You can’t beat a good puzzle, and the kids and I have been having fun with a new range of Discovery Dinosaur puzzles each with 150 pieces.
These Dinosaur Puzzles, made by Kidicraft, are from the Discovery range of 3D effect puzzles which are manufactured using new Prime 3D lenses to give greater depth and motion to the images.
The 3D style really is effective, they felt as if the dinosaurs were really coming out of the jigsaws! And it also adds a little more challenge to completing the puzzles as it’s a style we haven’t tried before.
We’re #StayingIndoors and have teamed up with one of our favourite toy brands Learning Resources for an eggciting online Easter egg hunt. You’ll stand the chance to win an eggciting prize to keep the kids busy and entertained, and are guaranteed to receive a mystery discount!
On Monday 6th April hop along to Learning Resources’ Facebook or Instagram pages and look out for the clues. Follow the clues to find one of their favourite blogs, where you’ll need to hunt for an Easter egg to crack. Hidden inside each Easter Egg you’ll discover a letter! Remember all the letters because you’ll need them to spell out the answer to a question at the end of the hunt to enter the competition!
Learning Resources are giving away a bumper Alternative Easter Gift prize bundle to once lucky winner and everyone who enters the Egg Hunt will receive a surprise discount of between 10-50% off a Learning Resources purchase on their website.
Check below on Monday morning for our Easter egg which may appear with a clue that you will need…. 😉 Good luck!
When you see the Easter egg… you may need to give it a few taps to reveal the letter!
When my boys were little, I found audiobooks so helpful with getting them settled at bedtime and encouraging them to lie in their beds happily while they fell asleep. I had been wanting to try something similar with my daughter who’s now getting to the right age, but with CDs not so common these days and as I’m not keen to use an iPad or Voice assistant device in the kids rooms, I have been wondering what method would be best.
Enter the tonies® Toniebox which offers a perfect child friendly solution to my dilemma, with screen-free story time and figures which are instantly recognisable to young children enabling my little girl to choose easily, and activate her Toniebox herself.
Looking for good quality ideas for Christmas presents, and want to select something with developmental benefits that your child will get a lot out of all year round? The Good Toy Guide is a great resource, and now they have brought out this years 2019 Christmas Good Toy Guide.
The guide is brought to you by the independent experts at Fundamentally Children, and aims to help you find the perfect toy for your child. The Christmas Good Toy Guide includes over 50 #GoodToys, all tested by children and endorsed by experts, so you know it’s a review you can trust.
The guide is available as a paper catalogue, or online via the website, and we have been having a little browse…
In addition to the paper catalogue seen above, you can also check out this years Christmas Good Toy Guide online at their website www.christmasgoodtoyguide.com, which is really user friendly and easy to browse the age categories you can see below. If you want to think outside of the box this year, you could also check out their suggestions of alternative gifts which has some brilliant ideas.
Did you know that September is Colic Awareness Month. It’s something that you probably wouldn’t even think about until you have a new baby, but if your baby does suffer from colic it can make life miserable for all involved! There is no right or wrong answer to how to solve colic, but sharing experiences with other can really help and that’s why Infacol have developed Colic Awareness Month in September as a time for parents, carers and healthcare professionals to swap stories of soothing crying babies and to offer support, solidarity and information to anyone that might be going through a rough first few months with their newborn.
If you are not sure what Colic is all about – according to NHS Choices, colic is the name for excessive, frequent crying in a baby who otherwise appears to be healthy. It affects 1 in 5 babies and tends to begin when a baby is a few weeks old. Normally, it stops at 4 months of age but can go on until a baby is 6 months old. Other signs that a baby might be suffering from colic include when that baby clenches their fists, draws up their legs and goes red in the face. One of the theories is that it is caused by trapped wind which is very uncomfortable for babies.
Little fans of Fingerlings® will be excited to see the new range of three new nonfiction Fingerlings® titles published by DK this month, in partnership with WowWee. These are a great way to make reading fun, and we found that the books are a great way to learn more about the Fingerlings characters.
The new books include a sticker activity book, and two early reader books focusing on the unicorn and the monkey Fingerlings. All of the books are bright and colourful, and of course really cute.
DK have offered a full set of three books as a prize for one lucky In The Playroom reader, so for your chance to win, enter at the end of this post!
The Fingerlings Ultimate Sticker Collection takes readers on a fun journey to the Fingerlings’ home in Melody Village. Read about favourite Fingerlings characters, including Bella and Boris, Marge, Kingsley and Gigi, and meet exciting new characters such as the Glitter Girls. Discover how bubbly Gigi has fun with her unicorn friends, how Kingsley the cool sloth likes to chill out, and what Bella the busy monkey does in a day. DK’s Fingerlings Ultimate Sticker Collection comes with over 1,000 stickers; readers can have fun finding the stickers for each page and creating their own Fingerlings scenes.
Wally the Washer is another great fun and whacky new table top game for little ones from Drumond Park. This game focuses on Wally the washing machine, who spins just like the real thing, then spills out his washing – as young players race to collect their coloured clothes – and be the first to fill their washing line… But watch out for the dirty old sock! If it tumbles out with the washing on your turn, you must put all the clothes back and wear the giant clothes peg on your nose, until the next time the dirty sock appears!
Foxy Pants is a fast and fun new table top game from Drumond Park, challenging you to see if you’re fast enough to save your chickens from the hungry fox! We’ve been playing this game at home with the boys, and Drumond Park are giving away one game to a lucky In The Playroom reader too – Enter at the end of this post.
There’s something about Peppa Pig that just grabs toddler’s attention. Without N even having seen Peppa on TV, she quickly managed to develop a real interest in the little pink pig just from some of the Peppa Pig toys and books she’d come across – so much so that her first sentence was “Where Peppa Pig?”!
We were sent the new Count with Peppa Interactive Money Box toy for review, and of course once she saw it she was attracted to it straight away and very keen to get playing. The great thing about this toy is that as well as being fun with the Peppa theming, it’s also very educational so it’s a great way to get your toddler some practise with their colours and numbers.
Fun to Learn Friends Art magazine is a creative magazine offering a great variety of screen free activities for young children, including many of their favourite characters. These activities can be done independently, or together with family depending on your child’s age and level.
Each issue is 36 pages long, and is themed around a topic. Each issue of the magazine includesinspirational ideas to make, design, colour and draw, along with lots of interactive stickers, and a 4 page cut-out card activity. You also get a cover mount gift each time, which is a craft kit with all the necessary parts to make a wonderful themed creation that is explored and explained within the magazine.
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