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Company Registration Number: 4785

Phone: 0404 67225

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Hopkins Toymaster

October 26, 2015


This month we're bringing our discussion of 'things going on in the art world' a little closer to home, by highlighting the project we're trying to get off the ground with our 190th anniversary coming up in 2017.  
Hazel Hodgins is a dance and sound artist, who has v...

September 12, 2015


You don't have to wait until Halloween to dress up!  Make your own wings... Fairy, bat, bird, you decide!


You will need:

A Cardboard Box

A Scissors


At Least 4 Feet Of Elastic

A Sharp Pencil

And... whatever you need to decorate and make your wings your own.  Suggestions...

September 11, 2015

Perfectly à la Banksy, the creation of Dismaland was created in secrecy and unveiled recently as a masterpiece of sarcasm and commentary on our need for mindless escapism in the form of popular entertainment at a disused lido in sleepy seaside town Weston-super-Mare....

August 15, 2015





The competition for the Irish city named European Capital of Culture is heating up.  In Wicklow we are surrounded by bidders, with Dublin to the North and Wexford to the South (as part of a combined effort with Kilkenny and Waterford) both vying for the title.  The...

July 18, 2015

Tying together our interest in toys, early play and art we were thinking this month about art and


education.  This is a mammoth topic and is well covered by Early Childhood News in their article "Art Influences Learning".  Integrating art with topics we learn allows a...

June 30, 2015

The following link is a fantastic video depicting the process of graffiti artists making over an abandoned warehouse when given an unlimited amount of paint to play with!

Want your new word for the day?  PALIMPSEST:  traditionally meaning the erasing of an old manus...

June 10, 2015


Let’s Pretend is a section we have which encompasses costumes and other Role Play toys for young children.  

Role Play is an extremely valuable form of play for children as it allows them to think in the abstract, problem solve, develop leadership skills, encoura...

May 1, 2015

TY Beanie Boos are the latest craze!  We can’t keep them on the shelf… While they look a little “bush baby” with their wildly large eyes the kids love them.  


We have stocked TY Beanies since back in the 90’s even before the first craze hit!  TY have now come out w...

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