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Month: November 2017

Christmas Toy Review #3 : Pop the Pig from Talkin Toys

Christmas Toy Review #3 : Pop the Pig from Talkin Toys

This Christmas my two children are getting to an age where they can start to play board games. Maybe not quite Monopoloy, but certainly games that involve interaction! You may or may not know, but this year I’m trying to find toys that I can buy for them together. Toys that they can both play with, and hopefully play without fighting #wishfulthinking. Whilst we were away in Hawaii, we played good old Jenga quite a few times, and I realised that they haven’t really had the opportunity to play games like it, that involve the whole family. They promote turn taking, patience and strategy! So when Talkin Toys contacted me to try out one of their new offerings, I jumped at the chance to try out Pop the Pig!

Pop the Pig is a game that can be played by two or more players. The Pig sits in the middle, and each person takes the turn to roll the dice. The dice shows one of four colours: red, green, purple or yellow. The player then picks up a token of that colour and turns it over showing a number. The token is then placed in the Pig’s mouth, and pushes down on it’s head the corresponding number of times. Each time you push down, it pumps the Pig’s tummy a little larger. The game keeps going until you….Pop the Pig’s tummy!

This game has been fantastic in a number of ways:

  • Turn taking….obviously!
  • Rolling the dice and recognising the colour
  • Recognising numbers
  • Predicting who is going to win based on how many times the Pig’s head has been pumped

It isn’t a game of skill, which is also great at this age because it means that no matter how old they are, anyone can win!

Pop the Pig can be purchased at Kmart for $25 here! Suitable for years 3+

GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Story Time

GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Story Time

To be a ballerina. Whether you are five, fifteen, thirty-five or eighty five. Those of us who have grown up dancing, twirling, stretching and practicing ballet have long admired those few who have gone on the make their passion their vocation. To be able to set foot into a real ballet studio at the Australian Ballet School has long been something that I could only dream of. Until last week when Ella and myself were invited along to have our very own private ballet class with on of their ballerinas to celebrate the launch of the Australian Ballet’s story time : Sleeping Beauty. I have to admit, that I may have been a teeny little bit over the moon about my daughter being invited, and myself being able to ‘tag’ along. I felt myself floating when we walked through the carpark, and into the lifts to stand along side those girls and boys who, with their hair slicked into neat buns, and wearing block dance shoes on their feet, were about to attend their daily sessions of rigorous training. For an hour we would ‘dance’ along side them, and my daughter, in all her tutu glory would be able to be in her element in the most sought after dancing school in the country.

Evie from the company was our teacher for the lesson, and greeted the girls as fairy from the beautiful story of Sleeping Beauty. If you are not aware, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty brings to the stage the classical ballet for years three and up, featuring Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, a sparkling crowd of fairies, and storybook characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Created especially for children, Storytime Ballet is sure to become an annual family favourite. Expect little ones to be dancing down the hallway with (almost) perfect pirouettes, long after the curtain comes down.
The production, which runs for a child friendly 50 mins and features a narrator to help kids navigate the storyline, will visit venues across Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland from 13 December – 25 January.

What’s even more exciting is the fact that we are giving away tickets to see this Ballet in Melbourne!

THE PRIZE:

One winner will win two tickets to Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty at the Arts Centre in Melbourne On Saturday December 15 at 2pm

TO ENTER:

Simply head to my Instagram Page and look for the comp post.

*Comp ends on Monday 13th Novermber at 9pm AEDST. Winner announced shortly after. Open to Australian Residents who are able to attend the Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty at the Arts Centre in Melbourne On Saturday December 15 at 2pm

For more information about the story time ballet, and to purchase tickets, head to the Australian Ballet’s website here. Truly magical for all dancers, of all ages!

Christmas Toy Review #2 & Giveaway!: Leap Frog Sweet Treats Cafe and Scoop & Learn Icecream Cart

Christmas Toy Review #2 & Giveaway!: Leap Frog Sweet Treats Cafe and Scoop & Learn Icecream Cart

This Christmas, I’m thinking laterally and looking for toys that give me bang for my buck. Two for one. Killing two birds with one stone you could say (even though that sounds terrible!). No, all jokes aside, I’m actually looking for toys that both of my kids can play with. Together. Toys that develop oral language, role play, imagination and working together. I’ve found that Ella and Huddy are now at an age where they actually can, for a small period of time, play together quite happily. Toys that encourage them to use their imagination and role play have been wonderful. They are also at an age where gender stereotypes have not REALLY set in, and so it’s a great time to encourage them to have fun no matter what they are playing with.

Leap Frog Sweet Treats Cafe

Recently we were asked my Leap Frog to review two of their new offerings; their Cafe set and Ice cream Cart. Leapfrog are known for developing toys that developing thinking. That encourage children to make decisions, to interact and be creative. So I was quick to say YES and get my kids involved. What’s even better is the fact that we are giving away a Cafe set to one lucky reader. Read on to learn more!

THE PRIZE

We are thrilled to be offering one lucky follower a  Sweet Treats Learning Café (for 2+ years), RRP $59.95.

See post below for more information about the product. Comp is open to Melbourne followers only who are able to pick up the prize from St Kilda. Comp Closes Monday 6th November at 8pm AEDST.

HOW TO ENTER

Simply head to our Facebook Post Here and leave a comment sharing your child’s favourite cafe treat and tag a friend!

*For a bonus entry , head to Instagram, follow us, like our Instagram Post for this giveaway and comment letting us know you have entered on FB.

Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

(for 2+ years), RRP $79.95 Available for Christmas from Big W and selected toy retailers.

We’ve all grown up with the sound of Mr Whippy driving the streets, and this is seriously like having your own at home. The LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart lets your children create a variety of  tasty-looking ice cream combinations using four flavours of ice cream, three toppings and three syrup flavours. The magic scooper helps them scoop up the ice cream and toppings to build customer orders (ie. Mummy’s favourite flavours) and it will recognise the colours and flavours. Add toppings and syrup to complete the treat!

They also get to build memory and sequencing skills by choosing from six cute animal order cards and following the instructions. Playful phrases introduce colours, numbers, flavours and more while you explore the cart’s features and activity cards. The cutest part is the fact that it is mobile, and allows kids to move around whilst playing music.

This is a real winner in our house and I would highly recommend it for Christmas!

Sweet Treats Learning Café

(for 2+ years), RRP $59.95 Available for Christmas from Big W and selected toy retailers.

Weekends in Melbourne are not complete without a trip to our local cafe. With the sweet treats cafe, your kids can serve up learning with a double shot of fun! Fill cups, complete customer orders and serve tasty-looking pastries while learning numbers, shapes, colours and sizes; and running your own café. With four original songs, 10 touch points and 12 pieces including magic tilting cups, your little baristas will feel as though they really work in their own cafe!. Pick the right drink, choose the correct sized cup and set the right temperature. They’ll love learning about numbers, shapes, and colours, while developing listening and memory skills as they froth the milk, grind the beans and brew the coffee. Whether they’re hosting a tea party for their toys or role playing with friends, its espressos, hot chocolates and babycinos all round!

Another awesome toy that both my kids love playing with together, and with the whole family. It’s really compact and can easily be taken out for the day.

So be sure to enter our giveaway today!