We’ve teamed up with Megableu to offer one lucky In The Playroom reader the chance to win a set of two fun new games in time for Christmas – Tumball and Beat the Flush. Find out more about these new games, and enter for your chance to win at the end of this post.
NEW for 2017. The nerve-wracking bead-stacking game. Balance the beads or take a tumble.
With every bead you add, the space between the coloured balls will open…
Push your luck too far or make a false move and… TUMBALL!
Add the fallen beads to your collection. First to get rid of all their beads wins!
For 2 to 4 players Age: 5 years+. £17.99rrp.
Watch the video to see the game in action!
Beat the Flush
NEW for 2017 The potty bug-flipping game! Race to catch your colour bugs with your wibbly-wobbly magnetic cap!
Catch a bug as quick as you can and flick it into the bowl. But aim straight: the loo’s on the loose, going round and round! Weeee! The winner’s the one who lands the most bugs in the bowl before it flushes! Try not to get sprayed with water.
For 2 to 4 players Age: 5 years+. £24.99rrp
Watch the video to see the game in action!
Enter via the Gleam competition widget for your chance to win!
Bring the magical world of the Night Garden to life for the smallest of fans with these gorgeous prizes from the In The Night Garden Baby toy and nursery product range from Golden Bear.
Designed especially for little fingers, the Grabber Rattles are the perfect size for babies to hold. The enticing rattling sounds will strengthen their hand-to-eye co-ordination skills and stimulate the senses. Made in super-soft fabrics, it include a special woven label for baby to explore.
Babies will love the gentle jingling sound and ribbon detailing on the Hanging Chime Toy, designed to stimulate and entertain. Perfect for at home in the nursery or on the move, the handy hanging strap features a Velcro fastening for easy attachment to buggies, prams, car seats and cots.
And super-soft and cuddly with embroidered features, the In The Night Garden Baby Soft Toy collection make the perfect cuddle companions for tiny hands. They have crinkling hands and feet and also a rattle or squeaker when they are squeezed!
One lucky In The Playroom reader will win this lovely bundle of all five In The Night Garden Baby toys shown above!
For your chance to be the winner, enter via the Gleam giveaway widget below
We’re really happy to be part of the Chad Valley Play Panel again this year. As well as having the opportunity to test out lots of fun Chad Valley toys with the kids, it also means that we’re able to offer In The Playroom readers the chance to win £75 of Argos vouchers to treat your family too!
The Chad Valley brand is 150 years old, and the range of over 400 Chad Valley toys is exclusively available at Argos. The majority of toys are for babies, toddlers and younger children although there are also some toys for older kids too. The really special thing about Chad Valley is that all the toys are designed and developed purely with play in mind. That’s it, just pure play and imagination!
These are some of the toys we’ve been trying out so far this year:
Of course another great thing about buying your Chad Valley toys from Argos is that you can get same day delivery to your home, which I’ve used a few times and find so handy, whether it’s for last minute presents, or just that you can’t wait to play!
Which Chad Valley toys would you spend your vouchers on if you win?
For your chance to be the lucky winner of the Argos vouchers, enter via the Gleam widget below!
Weaning is an exciting time, introducing little ones to all the new flavours and tastes. When you first start weaning, the HiPP pure vegetables jars are an ideal way to introduce one flavour at a time to your baby. They’re a smooth texture which is easy to manage, and by trying one vegetable at a time you can get an idea of which ones your baby likes the most.
Baby N’s favourite vegetable tends to be peas. She’s now nearly 10 months, but since we first started her with her first tastes at around 6 months, I noticed straight away that pure peas was a real hit. I was quite pleased as she’s starting off on the right track by eating her greens!
As a parent you want to know exactly whats in the food you give your little ones, so before feeding something new to baby N I sometimes give it a taste myself to see what it’s like, and if it tastes appealing. What I noticed with the HiPP first tastes that I tried is that it just tastes exactly like the vegetable but in a smooth form. You can definitely recognise the flavour of each vegetable rather than them all being so bland, which is great.
The HiPP Organic stage 1 jars are made with the finest organic ingredients, including the unique White Carrot, a new milder tasting carrot that has been specifically made by HiPP for little ones.
Now that N is an older baby, she’s starting to move on to more solid food, especially after gaining 6 teeth! But the HiPP vegetable jars can still come in quite handy. For example I might give her finger food to feed herself, and in the same meal I’ll put a portion vegetables that I can feed to her and that way I know she’s getting the vegetable goodness even while a lot of the other food gets played with or thrown onto the floor.
With an older baby, you can also spread some of the smoother purees on toast, or let them dip other foods into it. Cucumber sticks are one of N’s favourites for dipping, but it’s really versatile.
For Aisha is a really handy solution for parents looking for convenient foods for babies on busy days, or on the go, but requiring Halal options. I heard of For Aisha a couple of years ago, when a friend of mine reviewed it here on In The Playroom but now that baby N is 7 months and getting on really well with her eating, we had to give it a try ourselves!
