Dec 272014

Maya the Bee

With four young children there is always lots of pretend play happening in our home and I love listening to them acting out their own imaginary stories. Often their little performances are rather interesting and very funny, just this week I heard miss 4 declare: I am a naughty hornet and I am going to catch you! I can see someone has been inspired by the lovely Maya the Bee

Maya the Bee Movie

A few months ago hubby took the 3 older kids to see the Maya the Bee Movie on the big screen whilst I took our wriggly 1-year old for some shopping. Featuring the voice of Justine Clarke, the Play School favourite every child in Australia knows and loves, as Maya I had no doubt they would give this Maya’s latest adventure the thumbs up and they all loved it.

Maya the Bee PlushIf you missed seeing Maya at the movies you’ll be pleased to know that she is ready to buzz into living rooms around the country too, the Maya the Bee Movie (RRP $19.99) is now available on DVD at retailers across Australia. Join your friends from the hive and help solve the mystery of the missing Royal Jelly… Does Maya have something to do with this? Everyone seems to think so but luckily Maya, with the help of her loyal friend Willy, miss Cassandra and a friendly hornet, is able to prove her innocence and expose the real thief.

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Dec 252014


If you’re looking for a fun day out in Sydney these school holidays you don’t want to miss this: ABC4Kids favourites The Octonauts are on their way to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, make sure to visit them before they head off again in their submarine:

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary

From 20 December 2014 until 26 January 2015 kids can explore the great big ocean with the Octonauts at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. With daily appearances by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii kids are in for a fun and very exciting Octonauts experience.

As well as fun crew meet and greets, kids will embark on an underwater adventure discovering plenty of Octonauts themed activities including an Octonauts activity corner. Little Octonauts fans will also go on an exciting mission to find Octonauts characters in displays throughout the aquarium and test their knowledge on the Explore, Rescue, Protect quiz trail to win an exclusive sticker.

Meet The Octonauts Ticket

Thanks to ABC4Kids we have 15 ‘Meet the Octonauts’ Free Child Entry ticket packs to give away. Each pack contains 2 child passes for Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, each child needs to be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are valid until January 31, 2015.

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Dec 172014


Christmas Countdown – Day 17

What’s better than receiving a fabulous present on Christmas morning? Receiving one every quarter for a whole year! Extend the gift giving over the next year with a ABC4Kids magazine subscription featuring your favourite TV characters like Giggle & Hoot or the Octonauts:

Octonauts MagazineEach Octonauts Magazine (RRP $5.95 per issue) is filled from cover to cover with fun ocean themed stories, games, puzzles, craft and much more. Go below sea level with the Octonauts crew and explore the magical underwater world, learn all about sea creatures and help your Octonauts friends solve mysteries. You also get more than 50 Octonauts stickers, perfect for decorating, an art project and to share with your friends.

Giggle & Hoot MagazineGiggle & Hoot Magazine (RRP $5.95 per issue) is the perfect boredom buster for the school holidays. Our kids love receiving the latest magazine in the mail and Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, Hootabelle and all their other ABC4Kids friends keep them entertained for hours. The craft activities are always a big hit and I love that the magazine has something to offer for different age groups making it ideal for siblings to enjoy together.

The Giggle Galaxy Board BookThree: Time for a story or a sleepy time song. This sweet The Giggle Galaxy Board Book (RRP $12.99) board book is perfect for toddlers and will fit right into your 5 steps to bed routine. Join Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle on their Giggle Galaxy adventure, because the text is the same as the Giggle Galaxy song you may find you have to sing it instead of read it, you better get your best singing voice ready!

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Oct 252014

Maya the Bee

Like all grandmas and grandpas my parents love spoiling our four children, sadly due to the distance they only get to do so when we visit them in The Netherlands (once every 2-3 years) which is when they go all out with lovely outings, yummy treats and cool gifts. A big hit with all of our kids was the big box of Maya the Bee figurines that my mum saved up for them, they love watching Maya the Bee on ABC4Kids and now they can act out their own stories at home too.

Maya and her friends flew in from The Netherlands

Maya and her friends flew in from The Netherlands

If your children can’t get enough of this loveable little bee either you’ll be pleased to hear that ABC shops are now buzzing with an exclusive range of Maya the Bee products. A gorgeous collection of plush Maya toys, Maya collectable figurines, an interactive Good Night Maya toy, bath figurines and Maya the Bee DVDs have arrived in the meadow, go check them out at your local ABC store or online at

Maya The Bee Plush

Maya and Willy off on another adventure

Maya the Bee PlushWhile kids obviously need to stay clear from real bees with nasty stingers, they can cuddle this sweet Maya Plush Toy (RRP $29.99, 30cm) as much as they want. She is soft, round and huggable and had nice long legs and arms that are easy for little hands to hold on to, she even has wings so with a bit of imagination she can fly too. Personally I love the smaller, but just as cuddly, Maya Plush Toy (RRP $19.99, 20cm), it’s the perfect size for backpacks, car trips and doctor visits and our little miss 1 loves carrying Maya around (under supervision).

