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Please Note: Accurate delivery costs will be displayed after entering your address on our checkout page.
For Next Day Delivery Options - Please note our working days are Monday to Friday and our Cut Off is 1pm
Example: An order placed after 1pm on a Thursday with any Next Working Day delivery option selected, will be delivered on the following Tuesday.
 

FREE Standard UK Mainland & Lowlands - 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £20 and above

Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands


£3.95 Standard UK Mainland & Lowlands - 2-3 Working Days

For all orders under £20

Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands  

FREE Next Working Day - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £50 and above 

Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands

Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day.

£4.95 Next Working Day  - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £49.99 and under 

Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day. 

FREE Next Working Day AM - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £100 and above 

Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands
, your package will arrive before 12noon on the next working day.
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day. 

£7.95 Next Working Day AM - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £99.99 and under 

Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands, your package will arrive before 12noon on the next working day.
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day.

FREE Scottish Highlands & Islands  – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £75 and over

Delivery location is The Scottish Highlands and Islands.

£10.00 Scottish Highlands & Islands – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £74.99 and under

Delivery location is The Scottish Highlands and Islands.

From £7.95  Northern Ireland & UK Islands – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders
Delivery location is 
Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man.

From £7.95 European Delivery – 6-10 Working Days

For all orders outside of the British Isle locations in our supported countries listed above. 
Entering your country on the Checkout page will give you an accurate delivery charge.
Maximum charge is £20.95

 

Where we deliver:

We deliver throughout the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and The Scottish Highlands and Islands) , and the following European countries:

Austria Germany Poland Sweden
Belgium Hungary Portugal
Czech Republic Italy Republic of Ireland
Denmark Luxembourg Slovakia
Finland Monaco Slovenia
France Netherlands Spain

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot deliver to the British Forces posted overseas.


 

Delivery Service

All deliveries will be made by Parcelforce. 

Delivery Times:

Our carrier’s deliveries are made between the hours of 7am and 6pm.
Order cut-off for all delivery services is 1pm (UK time).
Orders placed after 1pm will be treated, for the purposes of delivery, as having been placed the next working day.
Working days are defined as Monday – Friday (excluding bank and public holidays) – therefore any orders placed after 1pm on Friday will not be processed until Monday.

Note: All delivery timescales are approximate and subject to availability. The precise timing of a delivery cannot be specified.

Delivery Timescales

Our Standard UK delivery service takes 2-3 working days, but sometimes longer for orders delivering to addresses in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, the Isles of Scilly, Orkney, Shetland and other Scottish islands.

 

Large Orders

Larger deliveries may require a signature to confirm receipt. If a signature cannot be obtained, the carrier may ask a neighbour to sign for the delivery. Deliveries that require a signature will not be left if a signature cannot be obtained. If the carrier leaves the delivery with a neighbour or at your local post office, they will leave a card for you telling you where it is.

Where a signature is given by someone other than you or the parcel is left at your local post office, the order will be treated as having been delivered.
You may, when placing your order online, specify a different delivery address than your payment address if that is more convenient for you.

Payment Methods

We accept the following Payment Methods:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Visa Delta
  • Visa Electron
  • PayPal

Tracking your order

You will be able to track the status of your order by visiting your account page, signing in and clicking on Order History.
Or you can contact our customer service team on Tel: 0161 428 9111 or email customerservices@jamesgalt.com.

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Let’s Get Children Writing!

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Feb 2017

In today’s digital age, with text messages, emails and social media as part of our everyday lives, it can be easy to forget about the traditional written word. Being able to read and write is such a valuable skill for children to learn. In fact, according to a recent survey by YouGov for #NationalStationeryWeek, 92% of adults think that being able to write by hand is important.

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National Stationery Week is set to encourage us all, especially children, to take the time to put pen to paper. Children love stationery, and we have a great selection of products that can help keep the passion for handwriting alive!

For those just starting to write, the First Writing Book is perfect for pre-school children to get to grips with their letters and words. While for children aged 5 and over, the Handwriting Book is 32 colourful pages of activities to support Key Stage 1 learning. Both books have reward stickers, magical characters and fun activities. The Galt Triangular Pencils are  easy for little hands to grip, and help children learn how to correctly hold a pencil from an early age.

First-Writing

The Water Magic ABC and Water Magic 123 sets are also a fun way to develop writing skills and learn the alphabet. The six reusable boards allow children to use the water pen to form the numbers 1 to 20 or letters of the alphabet by following the dotted lines. The letters or numbers will appear when drawn on, then later disappear for use time and time again!

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Become the next ‘Bard of Britain’

Throughout 2016, special events are taking place throughout Britain to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, perhaps one of the most influential writers of all time. It’s a great excuse to rediscover the joys of writing with your little ones, so if you think your child could be the next ‘Bard of Britain’ here are a few ideas of how to get them excited about putting pen to paper.

Practice with a Pen Pal

Having a Pen Pal is the easiest way to practice letter writing. If you have friends or relatives living in a different part of the UK or even abroad, why not ask if their children would like to be your little one’s pen pal? It’s a great way to make lifelong friendships and for them to learn about other places and cultures.

Creative Writing

Storytelling doesn’t always mean writing a plot with a beginning, a middle and an end. Creative writing can be much less structured and is great for practising writing skills, as well as imagination. One fun activity is to ask your child to describe a friend, pet or family member in detail using descriptive words. They can write about how the person or animal looks, as well as their individual personality traits.

