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What the Heuristic?

HEURISTIC /ˌhjʊ(ə)ˈrɪstɪk/ adjective enabling someone to discover or learn something for themselves."a ‘hands-on’ or interactive heuristic approach to learning When you first hear the word ‘heuristic’, do you say 'bless you' and pass the tissue-box?  Nope, it's not a sneeze it's actually a concept of play. Head to any Plunket, SPACE or Parents Centre group with your bubba and you’ll spot these treasure baskets filled to overflowing with odds and sods of what looks like the contents of my kitchen junk draw. This is the basis of heuristic play, open ended, hands on exploration and creative problem solving. Wooden buttons, ribbons, loofah...

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Meet the New Troupers

From stoked customers to proud owners! Meet the new owners of Troupe! Anna and her wee family which include her husband Carl aka Chief Box Carrier, first born fur baby (an elderly half-sausage dog) Hazel and the latest and loudest addition - Isla Eve  - the real inspiration behind getting involved with Troupe.  After Isla arrived in mid 2020 (and during a global pandemic!), the new parents were soon overwhelmed by the sheer amount of baby products of varying cost and quality on the market and the limitation the pandemic posed for online shopping only. After a couple of purchase regrets and fails,...

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Non-Choccy Easter Treat Ideas

Well its been a little while since we have written one of these! I think only now do we feel like we are getting on top of the Christmas and New Year craziness. Given the time the year we thought it was only appropriate that we did something Easter related - can't believe it is that time of the year already! Here are a few non-chocolate ideas to compliment the usual Easter treats. Olli Ella Baskets Perfect for gathering eggs on the annual Easter hunt, the Olli Ella range have so many gorgeous options. These are the perfect accessory for...

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Troupe's Mums Beachside Necessities

I thought it was only fair that we did one for the mums as well! We know what a mission it can be to take the family for a nice "relaxing" trip to the beach so we thought we would share some of our top finds. Wetsuit Tops I discovered these a couple of years ago and all I can say is hallelujah! These are great on so many levels I don't even know where to start. These keep you so snug and warm for those hours that you spend chasing little people around in the water. They take the edge...

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Troupe's Kids Beachside Necessities!

Wow - how ready for summer are you?! We are totally hanging out and can't wait to get beachside as soon as it warms up. We thought it might be handy to share some of our favourite things to make those beach adventures a little easier (and more sane!). 1. S'well Drink Bottles Initially I thought these were a bit gimmicky but OMG - they are the bomb! They keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 and man do they work. The kids love them as they always have access to ice cold water even if they leave...

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