Plum Play 2020 Christmas Gift Guide

This year outdoor spaces have become more valuable than ever before, making outdoor toys this year’s must-have products. We have put together our own gift guide, to help you find the best outdoor toys to surprise your little ones with this Christmas.

12+ Months

Our 12+ months picks will create magical first times for you and your baby, from their first swing, creating hours of laughter and play all the way to their brave first climb. You will watch your child grown and develop through active play, with our specialised items, ready for outdoor adventures.

Plum® Wooden Growing Swing Set 

The Plum Wooden Growing Swing Set grows with your child, the swing is supplied with a 3-in-1 animal themed swing seat, which can be adjusted to baby, toddler and child stages. From 12 months up this swing set is made with longevity in mind. You will see your baby develop into a toddler and build confidence to swing on their own.

Plum® My First Wooden Play centre  

The Plum My First Wooden Play centre is made for toddlers aged 18+ months. The Play Centre will encourage healthy active play, aid the development of gross and fine motor skills and unleash imaginations. Complete with a 4ft slide, underneath den area, colourful rock wall and cargo net the Play Centre encourages 360 play.

3 Years+

At 3+ years your little one is more energetic than ever before! We have selected two of our best products for your inquisitive adventurer, that will inspire their imagination and put their increasing energy into hours of playtime.

Plum® Boat House Wooden Playhouse [Teal] 

Perfect for little ones aged 3+ years, the Plum Boathouse playhouse will add a splash of colour to your garden, coming in a lively teal colour with a harmonising whitewash trim finish! A raised platform allows your children to freely climb the three-step ladder to their adventure on deck, and use the 1.2m slide to return to land.

Plum® Mandrill® Wooden Climbing Frame 

The Plum Mandrill Wooden Climbing Frame provides little ones with hours of fun in the outdoors! The metal swing attachments encircle the pole so no drilling is required, maintaining strength and making your life easier when assembling. For when little legs grow, the height-adjustable rope allows the swings to be easily changed for comfortable active play! 

6 Years+

At 6+ years your child is an independent explorer. They want to create their own world and set out on new adventures each day. Adventure play will build your little ones confidence as they push their boundaries and reach new heights while developing new skills.

Plum® 10ft Space Zone II Springsafe® Trampoline & Enclosure [PVC]

The Plum 10ft Space Zone II Trampoline promises a safe, springy bounce. Our favourite features including the double galvanised steel frame, sturdy tramp klamp brackets and the 3G enclosure design which curves to maximise bounce space. Suitable for children aged 6+ years.

Plum® Wooden Lookout Tower with Monkey Bars [Colour Pop]

Starting at ages 3+ The Plum Wooden Lookout Tower with Monkey Bars (Colour Pop) is perfect for families with children of all ages, with exciting elements for 6+ year-olds. The climbing frame includes a ladder that leads up to the mighty wooden tower as well as a rock wall with multi-coloured hand and foot grips providing a more challenging route to the play deck. An 8ft wave slide will see them soar down and hideout in the sandpit that sits below deck. 

Trampoline Top Picks

This years must have product is…you guessed it trampolines. We have a range of sizes too, for every garden and every age.

Plum® Minions® Junior Bouncer
Colours By Plum® Springsafe® Trampoline- 10ft Limited Edition Gold
Plum® Minions® 4.5ft Minions Trampoline And Enclosure With Sounds

From 18+ months to big kids, Plum® trampolines are a present that cannot fail this year. The Plum® Junior Bouncers are suitable for 18+ months. Followed by the Plum® Minions® 4.5ft Minions Trampoline and Enclosure With Sounds, for 3+ years. Finally, for the big kids, we have the Colours By Plum® Springsafe® Trampoline- 10ft Limited Edition Gold, which is ideal for your 6+year-olds.

With something for everyone, Plum Products are a great choice to top your little ones Christmas list this year.

