Boredom Buster in a Box

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Dec 052017
 

Crocodile Creek

I am sure you know what it is like: It’s almost time for bed when your cheeky preschooler decides to tip out an entire box of LEGO (there goes your 7 o’clock bedtime goal) or it’s almost dinnertime yet the kids want to start watching a long movie. I’ve found the best way to avoid the drama is by grouping together a selection of games that are fast and easy, that way your little ones know exactly where to go when there is only half an hour to spare. Miss 4 loves giving her brains a quick work-out with Crocodile Creek:

Packed in a cute storage container this Crocodile Creek 4-piece Mini Puzzle (Ages 3+) is a great little ‘boredom buster in a box’ for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The large cardboard pieces are easy to hold for small hands and I love how sturdy the box stands upright, that way kids can refer to the box lid as they go to help them complete the picture.

The images are bright and interesting and the balance is exactly right: tricky enough to challenge them but also clear enough not to be confusing (and therefore frustrating) for young players. Miss 4 did not need any help at all and by the time she completed the puzzle dinner was ready, perfect timing. Miss just-turned-2 also gave the circus puzzle a try, but I think for now fewer pieces would be a better fit. I would say the recommend age of 3+ is spot on.

Crocodile Creek mini puzzles are available in loads of different designs for boys and girls and come in 12 and 24 pieces, so there is an awesome puzzle for every child. Their pleasant price tag make them a fabulous stocking filler or small gift for a special little someone in your life this Christmas, while the compact size is ideal for holiday backpacks and suitcases.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Crocodile Creek range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

The eco side of Joolz

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Sep 052014
 

Joolz

Even though I have walked around our area many times I will never get enough of our beautiful neighbourhood, we live in a gorgeous green suburb with lots of trees, green, reserves and creeks and it’s very close to the hills. With so many cities expanding and new developments popping up everywhere I really hope my children will still be able to enjoy the wonderful nature around us as they get older. It is important to invest now and shop wisely, choosing products and brands that support our environment.

Joolz Chair

At Joolz they know all about modern technology and they master in comfort, luxury and quality, at the same time they value our environment highly and are always thinking of ways to incorporate sustainability in their design and manufacturing process. One great example of their gentle eco footprint is the Joolz packaging.

Joolz BirdhouseAll Joolz products are packaged in sturdy cardboard boxes to make sure they arrive at their destination safely and in perfect condition. But what do you do with the cardboard once you’ve put together your stylish new ride? Of course you could deposit it in your recycle bin and let the council waste do the recycling for you but thanks to Joolz you can do your very own recycling at home.

Every single Joolz box is preprinted with a cool building project, all you need to do is cut out the different shapes and start creating. Give your cardboard waste a second life and turn it into a funky lamp shade, bird house or picture frame, you can even build a real chair! There is a different use for every box, from the stroller packaging to the carrycot box and even the smaller boxes for the accessories. The projects are fun and easy to do and the end product is actually useable.

Joolz Birth Forest

Another exciting new way Joolz supports our planet is through the Joolz Birth Forest located in Colombia. Joolz wants to help new parents celebrate the life of their new arrival by planting a tree for your new baby, such a lovely, thoughtful gift. You may not be able to go see the tree yourself but you will receive updates on the development of your very own tree via email, you can watch your tree grow just as your baby grows! I think it is a wonderful concept and a fabulous way to help fight deforestation and climate change. I will keep you in the loop about the launch of this fantastic project here in Australia.

To find out more about Joolz, to take a closer look at the Joolz range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.my-joolz.com.au.

Sep 032014
 

Tinyfolk

Big Birthday Bash – Day 34

We may be nearing the end of our Big Birthday Bash celebrations but we’ve still got two fabulous prizes to give away and today’s prize actually happens to be one of my favourites. We’ve been big fans of Australian company Tinyfolk for quite some time now and I know the lucky winner of today’s giveaway is going to be over the moon with this awesome Tinyfolk prize:

Tinyfolk Picture Playhouse

Tot or tween, boy or girl, summer or winter, inside or outside, playroom or garden, this Tinyfolk Picture Playhouse ($69) is sure to be a hit. Made from strong, durable, high quality white paper board this awesome kids cubby offers a fun play area for the kids that is lightweight, easy to set up and compact to store. Measuring a generous 120cm x 90cm x 90cm there is plenty of room for siblings and friends to share exciting adventures and lovely tea parties.

Tinyfolk Picture PlayhouseFlat packed when not in use it takes just minutes to assemble this sweet playhouse, the kids can help too! We had this beautifully printed house for ages now and they still love it, they have lots of fun playing ‘mums and dads’ and running a shop using all the pop out windows and peek holes. The cardboard used in the Picture Playhouse is sourced from sustainably managed forests, printed with non-toxic inks and is 100% recyclable.

