The TP Explorer is Award Winning!
It’s rare that playing on a climbing frame will not put a smile on your child’s face, but we always want to make sure parents are just as happy with the purchase, bringing a sense of adventure to your back garden . We are thrilled the TP Explorer has been selected as an Indy Best Buy product in the Independent in the category for the best climbing frames! After keeping the original design, with a few make-overs here there, this climbing frame has been a firm family favourite for the last 20 years. You can build it at low height for children from 18 months, or full height for kids aged three to 12 years, coming with a den with adventure playmat and porthole is sure to be your little one’s favourite hiding spot! The TP Toys Castlewood Wooden Climbing Frame also featured as a runner up! With impressive play value (you can even add on a fireman’s pole!) your child will be smiling from ear to ear every time they step foot in the garden. Now black Friday is just around the corner our sale has started early – you can pick both of these award-winning climbing frames for a fraction of the price!
Introducing you to the world of TP Trikes
TP Trikes have just rolled onto the scene! Get your little one riding around in style, from the age of 10 months, the TP Trikes adapt as your little one grows and gains more independence. With the release of three different models, the 4 in 1+, 4 in 1 and Early Fun, each with two colourways to choose from there is something for every child who loves to get out and explore! Available exclusively at Argos for the first 6 months! The 4 in 1+ Trike A stylish tricycle that grows and adapts with your child from the age of 10+ months. This trike features an adjustable seat, removable parental control handle, allowing your little one to sit back and relax. With a 3-point safety belt and removable safety bar to ensure your little one is kept safe, while the shock resistant wheels ensure for a smooth ride. Coming in greyish black with either Pink Dusk or Midnight Blue, RRP £80. The 4 in 1 Trike The 4 in 1 trike is sure to be the centre of your little one’s attention, allowing them to ride around in style. Featuring a parental lock mode giving you full steering control, with a 3-point safety belt, removable safety bar and shock resistant wheels for maximum comfort. Coming in two bold colourways and patterned canopy, Dino Discovery and Unicorn Dream, RRP £60. The Early Fun Trike The Early Fun is the perfect first, 2-stage trike, allowing your little one to gain their independence as this training trike turns into an independent tricycle. Featuring an adjustable seat and removable parent handle, with a 3-point safety belt to ensure your little one is kept safe. Coming in Bubble Gum or Ocean Wave, RRP £40.
Scuttlebug XL is Award Winning!
After only releasing the Scuttlebug XL earlier on this year we are so happy to have received the news it will be picking up a prize at the Right Start 2020 Awards!
Ahoy Wooden Play Boat Has Been Shortlisted!
Knowing your customers love your products is the most important part of the job, but learning you will be receiving a prize at the Right Start 2020 awards is the cherry on top of the cake!
Stay Active at Home
Having an active childhood is imperative. But sometimes it can be a little tricky to keep things inventive and exciting...
Learning Through Play
What might not be so obvious is that a great deal of a child’s development actually comes from their playtime. Core skills, including physical, mental and emotional skills, are all learnt during play both with the child on their own and when playing with other kids.-
TP Toys shortlisted for multiple awards
We are excited to announce that not one, not two, but THREE of our TP products have been shortlisted for the MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.
Outdoor Toys: Then and Now
Playing out in the great outdoors can bring a smile to almost anyone’s face, especially when the weather is at its best. After looking at over 100 years of Met Office weather data, its been predicted that this summer’s peak conditions in the UK will be the week of 21st to 29th July, so getting out and about around that time is an absolute must. Playgrounds and gardens give kids an ideal opportunity to play with outdoor toys with other kids, so we decided to take a look back at how the outdoor toys we know and love became an essential part of playing outdoors.
Happy 60th Birthday TP!
Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday Dear TP Happy Birthday to You! HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY TP TOYS!! The year is 1959, innovation is on the horizon. The UK starts using postcodes and opens the first section of the M1 motorway! Disney injects some magic in the world with the release of Sleeping Beauty and future celebrities Emma Thompson, Simon Cowell and Sarah the Duchess of York are born. However, the most exciting moment of 1959 was the birth of TP Toys! 1959 saw the first Hula Hoop craze begin. Our founders, have access to a supply of semi-rigid plastic tubing which they make into hoops at home and sell from their cars. With the £200 profit they began to develop products which could be made from plastic-sleeved steel tubing, thus Tube Plastics – TP was born! 60 years on since our humble beginnings, TP leads the way in outdoor toys. Now part of the Mookie Family, the home of Swingball, the TP range includes Trampolines, Climbing Frames, Swing Sets, Playhouses, Slides, Sandpits and much, much more. It’s been 60 years of Fun at TP Toys. Have a look below at some of our highlights or click here for the full TP history. 1959 TP is born with their release of a simple hula hoop! 1960 TP Launch their first ever swing. 1963 The first TP designed product is patented - the Single Tower Climbing Set. This initial innovatory design is developed to offer multi tower options and a big range of accessories. It’s the start of the modularity that will become the hallmark of TP outdoor playsets. In the same year the UK's first mini trampolines are designed and manufactured by TP! 1969 TP becomes the the first UK manufacturer to make slides out of fibreglass. 1971 John Lewis become stockists of the TP range. 1975 TP expand their range for nurseries and playgroups. 1985 The Slippy Slide, the forerunner of today’s Aqua Slide, is patented and included in the TP range. 1993 TP are awarded the accolade of Best British Toy Company 1993 by the National Association of Toy Retailers. 1998 tptoys.com launches on the world wide web! 2003 TP commission the largest injection moulding tool ever made for the toy industry and create the new CrazyWavy slide. 2006 The Kingswood range of wooden climbing frames is added to the range and for the first time it is possible to ‘grow’ a wooden climbing frame. 2012 TP is now part of the family of Mookie Toys, the home of the UK’s No1 outdoor toy, Swingball. 2014 TP’s innovation in trampoline design culminates in the launch of the new igloo door. Getting in and out of a trampoline has never been so much fun! 2015 TP delivers their first ever TV advert . 2016 New QuadPod arrives, the new 4 in 1 swing seat which can be used from 6months old. 2017 The TP Design Barn opens in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, home to TP’s in-house design team. 2018 TP launches their range of award winning Mud Kitchens and Loft Houses. 2019 TP turns 60 years old! Still as Innovative as ever, TP delivers a new range of Mud Kitchen Accessories that can be added to the side of wooden playhouses, adding a whole new world of fun. The fun continues with the revolutionary 3 in 1 Activity Swing Seat, fully equipped with 3 modes that allows you to swing, stand and hang! 2019 has lots more surprises still to come, so stay tuned! Here’s to the next 60 years of play!
TP Mud Kitchen wins Multiple Toy Awards
We’re proud to announce our TP Muddy Madness Mud Kitchen has cooked up a storm at two recent toy awards! TP Mud Kitchen has been served with multiple awards, winning at both the ‘Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards’ and the ‘MadeforMums Toy Awards’. Scooping up two awards for Best Role Play Toy at ‘Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards’, the Mud Kitchen claimed the Consumer Choice and Bronze Award. The annual 'Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards' by parents site, Mumii test carefully selected children and nursery products assessed by an expert team, as well as tested by a team of parents. When you’re looking for the best mud kitchen, two awards simply won’t do. That’s why we’re delighted to strike gold at the MadeforMums Toy Awards after being voted Best Toy for Pretend Play. With mud pies galore on the menu, It’s easy to see why kids and parents love our mud kitchens so much. The MadeforMums Awards take toy testing very seriously. Tested by over 500 children (with the help of their parents) over the course of 8 weeks to find out which toys are best in class. The Muddy Madness Mud Kitchen from TP is very unique in the mud kitchen world. It comes complete with all the tools you need to whip up some culinary treats including an oven, work surface, pots and pans, cooking utensils and a real working tap! Mud kitchens are fantastic to gets kids excited about outdoor play, sparking their imagination and letting them get creative. Another big feature of the Muddy Madness Mud Kitchen is it comes complete with chalk and stencils so children can personalise their mud kitchen and write their delicious menu on the chalkboard! Mud pies all round! Please see below for a list of the awards the TP Mud Kitchen has won: Best Baby and Toddler Gear 2018 Best Role Play Toy – Consumer Choice Award Best Role Play Toy – Bronze Award MadeforMums Toy Awards 2018 Best Toy for Pretend Play – Gold Award
TP Spiro Spin Seesaw wins big at the Loved by Parents Awards
If you’re looking for the best Seesaw for your garden then look no further. Our spinning, bouncing seesaw, TP Spiro Spin won 3 awards in the Loved by Parents Awards 2018!
Two Storeys of Fun with a TP Loft House
When you imagine a wooden playhouse for your garden, you may think of a door, windows, perhaps a verandah if you're lucky. What you're probably not thinking of is stairs, balcony and a slide!
