Tag Archives: Games

Lockdown Learning

20 Jul

Hi folks,

I can’t believe that the academic year has come to an end & we’re now into the Summer Holidays. I feel so sad that Seth didn’t get to say a proper goodbye to his Pre-School Teachers & Class Mates. We found out last week who his new Reception Class Teacher would be & which of his friends would be in his class. Seth is so excited to get back to school in September. He just loves to learn.

We’ve been doing lots of fun learning activities over lockdown & I think we’ll be carrying them on into the Summer Holidays too. Learning is much easier when its fun!

We had another lovely delivery of goodies from Best Learning.

My Learning Board iPoster  is utterly fantastic! It’s perfect for helping with Spelling, Writing & Counting. It’s interactive with touch technology & you can also use the wipeable pen too. There is 12 separate learning activities already built in. It’s perfect for fun learning games together. Lots of fun sounds & songs will keep your little ones entertained for hours. We’ve had so much fun with this lovely interactive toy. You can also hang it on a wall, perfect for a play room, study area or kids bedroom. The integrated calculator is great too… Seth thinks it’s magic.

Inno Pad: Smart Fun Lessons. This is such an amazing compact toy. It comes with 16 separate learning pages that slide into the Inno Pad for different learning experiences. The pages themselves are made from durable plastic… meaning they’re sturdy but also can be wiped clean. Skills that can be learned include alphabet, numbers, time, colours, fruits, shapes, animals, the weather, emotions, professions, music, various transportation & problem solving. The learning levels range from basic to advanced. This is toy is great for travel… it’s really lightweight & slimline. It’ll be great for travelling when we go to visit family etc…

Seth loves problem solving & having quizzes, so he’s had so much fun playing with it. It’s great for a childs development, as well as promoting creativity. We’ve had fun playing this together, but Seth also like independent play & learning. He can off & play with this & figure it all out for himself.

Magic Puzzle Globe. This lovely little globe comes in 26 pieces with a little stand. We did have to help Seth with putting this together. It’s been great though for helping Seth with basic geography. Seth is only 4 years old, but he’s utterly obsessed with asking where each country is in relation to the United Kingdom. So this has been such a great learning aid.

Our magic Puzzle Globe lives in Seth’s room, because he loves to go over to it & find all of his favourite countries. I just love the wonder & amazement on his little face when he looks & then finds different places.

“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein.

If you would like to read a little more about the toys we’ve reviewed – please click the highlight text.

Thanks so much for reading.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Play, Learn, Grow!

18 May

Hi folks,

I hope everyone is staying safe & staying positive. We’re all fine here… plodding on as best we can. I think one of the hardest aspects is keeping the kids occupied. Going out for a morning walk is great for burning off energy & then playing in the garden is also a massive help. But when the rain comes… it’s a whole different story.

We were sent some lovely toys from Best Learning who you can find on Amazon here.

Seth is 4 years old now. He’s really missing nursery right now. He’s missing all aspects of it… the structure… the learning & most of all; his friends. I’m not homeschooling as such, like I’m not setting out a full structured school day… but I am integrating learning into play. Seth loves to learn. The recent VE Day Celebrations have really piqued his interest in our little island & learning more about the UK as a whole. This i-Poster of the United Kingdom really did arrive just at the right time.

The i Poster has over 300 facts & questions about the UK. There’s also all sorts of different fun questions to test your knowledge in the quiz mode. There’s also a fantastic feature that will sing the national anthem too! As you can see from the photo above, we have ours hung up. Its in the front room as a permanent feature now. It really is a beautiful toy/ learning aid. Seth loves choosing an area of the UK & pressing it to find out facts.

We have a weekly phone call from Seth’s teacher & he has told her all about his talking map. The material is great – it wipes down easily if grubby fingers have touched it. It’s also super easy to use, simply touch the area you want to learn about & the map will come to life just like magic. Seth really thinks its magical.

Ted was sent the My Spin & Learn Steering Wheel. It’s the cutest little toy. Ted instantly took to this toy & its a one he will consistently choose to play with everyday. My favourite thing about this toy is the ’emotions’ feature. I’ve not come across many baby/toddler toys that touch on emotion. This is so lovely with a light up button referring to each emotion. It also incorporates light, shapes, sound, music & it also spins. Great for hand eye coordination. There’s so many elements to this toy that makes it different to other interactive toddler toys.

The wheel itself is the perfect size for little hands to hold & carry. It’s great for developing dexterity & motor function.

If you’re looking for some fun & educational toys to keep the little ones entertained – then Best Learning are a great place to start.

I hope you’ve all found this review helpful. Don’t forget to stay safe & stay positive!

Thank you as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

App-Tastic

6 Sep

Hi folks,

Whether or not you like technology… it’s here & it’s here to stay. Being a blogger & a lover of gadgets, I very much embrace it. My husband works in a field that is very much technology based too. Before having children we discussed the use of technology at home… how will we moderate it & integrate it. It’s a fairly scary subject to people who are comfortable with it… so I can’t imagine how people feel about it who are’t very confident with it.

Seth is almost 2 years & 6 months old. He’s very aware of technology. He see’s people on their handheld devices, laptops etc… It doesn’t matter how much we try to shield him from it at home… he sees it when we’re out & about… he sees it on TV & in books. So, we made the decision to introduce him to it ‘on our terms’. We bought him an Amazon Kids Fire Tablet. He doesn’t get it 24/7. It’s more for when we are out, travelling or ‘sometimes’ at home for an hour.

I’m all about imaginative play… making things… making up stories etc… But, I do believe that technology has it’s place too. It can help our children to learn & develop if used in the correct ways. And not just used as a ‘nanny’ device.

Over the last month or so, Seth has been playing with the KidloLand Apps. The first thing for me that I like, is that it is Kid Safe Certified.

There is so much to explore on these apps. There are games, quizzes, songs, stories… etc…  Seth is a bit of an artist/creative thinker & also a total problem solver. The first area he explored was the drawing apps. He could draw, create shapes & patterns… the colours are stunning. And there’s also a lovely little tune going off in the back ground too. He kept saying ‘Wow Mammy… the colours’. I don’t think he’d ever drawn on tablet. So he thought it was ‘magic’. It was great though, as while he was playing with it, I could ask him what all of the colours were called or I could ask him to choose a ‘green’ etc… so yes he was having fun & playing which he thought was great & total playtime… but really… he was learning too. It’s not just mind numbing ‘youtube’… it’s an actual app that makes our little ones think & create.

Seth adores a problem solving game… recognising shapes, animals & patterns. You’ll find all of that with Kidloland. There’s also a massive library of stories, rhymes & songs.

Seth’s loved exploring the ‘Balloon Pop’ games & ‘Sorting Games’… I kind of don’t feel guilty about him having a tablet when he’s actually doing some educational.

The other great thing about this app, is that it works offline too. As long as you’ve downloaded the games & activities you want to use. I know it’s rare that you go somewhere that doesn’t offer free wifi, but you can guarantee that the one time you’re relying on wifi access… it’ll be down or super slow. Seth just asks for his ‘Animal games’ or his ‘Animal Books’ & I have them right there. It’s like his only little compact library in one place.

Another plus to the KidloLand Apps, is that they can be installed onto Android & iOS devices. If you fancy the sound of these apps… you can find them here via these links:

For Android:
If you’re looking for some creative, fun learning apps for your little ones, I’d recommend looking into Kidloland.
Thanks so much for reading!
Love & Huggles,
Hayley xxx