It’s Playtime! … and a wonderful wooden toy gift for one of you!

To celebrate reaching 5000 wonderful followers on Facebook and the end of the successful 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge, I have a WONDERFUL wooden cake set from John Crane toys to give away to one reader in time for Christmas! Wow!

The High Tea Shape Sorter from the fabulous Wooden Toy Shop. co.uk is such a beautiful toy, made from solid wood and hand painted with gorgeous realistic details! It would make the perfect toy for any child this Christmas and would be a great addition to a toy kitchen or as part of a role-play bakery, cake shop, cafe or home corner, or indeed just as it is!

What I love about this is that not only is it fabulous to look at (and good enough to eat!) but it’s also educational! Each cake is carved into a slightly different shape and fits into its own unique hole in the stand, so that your child has to fit them back in like a puzzle. They also have numerals on the base of each with a matching space for each. So these toys promote number and shape recognition, cognitive skills, sorting and matching and problem solving- all at once! Not to mention imaginative and creative play skills, language development and social and interactive skills when played as part of a collaborative game with an adult or another child.

This is exactly the sort of toy I used to look for to have in my classroom when teaching Reception. High quality, long-lasting, educational, traditional and creative. A perfect combination!

My girls are going to be absolutely delighted to open this on Christmas morning! I am going to set it up as part of a tea shop, complete with pretty tablecloths, cups and saucers, a pot of “tea” and napkins (all from their play kitchen) ready to play with! My oldest daughter Cakie is very appropriately nick-named as cakes are her absolute favourite thing to talk, read, sing and play about at the moment! I envisage many, many hours of happy pretend play with these and am SO pleased that there are so many in the set so that they can have plenty to play with each!
If you haven’t already, I strongly recommend you check out the rest of the Wooden Toy Shop‘s fabulous range of toys online. All natural, wooden, creative and beautiful, there’s sure to be something there for the little ones in your life. You still have until Tuesday morning to order in time for Christmas!

To enter:
1. Simply leave a comment below to enter your name into the draw!
That’s it! 

If you would like to have (up to) 2 more entries, here’s how:
2. Share this competition on Twitter or Facebook for an extra entry!
3. Follow The Imagination Tree via RSS feed or email for a third entry! (top right in the sidebar above)
Please make sure to leave a SEPARATE comment for each method of entry so that you can be counted (up to) 3 times. Please don’t leave an anonymous comment or else I can’t contact you if you win.
Just once will do, of course, nothing else is obligatory!
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Competition closes on Monday 19th December at 11am UK time. The winner will be announced later that day. The cake set will be posted out in time for Christmas. UK entrants only, sorry.
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Competition now ended
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And the winner is: JOANNE ROVERS! Congratulations! And thank you to ALL of you who took part- I wish I had more to give away!
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It’s (also) Playtime!

It’s also time to link up you best playful, creative, arty ideas for children below! Can’t wait to see what busy people you have all been this week! The ideas recently have been stunning as usual. I hope to post my favourites to my Facebook wall and to Pin a few too. Thank you!

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