Introducing Spiro Spin - The spinning bouncing seesaw
We’re very excited to announce the launch of our brand-new bouncing, spinning seesaw – Spiro Spin. Spiro Spin is a revolutionary evolved seesaw, incorporating bouncing and spinning into the traditional playground activity.
TP Pirate Playhouse gets Christmas Makeover
Christmas came early for lucky 3-year-old, Rowan Reedman who had a pirate-themed winter wonderland created in his garden thanks to a competition from chocolate experts, Kinder.
Turn your playhouse into Santa's Grotto
We've had a visit from one of Santa's elves who's given a Christmas makeover to one of our playhouses.
Owning a trampoline - The benefits you may not know about!
In November 2016, we asked 42 trampoline owners if having a trampoline had helped encourage their child
Reasons to buy a trampoline this Christmas!
Here at TP Toys we love Christmas! With winter fast approaching buying a trampoline may not make it to the top of your Christmas list; however a trampoline can provide lots of fun and laughter for the whole family.
Playing in the sun - Top Tips for staying safe
It’s set to be a scorcher this weekend, so get the outdoor toys ready and let’s all enjoy the start of the summer weather. It’s easy to forget how powerful the sun can be here in the UK so we’ve pulled together some top tips on how to keep your children safe in the sun.
10 Top Tops to Help Build Your TP Wooden Toys!
Wooden product: A tape measure A pen and some scraps of paper A set of good quality tools Before you build your outdoor toy Always try to find a flat level piece of ground on which to build your outdoor toys Open the MAIN product box first and take out the instructions Read through the instructions thoroughly taking special note of any left or right handed parts, at what stage things like roof panels or swing arms are attached whether there are any stages where you will need more than one person during the assembly. Before unpacking the box, think about where in the garden your new equipment will end up – things like our Kingswood are very big and heavy once built so try to start building them where they will eventually end up to avoid any heavy lifting! When unpacking the parts, identify where the part number stickers are and lay out all the parts with the stickers facing up, then try to group identical parts together to make it easy to find them later. Some parts will look very similar, so have a tape measure handy and take note of any holes drilled in parts that might be subtly different to other parts of a similar shape and size. Open the packs containing the nuts and bolts and try splitting them up into neat piles (or better yet little tubs or bowls like TV Chefs) of each type, diameter and length – screw and bolt length is very important and can vary by only a couple of millimeters so take extra care selecting the right fasteners according to the instructions. Top Tip – don’t open the pack on the grass! Nuts and washers all to easily go missing on the grass, so try using the lid of one of the product boxes as a container. During assembly, work slowly and methodically through the instructions, and if you are struggling on a stage, try reading forwards and backwards through the instruction stages to double check everything has gone to plan. Sometimes getting a part the wrong way round at the start can cause a headache at the end! With modern, powerful drills it’s easy to over tighten screws, sinking them into the parts and potentially splitting the wood. Try using the torque setting on your drill (if it has one) and set it stop at the point the screw wound in just enough. If in doubt, use a power drill for the first 90% of the screw then tighten up the last 10% by hand. Wood is a natural, living material – and as such splinters and knots will occur. As you are building the product keep some sand paper to hand and take off any little splinters that you might find before letting the kids loose on their new swing set, climbing frame or pirate ship! We know separating all of the parts, nuts, bolts and paraphernalia might seem like a hassle – but it’s worth it! You will find things will run smoother when all the parts are to hand and you’re not trying to find the last 6mm dome nut that may or may not have fallen into the grass!!
Help Choosing Your Trampoline
Large trampolines have become the must-have outdoor toy for older children, from 6 years old. As a leading manufacturer, the TP customer advice line receives hundreds of calls each year seeking advice about trampoline purchases.
Enjoy Family Fun this Half Term
It’s that time again. School holidays come around quick don’t they? But there is no reason the holidays cant be filled with lots of family fun, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either!
Watch us on TV
TP Toys is on TV for the first time ever! Our brand new advert is showing now across multiple childrens TV channels and you can watch it now below:
Why not make and enjoy spring's first picnic?
The Met Office forecast suggests the weather is set to hot up in April and will stay warmer until at least May, so now may be a good time to start planning the first of many picnics.
The best books to enjoy with your children
When it comes to reading, some children will take to it like a duck to water, while others will avoid it at all costs. However, as a parent, it's important that you are a constant source of support, encouragement and engagement in this area.