Apple Activities, based in Hastings, has the biggest range of Educational Toys and Books in Hawke's Bay.
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Our science and nature shop which is crammed full of replica animals, dinosaurs, and hundreds of fun hands on toys for older children.
Apple Activities was set up by Di Charlton (who made "chattering" so famous throughout NZ in 1995) 20 years ago, when much to her horror, her son was given Ninja Turtle toys for his 4th birthday and then again for Christmas. Di set about finding quality, educational toys that were not a fad or encouraged acts of violence.
And look what she found! So many toys they even hang from the ceiling.
Twenty years on Di is still as passionate as ever about quality, educational toys with lasting play value and has now added hundreds of books suitable for children up to 12 years of age to the store.
Di, known for her enthusiasm and passion, taught in Hawke's Bay Schools for ten years, so is well qualified to answer all of your questions and to advise you on how to help your child who may be struggling at school.
Di has built an equally competent team around her. Leanne has been helping customers for over 15 years now, Janet and Catherine for nearly five years, and Amy, an enthusiastic young Mum of two pre-schoolers is our newest staff member.
They all pride themselves on their extensive knowledge of the huge product range stocked at Apple Activities.
This includes all the major toy brands, Thomas Wooden Trains, Sylvanian Families, Siku, Meccano, Tolo, La Maze, and more. Plus teacher resources, art equipment, puzzles, games and the biggest range of children's CDs in Hawke's Bay, all suitable for both preschools and parents.
Apple Activities is environmentally friendly, they seek out sustainable toys and you will also see Di tearing around in her bright pink battery operated car. No petrol fumes here.
We welcome your children. And offer them fun toys to play with.
We also invite them to join the Sylvanian Families Club.