It took a lot of emails, and a trip to sunny Northampton to convince them to let us stock their brilliant ranges of wooden toys, but the good news is, 2 months after the launch of The Canterbury Toy Shop website, we were given the go ahead to put in our first order - and oh what fun I had leafing through the bulky and super-glossy catalogue, picking out my favourites from their extensive ranges.
John Crane's criteria is a simple one, but one that I share, their priorities are to provide:
"High quality, value for money, innovation and safety - with design flair."
We happen to know that that's just what our customers are after too!
I could tell you all about John Crane's history in representing wonderful toy brands, as well as their own ranges which excite children and adults alike, but I know that what you really want to read about is the toys themselves. Take a moment to peruse the toys on The Canterbury Toy Shop website to see what's on offer, but for this blog post I've decided to take my Top Five John Crane toys and tell you a little bit about what gets a thumbs up from me. Remember, as a Mum myself I choose all of these toys based predominantly on watching my son, Sebastian, playing, and hand pick the toys that I know he and his friends would pick!
In no particular order: