If only we could all wear pyjamas all day long! Can you believe it has been twenty-five years since these two adventurous bananas in their signature striped pyjamas first made their way down the stairs and into the hearts of fans all over the globe? ABC is celebrating this big Bananas in Pyjamas milestone in style with some banana-tastic new releases:
There is no shortage of laughs, giggles and silly banana mishaps with the new ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’ 25th Anniversary Collection (4 DVD, RRP $24.99). Together with the Teddies, Rat-in-a-Hat and a bunch of other Cuddlestown friends, banana twins B1 and B2 deliver all the goods in more than 35 great episodes spread out across 4 DVDs. This excellent value bumper box is the ultimate collectors item for your little Bananas in Pyjamas fan.
Whether it’s at home or on the go, if you can’t get enough of B1 and B2 the awesome ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’ 25 Years – 50 Best Songs (2 CD, RRP $12.99) album is the perfect treat for you. Filled with all the catchy tunes and favourite songs you know from the Bananas in Pyjamas TV shows there is plenty of sing-along fun to be had. Combining familiar tracks and well-known nursery rhymes with some you are yet to hear for the first time, this 2CD collection will be enjoyed by all.
Other exciting products in the ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’ 25th Anniversary Collection include a limited edition Bananas in Pyjamas Australia Post stamp, a range of Jasnor plush toys and a gorgeous pyjama range for the whole family. Products are now available at major retailers across Australia.
After a shaky start at kindy due to a 12-month speech delay we were very curious (and a bit nervous!) to hear how miss Sybbie has been getting along in this first half of the year. We were so thrilled to see her excellent results and she has worked really hard at catching up, as of this month she has mastered her final tricky letter and she has settled into the kindy routine beautifully. Now we can make a careful start at getting her ready for school and this cool VTech find is a perfect tool to get there:
From letters to numbers, from spelling to counting, from shapes to instruments, from animals to foods and much more, with 30 interactive activities the VTech My Zone Laptop (Ages 3-6, RRP $34.95) really is the Pandora’s Box of learning fun. What a fabulous way to introduce your pre-schooler to a wide range of subjects, even hesitant learners like our miss 4 will be gaining knowledge as they play!
To ensure your curious pre-schooler doesn’t run out of things to discover too quickly VTech has come up with progressive learning levels, so the difficulty will increase gradually as your child develops and grows. The My Zone Laptop teaches valuable skills like logic, number and letter recognition, problem solving and prediction and at the same time is great practice for that important fine motor dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
Since Sybil has recently mastered the letters of her own name and can confidently write it herself we are currently working hard on recognising the rest of the alphabet. She finds the little pictures on each of the letter buttons really helpful and she loves the wide choice of letter games, eg. find the Beginning Letter and the Exploring Letters. Some of her favourite number games are Shapes Counting, Bigger or Smaller and Number Quiz. Now that she has gotten to know the keyboard and direction keys she is getting faster at it by the day!
Good to know: Even though this child-friendly computer is aimed at 3-6 year olds, our 8-year old twins have been grabbing a turn on it whenever they can as well. They may be well past the early learning games but they still very much enjoy having a go at Fishing Journey, Music Quiz or Crossing Iceland. Seeing how one toy appeals to all of our kids really proves it is a fantastic toy for siblings to share and great value for money.
During the last school holidays this interactive laptop has provided us with hours of entertainment for our little busy bee and therefore some much needed sanity for this tired mummy. I love that children can enjoy the My Zone Laptop both at home and on the go, it’s the perfect compact size for a kids’ backpack, holiday suitcase or even to slide in the back pocket of your car seat (for when boredom strikes on long car trips). Just remember to bring the batteries (2x AA batteries)!
For a more personal learning experience your My Zone Laptop can be customised with your little learner’s name, age, an avatar, favourite food, melody and more, this ‘All About Me’ function is a wonderful way to make kids feel special and speak to their imagination.
VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.
Last month I introduced you to The World of Dinosaur Roar!, a collection of sturdy board books that welcomes young readers to the big and boisterous world of dinosaurs. We’ve already met the noisy Tyrannosaurus Rex and the sneaky Deinonychus and today we’re in for another awesome dino meet-up:
From early morning to late at night, with his enormous appetite the Diplodocus spends his day eating everything in sight. No matter how much he bites and crunches, nibbles and munches, he is always looking for the next snack. Until his never-ending hunger sees him take a bite of something a bit too close to home in Dinosaur Munch! The Diplodocus (RRP $14.99).
Did you know all The World of Dinosaur Roar books are approved by the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London? This mean they are not only fun to read but educational too, treating your little bookworm to a host of interesting facts about each of these amazing dinosaurs. You’ll even learn how to pronounce their scientific names properly, so you’ll be an expert in no time!
To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘The World of Dinosaur Roar!’ and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.
It may have felt like this school term would never end, but tomorrow our school holidays finally kick off. We are looking forward to two weeks of chilling out and calming down at home and hopefully some time for this pregnant mama to put her tired feet up. The woodshed is stacked to the brim (I love a warm, cosy fire!) and we have stocked up at the library with books for our little bookworms. Of course it won’t be school holidays without a new movie to relax with so this latest Sony Pictures release comes right on time:
Did you know it has been almost 60 years since the world was first introduced to the quirky blue creatures called The Smurfs? People of all ages love following this interesting tribe on their many adventures, chased by the wizard Gargamel, his cat Azrael and a bunch of other evil characters. This Winter the Smurfs are back for a brand new expedition that will have fans sitting on the edge of their seat:
In Smurfs: The Lost Village a mysterious map sends Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through a Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a long lost village. Will they find it before Gargamel does? Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ is now available on Blu-ray (RRP $44.95) and DVD (RRP $39.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.
To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures Australia and to take a closer look at ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.