We’re now at the end of November and it’s pretty cold outside now! Erin and I get stuck indoors a lot of the time due to not being able to drive; we don’t want to get soaked before we even get somewhere! However, spending a few days in a row indoors with a nearly 2 year old means constantly having to think of fun and different things to do so they don’t get bored. Addo Play have some great winter boredom busters for toddlers we’ve been trying some of them out lately.
Erin will soon be starting nursery and we’re trying to get her used to playing more hands on kinds of games and doing some more messy activities. The Nick. Jr Ready Steady Dough is absolutely perfect for this! There are loads of different sets available but we have the classics colour set and also the bright colours set. At the moment, these sets are on sale for only £2 each at The Entertainer!
The Ready Steady Dough is lovely and soft and there is so much you can do with it. Although each set comes with pots of 4 different colours the packaging gives some ideas of other colours you can make by mixing them together! I’m not sure if the OCD within me can cope with that just yet.
We already have a small rolling pin and some tiny shape cutters from some other activities we do so I thought these would make a great pairing for the Ready Steady Dough. Erin isn’t quite old enough to think about putting shapes together to make items or buildings etc. but she can roll out the dough and press out shapes. We started to use these during a week where Grandma was here to stay and they both had loads of fun figuring out what to do with the dough.
You get loads in each individual pot and with 4 pots in a set, these will keep children entertained for hours!
Erin loves to colour and draw but she has a tendency to either try to eat the crayons after a little while or break them. Something Erin has also really enjoyed is drawing on one of those magnetic pads where you can erase it easily. So, when we were asked to review the Amazing Aqua Playmat I was quite excited! The mat comes with one pen which is what you use to draw on the mat. The pen needs to be filled with water before you can use it. I really loved how easy the mat was to set up. It literally took less than a minute. This is something really quite important when you have an impatient toddler trying to grab things from your hands.
The Amazing Aqua Playmat is suitable for children aged 18 months and up and I’d say this is pretty spot on. Erin is 23 months old and knew exactly what to do with the mat. The only thing I would say is that having it on a hard surface makes drawing easier. Erin needed to put a bit of pressure on the pen to make it work and this wasn’t very easy on our carpet/ rug.
Underneath the white part of the mat that you can see in the picture are letters, numbers and different colours. This is what you see when you draw over a certain area with the pen. For older children, this would be a fantastic way of helping to teach them to write. Numbers and letters can be written without the worry of making mistakes on paper. The water only takes 10 minutes to dry out and then the white area becomes completely clear again!
The mat can really be used anywhere and it folds up quite small so if you wanted to take it away with you, it would be mess free and easy to transport. For us, who don’t drive, this is fantastic because it’s also lightweight and not hard to take away with us.
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