Built for street smart kids: Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2

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Jun 302020
 

Now that the older kids have settled back into school, I am realising more and more how much of a challenge our home isolation has been for miss Hattie. She was really enjoying her daily adventures with just mummy and Ted, then suddenly we were stuck at home spending our days madly trying to complete a gazillion homeschool duties for the big four. She handled all these changes like a champ and absolutely adores unicorns, so she totally deserves this amazing Kidizoom reward:

Like a good watch should the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 (RRP $89.95, ages 4+) helps busy kids keep track of the clock, never before was being organised and on time this cool! With more than 55 different 3D digital and analogue displays to choose from children are able to customise their clock face to suit their taste, mood and personal preferences. Other handy time elements include an alarm, timer, stopwatch and even a calendar.

So it tells the time, but what makes it smart? Think games and photos, videos and voice recordings, sound effects and selfies, a pedometer, a bunch of motion-controlled activities that will get kids up and moving and much, much more. As expected the front camera (for selfies) and side camera (to record exciting things kids spot when out and about) are getting a thorough workout in our house, and with 256MB internal memory there is plenty of room to store all the snaps.

As a mum I love that the Kidizoom Smartwatch encourages different ways of play, both on and off screen. When you’re on a long road trip, waiting at the doctor or have to sit quietly at grandma’s you can enjoy a fun on-the-spot game or brain buster. When you’ve got space to move and energy to burn you can challenge yourself in Funky Jump, Crazy Dance or Racing Run. Parents can also set a time limit to keep game time in check.

One of many educational functions of the Smartwatch DX2 is Time Master, a handy tool that teaches children to read the time using verbal cues (yay, for learning through play). Simply change the hours and minutes on the clock and then tap the owl teacher to hear your set time read out loud.

The Smartwatch DX2 features a super clear, full-colour touch screen that looks incredible and is very easy to use, so that even our young adventurer can easily control her very own smart watch. The strong, kid-tough design is durable and has been developed with active kids in mind, it is also splash proof for those little unexpected drops. Last but not least the gorgeous unicorn print watch brand is soft, flexible and adjustable in size to ensure a nice, secure fit on your child’s wrist. It’s definitely a perfect fit for our cheeky 4-year old!

Just like your kids the Smartwatch DX2 does run out of energy sometimes, but there is no need to worry about fiddly little button batteries. Simply recharge your watch with the included micro USB cable and within no time it’s good to go for more smartwatch adventures. You can use the same cable to upload your child’s photos and videos to your computer and save all the special memories for later.

The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 is start-ready with multiple built-in apps for play-on-the-go and you can get even more out of your watch by downloading additional content through the VTech Learning Lodge. Add some dazzling new clock faces, extra games, a real calculator or timer or maybe an awesome photo effect to spunk up your snaps, completely free of charge!

The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 is currently available in 6 trendy colours at select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Ready, Set, Go with Turbo Force Racers

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Oct 112019
 

And that’s a wrap, two weeks of school holidays gone in a flash! Aside from a week with sick kids we had a lovely time soaking up the sunshine and enjoyed lots of playdates, the fuller the house the better. Thanks to a long overdue playroom-makeover the kids had plenty of room and new (or rediscovered) toys to keep them busy. The extra floor space has come in real handy for Tommie’s newest set of wheels:

Turbo Force Racers (RRP $29.95, ages 4-10) are the ultimate combination of portable power, cool cars and R/C rides. Simply use the adjustable strap to secure your Turbo Force Racer around your wrist and you’ll always have your dream ride within hand’s reach!

The Turbo Force Racer vehicles may be compact in size, but they are big in performance and super portable. The key to this motor magic is in the special wristband: Not only does it provide safe car storage/transport AND charges the vehicle, it is also the remote control that will make your car perform the coolest tricks and cross the finish line. We love that you can take your car everywhere and charge it ‘on the go’ too, it’s perfect for holiday trips!

On the wristband you’ll find your six direction arrows as well as three other buttons: Talk, Sound and Turbo. The music and sound buttons will play controller-car chats and background music to which the vehicle will respond. Before you can activate the Turbo button you will need to shake your wrist band repeatedly to build up your boost, the controller will tell you when your Turbo Boost is ready to use.

To recharge your Turbo Force Racer for the next speed session simply pop the car back on the Turbo Station wristband, as soon as the lights stop flashing you’re fully charged and good to go. Did you know you can even race two Turbo Force Racers against each other? Just make sure each of the vehicles is tuned to its own channel using the channel switch to avoid channel confusion. May the fastest sibling driver/friend driver win!

Hip Tip: If you think you’ve got what it takes, put your racing skills to the test on the loops, ramps and jumps of the Turbo Force Racers Race Track (RRP $89.95, sold separately).

Turbo Force Racers are available in blue, red, green and yellow and you can find them at Big W, select online stores and good independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Pawesome PAW Patrol picks

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Jun 242019
 

paw-patrol

I regularly receive emails from both new and longtime readers asking me for advice on hip finds I shared in the past and one of the most popular questions is always: Does your family still love LeapFrog and which LeapPad should we get? I am working on a longer post about this (stay tuned) but our short and adamant answer is YES! Even after many years we still adore our LeapPads and I highly recommend them to everyone. We recently purchased a new LeapPad game for our littlest PAW Patrol fan and it is so much fun, I just had to give it a quick shout-out:

The LeapFrog PAW Patrol Collection learning game (RRP $34.99, ages 4-7) contains both a learning game and an eBook featuring your favourite PAW Patrol pups, offering kids two different ways to play and learn in one game cartridge. Although Miss Hattie is not four just yet and therefore a bit on the young side, she is very keen and the PAW Patrol: Ready for Action! learning game is definitely getting the wheels turning inside her little head.

The aim of the game is to solve practical problems, PAW Patrol style. On their way to find a bunch of missing kittens the brave rescue pups encounter a range of obstacles, time to put those brains to work and find the right pup and the right tool for each ‘problem’. From helicopters to fire trucks, from ladders to nets, from diggers to submarines, from hooks to hoses, this fun puzzle game helps develop reasoning skills, teaches cause and effect, practises problem solving and more and you even earn cool badges along the way.

Young readers can work on their literacy skills too with the PAW Patrol: The Great Robot Rescue eBook. Ryder has created a super clever Robo Dog, but when his antenna gets damaged by a fall Robo Dog is uncontrollable and turns the whole town upside down. Ryder and the pups work together to catch Robo Dog and put everything back in order. Kids can listen to the story while flicking the pages and reading along. This is an excellent way to help kids practise common sight words, they can point at individual words to hear them and trigger cool sounds/reactions by touching the pictures on each page.

Hip Tip: If you like quick and easy you can also download these cool apps directly from the LeapFrog App Centre, meaning you don’t even have to leave the house. As with all LeapFrog apps when you purchase the PAW Patrol: Ready for Action! learning game and/or the PAW Patrol: The Great Robot Rescue eBook online you can install them on multiple LeapPad devices yet you only pay once, perfect for large families like ours.

Another pawesome find is this flip-lid PAW Patrol Learning Watch (RRP $24.95, ages 3-6) which you can strap to your wrist and is filled with loads of interactive PAW Patrol fun. It is no surprise that Hattie had her heart set on Skye and proudly shows off her pink gadget to everyone she meets. I admit it is quite large in size so it can be a little tricky to combine with bulky winter coats but nothing will stop her wearing it anywhere and anytime.

Just like any good watch it tells the time, it has a timer/stopwatch and a working alarm. A little advice: Make sure you know how to turn the settings off or you’ll be woken by the cuckoo clock every hour, it took us a while to determine the source of the hourly cluck cluck and locate the noisy chicken! You can customise the look of your watch with 12 interchangeable digital clock faces and it even has a glowing light for midnight time checks.

