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When we heard the news that Berlin-based Michael Sailstorfer had hidden 24-carat gold bars on a beach in our very own hometown, we thought we’d better get some digging power down to the dig site! 30 gold bars, worth £10,000, have been buried in the Outer Harbour Beach as part of Folkestone’s Triennial arts festival, …
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With their colourful wings and random flightiness it’s easy to see why butterflies are so popular with children. Many species have declined over the past ten years due to loss of habitat. But the good news is that even the littlest gardeners can play an active role in their conservation. Keeping plants well-watered is the …
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Having a gardening party

July 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Sam Ireland in Twigz - (0 Comments)

Planting can make a brilliant party activity if your little-one has a summer birthday. Turn the kids out into the garden with some pots and compost, give them a quick demo and leave them to get on with it. At this time of year, you can often pick up cheap-and-cheerful late season bedding plants from …
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Today marks the fourth annual campaign of ‘Independent Retailer Month’, which calls upon you, the general public, to support small, independent businesses by making more informed decisions on where you spend your money. Independent Retail Month is an annual campaign which runs throughout all of July, aiming to raise awareness of thousands of local businesses …
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Pink Girls and Blue Boys?

June 24th, 2014 | Posted by Sam Ireland in Bigjigs Toys - (15 Comments)

You may not be aware but today is Fairy Day.  Those that choose to celebrate it are likely to see more female fairies than male ones, along with lots of pinks and purples – paraded on a range of pink dolls, pink costumes and pink accessories. In recent years, it has been highly publicised through …
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Good Morning Bigjiggers, Unfortunately we come bearing bad news. The Government today informed us that our bid to run the West Coast Main Line bid was over. They announced that Virgin Trains will continue to operate all the West Coast Main Line train services, despite us promising: An efficient service on some exciting trains including …
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Panic spread through the World Cup scene yesterday as news emerged that the pitch for England’s opening group game against Italy, was ‘unsuitable’, and that Saturday’s game may not go ahead.  With less than 48 hours to go, organisers have made a desperate call to turf specialists at Twigz, to help them rescue the grass …
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Over 150 applications and several weeks later, we are delighted to introduce our 15 Play Patrol families who will undertake a variety of missions in the near future – ‘Putting Fun to the Test!’ So without further ado, please meet our Play Patrol Agents:   Gifts From the Pirates             …
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Growing Veg with a Pre-Schooler

June 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Sam Ireland in Twigz - (2 Comments)

None of the peas I grew last year made it to the kitchen. My daughter discovered the joy of eating them straight from the pod and polished off most of the harvest. This year she’s growing her own. We started the first batch in a Twigz mini greenhouse back in March. They germinated nice and …
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Ever heard of the terms ‘smartphone parenting’ or the ‘techno-baby’? These terms are being increasingly common place in the UK whereby parents are often opting for smartphone devices and apps to keep their children entertained – they fit neatly into your pocket, are durable and provide hours of endless entertainment from games, to movies to …
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Play Patrol Finalists

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Sam Ireland in Play Patrol | Reviews - (16 Comments)

WOW – what a response! We have been snowed under a mountain of Play Patrol applications – over 150 to be exact (Mama Geek recreated the scene!) As our 2nd year within the blogging-sphere (poet and we didn’t know it!), we have once again been overwhelmed with the volume and standard of applications – with …
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Become a Play Patrol Agent!

April 7th, 2014 | Posted by Sam Ireland in Play Patrol - (15 Comments)

Hello Bigjiggers! After a fantastic year working with 12 wonderful families, we are on the search for our next round of Bigjigs Play Patrol Agents! To be considered for Play Patrol you must meet the following criteria: Have a willing agent aged 0-6 years old who LOVES playing/testing out toys Have a blog where you …
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