We have a brands page on our web store so why put one on the blog? We wanted to put together a ‘Who’s Who’ of toy manufacturers and detail why each is one of the best in their field. Whether you’re looking to buy or just looking, the list below will help you know where to look whatever it is you are looking for.
Why we only work with the top toy brands
- We ♥ beautiful wooden toys that will last
- We ♥ educational toys that are fun and help development
- We ♥ co-operative games that help children work together
- We ♥ creative play which stimulates the mind and body
- We ♥ wooden furniture for the nursery & bedroom
- We ♥ selling toys!
All the top brands, all in one place
Alex Toys strive to produce consistently high quality and innovative toys and games and open-ended activities for parents who want buy the best products to help their children grow, learn, explore and build core skills at every age and stage of their development. Great range for all ages including bath squirter toys to intricate craft kits. The craft kits are ideal for slightly older children (6-8) who can be more difficult to buy for.
At Christmas, there are lots of home baking items available which kids will enjoy. Cake decorations including pieces of holly, cute robins, mini Santas and mini Rudolphs, Gingerbread House kits and seasonal cookie cutters. These kits and tins of cookie cutters make great ‘Christmas tree presents’ and stocking fillers. At Christmas time, we stock cake decorations of all the main characters from Raymond Briggs ‘The Snowman’ film. Cute seasonal decorations and baking kits.
B. Toys are funky and unique, with weird names! The toys engage children in imaginative and educational play, and they stimulate your child’s curiosity. B. Toys also look a little bit different; the result of the B. toymakers letting themselves be inspired by the world around them and not focusing on how things are supposed to be. The innovative packaging is all recyclable, reusable and some even reverses to become gift-wrap. B. are committed to being nice to our planet and they scrutinise every aspect of a toy to make its impact on the planet as light as possible. As we said at the start, funky, unique with funny names.
Bristle Blocks are fun, attractive coloured pieces that children will find easy to join together. Encourage children to use their imaginations and create fantastic structures or they can reproduce the examples shown on the packaging. The pieces are all shapes and sizes and there are special pieces too. The Bristle Blocks sets are durable toys that will stimulate a child’s creativity. Big Bears Toy Box stock several of the Bristle Blocks boxes and cases including the Basic Builder Case (50 pieces).
Eeboo specialise in useful, well-made educational children’s games and gifts. Their toys encourage and support the development of literacy, telling stories, drawing, basic mathematics and imaginative play. The toys are beautiful, good quality and durable. Many of the toys have won awards! The unique toys and games will be enjoyed by kids and their parents.
The sea air and sticks of rock you find in Blackpool are the inspiration behind the Floss & Rock brand! The Floss & Rock team are passionate about design, and are constantly coming up with fantastic gifts and toys for children aged up to 10.
Fiesta Crafts are passionate about creating beautiful toys that children love to play with and learn from. They also take traditional toys and give them a large dose of their Fiesta fresh modern styling. Toys that encourage children to use and develop their imaginations and creativity. A key part of our creative play range.
Gisela Graham is well-known for stunning seasonal gifts, home-ware and decorations. At Big Bears Toy Box, we offer lots of fabulous items at Christmas, particularly those which we know that children will enjoy. Gisela Graham simply epitomise this child-focused Christmas spirit for us, with their multitude of decorations for the Christmas tree and for the home; bunting, advent calendars, novelty decorations, wreaths and lights. We hope that you will enjoy this year’s selection which will be in stock in September.
The House of Marbles have been designing and making fun and entertaining toys and games since 1973, when their founder began making board games in his workshop to sell at local fairs. Since then, the House of Marbles have grown to become one of the foremost suppliers of traditional games in the UK. All of the House of Marbles toys meet very strict criteria in regard to quality, value, entertainment, safety and the environment.
Janod is a French toy company that has been making beautiful toys and traditional games for children for more than 40 years. These toys are easily identified by their contemporary and playful designs. Many of the toys are educational, and strive to make play-time an opportunity for children to develop, grow and learn. You can also be sure that your children will be completely safe when playing with toys that are of excellent quality and meet all current standards and regulations.
Our Le Toy Van collection includes the very best of the Honeybake, Petilou, Daisylane, Sugar Plum and Budkins ranges. First and foremost, Le Toy Van offer a gorgeous range of top quality, wooden, children’s toys. Quality wooden toys are safe, durable and great to play with. Mums also love that Le Toy Van’s toys support their child’s development by promoting real learning through imaginative and creative play. The toys support the development of hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and the recognition of colours, numbers and shapes. Designed in the UK, the toys are ethically produced using responsibly sourced materials.
Lilliputiens Behind the Lilliputiens toys is a team of young, dynamic, creative mums focused on what little ones need. They are aware of the essential elements to create the toys of children’s dreams! The beautiful Lilliputiens toys are created using different fabrics, noises, shapes and colours which will stimulate your child’s senses. The sumptious fabric based toys are soft, attractive and stuffed full of educational values. Each Lilliputiens toy is tested to be used from birth onwards and they are granted a certificate to prove that they have satisfied all European and international quality standards.
Melissa & Doug are based in the USA and have been a leading manufacturer of children’s toys and gifts for some time. They have an excellent mix of traditional wooden toys focused on early years play and development. Alongside this, they also offer some very good creative play sets for older boys and girls.
Award winning manufacturers of puzzles, colouring and crafts, and boxes of magnets. Mudpuppy have blended creativity and fun together when designing their products, with the intention of bringing families and friends together through play. There are glow in the dark puzzles, magnetic activities, puzzles for travel and more! You will find that the Mudpuppy collection promotes creative play, imaginative thinking and lots of fun!
Orange Tree Toys are a family run business that is passionate about creating classic toys and gifts for children. This range of quality toys are good value and have appeal to children of all ages. Beautiful, fun and colourful toys, many of which support learning and education through play. Key parts of the range are the Peter Rabbit collection and the Winnie the Pooh range of toys and gifts.
A fantastic selection of beautiful dolls, outfits and accessories that your child will adore. Our Generation dolls are so much more than just another doll for a girl to play with. The Our Generation dolls all have their own unique characters. There are also some lovely pets available including horses, foals, puppies and kittens.
Peaceable Kingdom have created a collection of co-operative games that encourages players to work together to achieve a goal rather than compete against each other. Games encourage the development of strategy skills, deduction, communication and co-operation, evens and odds and problem solving. We really do sell these all over the world, even selling in Japan!
SES Creative is a Dutch toy brand that aims to entertain children with creative activities that challenge and educate. Your children will be happy about what they have done or made. In turn, their parents will be proud. The toys do not contain any dangerous substances and are produced in line with the very strict European regulations for toys. In addition, SES Creative avoids allergenic substances, they are thoughtful of safe play, minimise mess and waste and are responsible about our environment, using recycled cardboard and PVC free plastics.
‘Love nature, play wood, enjoy Sevi’ is the company’s motto. These toys combine attention to innovating and progress in playing, with tradition and the naturalness of wood. Most recently, Sevi have rediscovered classic toys that never go out of fashion including puzzles, stacking trains and pull alongs. These are toys that entertain children and rekindle adult’s childhood memories.
Since 2011, Tidlo have been creating a captivating collection of stunning toys that include role play toys, educational toys, preschool toys, small world play and more!
Trudi is an Italian company started by Mrs Trudi Muller Patriarca who, as a teenager, made cute little animals for herself and for her friends with a needle, thread and pieces of fabric. These first soft toys were made with fun and passion, values that are still evident in the company’s ethos today. Big Bears Toy Box are proud to offer several of their gorgeous puppets and soft toys.