The importance of play in a child’s development is irrefutable. At Growing World Emporium, owners Peter and Maria recognise this. Hence, they stock only the finest toys that will assist in a child’s cognitive and motor development.
When speaking to Peter and Maria, it is clear they are passionate about what they do. Originally a school principal and teacher respectively, the pair have now been selling toys for over 22 years. With these backgrounds, they consequently have a wealth of expertise. They are more than happy to share their knowledge with anyone who comes into their store to buy a toy. In fact, they consider helping people to find the perfect toy for their child or grandchild to be the most rewarding part of their business.
What differentiates Growing World from other toy stores is the recognized role of play in a child’s development. All of the toys for sale at Growing World serve a role in a child’s development. Peter and Maria believe learning should be fun for a child; therefore, the toys they stock certainly reflect this view.
The pair recently travelled to Europe to visit toy fairs and source new products for their store. Their trip was certainly fruitful; French soft toys, Spanish dolls, train sets and numerous German toys were brought back to Brisbane for sale in their store. The diversity of toys in their store alone warrants a visit!
Whatever it is you are searching for, or whatever your child’s needs are, make sure you visit Peter and Maria at Growing World Emporium for their educated opinions and recommendations.
Read the interview highlights here:
Q1: Tell us about your recent trip to Europe, where did you visit?
The purpose of our trip was not only for pleasure but also for business. Maria and I travelled across Europe visiting toy fairs to source new and exciting products for the store. The International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany in particular, was an excellent destination for finding toys for the store as it is the biggest toy fair in the world. As well as this, we enjoyed visiting Santa at the North Pole, visiting the Arctic Circle where we saw the Northern Lights, we even tried raw fish. This really was a trip of a lifetime.
Q2: What toys did you purchase?
There were so many great toys available, it was incredible to see the quality of the toys that are manufactured in Europe. We purchased a range of French soft toys, Spanish dolls, Russian matryoshka dolls and train sets we know the kids will love.
Q3: Why are toys so important for children?
Sitting in a toy shop, I don’t think kids need every toy. It’s developmental, there are certain toys used for motor development, some for eye focus. They are integral for development. Books and puzzles are critical for learning to take turns and learning that it’s ok to lose sometimes.
Growing World Emporium is located opposite Ella Bache in Emporium.