‘Giggle All The Way’ This Christmas

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Dec 162017

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Now that the school holidays have begun I know there will be some moments where a charged iPad is just the sanity saver I need. The big kids are great at keeping themselves busy with craft and construction while a quick online catch-up with Hattie’s most loved ABCKids characters allows me to feed little Ted in peace and quiet.

Cheeky duo Giggle and Hoot are on call 24/7 with a brand new Giggle & Hoot YouTube Channel with currently 30 Gigglicious videos lined up. And the fun doesn’t stop there, more content is added every Monday and Friday! Make sure you add the new channel to your YouTube favourites and you’ll always have a kid-friendly boredom buster on hand.

Especially for Christmas Jimmy Giggle and his buddy Hoot have put together a festive Giggle and Hoot Christmas Special, come sing and laugh along to 7 fun movies and get into the Christmas spirit the Giggle and Hoot way.

To find out more about ABC4Kids, to read all about Giggle and Hoot and to order all your favourite Giggle and Hoot gear online visit www.abc.net.au/abcforkids.

Floor Fun with VTech

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Nov 242017


Can you believe that little Ted is two months old already? On the one hand it feels like those two months have flown by, on the other hand I have felt every exhausting minute of it with our sad little boy crying for hours on end. He spends the majority of the day in the baby carrier because keeping him upright and close to mummy seems to bring some relief, but every now and then my back gets a few minutes rest when he is happy to kick away on the floor with VTech:

Make floor time fun with the Little Friendlies Glow & Giggle Playmat (RRP $89.95, ages Birth+), a gorgeous, brightly coloured play mat designed to grow with your baby, offering different ways to play as your little one develops new skills and reaches new milestones.

Right now Ted prefers to be on his back, while kicking his legs and watching the dangling toys. He is yet to reach for them but I don’t think it will be much longer! His little feet however are already super strong so when he kicks up a storm they hit the colourful ‘piano keys’ which magically turns on flashing lights and music. Depending on which of three modes you select it plays a range of tunes, animal sounds and sing-along songs and even teaches colours and shapes. It shows that you’re never too young to learn about cause and effect!

Unfortunately tummy time is not Ted’s favourite pastime so we’re keeping it short for now, but at least the padded Glow & Giggle Playmat is easy to wipe clean from all the sticky baby drool. Once he gets older and learns to sit up the mini piano can be turned and locked horizontally, that way he can sit and play the keyboard like a proper little musician. Miss 2 has been busy practising her musical skills so that she can teach her baby brother when he’s ready.

The Little Friendlies play mat may be a bit too big to take along (it doesn’t fold up, my only negative about the design), however you can easily unhook the four toys for some quick entertainment on-the-go. Using the connector rings you can attach the brightly coloured rattle, mirror, teether and crinkly toy to your pram or baby carrier to keep your baby happy and distracted when you’re away from home. With so many different ways to play and enjoy, this play mat is a fantastic investment (and great first Christmas gift idea) for young families.

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

The Wiggles giveaway

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Oct 112016


After returning from our wonderful holiday all of us are feeling a bit homesick, but miss 6 is definitely suffering the most. I am trying my best to cheer her up by making her favourite foods and spoiling her a little extra and thankfully we can always count on her favourite Wiggle to turn that sad frown upside down:


It has been a big week for bowtiful Emma and her loveable husband and Wiggles partner Lachy who just went on record as the very first Australian married couple to release an individual album on the very same day. Both Dial E for Emma and Lachy! arrived in store last Friday, to the great excitement of young Wiggles fans all across the country.

dial-e-for-emma-cdFrom dancing to dress-ups, from singing to sign language and from goats to glasses, with a huge 39 tracks to choose from Dial E for Emma (RRP $12.99) will have all those mini-Emmas singing and dancing along in no time. Using her Book of Dancing Emma introduces little ballerinas to a range of different dancing styles: swing your hips to a Jazz tune or tap to the beat of a Country track, you may discover a special talent! Pigtail Polka instantly had our three dancers hopping around the living room.

lachy-cdPurple Wiggle has handpicked nearly 50 of his favourite wiggly songs for his debut album Lachy! (RRP $12.99). From famous Wiggles nursery rhymes and ballads like Michael Finnegan and Down by the Station and even old classics like the Bricklayers Song to catchy new creations like Wonder of Wiggle Town, Lachy! has something for everyone. It’s a perfect sing-a-long CD for in the family car and so well priced too.

‘Dial E for Emma’ and ‘Lachy!’ are now available for digital download, at ABC stores across Australia and online in the ABC Shop.

To find out more about ABCKids, to locate an ABC store near you or to order your favourite ABC Kids products online visit www.abc.net.au.

