Aug 112017
 

On the one hand it makes me sad how quick our babies are growing up, on the other hand it is also heartwarming to see them turning into awesome kids who you can really talk to about a range of topics and feelings. Now that the twins are almost 9 we’re having the best chats and they really enjoy having some special time before bed when the little ones are already tucked in. These last few weeks we’ve shared many laughs playing this hilarious drawing game:

Also known as ‘the world’s fastest drawing game’ Pass the Pen (RRP $39.95, ages 8+) is not a game for slowcoaches, you definitely need to be on the ball to get the top score!

Pass the Pen is easy to play and only has a few components, so it requires pretty much no set-up time which I think is great. Each turn one of the players needs to draw a card from the pile and, using a coloured dice, select which of the 5 challenges on the card they will have to draw. The real fun is in the special ‘Pass the Pen’ ballpoint, a unique pen fitted with a 10-15 second timer. Older players can set the timer dial to 10 seconds, while younger players are allowed 15 seconds for each turn.

In a race against the clock the artist needs to draw and the others need to guess, before time runs out and the pen tip disappears. If guessed correctly within the 10 second time frame both artist and guesser earn maximum points. If no one guesses the right word you pass the pen to the next player who continues on the same challenge and so on, with points decreasing the longer it takes for the right guess.

At only eight years old I was expecting the twins to struggle with some of the challenges, but I was pleased to see they knew the majority of words and they love giving the drawing a go so we all liked playing. Pass the Pen is obviously a fast-paced game so everyone needs to be switched on and there is no time for thinking (or perfectionism in drawing, which miss 8 initially found a bit hard to accept), just draw and guess as quick as you can!

Designed for 3 or more players this is a fantastic game for families or a group of friends to play together. As a parent I know all too well that time management can be a tricky when it comes to games so I love how you can make your game of Pass the Pen last as long or short as you like by adjusting the number of game cards. There are 104 cards with a total of 520 challenges, so there’s plenty of drawing fun to be had!

To find out more about Talkin’ Toys, to take a closer look at Pass the Pen and to discover a whole heap of other cool toys visit www.talkintoys.com.au.

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Dec 182016
 

Smiggle

Christmas Countdown – Day 18

Secret Santa, Stocking Stuffer, Special Surprises… it’s hard not to see a pattern when it comes to the festive Season. If you’re searching for a Christmas gift that hits the right note every time look no further than Smiggle:

I don’t know about you but we never seem to be able to pass a Smiggle store without popping in. It’s always so colourful and inviting and filled with cool stationery and other treasures that are fun and quirky, the kids could browse our local Smiggle store for hours if I let them. If your kids love Smiggle too today’s Christmas Countdown giveaway is perfect for you:

An ideal size for upcoming holidays trips and going back to school the cool Junior Character Backpack (RRP $49.95, Bat or Butterfly) is sure to deal with any ‘Can you carry my bag for me? complaints. Available in either a pretty pink and purple butterfly or a scary blue bat design this Smiggle backpack is perfect for boys and girls it comes packed with practical features like padded shoulder straps, two drink bottle sleeves and lots of handy pockets and zips.

With the weather quickly warming up it is very important for children to drink plenty of water so they can stay hydrated throughout the day, it turns out making it fun is the key. This funky 700ml Silicone Drink Bottle (RRP $24.95, Woof or Meow) is a great tool to help kids keep up their H2O intake and you can even roll it up to save space. Our kindy girl is totally in love with her Meow flip spout-bottle, especially when I freeze it so her water stays extra cold for longer.

One of our girls’ favourite holiday activities is ‘art and craft’: from drawing to painting, from glueing to cutting and everything in between, they love using their imagination to create something original. These Scented Pencils (RRP $16.95, 12pk) are sure to add an extra special touch to your child’s next drawing by infusing the lines with delicious scents like strawberry, grape, sour lemon, chocolate, cola and more. With 12 colours/scents per pack the final artwork is guaranteed to be a fragrant surprise!

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

For your chance to win a Smiggle Prize Pack (total RRP $91.85, Junior Character Bat Backpack, Woof Silicone Drink Bottle and Scented Pencils 12pk) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Jun 182016
 

Crayola

Just like probably every other child in Australia our tribe is terribly excited to go to the cinema and see the long-awaited movie Finding Dory which finally hit the big screen this week. I myself would love to see it too but am not that keen on long line-ups or packed movie theatres, so we might hold off on the cinema for a little while.

Crayola Dory

Don’t worry, until the crowds die down kids can enjoy plenty of underwater fun with the exclusive Finding Dory range by Crayola:

Crayola Color & StickerThe new Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color & Sticker Book (RRP $4.99, ages 3+) is the perfect pick for Disney fans of all ages (Yes, even the youngest of the family!). With 16 sturdy, double-sided colouring pages (32 images) and more than 50 cute Finding Dory stickers there is plenty of creative fun to go around, even for our big family. The loose pages and 4 individual sticker sheets make sharing super easy, everyone can colour their favourite Finding Dory characters and decorate them to their liking.

