KidloLand App Review and Giveaway

I was offered the chance to review the fantastic app from Kidloland which is aimed at ages 0-5 years old. I had never heard of KidloLand before so was very interested in what their app could offer a 5 month old.

 

My initial questions were:

 

  • Would it be too old for a 5 month old?
  • Are there lots of activities to do?
  • Would it keep an older child occupied?
  • What was the quality of the images like?
  • Do you get your monies worth?

So the app was easily to download from the app store onto my iPhone. I was eager to see what the app was about.

KidloLand review and giveaway - lullabies, colours, shapes

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How can we help our children to learn about sharing? – WILF Books

I was contacted by the lovely people at WILF Books asking if they could guest post on my blog to let all you all know about their new sharing-based children’s book delivery service.

Now you all know how much I love books so I’m very happy to help. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’m very delighted to spread the word of this service that they are offering.

 

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Image from WILF Books

 

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Little House of Science – Classes for Curious Minds

When I first discovered my love for Science I had just moved to secondary school. I don’t honestly remember doing any science at primary school. It was a shame because it became my favourite subject. All the way through secondary school and on to A Levels where I studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

Back when I was small there wasn’t opportunities to send children to science classes. Now I have found you can send your children to the Little House of Science and their Classes for Curious minds. 
Children are natural born scientists and it is never too early to start educating them about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Both girls and boys are curious to learn about the world around them and how things work. 
We see this from the moment children start to talk. They observe and ask questions. My 5 month old baby girl is already interested in everything around her. It’s funny to see her frown and stare at her toys taking it all in.
Children love to ask questions such as why is the sun so bright? How did the stars get into the sky? How do planes fly and cars drive? How are bridges built? How does the fabulous brain work? The questions are endless. 
Little House of Science - classes for curious minds

What is the Little House of Science?

Little House of Science offers project based weekly after- & in- school maths and science workshops for children ranging from 3 to 11 years of age as well as experiential sessions for babies and toddlers from 6 months.

They aim to make the classes fun. The little scientists get hands-on learning sophisticated maths and science, instead of just watching us make things go ‘pop’ and ‘bang’.They want to help contribute to children’s understanding of how nature and the world around them works. 

Their reputation has grown quickly as a company and they have a serious interest in teaching the children – making Little House of Science a better choice for parents.

Little House of Science has set up an annual Young Scientist Award together with the Institute of Physics, run the kids section at the annual Royal Society Summer Exhibition and works together with the Science Museum in London hosting joint guided tours.

They run a franchise as well which is perfect for people looking to work with children and help little future scientists.

The Classes:

Little Discovery - Little House of Science



Little Discovery – Age 6-12, 12-24 months


A class for mum and baby discovering the fascinating world around us. A new topic is taken each week and it’s explored and investigated through the senses. Babies are introduced to new ideas, shapes, colours, textures and sounds.                            
Little Maths - Little House of Science

Little Maths,

Rhythm and Shapes – 2-3 and 3-4 years
A class for toddlers learning about how numbers are everywhere. Music, shapes and colours are included as well as quantities and the numbers 1-10.

Little Science - Little House of Science

Little Science – 3-4, 4-7 and 5-8 years


Little Science offers weekly in-school or after school workshops for children aged 3-8 years. These classes help lay the foundations for future academic  progress. The children will learn about problem solving, decision making and how to process information.

Big Science - Little House of Science

Big Science – 8-11 years


Big Science classes are in-school or after school workshops and focus on expanding the knowledge learned in the eariler classes.




Here is a little bit about Little House of Science:

Little House of Science was founded by three ladies in London in 2014, (Veronika Covington, Liliana Crachilova and Elisabeth Keck), who saw the ever growing demand from children wanting to learn more about how the world works! Children who love science and are inspired by it. This led to the birth of Little House of Science.

Little House of Science Founders -first day
Denise O’Mara is joining the team, having spent her career and education in science and engineering with her last 10 years working in the industry/Engineering sector in the South of England. With two young children, aged 5 and 3, she is ready to bring Little House of Science to the children and families in the area of Southampton.
Denise is passionate about Science and education and has always been a big advocate of getting children interested in Science from an early age, so they can have a positive attitude towards maths and science in the later stage of their development.
Where Can You Find Classes?



You can find Little House of Science classes in and around London in various locations and also now in Hampshire. They have a timetable with lots of different classes throughout the Summer, Autumn and also Holiday Workshops and parties that they run. 

Little House of Science can also be found on FacebookTwitter and Youtube


Are your children interested in Science?
Would you take your little ones to a class?



*Disclosure – This is a collborated post

Book Review: A Personalised Bobadeg Book

When the people at Bobadeg offered me one of their gorgeous personalised children’s books to review I jumped at the chance!
They are also going to let me give two books away to you, my readers.
Bobadeg
Image courtesy of  Bobadeg
Now lets hear what Bobadeg is about:

“Bobadeg is based in the UK and has developed a range of fun and educational, personalised books for children aged 5 and under. Our aim is that each of our products provide a unique learning adventure for each child that makes them feel special.   
All of our books can be personalised with your child’s photo and name.   A number of our customers comment on how proud their child or grandchild feels when they receive their book and how often they go back to it once they have received it.”

