Review & Giveaway: Fafu Play Dressing Up

As you may have gathered, dressing up is a Big Thing in this house. For as long as Ava has been Ava, she has enjoyed dressing up in all sorts of items. Hats, scarves, dresses, shoes. Her playsilks are one of the most widely used to things we own.

Anything that encourages this kind of imaginative play is going to get a big thumbs up for me. But if it’s organic? And fairtrade? And open-ended? Even better.

I was thrilled when the lovely people at Fafu Play contacted me and asked if I’d like to review some of their products. And when a gorgeous package of wonderful dressing up items appeared, Ava was thrilled too. We’ve been having lots of fun. Cloaks? Hats? Wings? Parachutes? Yes please!

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The first thing that struck me about the products was the colour – deep, beautiful rainbow colours. And the second thing was the material – thick organic wools, soft silks, cottons, felts. It was a pleasure to look at and feel these items and my kids delved straight in. Some of the things were a little puzzling at first – and figuring them out was a lot of fun. The rainbow wrist straps were used for magic tricks.

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The wool cone hats were adapted with a playsilk to be a princess hat, and then a bag.
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Or a fairy house.

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The quirky cotton reversible squares with studs all around were all sorts of things – cloaks, bags, dens, play mats, mermaid tails.

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The hat and feet transformed Ava into a dinosaur and a chicken, alongside the odd-shaped ‘chicken hat’ as Ava called it.

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The silk scarf was a bandana, a neck tie, wrapping up paper.

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And the parachute was used to catch our felt balls, to build little dens or as yet another costume.

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We’ve played with these things a lot, and they’ve transformed every time from one thing to another, over and over again – a true sign of open-ended, imaginative play items. Fafu sell these items individually, or in sets – designed for home use or packs for educators. Rather than being whole costumes, they come together or apart to make the possibilities for dress up and imaginative play go even further.

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‘When we design our products we put a lot of thought into them sparking collaborations during play. We want children to talk, make up stories, and take on roles to play out those stories together. We want them to build relationships and understand how friendship can change their lives.’

Fafu Play have a wonderful ethos: To never compromise on quality, to celebrate local crafts and materials, to stop child labour, to improve working conditions and to advocate for a more socially and environmentally responsible consumer behaviour. They’re exactly the kind of business that I want to support and promote – a business set up by two people who care, more than anything, about children, about play, and about encouraging imagination.

‘This is why we all struggle with learning things that bore us. The brain reacts to boredom in the same way it reacts to stress and anxiety and fails to reflect on the information and store it long term. We need to engage children in a variety of sensory stimulation and offer them opportunities to explore, imagine, and create.’

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All of the items are designed with this thought in mind, after collaborating with many early years educators, such as Naturally Learning and The Organic Child. Their dedication to promoting Fair Trade is really fantastic and the work they do with Folk Nepal (who produce all their products) is nothing short of inspiring. For every product sold, they are able to send a Nepalese child to school for one day, and for every pack sold, this increases to a week.

FafuPlay have generously offered to give away some of their dressing up items to one reader. An EARY dressing up hat, HANDY creative play hands or feet, an ANDY dressing up reversible poncho, a pair of BORDI ribbon bracelets and a set of wings, valued altogether at Β£75. If you’d like to win this set, please leave a comment under this post (comments are enabled on reviews). In a few days, I’ll select a winner using random number generator and send their goodies off to them.

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(Wings modelled by Ava)

FafuPlay can be found on Facebook here

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About Kendal

I'm Kendal Mosley-Chalk. I live in York with my husband and two children.
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74 Responses to Review & Giveaway: Fafu Play Dressing Up

  1. Catherine D says:

    Wow! Yes please πŸ™‚

  2. Sally C says:

    Ooo, yes please πŸ™‚

  3. Heidi says:

    Pretty please – lush!

  4. Alison says:

    They look fantastic, I love seeing your children have such a great time with them. They’re on my wishlist now πŸ™‚

  5. Laura t says:

    What beautiful pieces! Yes please.
    Lovely photographs too….

  6. Anonymous says:

    oooooh..yes please!

  7. Stephanie says:

    I think I saw someone playing with the wings, very pretty. They all look great though! We don’t have much dressing up stuff but T was enjoying being a cave man at the Yorkshire museum today. πŸ™‚

  8. Twig's Mum says:

    Us please!

  9. Francesca says:

    These look so amazing! Love your first review! xxx

  10. Anonymous says:

    absolutely wonderful jeweled colours,how could any child not feel like a prince/princess(or chicken!)love em!rainbomama x

  11. Sarah says:

    We’d love a chance to win these please x

  12. These are beautiful! Definitely going on the kids’ wishlists! πŸ™‚ We’d love to win them πŸ™‚

  13. mshannahw says:

    Yes please, they look amazing!

