DigiArt Creative Easel, a stroke of genius

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Jun 302018


Well, the kids have just finished their first full week at the new school and everyone seems to be settling in just fine. There are still some tears from miss Sybbie in the morning (just like at the old school) but five minutes later she is happy and smiling and she is showing some great improvement in her reading and writing already, she is even keen to try more at home. She’s been having lots of fun testing her new writing skills on Hattie’s new easel from the clever toy makers at VTech:

The 3-in-1 VTech DigiArt Creative Easel (RRP $89.95, whiteboard, blackboard and drawing table) is a fabulous interactive design that comes jam-packed with awesome features. There are many different ways to use and enjoy the DigiArt Easel, keeping it fun and interesting for young children as they grow, learn and develop.

At almost 3 Harriet is only just hitting the right age for the DigiArt Creative Easel (ages 3-6) but that is not stopping her from trying out all there is to do and learn. Using the attached magic pen little learners can follow the lights on the light-up white board to learn how to write letters, numbers and more all by themselves. Hattie is pretty pleased with her efforts and loves showing off her work, maybe she’s a school teacher in the making?… With more than 150 numbers, letters, objects and shapes to write and draw there is no shortage of design ideas!

Using the brightly coloured buttons underneath the board children can swap and change between different modes of play (Eg. learn to draw, a guessing game or free drawing), adjust brightness and sound, play 10 classic songs or listen to each letter of the alphabet. But there is more: when you turn around the white board a cool blackboard is revealed, get ready to put your new writing/drawing skills into action with chalk!

The easel features a handy clip-storage spot for the magic pen (which is attached with string so it won’t get lost) and plenty of storage for a bunch of coloured white board markers or a pack of chalk. Three pieces of chalk are included, white board markers are widely available and can be purchased/replaced as needed. Hip Tip: If you are planning to wrap this one up for Christmas you may want to tuck in some extra markers too.

I especially love that in just a minute or two the DigiArt Creative Easel can be transformed into a fantastic drawing table at perfect kids’ height. It allows your little artist to use the Easel like a proper desk and the drawing surface can also be shared by siblings or friends who can sit around the table together and create to their heart’s content. The only downside is that there is only one magic pen but of course you can always use multiple white board markers or clip on a big sheet of ordinary drawing paper.

The DigiArt Creative Easel is available in green and pink, which colour would your little artist like most?

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online 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.

The Chalkboard Tee

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Jan 022014

The Chalkboard Tee

When you spend your days with little people like I do you will soon discover that they always have plenty to say, in fact they never stop talking! I could write a book filled with all the funny things they say and hilarious stories they tell. If you have a few little chatterboxes at home too here’s something to keep them busy:

Chalkboard Tee

The Chalkboard Tee by Class Attire

Chalkboard Tee AppleDesigned by Class Attire the super hip Chalkboard Tee range is now available at Tinyfolk, home of those fabulous cardboard playhouses I wrote about a few months ago. Each Chalkboard Tee ($39) features a cool write-on panel that can be written on, or decorated with, chalk again and again. A compact 5-piece coloured chalk set is included and you can even store one piece in the handy little pocket at the front, because you never know when creativity will hit you!

Chalkboard Tee Think BubbleWhen the kids have nothing left to say (for now!) simply wipe off the artwork, just wash like normal laundry and you’ve got a nice clean slate for next time. There are lots of different Chalkboard Tee designs and colours to choose from to suit boys and girls with sizes ranging from 2 up to 8 years old. My favourite designs are the Think Bubble and the City Skyline, I think they look super hip.

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

Decorating Russian style

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Apr 072013

Every time we visit the inlaws my little ladies ask for a turn with Grandma’s Russian nesting dolls. There is something about Babushka dolls that is very intriguing to children and they make fabulous toys. For a hip take on the traditional nesting dolls check out these cool Chalkboard Nesting Dolls from Little Me Little You.

OMM Design Chalkboard Nesting Dolls ($30)

OMM Design Chalkboard Nesting Dolls ($30)

These cute Chalkboard Nesting Dolls ($30) by OMM Design are sure to bring out the fashion designer in your kids. The set of 6 nesting dolls comes complete with 6 pieces of coloured chalk for endless decorating fun, to change the look just wipe clean and start again. This award-winning design is made from BPA-free materials so it a safe choice for little artists and there are enough dolls in the set for siblings to share.

To find out more about Little Me Little You, to take a closer look at the Chalkboard Nesting Dolls ($30) and to order online visit www.littlemelittleyou.com.au.

Apr 282012

With just 3 months until our holiday and 4 months until the twins start kindy I am starting to feel a little unorganised. Several times a day I think of bits and pieces I need to do, pack or buy and I know I am still forgetting half. Sometimes I quickly jot down a little note on a piece of paper but more often than not my scraps end up in the hands of my little munchkins, never to be seen again. Luckily I spotted these fabulous chalkboard stickers at Bright Star Kids and I put my order in straight away.

Bright Star Kids range offers a range of chalkboard stickers in lots of styles, sizes and colours. I personally really like the look of the Chalkboard Dots Wall Stickers, they are perfect for making notes for multiple family members or different occassions. Once I have one dedicated spot for notes about the holiday, one for shopping and for kindy I will feel a lot more in control I think! There are three colour combinations to choose from.

My plan is to use up everything in our freezer before we go on holidays and menu planning is super easy with the Chalkboard Panels Wall Stickers. Simply write down your meal ideas for every day of the week and under each day any ingredients you might still need and you will have an empty freezer in no time. You can join both panels together to make one long chalkboard panel or use them as two separate stickers.

Now you probably know that blackboard chalk can be a little chunky to write with, and I am not even mentioning the smudges, dust and how quickly chalk breaks. You won’t have any of these problems if you just grab one (or a few) of the Stabilo Chalk Pencils when you place your Bright Star Kids order. They are available in white, red and yellow and you can sharpen them like an ordinary pencil.

To find out more about Bright Star Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit www.brightstarkids.com.au.

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