Jan 202019


And that’s a wrap, almost! Just one last week of school holidays to go until the kids return to the classroom for an exciting start to term 1. For most mums this final week is filled with school uniform fitting, ironing on labels, prepping the freezer with healthy school snacks and grabbing all the must-have stationery items from the shops.

Make sure to leave time for a visit to your local Smiggle store because that’s where you’re guaranteed to find the coolest ‘Back to School’ gear. Hip tip: There is no such thing as a ‘quick’ trip to Smiggle, believe me, I’ve tried! There is simply too much fabulous stuff to see, try, feel and smell and choosing favourites is no easy task.

This spacious Faves Hardtop Strap Lunchbox (RRP $32.95) is perfect for kindy, school, daycare or even just a day out. It has a handy (removable) shoulder strap and handle for easy carrying and two large zip compartments to hold lunch, snacks and fruit to last the day. The lunchbox lining is BPA free and food grade safe, so parents can rest assured that all meals are safe from nasty chemicals. Of course if you score an awesome lunchbag like this you’d hate to lose it, so don’t forget to fill out the name tag inside.

Whether you are creating a unique piece of art or just want to add a pop of colour to a boring homework assignment, these Smiggle Scented Bon Bon Highlighter Pens (RRP $9.95, 10-pack) are exactly what you need. Not only are they dual ended, giving you 20 different ways to brighten your day, they are also scented! I wonder if you’ll get extra points from your new teacher if he/she smells a yummy fragrance when doing the marking?

Mistakes happen to the best of us, and they’re certainly not something to get upset about with the Stax On Erasable Highlighters (RRP $5.95). This giant stack of highlighters measures almost a foot tall and features a range of bright fluro shades. If you’ve gone a little overboard on colour you can erase your work with the magic eraser tip, easy as pie. Alternatively it adds a unique touch to an art project too, using colours as the background and making your drawing stand out in white.

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 ‘Back to School’ pack (containing the Faves Hardtop Strap Lunchbox in black, Smiggle Scented Bon Bon Highlighter Pens and Stax On Erasable Highlighters) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Dec 102014

Whimsy Child

Christmas Countdown – Day 10

For as long as I can remember I have had a soft spot for pretty stationery. I really find it hard to resist a nice letter writing set, sweet notebook or delightful gift cards and our 6-year old daughter shares my obsession. She usually carries around a little notepad and a pen, a reporter in the making maybe? I know she would absolutely love today’s Christmas Countdown prize from Whimsy Child:

Ask Alice Tokyo Notebook SetThis funky Ask Alice Tokyo Boxed Notebook (RRP $20) is just waiting to be filled with lovely stories, dear memories, special secrets and awesome plans for 2015 and with a huge 192 pages there is plenty of writing room. It’s a stylish and well priced gift for girls of all ages and would make an excellent stocking filler or birthday present, just wrap it up with some trendy metallic pens and you’re good to go.

Ask Alice Stamping KitThis gorgeous Ask Alice Rubber Stamping Kit (RRP $40) is one of those great crafty gifts that kids will use over and over again. Not only are these cool stamps exactly what you need to make your own handmade Christmas cards, they will come in handy for birthday invitations, Thank You cards and party menus too. The set contains a green and navy ink pad and of course you can use other colours too to create a different look every time.

To find out more about Whimsy Child, to browse the range and to order online visit www.whimsychild.com.au.

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Back to School with LeapFrog

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Jan 172014

For a while it looked like we would miss out on a decent summer this year, until this week that is. Here in Adelaide it has been sizzling hot all week and there is no relief in sight. We’re trying to keep cool indoors with craft, cooking, games and of course some LeapFrog learning fun in the lead up to the start of school:

LeapReaderYou may remember that I told you all about the LeapFrog LeapReader last year and while I may not have mentioned it often (We were a little distracted by the LeapPad Ultra and all the new games we discovered for it) we do use it a lot. When the kids want something quiet and relaxing to do they’ll often go grab the LeapReader, get comfy on the couch and I won’t hear them for an hour or so as they read books from their LeapReader and LeapFrog Tag library.

