Sep 182014
 

Disney Junior

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Spending 20 hours (one way) on a plane with four young children under six is probably not anyone’s idea of having a relaxing time and I’ll admit I had been quite worried about how the kids would go on such long flights. Of course I had prepared them a backpack each filled with little distractions but I was also hoping the Singapore Air in-flight entertainment would offer some relief. It was a lovely surprise to see their favourite Disney Junior shows were just a few clicks away, just what we needed to keep them happy!

Doc McStuffins

While we don’t have the Disney Junior TV Channel at home we regularly visit the Disney Junior website on www.DisneyJunior.com.au (only accessible via PC or Mac) to watch some short episodes online. It is also a fantastic resource for FREE games, activities, colouring pages and even reward charts, just print and enjoy! School holidays are just around the corner so if your child is crazy about the lovely Sofia the First, the adventurous Jake and the Never Land Pirates and the always helpful Doc McStuffins (like our two big girls) this is definitely a website worth bookmarking.

Lambie Soft Toy

Ever since miss 4 first saw Doc McStuffins on TV she has been madly in love with this friendly girl and her toy entourage. She has gathered quite the collection of Doc toys already and Lambie no.2 (oh the tears when she lost Lambie no.1!) is her favourite bed time buddy. Doc McStuffins may be small in age but she has big dreams and wants to become a doctor just like her mum, not a bad goal to have if you ask me! You’re never too young to learn so she is starting with her own home practice where she checks out, diagnoses and fixes any toy that needs a bit of special care.

Doc McStuffins Ball

As I would expect from Disney Doc McStuffins is innocent and age appropriate for young children so I can safely let my little ones watch the show and play the games. They enjoy the stories and at the same time they’re learning about simple but important things like caring for each other, problem solving, health, hygiene, doctor visits and friendship.

By the way, if you’re looking for some fun things to do on Talk Like A Pirate Day tomorrow (September 19) make sure you check out the Disney Junior website. There are lots of great Jake and the Never Land Pirates activities to download like colouring-in pages, a certificate, build-your-own puppet theatre, pirate hat, treasure chest and much more. Ahoy me hearties!

To find out more about Disney Junior, to learn all about the characters, watch videos and play fun games visit www.disneyjunior.com.au.

Magic Talking Doc and FriendsThanks to Disney Junior Australia we have an awesome Doc McStuffins Prize Pack (RRP $74.98) to give away. Just answer one simple question to enter but be quick as this speedy giveaway ends next Friday. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners. By entering this giveaway you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

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LeapFrog in our Luggage

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Sep 082014
 

When people hear we just travelled to Europe with 4 kids under 6 they usually say we’re crazy (which we probably are!). I admit that it is not an easy, and definitely not a relaxing, journey, but after having made the same trip several times I have become quite the expert at packing backpacks full of entertainment to help get us through the  long flights and stopover.

LeapPads

I always start a few months in advance by getting each child a new backpack and adding books, activity pads, games, play sets and markers as I pick them up on sale. I never show the kids what’s in their backpacks until we’re on the plane, they love unpacking their new goodies and they’re happy to share with each other. This time I also surprised them with some new LeapFrog games for their LeapPads which were a huge hit:

LeapFrog Learning Ganme Sesame StreetFor miss 3 I picked Sesame Street – Solve it with Elmo, Abby and Super Grover 2.0! ($44.99, ages 3-5) who absolutely loves Abby Cadabby. With the start of kindy coming up this is a great game to practice basic pre-school skills like problem solving, logic and reasoning, balancing and cause and effect using friendly, familiar characters and through simple games that appeal to young children.

The game also touches on other interesting concepts like magnetism, machines, technology and engineering which were very popular with master 5. Miss 3 particularly liked adding little pigs to Abby’s boat to make it balance and navigating it across the river, they all thought catching chickens in Super Grover 2.0’s go-kart was hilarious.

LeapFrog Jake and the Neverland PiratesDisney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates ($44.99, ages 3-5) is another fantastic game for this younger age group. The aim of the game is to outsmart captain Hook with a series of mini games that will earn you coins for your treasure chest. The simple exercises are a great way to teach children to listen to and follow instructions, a skill that is very important at pre-school and of course at home too.

Practise your numbers by counting coins, learn about shapes and matching by fixing up a boat, find your way to the treasure chest by hopping over the lava river and much more, it’s a perfect learning game for little adventurers.

LeapFrog SpongeBobAnyone who knows our master 5 will know that he loves being challenged, he always wants to test his abilities by reading a tricky book or doing homework that’s above his level. When I spotted SpongeBob Squarepants – Fists of Foam ($44.99, ages 6-9) on sale I figured it would definitely keep him busy on our trip. Mathematics, geometry and fractions, it’s enough to make me shiver but he was super excited to try it out (not a child of his mother obviously!).

Clearly aimed at older children this particular SpongeBob Squarepants game (there are other SpongeBob Squarepants titles too) does involve a bit of ninja karate, that sounds nicer than fighting and in this case it is quite harmless in my opinion. Players will have to have some reading skills to be able to understand the story line. I hope master 5 is still this excited about fractions when he has to do it at school.

LeapFrog CrayolaOf course the LeapPad already comes with a selection of apps including the Art Studio App but miss 5 is such a crafty person I knew she would really enjoy the Crayola Art Adventure ($44.99, ages 3-7) Learning Game as well. Using signature ‘Crayola’ tools like PipSqueak Markers players can work their way through different rooms, games and challenges and solve the mystery of the missing colours.

I think this is a really lovely game because it combines art, colour and design and even music (something our miss 5 can never get enough of) whilst covering basic skills like tracing lines, discovering patterns, solving puzzles, matching shapes and learning the names of shapes in the process. There is no time pressure, it is just good, calm, crafty fun.

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