Jan 072013
 

Kaleidograph

If you were to ask the twins what they enjoy most about kindy they’ll probably supply you with a whole list of creative things they love doing. Painting, playdough, cutting, folding, drawing, pricking paper, working with wood, sticks and wool and much, much more. I remember doing most of these activities at school myself, and my mother probably did them too, after all why change things when they are not broken? In fact, they are proving to be very successful!

Kaleidograph FloraMany kindergarten activities are based on the theories of well known naturalist Froebel (1782) and with Froebel in mind the talented team at Kaleidograph has designed a fabulous children’s toy that will open up a whole new world of shapes and colours and may even spark a very first interest in design! I absolutely LOVE this concept and I think any child would love to have a go with one of the Kaleidograph kits.

Kaleidograph Card Set

Kaleidograph card set (available in two different designs) consists of 12 colourful die-cut cards in different shapes as well as a double-sided poster with design suggestions. By combining, stacking, flipping and rotating the different cards children can copy the amazing designs from the poster or come up with their very own creations. There are so many possibilities with just 12 cards! If your child is intrigued by a kaleidoscope they will go crazy for this too, guaranteed.

See Kaleidograph in action:

Kaleidograph CrystalAlthough originally designed for children I have to admit Kaleidograph is good fun for adults too, I could play around with it myself for ages. You can try Kaleidograph online for free, go on ad give it a go too! Priced at just $14.99 per set I think Kaleidograph card sets make a fantastic educational gift for children and because the sets are lightweight and thin they don’t cost much to post either.

To find out more about Kaleidograph, to play with Kaleidograph online and to locate a stockist near you visit www.kaleidographtoy.com.

For your chance to win a Kaleidograph Flora and Crystal card set visit www.kaleidographtoy.com and answer the following question: Which of the two Kaleidograph card sets do you like most and who would you give it to?

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Competition ends February 7, 2013. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

Nov 122012
 

The older the kids get, the more their imagination grows and with two 4-year olds in the house I am often lost for words by all the games and stories they make up together. Sometimes it is as if they are encouraging eachother to get as silly as possible, yet at the same time it is adorable to watch and such a blessing to witness. I love toys that encourage imaginative play and that is exactly what Bilibo does.

The award winning Bilibo range, created by Swiss designer company Moluk is all about imagination. In fact there is nothing straight forward about it! As a serious, down-to-earth, boring grownup you might look at Bilibo and wonder what to do with it, but curious little minds love this quirky toy and find a thousand-and-one uses for it. Which side is up, which side is down, is it for storing or is for pouring? It is totally up to you.

The world of Bilibo is full of surprises and with the Bilibo Pixel Game Box there is even more fun to be had. The box contains six Bilibo Minis, 36 coloured chips and a customisable dice but no instructions, after all kids are creative enough to come up with their own games. Flip, collect, roll, hide, count, share, swap, what game would you like to play with Bilibo? My three keep it simple, just grab a handful of chips each and swap until you only have chips that match your Bilibo Mini colour.

Also part of the Moluk designer collection is Plui, an innovative new bath toy that is sure to put the fun back into bath time. The Plui Rainball Bath Toy may look plain and simple but isn’t that usually the best? Fill your Plui by holding it under water, then lift it out and watch the ‘rain’ coming down. Kids will love controlling the rain by covering and uncovering the small opening at the top with their finger. Plui is available in blue, green and yellow.

To find out more about Coccinella Eco, to browse the store and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.

For your chance to win a Bilibo Pixel Game Box and Plui Bath Toy visit www.coccinella.com.au and answer the following question: What imaginative game do your little ones like to play most?

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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 December 12, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

Tegu, think outside the blocks

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Sep 042012
 

When I just started Hip little one I stumbled upon the very exciting Tegu range, at the time it was not available in Australia so I decided not to write about it (no point leaving you all disappointed is there?). Three years on Tegu is still one of the most fabulous toys I have come across and I am glad to say that it is now within our reach too, you can find this hip range at Australian online store Whimsy Child.

So what exactly is Tegu? Tegu is the name of a unique, creative, fun, educational and eco-friendly collection of magnetic wooden building blocks. The blocks come in a range of different sizes, shapes and colours, perfect for teaching children that there is no limit to their imagination. The Tegu concept was born during a visit to Tegucigalpa, Honduras (hence the name) and the blocks are made of sustainable Honduras hardwood.

The wooden blocks are timeless and durable and sure to provide hours of entertainment. You’ll be surprised at all the things you can create with just a few blocks! Keep one of these Tegu Pocket Pouches in your bag and your little one will never be bored again while waiting for doctor or dentist. In saying that, you’ll be hooked on Tegu in no time so you can always grow your Tegu collection with a bigger set like the colourful Endeavour Set (pictured above).

To find out more about Whimsy Child, to browse the Tegu range and to order online visit www.whimsychild.com.au.