Little Sun: Bringing the power of the sun to everyone

By Expert shopapps
on October 30, 2019

Little Sun: Bringing the power of the sun to everyone

The power of light and the sun in the palm of your hand. 

The iconic Little Sun portable solar lamp is the perfect introduction to solar powered light. Designed by artist Olafur Eliasson the Little Sun Flower great for camping, festivals, at the beach, or for brightening your home, garden, or balcony.

Kids love the lamp – as a nightlight or for playtime – which makes it easy to teach them about sustainable living.

Featuring a dimmer, you can easily adjust the brightness of the lamp to what you need. 5 hours of charging in the sun produces more than 50 hours of light at the dimmest setting or 4 hours at the brightest setting.

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The power of your purchase, why Little Sun is a unique concept. 

When you buy Little Sun products, you make solar energy available to communities without electricity at a locally affordable price. For every Little Sun sold, one goes to our partners in rural Africa, where we train local sales agents and bring solar energy to those who need it most

Join a global movement! Purchase a Little Sun now. 

The iconic little solar lamp

  • A high-quality portable solar lamp featuring a dimmer
  • 5 hours of charging in the sun produces more than 50 hours of light at the dimmest setting or 4 hours at the brightest setting
  • Battery lifespan of 5 years when used daily
  • Extremely robust and durable – perfect for outdoor activities and playtime!
  • ROHS and ISO-certified certified for quality and consistency in production standards

Unique features

  • Designed by artist Olafur Eliasson – makes a great gift!
  • Comes with a lanyard and story booklet in a beautifully designed box
  • It’s a fun, accessible introduction to the benefits of solar power and sustainable energy
  • Great as a nightlight, for play time and to discover the power of the sun – kids love Little Sun.
  • For camping, festivals, at the beach, or for brightening your home, garden, or balcony

Light Output: Charging Little Sun Original for a minimum of 5 hours in the sun gives you 4 hours bright light (30 lm); or, use dimmer to get the most out of your Little Sun (up to 50 hours or more at lowest level, 2 lm). More details can be found in the Little Sun store page.

To find out more, visit

https://www.steamkids.com.au/products/little-sun-original-flower?variant=12896791593011#tabs-2

Plus Plus: One shape, so many possibilities!

By Justin Gilfillan
on October 29, 2019

Plus Plus: One shape, so many possibilities!

Plus Plus: One shape, so many possibilities!

Don't let Plus Plus' seemingly simple appearance fool you, this open ended, creative, and inspiring building toy is perfect for young hands and creative minds!

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Game Spotlight: Tenzi! (and its many, many cousins)

By Justin Gilfillan
on November 05, 2018

Game Spotlight: Tenzi! (and its many, many cousins)

Ever since the Flying Fox Team first set eyes upon the seemingly simple, yet surprisingly creative dice game TENZI, it was love at first sight. This game has given a whole new meaning to what's considered a board game, and we love it!

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Stick-Lets - Because Mother Nature Misses Us

By Karen Gilfillan
on November 01, 2018

Stick-Lets - Because Mother Nature Misses Us

It was early 2014 and one of our Flying Fox Studios educators discovered a product called Stick-lets. How excited we were to discover a wonderful, outdoor, resource that is designed to connect kids with nature. Made of 100% silicone, Stick-lets come in various sizes with 2, 3 or 4 holes that allow you to bind sticks,dowel or rods together. The open ended construction possibilities are endless.

Our own kids use ours to make massive cubby houses and complicated mazes with sticks and sometimes sheets or tarps. They are fantastic for a day, weekend or school holiday project.

Over the years Stick-lets has continued to be a popular addition to our Steam Kids universe, encouraging kids to get outside, away from screens and reconnect with the great outdoors.

We had a ball with a mini set at the World Science Festival in Brisbane in both 2017 and 2018, it's always amazing to us as educators to see the problem solving happen when kids have access to a resource that doesn't do all the thinking for them.

 Stick-lets in Australia

 

We love the Mega Fort Kit as a family kit. It comes with 18 multi-coloured pieces and a tote bag which is plenty for a couple of kids working together. We also stock a range of larger and smaller kits, suitable both to smaller and giant projects. We look forward to stocking Stick-lets for many years to come! 

New in 2018, the small 90 piece education set. We have such high demand for Stick-lets from groups such as bush playgroups, schools, homeschooling groups we are excited to keep adding to our education range. 

Magformers Play & Educational Use

By Karen Gilfillan
on July 13, 2014

After using MagFormers in our Fox Blocks classes at Flying Fox Studios and bringing them to BillyCart Markets for children to explore and play with, I am convinced that MagFormers are one of the best open-ended construction toys in the market today.

The shapes and accessories available lead children to building all sorts of vehicles and structures, as seen here at our last twilight market appearance.

As the children, and adults, play with the MagFormers, they are developing an understanding of structural stability and engineering leading to bigger and stronger structures as play continues.

Working with magnets is also an avenue into scientific investigation, where the the strength of the magnets can be tested in different configurations, as well as being introduced to concepts such as magnetic attraction.

Finally, the range of shapes available in Magformers sets leads to a greater understanding of 2-D shapes, 3-D shapes, and the relationships between them. Even more interesting is watching children create a puzzle, of sorts, with all the shapes in a configuration that suits them.

We love playing and exploring with Magformers in our Fox blocks classes, in our TreeHouse Holiday Workshops, and at events such as BillyCart Markets. They are hands-on, inspire creativity, and open-ended which allows the children playing with them the freedom to turn them into whatever their heart desires.

"MAGFORMERS construction sets foster brain development through fun and educational exploration. With high quality, durable construction and intelligent magnetic design, the possibilities are endless!" - magformers.com

Kinetic Sand

By Karen Gilfillan
on March 28, 2014

We just LOVE Kinetic Sand at Fox Shop! Not only do we sell it in store, we also use it in classes. We have found

Kinetic Sand Play Experience run by Flying Fox Studios at the Billycart Markets 2014

children (and grown ups) play with Kinetic Sand is several different ways.

Firstly, everyone simply loves shaping and molding the sand. It is amazing how it sticks to itself, and you don't get grains of sand everywhere.

Secondly, we have run many larger scale a

ctivities (both at markets and in our classes) creating Kinetic Sand mini worlds. Here we gather rocks, stocks, shells, play figures, plastic toys, and really anything else small from my toy cupboard. The kids have a ball creating lands, worlds, houses, and landscapes combining the sand wtih other toys. This is the true creative play experience, that extends the life of Kinetic Sand from a novelty, to an interactive toy to last years.

Thirdly, older children just love to make complex sculptures and carvings with the sand. This takes time, and a bit of a plan to begin with. Skills developed are concentration, thinking, fine motor development and lots more.

Flying Fox Studios (and the people behind the fabulous Fox Shop) have run this wonderful Kinetic Sand play experience at the Billycart Markets in Brisbane during 2014. This is our 'mini world' that hundreds of children play with over the course of the evening. So much fun!

 

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