Maya the Bee Plush WillyWith three sisters our son often has to settle for girls toys so it’s good to see boys can adopt a bee friend too. Maya’s friend Willy is available in two different sizes Willy Plush Toy (RRP $29.99, 30cm) and Willy Plush Toy (RRP $19.99, 20cm) and although Maya is usually the hero of the story he is an excellent helper during their adventures. Yesterday I heard one of the kids ask: ‘Where is your Willy?’, very glad to discover they were just playing Maya! All plush Maya toys are suitable for ages 3+.

Maya the Bee FigurinesLittle Maya the Bee fans will love collecting the Maya Collectable Figurines (RRP $9.99, 2-pack), they’re fun, affordable and compact (ca. 9-10cm tall) and encourage children to use their imagination and storytelling skills. With arms and legs that really move and a head that can turn these sweet figurines are very realistic. There are 4 different sets to collect, each 2-pack contains Maya the Bee and one of her animal friends.

Maya the Bee MovieTo celebrate the brand new feature film Maya the Bee Movie, which will hit cinemas across Australia on Saturday November 1, we have one family movie pass (admits 4) for the Maya the Bee Movie to give away to a very lucky reader. Would your little ones like to see Maya the Bee on the big screen? I know my kids would! Be quick and get your entries in below, this giveaway will run for one week only so we can get the movie tickets out to the lucky winner in time.

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Oct 162014

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We’ve all seen that Jimmy Rees, better known as Jimmy Giggle from ABC4Kids duo Giggle and Hoot, knows everything about putting smiles on little faces and soon he will be able to try his tricks on his very own tiny munchkin. Together with his wife Tori he is expecting a precious bundle of their own, such lovely news! We don’t know the gender of their unborn baby yet and we haven’t seen their nursery yet either but I bet their change table will be stacked with the new Giggle and Hoot nappies, exclusive to Woolworths stores nationwide:

Giggle and Hoot BabyLove nappiesCreated by the nappy experts at BabyLove the new range combines the signature Dri Wave design we’ve all come to love with a fun Giggle and Hoot gift. The unisex nappies are designed to be flexible, stretchy and reliable so they offer ultimate protection for active babies who love to roll, play, crawl, toddle and walk. The Dri Wave lining absorbs quickly so that your baby’s skin stays dry, reducing the risk of irritated skin and nappy rash.

We are regular users of BabyLove Dri Wave nappies and have always been very pleased with their performance. I’ve tried them on several of my children at different ages, weights and body shapes and during the day as well as overnight without any accidents, that’s the tick of approval for me! BabyLove is very proud of their design and understands you may want to try before you buy, so if you are new to BabyLove you can request a free sample here.

Giggle and Hoot Frame Tray PuzzleEach pack of Giggle and Hoot BabyLove nappies sold through Woolworths stores includes a free 12-piece Giggle and Hoot frame tray puzzle. There are 4 different puzzle designs to collect and they’re a great activity for little explorers to practise their fine motor skills. The recommended age for the puzzles is 3+ which made them a perfect gift for our miss 4 but our miss 1 also tried her best at fitting the strong cardboard pieces on the tray (without success).

Giggle and Hoot BabyLove nappies ($29, all sizes) are available in 5 different sizes: Infant (3-8kg, 96 pcs), Crawler (6-11 kg, 93 pcs), Toddler (9-14 kg, 81 pcs), Walker (12-17kg, 72 pcs) and Junior (15-25kg, 66 pcs) so from birth to toilet training, they’ve go you covered.

You can find the Giggle and Hoot BabyLove range in the nappy aisle of Woolworths supermarkets across Australia, to locate your local Woolworths store visit

Play School Jemima DollTo celebrate the release of the new Giggle and Hoot BabyLove nappy range we’ve got a lovely prize pack to give away to one lucky Hip Little One reader, it could be you! If your little one is a big Play School fan this prize is sure to be a big hit. For your chance to win a box of Giggle and Hoot BabyLove nappies (RRP $29) in your preferred size and a gorgeous Play School Jemima Bedtime Plush Toy (RRP $26.95) enter our giveaway below.

