Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Huggable treasures from Trudi (giveaway c/d 23 October 2012)

Soft toys are a vital part of childhood. I remember my two favourite teddies, one bright red, another blue, that were hugged tightly every night, when I was a child. I believe my Mum still keeps them at her place. They were my buddies in whom I confided my fears and hopes.
Toys are so important in a child's develoment, both physical and psychological. Child's imagination is getting more elaborate, advanced and mature, thanks to the role-play and toys.

John Crane Ltd is a well known and loved name, associated with toys for children (and grown ups too who love toys). And if you are lucky enough to live nearby Duston, John Crane Ltd are having a big toy sale on October 12-13 at the Duston Community Centre. There will be hundreds of toys on sale. What can I say? I wish we lived closer. 


As my second blogversary is happening in October, I approached a few of my favourite brands, asking to sponsor a giveaway for my blog readers. John Crane Ltd kindly offered two lovely soft toys from Trudi.

One is an adorable little squirrel. Just look at that fluffy tail!


Another toy to be won is a cute little horse. It is a bit melancholic, I think it wants to be loved and cherished.



Trudi's cuddly animals are fabulous children's toys.

"High density fur fabric is used for each piece of the toy ensuring that the fabric backing never shows through, and special fabrics are sought to match the real-life animal as much as possible. Also each toy is double stitched to ensure durability and longevity. Every toy is hand finished to create a unique expression on each and every animal face."

Trudi is a well known Italian toy company, much loved by both children and adults. It has been spreading cuddles, love and happiness for over 50 years. Trudi toys are perfect for make-believe games, which are so important in a child's development. Role playing games with soft toys allow young children to explore adult roles and relationships.

If you observe children during role playing games, you will find out a lot about a child's psychological state, her idea (or a lack of) of gender roles, the interpretation of the world around us and children's perceptions of the family life. So much is revealed during the make-believe playing.

My younger son Eddie loves playing with soft toys, he cuddles them, puts them to bed and covers them with a little blanket, feeds them, they travel with us into the town centre and "enjoy" a cup of tea in the local cafe, they go out in the garden with us, they listen to the music and do lots of many other things. And they are very loyal, they never complain and are always happy to see you.

If you have a little person who would give a loving home to either a soft squirrel or a soft horse, please enter the rafflecopter. Answering the question is mandatory, all the other options are bonus entries. Please also mention which toy would you like to win: a squirrel or a horse: if you don't specify which toy you would like, a toy will be selected for you, if you win.

Good luck, everyone!





a Rafflecopter giveaway

106 comments:

  1. Barbies were my favs @kikicomp

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  2. my china tea set, i still have it x x x x x x but no longer play with it !!!!!!!

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  3. I had a pound puppy I loved,,, my little boy would love the horse as he watches his sister in amazement when she is riding!!!

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  4. my big teddy and i still have him

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  5. My big white ted with red velvet paws that my grandfather saved the cigarette tokens for almost a year to get me for my First Christmas. He has a singed head where I rescued him from falling into the fireplace. I know have a 2.5 yr old daughter and my parents brought big ted over from their house where he had sat in the spare room. He's now being loved by another generation.

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  6. My favourite childhood toy was a cheap plastic snake with joints which allowed you to move it like a real snake (or so I believed as a child!) It was black with orange and yellow sticker markings, which fell off, but I didn't care, I still loved it and played with it until it fell apart :-)

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  7. if I won I would love a squirrel please

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  8. My Spider-man Figure from the 80s :)

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  9. Mine was a monkey puppet called Minky

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  10. not a toy aas such........l loved my books

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  11. A teddy called Paddy, i had been very ill as a child, it was a rare present from Dad, he now lives 60 years later, with my cousin, in Wickford

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  12. popples were my favourite
    @ummziyad

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  13. my favourite toy as a child was a doggy soft toy where I could put my pyjamas too

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  14. my little girl would love the squirrel please

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  15. A ride on Thomas the Tank Engine! :)

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  16. I had a big cuddly care bear that went everywhere with me xx

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  17. my favourite was a looby lou doll with blue and white stripey legs

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  18. My sindy jeep... and now as a grown up, I really want a jeep!

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  19. a rag doll in a red and white check dress, red bakers hat and red wool hair and eventually a big ink stain on her foot.

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  20. My Barbies - I knew their entire family trees & personalities!

