Posts in the toys category

Learning by doing

Talk about creative play! Unpacking our latest order of Kraul Toys make me want to pack up my computer and sprawl on the floor with dragonflies, paddlewheels and see sawing gnomes. They take me back to a time kids were kids and screens were something you put on your windows to stop the carpet from fading. Kraul toys are one of our most popular brands at Dragonfly, and the question is why? These toys are all about interactivity, but sure not the one-dimensional interactivity of a computer screen. They are purposely designed in Germany to increase your child’s creativity, and...

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Notes growing on a marble tree

Since our early ancestors crouched around the fire and gazed out into the night, humans have recognised and intentionally used sound and music to help us bond and create. The earliest flute – and possibly the earliest instrument – is thought to be 40,000 years old and made from the wing bone of a bird. In the last century in the West the scientific community established what most of us know anyway from personal experience, that music improves our lives and our learning, and is integral to our lives as human beings. We’re all aware of how important music is...

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Kraul toys and kits now available

Kraul toys and kits now available at Dragonfly Toys... I have been admiring the amazing toys and science kits made by German toymakers Kraul for many years and I recently had the exciting moment of unpacking my first shipment from them.. Kraul’s kits are not in any way a traditional science kit. They allow a child to explore, play and discover using gravity, motion, wind, light and water. One of the first kits to catch my eye was the Cable Car Kit. I could just see my boys with this kit rigged up outside transporting little people, snacks or secret...

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