Saturday, 31 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Another great book from Priddy Books that has kept Luke occupied now the evenings are dark and he can't play outside.
The Colouring Fun book is a giant activity book aimed at children who are 4 and older and who are at key stages 1 and 2. The book helps with hand-eye co-ordination, inspires creativity and fine motor skills and there is a good mix of activities for children to do.
Whilst there are lots of pictures to colour this is so much more than a colouring book, as on every page there are questions or suggestions for your child to personalise the pictures. I also like the drawing pages as there are clear step by step guides to drawing a picture, along with a picture of what your child should be drawing, to help and guide them.
Like the other books in the series there are two pages of stickers for your child to use and they are all bright and colourful and were certainly a hit with my son. I also think there is a good mix of subjects in the book and I can see it appealing to both boys and girls.
Luke who is 6 really enjoyed colouring the pictures and having a go at drawing, hopefully he will take after his Grandad and we will have a budding artist in our midst!
The Number Puzzles book is a giant activity book aimed at children aged 5 and older and who are at key stages 1 and 2. The book helps with writing skills, problem solving and number skills with a variety of different activities that are fun to do.
The giant sized book is brightly coloured and very well illustrated and whilst all the activities are number based they are all fun and best of all Luke was learning without realising. The activities include simple sums, counting and writing numbers, simple Sudoku puzzles and dot to dot pictures. The two pages of stickers always go down well and with over 200 stickers there are plenty to choose from.
This book is a great introduction to Maths and Luke really enjoyed doing the puzzles. The puzzles are just the right level for him and he could do most of them with very little help. I would never have thought of letting him try Sudoku however he really enjoyed working out the puzzles with only a little help.
The Picture Puzzles book is a giant activity book aimed at children aged 4 and older and who are at key stages 1 and 2. The book helps with hand-eye co-ordination, problem solving and fine motor skills with a variety of different activities that are fun to do.
Like all Priddy books they are beautifully illustrated and are full of bright colours. The giant sized book is jam-packed full of all sorts of different activities that kept my 6 year old son occupied over a very wet weekend. All the activities have simple instructions that Luke was able to read and understand which meant he was able to work through the book with very little help. I especially liked the additional questions at the foot of each page which gives a great opportunity for parent and child interaction.
The activities cover a wide range of topics including farm animals, flags, dinosaurs and under the sea and there is something to appeal to all children. There are over 200 stickers in the middle of the book which my son loved as he could stick them in the book as well a make his own pictures with them.
I think the books would be great for long journeys and holidays as well as a fun rainy day activity.
The Word Fun book is aimed at children who are 5 and older and who are at key stages 1 and 2. The book helps with reading skills, problem solving and writing skills and there is a good mix of activities for children to do. I was very surprised at how quickly Luke (age 6) worked out what to do with the word searches as he had never done one before and he really enjoyed finding all the words. All the activities in the book were just the right level for him and he could read what to do on each page and do the puzzles with very little help from me. The first time he looked at the book he sat quite happily doing the puzzles for a good hour and has kept going back to them since. This is obviously a sign of a good activity book, if they are too easy he soon gets bored but Priddy Books have got the level just right with this book. There were also crosswords, missing letter activities, mixed up word puzzles and plenty of opportunities to write. In the middle of the book there are two huge pages of stickers and I especially liked the star stickers that had comments like "Well Done" and "Superstar" as they could be used for encouragement. Luke liked sticking them on the pages he had finished when he was showing me what he had done.
Overall this is an excellent book and is great for rainy days!
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
As Christmas approaches I always dread looking for something new for Christmas parties. There is the unwritten rule that you can't wear the same outfit as you wore last year but I hate spending a lot of money on something that is only worn once. This is why I love the Midi skirt from Next as it is such a great investment as it can be worn to any number of parties and all I need to do is buy a couple of different tops and some bold necklaces and I have any number of different outfits to wear. Being black it looks stunning with any of the bright colours that are in the shops at the moment and can really be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Sunday, 6 November 2011
We have been lucky enough to try out the new Trekmates Flameless Cooking System before it has even reached the shops!
