Best Children’s Business Somerset

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Best Children's Business Somerset


Well what an exciting lunchtime we have had today!

A number unknown to me came up as a missed call on my phone.

Is it someone trying to sell me advertising space?

I listened to the voicemail!

What fantastic news – I have been nominated for an award for BEST CHILDREN’S BUSINESS SOMERSET with Muddy Stillettos Somerset in the Muddy Awards 2016.

How exciting!! Feeling a little bit chuffed to say the least! It is always great to be nominated for an award – makes all the hard work feel that little bit more worthwhile. So a big thank you to whoever it was that nominated me.

But now the hard work begins – and I would really love your help.

Please help me get through to the finals by also voting for me! I need as many votes as possible by 25th May to get through, and would love your support. It is quick and easy to vote and you can do so at

Thank you in advance! Let’s hope I get through to the final 🙂

Fingers crossed!



Grace & Flo Personalised Prints

Animal Friends Personalised Prints from Grace & Flo


We are delighted to be able to bring you a stunning range of personalised prints from UK based designer Jo Ballantine at Grace & Flo.

Celebrate a new arrival or christening with one of our animal friends personalised prints
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Bearing the recipient’s name and date of birth it makes the perfect keepsake gift.

All of the animal friends are designed in popular colourways with friendly illustrated animals. These prints are suitable for girls and boys and are sure to compliment any nursery or child’s room.You can even get them personalised. and they come with free UK delivery as well.

We have worked with Jo for many years now and are delighted to have this range available at The Bear and Miss Rabbit.

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Do take a look!

Which one is your favourite?


World Book Day 2016

World Book Day 2016

Are you celebrating World Book Day 2016 today?

The Bear was very quick to decide what he would like to wear. He decided on Peter Pan weeks ago and has not changed his mind since.

Miss Rabbit was a little more of a challenge….having decided to be Rainbow Dash, Belle, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty…But, with a last minute change of heart, she is off today dressed as Woody from Toy Story.


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What are you dressed as today? Please tweet us your World Book Day pictures using #thebearrabbit.

Hope you enjoy your day to celebrate reading.

Catch you soon,



Easter Treats

Easter Treats

So March has finally arrived. It would appear Spring is yet to catch up…but fingers crossed it will arrive soon!

Easter is early this year so will be here before you know it. Are you looking for some chocolate free Easter Treats this year?

If you are after some Easter Treats without the sweet then we have a selection of chocolate free Easter ideas for you.

Easter Treats at The Bear and Miss Rabbit



For our younger children, how about a wooden themed rabbit gift such as the rabbit push along £8.99, or the gorgeous wooden Peter Rabbit skittles at £15.99?

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Itching for spring to arrive? Bring the feel of spring into your home with the Tidlo Magnetic Bug Puzzle at just £6.99 – or how about one of our wooden farm puzzles to capture the spirit of chicks and spring lambs?

It is also the time of year when we begin to think more about playing outside, and family days out. Grab your kite (£3.99), or your skipping rope (£3.99) and get out in the fresh air. Or why not ‘walk the dog’ with our colourful range of yo yo’s (£1.99)?

Planning an Easter egg hunt? Rather than lots of chocolate – why not look for our colourful bugs (£3.99) with a treat at the end when all 10 bugs are found? These can then be used again and again with ideas over on our ‘Ways to play



Hope we have inspired you!

Catch up with you soon!


Traditional Stocking Fillers Christmas 2015

Traditional Stocking Fillers Christmas 2015

Surely not…just 1 month until Christmas Eve. The year has absolutely flown by. So what is in your Christmas Stocking this year?

Here is our top 10 best selling traditional stocking fillers this festive season. Will these be in your stocking this Christmas?

1. Twist and Lock Blocks 85p each

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2. Wooden Noughts and Crosses £1.25 (available in 2 colours)

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3. Wooden Animal Pencils 75p each

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4. Wooden Whistle £1.75 each

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5. Gliders available in 2 designs (prices start at 40p)

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6. Wooden Push Ups (start at £1.99) 3 designs available.

