Ian Allan

Website: https://myscallywag.com.au
Bio: Hello. I'm a trained geographer, an in-training dad of a preppy girl...and loving it! Where I am co-author, my role is mostly that of editor.

Posts by Ian Allan:

BPA free and Phthalate free toys for your child?

Posted on: 13 Nov 2019

BPA free and Phthalate free are two terms you should look for on the labels of plastic toys. Different types of plastic are used for different types of toys. In general, the softer the toy, the more likely that it will contain toxic chemicals. It’s often the plastic softening additives (mostly BPA and Phthalates) that […]

How to choose safe kids bath toys

Posted on: 06 Nov 2019

The best kids bath toys are simple. They foster imagination and experimentation with water. Kids love to bail, spill and look at what water does as it cascades, using even the most basic containers from your kitchen. They also love finding out what floats and what sinks. This makes boats and bowls lots of fun. […]

How to buy a safe wooden toy in Australia

Posted on: 31 Oct 2019

Buying a safe wooden toy in Australia can be tricky. Wooden toys have a great reputation for being a thoughtful and sustainable buying choice. Good quality, eco-friendly wooden toys usually don’t contain the toxic chemicals that are found in many plastic toys. I say “usually” because not all wooden toys are created equal. Some wooden […]

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Posted on: 09 May 2019

Shopping and preparing for a new baby can be overwhelming.  Surely you don’t need everything that is sold at these baby stores, right?  But all the sales stuff says they’ll make your life with baby easier and more convenient.  Thus begins the struggle of guessing what products you need, versus what you can survive (and […]

Here’s why donating baby goods to Op Shops is unsustainable

Posted on: 08 May 2019

Sending your unwanted goods to an Op shop seems a great way to tick your personal sustainability box. This especially applies to baby goods, many of which are hardly used before they are outgrown by your bubba. The problem is that while eco-ethical standards rest at the consumer level, some baby goods must meet mandatory […]

The importance of stories for kids in their 3 developmental stages

Posted on: 21 Nov 2018

Reading to your child is one of the greatest gifts any parent can give. Stories for kids are so important. Children whose parents read aloud to them every day are almost one year ahead of their same aged-peers who do not receive daily read alouds.    There is no question that parents should be reading to […]

Introducing Green Toys Eco Toys – 100% Recycled Toys

Posted on: 30 Oct 2018

Green Toys Inc. is an eco-friendly toy company. They are committed to sustainability and playfulness as a path to inspiring their passion in others. They use 100% recycled materials to produce safe toys. Toys that are manufactured according to the high ethical and environmental standards in California. They are leaders, not followers. They have a […]

Introducing Plan Toys wooden toys | Plan Toys Australia

Posted on: 11 Oct 2018

Plan Toys is an eco-friendly and ethical Toy Company based in Thailand. Looking for Plan Toys in Australia?  Read on… The Plan Toys company treat the environment well, they treat their staff well, and they make the most beautiful wooden toys. We are so happy to stock Plan Toys!  All Plan Toys are made […]

Music to my ears : 10 Benefits of children’s musical instruments and musical play

Posted on: 13 Sep 2018

Bang! Clink! Ding! Crash! Strum! Toot! Twang!  When it comes to musical instruments for kids, when children get their hands on an instrument, parents usually either reach for the ear plugs or cringe with fear. But did you know that experimenting with children’s musical instruments and musical play can help support children in all areas […]

Play based learning: Tips for parents

Posted on: 31 Aug 2018

All children love to play!  Maria Montessori once said that “play is the work of the child” – but even this is a gross understatement of just how important play based learning is to the development of our children.  Play is a time when children can be free to investigate, explore, imagine, create, communicate and […]

Why buy Baby Earmuffs and Kids Earmuffs?

Posted on: 20 Jul 2018

Have you ever wanted to take your child to a music or sports event, but couldn’t because the noise there was too loud for them? Loud sounds are distressing to young children for good reason – their anatomy is different to adults. Their hearing can be damaged by both sudden very loud noises, and constant […]

What are the best kids headphones?

Posted on: 19 Jul 2018

Why YOU Need Kids Headphones Choosing the best kids headphones for your child is important because the wrong headphones could damage their hearing. In many households kids headphones are essential items. If your household is anything like mine, Bananas in Pyjamas and my preppy’s homework apps are enough to drive me insane sometimes. Travelling is […]

4 Things that Could Damage your Child’s Hearing

Posted on: 19 Jul 2018

Babies and young children have thinner skulls and smaller ear canals than adults. That means that they are at greater risk of getting hearing damage from a loud sound than adults are. Some experts say that a child’s ears are likely to perceive sound up to 20% louder than an adult’s. So, if you’re heading […]