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Review: Once Upon a Unicorn Horn Book, worth £12.99

Once Upon a Unicorn HornReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Nicola Martin.

When I showed my two daughter’s (ages 6 and 3) the new book we had to read they were very excited. Unicorns are a firm favourite in our house so I had high hopes for this and I was right, they were transfixed with the story from the start and didn’t ask any questions (unlike some books where they don’t fully understand the story).

They were really pleased with the happy ending of the story and wanted to read it again straight away. I personally thought that some of the story was a bit basic and not as much detail as there could have potentially been, however, my girls loved it and both myself and my husband have read it to them both a few more occasions since then. Continue reading

Review: Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids and Six Little Birds Books, worth £29.90

Easy Peasy and Six Little Birds BooksReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Kirsty Spinks.

I was recently lucky enough to receive two lovely children’s books to share with my children, Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids and Six Little Birds.

The first thing that caught my girls attention were the bright and vivid colours in each book! My eldest, who’s 4, loved the Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids book with its bright illustrations and easy to follow instructions. We have already made a seed pot from newspaper and planted sunflowers which are sprouting as we speak. It’s full of lots of good ideas to get kids in the garden growing everything from flowers to spring onions and even their own terrarium! Most activities would need adult supervision / help but this will decrease with the age of the child. Continue reading

Review: How to Light your Dragon Book, worth £12.95

How to Light Your DragonReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Cate Matthews.

We loved this picture book about a child with a pet dragon whose fire has gone out. The story covers the methods you might use to get the fire going again; it is a simple enough story but with a lot happening on each page for my four year old to think about and ideas we haven’t come across in a book before. The ideas and jokes in the story are surprising and funny which makes the book feel fresh and entertaining (to me as well as my son!) and it ends with a lovely positive message.

I asked my son what he thought of the book and he said ‘I like the spiky bits on his back and when he was a baby and chasing burglars, and the sparkling fire and the bit where it says ‘now you’re cooking’ which gives you an idea of the variety of things that go on, even in a short story! Continue reading

Is your Child an Orchid or a Dandelion?

The Orchid and The DandelionHave you ever asked yourself why some children’s lives are filled with satisfaction and happiness whilst others experience frustration and despair? Or why some children succeed and others struggle?

Following twenty-five years of revolutionary research, Dr Tom Boyce, one of the world’s foremost doctors in paediatric health reveals in his new book that children are either orchids or they’re dandelions. Some children (like orchids) are more sensitive and susceptible to their surroundings, while others (like dandelions) are more likely to be hardy and resilient, able to thrive easily regardless of the conditions around them.

Dr Boyce suggests that by better understanding more sensitive children and the adults they become, parents have the potential to make a positive lasting difference on their lives.

If you are wondering whether your child might be an orchid, take a look at these statements to see which resonate: 

  1. Your child finds it difficult to handle simple critique and disapproval, but generally responds positively to gentle correction.
  2. Your child seems to think of unusual solutions to problems that their siblings or peers would probably not have devised.
  3. Your child can have a physical pain-like reaction to non-physical activity, such as social conflict resulting in stomach ache.
  4. Your child feels things very strongly and is quick to display emotion.
  5. Your child is affected by changes in the physical environment, e.g. lighting, sound, temperature.

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Unique and Fun Products for Little Ones: Shop About Spring 2019

Oyster Carapace I-Size CollectionThere are amazing products coming out all the time for bumps, babies and toddlers. Here’s our run down of some of the best things available on the market today:

Oyster Carapace I-Size Collection – £249

The latest addition to the award-winning Oyster range from BabyStyle, the Collection includes the Carapace Toddler i-Size Car Seat and the Duofix i-Size Base, which together offer comfort and safety up to around four years of age. The seat can be reclined in both rearward and forward facing positions and features easy harness and headrest adjustments, ensuring your child is safe and secure.

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Review: The Girl Who Really, Really, Really Loves Dinosaurs Book, worth £6.99

The girl who really really really loves dinosaursReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Samantha Butler.

As a fan of dinosaurs for girls I was really excited to read this book with Aria.

Last night we snuggled up on the sofa to enjoy our evening read. As Aria is only 2 for her it’s more about the illustrations and sounds associated with a book rather than the actual story; but this book was perfect for that.

The bright illustrations really held her attention, after we had finished reading the book she enjoyed going back and pointing at the animals for me to imitate the sounds they make to her. Continue reading

Review: Zoom! Beep! Vroom! Busy Cities Book, worth £7.99

Zoom! Beep! Vroom! Busy Cities BookReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Sanna Khan.

My son and I enjoyed reviewing this book, I found it to be nice and sturdy and has some wonderful vibrant colours illustrated throughout the book with nice large pictures of different types of transport including a bus, train and ship in different cities around the world.

I found this book could be handy for children who may have difficulty with speech like my son does, as the words in the book are in short sentences and can help with pronouncing and understanding words and sounds which I found to be very useful, for example there was a picture showing a car and then the words surrounding it were vroom, beep and zoom. It is also ideal for parents who need a little help on the way to help your children with their reading and speech like myself.

This book makes learning a lot more interesting and fun and makes little ones feel more involved in story time and as the story in short, simple and bold, it can easily fit into their bedtime routine.

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Unique and Fun Products for Little Ones: Shop About Autumn 2018

There are amazing products coming out all the time for bumps, babies and toddlers. Here’s our run down of some of the best things available on the market today:

Shop About Autumn 2018

Scootaseatz – £14.99

Conveniently fitting all scooter brands and a selection of bikes and trikes, Scootaseatz encourage little ones to get out and about in the great outdoors – alongside their favourite cuddly buddy! Any soft toy can simply be strapped in and whisked away on a multitude of adventures.

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Review: Sound of the Farm: Baa Moo! Noisy Farm Book, worth £9.99

Sounds of the Farm: Baa Moo! Noisy Farm BookReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Claire Hearsum.

We love books in our household, and we were very excited to have a new one to review! I was slightly sceptical about a noisy one, our current noisy books are confined to a high shelf as one irritating growl tends to go off randomly…  but I was delighted to find a noisy item that has an on / off switch! The book isn’t flimsy, and the tabs with the sound buttons on appear fairly robust (only time will tell) so our first impressions are great!

I sat down with my inquisitive 10 month old and opened the book – within seconds my curious 3 year old wanted in on the action, and jumped up too. What a delight! We explored HH the horse, Sophie the sheep and discovered the added bonus of a short quiz / naming / pointing game (depending on the age of your child) at the end!! Both girls were entranced by the book. Continue reading

Review: Joy Book, worth £11.99

Joy BookReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Johannah Hancox.

Joy is a beautifully illustrated and written book about the meaning of Joy. The ‘whooossshh’ you feel when you feel Joy and the sadness felt when Joy is lost.

Fern’s Nanna has lost her Joy and Fern is on a mission to return Joy to her Nanna’s life. Fern sets off with her catching bag in search for Joy of which she finds in lots of different places, the park, the pond, its everywhere. Fern soon discovers that she is unable to catch Joy to bring to her Nanna, upon telling her Nanna her tales of Joy that she came discovered Nanna’s Joy is instantly returned and her smile renewed.

The story ends with the two of them having a picnic in the park with Fern’s catching bag full of joy, mainly Nanna’s delicious cakes. This book takes you on an emotional journey, it explores sadness and teaches children empathy and the importance of their relationships with grandparents.

Joy is beautifully illustrated, bright and colourful pictures which represent Joy and dark illustrations to represent sadness.  A fantastic read and one of the most beautifully illustrated children’s books we have had the pleasure of reading.

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