What do kiwi birds, sheep, dinosaurs, kangaroos and elephants all have in common? They all feature in Tarata's Balancing Act wooden puzzles.
Since 1983 these challenging puzzles have been handcrafted by a team in Christchurch from farm forested timber. Tarata's fun puzzles will challenge your skills, dexterity and patience as you try to balance them. It's simply a matter of holding your tongue in the right place!
Each set comes in a lovely gift box with full instructions and a challenging configuration card showing approximately 20 of the literally 100's of possible ways of balancing each set of animals.
Balancing Act puzzles are a fun and educational game that is suitable for all ages. A great gift idea as the benefits of playing with the animals are numerous and impressive, for both creative and scientific minds.
How many animals will you be able to balance?
With vivid memories of being a 4-year-old busily lining up her dolls and “teaching” them, Lisa Melrose of Fun Worxx Publishing wasn’t surprised when she decided to study Montessori Early Childhood Education as a career.
After many years of teaching, Lisa felt a strong pull towards equipping our little people with a healthy set of life skills and emotional awareness. Combine this with her love of all things patterned and colourful, it was the natural step to start creating a set of delightful picture books and activity books designed to help support children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, in developing their skills in perceiving, understanding and managing emotions.
Characters include Penny the Princess, Ronny the Robot, Betty the Bee and so many more wonderful personalities that will keep children busy (and learning) for hours!
Jo Carson-Barr has been writing for children for around five years now but what makes this creative endeavour even more rewarding is that it is collaborative effort with her son Simon Barr to produce beautiful children’s picture books, with a distinct New Zealand flair.
Blending their stories with humour, Te Reo and NZSL, Jo and Simon have published Talking to Nannie, The Goodbye Chair and Waata the Weta: Can He Find the Perfect Home?, all of which are perfect for children aged between 1 and 7yrs.
Perfect for sending overseas, or adding to your own bookshelf, Jo and Simon’s delightful books are being enjoyed by children, parents and grandparents all over the world.
Elizabeth Kingston has retired from the work force, but not from her lifetime speciality of hand knitting gorgeous gifts for newborn babies.
Elizabeth was only nine when she began a lifelong hobby of hand knitting.
As time went on and more babies came into the world through her own family, friends and work mates, Elizabeth produced beautiful timeless hand knitted sets, comprising of Jacket, Hat, and Bootees for the newborn.
Elizabeth’s true passion is using traditional patterns, and modernising them for today’s Mums. Many are unique and exclusive and all are handcrafted for anyone who adores and wishes to pamper newborn babies.
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