When young children are learning to read, the key is to practise as much as possible but at the same time you don’t want to make it into a chore for them. I came up with this hidden words activity using Marvin’s Magic Pens and my 4 year old daughter was begging me to write more and more words for her to discover.
Magic pens allow you to erase or colour change your drawings and so much fun to experiment with.
With the kids spending so much time at home these days, having a variety of toys can make our lives so much easier. This especially applies right now during half term. Recently, I came across the Maqio Toys website and was so impressed with the range of toys available – and even more so with the bargain prices for many of these toys. If you are looking to find your children something new, and want to pick up a good deal then you should definitely have a browse around their site and see what catches your eye. We will have a discount code to share with you at the end of this post, to help you get an even better deal.
Totem Infernal Power is a fun new challenge game from Character Toys, where you have to race to spin and stack all five spinning tops and watch them light up. The game is challenging and addictive, and great for family fun as you race each other to see who can complete the challenge fastest, or who can manage to stack more of the spinning tops.
This 3rd Lockdown is hitting us differently. Without the warm weather of the summer, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained and pass the time. Stocking up on some new indoor activities definitely helps to bring some novelty and entertainment to your days, and with this snowy weather we’ve been having lately Frozen toys and games are an ideal solution to keep my 4 year old daughter occupied.
ToysandBears.com have a brilliant range of Frozen branded toys, and they sent one of the puzzles for us to test out at home.
Conservation Crisis is a fun new board game from Tunza Games which Combines real-life conservation issues with the feel of a traditional board game. This game is suitable for children of age 7 years old and up, and I tried it out with two of my boys who are 9 and 10 years old.
Smiggle have so many fun products for kids. It’s a great place to look, especially if you are needing some stocker filler ideas for your little ones. With a 50 budget we were able to order all of the below on the Smiggle website and these products are already giving my kids hours of fun, and helping to keep them busy especially as we are spending more time at home.
Smiggle products are great for enhancing children’s creativity and artistic side and the products are all very cute so my kids enjoy using these.
Here are a few of our favourite products that we selected from Smiggle.
Playing with puzzles and games is not just for children. For a few years now, I have been doing 1000 piece puzzles and I find it the most effective and relaxing thing for stress relief. I love it so much. In a world where we are constantly rushing around from one task to another without time to take a minute or be still, I really appreciate how much doing puzzles forces me to slow down and allows me to take time for myself.
Cloudberries are a UK-based company that creates fun, design-led jigsaw puzzles for adults. They allowed me to choose a puzzle from their site to review, and I went for the Patchwork jigsaw puzzle.
Ricky Zoom is a great family fun show, featuring motorcycle Ricky and his buddies: Loop Hoopla, DJ Rumbler and Scootio Wizzbang. My 3 year old N has enjoyed this show for quite a while now, so she was excited to try out some new Ricky Zoom toys and play with them together with her big brothers.
As a parent I love the personalities of the characters within the show, each one is unique and it’s great to see how they solve problems within each episode, using their own resourcefulness and resilience whilst also knowing there is a supportive community on hand to help if need be. This is such a positive message for children, and something that I’m happy to see my daughter absorbing while she is watching her Ricky Zoom episodes at home with the family.
In hot weather, you can’t beat a water fight! My kids are all crazy about water blasters, water balloons and anything that allows them to get themselves and everyone else completely soaking! So luckily the weather has been nice lately, to allow for lots of fun water activities in the garden.
We have been trying out a few new products from Zuru, which have been so much fun.
Learning Resources is my go-to company for home learning materials, as they have so many fun products to help with all kinds of areas of learning. We were sent a couple of products to help out with our home learning during the school closures, and these have been really useful along side other Learning Resources toys and games that we already have stocked in our playroom.
Sight Word Swat
This is a great game that can be used to help young readers, whether they have only learned a few sight words or are starting to get quite confident at reading. N is 3 years old and already knows a few words, so this is a fun way to review those with her and introduce more words to her in a fun and casual way. Not all of the words included are “tricky words” there are also words which can be sounded out phonetically, like “can” so we can also use these type of words for phonics practise, to have a go at reading the letters and blending them together to read the word.
Summer is here, and that means outdoor fun and lots of time spent in the garden. If you’re looking for ways to entertain your kids this summer, these awesome backyard ideas should give you some inspiration for a fun and frugal summer that memories are made of. Cool features to add to your backyard this […]
Big Little Tent Festival was created last year during lockdown, since we aren’t able to be out there exploring just now, Caravan Club came up with this idea to allow families to have fun and continue the excitement of camping at home. The festival aims to bring the great outdoors to you – in the […]
Sink or float is one of the most popular classic science experiments for kids. It’s so easy to set up, and a great way to introduce them to basic experiments at home. This fun twist on the classic experiment uses surprise eggs to add another element of fun to the activity. This sink or float […]
Every child is different, and with these varied personalities and interests you will need different toys to best keep your child occupied and entertained. Recently, I was having this discussion with one of my mum groups about which toys are most used by our 4 year olds these days and it was really interesting to […]
Kaleidoscope Have fun making this Kaleidoscope craft with the kids. This simple kaleidoscope works best when it is held up to the light. Move the tube around to see the pretty colours, glitter and sequins dance around. What is a Kaleidoscope? A kaleidoscope (/kəˈlaɪdəskoʊp/) is an optical instrument with two or more reflecting surfaces tilted […]
We have all been stuck indoors for a while so it is always good to have some ideas of how to keep the little ones entertained during lockdown. We still have only a few months to go until things go back to normal – hopefully – so read on to get some inspiration. Anna and […]
It’s fantastic to see World Book Day grow year on year, teaching children about the joys of reading in a fun and playful way and getting them to engage with characters and literature is an amazing idea and it’s fantastic it has become so successful here in the UK. Truly highlighting the joys of reading […]