C & G Nature Trails Play, Educational and Therapy Toys

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Imaginary play, Educational and Play Therapy toys Canada

Looking for unique original pre-school toys in Vancouver? Or toys loved by Play Therapist for child therapy in Canada? These amazing toys are individually locally handcrafted in Vancouver Canada by myself Susan Payne. After working in Childcare for the past 20 years I saw a need for a toy that was ever expanding and changing to suit a growing child. A toy that takes little storage room and could also work as an excellent travel toy. To my surprise I realized I also developed a wonderful tool which is now used as pre-school toys in Vancouver, by therapist as child therapy toys in Canada and in daycare's through Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

After much thought I designed this great space for children to use in the capacity they needed. My version of the tiny tent was born.
A toy that can grow with a child, which gives them a safe space to imagine their own little world to be in charge of. Using their age appropriate toys and figurines they are able to role play, tell stories and be creative. Children need imaginary play to develop and grow, but also they need a place to be able to express frustrations, anger, sadness or just things they have trouble putting into words.
These toys are used by play therapist, pre-schools, kindergartens, day cares and as great toys in the family home.


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Play Therapy Toys

Wonderful handcrafted toys in Vancouver, used as a medium in which children in play therapy can express themselves. These therapeutically selected items serve as an important role in play therapy as toys that are directly representative of real world items.
The tents are a great occupational therapy toy and an wonderful invitation to play. These therapy toys provide a safe space where a child can safely explore thoughts and feelings. These are large enough to provide ample room to be used either by two children or a therapist and a child.

Our toys are used and loved by therapist in Vancouver, Vancouver Island and throughout Canada.


Educational Toys

Having a tent will allow a child to have their own little world where they are able to use toy people, animals, cars and trains to create “little worlds,” replaying social/family events, acting out familiar stories, or making up new situations. This is a way of claiming a safe arena where they can safely exercise control. Pretend play will help them to learn eye-hand coordination, spatial skills, counting, pre-math and pre-reading skills, while allowing them to safely express their emotions and feelings. Imaginary play in the child’s early years, lays a strong foundation for the physical, academic, social and emotional well-being that will last a lifetime.

Our handcrafted natural toys are being preferred by some pre-schools over those of a plastic nature, providing a more gentler, simpler choice of toy, and opening up more opportunities in imaginary play. As one teacher said to me "the handcrafted toy opens up the child to imagine what they in turn can create". Our toys are used in a variety of ways by Pre-school teachers including circle time, stations , outdoor play and sand play.


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Family Toys

What a wonderful investment! Imaginary play of a children ranges from 2 to 12 years. This toy will go the distance, providing a great sacred play space with age appropriate toys. A wonderful educational toy, the tents are opened to both boys and girls to ensure boys have the opportunity to have a space to use figurines , car, trucks and trains to reenact their stories, A space which isn't a dolls house, but an open space for them to imagine anything. These handcrafted tents come in fabrics for boys or girls and also a more neutral fabric and will be ready to be pasted onto family or friends once your child is past this stage.

Another important and wonderful feature of the toys are their compact size. The tents collapse flat making them easily stored or put in the bottom of a suitcase or carry on, ready to play with on the road or an airport or maybe the beach.. Where will your tent travel to?


Imaginary Play Toys for Children

My creations started with the tiny tents, hand crafted from fabric and wood, and have further evolved to include some great imaginary play accessory items including, sleeping bags, bendy dolls and peg dolls. Other handcrafted items include fire places, play mats, canoes, wands and trees all made from felt.
The tents come in two sizes

  • large 36 x 36 x36cm
  • Small 22x26cm height 24cm



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    Out and About

    You will find C & G Nature Trails out at Farmers Markets in Vancouver, at Early Childhood conferences, and at lots of special events in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.

    Events where you will find us at:

  • ECEBC 48th Annual conference Vancouver 11-13 April 2019
  • ECE Conference Ridge Medeows College 4 May 2019
  • Making Tomorrow Conference Victoria 25 May 2019
  • Victoria Harbourside Vendor May to September 2019



  • Testimonials

    Wonderful pieces just wanted to grap them through the computer - Violet Jessen Instructor ECCE Program. Schoolof Education and Childhood studies Capilano University Canada

    My tent is being put to good use, ordered two more, Perfect! - Dr Raazhan Rae-Seebach, R. Psych

    The teachers and children are loving the addidtion to our programs - Gina Ho Director of child Care Services- West Richmond Community Centre


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