A Better Bonfire Night For Everyone

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Bonfire night is an exciting time of year, however for a lot of families it can be an extremely difficult time also. We want to share an insight into these families lives and advise on simple ways to be more mindful during this period. We will also be giving tips on ways you can keep your family safe this bonfire night. We know our followers are some of the most caring and considerate parents, so we hope this blog can help you help each other.

Loud Noises – Share Your Plans

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Bonfire night can often upset our little ones. With that said, it is important to be mindful of our neighbours and if you can, let them know your firework plans in advance, so they can prepare.

Here is what the experts say…

“We would recommend that you consider your neighbours and whether they have pets, or are elderly. You can buy a range of noiseless or low-noise fireworks that will still give a great display but without disturbing others.”

-Paul Howes, Group Manager for Prevention and Protection at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

For those with sensory processing disorders, fireworks have the ability to cause stress, anxiety
and discomfort due to their noise and unpredictability.

– Elysium 2020

If your child does find this time of year difficult, follow the link below for Elysium’s top 10 tips.

https://www.elysiumhealthcare.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Top-Ten-Tips-to-make-Bonfire-Night-enjoyable-for-those-with-Autism.pdf

Fluffy friends – How To Calm Them Down

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Loud bangs can be very confusing for our pets and we often witness strange behaviour because of them. It can make you feel helpless watching your pet struggle with confusion and anxiety at this time of year. So here are a few tricks and ideas you can use to try and ease their stress.

There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. By preparing in advance before fireworks start your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.

– The RSPCA 2020

  • Give your pet somewhere safe to hide, like a quite corner or under furniture.
  • If you can, walk your pets in daylight hours and keep them indoors at night time.
  • Try to mask the sound of fireworks by closing doors and windows and playing the radio.
  • Don’t punish your pets for their reaction to the fireworks.
  • Anti-stress dog bands help sensitive and/or frightened dogs to calm down during certain stressful situations as it reduces noise and provides a feeling of tucking in. (You can buy these online or make them yourself)

Keeping your family safe

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For those who do have firework plans, we know you are clued up on how to keep your family safe on bonfire night. Here’s a reminder of the latest tips from our local fire department ready for your family festivities…

Every year we buy the biggest and best fireworks for our home displays but the latest advice from the Lincolnshire fire department suggests you should check that you should only buy products that are suitable for your garden and neighbourhood. Surprisingly, category 3 fireworks are for sale to the public for outdoor use.

  • Category 2 fireworks are suitable for gardens where it is possible for spectators to keep at least a distance of 5m away for safety (often 8m – always check the safety information on the packaging).
  • Category 3 fireworks (‘display fireworks’) are usually only suitable for larger open spaces where people can stand at least 25 metres away. 25 metres is about the size of three fire engines end to end – so if you couldn’t fit that in your garden – it’s not big enough!

To read Lincolnshire fire departments full article follow the link below.

https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/news/article/425/bang-goes-the-neighbourhood-check-your-limits-for-firework-safety-this-bonfire-night

We hope you and your family have the best experience this bonfire night and you have been able to take a few tips from us to help.

6 ways to keep your little ones entertained in the run-up to Halloween!

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Autumn is here, every street, path and park is filled with a sea of autumnal bliss. It’s that cosy time of year where all the magic begins to happen and it all starts on the night of Halloween!

This year Halloween is on a Saturday, meaning there is a whole week of entertainment leading up to the big day. After a year of thinking outside the box to keep your little ones busy, this holiday can feel very daunting.

Worry not, here are some activities to keep your little ones entertained over this spooktacular period.

1. Spooky Cupcakes

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After lock down, if there is anything families have mastered it is baking! Now is the time to put the skills you have mastered to the test and create some creepy cup cakes.

