Play Ideas

Fun With Miniatures

We are obsessed with miniatures! It’s no surprise as miniatures have been taking the macro photography world by storm...

top toys - wooden toys

As a medium, we are very partial to wood at Dilly Dally. It’s beautiful, sustainable and durable. Many wooden toys are works of art that can be treasured and passed down for generations...

top toys - arts and crafts

Whether you dream of your little one becoming the next Picasso or not, arts and crafts should definitely be in your toy box. Encouraging artistic expression certainly can lead to increased artistic ability, but that is just one of the many incredible benefits...

top toys - blocks

This is the jack of all trades toy. Whether you're hoping for an architect, scientist or artistic genius, blocks should be a part of your child's toy box...

top toys - storytelling tools

We love storytelling toys like puppets, figures, story cards, story dice, and creative writing tools. Anything that inspires kids to create characters and events and link them together in fun little stories makes for an excellent, imaginative toy.

top toys - dress up and house play

Kids playing shop in tutus and pirate hats are pretty darn cute. Crazy cute actually, but that’s just a benefit for us adults. The list of benefits for kids is much lengthier than that.

top toys - games

Playing games is great fun, but there are a host of benefits for kids beyond a good time and a great way to spend an afternoon indoors...

top toys - puzzles

Piecing together a puzzle puzzle on a rainy afternoon is one of life's peaceful pleasures. Along with being a pleasant way to spend some time, puzzles encourage and develop many positive skills...

top toys - books

Books really are one of the great joys in life. Cuddling up and reading a story together is a treasured memory for many parents and children...

top toys- stuffed animals & dolls

Soft, cuddly friends are truly one of childhood’s ultimate comforts. Who among us didn’t have a treasured doll or teddy, or some other creature to cuddle that meant the world to us as kids...

top toys - science toys & outdoor exploration

There is such an awesome range of toys, kits and projects that encourage scientific exploration these days. From building a working catapult to...

make your own snow globe

Bring the snow inside with these adorable home-made snow globes...

beautiful wooden rainbows

We. Love. This. Toy! Made in Germany...

handmade Latvian wood toys

Out of this little country in the Baltics of lovely rolling hills and fairly tale castles comes...

set sail for adventure

These wooden boats are the best! They are made in Germany...

Schleich realistic animal figures

Schleich makes the most incredible animal figures around...

toys as decor? yeah!

There are so many toys that are so beautifully designed these days, it seems a shame to...

DIY cascarones. So pretty!

Cascarones are an Easter tradition from Mexico that we think is just the best...

create flashcard fun

Flashcards are a classic educational toy, but they’ve long since

make your own Christmas crackers

Holiday crackers are a classic holiday-time treat! Here’s an easy way...

make your own play roads and towns

With fall showers comes more time indoors. What better way to spend an afternoon...

the most beautiful spinning tops

When was the last time you played with tops? Some of the best tops we have found...

European tin vehicle beauties

These tin vehicles traveled to Dilly Dally all the way from the Czech Republic...

sandcastles

Kids have always loved building stuff out of sand. Get all sandy...

rocks, paper, scissors

How many times has this game come in handy?...

farmer's markets with kids

Local farmers markets are a perfect family outing on sunny days!...

why puppets are awesome

Hand puppets are a great way to explore imaginative play...

Valentine's Craft

Do you have a little peach you’d like to surprise this Valentine’s Day?...

how to fold a secret note

Okay so kids now have iphones and can text each other in class if they’re really slick and discrete. But...

how to play jacks

What game is more nostalgic than Jacks? A variation...

marble championships

These mesmerizing little spheres are fun for playing strategy games, rolling around...

make a paper hat

Fun, easy to make and cute as a button – we really just love paper hats...

make bubble wands

Bubbles are one of the best things about sunny days! Blowing soap bubbles...

benefits of outdoor play

I think we all know intuitively how important it is to spend time outdoors...

crazy cute Calico Critters

Oh. My. Goodness! We are, along with several of our pint sized customers, quite smitten with the absurdly adorable Calico Critters...

marble games


Marbles! So fun, so great to collect, so many games to play...

Valentine's paper pouches

Super cute and very easy to make, these little Valentine’s pouches are a great way...

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