Ten Terrible Dinosaurs giveaway

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Feb 142019

Pan Macmillan Australia

At almost 3.5 years old miss Hattie is getting very excited (and also a little nervous) about the prospect of starting kindy. She loves painting, craft and colouring but is not too keen to practicing her letters and numbers, so the trick seems to be to combine them. Over the last few weeks we’ve been working with this cool picture book by Paul Stickland, the hero of all dinosaur books:

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs (RRP $14.99) is a colourful picture book filled with cheeky dinosaurs. Hattie likes the bright colours and the different types of dinosaurs and she is learning to predict the rhyme. The sentences are short enough for her to remember and a few tricky words keep it challenging at the same time. We count down from ten, we describe the dinos and then we try to recreate them with paint or crayons which is good fun!

Did you know that all Dinosaur Roar books are endorsed by the Palaeontology Department of the Natural History Museum in London? This mean they are not only fun to read but educational too, treating your little bookworm to a host of interesting facts about each of these amazing dinosaurs.

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘The World of Dinosaur Roar!’ and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Ten Terrible Dinosaurs (RRP $14.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Times Tables made trendy by Love Mae

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Mar 112016

Love Mae

It feels like yesterday that we brought home our tiny twins, now they are seven and reading novels, doing homework and practising their times tables. Thankfully they love learning so they don’t mind all this studying and at the same time it’s a great refresher for me too. While they are many visual aids available to help with times tables they are often rather boring and childish, luckily Love Mae is here to make times tables trendy again:

Love Mae Canvas

A gorgeous Love Mae Times Tables Poster (RRP $35) or Times Tables Canvas (RRP $160-$220) would make a pretty and practical addition to your child’s bedroom, playroom, study or even the classroom. I just love the gorgeous pastel colours, such a welcome change from the bold primary colours used in many educational aids and perfect for older children too.

Each A1 sized poster is printed on high quality 150gms satin paper while the A0 sized canvas comes with a hand-crafted timber frame so it’s ready for hanging straight away. Love Mae Times Tables are available in several designs and colour ways to suit your child and decor beautifully.

Times Tables Love Posters

To find out more about Love Mae, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.lovemae.com.au.

Jan 022016


2016. To us it may be just a number for little ones numbers are fun and interesting, especially when they are just learning to count. Our miss Sybbie is up to 20 but still needs a bit of practice recognising all those tricky numerals so we’re often counting digits while playing, reading and shopping. I recently stumbled upon this adorable numbers book by Abrams Appleseed and think it would make a lovely addition to our bookshelf:


The beautiful Countablock board book (RRP $19.95) guides little learners through the numbers 1-10 and even tens all the way up to 100. What really makes this sweet book stand out from the crowd are the large die-cut numbers that add an extra dimension to the counting exercise.

Countablock Book

With its colourful images and eye-catching illustrations by Peskimo this sturdy board book is sure to become a family favourite in no time, it’s simply perfect for small hands, wandering eyes and curious minds. Love Countablock? Young readers can master letters too with its board book sibling called Alphablock. You can find Countablock in store at Australian online store UrbanBaby.

To find out more about UrbanBaby, to take a closer look at Countablock and to order online visit www.urbanbaby.com.au.

Jul 212015

Penguin Australia

Graeme Base has done it again! This time the talented Aussie artist is inviting young readers into Uno’s special garden to meet a range of interesting creatures and learn about numbers along the way in Uno’s Garden Counting Book:


Sleepy Snortlepigs and Timid Tumbletops, Magnificent Moopaloops and Feathered Frinklepods, I bet you haven’t seen those in your backyard before! These quirky looking garden-animals make your everyday earwigs, worms, spiders and millipedes look a tad boring.

Uno's Counting Garden Book

Explore Uno’s Garden by unfolding the flap in this lovely Aussie picture book, study Graeme Base‘s colourful illustrations and count the animals on each page, can you spot them all? It’s a gorgeous book to help kids practise the numbers 1-10 in a playful way and with so many things to look at it will keep little readers entertained for ages.

Uno's Garden Counting Book

To find out more about Uno’s Garden Counting Book (RRP $14.99) by Graeme Base, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Kids love Kiko+

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Dec 292014


After the busy Christmas period with late nights, noisy toys and too much food I love relaxing with my family, just calmly reading a book and playing a quiet game. If you are looking for a fabulous game that is fun, educational, unique and very stylish you are sure to love today’s hip find from Kiko+:

Kiko+ Tanabata

This super cool Tanabata Star Dominos Set ($65) by Japanse designer label Kiko+ consists of 100 smooth wooden stars: 70 coloured stars in 7 different colours and 30 natural beech stars marked with the number 0-9, packed together in a lovely golden bag. Stack them, sort them or count them, line them up and watch them fall or play a game of dominos by matching up the numbers, the options are endless!