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Bump & Grind by Genevieve Morton is a fantastic book for anyone who is struggling to conceive.
When reading it you feel you are chatting to a good friend who knows everything you are going through and however daft the question knows how to answer it. Best of all, it helps you feel that you are not alone - as well as the author's experiences there are plenty of quotes dotted throughout the book from people going through the same emotions and ups and downs that you go through when you are desperately trying to have a baby.
The book is informative, without being like a text book, and I love Genevieve's style of writing, it is humorous and made me laugh out loud in places. Having read a couple of fertility books and found them incredibly boring it is a refreshing change to read this book as it is so accurate but funny too, on every page there was something I could relate to.
An excellent book that I would definitely recommend for anyone who is trying for a baby.
Monday, 26 September 2011
Irritating Ethel is a pink annoying monster and just the sort of toy that appeals to young boys. Initially I thought the fact that she is pink would put them off however the novelty of a toy that farts and burps was just their sort of toy! There are blue swirls on the areas that are interactive and she even starts snoring if you haven't touched her for a while, which is probably the most irritating of all the noises she makes. Fortunately there is an off switch on Ethel if you get too tired of her! If you squeeze her foot she giggles and vibrates which had my 5 year old son in stitches! You can also poke her eye and she will scream. My sons both loved pressing her hand as she then repeats back what you say to her. Irritating Ethel was also a big hit with adults, everyone thought she was a great toy although at £19.99 it's not a cheap toy.
Monday, 5 September 2011
The Adventure Series follows the adventures of Scott, Jack, Emily and Drift the dog. The books are published by Orion and are £4.99
I was quite excited when we received The Mystery of the Hidden Gold and The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece by Helen Moss to review as they are marketed as being written in the style of Enid Blyton. The cover illustrations are in the same style of Enid Blyton books, presumably to catch parent's attention in the shop and encourage them to buy them.
As a child I loved Enid Blyton books and have recently been reading them to my children who love them too. As an adult re reading Enid Blyton you see that the books are stereotypical of the time they were written, when more well off families had cooks and gardeners and girls helped their Mums with the chores. These books are basically a modern Famous Five book where the main characters use mobiles and ginger beer has been replaced with coke! There is plenty of action and the books kept both my son's interest (aged 5 and 10), so much so that we have bought the first two books in the series and they can't wait until the last two books are out in September.
Monday, 18 July 2011
I am a member of The Baby Website and they recently sent me The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips to review.
The Fearsome Beastie is a great read with fantastic illustrations and is written in rhyme which makes it really easy to read. I found the style was very similar to Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes as you find yourself reading faster when you reach a scary bit which adds to the excitement. The twist at the end is very cleverly done, my sons thought it was hilarious! The illustrations in the book are excellent, we spent ages looking at all the different pictures and Gabriele Antonini (the illustrator) has really captured the fear on the children's faces. This is a brilliant book and we have read it at least once a day, usually more, since we received it.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Thursday, 28 April 2011
When we received the Ogo Sport discs I thought they looked fun and couldn't wait to try them. The website is excellent as it shows lots of pictures of people having fun with the Ogo Sport disc and there is a video of people playing as well. You can't purchase from the website but it does give you details of stockists are and there are plenty to choose from. The Ogo sport discs came in cardboard packaging that folds around the discs rather than a box which is much better as less cardboard is needed. The packaging is bright and has pictures of people playing with the discs as well as the instructions. I had no concerns about my children playing with this toy as they are both over 3 which is the recommended age. Both my children loved this toy. I played simple games with my 4 year old son, he loved trying to bounce the balls on the disc and he thought it was hilarious trying to catch the ball. My older son played outside with it and was quite good at catching the ball with his cousin. They both liked bouncing the ball on their own and spent ages playing with the discs. The packaging suggests using water bombs which will be really good fun when it is a bit warmer - we will definitely be trying that in the summer. It helps with co-ordination as you have to concentrate to keep the ball bouncing or catch it when someone else has thrown it. This toy definitely captured their attention and both boys really enjoyed playing with it.