Click and create with Build-a-Bot

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Jul 032017

What do you do when you need to bring ‘something robotic’ to school for Show & Tell? Build your own robot of course! With school being all about robots these last few weeks miss 6 was super keen to try her hand at making a robot herself, which turned out to be not only lots of fun but also very interesting with this exciting new release from the toy specialists at Colorific:

Build-a-Bot (RRP $39.99, ages 5+) is a fantastic range of toy building kits that introduces children to the basics of S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through play. Who knew learning about motors and sensors, magnets and levers could be so cool? The simple click-and-create system makes kids feel confident that their project is coming together properly and at the end they are rewarded with a robotic toy that really works.

Being only 6 years old Juliet did need a bit of help building her robot, supervised by Hip Daddy she looked at the photos and read the step-by-step instructions until her Build-a-Bot Bunny was ready to come to life. There is even a sticker sheet included so you can decorate and personalise your bot to your own taste. It was a really great activity to do together and the best part is that you can build/pull it apart as many times as you want.

The pretty pink rabbit robot was just up Juliet’s alley, it has the cutest little nose, huge bunny ears and a cheeky tail. It took a bit of patience but once complete it was finally time to introduce the tasty carrot, a clever food trigger that will magically get your bunny to hop around when the carrot touches its nose (Just makes sure you have two AA batteries on hand to make it work). To record your child’s achievement in style a build certificate is included.

One of the other things I really like about Build-a-Bot is that you can swap and change parts between the different kits to create your very own unique bots, what a great way to encourage young builders to use their imagination! There are currently three separate Build-a-Bot kits to choose from (Bunny, Dino and Fox) and with more than 20 pieces per set the combinations really are endless.

To find out more about Colorific, to take a closer look at the Build-a-Bot range and to locate a stockist near you visit

Dec 032015


Christmas Countdown – Day 3

These last weeks of term are so incredibly busy that I can’t wait for the laziness of school holidays to start. For our munchkins holidays are all about late breakfasts, good books, playing outside, awesome family outings, yummy baking and of course loads of crafty fun. Colorific has lots of cool and creative gifts to put under the Christmas tree, here’s one for the girl who loves a bit of fairy magic:

Sparkletopia Jewellery Set

If you are afraid of glitter you better click away, because FairyLites Sparkletopia is all about sparkles, shimmer, glitter and glam and the best part is: no glue! This gorgeous collection of craft kits is perfect for young designers aged 4-9 and with prices starting at just $14.99 it’s affordable too.

Sparkletopia Secret Diary KitWith a new year about to begin now is the time to start a new tradition like keeping a diary. This gorgeous Secret Diary Set will help your little girl design a cute sparkly (lockable!) diary, perfect for recording big adventures, short stories and lovely dreams. Using the special fairy wand tool and plenty of sticky charms, gems, stencils and sparkle sheets this colourful set is sure to keep her busy these school holidays.

If you’re looking for a set to entertain multiple children (great for siblings, friends, family get-togethers or even parties) you can’t go wrong with the Fairy Jewellery Set or the Charm Set Assortment. Both packs contain a range of smaller ‘projects’ so kids can share the Sparkletopia fun. I know my girls would love wearing a necklace, ring or cuff of their own design so this is definitely going to be on our school holiday to-do list.

FairyLites Sparkletopia

There are currently five different FairyLites Sparkletopia packs to choose from, each pack contains all the tools you need to design your own unique creations: charms, jewellery, a jewellery cabinet and even a diary, go on and add a sparkle to your day!

To find out more about Colorific, to browse the FairyLites Sparkletopia range and to locate a stockist near you visit

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Jul 092015

Bloom Pops

What can I say, we’re four days into these school holidays and we’ve already seen more rain than during the whole month of June! Luckily we’ve got a lovely fireplace to keep us snuggly warm indoors and I stocked up on a whole range of awesome boredom busters so (so far) we’re keeping very busy and happy here at Hip Little One HQ. This awesome new range from the craft experts at Colorific was a massive hit with my two oldest daughters:

Clear off the table and watch your budding designers work their magic with Bloom Pops (ages 5-12). Think art and craft, glitter and gems, felt and fragrance, flowers and charms and you can see why this fabulous new collection of craft kits is so popular with young girls.