Crayola ChalkLet’s hope there will be a few dry hours this weekend for our little artists to get outside with this awesome Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color Your Heroes Sidewalk Chalk (RRP $7.99, Ages 4+). The pack contains 8 large pieces of coloured chalk and on the back of the pack it shows kids how to draw Dory in just 6 simple steps. That’s right, you could find Dory on your doorstep in no-time! My kids have had a quick try on normal paper already and their Dory creations turned out ador(y)able.

Crayola Color WonderIf you are a longtime Hip Little One reader you know by now how much we love Crayola’s ‘Mess Free’ entertainment. The magical Color Wonder markers only work on special Color Wonder paper, keeping clothing, skin, furniture and walls squeaky clean (and saving my sanity). It’s great to see that Dory and her underwater buddies have splashed their way into the Color Wonder range too and I think the Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color Wonder (RRP $13.99, ages 3+) set will be a very popular buy these school holidays.

Each Color Wonder set includes 18 Color Wonder colouring pages and 5 special markers in assorted colours that match the theme. To make Dory look her very best this cool pack comes with the typical Dory blue and yellow, orange for Nemo and two other cheerful colours to create an amazing underwater scene.

You can find these and other Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ products at major leading retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Bargain Boredom Busters

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Feb 072016
 

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Here’s another fantastic opportunity to fill your empty gift cupboard for next to nothing, perfect for all those birthday parties and rainy afternoons and lazy weekends coming up. Next time someone asks you where you bought all those cool presents here’s your answer: On sale at Where Did You Get That?!

Boredom Busters: DoodleArt Kits ($29.95)

DoodleArt ButterfliesIf your kids love getting busy with pencils and markers they will go absolutely crazy for the DoodleArt kits (RRP $29.95, now just $15). These very detailed colouring-in posters offer more than 60 hours of doodling fun. That’s a lot of quiet time for mum! Measuring a generous 61cm x 86cm these posters can easily be enjoyed by two children at the same time or maybe mum and dad would like to get creative too.

Djeco Stamping SetThe Djeco Stamping Sets (RRP $24.95, now $13) are another crafty gift idea, there are three different sets to choose from (Knights, Elves and Princesses) and right now they are such a great price! Each beautiful themed stamping kit contains 9 stamps, a coloured ink padded and a 16 page pad of paper so you are stamp-ready straight away. What a lovely way to decorate a handmade gift, a journal or a scrapbook, you can even colour the pictures in afterwards.

DjecoOur kids received several Djeco Stencils (RRP $12.95, now $7) from their generous tante in The Netherlands and they have had so much fun with them. There are 5 stencils in each pack so you can create a couple of different images, just remember to stick the stencil down with some sticky tape so it stays in place! It’s always exciting to lift the stencil and see the end result and it’s a good exercise for fine motor skills.

There are plenty more bargains waiting to be snapped up in the Steal a Deal sale so grab a virtual shopping basket and get shopping!

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.

Jan 222016
 

Crayola

Backpack, uniform, lunchbox, drink bottle, pencil case… we’re slowly getting back-to-school ready here at Hip Little One HQ. This year we’ll have three little students at primary school, a big change for all!

Crayola Back to School

Of course our stationery cupboard needed a bit of a restock too in preparation for all the homework, craft and special projects the kids will be making this year. Check out Crayola‘s biggest Back to School must haves:

Crayola Twistables CrayonsIf you thought crayons are just for toddlers think again. Crayola Twistables Crayons (RRP $8.99, 12-pack) are making crayons cool again with a funky twistable design: they draw like crayons in thick, warm colours, they feel slim and solid like a pen and can be twisted up instead of sharpened, how easy is that and completely mess-free! The twins have been using Twistables in class and think they are awesome.

Crayola Colored PencilsA good pack of pencils in the most popular colours is a must for little students. Crayola Colored Pencils (RRP $5.99, 12-pack) are high-quality, durable and come pre-sharpened so they are colour-ready straight away. There is enough variety in colours to create a beautiful piece of art and at the same time they easily fit in a standard pencil case with room to spare for a few pens and an eraser.

Crayola SuperTipsIf you do want to go all out colour wise you’ll be spoilt for choice with this huge pack of Crayola Washable SuperTips Markers (RRP $10.99, 20-pack). This is such a great value pack and being both washable and non-toxic they are perfect for young artists too. The start of the school year is a perfect time to finally throw out all the old, dried out textas and replace them with these bright, vibrant markers, without breaking the bank.