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7. Melissa and Doug Bag of Bugs £3.99

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8. Metal Adventurers Compass £1.99

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9. Wooden Acrobatic Monkey £1.99

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10. Nutty Putty Individual Packs (start at £1.85)

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Christmas is coming….Why we love Traditional Wooden Toys

Christmas is coming….Why we love Traditional Wooden Toys

It is that time of year when we are deciding what toys Santa will bring to our good boys and girls. Plastic, wooden, branded, character related….There is so much to choose from.

We love traditional wooden toys at The Bear and Miss Rabbit. But why?

Well, there are lots of reasons…

As a parent myself, I want toys that look great, will last, encourage imaginative play and will provide hours of entertainment in a variety of ways and I feel wooden toys achieve this.

Wooden Toys have a feel of quality about them. You feel as if you have invested in a gift that will last. The design of them is tried and tested having been around for many generations.

But the main reason we love traditional wooden toys is because they involve children.

I love seeing how children develop and explore with wooden toys; watching children physically interact with the toy by pushing, pulling, turning, or connecting its pieces and parts. This leads to a more imaginative mind.

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Even better – I love the way that children aren’t restricted by a wooden toy. The way that the parts of a wooden toy can be used in different ways .  Are these coloured wooden blocks that we can build and stack; or are they pretend pots of paint for our teddies to use? Are these wooden animals from a chunky puzzle; or are they wooden animals to make a farm? The possibilities are endless with so many ways to play.

Learn new vocabulary as children immerse themselves in a small world of wood – wooden kitchens, wooden food, pirate ships, puppet theatres, shops and so much more. A classic wooden toy is sure to be a favourite in any household.

Wooden toys also have a longer lifetime for your child. A wooden walker with alphabet blocks can be used as a walker; to learn colours; to stack the blocks, to learn the alphabet; to make words…and will last through the preschool years and first few years at school.

Wooden Toys also tend to be timeless in their appeal.  This is timeless in both their design, the way they look and how long they last. I already have some of our traditional wooden toys stashed safely in the loft for future grandchildren – and I am sure my own children will be delighted to share their wooden toys with our future generations.

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What do you prefer – the bells and whistles of plastic, or the imaginative timelessness of wood?

Will you have traditional wooden toys under your tree this Christmas?

Let me know!

Tracy x

Traditional toys, gifts and arts and crafts that everyone will love.

Traditional Toys for One Year Olds

Traditional Toys for One Year olds

Looking for traditional toys of one year olds? A first Christmas or a first birthday? What an exciting time. A great time to reflect on how much children change in that first year and how they are now keen to learn about the world around them.

At The Bear and Miss Rabbit; we have always been passionate about toys that last; toys that encourage Children to learn; and that allow for imaginative play.

Here is a selection of our favourite traditional toys for one year olds.

Looking for wooden pushalongs; bath toys, first puppets or more besides – then we have lots of ideas that may help!

Wooden Bath Toys

Our range of wooden bath toys from Plan Toys are suitable for age 1+ Years and are just £11.99

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Or how about the cute Up Up cups from B Toys at just £3.99…..possible stocking filler?

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Wooden Push Alongs

One of the first traditional toys we stocked and still continues to be a best seller. The familiar click clack sound as the push along trundles along the ground. This also help to encourage first steps and will last well into the toddler and pre school years. With over 15 designs to choose from; including Beatrix Potter, Lions, Pirates, Kangaroos and Polar Bears; you are sure to find one you like.


Wooden Push alongs


Puppets for One Year Olds

We stock a gorgeous range of hand finished puppets from Italian design team Trudi. These are suitable from birth. They are very soft and very tactile and will quickly become a new best friend. We love puppets as they help you to bring stories and rhymes to life. We have a cute mouse (Three Blind Mice); a wolf and a pig (The three little pigs) and even duet puppets.


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Wooden Puzzles

Wooden Puzzles create so many learning opportunities. From colours, shapes, to matching up the shape with the spaces – puzzles are great fun and encourage early hand eye cordination. We have some lovely first puzzles in stock. Why not also play a simple came of hide and seek and see if your child can spot the missing piece?

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The Orange Tree Toys snake puzzle is suitable for 1+ Years and will last well into the start of school. Colours, letters, phonics, upper case and lower case – this wooden puzzle has it all sorted.