It’s a great educational game too as you can use the stars to create your own simple maths exercises for young children. You can stack a pile of stars with the same colour, count them and find the natural beech star with the same number. You can also practise addition and subtraction in a creative and playful way, after all kids learn best when they are having fun!

Tanabata Star Dominos

You can find this pretty Tanabata Star Dominos Set in store at Fabrik, Australia wide shipping is $7.95 and orders over $100 ship free.

To find out more about Fabrik, to take a closer look at Kiko+ Tanabata Star Dominos and to order online visit www.fabrikstore.com.


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Oct 092014


Lazy Sundays, daylight savings, sunny weather, great friends and yummy barbecue dinners, Summer season has kicked off (even if slightly hesitant to start with) so we christened it in style with a fun game of KLOP:


Originally born in beautiful Finland this super trendy game is now available in Australia and it’s tossing over Australians one KLOP at a time. KLOP (RRP $59.95) is a fun outdoor game for all ages, it’s perfect for birthdays in the garden, picnics at the park, afternoons on the beach, evenings at the caravan park and anywhere else you can get together with a group of people who love a good game.

KLOP gameEach KLOP game consist of 12 chunky wooden pegs, a ‘chuck’ and a score block, all neatly packed together in a sturdy wooden storage box with carry handle. The pegs are set up in starting position and you use the chuck to toss over the pegs, it has a bit of a Flintstones feel to it. You may think KLOP is just another ordinary bowling game but it is much more than that, it really gets your brain working as you use your strategic skills to reach the required score.

All players take turns tossing the chuck to knock over the pegs, obviously you can set any goal you like but the basic KLOP game aims for a score of exactly 50. If you toss over multiple pegs you add the number of pegs to make up your score but if you toss over 1 single peg the number on the peg marks your score, all scores are noted in the scoring book. Each throw changes the location of the pegs so every round you have to recalculate how many more points you need, then locate and knock over the peg(s) that can give you the points you’re after.


Adult players will love the strategic side of this game, having to earn an exact number of point is not as easy as it sounds and requires a bit of thinking ahead. If you love a game that gets those radars turning KLOP is just what you need! Younger players, even if they are too little to add up, will love a good throw of the chuck and every peg down is a step closer to the finish, you can just simplify the game by crowning the first person to reach 50 or more the winner.

To find out more about KLOP, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.klop.com.au, shipping is FREE Australia wide.

Feb 102012

Yesterday the kids and I walked to the twins’ future kindy to drop off their registration forms, I can’t believe it is only 5 months until they start! They have been asking for school for such a long time and when they finally got to look around at ‘school’ they were a bit quiet. They were very impressed by it all and were keen to join in so they got to stay for a while. At home they wanted to play ‘school’ straight away so we grabbed our Game Cards from ChildUp.

The ChildUp range is developed by a team of specialists and is all about early childhood learning, helping children develop new skills in a fun and positive way. Research has shown that children can understand the basics of maths from an early age and by using fun, interactive and age appropriate exercises you can help your young child discover and train these important skills even before he/she will go to school.

Each pack of ChildUp Game Cards ($9.99 per set) includes 48 cards to learn to count from 1 to 10 (Math & Logic 1) or from 10 to 20 (Math & Logic 2). Also included are 16 special parent cards explaining the ChildUp Early Learning Method and provide helpful tips and tricks on how to use the cards. By using the cards kids will learn to recognise numbers as quantities and symbols, counting and even some simple additions!

But the ChildUp cards are not just useful for learning numbers, they can also teach your child a lot about different animals, colours and much more. The parent cards will offer many other uses that you wouldn’t have even thought of! The twins always enjoy playing with the Game Cards, now that they can count to 20 they are looking at the pictures to learn how to add up. I found it very helpful to have the cards show the number itself and the animals, that way even if they don’t recognise the number they can work it out by counting the animals, a real boost for their self confidence.

Aside from the Early Learning Game Cards there are also two Early Learning Game iPod/iPad Apps available for download. Both the EarlyMath and EarlyZoo App are developed for children aged 1 to 5 to teach them how to count to 10 as well as learn about many different animals. You can download them for FREE and you’ll always have a fun and educational game on hand wherever you go, the kids will love it!

To find out more about ChildUp, to browse the range of products and to order online visit www.childup.com.

For your chance to win one of two ChildUp prize packs (containing Teach Your Child to Count to 10 – Math & Logic #1 and Teach Your Child to Count to 20 – Math & Logic #2) visit www.childup.com and answer the following question: Name two skills your child could develop by using ChildUp Cards.

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends March 10, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.