WARNING: These are addictive.
I felt I had to post about this amazing product because they are incredibly chic, beautifully designed, and are a collectible for the young and not-so-young alike.
One of the perks about being a mum is that you have the perfect excuse to buy (and play with) the really cool toys that you come across. I am itching to play with the Lundby Smaland dolls house my daughter has coming for Christmas, but like a good little girl – I must exercise some self-control and wait until Christmas rolls around. I wanted to share with you the latest addition to our toy collection – a Schleich figurine – as well as warn you about the potential damage you will be causing yourself if you purchase one.
Schleich products are developed with the assistance of parents, teachers and children and are therefore especially designed for children’s hands. They endeavour to make their products as realistic and naturalistic as possible in order to enable children to experience the large variety of nature – from domestic animals on a farm to wild animals in the jungle. Schleich also do comic figurines too but pay careful attention to their character and the message they carry before producing them. So while Schleich figurine’s may be cool to look at, they are primarily designed as an educational tool (another excuse to start collecting).
Mummy’s beware – buying your child a toy that forms part of a collection, particularly a large, expensive collection, is like chopping your nose off despite your face. Let me qualify that by saying I am quite fond of these figurines and, having already taken the plunge in buying my first one for my little princess, you can consider me committed (or without a nose, whichever you feel is most appropriate). In fact, I’ve already purchased her second one as a reward for a good result at school. Whoops!
I think it’s the fact that they are so detailed and realistic in their miniature form that you want to collect and play with all of them! Schleich really do accomplish what they promise in providing a good quality, realistic product. As a parent, you want the best for your child – there is no doubt that Schleich make an excellent addition to the toy collection. When it comes to the cost, well each individual figurine is anywhere from $6AUD to $50AUD and then more again for the horse stables and other larger farmyard items. While purchasing one might be quite inexpensive, building a collection is a different story. I found the picture above on Aesthetic Outburst’s blog. This is only a portion of the figurines available… can you imagine the possibilities!?
* Mummy Tip: Before starting a Schleich collection for your little one, create a lovely space for them to be kept. That way your child will know how to take care of them from the start and the fun will grow as your collection does!
Schleich is the type of toy that your kids will have for years, and considering the quality, I imagine it would be something you could pass on to the next generation. I am certainly going to make an effort to keep our collection in the family.
My daughter is 6 and she is only just getting to that age where she is starting to take care of her things. Up until now, most toys would just end up trashed or missing (in part of in full) unless I kept a very close eye on her while she was playing with them. For my girl, 6 is the perfect age for her to start collecting these as she is taking an active interest in keeping them safe and together. However, Schleich figurines are manufactured for ages 3 and up and have been specifically created in a way so as to ensure that your Schleich toy worlds “do not put you at any risk of injuries whatsoever.” It wouldn’t be such a bad idea to start building a collection while your child is younger in preparation for when they are ready to play with them. They make great decorations in a child’s bedroom so you could even pop them up on a shelf until the right age.
And FYI, these figurines are not just cool for little kids… being detailed, high quality and chic they can make neat little additions to your home décor too. I would love to have a family of Zebra’s chillin’ on my coffee table, that’s if I were ever allowed to keep nice things for myself but I’ll save parenting 101 for another day! I have also heard of people using them as keep sakes on top of birthday cakes and if you check out Pinterest, you’ll find a heap of other cool ways to decorate with Schleich.
I have hyperlinked to the Aussie website, however you can purchase Schleich in the US, UK and several other countries worldwide too. If you are in Australia, I have seen Schleich in K and K Creative Toys and Mumma’s Home (Qld). You will probably find them in the higher end kids toy stores or you can purchase online. Otherwise, check out eBay and you might grab yourself a bargain!
The next one on my wish list is the peacock – here’s hoping Bailey-Belle wants that one too!
Sing to God a new song; play skilfully and shout for joy Psalm 33:3