You can find 100’s of recipes, techniques and ideas from a quick online search! ! Here are some of our favourites:

  • https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/family/best-halloween-recipes/
  • https://preppykitchen.com/halloween-cupcakes/

2. Classic Halloween Movies

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After a day of entertaining your children, a well deserved rest is needed, why not try sticking on a classic Halloween movie to get you in to the festive spirit. Here’s a few of our favourites:

  • Halloween town 1 & 2
  • Hocus pocus
  • Casper
  • Twitches
  • Ghost busters
  • Toy story of terror
  • Wallace and Gromit : The Curse of the were-rabbit

3. Pumpkin Picking

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Pumpkin picking is the hottest Halloween trend and if you can book yourself in, it is a great annual tradition to do with your family to capture some beautiful photos. However, if you cannot find an available pumpkin patch anywhere near you, fear not! There is nothing stopping you from picking your pumpkins up from your local shop and taking them out for a family activity and photo shoot. Find yourself a field with some hay bales and get creative.

Your local farm shop is the best place to go to find unique pumpkins.

4. Pumpkin Decorating

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Carving pumpkins is becoming a thing of the past. Black, white and green is the new orange this year. With parents opting for a more creative approach, we are now seeing painted or even spray painted pumpkins on our Instagram feeds. So why not give it ago, this is a fun and creative activity to do with your little ones, although we can’t promise it will make any less of a mess!

5. Traditional Halloween Games

Traditional Halloween games are a great way for both you and your little ones to feel festive, we love:

  • Apple bobbing
  • Halloween musical statues – get the classic Halloween tunes on like monster mash!
  • Guess what’s in the spooky box. Fill individual boxes with fake spiders, skeletons and sweetie eye balls and blind fold your little ones so they can guess what is in the box.

6. Trick Or Treating

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This year Halloween is going to be a little different. We wanted to inspire you to create an exciting trick or treat experience all around your home. By making every door in your house a new door to knock on, your little one can still have an authentic Halloween experience by collecting their sweets from each room. You can adopt the different styles and treats you get when you go trick or treating…Some people give fruit, others opt for money or there are the traditional sweet treats. Different treats behind each door adds to excitement!

If you have any of our outdoor toys, here’s how you can incorporate them into a creative Halloween at home…

Apple Bobbing
Trick Or Treating
Whats In The Spooky Sandpit

5 reasons why you should scoot to school

The school run, there is a reason why it is called a school run and not walk. We are rushing around trying to make sure your little ones have everything they need for the day ahead…Then…Just as you close the front door, you find out its sports day!

By the time you leave the house you feel rushed and want to get your little ones to school as quickly as possible, so they get a good start to the day.

But what if we told you scooting to school will give you and your children the best start to your day? Here are 5 reasons why.

  1. Less cars are on the road

More than 1,000 children a month are injured on local roads around British schools, according to insurance industry figures. With fewer cars on the road we can make school areas safer for children.

2. Scooting to school is good for the environment.

Picking up a scooter will greatly reduce your children’s exposure to pollution, high levels can cause conditions like asthma. Rising levels of pollution around schools are becoming an increasing concern, with 2019 seeing the highest recorded level of children being taken to school in cars.

3. Children are awake and ready for learning. 

Scooting to school will make a huge difference to your little one’s day. According to a recent study, physical activity before class led to increases in students’ test scores, overall physical activity and confidence in their academic ability. Scooting to school promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for your child, which will help to keep your little ones safe at this uncertain time.

The study;

Ready to Learn: The Impact of the Morning Blast Physical Activity Intervention on Elementary School Students
Tingting Xu, Erik Jon Byker, Monica Rae Gonzales

4. Save money on petrol. 

We all fill up at the beginning of the week and think this has got to last me until the end! Going back and forth soon adds up and it is the little trips like the school run that wastes your petrol. Give yourself the satisfaction of making a full tank last a whole week.

5. Scooting to school with your child allows you to value more moments together.

A survey by Highland Spring prior to lockdown says the average British family spends 34 minutes a day together in the week. This is because parents have long working hours and are exhausted after the daily commute. With lockdown turning living rooms into offices, family time is more accessible than ever! So, what better time than now to make the change from car to scooter on the school run.