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  21. My little ponies and polly pockets! :)

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  22. I had a little koala bear. You squeezed his shoulders and he opened his arms and would grip your lapel. My dad brought him back from working in France so I called him Le Kolio.

    I would love to win the quilly!

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  23. I had a panda, he was called Pandy - imaginative lol I took him everywhere

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    1. and if I win, I would like the squirrel please

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  25. I had a toy shop till. I spent many happy hours playing shops with my friends.

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  26. My trike that had a seat on the back,I used to pedal my little brother around the garden :)

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  27. I used to love my Barbie. I would love a squirrel for my little boy please!
    Thank you! :) x
    @LilinhaAngel

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  28. Battery powered dog. Was never interested in dolls.

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  29. squirrel would be my choice,please

    I liked Tiny tears

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    Carol Ann Coldicott s (fb)

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  30. I have a childhood teddy called "Beggar Bear", wearing a bue/white checked bib. He's the cutest thing, but loks a bit gross from many washes after numerous assaults of baby spit, baby food, two decades worth of dust, etc. For my 21st, my dad paid $160 for a brand new mint condition one off eBay. It has to be the loveliest and most thoughtful present I've ever got! The two live side by side now, and it's very easy to tell which one is 27 and one is new! :)

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  31. Been thinking and I cannt think of a favourite childhood toy? My daughters is a penguin though

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  32. My dog cuddle toy called Puddles my dad brought him for me when he came back from being on tour.

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  33. I loved my Caroline's Home dolls house

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  34. My favourite toy as a child was a doggy soft toy where I could put my PJ too, I loved it, got it one Christmas.

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  35. my fav toy was a battered bunny rabbit

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  36. A cuddly dog called CD. I loved that little things

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  37. A cuddly polar bear my dad bought me.

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  38. my big giant teddy rabbit named fluffy

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  39. My Barbie Sports car - used to drive my mouse round in it

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  40. big ted and he is now on my wardrobe and doesn't look so big

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  41. I was obsessed with Sylvanian Families and I had a barking dog called Cyril :) if you clapped he barked hehe!

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  42. I liked playing with my Sindy and Barbie dolls.

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  43. My favorite was my Tiny Tears doll, had many, many happy hours playing with her. If I am lucky to be chosen I'd love the squirrel

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  44. Like teresa1963, mine was also the Tiny Tears doll, with also so many hours of play and my dad made a wooden cot for her. Lovely lost times. If luck would love the horse.

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  45. Loved my Sindy and her wardrobe :)

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  46. My Pippa Dolls and their house

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  47. A soft cloth baby doll that had beloged to my older sister, she put in my cot when I was brought home from hospital. I still have it

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  48. Got to be a teddy bear, still have one sitting on a rocking chair in my bedroom

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  49. An old fashioned dolly with different sets of clothing! I would like the squirrel please if I win.

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  50. My old bear - and I still have him

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  51. I had a talking ET! He was definitely my favourite.

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  52. Oh, how i used to Love my carebears....oh and My little pony(s)! :D

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  53. I had a teddy bear called Sparkle Bear, i used to take him everywhere

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  54. my penguin cuddly toy he went everywhere i did :) x

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  56. My Thomas The Tank Engine train set

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  57. My little pink knitted mouse, he eventually became my school's mascot for our girls football team!

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  58. My little pony toys were my favorites.

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  59. A floppy doll my aunt got me. it was the only doll i had cause my mum wouldnt buy me them or let anyone else get me them so she was my favourite toy when i was little.

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  60. sylvanian families were my favorite and still are!

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  61. My Big Yellow Tea Pot! I loved it and wish I had kept it for my daughter. x

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  62. Big Ted - he still lives on my bed :)

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  63. my care bears - i played with them for hours!

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  64. my barbies loved them, passed them on to my daughter now but spent hours playing with them :)

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  65. oooh toss up between the my litle pony show stable or the huuuuuge Sindy house with the working washing machine and the horses and cars.....wow...dont make em like they usedta!!!

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  67. My favourite toy was a panda called Andy (Andy Panda...hmmm what was I thinking of?) I kept him until I was around 15!

    If I win I'd love the squirrel please :-) @piperanddaisy

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  68. My favorite was a small rabbit wearing a red dress called flopsy, I still have her in the loft now.

    If I was lucky enough to win I would like the squirrel please x

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