May 152015


Big Baby Shower – Day 15

Last week I showed you those stylish Jack & Evelyn wooden toy boxes for your baby’s nursery, today the spotlight is on a classic keepsake gift that would make the perfect first addition to that toy box.

Uncle Goose Lower Case

Check out these fabulous block sets sourced with love by Where Did You Get That?, aren’t they gorgeous?

Uncle Goose BoxThe sturdy Uncle Goose Wooden Blocks (RRP $69.95-$79.95) are made from sustainable Michigan basswood and decorated in vibrant bright colours that appeal to little eyes. They are easy to hold for small hands and can withstand the test of time. The sides of each block feature letters, numbers or pictures, so aside from the obvious building fun you can explore a whole new world of learning as you play.

UG DutchIf anyone is keen to treat our new bundle to some of these stunning wooden blocks I’d love to cast my vote for the Dutch ABC Blocks (no surprise there I am sure). Obviously in this case the letters of the alphabet are the same but the pictures are linked to Dutch words, just beautiful. The block sets are available in other languages too, how about Greek, Italian or Chinese? What a special way to celebrate a new baby’s heritage and a wonderful gift idea for grandparents and godparents.

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Nov 022011

As some of you may know I moved to Australia five years ago and although I am now very much used to speaking, writing and listening to English all day for me there is nothing more relaxing than watching some Dutch television or reading a Dutch book. Our children speak English at home but they are slowly picking up more and more Dutch words which I am very excited about. Teaching children another language can be tricky but also a lot of fun, kids just love learning so it is no wonder they really like Dora the Explorer who speaks English and teaches a bit of Spanish too. In fact, my kids watch the new Dora the Explorer DVD not only in English but also in Dutch, making it both relaxing and educational.

The latest release Dora’s Enchanted Forest Adventures consists of three separate tales featuring the very mysterious enchanted forest, elves, fairies and even a unicorn! As always Dora is on a mission and together with her friend Boots she goes on her way, using the map to reach her goal. She meets new friends along the way and sings a whole bunch of catchy songs that kids will love and are easy to sing along with.

Now you may not want to take my word for it when I say my twins really enjoyed the DVD, and that is okay, but surely you can’t argue with a whole bunch of excited kids who love it too? Listen to what these mini VIP guests had to say after they watched the new Dora the Explorer DVD in cinema (aren’t kids just incredibly funny?):

As well as the three Dora the Explorer parts (Tale of the Unicorn King, The Secret of Atlantis and Dora Saves King Unicornio) Dora’s Enchanted Forest Adventures also contains a bonus Go Diego Go episode. The total running time is 91 minutes but obviously this is very easy to break down in smaller segments to limit television time for children.

As of November 3 you can find Dora’s Enchanted Forest Adventures (RRP $19.95) at leading retailers across Australia.

For your chance to win a copy of Dora’s Enchanted Forest Adventures answer the following question: Do your children speak any languages other than English and if not, which language would you love them to learn?

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