Naturalistic

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Nature toys to promote a love of playing outdoors

There are many ways in which children learn to take in the world around them, as they develop essential life skills and knowledge. A naturalistic learner is like a kinaesthetic learner in many ways. They prefer to touch, feel, hold, and ‘do’ through hands-on learning. Outdoors is generally what promotes learning in naturalistic learners, so as parents and educators, we must search for ways to adapt everyday learning activities in outdoor pay as well as indoors.

Toys that can adapt to different play settings

The nature toys that we have at Sweet Elephants can be adapted to both indoor and outdoor play. We choose to stock products based on their versatility, so we are confident that we have something to meet your little one’s needs and to ignite a passion for learning through play.

Our Safari Toys Mammal Skulls allow your child to embark on adventures that are only limited to their imagination. Watch them wonder and giggle as they dig up dirt and sand to discover the mammal skulls, or chip them out of ice rocks. Expand your child’s thinking and knowledge by exploring bones and matching animal figures to the correct skull. You can also create fossils from the Safari toys imprinting them into clay or play dough.

Another popular activity that adapts well to outdoor play are our Rainbow Blocks. Discover reflection and colour mixing, making the most of natural outdoor light as it shines through the red, blue, green or yellow acrylic centres to transform a child’s world over and over.

Open-ended play at its finest

Our criteria for selecting our range of educational toys includes choosing toys that are open-ended, to allow your children’s imaginations to set the boundaries of what toys can and can’t do – for unlimited play possibilities.

  • grow your own dinosaurdinosaur egg toy children can hatch and grow.
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    Who said dinosaurs were extinct? Captivate your little palaeontologists as this little dinosaur egg toy is placed in and completely covered with water and hatches in just 48 hours. Don’t remove this prehistoric creature from the water just yet; he still has some growing to do. Move him to a large body of water and be amazed at just how big he will grow.  Once he has reached his adult size why not name him and introduce him to friends and family. Features: *Several surprise dinos to collect. *Develop language, curiosity in science and dinosaurs, expand observation skills. *A gift that keeps on giving as it grows and shrinks. *Jar height – 9cm. Recommended Age: 2+ years
  • horse with wheels grimms is an ideal pretend play giftgrimms wooden horse is a beautifully crafted horse on wheels toy for all ages
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    Giddy up horsey, watch him go. The adorable little Grimm’s wooden horse is the perfect size for tiny hands to hold, push along or chase after. Features:
    •  Made from alder wood and finished with non-toxic plant based oil
    • Length 15cm
    Recommended Ages: 0-6 years
  • grimms rainbow tunnel wooden toy is awesome for pretend playgrimms rainbow large is a super popular wooden toy for all ages
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    Grimms Rainbow Wooden Stacker

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $29.50$132.00
    Little ones are so inquisitive when it comes to rainbows…their natural curiosity wants to know where do they stop, how are they made and what are the colours of the rainbow. Grimm’s Rainbow perfectly captures the wonder and awe of rainbow magic with these beautifully designed tunnels. Embark on magic adventures of open-ended play by building marble runs, sculptures, bridges, roads, fences, miniature dolls houses, stacking towers and so much more. Features: Made from naturally oiled lime wood and coloured with child-safe, non-toxic water based colour stain for the ultimate play experience. Dimensions Small 11 x 4 x6 cm Medium 17 x 7 x 10 cm Large 36 x 7 x 17cm Recommended Age: For the young to the young at heart NEW SHIPMENT DUE EARLY DECEMBER
  • hydrophobic sand makes a mesmorising science experiement
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    Hydrophobic sand behaves like normal sand, that is until you add it to water. Watch how your friend's and family's eyes widen in disbelief as you pour the sand into water, manipulate it into the shape of your choice and then scoop it out as though the sand and water had never interacted. I know right? It is hard to fathom! Magic sand is dyed and coated to repel water, so it's always dry.  Simply pour, play and discover. Recommended Ages: 3+ Years
  • artificial snow feels like real snowinstant snow uses polymer powder to create a fun world of snow
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    Instant Snow

    $6.99
    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Now you can create a Winter wonderland any time, anywhere-even in the middle of a scorching Australian Summer! With our instant snow your child can interact with cool, fluffy white artificial snow that looks and feels just like the real thing (without the bitter cold of course)! We need to protect those little fingers. Whether is be for an Arctic small world play with their favourite toys, a Frozen or Winter party, decorating for Christmas or as a prop for fabulous photos, this little tube is jam packed with safe, non-toxic fun. How to make fake snow: Simply add 1 teaspoon with ¼ cup of water and watch in amazement how the polymer powder expands 100 times its size. Yes, 100 times its original size! Recommended Age: 3+ Years
  • wooden blocks rainbow to explore light, colour. shape, fractions, art and so much morerainbow blocks are mesmoring for the whole herd
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    Rainbow Blocks

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $64.99
    Rainbow blocks are simply the coolest wooden blocks on the market. No longer do you have to be satisfied with plain blocks. These beautiful hardwood architectural rainbow blocks with red, blue, green or yellow acrylic centres transform a child's world over and over as they discover the principles of light, colour, shape and creativity. Recommended Ages: 1 + years
  • Sale! safari toobs mammal skulls are the best replicas for children to explore the world's mammalssafari toys are little replicas of common mammal skulls. Explore the insides of your favourite animals
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    Safari toys recognises that a child of today is surrounded by technology and the imagination is at risk, thus Safari Ltd have designed magnificent miniature replicas to ignite curiosity and creative play. These life like mammal skull figurines can bring out the zooarchaeologist in the oldest of us. Who doesn't like unearthing treasures and exploring some of our favourite animals? Features: *Includes 8 skulls from a gorilla, dolphin, lion, giraffe, elephant, zebra, hippopotamus and rhinoceros. Recommended Ages: 3+ years
  • Sale! sarahs play silks are fabulous for all agessarahs play silks are fabulous for all ages
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    Sarahs Silks

    $14.99$24.20
    Incorporating Silks into a basket in any play corner is a simple addition which provides a prop for unlimited play only limited by their imaginations. One moment the silks can become the perfect essential for any superhero and the next a blanket for your loved one’s favourite teddy. How about combining toys and making a flag, skirt, table cloth, bandage, grass, water or lava for pretend play adventures? Switch on some music and dance to the rhythm or for a quieter activity play hide and seek. With endless possibilities it is easy to see why these beautiful Sarahs silks are loved by babies, children and adults. They can be passed down from sibling to sibling and generation to generation. Features:
    • Non-toxic, natural, sustainable silks
    • 90x90cm
    Recommended Ages: 0-100 AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
  • slime putty from heebie jeebies is an awesome science experiment. It comes in pink, blue, green and yellow.
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    Slime Putty

    $6.95
    Making this gooey then firm substance is a fun, no fuss experiment. Simply empty the slime powder into a bowl, follow the included instructions - add water, mix and knead. When you add water to the polymers that are in the powder, the polymer molecules are activated and the solution turns into slime! Watch your kids stretch, squish, knead and roll to their heart’s content.