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Sep 162016
 

Play-Doh

Happy World Play-Doh Day!

Can you believe it has been 60 years since the world first discovered ‘imagination in a can’? Today Play-Doh is available in over 80 countries across the globe with more than 3 billion cans of Play-Doh compound sold worldwide (of which 17 live at our house at the moment). Here at Hip Little One HQ we are huge Play-Doh fans, we love getting out our collection of yellow cans and letting our imagination run wild.

Play-Doh CakePlay-Doh is a fantastic tool to encourage children to use their creativity, practise their fine motor skills and develop a keen eye for colour and design. From a value-for-money point of view it’s a great choice too, as unlike many other art and craft supplies you can reuse the compound over and over again. Just make sure you store your Play-Doh properly and airtight and it will stay soft and fresh for ages.

Play-Doh cansThe awesome thing about Play-Doh is that it appeals to people of all ages and there are no rules when it comes to making and creating (except maybe no mixing the colours…, I’m a ‘a-colour-a-can’ kind of mum), the sky is the limit! From our 3-year old all the way to our 8-year olds and even mum and dad, everyone gets excited when I clear the kitchen table for a couple of hours of Play-Doh fun.

The kids and I celebrated Play-Doh’s 60th Birthday in style by creating a colourful party buffet that looked good enough to eat. Delicious cakes and yummy lollies, scrumptious ice cream and pretty biscuits, we even put together a miniature fruit platter as a healthy treat. It was really nice to see the kids concentrate so hard on the small details and come up with unique designs using the tools that we have, I am thinking we may have some future patisserie chefs on our hands!

Play-Doh Party

Come join the party at facebook.com/playdoh and celebrate this special milestone by sharing your own Play-Doh memories and creations using the #PLAYDOH60 hashtag.

To find out more about Play-Doh, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit playdoh.hasbro.com.

Sep 152016
 

VTech

Just ten more days until baby Hattie turns one, hasn’t that year just flown by? She is such a delightful girl to have around and she has the cheekiest grin. Most of the time she is a real ‘velcro baby’ who loves to be carried around and snuggle with mummy, but lately she has been getting better at playing independently too. These VTech toys are making floor-play much more fun:

VTech Top

The colourful Push & Play Spinning Top (RRP $29.95, 6-30 months) is an ideal toy for her chubby little hands to practise her fine motor skills whilst having fun. A good push on one of the buttons or animals is instantly rewarded with flashing lights, songs, sounds and phrases. Designed with babies in mind the buttons are large and the characters chunky, making it easy for them to control and play independently.

Push & Play Spinning TopWhilst Harriet’s hands are getting some good exercise her growing brain is being challenged too: the VTech Push & Play Spinning Top teaches a range of great basics eg. the numbers 1 to 4, shapes, colours, the names of animals and their characteristics. With so many ways of play this brilliant baby and toddler toy definitely won’t get boring quickly and will be enjoyed for a long time.

Spin & Learn Colours TorchTo be honest the Spin & Learn Colours Torch (RRP $19.95, 18-36 months) was meant to be hiding in the gift cupboard until Christmas time, but thanks to an unexpected power cut we unwrapped it a little earlier. In the pitch dark we turned the ring to create different coloured lights, sang along with the ABC and made shadow-puppets on the wall. Who would have thought being without power would be this much fun?

This is the perfect first torch for adventurous toddlers, combining playful learning with a practical and sturdy flashlight for bedtime, building a cubby house or going camping. The handy Automatic Shut Off function will ensure we don’t run out of batteries quickly, always ready for our next power cut.

VTech Tree

Officially it’s called the Stack, Sort & Store Tree (RRP $24.95, 9-24 months) but in our house they could well go by the ‘Tantrum Triangles’: all our kids (even the almost 8-year olds) are always arguing about this new addition to Hattie’s toy box, I guess that shows it is loved by 11 up to 95 month olds! At just 11 months old Hattie is only just discovering this awesome toy so it is really interesting to see how kids at different ages and developmental stages use it.

Stack, Sort & Store TreeHarriet is currently trying to master the stacking part by piling up the coloured triangles, however her favourite part is knocking the tower over (usually before the cat makes it to the top). The older kids like nesting the triangles by number and colour, I really love this feature as it means all the pieces stay together neatly and it takes up little storage space. The friendly cat plays happy tunes, sings songs and when placed on one of the triangles it teaches children the correct number and colour.

VTech Tower

VTech toys are available at major department stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

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Sep 132016
 

LEGO Elves

There is one thing all LEGO fans will agree on: Life with LEGO is never boring! If you enjoy the many adventures of LEGO Ninjago and LEGO Friends you’re going to love today’s LEGO news. It all starts when Emily discovers a magical destination that is out of this world… Meet LEGO Elves:

LEGO Elves DVD

All the excitement is happening in a far-away place called Elvendale, home to four special LEGO Elves called Azari, Naida, Farran and Aira. Their very first adventure LEGO Elves: Unite the Magic starts when Emily, whom we know from LEGO Friends, accidentally makes her way into this fantasy kingdom. The mystical elves are determined to find the lost portal and return Emily safely back home, but first they have to outsmart elf witch Ragana!

‘LEGO Elves: Unite the Magic’ is now available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures and to take a closer look at ‘LEGO Elves: Unite the Magic’ visit www.theviewingloungestore.com.au.