Final word

2020 has bought a lot of things, the biggest being change. Scooting to school is a positive change for you and your family. Now is the time to pick up your scooter and ditch the car. Value every moment together as a family, even the school run!

Find Globber by Plum’s full range of Kids to Adults Scooters here:

https://www.plumplay.co.uk/scooters/shop-scooters-by-brand/globber

How to find spare parts for your trampoline

We know that from time to time your trampoline may need some parts changing or updating to prolong the life of the product.

By choosing genuine approved Plum spare parts for your trampoline, you are ensuring the perfect fit, integrity and performance. Spare parts purchased via our website have the Plum stamp of approval!

To help you find your trampoline spare part as quickly as possible, we have put together a simple trampoline parts guide.

1. Know your trampoline model? Find your spare part on the product page

  • If you know the name of your item, simply use the search bar on our website to find your product as quickly as possible.
  • Select the spares tab located underneath the product image
  • Click the button to find your compatible spares

2. Not sure what your trampoline model is? Use our spare parts finder to locate the correct replacement part

The spare parts finder can be located using the main menu on our website home page. 

How to use our spare parts finder…

  • Enter the product code into the spare part finder search bar
  • The code for your trampoline should be 9 characters long (with the exception of the In-ground trampolines) 
  • You can find your product code on your sales invoice (shown as SKU code), if you purchased through the Plum website
  • Trampolines made by us from 2014 onwards include a sticker, with the product code, this can be found on one of the trampoline legs

3. What if my spare part is unavailable or has been discontinued?

  • You can find out if your replacement part has been discontinued (due to the age of the product) by visiting the product page.
  • If an alternative replacement part is available, it will be linked on the product page
  • If the item is showing as ‘not in stock’ please see the estimated restock date on the product listing. You can also sign up to stock notifications for this part, to be the first to be notified of your parts availability.

4. What if I couldn’t find my spare part through these methods?

In the rare case that you cannot find spare parts for your trampoline using these methods, our help centre has been created to help customers with all enquiries regarding our products.

If you need further help then please contact us here, and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Get Kids Outdoors

Get Kids Outdoors

Spring Blog

Plum are celebrating 30 years of play and we want to inspire families to get outdoors and stay active this spring! We provide play for every stage of childhood, from baby’s first steps to their first swing and slide, bigger jumps, adventures and beyond.

There is so much more to play than meets the eye, the simple joy is seeing children learn, discover, experiment and grow in confidence through play and create a childhood of great memories.

According to the Play in Balance Campaign commissioned by Persil, almost a third of children in the UK play outdoors for 30 minutes or less a day. Sir Ken Robinson, expert in education, says “Play helps children to learn and experiment, to focus and concentrate, be more self-directed, and to build social confidence. Play also helps children to learn important social values, such as sharing, following rules, taking turns, valuing the choices of others, accepting losing, perseverance, tolerance, open mindedness and empathy.”

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Let children be children

We believe outdoor, active play helps to develop these skills and is great for bringing families together to enjoy the great outdoors. Allowing children the freedom of play will create cherished childhood memories for years to come. We want children to have the freedom of play and you the parent the peace of mind.
Check out our outdoor play ideas for you and your family this spring:

    Go for a picnic at the park
    Develop social skills and sharing

    Go camping
    Explore and create a new adventure every day

    Fly a kite
    Build confidence in physical play

    Family spring walk
    Share special moments and childhood memories

    Build a garden den
    Improve cognitive skills

    Go on a daffodil hunt
    Inspire new interests…a love to care for nature

    Paint a picture of your garden
    Fuel imaginations and creativity

    Plant sunflowers
    Explore nature and discover outdoor play and learning

To celebrate our 30th year of play, we are giving you the chance to win a Create Your Own Springsafe® Trampoline and two Fitbit Zips for your family so you can track your activity while you play! Enter now for your chance to get active this spring.

