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Beautiful play resources for little explorers

We are passionate about the value of open ended play, sensory experiences, outdoor exploration, stories and songs to spark children's imagination, curiosity and support their early learning and development.

We care about our world and promote the use of responsibly sourced, ethical and sustainable resources. We use recycled and recyclable packaging, work with fair trade and sustainable suppliers and our unusual preloved collection promotes play and curiosity.

We have a wide range of play and learning resources, toys, eco living products and preloved treasures for children.

Heuristic play

The word heuristic derives from the Greek word “eurisko” meaning “I discover” and describes an intuitive way of meeting challenges and solving problems. Our range of heuristic play resources provides an opportunity to capitalise on toddlers’ curiosity about the objects that make up the world around them and provides valuable opportunities for extending children’s learning. The open-ended nature of heuristic play encourages children to explore and investigate in their own way, applying their own creative ideas and building on their own experiences.


Storysacks provide exciting, enjoyable play experiences – which can be enjoyed anytime, any place, anywhere. They spark an interest and enjoyment of books and reading that will last beyond their childhood years. They promote early literacy, communication and speech development and allow an outlet for creative and self expression through child’s own pretend play with the story related resources. Our storysacks and storysack subscription services contain props, puppets and fun activities that will help bring favourite stories and songs to life.

Quality resources

Having worked in early years for a number of years we have seen first hand the benefits of introducing open ended play resources and preloved treasures to enhance children's learning at home and in settings and schools. We work with both small independent creatives such as Draw Me Lincoln and larger early years suppliers including Tickit, Yellow Door, Schleich and Lanka Kade to bring you the very best play resources for under 7s.

Popular categories

We have a huge range of different types of toys and play accessories. Here are our most popular categories.

Good Practice Award 2021

We're delighted to announce Little Acorns has been awarded the Let Toys Be Toys Good Practice award. The award recognises retailers who do not market toys in a gender specific way or apply gender stereotypes to toys.

Free Click & Collect Service available at our HQ in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire.

Don't forget to leave us a contact number so we can arrange the best day and time for you to collect your order. We're based in Market Deeping Antiques & Craft Centre, 50-56 High Street, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 8EB.

Collection days available include Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Recent reviews

"I have ordered from Little Acorns many times, the resources are always great quality & the customer service is outstanding!"

"Absolutely love Little Acorns. Jo and Jason are super helpful and go out their way to provide a great service. Every item is beautifully wrapped and you even receive a little gift too! All our products are loved by the children and are very well made. Great prices too!"

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