To celebrate the release of the brand new LEGO Elves series Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is offering one lucky mother the unique chance to have her and her daughter illustrated and transformed into exciting elves! Along with this personalised LEGO Elves portrait, the winner will also receive their very own LEGO Elves toy and the ‘LEGO Elves: Unite the Magic’ DVD.

Entries close October 13, 2016 and one winner will be chosen across all participating blogs. Competition is open to Australian residents only.

For your chance to win this amazing prize please leave a comment below answering the following question:

In 25 words or less, tell us why your daughter deserves to win the personalised LEGO Elves portrait.

Sep 112016
 

Penguin

Now that miss Juliet is 6 years old she considers herself quite the lady (Can I have earrings now Mummy?). She has grown so much this last year and is definitely a real schoolgirl, her reading is getting better by the day. A few weeks ago she brought her favourite picture book to school for Show & Tell and proudly read a few lines from this gem by Jen Storer:

Blue, the Builder's Dog

Blue, the Builder’s Dog (RRP $24.99) spends his days at his boss’ construction site, keeping an eye on the building work and offering a helping paw here and there. At work Blue feels pretty special, but at home it’s a different story and it’s weighing him down.

Surely a real builder’s dog deserves a proper kennel to match his job description? Inspired by his day-job Blue decides to construct his very own dream home and the end result is looking pretty pawesome. But then the storm rolls in…

The book’s bright colours and friendly illustrations are sure to appeal to young readers and I think especially little boys will love the construction site setting, the diggers, building tools and hard hats.

To find out more about Blue, the Builder’s Dog by Jen Storer and to order a copy online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Sep 102016
 

Mosov

Just like every other time we arrived in The Netherlands with a gigantic suitcase stuffed with presents for family and friends. Delicious Aussie treats, nice wine, books, toys and more, all lovingly handpicked to surprise our loved ones whom we sadly don’t get to see very often. But what do you bring for the youngest of them all? If you’re looking for a gorgeous ‘native’ gift for a precious bundle look no further than this adorable find:

Mosov

Designed and lovingly handmade right here in Australia using organic and natural materials Mosov Mini baby wear is the perfect pick for proud little Aussies.

Bottlebrush Nappy CoverFrom koalas and wombats to bottlebrushes and gum nuts, Mosov Mini knows how to celebrate the very best of Australia in style. The red bottlebrush is one of my favourite natives so I couldn’t help falling in love with the sweet Bottlebrush Pocket Organic T-Shirt (RRP $35, size 000-2) and the matching Bottlebrush Organic Nappy Cover (RRP $30, size 000-0). By the way, wouldn’t the cute green and red colours make this an ideal Christmas day outfit?

Mosov WombatMosov’s certified organic cotton is free from nasty chemicals and super soft against sensitive baby skin, ensuring ultimate comfort for sleep little wombats likes this one. The cute Wombat Organic Baby T-Shirt (RRP $35, size 000-2) has a handy envelope neck which make dressing and undressing a breeze, no pesky press studs! All Mosov Mini products are limited editions, so if you spot a style you love you better grab it before it’s gone.

To find out more about Mosov Mini, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.mosov.com.

Sep 092016
 

Little Charmers

As a mum of four little ladies (and a boy) there is always plenty of girly dressing up happening in our house. Princesses, ballerinas and fairies are the big favourites and our one and only glittery star wand is the most fought-about accessory. If your kids love some fairy role play too and could do with some inspiration for their made-up stories make sure to introduce them to Little Charmers:

Little Charmers DVD

Put on your fairy wings and make your way to Charmville, a mystical destination far away that is home to three adorable little charmers called Hazel, Lavender and Posie. From potions and spells to wands and wishes, you’ll never be bored when this sparklecious trio is around. They may be small in size but these three miniature magicians prove that they are up for big adventures in Little Charmers: Meet the Little Charmers.

‘Little Charmers: Meet the Little Charmers’ is now available on DVD (RRP $14.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Sep 082016
 

OYOY

When people think of kids bedrooms or playrooms they often think bold, bright colours (and lots of them) are a must, however the truth is that a big colour-overload can be rather overwhelming and even a bit unsettling for little munchkins. Luckily more and more parents are starting to see the charm in soft pastels, neutral tones or black/white monochrome which can be fun, fashionable and relaxing all at once. Check out this gorgeous play rug from Mimimacko:

OYOY rug

Designed in Denmark by talented artist Lotte Fynboe the OYOY range is all about ‘less is more’, celebrating simplicity, function, colour and quality in true Scandinavian style.

Adventure RugThe brand new and very beautiful OYOY Adventure Rug (RRP $98, 180 x 70cm) is a fantastic example of this perfect balance. The minimalistic black and off white design is classy and totally on trend, fitting in with a modern children’s bedroom, playroom or even the casual corner of a living room.

At the same time the rug doubles up as a fun play mat thanks to the handprinted road map. Get out the cars and trucks, toy animals and miniature houses and watch the kids use their imagination to come up with the most amazing adventures. You have got to love this multi-functional decor piece!

Made from 100% woven cotton this OYOY creation is soft to play on and high in quality, spot clean only is recommended

Hip Tip: Make sure you sign up for the free Minimacko newsletter to be instantly awarded with a 10% discount on your first order. Bonus!

To find out more about Minimacko, to browse the OYOY range and to order online visit www.minimacko.com.au.