Every single year since I can remember, the kids have asked for new scooters at Christmas. We are definitely much more a ‘scooter family’ than a cycle family. Bella especially LOVES her scooters, and I really cannot wait to see her face when she opens her new one on Christmas day! But over the years, I have to admit to making more than a few scooter mistakes. It’s easily done. At first I was swayed by the colours, but I soon came to realise that there is much much more to choosing one than what it looks like. For example, some of the toddler scooters have what we call a ‘lean’ action, meaning that to turn corners you lean rather than steer. Which is great, unless your child really can’t figure it out at all! Some scooters are four wheels, some are three, or even two. Some scooters light up, some flash. So where do you start? Here is a really quick guide to super scooter tips and tricks, with a fab infographic put together by Halfords, to hopefully make your last minute Christmas shopping that little bit easier!
We’ve been sent a couple of games from Orchard Toys to review, and since we’re already huge fans of these games for preschoolers, it can come as no surprise to hear that we love them! If you’re looking for a last minute stocking filler, Christmas gift, or a fun game to play in between now and Christmas (and let’s face it, we all need ideas on how to keep the kids entertained while they climb the walls with excitement!) then look no further. Here are our thoughts on the Cake Monster and Christmas Surprises games.
This game is aimed towards children aged three and upwards, and is a simple game that teaches a multitude of skills. It’s great for
- Observational Skills
- Number and Counting Skills
- Personal and Social Skills
- Matching and Memory Skills
- Hand Eye Coordination
Not to mention it’s great fun too!
The object of the game is to collect a full plateful of cakes, and there are two ways to play. Like other games from Orchard Toys, the game is fun, educational and very easy to play, so perfect for preschoolers jus beginning to learn counting skills and turn taking.
The pieces are brightly coloured and durable- all printed on thick cardboard that withstands even the heaviest of hands!- and the whole game play is short and sweet, making it great for limited attention spans. This would make a great stocking filler or gift this Christmas. (more…)
We were recently sent some beautiful Christmas baking sets from Zac and Lily and I have to say that we absolutely loved them. So much so, we’ve just bought a few sets for teacher gifts too. Here are our thoughts on the wonderful Christmas Eve Kit and Reindeer Lebkuchen baking kits…
The first thing that struck me when our box arrived, was how beautifully the kits are packaged. And I can confirm that the teacher gifts we received today are just as spectacular. The Christmas Eve Kit came in a lovely little box tied up with a red ribbon, and a note to Bella from Elsie. Luka’s reindeer kit came in a little tube with a personalised message too. This is such a lovely touch that really means the kits make wonderful gifts. The kids were thrilled!
We were recently asked to be Kurio family blogger ambassadors and for the last 2 months we’ve been testing out the Kurio Tab2. Over the next few months we’ll be reporting back on our progress with the Tab2 but for now I wanted to to give you our first impressions.
The Kurio Tab2
We’ve given the Kurio Tab2 to Bella but, I have to admit to initially being a little concerned about giving a 3 year old a tablet. To combat this, I set some ground rules straight away with regards to how long she can play on it, and when she plays on it too. It mostly comes out on the weekend when we can sit with her and help her, and this is partly why this review will come in three parts. We wanted Bella to take her time exploring the tablet, so that she didn’t get too frustrated and so that she didn’t get what we call ‘screen face’. This is what we refer to when the little ons have played on the iPad or tablet for over 20 minutes- their eyes tend to go a little dazed, conversation is limited and tempers can become frayed easily. I’m sure fellow parents can recognise screen face from that description! We didn’t want that to happen in this case as we’ve heard so many good things about the Kurio Tab2.