Dissatisfied with the array of uninspiring, mass produced toys on the market (which, many parents will attest, often fail to offer more than temporary interest) the very clever team at Seedling wanted to create a ‘meaningful’ and ‘inspiring’ gift which would ‘encourage simple homegrown skills that allow a child’s mind to grow and develops their creativity’.
And these kits do just that! Having bought several kits for my nieces’ birthdays and my children having each received a kit, I can testify that they offer good old-fashioned hands on experiences. Brown recycled paper bags stuffed with educational tools and real materials that teach new skills — that don’t require batteries and aren’t made of plastic. It amazes me how something so simple can in fact be so innovative. The kind of product you come across and immediately think – now why didn’t I think of that?
The array of activities available is in fact so impressive that the biggest dilemma is choosing which ‘kit’ to buy.
Budding artist? Make a collage, create your own Russian Dolls, make a mosaic butterfly or rocket, paint a character mask; or go crafty with the card making sets, a seashell mirror or stick puppets. If it is environmental awareness you would like to foster, there is the ‘Junior Gardener’ set, the ‘Worm Farm’, ‘Outdoor Adventure Kit’, or ‘Grow Your Own Vege Patch’. Little fashionistas can sew their own tote, create bejewelled keyrings, design a ‘Streetwear Tee’, or simply go all out with the ‘Fashion Designer Kit’. You can encourage ‘mini masterchefs’ with cupcake kits, or a ‘Sushi Shefu’ set; while little scientists can make a kaleidoscope or an erupting volcano! You get the idea….
Accessible. Fun. Engaging. Inspiring. Educational. All gorgeously packaged too. Really, what more could you want in a gift? Forget the children. I seriously want them all (my birthday is in November).
Though currently only sold through stockists in Australia, Japan and New Zealand, if you are elsewhere in the world do not despair! The full range of Seedling products are available for international shipment online.