Although the twins do know their alphabet and can write all the letters a little bit of extra handwriting practice is always welcome. Copying mummy’s handwriting is only fun for a little while so we’ve been mixing things up with the LeapReader book Learn to Write Letters with Mr. Pencil.

Tommie takes his reading very seriously

Tommie takes his reading very seriously

The exciting thing about the LeapReader system is that it combines reading, writing and listening, they’re all important skills and connecting them from early on will benefit your children in the long run. This book covers all three learning areas: Your child can READ the 42-page story about the Doodleburg Fun Fair, they can LISTEN to the story, words and letters being read out loud and they can trace and then WRITE the letters themselves on the special LeapFrog writing sheets.

Tracing the letters in the book

Tracing the letters in the book

The book tells the story of characters Dot and Dash who are putting together a band for the Doodleburg Fun Fair. On each page there are new people to meet, different letters to trace, funny pictures to look at and interesting words to discover. By touching the pages with the LeapReader kids can bring the words, letters and pictures to life. The LeapReader will tell them what to do, so it also teaches children to listen and follow instructions. At the end of the book they will have ‘written’ every letter of the alphabet, what a cool way to practise the ABC!

And trying your own hand at writing them

And trying your own hand at writing them

Because it is a spiral bound book you can simply remove the writing sheets once they have been used, leaving you with a fun reading and activity book to be enjoyed again and again (you can still trace the letters on the normal pages). The Learn to Write Letter with Mr. Pencil Deluxe Set includes a spare writing pad with 26 sheets of LeapFrog Learning Paper. With one letter per sheet featuring both upper and lower case letters there is plenty more writing fun to be had.

Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. PencilWithin the same range you can also practise your numbers with Learn to Write Numbers with Mr. Pencil. Join in the Doodleburg Games and learn how to count to 20, do simple maths and play join the dots, draw shapes, discover how to measure things and of course train your hand at writing the numbers yourself. This is a super versatile activity book, it is like a book full of games and the kids won’t even realise they are actually learning something too, it was a big hit during our little trip away.

Just like with the letter set an extra pad (25 sheets) of LeapFrog Learning Paper is included.

If you want to stay up-to-date with all the latest LeapFrog news and specials make sure you keep an eye on the LeapFrog Australia Facebook page, that way you’re always the first to know.

To find out more about LeapFrog, to take a closer look at the range and to locate stockist near you visit www.leapfrog.com.au.

Oct 082012

This week is a very exciting (and also a little scary) week as the twins are due to start full time kindy tomorrow. It always seemed like such a long time away, I can hardly believe that day has now come. They have had a few trial 3-hour trial runs and loved it, so really I shouldn’t be worried. Maybe I am more worried about myself missing them too much? It will be interesting to see how they (and I) will go, being away from home for 2,5 days a week.

Most kids love school holidays but for the twins they couldn’t end soon enough, they are just so excited about finally going to ‘school’. They talk endlessly about the kindy rules as explained by the teacher, one of them is to write your own name on the attendee list upon arrival. So the twins have been busy practicing their writing skills, in their mind even perfect is not good enough. Crayons and pencils are for babies, pens are for ‘big kids’ and holding them correctly is the key. Yes, I have heard it all this week!

Our Paper Mate InkJoy pens have had a great workout this week, pink for miss 4 and bright blue for master 4. Unlike with other pens there was not much scratching as the ink comes out easily and they write smoothly, the kids thought they were awesome. So awesome that they have already packed their pens in their backpacks for tomorrow.

Tommie’s first letter to Opa (Grandad)

No writing today, we are just enjoying their last day at home with games, yummy snacks and lots of laughter. I am signing off for today! (If your kids would like some InkJoy pens in their backpack too make sure you enter our little Paper Mate giveaway below).

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