Their personalised kids books are aimed at children aged 5 and under. But my daughter is only 4 months old and is fascinated by all the bright colours, and I love to read the story to her. I do think if she got hold of it though it would end up a chewed mess! So for now I will just hold and read it to her. Until she is older to understand it.
 
Book Designs
There are 7 designs of the Bobadeg books you can choose from.
  • Fairy Garden
  • Funny Fish
  • I can Fight Dragons – Boys Version
  • I can Fight Dragons – Girls Version
  • Jiggly Juggly Journey
  • Swirly Twirly Kite
  • That’s Poo!
As you can see from the photo below I chose The Fairy Garden version

 

Bobadeg Personalised Kids Book
I think what makes the book really special is as well as adding your child’s name and photo you can also have a personal message placed inside the front cover.
Bobadeg Personalised Kids Book
 
 
How To Create Your Personalised Bobadeg Book
There are 3 simple steps on the Bobadeg website to help you create your personalised book.
 
STEP 1 – PICK A BOOK from one of their great designs.
STEP 2 – PICK A SIZE: You can choose between a standard size book and free bookmark or a mini book which is like the one I received above.
STEP 3 – PERSONALISATION DETAILS – Simply fill in their personalisation boxes to let them know:
a) Your child’s first name,
b) The message you would like to appear on the inside cover of the book
c) A photo of your child facing the camera
Bobadeg Personalised Kids Book



I just have to point out that on the back of the mini book was some of the other books in the series with their personalised front covers. I really love this little touch as it’s great to see what the other books would look like if you decide to get more from the series.

Bobadeg Personalised Kids Book

 

I think they are great little books and make perfect little birthday presents. Therefore I am giving the personalised Bobadeg books a 5 out of 5 stars rating.
 
 
* I received this personalised mini book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Are you keeping your Child off School in protest of the SAT’s for 6-7 year olds?

I have woke up to headlines in the news of parents keeping their primary school children home from school today all across the country in protest of SAT’s for 6-7 year olds. They want the government to scrap all SAT’s for 6-7 year olds.
I don’t have a child in that age bracket, mine is still only 3 months old, but since becoming a mother these sort of topics really interest me now. What will the education system be like in 6 years time for my child? 
sat's - education system - exams

My point of view is that exams are all a part of learning. You go to school to learn don’t you? Well after learning segments of Information tests are naturally the next part. 
Some parents are saying that it’s making their children anxious, stressed and feeling sick and they don’t want to go to school. 
Fair enough. Maybe it’s the parents getting all worked up about the SAT’s and it’s rubbing off on their kids. Putting pressure on them to do well. I honestly don’t know as I am not in that situation. This is my opinion. 
I remember being at school and having weekly tests at that age. What’s the difference between SAT’s and a test that the teacher makes up? Maybe the SAT is on a formal paper, but a test is a test and should be treated the same in the eyes of a 6-7 year old. 
sat's - education system - exams
Let the kids have the experience of taking SAT’s surely it will help them to understand the system further on in their education, and make the next ones easier. Treat it as a learning experience. At that age does it matter if your 6 year old gets every question right? Or any correct at all. The whole experience should be made fun. They are only 6 year olds after all.
What are your thoughts on SAT’s for 6 and 7 year olds? 
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My First Baby Books

Happy Monday! Well it’s another Monday again so #BookReviewMondays is here today and this week I would love to tell you about baby girl’s First Baby Books
Back in February when we registered baby girls birth at our local registry office, they gave us a lovely book purple book bag from Bookstart containing a couple of My First Baby Books
My First Baby Books
Included was a little booklet explaining about how important it is to start reading with your little one from a young age. For the past few weeks baby girl and I have spent  few minutes each afternoon looking and reading through My First Baby Books. I know she is only 11 weeks old and her attention span is very short, but she loves colours and now touches the pages so I believe it all contributes to her learning. 

The black and white Baby Talk book is her favourite. Baby girl does have a fascination of all things black and white. She stares at her dads black and white t-shirts when he is holding her and she loves our black and white cushions on the sofa.
The Peekaboo Park book that was in the Bookstart pack is a fun little colourful book. It has cute liitle flaps that you turn over as you are reading through. Baby girl is not really interested in this book yet, but I am sure she will be soon!
Before baby girl was born we bought her a couple of first baby books, one being baby’s very first lullabies book and the other baby’s very first touchy-feely book. I love all types of books and I would love my baby girl to be the same, so I couldn’t resist getting her some books to start off her little library. The lullaby sounds are very good. Soothing and run the full length of the nursery rhyme.
baby's very first lullabies book

baby's very first touchy-feely book.
I love the inside of the touchy-feely book, it’s full of bright colours and different textures for touching. It is perfect for helping babies develop their sensory skills.
baby's very first touchy-feely book.
I am really enjoying our journey discovering great little books.

What are your children’s favourite books?

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