The Ultimate Building Toy

One of our most loved open ended toys, the Connetix magnetic tile range
helps develop so many skills as well as encouraging imagination. The
STEAM based toy helps to encourage maths, technology and arts, designed
to encourage learning through play the Connetix range is perfect for any
child to play with.


Stapelstein Stepping Stones

The Stapelstein stepping stones and wobble boards are designed to fit into your home not just as a toy, but as a design lead and functional resource that encourages play, movement and connection. Whether you're making up games, practising your balance or testing your child's physical limits!

Let Their Imagination Run Wild

Sensory Play All Year Round

Inspire My Play has created the perfect play tray for messy, creative, and small-world set-ups, this sensory play tray with removable compartments and lid was designed to help you create hassle-free sensory play experiences at home. No more attempts at lugging a tuff tray around the house or putting off messy play altogether!

Charnwood's child

Delivering beautiful, sustainable toys & gifts to inspire play from our home to yours.

The joy of toys

Why do we love open ended toys so much?

We believe that play is one of the single most important elements of childhood, by providing a small but well thought our collection of toys we can allow our children to dream, imagine, problem solve and adventure way beyond the boundaries we've found ourselves with as adults.

toy blocks - The place to start

Toy building blocks are my favourite recommendation.

Whenever I am asked about what is the best toy to gift to a child I always say blocks! Whether its for a one year old or 4 year old the humble toy block is the cornerstone of the toy box. they provide so many oppotunities to play, build, develop, count & sort that they pay for themselves year on year.

mixing and matching from different sets is one of the best ways to see c ahcilds creative side come alive.

Who are Charnwood's Child?

An independent shop selling sustainable wooden toys

Hi, I'm Lauren, mama of one and master of non, lover of slow Sundays and chocolate hobnobs and I want you to know why Charnwood's Child is so special to me. When my daughter Wallis was born I discovered a new way of looking at our world; living in Charnwood we had abundance of beautiful forests and parks and seeing how she used her imagination inspired me to think of toys differently.

I began to spend far too long trying to find a site that delivered the best in quality, craftsmanship and aesthetics but which also put the sole focus of natural and imaginative play at the heart of their designs. When I increasingly found myself having to look further afield, discovering brands in Greece, Russia, Denmark and USA I decided to bring them all under one roof, this roof! I hope you enjoy browsing and please get in touch if you need any help.

Lauren x

Here's What Our Customers Are Saying

Stapelstein Balance Board

This is a really colourful well made Wobble balance board which my kids love and equally I have also been using to improve my balance.

Stapelstein Stepping Stones

'Beautiful Open-Ended Toy'

Purchased these for my daughters third birthday who has been using anything and everything as stepping stones around the house. She’s absolutely thrilled! Beautiful colours, lightweight for her to carry and stack independently. She’s used them as stepping stones, a house for maileg mice, a container to fill, a seat, a step up, for colour recognition and she’s only had them a few days. Looking forward to seeing where else her imagination takes her with these!

Willow Tree


What a gorgeous piece! The colours and cut are amazing, I can't to add more Bumbu to our playroom.

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