We are an Australian family business, based in The Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia. Our family comprises of mum, dad and two kids (2 years and 3 months). Kate comes from a Primary teaching background with over a decade of experience and is now the owner/operator of Somewhere Over the Rainbow Toys. John has experience owning and operating a distribution business and is currently a secondary school teacher.
While visiting a sister school, in China, I was gifted a traditional silk. Upon starting family leave with our daughter the silk was brought home from school and was stashed away with all my other school resources. While looking for some blu-tak one day this treasure was found hidden amoung some books, and the rest is history.
We found that this nontraditional toy naturally became part of our family’s daily play. At a young age we waved it softly above our daughter and she admired the colours and lightness. When she was a little older a favourite activity was playing peek a boo. Now we are regularly required to wrap her teddies and dolls or help her tie the silks as a cape or dress.
Wanting to share the joy that this simple toy brought to our family led us to the creation of Play Silkies. We took the leap to start a small business that aims to educate and provide beautiful open-ended toys that promote family interaction. Our motto is “less toys and more play”.
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