Friday, 26 November 2010
From an educational, developmental perspective, an environment that is rich in sensory experience is essential. Mercurius is committed to providing a complete and thoroughly tested range of products which are designed to:
• nurture the senses
• stimulate and support creativity and the practise of the 7 arts
For more information on the twelve senses and the seven arts, check out this page.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Set of three colours (red, yellow, blue)
Just $26.00 per set.
Try our glass paint jars for storing them in, $1.65 each.
For more information on techniques
for using Stockmar art products, click here.
18mm brush of amazing quality, just $14.00.
The delicious-smelling Honey Sticks are so sturdy and yet they deliver smooth, bright colours when in use. Ingredients include beeswax and non-toxic pigments, and the stubby design means that these crayons will last! Just $13.00.
Stockmar Block Crayons - quality you can trust from Germany. These come in a metal tin, in a set of eight bright colours. Ideas for using Stockmar crayons can be found here. Only $16.50 from Spiral Garden, much less than you'd pay elsewhere!
A perfect addition to any gift of crayons are these fabulous hand-made wool felt pencil cases from a Fair Trade supplier through Mercurius Australia. Available in a variety of colours and only $9.50 each!
Once customers discover Mercurius' Main Lesson Books, they always come back for more. These can be used in classrooms, in homeschooling, as journals, for many different art mediums and methods, or just for fun! They include 32 pages of quality paper with onion skin paper in between to help preserve artwork. Just $4.00 per book.
Lyra Pencils are the longest-lasting pencils which
are a delight to hold and use. From $2.60.
Lyra Sharpener - look, it's not plastic!
$3.20 each, suits most sizes of pencil.
We have some fantastic gift ideas for babies, check out these best sellers - all natural and top quality!
Knot dolls, all-time best seller available in
pink, orange, green, lavender, blue and yellow.
Garden Flags $65.00
Bamboo Washcloths $10.00
Dyed Muslin Playcloths $10.00
White Muslin, Silk and Cotton Playcloths also available!
Baby wraps available in
and Flannel Jumbo
... so versatile, from $15.00!
Wooden Teething Ring $16.00
from Drei Blatter in Germany.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Lyra Skin Colour Pencils $18.00 - for painting faces without the mess or skin irritation!
Stockmar Block Crayons - tough but still delightful to use!
$16.50 (pay up to $22 at other Aussie retailers)
Give with a quality blank book!
Eco Clay $30.00, add a rolling pin.
Animal Tails $12.00.
Juggling Balls - set of 3.
Current stock includes lots of blue, green and brown tones.
Just $20.00 per set.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
$30.00 within Australia
pop one into a...
which are great for make-up, jewelery, any art supplies and more...
add a ...
only $7.50 each
in a variety of colours
handmade in two colours
soft, yet hard-wearing
go perfectly with...
$12.50 a pack
Christmas Craft Packs
Friday, 19 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
This game is now packaged in a bag made from certified organic cotton and screen printed with earth pigments - a completely natural process.
Gaia's Garden was produced on 100% recycled paper and 100% recycled cardboard. The game board is printed with vegetable inks and vegetable based varnish. The paper is mounted to the cardboard using homemade flour paste, made with organic wheat flour.
Living Earth Games are doing their best to improve their products to make them more environmentally friendly and more child friendly.
With team work, we have more possibilities and we can reach more goals. Play and work together to plant the whole garden and to prevent the pest insects from eating the crops.
Gaia's garden invites the gardeners to plant vegetables in their garden to have food to eat. Unfortunately, pest insects enjoy these yummy vegetables too. Luckily, predator insects are chasing and eating the pest insects, helping the gardeners.
Will the gardeners be quick enough to plant the vegetables in a beneficial companionship or will the pest insects have a chance to attack?
For 2 to 6 players, for ages 4 to adult. Playing time: 30 – 60 minutes. A detailed booklet with examples of how to play is included.
"The companion planting game introduces players to the ecological concept of pest and predator insect species. It is dynamic and replicates how a garden can be created. A balance is eventually created through companion planting. The game is non-competitive which is quite a novel concept to children accustomed to playing competitive games. The children seemed to enjoy the co-operative structure of the game.
This is the real success of the game, that it is able to develop knowledge of ecological concepts with young children in an effective and exciting way.
The children wanted to play the game for over an hour straight, which is a very positive recommendation...
I am sure other teachers would be happy to use it with their classes. Teachers and parents are always looking for attractive and useful materials through which to develop learning with children, and I would assess the game as being such..."
Also available from Living Earth Games through Spiral Garden: Living Landscapes Juggling Balls Single Ball
Friday, 5 November 2010
On 22nd December 2010, it will be the Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere. A Solstice is an astronomical event, but is most commonly identified as the longest or shortest day of the year, a mid-season celebration to acknowledge the turning of the wheel.
For some families who don't wish to celebrate a religious holiday in December, Solstice gatherings and gifts are a popular alternative.
Some gift ideas for solstice from Spiral Garden include:
Fire Flower Flamers and The Earthy Men by Susan Whitehead - a book for Under 7s.
Summer Card from Susan Laidlaw
Summer Craft Pack from Rainbow Made & Spiral Garden
Summer Doll from the Seasonal Doll Collection by Rainbow Made
Summer Sunshine Felt by Rainbow Made
A Playcloth in silk, muslin or cotton - in your choice of summer colours
A wood & paper folding fan
An item of jewelery from our hand-selected range
Soap and face cloths
Barefoot Magazine subscription
or just about anything from our unique range of toys, books, art and craft items and more!