Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Hape Toys: Elephants

Children learn mainly through play so for us it is important that we choose wisely when it comes to picking Eryn-Rose's toys. The all singing all dancing toys are great fun for babies and young children (a headache for parents) but we like to make sure we have a wide variety of toys for both of our children to help them learn through play. I really love wooden toys and puzzle and always remember Jared-David having a big collection of wooden puzzles, blocks and shape sorters.

A little while a go we were sent a gorgeous wooden Elephant puzzle from Hape. The Elephant puzzle is part of the George Luck range which are a collection of puzzles that are different from your usual puzzle layout. The George Luck puzzle's are cut into single or layers which and use bright and bold colours painted with eco-friendly water based paints. Each puzzle has a theme giving more choice for your children. The Elephant puzzle is smaller than I thought it would be but is still a good size. The packaging is fair and has a picture instructions of how the puzzle fits together. This particular puzzle is recommended for children 3 years and over.

Jared-David always get's really giddy when I tell him there is a parcel for him to open, he ripped the package open and immediately wanted to play. The puzzle was easy for Jared to fit together and I think he was a bit disheartened as he does enjoy sitting and tackling a challenging puzzle, I think one of the bigger ones would of suited him better. I always leave him to it an observe from afar watching him play, is there anything sweeter than watching their imagination take over?
As I stated he did complete the puzzle rather quickly but he then spent ages playing with the elephant shapes, giving them names and accents and moving them on to the wooden farm.


The benefits of this puzzle is it helps with learning how to solve problems by getting the pieces to fit into the correct place. The bright colours help with learning colours as parents can sit down with their child and ask questions such as "what colour is this Elephant?" you can count the pieces with your child and of course you can just leave them to play and enjoy a cuppa while you smile sweetly at them playing.

I would recommend this puzzle to any parent who is looking for a lovely gift for their child as the quality is fantastic.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Candy Crush Lip Balm's


Many people have lots of hours, days, weeks on the game popular game Candy Crush. Let's face it, it is a great way to pass time and also highly addictive! Does anyone know just how many levels there are to this game?

If you are a Candy Crush addict then you will be pleased to know you can now own your very own Chocolate Mountain, Bubblegum Bridge, Lemonade Lake and Peppermint Palace in the form of lip balms. So if you have ever been staring at the screen wondering what these places smell like now you need not wonder anymore.


I have a slight obsession with lip balm, I have over 20. So I was excited to add these to my collection. I first just want to say that the packaging is great and I wouldn't expect it to be any other way, it replicates the game shapes and the colours perfectly. Of course my son immediately wanted to try them (he may inherit my lip balm obsession). As with most lip balms there is an age recommendation for these it is age 6, my son is 5 and I applied it to his lips for him. 

The lip balms have a smooth creamy texture which makes them easy to apply, I find some lip balms can have a tacky/sticky texture which aren't very pleasant. The scents of the lip balms are really nice and not to overbearing which is great. I liked how the lip balms didn't leave a slimy shine to my lips something else I find can happen with lip balm. I didn't need to re apply the lip balm too much during the day when using either, meaning these will last a good while. 


You can find these lip balms in Primark for £1.50 they are great to give as part of a gift for a birthday or even at Christmas as a stocking filler. I think the price is fair in comparison to other lip balms but do think it would be nice if they had them available in a collection. 

Please note that we were sent four Candy Crush lip balms for the purpose of this review. However this in noway impacts on the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review.   
     


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Super Geek Heroes: Review & Giveaway

Jared-David could spend all day on his tablet if I let him. The videos he normally watches are not exactly educational and more silly and dare I say pointless! (apologies to all you kinder and toy video makers). We recently were sent an email about a new video playlist which is educational and includes super heroes.

These super geek heroes are on a mission to learn! Children in foundation stage will benefit from watching these videos as the super heroes super powers come from three prime and four specific development areas which are, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, communication and language, literacy, numeracy, physical development and creative arts and design. So now you know a little bit about what they are let me introduce them to you.


Jake Jotter
He is the cheeky chap of the bunch. Jake's super powers help children with improving their reading and writing. Jake get's around by flying on his magic jet powered pencil.





Suzy Smiles
Suzy is considerate, loving, upbeat and very helpful. Suzy is always kind to others and really values friendships. It's no surprise that Suzy uses her powers to support and help strengthen their emotional health and intelligence.


Vicky Voice
Vicky is a very bright girl, she can speak every language in the world! Vicky uses her powers to help children with communication. Vicky uses phonic sounds to help children with speaking clearly and the alphabet.


Ronnie Rock
Ronnie loves nothing more than being creative, he is apparently a good singer! Ronnie zooms around his musical scooter helping children to become more creative by singing, dancing and painting.







Peter Planet
Peter has a solar powered hover board which takes him from mission to mission. He is a very smart boy, an expert in the weather and the seasons. He knows about what grows and lives on our planet.


Ant Active
Ant loves all sports and knows so much about loads of them, football, golf, tennis etc. He is always full of energy. Ant uses his powers to help show children how they can be healthy through eating and playing.










Millie Maths
Millie is super smart and as her name suggests very very good at maths. Millie likes to help children learn to love mathematics all the while bouncing around on her space hopper in the shape of the number five.









The videos are really nice to watch and each one varies on topic depending which super geek is on the episode. I really love that they are short, sweet and educational. I watched all the episodes and think they are perfect and a great alternative to the usual nonsense that my son watches. Jared-David is in foundation stage at school and everything is spoken and spelt out in phonics, this is something I really like about the videos. A lot of educational programmes on TV don't use phonics when spelling out and pronouncing words but these do which helps with keeping in line with his current learning style.

I set the playlist up for Jared-David, he wasn't very happy at first as he wanted to watch some toys being thrown into a paddling pool (really is that the entertainment for 5year olds?). I told Jared-David it was a super hero show and that he should just try and watch it see if he liked it. Well he must of liked it as he watched them all. Peter is his favourite and I have been told I need to buy a hoover board (hover board) for him for Christmas. Peter was also his favourite because he was teaching him all about what he is learning in school about seasons. Jared-David has already shown two of his friends super geek heroes and also his teacher who seemed very impressed. I gave the teacher the details of the videos and told her how to find them and she was going to watch them to see if it is something she could maybe use in the classroom.


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