Crayola Blunt Tip ScissorsWhile I prefer plastic scissors for miss almost-3 (the idea of damaged fingers and DIY haircuts doesn’t appeal to me) the older kids are very comfortable and capable of cutting with these Crayola Blunt Tip Scissors (RRP $5.49). They are that little bit sharper for thick paper and cardboard and easy to hold with room for multiple fingers for more precise cutting of homework. They are also suitable for left and right handed people making them ideal for class rooms.

Crayola School GlueI absolutely love a good multi-purpose product, especially if it is as well-priced as the Crayola Washable School Glue (RRP $2.75, 118ml). Paper, cardboard, fabric and even wood, we’ve used an entire bottle of school glue over the school holidays and it works a treat. Initially the glue is white so kids can see where they have applied glue and which spots they have missed, but it dries clear for a neat end result. Bonus: The bottle lid clicks onto the bottle so you won’t lose it, how clever!

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Dec 052015
 

Crayola

Christmas Countdown – Day 5

Even though baby Harriet is two months old already, her feeds still take at least 30 minutes and that every 2-3 hours… This is not so much a problem for me, but it does mean I need to keep the other kids entertained (and well behaved) while I am feeding Harriet. After hearing ‘Sybbie is drawing on the wall’, ‘Sybbie has marker on her face’ and ‘Syb is colouring on the table/clothes/a random sibling’ a few too many times I have put away our regular markers and swapped them for the fabulous Color Wonder products from Crayola:

Color Wonder Light Up Stamper

The Color Wonder range is rather magical and absolutely sanity saving: there is no mess, no stains and colours only show up on special Color Wonder paper, so awesome!

If you love Color Wonder too you are sure to enjoy the brand new Color Wonder Light Up Stamper (RRP $39.99, ages 3+), a fabulous mix of Color Wonder creations, stamping fun and light-up magic. This cool pack consists of a Color Wonder Drawing Pad, three Color Wonder markers and a special Stamp Station that holds the three coloured stamp pads and ten cute stamps.

Color Wonder Stamper

Our girls were very intrigued by the Light Up Stamper and I have to admit, it is so simple to use yet so much fun. All it takes is three simple steps: Pick & Click (choose one of the ocean-themed stamps and snap it onto the stamper), ‘Ink‘ it (by pressing it onto the stamp pad of your choice) and Stamp it onto your drawing pad to reveal the picture, quick and easy.

Color Wonder Light Up Stamper

The stamp pads are completely colourless (no little hands covered in ink) and therefore mess free but somehow the super clever stamper will recognise which colour ink you have chosen and the handle will light up in the matching colour, now’s that pure magic. Using the Color Wonder markers little artists can further decorate their creations and add to the scene. The Light Up Stamper works on 3AA batteries, not included.

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 Crayola Color Wonder Light Up Stamper packs (RRP $39.99) enter our giveaway below:

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Sep 262015
 

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With three older, and very crafty, siblings it is no surprise that miss Sybbie is turning into quite the artist too. As soon as she gets her little hands on a scrap of paper and something that writes she is in her element. I have to say that while I appreciate her art I do not always agree with her choice of location (walls, couches and clothing are a hot favourite!). Her latest obsession is cutting with scissors, which luckily is completely safe with these colourful clippers from Crayola:

The extensive My First Crayola range has been specifically designed for the youngest of artists. My First Crayola products are the perfect size for small hands and of course totally safe, allowing kids to explore and create without worry.

My First Crayola Safety ScissorsThe My First Crayola Safety Scissors (RRP $5.79, 36 months+) are the perfect starting point for inquisitive toddlers who are working on their fine motor skills. The brightly coloured scissors are great for cutting paper yet completely safe for little fingers and even hair (thankfully, miss Sybbie tried the home haircut but didn’t succeed!). With three different patterns per pack, straight, zigzag and wavy, there is plenty of cutting fun to be had.

My First Crayola Jumbo CrayonsWhen you have children of different ages it can be a little tricky to pick the right toys. The big kids love using markers but Sybil tends to use them as food or to get in trouble and I had more than enough of taking them away over and over again. I found the My First Crayola Jumbo Crayons (RRP $9.49, 24 months+) keep everyone happy, they’re non-toxic, easy to hold, bright in colour and chunky and strong in case of accidental drops.

My First Crayola Easy-Grip Coloured PencilsNormally I stay clear from pencils for our youngest kids because they are too slim to hold properly and rather breakable, but these clever My First Crayola Easy-Grip Coloured Pencils (RRP $6.99, 36 months+) are neither of those. The unique triangular shape encourage proper gripping (and it stops the pencils rolling off the table) and the extra thick 4mm lead makes them much stronger. You’ve got to love a company that truly understands its (young) customers!

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the entire My First Crayola range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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