Rocking Horse for Children

A wooden rocking horse is a classic toy of childhood. Its origins can be traced back to the Middle Ages and the hobby horse, a pretend horses head attached to a pole. The rocking horse became slowly more popular in the 17th century, and in Victorian times they became valuable family heirlooms, often with secret compartments concealed in their bellies. Horses were frequently grey and dappled in homage to Queen Victoria’s preferred steed.

There is still something wistful and nostalgic about a rocking horse, and children ride them with genuine delight. There are some superb vintage pieces available; a search on ebay or on etsy can yield some treasures.

Rokki Rocking Chair for Babies - cool colours
Rokki Rocking Chair for Babies – cool colours
Nowadays there are great modern twists on the classic rocking horse. Many are adapted for babies and often feature other animals. Rocking sheep, elephants and dinosaurs are now increasingly common. Innermost does a great one – we love this sheep rocker.
Rocking Horse - Sheep Rocker from Innermost
Sheep Rocker from Innermost
This Magis piece rocks! Fusing the traditional and the modern with the horse silhouette reimagined for the 21st century, children everywhere are going to love it. Available in 3 great colours.
Rocking Horse - Magis Rocky
Magis Me Too Rocky Rocking Horse by Marc Newsom
Whether its traditional or modern hopefully there is something here for you.

The Team at Cimmermann

Crafty design projects for kids

Keep the kids occupied this half term with some crafty design ideas

It can be difficult to think of things to keep the little ones busy over the half term so why not try some crafting with these simple, cool creative projects.  Just reach for some scrap cardboard, tape and scissors.

Blackboard wall
Find a spot for a blackboard.  A full wall or a simple square or a couple of stripes….. get creative.  You can use it to practice writing, do some drawing, stick stickers on or all of these!

handwriting-wall
http://www.smallfryblog.com/2013/05/28/summertime-school-handwriting-wall/

Milk carton boats
Recycle milk or juice cartons into cool boats for a boat race! Decorate with their favourite colours and start the race with some of their favourite toys at the wheel.  Follow easy instructions on http://patentpendingprojects.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/milk-carton-row-boat-project.html
milk carton boat

Cardboard houses
Create a little den of their own either a collapsible version if you are strapped for space or create a couple of difference size versions to make their own tiny town. http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-fun/

diy cardboard house

Collapsible cardboard house full instructions on http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/967135/diy-collapsible-cardboard-playhouse

cardboard-house-header
Cardboard Bed
Whip up a cardboard bed for their favourite teddy or doll and if you’re all feeling really crafty make miniature bedding and cushions. Follow the simple instructions on http://www.hellobee.com/2012/10/09/diy-cardboard-bed/

Cardboard-Bed-DIY

Miniature House
Get the paints out and make a mini house for them become the interior designer! Follow the instructions on http://lilla-a-design.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/hopfallbart-fodelsedagskort.html
cardboard houseHappy crafting – email us your designs and we will put them on here – helen@cimmermann.co.uk

The Team at Cimmermann