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Plum Play Gifts – A Kid’s Guide To Christmas

Plum Play Gifts – A Kid’s Guide To Christmas

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Christmas is just around the corner and we want to make it the most magical Christmas yet!

The Plum® Space Zone II Trampoline was the must have gift last year after featuring on the 2016 John Lewis Christmas TV Advert with the now famous Buster the Boxer.

Need some help with your Christmas shopping list? We’ve got gift ideas with the fun factor to keep kids playing throughout the holiday season. Browse our range of carefully selected gifts from £50 Playsets to ultimate outdoor climbing frames. From scooters to trampolines, we’ve got the perfect gift for your family!

This year, Plum Play® are counting down to the festive season. Each week Plum Play® will reveal an exciting new bundle including one of our products and complementary toys or accessories to go with the product. Make sure you check back each Wednesday to see the gift bundle of the week!

Enjoy imaginative play in week 6 with the Creative Cooking Christmas Gift Bundle!

It’s the final week of Christmas gift bundles, it’s time for little chefs to help out with the festive bakes in the run up to Christmas with the Peppermint Townhouse! Bundled with the fun Baking Gift Set from BKD London, this is the perfect gift for aspiring bakers this Christmas. Finished baking? The Peppermint Townhouse is also a stylish dream home for children’s figures and characters.

Plum Christmas Picnic Party Pack

The countdown to Christmas begins in week 5 with the Party Pack Christmas Gift Bundle!

It’s the start of December this week and time to get ready for the Christmas parties! Little ones can gather around the picnic tables and enjoy a festive celebration with friends and family. Bundle the picnic tables with a fun party pack from Pretty Little Party Shop for the ultimate Christmas party!

Plum Christmas Picnic Party Pack

Take a trip to the countryside for week 4 with the Farmhouse Gift Bundle!

Full of country charm, this bundle will provide hours of fun, creative role play with our Farmhouse Kitchen. Pick your favourite veg from your farm, give them a wash and they’re ready to cook ready for the Christmas dinner! Protect little one’s clothing from any cooking spillages with the beautiful Chicken Oilcloth Apron from Sophie Allport.

Plum Christmas Farmhouse Kitchen

Time for an adventure during week 3 with the Festive Feast Gift Bundle

It’s time to explore and create childhood memories with the Festive Feast Gift Bundle. Little ones can enjoy a secret den in the garden with the Plum® Wooden Teepee Hideaways which are perfect for all the family. Bundle the teepee with a cosy Christmas throw and a yummy John Lewis hamper for the perfect festive picnic.

Plum Christmas Teepee

It’s week two! Time to enjoy imaginative play with our Bookshelf Gift Bundle

Invent imaginary worlds and encourage learning through creative role play with the Bookshelf Gift Bundle. Keep little ones entertained throughout the Christmas period with the Hove Wooden Dolls House and Fortress Wooden Play Set which are packed full of fun features. The play sets fold closed to fit perfectly onto bookshelves and inspire creative thinking. Bundle the play sets with a set of fun books for play and learning.

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It’s week one and time to start our Christmas festivities with our Nature Play Gift Bundle!

This Nature Play gift bundle is perfect for little ones to tinker in the garden and explore the outdoors all year round. The award winning Discovery Mud Pie Kitchen combines hands on play and learning as children mush, mix and mould a mud pie. We know little ones like to splash around and get stuck in with messy play so check out the beautiful outerwear for your little ones from Muddy Puddles! This is the perfect bundle for little ones who love messy play and exploring wildlife!

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This Christmas, we’ll be giving away our NEW 12ft Space Zone II Evolution Trampoline with a trampoline accessory kit and a £100 John Lewis Gift Voucher which will all arrive in time for Christmas. Head over to our competition page for your chance to WIN this exciting Christmas bundle!

