These Irish businesses stock brilliant toys and books that help children learn while they play

Trying to home school kids is difficult and it’s tempting to throw in the towel and just do what keeps them happy at the moment. One guilt-free compromise is introducing toys and activities that help them learn and develop new skills while they play.

Here are some ideas we love.

Learn about wildlife

Founder of the Johnny Magory book series, Emma-Jane Lesson, is celebrating one year in business with the release of Irish wildlife art collection and eco-friendly puzzles. They will inspire you and your child to connect with nature and educate children on Irish heritage, wildlife and culture. 

The wildlife art collection is a collaboration with Irish business Frametastic. It includes a pack of three Johnny Magory wildlife prints, such as a badger, otter, heron or dragonfly, and a signed book of your choice.

The eco-friendly wildlife puzzles will teach children about Irish language and nature, and also come with a free signed copy of Johnny Magory and the Forest Fleadh Cheoil. 

You can also find free home-schoool help on johnnymagory.com, with free explorer guides, Wildlife Wednesdays and live readings.

Engage the senses

As April is Autism Awareness Month, Jiminy.ie is now offering a sensory toys collection on the site. Owner Sharon Kielthy stocks eco-friendly kids art supplies, crafts and toys. 

“We’ve noticed several of our products being particularly appreciated by parents and teachers of children and teens with autism,” Sharon says.

The wooden planets puzzle (€38.99) is suitable for kids aged three and up. It is a beautiful depiction of the solar system, with 21 pieces and its own wooden case.

Das. Brett wooden balance board (from €104.99) is great for balance, strength and aerobic exercises. It’s made from natural materials too.

The sensory giant eco bubble kit (€24.99) has three different bubbling wands and three different colours and scents of biodegradable bubble mix.

Break the mould

Jumping Clay Dublin sells air drying modelling clay for children to make their own toys and develop their creativity. They are now selling online at jumpingclay.ie.

On Instagram, they are sharing ideas on how to use your clay, including these brilliant frontline workers.

The new issue of Irish Country Magazine is out now! Take a sneak peek inside the issue here.