Tag Archives: Literacy

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

29 Jun

Hi folks,

I hope you’re all safe & well. Hopefully we are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel during this strange time. Pandemic parenting sure is a mine field. Homeschooling, trying to keep the little ones entertained & all the while, trying to shield them from all of the scariness.

Seth is now 4 yrs old & he’s currently at pre-school… well, not at the moment. He’s not been to school since lockdown began. So all of his recent learning has been here at home. A few weeks ago, we were sent the amazing Chameleon Reader.

I have been utterly blown away by this product. Seth calls it ‘The Magic Book Wand’. Seth has always loved books & has his own little book corner for reading in his bedroom with his own little corner sofa. We love reading together, but he’s at an age where he wants to be independent sometimes with his reading, but he hasn’t the reading ability yet to sit & fully read on his own. So this ‘magic book wand’ is perfect!

So… first of all… Whats in the Box?

  • Chameleon Reader Pen (batteries included)
  • 5,000+ Audio Stickers
  • 7 Audio Controls Book Mark
  • My Library Card
  • My Music Card
  • Card Album
  • USB Cable
  • User Guide

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First of all, I’d like to start by saying that this is so easy to use. This will work with ANY book & turn it into an audio book. So I can literally read books for Seth & record it for him. You simply choose a book… place a little chameleon on each page & record the audio of each page with a little tap.  Then, when your little one taps the sticker with their pen, the page will be read out…it really is MAGIC!

We started with The Gruffalo.

Seth’s reaction when he realises it’s me reading the story is just magical!

This clever little gadget will record up to 4 audio tracks per page. So 4 separate languages can be spoken which is ideal for bilingual children. The possibilities are endless.

The Chameleon Reader is great for getting the kids away from screens & is great for keeping them entertained while travelling. We’ve loved using it over lockdown, it’s been such a great learning aid.

Right now, Amazon have a great deal on, you can buy the whole starter pack for £89.99 with free one day delivery on Prime.

This would make such an amazing gift. I’m thinking of getting family members to record themselves reading books, as we don’t live near family. I think it’ll be lovely for Seth to be able to hear his favourite stories read out by his grandparents.

I hope you you’ve enjoyed this review. Click the bold text to be linked to websites for further reading & where to purchase.

Thank you as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Books, Books and More Books

7 Sep

Hi folks ✨

I think I’m going to have build an extension just for all of Seth’s books. This is his little reading corner feature wall in his nursery/bedroom. He has a bookcase full of books & a pile of them downstairs too.

I first started reading to Seth while I was pregnant. I watched a fantastic documentary on BBCi Player called ‘The Countdown to Life’. On there they were saying that from 20weeks, in the womb, a baby is able to remember things that are said repetitively. So I began reading Winnie the Pooh. Seth isn’t quite 6 month old yet, but he loves books. He loves being read too, he loves looking at the illustrations, he loves looking at the words. He just sits & gives you the biggest gummy grin that melt your heart. 

I want him to be confident with words. I don’t want books to be something to fear. He has some lovely cue cards with pictures of animals with the written word underneath of what they are… He screams for it. Then he’ll lay on his tummy & just look at all the cards. I know he’s only a baby but I always think on some level the words must be being stored in there somewhere. 

I have a friend who is an Usborne Books organiser… you can find her on Facebook for some great offers. You can order direct through her Facebook page for a personal shopping experience 💙

Thanks so much as ever for reading ✨

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx