Feb 072019
 

EK Books

We all know the saying ‘three is a crowd’ and when it comes to kids play it’s often very true: three can be a tricky number. I try to teach our children that it is important to be inclusive and always invite others to join in their play, thankfully they do try most of the time! Sometimes inclusion takes a bit of creative thinking, like in this gorgeous new EK Books picture book:

The Box Cars (RRP $24.99) tells the story of best friends Liam and Kai. The two boys are inseparable and their handmade box cars take them on the most exciting adventures. Then one day a little girl wants to join in their play… three kids, two box cars… how will this work out?

First Liam and Kai try sharing the two cars with their new friend (but someone always has to sit out, which is not much fun). Then they try two passengers in one car, but the load’s too heavy for one little box car and they end up with just a pile of cardboard! A few old boxes and some creative thinking later prove that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Together they build a brand new box train with multiple carriages, ready to take the adventurous trio on a new adventure.

The Box Cars features short, simple sentences that are easy to read and sweet, colourful illustrations that really bring the story to life. It is a great book to teach young children about making friends, sharing, being welcoming to others and how to use creative thinking to come up with solutions.

You can find ‘The Box Cars’ in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of The Box Cars (RRP $24.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Nov 052018
 

EK Books

As the school year is slowly wrapping up I am looking back at a very full-on year. We unexpectedly changed schools in the middle of term 2 so we’re still quite new to our current school but I feel very much at peace about our decision to move. Change is not always easy but the kids have settled in beautifully and are surrounded by lovely friends which makes my motherheart very grateful.

For a lot of children (including my own) school can be tricky and sometimes they feel a little lost in the midst of at all, like Jerry in this new EK Books release:

At school, on the street, at parties, on the playground, everyone seems busy with each other but Jerry feels like he is watching from the sideline. People simply don’t seem to notice Jerry, he is invisible. I think at times we have all felt a bit like Invisible Jerry and it doesn’t feel good at all.

Until Molly comes along. Molly does notice Jerry, she laughs with him and makes him smile, she shares with him and talks to him. Molly makes Jerry feel like a real person, she sees him. Jerry is no longer invisible, but he does remember what it felt like and soon enough he spots another invisible person… Now it’s Jerry’s turn to make a difference.

I know the joy it has brought my children to be ‘seen’ by others and to be made feel welcome and included and I hope they will show the same welcoming nature to others they meet. This beautiful picture book explains this in a way that is easy to understand and funny too and my children instantly ‘got’ the message. The illustrations are lovely, definitely a worthy addition for any school library or family book shelf.

You can find ‘Invisible Jerry’ (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Mar 172017
 

Empowering Resources

When our kids just started school they came home every day with stories of new ‘friends’, being the friendly, gentle and kind people that they are they get along well with everyone. Sadly it seems that as they get older it is no longer that easy, and getting along with other children is not the same as making real friends. Especially our girls struggle with this, so I knew they would love this gorgeous book by 13-year old author
Pippa Dowling:

In Just like Molly (RRP $17-25) we meet a lovely girl with a fabulous imaginary friend called Molly, they like and dislike all the same things and have the best time together. But when Molly disappears and making friends at the new school turns out to be tricky the world seems rather sad and miserable. Thankfully the sun appears again in the shape of Zoe, a friendly girl in class who shares the same laughs, fears, fun and giggles… just like Molly!

If like mine your little ones have struggled to make friends, this book is a wonderful way to show that there is a perfect friend out there for everyone. Pippa clearly speaks the language of young girls and the bright, colourful illustrations are a joy to look at. My girls loved ‘Just like Molly’!

To find out more about Empowering Resources, to browse the range and to order online visit www.empoweringresources.com.au.

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Nov 252016
 

funtastic

It’s that time of the year again and calendars are quickly filling up with long overdue catch-ups, large family feasts and relaxing New Year’s Eve parties with friends. If you are looking for a way to de-stress in December and add plenty of giggles to your Christmas gatherings you’ll love this awesome find from Funtastic:

mouthguard-challenge

Hailed on social media as the perfect party game for the silly season Mouthguard Challenge (RRP $10) is flying off the shelves, if you want to get in on the fun you better be quick!

Mouthguard Challenge proves that the simple things in life are often the most enjoyable. The game requires no talent, little effort and everyone can play as long as you don’t mind making a fool of yourself! Pop in your mouthguard and draw a task card to accept your challenge: From singing a song to saying a sentence and from describing a word to completing a taste test, everyone will be roaring with laughter in no-time.

With 51 different task cards there is plenty of mouthguard fun to be had and you can always create your own dares too, the options are endless. At the end of the game the player with the most points will be crowned the Mouthguard Expert, will it be you?

There are loads of hilarious videos online of people who took on a mouthguard challenge of their own, this being one of my absolute favourites:

The game comes with four reusable mouthguards, simply wash after use so they are clean and ready for your next round. Pleasantly priced at just ten bucks Mouthguard Challenge is kind on the tight Christmas budget and an ideal stocking filler or Kris Kringle gift.

You can find Mouthguard Challenge at your local Kmart store or online at www.kmart.com.au.

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Nov 082016
 

trivial-pursuit

Remember the night we swapped 1999 for 2000? Computers were expected to stall and the world was predicted to end as we entered a brand new millennium. Fast forward to now and we’ve all gotten used to the 2000s, it’s definitely been an eventful 16 years so far and in a way the 1900s seem so long ago. It was about time for game-specialist Hasbro to give its famous Trivial Pursuit a trendy makeover, just in time for the season of family gatherings and catch-ups with friends:

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It’s the perfect quiz night game that gets the wheels turning and brings out a competitive streak in everyone, let’s see who knows all in the ins and outs of the 2000s in this new edition of Trivial Pursuit.

trivial-pursuit-gameCovering all the memorable events, special highlights and fun facts of this millennium Trivial Pursuit 2000s Edition (RRP $39.99, ages 16+) makes a wonderful game for the upcoming festive season. With a huge 1800 questions and six different categories this modern edition will keep young and old entertained in a race to collect their coloured wedges. Who will be the first to collect all six and answer the final question?

trivial-pursuit-cardsTrivial Pursuit 2000s will test your memory and broaden your knowledge on Places, Entertainment, Events, The Arts, Science and Tech and Sports and Hobbies while having fun. Don’t know the answer? Turn the tables by stumping your opponent instead, proving that you don’t necessarily have to have an elephant’s memory to get ahead. With new rules and clever twists playing smart may well put you in the lead and help you take home the first prize.

To find out more about Hasbro, to take a closer look at the latest Trivial Pursuit edition and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hasbro.com.

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May 122016
 

Lego Friends

It may be cold and windy outside but our kids are not complaining. Put on the wood heater, get out a few big boxes of LEGO and everyone is happy (except for baby Hattie who is playing safely away from all the little pieces). Especially the girls have a huge imagination and invent new stories all the time, so I think they would love to see what their Lego buddies get up to in the brand new LEGO Friends DVD:

Lego Friends DVD

In LEGO Friends ‘Camp Wild Hearts & Slam Dunk’ famous LEGO friends Olivia, Emma, Andrea, Mia and Stephanie show that life is bever boring if you spend it with friends. Learn about teamwork, persistence, friendship and trust in two exciting new adventures:

The girls are looking forward to summer full of fun at Camp Wild Hearts when they find out Heartlake City’s Mayor is planning to replace the camp with a mini golf. Of course the LEGO Friends don’t give up their favourite vacation without a fight and they set off to rescue the camp. There is even a touch of romance for Mia involved…

If the LEGO Friends want a shot at playing in the basketball championships they’re going to have to up their game. In Slam Dunk their team ‘The Streaks’ is quickly running out of time, if the girls can’t find a new coach and an extra player they are sure to bite the dust against rival team ‘The Glams’. Will they manage to end basketball season with a slam dunk?

LEGO Friends ‘Camp Wild Hearts & Slam Dunk’ is now available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures and to take a closer look at LEGO Friends ‘Camp Wild Hearts & Slam Dunk’ visit www.theviewingloungestore.com.au.

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Feb 252016
 

Entertainment One

As most of you will know yesterday was Ovarian Cancer Day and it was wonderful to see so many people raising awareness for this horrible women’s cancer, please keep sharing as your share could save lives! Everywhere around us cancer is impacting lives, relationships, marriages and friendships and everyone deals with this in a different way, a message that becomes all too clear in Miss You Already:

In Miss You Already childhood friends Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) are busy living London life when Milly’s breast cancer diagnosis turns their world upside down. After the initial shock has faded Milly is determined to win the battle and Jess is at her side through it all, she even puts her own fertility plans on hold to support her best friend in this tough fight.

Miss You Already

From chemo and hospital stays to losing hair and picking wigs, Jess is there to help Milly and her family as much as she can. Cancer not only invades Milly’s body, it invades her marriage to Kit and her friendship with Jess too and slowly things start falling apart. When Milly eventually receives the devastating news that there is no more hope she wants to repair the broken relationships before it is too late.

Word of warning: Please do not watch this movie without a box of tissues nearby, you will need it!

Miss You Already is now available on DVD (RRP $34.95) and Blu-ray (RRP $39.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Entertainment One visit www.entertainmentone.com.au.

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