To find out more about Tinyfolk, to browse the range and to order online visit www.tinyfolk.com.au.

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Jul 252013
 

Tinyfolk

Now that’s one eco cool way to enjoy an old school puppet show, check out this awesome Puppetbox by Australian brand Tinyfolk:

Puppetbox by Tinyfolk

Puppetbox by Tinyfolk

The super hip Puppetbox ($79) is made using strong, durable cardboard from sustainably managed forests and of course it is 100% recyclable. Even the beautiful black silhouette illustrations are printed with non toxic inks so this is one very ‘green’ toy fit for modern, eco consious families. Kids will have hours of fun writing their own plays and you get to do be the public, such a great way to encourage children to use their imagination.

Fun with shadows

Fun with shadows

The flatpacked Puppetbox takes just minutes to set up/pack up which makes it very practical for houses with little storage space. Dig up the old handpuppets and start playing or try something special and create a magical shadow story. To help you get started each Puppetbox comes with a whimsical Moon or Forest Shadow Puppet Pack. Just hide behind the screen, turn on the little light and get those shadows moving using the beautiful characters on sticks.

Puppetbox Shadow Show

Puppetbox Shadow Show

If you like the idea of flatpack play with an eco friendly touch make sure you check out the Tinyfolk Picture Playhouse ($69) and Tinyfolk White Playhouse ($59) too. Perfect indoor entertainment for little ones and they can even decorate the houses to their taste!

To find out more about Tinyfolk, to browse the range and to order online visit www.tinyfolk.com.au.

Nov 172012
 

Last week I wrote about kids using their imagination and one of the things my kids enjoy most is a cardboard box. Luckily we usually have plenty of them which is good because they are getting too big to fit in a box together. Depending on the day and their mood a box makes a perfect car, bus, train, taxi, plane or boat, who knew a plain brown box could be so much fun? Help your kids let their imagination go wild with Imaginabox by On The Gro.

The super hip Imaginabox kits are sure to get those curious little brains working, they don’t cost a fortune and you can use these great products again and again. A big empty box and an Imaginabox kit are all you need to create a cool car, fast plane, awesome train or ready-to-use oven in a matter of minutes. Stick on the wheels and a dashboard, hot plates and an oven door, attach the steering wheel or even safety straps like on a real plane and you are ready for an exciting adventure and lots of laughs.

The award winning Imaginabox concept encourages lots of important skills and values in little ones: gross and fine motor skills, creativity, colours, shapes, story building, the value of recycling and re-using and much more! Children can enjoy Imaginabox on their own (with some parental help to get started) but it is also great fun for siblings or little friends to share. The recommended age is 3 years and up.

Imaginabox stickers are reusable and made using child-friendly materials, the last thing parents need is to worry about scary chemicals like BPA and phthalates. The big car, aeroplane and train kits ($19.95) contain all your stickers and the steering wheel, straps are sold separately ($10.95). You can also buy individual sticker kits ($14.95), to keep as spare or to replace worn stickers on other toys. Keep Imaginabox in mind when you do your Christmas shopping this year, they’ll be a big hit under the tree!

To find out more about Imaginabox, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.onthegro.com.

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Inside fun with Makedo

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May 082012
 

There really is no escaping the cold weather now and it is going to be tricky to find something to entertain the kids inside with for the next few months. Like most other kids my twins enjoy drawing, playing with playdoh or doing a puzzle and they always love building things. I have learnt that everyday items can make the best building tools so I try to keep a stack of cardboard boxes and empty containers on hand for building activities. Don’t worry, you don’t need messy glue or sticky tape, just grab a Makedo kit from Little Obsessions and your kids can start creating too!

There are lots of different Makedo sets available to create anything from small one-child project like planes, flowers, robots and animals to super cool big projects like a shop, playhouse, car and more. The Makedo connector system lets you use ordinary items from around the home and connect them to eachother using reusable clips and hinges. You’ll be surprised at all the awesome things you can make, once you start you’ll find that there are lots of things you can recycle.

Makedo kits are very well priced, starting at $6.95 they make really affordable gifts especially when you consider the reusable aspect of it. There are so many options with a handful of Makedo basics, it is a great way for kids to learn to use their imagination and come up with creative solutions. And of course it is also a perfect opportunity to teach them about waste, recycling and looking after the environment, double win!

Designed for children aged 5 and up the Makedo range is great for older children, both girls and boys, because there is nothing girly about being an ‘inventor’ is there? Little ones can enjoy Makedo too but they would need some help and supervision from an adult, you don’t have to worry about cutting accidents when shaping the cardboard as a special ‘safe-saw’ is included. A Makedo project will keep kids busy for ages and once finished just store the pieces for your next Makedo creation.

To find out more about Little Obsessions, to take a closer look at the Makedo range and to order online visit www.littleobsessions.com.au.