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Looking for more ideas? Just pop over and see us at The Bear and Miss Rabbit – Traditional Toys, gifts and arts and crafts. You can even make your own wishlist to share with family and friends.



Rainy day ideas for the summer holidays

Rainy Day Ideas for the Summer Holidays

So, the school holidays have finally arrived! A big cheer from most of us as we take a break from the school run, and the shouts of ‘Uniform on!’. ‘Eat your breakfast!’, ‘Shoes on!’…’Quick…we’re going to be late!’

And as we long for sunny days playing in the park, garden and on the beach….it appears that the weather is not necessarily playing ball!

A real mixed bag here in Somerset today – cloudy, rain, heavy rain and gorgeous sunshine!

So what tricks have we got up our sleeves for those rainy days whilst at home or on holiday?

Rainy Day ideas for under £5

Need a secret stash to get you through the challenging days on the school holidays? All this is just £5! You can find all of this in our end of line offers!

Rainy Day ideas for under £5


Rainy Day Ideas for Under £10

Craft sets, scratch art sets and more will keep them busy! All this is available for under £10!


Rainy Day ideas for under £10



The forecast is good for tomorrow, so a day out is planned for us…but if the forecast is wrong again, then I may be calling on my secret stash of goodies 😉

Happy Holidays!

Why we love Nutty Putty

Why we love Nutty Putty

We first spotted Nutty Putty from Alphabet Pie at Spring Fair earlier this year.

Our arts and crafts range is one of our best sellers. I also have 2 young children who love to get creative. After spotting this, I thought this would be an ideal addition to our range.

When is it available?

Nutty Putty from Alphabet Pie will be available in the UK at the end of April 2015. In preparation, the full range of Nutty Putty is now listed on our website.

Nutty Putty in the UK

What is it?

We were lucky enough to be sent some samples of Nutty Putty with some tools to work with.

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How to describe it….um… comes in individually zipped packs. It is squidgy and glossy, not hard; so easy for little hands to work with.

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It is essential to use it on the playmat provided otherwise it will stick to other surfaces, but on the playmat, it is easy to roll it, cut it and mould it.

It is a delight to work with as it doesn’t dry out. You can also easily stick colours on top of each other to create unique designs.


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You can also bake it!

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The sets are full of ideas on things to create, or you can use your own imaginations. Once you have created your designs, you can pop them on the baking sheet provided, and bake them in the oven for 10 minutes. This then creates a permanent ‘toy’ to play with!

Then the fun continues…

Baked Nutty Putty is smooth, bendy and a bit bouncy! It even sticks to windows! You can therefore let your imaginations run riot with creating decorations, a set of numbers for learning, the alphabet and more besides!

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You could also use this to create keyrings, or jewellery using the accessories set, or anything you can think of! Or check out the Nutty Putty videos for inspiration!


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Feedback from the Product Testers

The Bear (5) and Miss Rabbit (3) loved this! They created some glow in the dark stars for their bedroom windows, trees, people and more! They loved the fact they were able to so this themselves and that they could make whatever they wanted. They particularly liked the fact that they could bake it to keep it forever. A real hit in our house and I am sure it will be in yours to!


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You can advance order your Nutty Putty be emailing us at or you can waitlist the range on our website.

We can’t wait for the stock to arrive!

Ways to Play – Melissa and Doug Bag of Bugs

Melissa and Doug Bag of Bugs


Melissa and Doug Bag of Bugs


These are one of our favourite spring time toys. Such a simple concept, but so many ways to play with the Melissa and Doug Bag of Bugs.

The Bag of Bugs is available in a pack of 10 bugs at just £3.99.

What can you do with them? Here are some of our ideas!

1. Learn to count from 1 to 10

2. Learn the names of each of the bugs

3. Learn to recognise and name the colours

4. Numeracy skills – take some of the bugs away and see how many are left

5. Have an indoor bug hunt on a rainy day

6. Water play – will the bugs float or sink? Great fun in the bath or the paddling pool!

7. Hide the bugs in the garden and see who can find them all the fastest


8. Divide up into party bags for a birthday treat

9. Add a magnifying glass to the set and go on a bug hunt


10. Add to the fun with the sea creatures, lizards and snakes.

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