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Sing along with SelfieMic

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Oct 092016


After five fabulous weeks of holidays I didn’t think the kids would be keen to return to school, but they were actually quite happy to go back. While they didn’t miss the math exercises and science class they couldn’t wait to join their favourite lunchtime activity called ‘Glee Club’, where they sing and dance until the bell puts a stop to it. Knowing how much they love singing and performing I had no doubt the kids would love the chance to record their efforts with SelfieMic:

selfiemicFrom the toy experts at Worlds Apart comes SelfieMic (RRP $39.95, ages 8+), a fun and fabulous craze that allows young talent to star in their own music videos. Based on the popular selfie stick concept this clever set combines an ear piece, microphone and extendable selfie stick to create an instant recording studio using the StarMaker mobile phone app, how cool is that?

selfiemic-packThe extensive StarMaker song library contains a selection of free tracks from popular artists as well as thousands of other hits and famous sing-along songs that can be downloaded using so-called ‘tokens’ or by becoming a StarMaker VIP member. When you purchase the SelfieMic kit you receive 1000 free in-app tokens and each time your record a track you earn even more, so you can keep growing your repertoire one song at a time.

Once you have perfected your performance you can share your talent with family, friends or even the world on the StarMaker website. You may just win a prize in the SelfieMic contest! Even though our children are a bit too young to know much about current music hits, that most certainly doesn’t stop them from having fun with SelfieMic: Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’, Little Mermaid’s ‘Under the Sea’ and of course ‘Happy’, you’re never too young to become a superstar!


What are you waiting for? Download the free StarMaker App from the iTunes Store or Google Play and start your recording career today.

To find out more about SelfieMic, to locate a stockist near you and to join the SelfieMic squad visit www.selfiemic.com.au.

Mar 062016

Roadshow Entertainment

A few weeks ago iTunes celebrated The Wiggles’ 25th Anniversary with a free The Wiggles download, perfect for the little fans in our house. We were particularly excited to get a sneak peek of the brand new song Wiggle Town and it has been on repeat ever since. Even I catch myself humming this catchy tune throughout the day, we love it!

Wiggle Town DVD

Like most children our kids think opposite day is hilarious (starting the day with dessert is the best part!) so I wasn’t surprised they thought Wiggle Town, the back to front song, was very funny. They particularly love seeing a very tall Emma and a really short Simon.

‘The Wiggles: Wiggle Town’ offers 53 minutes of wiggly entertainment in the form of 21 songs of which many new titles. Sing to the tune of Lavenders Blue, clap along to D-I-N-G-O, dance with the Dancing Police Force and practise your foreign language skills with Taba Naba, this DVD is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Come join the fun and visit the must-see musical destination: Wiggle Town.

‘The Wiggles: Wiggle Town’ is available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Jan 102016

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While I absolutely love having all five kids home during the school holidays I have to admit it comes with some challenges too. Trying to find activities they all enjoy, working around Harriets’s feeds and sleeps, keeping the tribe fed and solve little (and big) arguments… come bedtime I am very much ready to put my feet up. One thing that never fails to keep the peace for all is The Wiggles so this new DVD is a great addition to our wiggly collection:

Simon Says DVD

With 12 fun episodes and a 140-minute runtime ‘The Wiggles: Simon Says’ is sure to put a smile on the faces of little Wiggles fans. The loveable red Wiggle has handpicked his favourite ‘Ready, Steady, Wiggle’ episodes and bundled them on one DVD.

Get ready for lots of catchy tunes and funny jokes in ‘Simon’s Brush with Fame’, ‘Simon can’t stop Yodelling’, ‘Wags has lost his Wiggle’, ‘Simon’s Sad Fruit Salad’ and 8 other episodes. Of course this special Simon Wiggle DVD wouldn’t be complete without an appearance of the very smart Professor Simon too. Warm up your singing voice, tap your toes, stretch your arms and legs and get your wiggle on!

‘The Wiggles: Simon Says’ is available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Nov 192015

Roadshow Entertainment

Do the Propeller, Hot Potato, Fruit Salad, Rock-a-Bye Your Bear… get ready to discover all your favourite The Wiggles songs all over again. Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony have teamed up with the famous Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and put 23 wiggly tunes in a refreshing new jacket (and no, it’s not a ‘leather jacket’):

The Wiggles DVD

Normally we only get to see the drums, guitar and keyboard, but in ‘The Wiggles: Meet The Orchestra’ the team goes all out with an entire orchestra! For many children this will be a wonderful first introduction to an orchestra and proof that an orchestra can play much more than just classical music. It’s a great way to teach young music fans about different instruments and the role they play in making music (it’s all about teamwork!). Add in some ballet dancers and a dancing conductor and you’re in for 70 minutes of musical fun that will delight Wiggles fans of all ages.

‘The Wiggles: Meet The Orchestra’ is available on DVD ($19.95) at major retailers across Australia.

The Wiggles CDIf your kids love The Wiggles as much as our children do they will enjoy listening to the musical quartet anytime and anywhere. You may not be able to play the DVD in the car but you can always sing along to the ‘The Wiggles: Meet The Orchestra’ CD (RRP $14.99), don’t forget to warm up your singing voice and press the repeat button! Getting from A to B is much more fun when The Wiggles come along.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse all The Wiggles DVDs and to order your favourite titles visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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