Thursday, 24 April 2014

Parragon Little Learners - Jiggly Giraffe - Review

We have been sent a lovely set from Parragon Books called Jiggly Giraffe.  It comes with a board book and a toy giraffe rattle.  It's perfect for Ivy as she is just starting to like looking at toys and hearing them make sounds.  That makes it great for her Knowledge and Understanding of the World in developing her senses as well as Communication, Language and Literacy in listening to the story.

She loves the rattle as it's easy for her to hold onto and shake around.  It also makes a little rattly sound, so she enjoys watching and listening to it when someone else is holding it for her.  The story is very simple and easy to follow, there are different actions that the giraffe does so it lends itself to moving the giraffe around for her.  It's a lovely little set for a small baby.

*This has been a review post, Parragon Books sent us the Jiggly Giraffe set to read and play with and write an honest review.  For more about our review process, please click here *

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Happy St George's Day!

Today is St George's Day, England's national day.  Unfortunately it's not a public holiday, but we still like to acknowledge it in our own way.  Things have been a bit hectic around here lately, so I actually forgot until this morning (terrible I know!) We had a lovely morning playing outside in the garden and then I started talking to Ethan about St George and how he was a knight that fought a dragon (that got his attention!) and we decided to make a shield like a knight and decorate it with the St George's cross.  Great for Ethan's Knowledge and Understanding of the World to learn about holidays and his Creative Development in making the shield.

Ethan really enjoyed making it, I drew the cross and gave him the red marker to colour it in.  I was really impressed at the effort he made to colour within the cross.  Then we decided that it needed more decorating, so went inside to get stickers.  Ethan chose butterflies and particular reason, but as we didn't have any more appropriate stickers I didn't argue!  When he was finished with the shield we played St George and the dragon, which just involved me chasing him around the garden pretending to be a dragon, he loved it!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Competition - Win a Copy of The Raven and the Prism by Joseph Bencic

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Chocolate Easter Nests

To get ourselves truly ready for Easter, today was the day to make crispy nests!  I am loving how capable Ethan is now and that he can help with all of the steps of making them.  Looking back at last year, Ethan helped to make crispy nests, but this year he did it all!  He broke up the chocolate, watched as we melted it, mixed it all up and scooped it into the cases.  

This year I definitely couldn't stop him from eating the chocolate, he certainly knows what it is now!  He is going to be bouncing off the walls on Sunday, I can't wait!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Play Date

Today we had some friends over for a pre Easter play date.  We are loving being able to have friends over at our new house, and it was a beautiful day today so we were able to sit out in the garden!  Of course we also wanted to give some little Easter pressies to Ethan's friends, without much time to get things ready while Ivy napped, we just put some little things in an Easter bag.  

Ethan really enjoyed getting the bags ready for his friends and making them little cards.  In the bags we put; Easter play dough that we made the other day, little fluffy chicks and ducks, a pop up flower, Easter stickers, and a few plastic eggs with raisins in them (we were going to give them chocolates, but I changed my mind when I saw how much Ethan was snacking on the raisins as we filled the eggs!)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Getting into the Easter Spirit

Things have definitely changed since becoming a family of four, we are still just as festive, but it's not quite as easy to do crafts and baking.  So with less than a week until Easter, we've just decorated and started to prepare today.  I hadn't really thought about it, but even though this will be Ethan's third Easter, he didn't really know who the Easter Bunny was or remember how to do an Easter egg hunt from last year.  So as we decorated today we talked about what's to come this weekend.  Then I made him a special lunch with an Easter Bunny crumpet!

Needless to say, he can't wait until Sunday now!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Fisher Price - Little People Lil' Movers School Bus - Review

This may just be the most exciting thing that we've received to review so far, it's the Little People Lil' Movers School Bus from Fisher Price.  Ethan absolutely loves every type of vehicle, but he became quite taken with school buses on our last trip to Canada.  I'm not sure if it's the bright yellow colour, or the fact that they were full of school children who would wave at him, but he was always excited to see a school bus.  He was thrilled when we opened up the box with the Little People school bus inside and wanted to play with it straight away.

The bus has loads of fun features, it comes with one child and a driver (but can hold a few more Little People if you have them), the door opens and shuts, the stop sign can be pulled out and pushed back in, several of the seats make a sound when you push the person down, and the bus itself plays the song 'The Wheels on the Bus' when you push it along.  Ethan loves every single one of these features.  I know that I sound like I'm gushing, but it is as if someone watched Ethan and saw what all of his favourite things are and put them into this one toy!  

The Little People Lil' Movers School Bus can be bought from Amazon for £23.53 (there is an older model available for £19.99, which looks fairly similar).  You can also buy more Little People from Amazon if you'd like to fill up the bus.

Ethan has not stopped playing with this bus since it arrived last week, it is his new favourite toy. It is great for his Knowledge and Understanding of the World as we can use it to learn about road safety, having the children come safely off the bus and having the other cars stop when they see the sign.  It's also great for his Creative Development as he can make up little stories to go along with it.  The second day that he had it, he got out his little school house (completely unprompted, I had actually forgotten that we had a school!) and drove the bus to the school to drop the children off, then had them play for a little while, before putting them back on the bus to bring them home.

I can not recommend this toy highly enough, it's fantastic and a great addition to our collection of small world toys, I can't wait to get some more Little People toys for Ethan to play and learn with!

* This has been a review post, Fisher Price sent me the Little People Lil' Movers School Bus and some extra figures to play with and write an honest review about.  For more about our review process, please click here *