to get both of those items for £30 as I know the Duplo set is quite pricey. Good shopping.

    1. Thank you , the children at the hospital loved it.

    2. Duplo is a wonderful resource.

  3. Great choice, Claire, we love Duplo, a firm favourite with many pre-schoolers! And sound blocks are great too

  4. Pressies for the hospital, sure these toys will be welcome. :-)


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