Colorific Bloom Pops

Bloom Pops fun is an easy 3-step ‘Pick, Stack and Pop’ concept that kids will get the hang of very quickly, after showing my girls (4 and 6 yo) once they did it independently without any trouble and I enjoyed 1,5 hour of peace and quiet, bonus! Pick your favourite felt shapes, colours and patterns, stack them up and decorate to your taste, then pop them together with the special Bloom Pop maker, easy as pie.

Bloom Pops BouquetThere are currently 9 different Bloom Pops packs available to create a range of exciting products eg. jewellery, hair accessories, a purse or even a flower bouquet. Unlike many craft kits on the market that are one-use-only Bloom Pops can be re-used over and over and you can change your designs as often as you like, this makes Bloom Pops excellent value for money. Simply ‘unpop’ and start again!

Bloom Pops packs are priced between RRP $14.99-$34.99 and are packed in large, attractive boxes so if you are looking for a great, affordable birthday gift that is sure to impress the birthday girl look no further. You can find the Bloom Pops range in store right now at leading toy retailers across Australia.

Bloom Pops packaging

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Jun 152012

Last week our neighbour’s beautiful little boy celebrated his birthday so of course we had to pop over and spoil him with a little present. Now we have tried many Colorific products over the past few years and we have always been really happy with them, so for the birthday boy I picked a gift from the fantastic Colorific Giggles range (he loved the Giggles Tool Box, a real winner).

The Giggles range is created with the littlest ones in mind, offering a great selection of colourful, wooden, colourful toys that allow kids to learn and have fun at the same time. Giggles toys are packed with educational features, after all young minds just love discovering things like colours, movement, cause and effect, shapes, matching and much more. The Giggles motto is ‘Fun for clever kids’.

One of the latest, but definitely not the smallest, additions to the Giggles range is this gorgeous My First Steps Wagon ($69.99). Designed for little ones aged 10 months and up this cute wooden wagon is the perfect buddy for those first wobbly steps and later for lots of exploring around the house. Kids will have a ball pushing around their favourite toys and dolls; packing, unpacking and moving things from one room to another.

The sturdy My First Steps Wagon is carefully developed to offer steady support for young children as their legs get stronger and they learn to get up and walk. The robust wooden frame will stop the wagon from taking off while baby is trying to get up, your baby will feel supported and confident and he/she will be up and running in no time. Fitted with strong, rubber wheels you don’t have to worry about the wagon hurting little toes, or your furniture/floors for that matter.

To find out more about Colorific, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit

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Colorific – Funky Fun Mini’s

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Dec 272011

It may officially be summer but the Australian weather can’t seem to make up its mind, hot and sweaty one day and rain and hail storms the next. There is always a chance the weather will force you and the kids to stay inside these school holidays so don’t get caught out and stock up on some fun activities that you can do indoors. Craft supplies can be expensive but that is most certainly not the case with the new Funky Fun Mini range from Colorific.

The Funky Fun Mini range consists of three great craft sets suitable for children as young as 4 years old (some parental help needed) up to 10 years old. Each kit contains all kids need to create their own little artworks that can actually be used afterwards making it even more fun. What child doesn’t like the sound of making its own animal key rings, designer yoyo’s or (my favourite) shrinky jewellery?

Don’t let the name fool you, the creations may be small (and the $6.99 price tag is too!) but the entertainment factor of the Colorific Funky Fun Mini’s is high and kids can make multiple designs with just one small box  making it a great activity for siblings or friends to do together. Keep these kits in mind for upcoming birthdays too, they make a great gift that won’t break the bank.

To find out more about Colorific, to take a closer look at the Funky Fun Mini’s and to locate a stockist near you visit