  14. Shirley Johnson says:

    Ooooo yes please…they are just wonderful!

  15. Naomi says:

    Wow these look great. Yes please!

  16. Danielle says:

    Could these *BE* any more amazing?!?!

  17. Jaimy says:

    How lovely! My 3 love imaginative play and would certainly be ‘away with the fairies’ with these!

  18. Mary G says:

    Gorgeous! Yes please x

  19. Tamsin says:

    Me me me me me me me me me jumps waving!! What a lovely review πŸ™‚ My 4 would love these.

  20. Tracy says:

    These look lovely, count us in, thank you x

  21. Emily Lonagh says:

    I would love to win – i need more dressing uo clothes now my daughter is three she loves to play imaginative games. Xx

  22. Anna Banana :) says:

    Holy moly yes please – I love the rainbow wrist warmers.

  23. Wow, what an amazing giveaway. Such beautiful items, with so much scope for play. Your LO looks like she has had great fun with them πŸ™‚

  24. Debbie says:

    yes please

  25. Laura O says:

    Beautiful, my son would love these. Nice review too πŸ™‚

  26. Leigh Ann Yuen says:

    Wonderful open ended imaginative play. I love it!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful ! Yes please

  28. katie skeoch says:

    My boys love imaginative play! These would be fab!!

  29. Karen says:

    I love the parachute idea. Remember playing with them as a girl in play centres. Awesome!

    Karen

  30. Catherine says:

    They look wonderful – my 4 year old and 1 year old daughters could have so much fun with these! Catherine

  31. Emi Ralph says:

    Can NEVER have too many dressing up clothes! πŸ™‚

  32. Jacqui says:

    I just love all of this and I LOVE the princess cone playsilk hats, what a great idea, can just see my pixies playing with them all

  33. Katy, Mama to Elijah and Ben says:

    I’d love to win this!

  34. Glitter and Butterflies says:

    GORGEOUS

  35. Kim Judkins says:

    Great dress up clothes:)!!

  36. Denise says:

    These are fab and wonderfuly odd xoxo

  37. BirthDance says:

    These play sets look absolutely stunning!

  38. Rainbow Doula says:

    Ooooh yes please! And what a lovely first review too!

  39. Mardi says:

    Yes please. They look amazing

  40. annaclapp says:

    What a wonderful set! Would love to win these items, thank you for the chance!

  41. Emily says:

    I do love dressing up clothes. These are lovely bright colours. Would love to win them.

    Thanks x

  42. Anne Dawson says:

    Great, thorough review! I am really impressed with the philosophy of the product line. Will be looking them up for sure.

    • Kendal says:

      Me too Anne, they are such lovely people as well! I wish all businesses were like theirs…makes me feel hopeful though, when I read about how possible it is to produce things NOT at the expense of workers or the earth!

      X

  43. Rachael N says:

    Thanks. What a great opportunity!

  44. Melanie says:

    I’m loving the feet/hands, what a good idea. Colours stunning too.

    Mel x

  45. Angela at Bardnsale Nursery says:

    The kids would love this! These are going on our wish list, beautiful and love that they are so creative.

  46. Sarah says:

    Us please

    X

  47. Sarah says:

    Oh how lovely! Crossing my fingers here!

  48. Jo says:

    I’d love to win these xx

  49. Debs says:

    These would get much played with here that’s for sure! FINGERS CROSSED!

  50. sophie says:

    ooh gorgeoous!! yes please! x

  51. Your photos are brilliant inspiration for play using those gorgeous Fafu bits and pieces!

  52. Kristin says:

    Oooh so pretty lovin the colours!

  53. Katie says:

    Yes please! Look amazing. lots of love Katie in Cornwall xxx

  54. Anonymous says:

    These look like great fun. Yes please πŸ™‚

  55. lisa Taljaard says:

    Yes please! Wow! Ava looks like shes having lots of fun.

  56. Meghan says:

    Oh my, yes please πŸ™‚

  57. Karina says:

    I’d love to be in with a chance of winning these for my little ones xx

  58. Laura says:

    Great pictures. πŸ™‚ Yes please! x

  59. Priahna says:

    Gorgeous x

  60. Claire says:

    Boys would love these x

  61. Arianne Dickens says:

    Great for niamh and future spawn! X

  62. Carly says:

    Me too if I’m not too late! What gorgeous goodies! x

  63. Hayley Dale says:

    Please count me in too. Fab play things! My wooden/ Waldorf collection is not quite to that standard just yet… πŸ™‚

  64. Catherine D says:

    Have you drawn this yet? Keep checking back just in case…

  65. Kendal says:

    Sorry for the late draw…I promised Ava she could pick a name out of a hat (or wicker basket) and she just did! Carly in Devon, you won! Can you email me your address please? My email is kendalmosleychalk@hotmail.com x

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