Hape George Luck Wooden Puzzles – Review

We were recently sent two wooden puzzles from the Hape George Luck range to try. Little Man and Little Miss were eager to try them when they arrived as they love doing puzzles. Little Miss’ favourite animal is a rabbit so she was particularly pleased with the Rainbow Rabbit puzzle. I am a huge fan of the Hape range of toys and have been impressed with the products we have purchased in the past. I was interested to see what these puzzles would be like and am happy to say they lived up to the expectation I had of Hape.

The Rainbow Rabbit puzzle has 6 colourful pieces that fit together to form two rabbits, a large one and a smaller one. There is a hole at the back to help with the removal of the puzzle pieces. I am very pleased it is there as otherwise the children would tip the puzzle upside down sending pieces flying everywhere!

Little Miss (3) found the puzzle quite tricky at first but after I helped her a few times she became more confident and was happy to attempt it on her own. She still needed a little help but there is always an older brother around to lend a hand. This has quickly become one of Little Miss’ favourite puzzles and she asks to do it most days.

We were also sent the Arctic Animals puzzle which Little Man (5) has had lots of fun with. The Arctic scene shows two polar bears, a walrus and a killer whale along with the ice and sea. There is a hidden puzzle underneath which Little Man was delighted with. This shows another arctic scene of dolphins swimming in the sea. Little Man found the puzzle a little difficult but with lots of concentration and by using the picture on the box as a guide he managed to complete it without any help. My older two boys aged 7 and 9 also enjoyed completing the puzzle.

 
The puzzles are excellent for helping to develop problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination and concentration. They also spark imagination, Little Miss loves to talk about the mama rabbit and baby rabbit. The Arctic puzzle is a perfect introduction to discussing animals that live in the Arctic.

The Rainbow Rabbit puzzle is suitable from age 3+ and is available from Debenhams priced at £6.00.

The Arctic Animals Puzzle is suitable from age 5+ and is also available from Debenhams priced at £13.00.

I received the puzzles for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Stationery Geek – Mummy Reward Chart Review

As a Home Educating mum of 4 children my days are super busy. Between helping the boys with their schoolwork, doing the housework, and keeping the toddler out of mischief there is barely a minute to spare. I love the full and hectic weekdays but I do look forward to the weekend when I can have an hour or two to myself. Recently I have been using the Mummy Reward Chart from Stationery Geek to choose a treat to look forward to at the weekend.

The Mummy Reward Chart is such a fun idea. Each day I choose an acheivement sticker and then at the end of the week I choose a reward such as a bubble bath, chocolate, wine or a takeaway. Examples of the acheivement stickers include, We weren’t late! I didn’t shout! I did it! and my favourite, I had a hot cup of tea!

There are five pages of the chart each with space for 12 weeks so it will last all year. There are also 3 sheets of stickers. It is spiral bound and has holes punched so that it can be hung on the wall. The chart is great quality and is priced at £5.50. It would make a great gift for any mum and is sure to put a smile on their face. If you would like a chance to win a Chart then enter via the Gleam widget below.

Stationery Geek sell a wide range of products including Knitting and Crochet notebooks, Diet and Fitness planners and Teachers notepads and stickers. The team have a passion for printing bespoke products that can be purchased “off the shelf”. They also print on demand so if you have an idea for a design you like, drop them an email and see what they can do.

Mummy Reward Chart Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on 09/02/2017.
There will be 1 winner.
The prize is a Mummy Reward Chart. There is no cash alternative.
To enter complete at least one task in the Gleam widget.
The winner will be chosen at random and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
The winner has 28 days to respond.

Disclosure: I received a Mummy Reward Calendar for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Family Fever

Arty Apple – Personalised Aprons Review

Little Miss loves to help me bake. It’s one of our favourite things to do at the weekend. I always wear an apron when baking but hadn’t got around to getting one for Little Miss. When Arty Apple got in touch a few weeks ago to offer us an item to review the Personalised Aprons caught my eye straight away.

The Apron arrived beautifully packaged in a cardboard box with the Arty Apple logo on the front. The box is sturdy and will be useful for storage. Inside the apron was wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with an Arty Apple sticker.

The apron is made from denim with bright pink neck and waist ties and has a cute cupcake embroidered on the front along with Little Miss’ name. The apron is high quality and both Little Miss and I are delighted with it. The denim is hardwearing and washes well which is great as we do a lot of baking! Arty Apple also do the apron with blue ties and a gingerbread man motif.

 

Arty Apple is run by Amy who says she is a multi-tasking mummy with a passion for gorgeous fabrics and hand made crafts. She aims to give her customers a personal service to find perfect gifts with the assurance that they are made by hand with love.

There is a beautiful range of personalised gifts to choose from including bunting, taggie blankets, hooded towels and teddy bears. If you are looking for a good quality gift with a personal touch that will be treasured by the recipient be sure to check out what Arty Apple has to offer.

