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So what did 'The Red Head' say?

By Maria Hayes
on October 06, 2015

Last month I contacted one of the UKs top parenting and lifestyle bloggers, Donna Wishart, to ask if she would be interested in testing one of our Big Bags. It is all very well me telling you how fantastic they are but what I really wanted was a proper road test and an honest view from somebody that mums and dads can trust. We supplied the bag but after that it was up to the Wishart family. There is no payment involved. So I had to wait nervously for the verdict. Take a look at Donna's entertaining blog  to find out what she did say, and also for the chance to win a Kollector 'Big Bag' 

What The Red Head Said - Kollector Bags review

And the winner is...

By Maria Hayes
on September 11, 2015

Congratulations to Kelly Robinson, for winning our Facebook page likes competition this week. Kelly will receive a 'Big Bag'. We will be running competitions and giveaways across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram between now and Christmas. Follow us to join in the fun!

 

Construction toys - not just for boys.

By Maria Hayes
on September 05, 2015

 

In the news yesterday was Dame Athene Donaldson, a Cambridge physics professor and new president of the British Science Association. Dame Athene believes that playing with some types of toys such as Barbie Dolls is holding girls back when it comes to pursuing careers in science and engineering. This is a subject close to my heart. My oldest is a boy and the younger two are girls and I became very aware of of how toys are marketed differently for boys and girls.  Some of the toys my girls like to play with now might not have even been introduced to them if they hadn't had a big brother! That can't be right? My first Kollector Bags were my attempt to manage all those little pieces of plastic.

Only 14% of the worlds engineers are women. There are believed to be many reasons for this, including influences from the media, lack of female role models, an outdated understanding of what an engineer actually does etc. However, one of the main reasons is believed to be that girls simply  ‘lose interest’ in science and maths from as young as 6, a fact that is often taken for granted or even expected by parents and teachers.

So if there are only a small number of female engineers that means that over 80% of the construction, technology, problem solving and engineering around us must be primarily developed by men, which makes you wonder how the world might be different if there was a greater female influence on the design and manufacture/build of so many of the things we encounter in our daily lives. Then there is the widely reported skills shortage in science and engineering that we are told ison the horizon and the fact that problem solving is a desirable quality for a wide range of employers. There seem to be plenty of good reasons to encourage boys and girls to maintain an interest in science, maths, engineering and technology throughout their childhood.

Play is crucial to how children develop and learn about the world. In education it’s recognised that children need access to a range of toys and play experiences.  Toys focused on construction and technology hone spatial skills, foster problem solving and encourage children to be active.  Boys and girls need the chance to develop in all these areas, but many toy retailers and toy manufacturers separate boys’ and girls’ toys. Construction and technology toys are predominantly marketed to boys while social role play and arts and crafts toys are predominantly marketed to girls.  Many researchers believe that both boys and girls miss out this way. So encouraging your daughter, as well as your son, to play with everything from LegoR, K’nex, or Mechano through to marshmallows and straws or den building could pay off in the long run, as well as being a great way to keep them occupied for hours in the here and now!

The thing is, in my experience, most parents try to buy the toys they believe their children are interested in. For me, I don’t necessarily want to treat all my kids the same, because they are individual, but I do want to give them a range of opportunities and not let my own unconscious bias restrict those opportunities. I suppose, there’s nothing wrong with being a princess – but its cool if you can build the castle too!

Introducing the ‘Kollector Big Bag’

By Maria Hayes
on August 23, 2015

As a mum of 3 aged between 3 and 12, I know about toys and I know about mess! Living in London, space is at a premium and the living room, dining room and kids bedrooms often have to do double duty as a playroom through the day. This is fine, but getting the kids to pick up every last piece or worse, having to do it myself, has taken up many hours of my life that I am not going to get back! Wishing I could just snap my fingers like ‘Mary Poppins’ I started working on something a bit more achievable….and Kollector Bags was born!

At first glance you might think we sell bags. But we also sell time, space and sanity!  Yes you can put things in the bag and carry it around, but that’s not the clever bit. Open the ‘Big Bag’ out flat and not only can you see everything without having to rummage, the bag doubles as a mat that kids can play on or you can use it as a picnic blanket without having to take everything out of the bag. The shallow collar around the edge of the bag curbs the creep of small toys outside of the bag and when it’s time to tidy up…just grab the drawstrings at either side and scoop the whole lot up in seconds! The cord stoppers keep everything closed nice and tight so it doesn’t spill and if your shelves and toy boxes are already full you can even hang the bag from a hook to free up valuable space. Bazinga!

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