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 Amazon priced at £5.99.

The Arctic Animals Puzzle is suitable from age 5+ and is available from Yes Bebe priced at £12.99.

I received the puzzles for the purpose of this review. 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 the Kidloland Nursery Rhymes App 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.

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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.

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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.

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

Classic Nursery Rhymes Review

Little Miss loves singing and I often hear her singing Twinkle Twinkle, and Baa Baa Black Sheep when she is playing. Another of her favourites is Wheels on the Bus, she often asks me to sing along with her. She enjoys all of the different verses and doing the actions for each one.

We were delighted to receive the new Classic Nursery Rhymes album from Nursery Rhymes 123.

Classic Nursery Rhymes is a fun upbeat album perfect for singing along to.

Little Miss was familiar with a few of the rhymes on this album but some were new to her. She thourougly enjoyed listening to it and asks for it to be played several times a day. The album has 12 popular upbeat nursery rhymes including ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ and ‘Five Little Monkeys’. It’s perfect for a sing-a-long and Little Miss gets her brothers to join in too. She is enjoying learning the actions to each song and the counting rhymes are helping her to learn numbers too. There is also an instrumental version of each rhyme which is great to sing along with or to have on as background music.

The rhymes are sung by UK based singer-songwriter Martha Bean who also plays a variety of instruments on the tracks including piano, cello, recorder and mandolin. Nursery Rhymes 123 started as a collaboration between Martha and BAFTA award winning director and father-of-two Dan Smith, when they were discouraged by the lack of good quality Nursery Rhymes on YouTube. I have found that myself in the past. I would play rhymes on YouTube for the children but half way through I would be desperate to turn it off. Dan and Martha’s aim was to produce beautiful music that parents could bear to listen to on repeat and they have certainly achieved that! This is an album that I am happy to listen to over and over again.

The album is available to buy from the 31st October on iTunes for £7.99. It is also available to stream on Spotify and other major sites.

The tracks included on the album are:

1. Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
2. Mary Had a Little Lamb
3. Five Little Speckled Frogs
4. If You’re Happy and You Know It
5. Jack and Jill
6. She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain
7. Five Little Monkeys
8. Three Blind Mice
9. London Bridge is Falling Down
10. Pat-a-Cake Pat-a-Cake
11. Little Miss Muffet
12. Pop! Goes the Weasel

What’s your child’s favourite nursery rhyme?

Discosure: I received a copy of this album for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.