This summer, Puffin have launched their #StartaStory Summer reading campaign to encourage as many children as possible to get reading! They’ve put together a short list of suggestions for the best books for each age group, and have put together reading inspiration over on their website, where you can also sign up for the #StartaStory newsletter to get ideas direct to your inbox.
I’ve loved reading since I was very young, so it’s really important to me that my children get to know the magic of encouraging a good book too.
During the summer holidays, I’ve encouraged reading by getting new books for the kids, both fiction and non fiction. We were sent a brilliant bundle from Puffin including their suggested reads for each age group, which was great too as there’s something for everyone! More about Puffin’s suggested titles in a minute!
We’ve also been writing our own stories, which I find goes hand in hand with reading, and the more the children read the more they pick up exciting and interesting language for their own stories. One fun way the boys have been making stories this week is typing them up on the laptop, and illustrating them by taking pictures on the webcam, to add into the story. They’ve been bringing teddies to the camera to act out the different characters. This was their own idea so I pleased to see them come up with that!
Another simple way we get stories in to our day is by having a book on the go as a family. Although they each read their own books to themselves, I always like to have one book that their dad or I will read aloud to all of the kids together. We’ll either snuggle up on the sofa to read, or if we’ve had a busy day and are running late then I’ll read it in the kitchen while they drink milk and eat a snack before bed.
Having the boys read stories to their baby sister is another lovely way to share stories as a family, and to get Baby N excited about story time from a young age.
I have been thinking about reading nooks too, as we’ve been doing a bit of a garden make over this summer and I’d like to make a little reading nook in the empty space under the climbing frame. There’s nothing more relaxing than sneaking in somewhere quiet and comfy to have a read, so I think that would definitely give us some more opportunities to enjoy stories. There are more ideas for reading nooks over on the Puffin StartaStory page too.
Now… on to the book bundle I mentioned before!
Puffin have put together these suggestions for children aged 0-9+…
0-5 (and more suggestions for brilliant 0-5 books here)
Kaya Jewellery have recently launched their UK web store and have a gorgeous range of jewellery for mums and children. We were sent a beautiful personalised baby bracelet for baby N, and have teamed up with Kaya Jewellery to offer one lucky In The Playroom winner the chance to win a £40 voucher to spend in their store too!
It wasn’t easy to choose which bracelet to go for, as there are so many pretty designs available on the site. I decided to go for this pearl and pink option and was really impressed with how cute it looks!
This bracelet will go beautifully with party dresses and is so lovely for special occasions. I’m looking forward to putting N in it at Eid time and on other special occasions. I couldn’t resist trying it on her as soon as it arrived though!
The bracelet is easy to put on and off with a secure clasp, and the sizing seemed accurate. You have a bit of flexibility as you can fasten it at different points along the 2.5cm extension chain, so it will grow with your baby for a little while.
The engraving is nice and clear, and having the name added is a really nice touch that makes the baby bracelet into a lovely keepsake. I’m sure once N is bigger I will keep her bracelet to look back on how tiny her little hands were! They would make lovely gifts for a baby on a special occasion.
Take a look at the Kaya Jewellery site to see all of the jewellery that’s on offer, and see what you would spend your voucher on!
For your chance to be the lucky winner, enter via the Gleam widget below
Step into the magical world of In the Night Garden and see Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka brought to life before your eyes with beautiful costumes, magical puppets, enchanting music and breathtaking projections.
In the Night Garden Live takes place in its own purpose-built, family-friendly Showdome. With just 13 rows of seats, you’ll be close to the action wherever you sit and everyone gets a great view!
There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote, “there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.”
It doesn’t matter how young your little one is… they’ll love In the Night Garden Live. You will too – and the magical memories you make together. The show opened in London on 25 May and will move around the country over the summer visiting Birmingham and Manchester. Over 800,000 people have seen In the Night Garden Live so far. 96% of parents say they’d recommend it*, and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 8,768 parents’ reviews.
Igglepiggle, iggle onk, we’re going to…
• catch the Ninky Nonk where Igglepiggle loses his blanket and all his friends help him find it.
• catch the Pinky Ponk and see Makka Pakka wash everyone’s faces. Until his sponge gets stuck in Upsy Daisy’s megaphone.
Do you buy soft drinks for your kids? Are you concerned about them being healthy? Answer these few short questions for your chance to be the lucky winner of £200 worth of supermarket shopping vouchers. The brand is particularly keen to hear from parents of older kids, over 11 (but you can still fill it out if they are younger too!)
My husband works in Artificial Intelligence and has a lot of pride in his AI lab which he set up last year. He spends a lot of time there, so naturally likes to put his own stamp on the place and when he saw me browsing the SmartSign website for custom signs, he straight away said that he would really like to have a robot sign for his lab.
He decided to go for the “Caution Robots at Work” slogan in a metal sign, which is really strong and sturdy so should last for years. He’s really pleased with how it came out. It adds a fun touch to the lab, and a bit of personality!
My husband absolutely loves his custom SmartSign, and I’m so happy to be able to share the opportunity for you to win your own custom sign, plus a $500 Amazon voucher.
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