Designed by the toy specialists at VTech the PAW Patrol Learning Watch is made with real children in mind so the design is not just practical but playful too. The watch plays sounds and phrases from the show and comes with four built-in PAW Patrol mini games that focus on different learning skills like making matches, basic addition and subtraction and problem solving. With only four different buttons the watch is surprisingly easy to master, which gives kids a great feeling of independence.

The PAW Patrol Learning Watch is available in Skye pink, Chase blue and Marshall red from your local Big W store and other good toy stores across Australia.

Sale Alert: A little birdie told me that the watch is currently on sale at BIG W for just $19, go and snap up a bargain!

No job is too big, no pup is too small. Whether you love Marshall, Chase or Skye, or adore Zuma, Rocky, Rubble or Everest, there is a perfect PAW Patrol pal for everyone.

Hip, handy, eco friendly: Springbreak Wood Watches

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Jul 122013
 

Springbreak Wood Watches

Just in case you haven’t noticed, I’m on a bit of an eco roll lately. More and more people understand the importance of living more sustainably, whether it’s just in the small things or a complete life change every little bit helps. The exciting is that when there is more demand there will be more supply so every day it becomes easier (and more affordable) to make eco friendly choices. Here’s another way to be gentle on the environment, one minute at a time:

White Party Wood Watch ($90)

White Party Wood Watch ($90)

Springbreak Wood WatchThe White Party Wood Watch ($90) by SpringBreak Wood Watches is made using 100% maple wood, an eco-friendly and very stylish material choice. The watch is hypo-allergenic and is fitted with an adjustable band to ensure the perfect fit. I love the look of this unisex watch: the details are beautiful and the white dial is classy, neutral and timeless so it goes with all your outfits and suits any occasion.

White Party Wood WatchNice bonus: When you buy one of these hip SpringBreak Wood Watches you are also doing your bit to help childhood hunger in the U.S., every watch sold will provide up to 10 meals to a child in need which I think is pretty cool! In Australia you can find the White Party Wood Watch at Tree Hugga, a fabulous online store selling a wonderful range of eco goods for the whole family.

To find out more about SpringBreak Wood Watches, to take a closer look at the White Party Wood Watch and to order online visit www.treehugga.com.au.

Jul 052013
 

Ice-Watch

I want long hair like you mama. I want to play the drums just like dad. I want to wear a beautiful dress just like mummy. If your kids always want to be like mum and dad they will no doubt love the latest addition to the popular Ice-Watch range: Ice-Mini.

Ice-Mini PinkFor quite some time Ice-Watch has been the brand many hip grownups want to be seen with. Not just Australians like to wear Ice on their wrists, people all over the world have fallen in love with these funky timepieces and with so many styles and colours to choose from there is an Ice-Watch to suit everyone. It was about time little minifashionistas could add a touch of cool to their wardrobe too and now they can look just like mum and dad with the Ice-Mini.

Ice-Mini Watch

For little hipsters: Ice-Mini ($79)

Featuring the same signature look as the rest of the Ice-Watch family the new Ice-Mini is sure to appeal to children. The clear, easy-to-read dial is ideal for kids who are just learning to read the time, there are no pictures or patterns to confuse them so they will have no trouble recognising the large colourful numbers. Measuring 30mm wide this style is the perfect size for small wrists and absolutely not bulky or heavy. Very handy: Ice-Mini timepieces have a 10 ATM water resistance rating.

Ice-Mini BlueWhiteThe brightly coloured silicone strap is soft and flexible to suit active kids that are always on the move and of course the strap is adjustable (8 holes) so it will grow with your child. You can count on excellent quality and durability, backed up by a generous 2-year warranty. Ice-Mini ($79) is currently available in four stylish colours for both boys and girls: candy pink and bright green (for those who don’t mind standing out from the crowd) and timeless white and blue.

To find out more about Ice-Watch, to browse the range and to order online visit www.ice-watchstore.com.au.

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