Children’s Book Review: The Buddy Bench

AD | Gifted item The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo and illustrated by Mike Deas. Published by Tilbury House Publishers on 13th September 2019. Having seen what being left out is like, children become agents of change, convincing their teacher to let them build a buddy bench. Buddy Benches were introduced in Germany in 2014. When a child sits on the bench, it signals to other children to ask him or her to play. Patty Brozo’s children bring a playground to raucous life while Mike Deas’s illustrations invest their games with images of planes, dragons and elephants. The children match

Bunny’s Garden Game Review

AD | Gifted When I look for new games or toys for Erin I now try to look for something that she will not only have fun with but also something that will challenge her a little bit. Something we haven’t done a lot of is balancing so when we were offered Bunny’s Garden from Goula I was hoping it would be something Erin would enjoy. Inside the box you get a wooden bunny seesaw, 6 food pieces and 1 dice. The aim of the game is quite simple; each time the dice is rolled you add that coloured piece

Helping In The Garden With The Casdon Flymo

AD | Gifted  It was only a couple of months ago now that Erin really got to watch John mowing the lawn in our back garden for the first time. I think we’ve either kept her inside before now or done it while she was having a nap. Erin was absolutely fascinated though and she really wanted to help. Of course, it was a bit dangerous for her so I knew she would love the Casdon Flymo that we were sent recently. The Casdon Flymo comes in three really easy to put together parts, the main mower part and two

Children’s Book Review: Is 2 A Lot?

AD | Gifted item Is 2 A Lot? by Annie Watson and illustrated by Rebecca Evans. Published by Tilbury House Publishers on 23 August 2019. Ten is not a lot of popcorn pieces but it is a lot of chomping dinosaurs. One thousand is not a lot of grains of sand but it is a lot of hot air balloons! While Joey’s mother explains the context of numbers in vivid ways, Joey’s imagination transforms their ordinary car ride into a magical odyssey through a land of make-believe. Erin loves numbers and you can often hear her just sat counting for

Peppa Pig’s Big Red Car Review

AD | Gifted item Ever since Erin first saw it on TV she has been mad about Peppa Pig. We have a few small toys from magazines etc. and a couple of small figures but Erin has been desperate for something a bit bigger for a while. We were recently offered Peppa Pig’s Big Red Car to review and I knew that Erin would love it. Peppa Pig’s Big Red Car comes with the red family car, Peppa Pig and Mummy Pig figures, picnic hamper, picnic blanket with a bottle, 2 plates of food and a BBQ. The set requires

Baby Shark Let’s Go Hunt And Sound Puzzle Review

AD | Gifted items Before Baby Shark had become as popular as it is now I remember Erin watching it very early on. It was one of the first things we found that she liked on YouTube when we first started to let her watch some videos. She watched it over and over and over again, just like the millions of other children have done now around the world. We’re some time on now from watching the song for the very first time but Erin still loves Baby Shark! Let’s Go Hunt Fishing Game One of Erin’s favourite games to

Disney’s The Lion King Live Action Plush Review

AD | Gifted items The Lion King was the first film that I ever remember seeing at the cinema and it’s been a favourite ever since. The only other Disney film that has come close to topping it was Moana but The Lion King has always stayed firmly in my number one spot. I never had any toys or items the first time around but now with the live-action film being released this month, we were sent a couple of products and I’m pretty sure I was more excited than Erin. First up we were sent Simba, who is the

Exploring Nature With The GeoSafari Jr. Critter Habitat

AD | Gifted item As a child I don’t remember being very outdoorsy. I know that I definitely didn’t like any kind of creature or bug and I probably would have run a mile before actually picking one up or touching it. I know that’s really not a good way to be though and from a very young age we have encouraged Erin to embrace all there is about the outdoors. To help Erin get even more involved and interested in the great outdoors we were recently sent the GeoSafari Jr. Critter Habitat from Learning Resources. Often when we are out