Bonding Families Together Through Play.

Hi, I’m Jane! I’m a local mum and professional Nursery Nurse who started To the Moon and Back in 2017. I have a HUGE passion for all things learning, sensory, and creative! You can find my toy shop at Barleylands Craft Village in Essex. Come and say hello! I’ll be happy to talk you through all of my beautiful and unique toys and gifts.

For unique sensory toys and educational support, take a look at my range here! Any questions, please feel free to get in touch!

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Sound Sensory

Sound Sensory

Experimenting with sounds, music instruments and audible toys can support your child’s... 

Visual Sensory

Visual Sensory

Dazzling movements, bright colours and flashing lights! These Visual Sensory items may... 

To the Moon and Back

Our Sensory Toys

You can encourage your child to learn so many new things and increase their communication skills from an early age with Sensory Toys. From puppets to fidget toys, musical games to doodle pillowcases, To the Moon and Back has an incredible selection of sensory items for children of any age.

Sensory toys can also be an incredible way to support children with autism, anxiety and other needs. These types of toys can help children on the spectrum, or those suffering from anxiety, by engaging their senses, providing feedback to their sensory systems, and allowing them to focus.

So, what's so great about sensory toys? This great form of play can help to develop fine motor skills, encourage language development and improve problem-solving at an early age.

To the Moon and Back has supplied local schools, charities and support groups with many of our sensory items, and I want to continue helping families and groups across Essex and the UK. If you would like to enquire about a large order, or just need some advice, please get in touch!

Find the Perfect Toy

Take a look at my latest range of beautifully designed, educational and traditional toys. We only source the highest quality items from around the world. I'm always looking to add new toys and items to the shop!

Our range now includes Glow in the Dark T-Shirts, Curiosity Cubes, Touch and Feel Insects Puzzle and Traditional Story Sets.

Our Shop

In my shop in Barleylands, Essex, I stock a variety of products, ranging from traditional wooden toys to beautiful puppets. You'll find plenty of fun and engaging gift ideas for ALL children under 12. There's free parking and a wonderful farm for all ages!

We’re always adding new items in-store that you may not see online. So stop by and say hello if you’re nearby!

Our Campaign For More SEN Friendly Shops

We have noticed that businesses across Essex and the UK can do far more to support children with Special Education Needs in their shops or venues. Our campaing has reached local newspapers and magazines including In Your Area and Vision. Our shop is set out to encourage play with toys sitting out on countertops ready to be interacted with and we always offer customers the chance to 'try before they buy' in store, knowing that textures, colours and levels of interaction are all important factors for a child to consider.

Parents of children with ASD are reassured before they enter the shop thanks to an outdoor sign we have created which lists the ways in which we can help them or their child.

Whether it be turning the music down or off, turning down the lights or giving customers space, businesses only need to make a small change to make a huge difference.

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  • What are Sensory Toys?

    Sensory toys are specifically designed to stimulate a child's sight, sound, smell, touch or taste.

    These toys provide a calming yet engaging way for a child to learn and develop fine motor skills. They are often perfect for children on the Autism spectrum, or with sensory needs.

  • Where do you ship to?

    Currently, To the Moon and Back ships to mainland UK only.

    If you would like to reserve an item to collect in-store, send me an email or drop me a message on Facebook!

  • When is To the Moon and Back Open?

    Our shop is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. We will be open 7 days a week during half term and the Christmas Holidays.

    The car park at Barleylands is free for anyone looking around the craft village or visiting the farm!