DPD Delivery and Shipping to Europe!

A wonderful advantage of wooden toys is their robust nature. It’s one of the many reasons we love them. They are the kind of things you buy for your children and one day hope that they pass onto their children. After all how many of us know Grandparents that get out their wooden toys from their childhood for their Grandchildren.

The unfortunate thing behind the advantage of their strength is their weight. Again, not a bad thing in their day to day use, but for shipping from Wood and Wonder to you, well that can present a problem. We work hard to try and keep the costs of postage down. It’s why we introduced a weight based system on our website. It allows our lighter items to be posted for less! Services that cost less are slower and in our busy lives sometimes we just want our order right now! This is why we have introduced a speedy, tracked delivery service, with a 1 hour delivery slot so you don’t have to wait in all day long only to have your parcel arrive at 4:59pm!

Those of you in the UK can now select the DPD delivery service in your basket. Prices start at £7.80 for 1-2 day DPD tracked delivery with a 1 hour delivery slot.

We are also going to add the opportunity to leave a message for your courier, for example if they can leave it in a safe place. This is mainly for myHermes.

We’ve had a few messages in the past asking if we are able to post to Europe. Well I’m now pleased to say that this feature has now been added into our online shop for a selection of European countries. The full list can be found on our terms and conditions page, however you can simply select which country you are in on the shopping basket page when selecting your delivery.

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Up to 2kg we can post using Royal Mail International Standard post (at the UK end of course) which takes between 3 and 5 days from dispatch. The alternative for heavier orders is DPD taking around 2 to 5 days from dispatch with all (except Austria, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark and Latvia) offering a 1 hour delivery slot.

That’s all for now.

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Learning about time

In our first article on our new WordPress blog, we’d like to take a closer look at one of our products.

This week we will focus on the Goki Colour and Shape clock. It is recommended for ages 4+ and is built from a robust sustainable solid wood. Like any clock it has an hour and a minute hand which can be moved freely. The numbered 1-12 markings come apart from the clock body as a jigsaw puzzle.

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The learning begins with the assembly of the face. Reenforcing the numbers 1-12 connects the lessons they may have already learnt about numbers with the different application of time. The puzzle also develops hand-eye coordination and reasoning.

We at Wood and Wonder would like to share a valuable asset to you in our blog. A current primary school teacher called Miss Cook is always willing to offer her advice to us on the educational value of our products. This week she offers us some advice on how to teach time.

Miss Cook says:

“I’d recommend using this clock from the age of 4, firstly as a jigsaw puzzle to help apply the numbers 1 to 12. They could even be used as separate pieces to help make a start counting in twos. Slowly piece the clock face together and work on the meaning of the big and small hand.”

“At this age it’s best to focus on the o’clocks. Once they have grasped this securely you can move onto half pasts followed by quarter pasts. Use a circular piece of paper, fold it in half and colour each half into a different colour to demonstrate half past and into quarters to show quarter pasts and quarter to.”

“This is an excellent tool that can begin with your child at an early age when they are just grasping numbers. As they progress to year 2 (ages 6 and 7) they start at school with half pasts and quarter pasts, right through to year 4 (ages 8 and 9) where 5 minute increments come in. This clock can be with them all the way.”

The clock is priced at just £15.00. Please click here to see more on the Goki Colour & Shape Clock.

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Launching our new website

It’s an exciting time at Wood and Wonder! We have just launched a brand new website, with new features I think you’ll like.

Firstly we thought it was important that whilst browsing any of our new linking categories you can filter out those products which don’t interest you by brand, price, type, theme or minimum recommended age. We believed this was important to allow the website to grow along side your child. Allowing a search of all of our products on our website is a great new feature too.

We also wanted to create a loyalty system for our customers. If you create a password now at checkout, you will have an account with us. This will primarily be used to store your loyalty points. You earn 1 per £1 spend on the online store and can redeem them as money off (2p per point) any order once you have 50 or more points.

This isn’t just for new customers either, we will send loyalty points to all of our old customers!

Further to this, we have enhanced our Birthday Club. If you enter your little one’s name and birthday into our website (alongside a couple of Mum or Dad’s details), we will send you a voucher a couple of weeks before their birthday. Just so we can give you time to buy anything from our website for them, ready for their special day.

Our website now accepts all major credit and debit cards through WorldPay, as well as PayPal we just had before.

We have also reduced the cost of packaging for some smaller items by introducing a weight based postage system. The postage will be automatically calculated in your basket based upon the weight of the contents. Some items can only be carried by courier, and your basket will reflect this. If you have any problems with this please email us on info@woodandwonder.co.uk

As always, for all orders over £75, we will offer free delivery.

We hope you find the new website suits your needs, and please feel free to send any feedback to us using the above email address.

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