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Jul 202014

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While we had some lovely sunny days during our school holidays we also had plenty of cold and rainy days and it wasn’t for some great craft activities I may just have gone a tad crazy. The latest Giggle & Hoot Magazine arrived just in time and it was a huge hit with the oldest three kids, it kept them busy for ages:

Giggle & Hoot Magazine July

The new look Giggle & Hoot Magazine (RRP $5.95) offers 27 pages of colouring in fun, games, craft projects and 60+ stickers per issue featuring Giggle & Hoot and lots of other friendly ABC4Kids characters. All content is created by ABC Magazines’ senior editorial team in consultation with an early childhood expert so it’s not only super fun for little ABC4Kids fan but also gets the tick of approval from parents thanks to its educational qualities.

This month readers can join Giggle & Hoot for great spotting and counting activities, to play the Owl Pal board game, trace letters and shapes, add some colour to Ben and Holly, help Maya the Bee through the maze and much more. According to miss 3 the big winner was Peppa Pig snap, a cute matching game for younger kids.

The winner of today’s giveaway will receive 20 copies of the latest Giggle & Hoot Magazine for you to share with your kindy friends, class mates or sports buddies, because sharing is so much fun!

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Jun 122014

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As a mum of four children (5 years and under) it won’t come as a surprise to you that we are big ABC4Kids fans. We are quite careful with watch our kids watch on TV and purposely don’t watch any ‘grown-up’ TV when the children are awake but ABC4Kids gets the (hard earn) tick of approval. Our little tribe loves Play School, the kids can’t get enough of Peppa Pig and they all think Giggle & Hoot are the perfect after dinner entertainment.

Giggle & Hoot DVDThe only problem with ordinary television is that you are not in charge of the TV schedule and we all know how difficult it can be to explain to a stubborn little 3-year old that you can’t order what comes on TV (No mummy can not do everything!). If Giggle & Hoot, Play School and Bananas in Pyjamas are in high demand in your house you will love the new Giggle & Hoot present Gigglepaws and Pals DVD (RRP $19.99).

This brand new DVD features cheeky cat Gigglepaws who loves going on adventures with Giggle & Hoot as well as lots of fun episodes of your favourite ABC4Kids shows. With a total playing time of 100 minutes this DVD will keep little ones entertained for ages and you can easily break it up in smaller sections so you can get dinner in the oven, hang up a load of washing or just make yourself a coffee.

Giggle & Hoot Wooden Play Room

My kids have often asked me if they could visit Jimmy Giggle’s house one day and I have to admit it looks like a fun place to live. If your children are keen to have a peek at Jimmy’s place too they are sure to love the Giggle & Hoot Wooden Play Room (RRP $19.99, ages 3+). This lovely wooden play set brings the setting of your child’s favourite show to your very own living room, grandma’s house, the doctor’s waiting room or anywhere else you want to take it (just make sure you keep the box to store all the pieces together).

Giggle & Hoot

The set consists of 9 wooden pieces including Jimmy, Hoot and Hootabelle, some furniture and their favourite toys Mini-Hoot and Giggleosaurus. I was absolutely amazed by the stories the kids came up with while playing with the Wooden Play Room and how good they are at imitating the voices, it’s a great toy for imaginative play. There are enough pieces for siblings to share which encourages them to play together and act out different characters.

Jimmy GiggleAre there tears in your house when The Goodnight Hour comes to an end? No need, you can now take your best friend Jimmy to bed and cuddle him all night long (kids only, we don’t want hubby to get jealous). This soft and snuggly Jimmy Giggle Plush Toy (RRP $29.99) is wearing his favourite hoot pyjamas and funky owl slippers and he has long arms and legs that are easy to hold on to for little hands. Did you know you can buy pyjamas just likes Jimmy’s in kids and adult sizes?

The Giggle Galaxy Board BookThree: Time for a story or a sleepy time song. This sweet The Giggle Galaxy Board Book (RRP $12.99) board book is perfect for toddlers and will fit right into your 5 steps to bed routine. The book features Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle on  Giggle Galaxy adventure, because the text is the same as the Giggle Galaxy song you may find you have to sing it instead of read it, you better get your best singing voice ready!

Giggle Galaxy BackpackWhether your little one is off to daycare, attending kindy or spending the afternoon at grandma and grandpa’s this Giggle Galaxy Backpack (RRP $19.99) is perfect for carrying around all those important must-haves. Kids will love the cool Giggle Rocket on the front, get ready for blast off! Measuring 30 x 24cm in size this spacetecular backpack is big enough for a change of clothes and a book or a lunch box, snack and drink bottle.

An exclusive new range of Giggle and Hoot products will be available at ABC stores across Australia and online this month. This fun collection of specially designed toys, games, clothing, accessories and books will make every day hootastic!

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