Follow Plum Play® on social media and be the first to enter our exciting bundle competitions each week in the run up to Christmas.

Galileo Strollcycle

Revolutionary 4-in-1 Strollcycle™ For Kids

Galileo Strollcycle

Have you spotted our exciting new product, the Galileo 4-in-1 Strollcycle™?

The award winning 4-in-1 stroller and tricycle transforms between stages as your little one grows and learns how to ride. Choose your favourite colour between red, green or blue!

  1. The Strollcycle™ folds in one single action, allowing the product to be stored away easily.
  2. Beginning with a parent controlled pushchair, the pedals serve as a safe footrest for children and the seat can be adjusted between sitting and napping mode, perfect for tired toddlers!
  3. Children have more control as the pushchair transforms into a Strollcycle™ from 18 months+ allowing them to pedal and steer. To build confidence and ensure safety, the steering can be controlled by parents with a steering lock button.
  4. Your little one can ride solo from 30 months when the Strollcycle™ transforms into a tricycle.

With no tools or assembly required, your little one can start their journey learning to ride straight away!



Plum Colours Trampoline - Right Start Award Winner

Plum Win Top Right Start Awards

Plum® had brilliant success at the Right Start Toy Awards 2017 winning 3 category awards and 2 Top Winner’s Awards!
Our stylish Colours by Plum® Springsafe® Trampoline won GOLD in the Outdoor Category and was awarded a top award for BEST INVESTMENT! Reversible colour pads provide twice the fun, mix and match between two fun colours and two foam sets to find your favourite combination!

“Trampolines are a great investment and this one is big and bouncy enough for adults, too. Excellent quality, it will provide years of fun” –Tester’s feedback in the Right Start Best Toy Guide 2017 

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The Plum Discovery Mud Pie Kitchen was awarded SILVER in the Role Play Category. Little ones can explore the outdoors and interact with nature as they mush, mix and mould a mud pie!

“The organic look and feel of this wooden workbench is perfectly suited to the outside and it looks lovely in the garden. There’s plenty to keep children entertained from the painting screen for messy artworks to the washing up bowl and hobs for mixing up and making some fabulous mud pies. A great way to keep little ones busy outdoors.” – Tester’s feedback in the Right Start Best Toy Guide 2017

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The Globber EVO 5-in-1 from Globber by Plum was awarded GOLD in the Sit and Ride category and was awarded a top award for BEST TOY 0-3. The three wheel scooter features five stages to grow with your little one as they learn to ride.

“Great value for money. The stylish, clever design easily grows with the child, switching from a lightweight parent pushalong to a balance bike to a first scooter. It works well in all modes and was loved by our testers.” – Tester’s feedback in the Right Start Best Toy Guide 2017

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Plum Wins Junior Design Awards

Plum Wins Junior Design Awards

The results from the Junior Design Awards are in! Plum have had great success with 3 products winning awards in Children’s Toy Categories.

Our innovative Plum® Discovery Mud Pie Kitchen has won GOLD in the Best toy design 3-5 years category.

Junior Editor Bonita added, “This is possibly one of the coolest toys I have seen in a long time. I would have loved this when I was a child. It’s beautifully made, sturdy and stylish to boot. What a lovely way to get kids outdoors.”

Plum Mud Pie Kitchen - Gold Junior Design Award 2017

The stylish Plum® 10ft Colours Springsafe® Trampoline has won SILVER for Best toy design in the 6+ years category. With reversible pads in two fun colours and two foam sets, little ones can mix and match to find their favourite combination!

Plum Colours Trampoline Silver Junior Design Award

Finally, the Globber Evo 4-in-1 Plus Scooter has been awarded FINALIST for Best toy design 3-5 years! This scooter will grow with your child while teaching them balance.

Globber Evo 4-in-1 Plus Scooter Junior Design Awards Finalist

Exciting news for Plum! We are delighted the judges liked our products, thank you Junior Magazine!