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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
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  • 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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7 Benefits of Puzzles for Children

12

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

13

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!

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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
 

5 Ways to Keep Children Entertained on Christmas Day

02

Dec 2016

Excitement for the arrival of Father Christmas has been building for weeks and on Christmas morning it’s not uncommon for little ones to jump out of bed at silly o’clock wanting to open their presents and start the festivities. With so much happening over the course of the day, from friends and relatives coming and going, a big roast dinner, and not to mention the opening of presents, it can be a long day for children, with emotions and excitement running high.

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That’s why the mums and dads at Galt HQ have put their heads together to share their best tips and tricks to keep children entertained (and calm!) on Christmas Day.

  1.  Get children involved in the preparations – Whether it’s decorating the Christmas tree or helping in the kitchen, children love to feel part of the preparations. On the day, keep them busy by giving them a job to do, such as being in charge of writing down who each gift is to and from, for the ‘thank you’ letters later.
  2.  Stick to the rules – Christmas Day is a fun day to spend together as a family, but that doesn’t mean that all your house rules should go out the window (or up the chimney!). Children thrive from having a routine, which when disturbed can quickly lead to tears and tantrums. Stick to your usual routine and make sure everyone knows what the plan is for each stage of the day to maintain the peace.
  3.  Burn off all that extra energy – If they can’t resist the temptation to start chomping on chocolate coins from their stockings or digging into all the delicious festive treats on offer, they’re sure to have bags more energy than usual. There is something very special about putting on your wellies, wrapping up warm and going for a brisk winter walk in the park or local woodland on Christmas Day to work off all that extra energy, and it’s all quality time spent together as a family.
  4.  Start new traditions – Introducing a few new traditions to the day that will spread out the process and keep children entertained are also a great idea. For example, bring in a rule that they can open one present every hour. It will give them time to play with each individual toy and they will also appreciate each item, rather than charging in and opening all their presents in under 30 seconds!
  5.  Finally, Have fun! – The most important part of the day is to enjoy yourselves and have fun. There are hundreds of games, puzzles, activity cases and craft kits available that will keep children entertained for hours on Christmas Day. We’ve picked a few of our favourites, but take a peek around our website for even more inspiration.

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Let us know if you have any tips or additional ways to keep children entertained on Christmas Day! Tweet @GaltToys or join the conversation on Facebook. Happy Christmas!

Posted in Parenting Top Tips