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Capturing Memories

Keeping a daily or even weekly diary is a great way for children to record thoughts, feelings and memories. A journal doesn’t have to be a personal diary, why not start by writing a nature diary – a log of how the garden is changing through the seasons and the wildlife you’ve spotted while out and about?

Use Your Hands

 Writing doesn’t have to involve pencils or crayons, using your fingers to write with finger-paints can help develop the strength that is needed to eventually be able to grasp a pencil or crayon later on. Salt and sand trays are also a fun medium for children to practice with. You could even put splodges of different coloured paint in a clear zip lock bag and encourage little ones to write letters and words in the paint with their fingers – it’s reusable, fun and leaves no mess!

Art Attack!

Let your child embellish and illustrate their stories using stickers and drawings, or switch it round by asking them to write a few sentences about a drawing they have done recently. Building on their artistic talents and story writing skills at the same time!

Does your child love to write? Let us know what fun activities you do to improve your handwriting and writing skills by tweeting us @GaltToys or posting on our Facebook page.

Posted in Childhood Development
 

7 Benefits of Puzzles for Children

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Feb 2017

Puzzles are a great source of entertainment, but quite often they are overlooked for the more fashionable ‘all singing and dancing’ electronic games. This is such a shame as it’s long been known that jigsaw puzzles have a big part to play in a child’s learning and development. What’s more, children love doing them! Here are just a few reasons why you should encourage your children to play with puzzles.

The advantages of playing with puzzles

  1. Eye-Hand Coordination – When a child tries to fit, remove or turn a puzzle piece to find its right place,they are learning the connection between their hands and their eyes. The ability to coordinate what the eyes see, with what the brain pictures and what the hands do, takes a lot of practice, and puzzles are an enjoyable way to develop this skill.4 Puzzles in a Box, range from 12, 16, 20 and 24 pieces, with bright designs to help stimulate a toddler’s sensory and cognitive development.
  1. Emotional Skills – Children learn patience and persistence while working on a puzzle, and then are rewarded once it is completed. This boosts their independence and self-esteem as they will feel a sense of accomplishment.
  1. Fine Motor Skills – Little ones need to strengthen the muscles in their fingers so they can grip and hold things. Movement of fingers to get the pieces in the right spot will do just that, which in turn will help them to develop better handwriting skills.
  1. Social Interaction – All puzzles encourage children to work cooperatively with a friend or relative, as they try to complete the puzzle together chatting while they work out where the pieces need to go, developing a plan to solve. 100-Pc-Dinosaurs-Box
  1. Abstract Thinking – Puzzles enable children to use adaptable thinking and deductive reasoning skills, trying to find different ways to put the pieces together, and work out which piece they need next, whether it’s a corner one or a red zigzag piece they need.
  1. Problem Solving – Puzzles are perhaps the one game you can’t cheat at, the puzzle piece either fits or it doesn’t! Children have to use critical thinking skills to complete it.Magic-Puzzle---Pirate-Ship
  1. Vocabulary Skills – When a child asks for a certain piece they will often describe what they are looking for e.g. a square piece with a horse on it etc. Plus, the subject matter of the puzzle, such as animals, numbers, shapes, vehicles, will all help encourage speech and identification.

 

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Posted in Childhood Development, Parenting Top Tips, Playtime & Toys
 

Top Tips for Planning a Children’s Birthday Party

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Jan 2017

For some parents planning a children’s birthday party will be a piece of cake (excuse the pun!), but many find the party planning process a little bit stressful and even a chore. Big or small, planning a party that will suit your child’s age and character will guarantee that they have a whale of a time. The party also needs to fit with your style and budget, so we’ve put together five quick tips from the Mums and Dads at Galt Toys to help you along the way.

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1. Sending Invitations

This is almost as challenging as deciding who to invite to a wedding! Try to be considerate of children’s feelings. If you can’t invite the entire class, don’t hand out invitations at school. If you can only invite a few close friends, send the invitations by post or email.

2. Catering for Everyone

Make sure there’s enough buffet food for everyone, tea and coffee for the adults, and always have extra party bags or sweets to hand at the end of the party just in case!

3. Food & Drink

No need to go wild here. Ham, cheese or jam sandwiches and a variety of crisps plus the usual party food staples like sausage rolls, pizza slices, chicken nuggets, chocolate fingers, garlic bread etc will do just fine. Don’t over cater as children are often too excited to eat much. Better to serve small portions to younger children rather than letting them help themselves to avoid spills. Have bin liners and a dustpan close by.shutterstock_201935944

4. Bouncy Castle or Sleepover?

Plan a variety of activities. Active games such as relay races, musical chairs, or Simon Says, help kids get to know one another. At the end of the party give the children activity packs, or art and craft activities to do if you want to avoid sending riled-up party guests home to their parents. Older children often like a sleepover party. If it’s something you are happy to supervise (bearing in mind that you probably won’t get much sleep) it can be a wonderful bonding experience for children and one that they’ll remember for years.

5. Perfect Timing

Toddlers are at their best in the morning or early afternoon (this also means you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to organise everything). For older children, mid to late afternoon start gives them time to recover from any sports activities they may have and parents can enjoy a few hours off!

Download a FREE Birthday Cake Recipe Card

We’ve teamed up with award winning sugar artist, Michelle Sugar Art, to give tips and tricks for creating a yummy child’s birthday cake. Download the recipe card below!

Birthday Cake Download

Have you celebrated a big birthday with a yummy birthday cake recently? Share your snaps with us on Twitter or Facebook @Galttoys!

Posted in Parenting Top Tips