Dec 102012
 

We all know that when buying Christmas presents it is easy to fall for popular items that kids are crazy about now but that end up at the bottom of the cupboard very quickly. One of my favourite gifts to buy for my kids and others is a good game, we already have a shelf full but I keep finding more awesome games to add to our collection. Games are a great way to get the family together so why not add a weekly ‘game night’ to your list of New Year resolutions?

Australian store Coccinella has recently welcomed some fabulous new games to the range and as always owner Renata has selected unique brands that you don’t find in most other stores. If you’ve already discovered Kalimba you know all about the original artwork this Polish brand is famous for. Aside from the quirky Kalimba soft toys there are now some fantastic Kalimba games to choose from too.

I think we all know the age old game of Domino, the rules are simple and it is a great game for little ones to start with. The rules of every Domino game are the same but it is the pictures that makes them all different. Kalimba’s Domino ($19.95) has an animal theme and features clear, easy to recognise images with bright colours that little people will enjoy. My kids can’t get enough of playing this Domino game and even miss 2 is already playing along.

For older chilren my top pick would be Plus Minus ($19.95), a fun educational game that teaches young children about adding and substracting (a very important skill!). Each addition or substraction is split into three cards so kids need to look at the numbers (and pictures) on the cards to put the three pieces in the right order. Like all Kalimba games this set comes in a sturdy little storage box so you don’t lose any cards.

If there is one popular game that is open to different variations and themes it has to be Snakes & Ladders, the options are endless. Oh These Cats ($29.95) is based on the Snakes & Ladders concept and tells the story of a bunch of little kittens on their way home. They find many adventures and obstacles along the way, from dangerous dogs and wild cats to bottles of milk, who will get to the warm bed first? Suitable for 2-4 players.

To find out more about Coccinella Eco, to check out the other Kalimba games and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.

For your chance to win a Kalimba Prize Pack containing Oh These Cats and Domino visit www.coccinella.com.au and answer the following question: Which Kalimba game do you like most and why?

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Mar 292012
 

As you know I am always full of praise for online store Coccinella, I just love Renata’s choice of eco friendly products from all around the world and think they are all winners. But don’t just take my word for it, Australian My Child magazine has discovered the great range too and has nominated two of Coccinella’s products in the My Child Excellence Awards 2012. Very exciting!

The Puppy and his Mum ($59.95) by Polish brand Kalimba is designed by artist and mum Natka. This colourful mummy dog hides a cute little puppy in her belly, an interesting concept for young children and my three can’t get enough of it! They love carrying her around by her floppy ears and legs and her big size makes her very real. The sweet design and super soft fabric make it a lovely baby gift so it is no surprise Puppy and his Mum is nominated for Best Baby Toy by My Child.

Coccinella also stocks the beautiful Flower Rainbow Push Along Toy ($49.95) by Bajo, nominated by My Child in the Best Eco Product category. If your baby is about to do his/her first wobbly steps this gorgeous flower is the perfect encouragement. As the high quality wooden toy is pushed along the colourful petals open and close which will make those little eyes light up and sparkle with delight.

If you think one (or both) of these toys deserve to win an award in the My Child Excellence Awards 2012 please consider casting your vote. There are many more categories to vote in and lots of great products to be discovered, voting ends April 18 2012. Plus you could be a winner too, just by voting you could win a fabulous family holiday on the sunny Gold Coast worth $1,669.50.

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

For your chance to win a $60 Coccinella gift voucher to spend on Bajo or Kalimba toys of your choice visit www.coccinella.com.au and answer the following question: Which Bajo or Kalimba toy(s) would you choose if you were our lucky winner?

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Competition ends April 29, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.