The aprons are available in two sizes, 2-6 years priced £13.00 and 7-13 years priced £15.00.

I received this apron for the purpose of the review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Easy Belts Review

Little Man has always been quite independent as he loves to do everything his big brothers do. Being that bit younger he can find some things more difficult. He likes to get dressed on his own and can manage most outfits without any problem. However he gets quite frustrated when he is wearing a belt as he can’t fasten it or undo it without help. When Easy Belts got in touch to offer me one of their belts I was interested to see how Little Man would get on with it.

Easy Belts have a velcro fastening which make it easier for young children and also for people with disabilities to use. When Little Man first saw the belt he was delighted with the rocket ship motifs on it and couldn’t wait to try it on. I held it the right way up for him and he was able to put it through the belt loops on his trousers, loop it throught the D-ring and fasten it without any problems. He was so pleased. Little Man now asks to wear his belt every day and is a bit disappointed when his trousers don’t require a belt!

Easy Belts come in a variety of sizes from Toddler through to Adult. The belts are elasticated for comfort and adjustable to allow for growth. There is a choice of 2 D-ring sizes, regular and large for those with limited hand coordination. There are various colours and designs to choose from icluding a school range. Easy Belts are priced at £6 for toddler belts and £7 for children’s belts.

Enter via the Gleam widget below for a chance to win 1 of 3 Easy Belts.

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Easy Belts Giveaway

Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on 12/12/16.
There will be 3 winners.
Each winner will win an Easy Belt. There is no cash alternative.
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The winners will be chosen at random and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
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Disclosure: I received an Easy Belt for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kidloland Nursery Rhymes App Review

With three big brothers it was inevitable that Little Miss would want to play with the tablet. I have occasionally allowed her to watch CBeebies on it and she was happy with that. However recently she has been asking to play games on it like her brothers do. I had no idea what kind of apps could offer games that were easy enough for a 2 year old to play and would also hold her interest. When Kidloland got in touch I was interested to see if this was the kind of app I was looking for.

Kidloland Nursery Rhymes App Review

The Kidloland App is designed for 0-5 year olds and has over 1000 Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Stories, Activities and Games. The Nursery Rhymes have the words at the bottom of the screen to sing along which is helpful as there were a few rhymes I was unfamiliar with!  There are lots of Little Miss’ favourites but she has also learned some new ones. The videos are interactive with surprises coming alive when you tap the screen. We are still discovering new surprises after a few weeks of using the app! The songs can be downloaded to be played offline which is perfect for keeping children entertained on long journeys. There is also a Playlist feature for up to 25 songs so you can play the child’s favourites easily.

There are over 300 Games and Activities which help children to learn and develop skills such as sequencing, picture and number comprehension and problem solving. Little Miss has enjoyed playing the games that involve colours and shapes.

Little Miss has had lots of fun playing the App. In the first few days of using it she needed a lot of help but she is now able to play a lot of them on her own and can navigate the different activities to find the one she wants. She loves playing the games, especially ‘The Busy Bee’ and ‘Train Adventures’. In ‘The Busy Bee’ the bee flies through a door into the hive to find a game. There are several doors each with a different game. Some of them include watering plants to make them grow, matching shapes, colouring, popping honeycomb and dressing the bee.

In ‘Train Adventures’ the train travels along the track and stops at various activities which include animal puzzles, join the dots and feeding the animals. These activities have really helped with Little Miss’ animal recognition. There is also a section on animal sounds that she loves!

Little Man who is 4 has also had hours of fun with Kidloland. He is currently learning the letter sounds and loves doing his Letter of the Week work. The Phonics section of the app has games and songs for each letter of the alphabet. This is perfect for reinforcing his learning in a fun way. He also enjoys the Dinosaur songs and the Vehicle section. Little Man and Little Miss also like to play the app together which is lovely to watch.

There are still parts of the app we are yet to explore as there is so much in it. Little Miss was delighted today when she discovered one of her favourite songs, ‘Wheels on the Bus’ on the App. There are even some Christmas songs although I think we will wait a few weeks before downloading them!

The Kidloland App can be downloaded on iOS, Google Play and Amazon appstore. It is free to download and has a few free songs, but a subscription will give you full access to all of the content.

For a chance to win a 3 month subscription to Kidloland enter the Gleam widget below. This giveaway is open worldwide.

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Kidloland App Giveaway

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Open worldwide to anyone aged 18 and over.
The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on 04/12/16.
There will be 3 winners.
Each winner will win a 3 month supscription to Kidloland App. There is no cash alternative.
To enter complete at least one task in the Gleam widget.
The winners will be chosen at random and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
The winners have 28 days to respond.

Disclosure: I received a 6 month subscription to Kidloland for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.