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CHRISTMAS DELIVERY INFORMATION

UK Orders

Order by Mid Day on the 20th of December to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.
All orders placed after this time and up until the 2nd of January, will be processed for dispatch from the 3rd of January 2016. 

European Orders

Order by Mid Day on the 14th of December to Guarantee Delivery to Europe in time for Christmas
All orders placed after this time and up until the 4th of January, will be processed for dispatch from the 5th of January 2016.

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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.
 

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For all orders totalling £30 and above.
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£3.95 Standard UK Mainland & Lowlands - 2-3 Working Days

For all orders under £30
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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 
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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).
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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.

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We accept the following Payment Methods:

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11 Family friendly events not to be missed during British Science Week 2018

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Mar 2018

British Science Week 2018 family friendly events

British Science Week 2018 ends this Sunday! 🙁
So, to cheer everyone up we’ve decided to highlight some of the fantastic events happening over the closing weekend, along with some fab online Science resources for children to continue their discovery of the Sciences.

  1. Museum Makes, Rocket Lab
    Location: Greenwich Heritage Centre, Woolwich
    10:30am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 12pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018Drop-in workshop for children and their families. See our Congreve Rocket and design a rocket to put to the test! See how accurate your rocket is by launching them at targets to see how many you can get!
  2. STEAM@the studio
    Location: OpenHand OpenSpace Brock Keep, Reading
    12pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018Join in the fun and learning with activities for all ages led by local artists and at Brock Keep, Openhand Openspace gallery and artists’ studios. Explore the architecture of this historic listed building, feel the magic of nature in the garden, make fabulous paper constructions, drawings and racing machines and discover The Den! Workshops led by Think Lockhart, Nature Nurture, The Engine Room, Mini Professors and The Annual Daydream Harvest.
  3. Discovery Night
    Location: Sheffield University
    4pm, Friday 16th March, 2018 – 8pm, Friday 16th March,2018
    The University of Sheffield’s laboratories and lecture theatres will be open to the public for an evening of talks, demonstrations and hands on activities based around our research in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. There will be plenty of fun science activities for younger visitors, and lots of opportunities to put on a lab coat and have a go yourself. Everyone is very welcome and the event is free. Recommended age 5+
  4. Robot Day
    Location: QUAD, Derby
    10am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4pm, Saturday 17th March,2018
    The robots are coming to Derby city centre! Get hands-on with coding, watch robots compete in challenges, hear from experts about how robots improve our lives, watch robots in VR, and make robot crafts. This celebration of robots is a fantastic way for young people and their influential people in their lives to find out more about how engineering makes the world a better place. #RobotDay is open to people of all ages, there’s something for everyone 3 years+
  5. FOOD FUTURES?
    Location: The Calthorpe Project, London
    10am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 5pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018
    A one-day hands-on workshop with academics and artists from the Slade School of Art, UCL on the theme of food production, sustainability and closing the energy loop. You will have the opportunity to join an experiment to test a hydroponic plant machine, originally devised by NASA and make your own vegetarian closed loop sausages.
  6. Meet the Scientists
    Location: World Museum Liverpool
    10am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018
    Plants, microbes and animals; come and explore the diversity of life forms and habitats, get hands on with some exciting experiments and meet the amazing researchers from the University of Liverpool. We’ll be running lots of hands on activities and experiments, suitable for children of all ages, and they’ll be plenty for adults too! Follow our treasure map around the event, and there’s a prize at the end if you complete all the activities! Free to attend, no booking required.
  7. Discovery Bay 2018
    Location: The Works and Science Beach, Sandown, Isle of Wight
    10:30am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4:30pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018
    Science, Nature, Art… Become a Bayologist in 2018 and celebrate British Science Week in the Bay… with a day of scientific discovery and pop-up natural history, on land and on sand! Drop-in labs, microscopic art and beach rummaging, and featuring natural wonders from pickled worms to sponges, sea squirts, moths, moss, bugs & poos! Free event for all the family with the Bay Coastal Community team, Arc, Artecology, The Common Space, the National Poo Museum & iWatchWildlife.
  8. Explore Science and Engineering @ SHU
    Location: Sheffield Hallam University, Atrium, Sheffield
    12pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018Students and staff from Sheffield Hallam University will host an interactive family afternoon showcasing research in biology, chemistry, forensic science, engineering and health. Find out about the brain and conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, how venom from animals can be used to develop therapeutic agents, detection of ‘fake’ money with forensic science as well as all of our exciting engineering and robotics work. New for this year, there will be mini talks and demonstrations.
  9. Family Fun for British Science Week
    Location:Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Doncaster
    10:30am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 2am, Saturday 17th March, 2018
    Discover how science helps us to look after museum collections and learn how archaeologists use it to uncover the past! Families can come and take part in a number of hands on activities situated around the Museum & Art Gallery. Visitors can get their fun day activity sheet signed at each activity to say they have completed it, then collect a certificate on their way out. Activities include model building, painting, experiments and arts and crafts.
  10. Dark Sky Above
    Location: Glentrool, Old School, Glentrool
    7pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 9pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018Glentrool is a Dark Sky Community in the heart of Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park because of this it is a wonderful place to experience the dark and see stars. We will travel to a nearby spot in the Dark Sky Park to stargaze with Elizabeth Tindal, a Biosphere Dark Sky Ranger for one of the darkest places on our planet. If the weather is not good for stargazing alternative activities will be available, including a small camp fire which will be the central sun as part of a solar system activity.
  11. Family Day at NLO
    Location: Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth
    Saturday 17th March, 2018 – Saturday 17th March, 2018A family fun day of hands-on science activities, planetarium shows, storytelling, historic dome tours, 3D printing demos, Solar and Radar meteor observing. 11.00am – 5.00pm Chidren Free Adults £8. Refreshments available.

 

What to do once British Science Week 2018 ends?

If your little ones have been bitten by the Science bug due to this years British Science Week and are hungry for more Science fun, then head over to Tutorful.co.uk and check out their list of the very Best Science resources around.


Insanely Awesome Science Websites and Resources That Will Blow Your Mind

 

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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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