Aug 152018
 

EK Books

Learning how to write and spell is tricky, and sometimes no matter how hard you try the words just don’t make it to the paper the right way! If your young author is struggling with spelling or battling with dyslexia this gorgeous book by EK Books is a fantastic motivating read:

Come along on an exciting adventure in My Storee and discover that awesome stories are not about perfect spelling but all about having a big imagination!

Your child may recognise him/herself in the main character, a young boy who loves writing stories about the most amazing things. Sadly his creative skills are dimmed by the teacher’s red pen, and he loses interest in writing because of all the angry red lines marking his spelling mistakes. Until a new teacher comes along who looks beyond spelling and puts the spotlight on creativity, imagining skills and the magic of story telling.

My Storee is an excellent way to empower young children to express themselves through story writing, without focusing on performance and getting things ‘right’. It is also a great tool to talk to children about dyslexia and about the impact a good teacher can have on a child’s confidence. Here’s to fantastic teachers who bring out the best in all children!

You can find My Storee (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Jan 222016
 

Crayola

Backpack, uniform, lunchbox, drink bottle, pencil case… we’re slowly getting back-to-school ready here at Hip Little One HQ. This year we’ll have three little students at primary school, a big change for all!

Crayola Back to School

Of course our stationery cupboard needed a bit of a restock too in preparation for all the homework, craft and special projects the kids will be making this year. Check out Crayola‘s biggest Back to School must haves:

Crayola Twistables CrayonsIf you thought crayons are just for toddlers think again. Crayola Twistables Crayons (RRP $8.99, 12-pack) are making crayons cool again with a funky twistable design: they draw like crayons in thick, warm colours, they feel slim and solid like a pen and can be twisted up instead of sharpened, how easy is that and completely mess-free! The twins have been using Twistables in class and think they are awesome.

Crayola Colored PencilsA good pack of pencils in the most popular colours is a must for little students. Crayola Colored Pencils (RRP $5.99, 12-pack) are high-quality, durable and come pre-sharpened so they are colour-ready straight away. There is enough variety in colours to create a beautiful piece of art and at the same time they easily fit in a standard pencil case with room to spare for a few pens and an eraser.

Crayola SuperTipsIf you do want to go all out colour wise you’ll be spoilt for choice with this huge pack of Crayola Washable SuperTips Markers (RRP $10.99, 20-pack). This is such a great value pack and being both washable and non-toxic they are perfect for young artists too. The start of the school year is a perfect time to finally throw out all the old, dried out textas and replace them with these bright, vibrant markers, without breaking the bank.

Crayola Blunt Tip ScissorsWhile I prefer plastic scissors for miss almost-3 (the idea of damaged fingers and DIY haircuts doesn’t appeal to me) the older kids are very comfortable and capable of cutting with these Crayola Blunt Tip Scissors (RRP $5.49). They are that little bit sharper for thick paper and cardboard and easy to hold with room for multiple fingers for more precise cutting of homework. They are also suitable for left and right handed people making them ideal for class rooms.

Crayola School GlueI absolutely love a good multi-purpose product, especially if it is as well-priced as the Crayola Washable School Glue (RRP $2.75, 118ml). Paper, cardboard, fabric and even wood, we’ve used an entire bottle of school glue over the school holidays and it works a treat. Initially the glue is white so kids can see where they have applied glue and which spots they have missed, but it dries clear for a neat end result. Bonus: The bottle lid clicks onto the bottle so you won’t lose it, how clever!

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

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Dec 102014
 

Sweet Creations

Christmas Countdown – Day 10

You may not be able to visit Santa’s workshop but you can have a browse at Sweet Creations which, in my opinion, is a very close second. I am forever clicking through this amazing online boutique filled with beautiful delights from all over the globe, new products are arriving week in week out so unlike Santa’s workshop you can shop there all year around. Especially for our Christmas Countdown Sweet Creations has put together a fantastic Dear Little Designs Prize Pack for one lucky reader:

Dear Little Designs

The gorgeous Dear Little Designs range is designed right here in Australia by lovely mum-of-two Holly. Holly knows how important pretend play is for the development of young children which is why she has created a collection of fabulous wooden products that inspire imagination and learning through creative play. Her designs have been nominated for several awards and are rapidly winning hearts across the country.

Dear Little MailboxIn a world of emails, iPads and SMS Dear Little Mailbox (RRP $39.95, ages 3+) brings the old-school charm of handwritten messages into your child’s bedroom. Using the included notepad, pencils, sharpener, envelopes, stickers and sticker stamps kids can write their own sweet notes to their siblings, friends, the tooth fairy or Santa, there are no limits to their imagination. I know my kids would love to have a mailbox in each bedroom so they can hand deliver their letters!

Dear Little Diary DeerLittle girls can share all about their day in their very own Dear Little Diary (RRP $48, ages 5+). This sweet set contains a diary/notebook, pen, sticker set, heart lock, 2 heart keys and a stirling silver chain so you can wear your key around your neck, all neatly packed together in a special wooden storage box. What a lovely keepsake that would make for later! Dear Little Diary is currently available in Deer or Unicorn theme.

Dear Little Treasure BoxDon’t worry, Dear Little Designs has got the boys covered too. The awesome Dear Little Treasure Box (RRP $48, ages 5+) is the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for cool boys who want to keep track of their adventures and store their cheeky secrets somewhere safe. Includes a notebook, pen, sticker set, square lock, 2 keys and a real leather string so you can protect your secrets in style.

To find out more about Sweet Creations, to browse the range and to order online visit www.sweetcreations.com.au.

For your chance to win a Dear Little Designs Prize Pack (RRP 87.95) containing a Dear Little Mailbox and Dear Little Diary OR My Little Treasure Box enter our giveaway below (winner can indicate gender):

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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.

For your chance to win a $60 Ask Alice Prize Pack from Whimsy Child enter our giveaway below:

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Katy Jane Designs – 50% off storewide

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May 012014
 

Katy Jane Designs

It’s a quick one today and my apologies if you already spotted this little gem on the Hip little one Facebook page yesterday but this is one sale not to be missed. Katy Jane Designs is closing down which is is obviously sad news but sneakily it is also a little bit exciting as everything in store has to go so they’re giving you 50% off storewide:

Children's Letter Writing Pad

Children’s Letter Writing Pad

I have a few of these gorgeous Children’s Letter Writing Pads already and they are honestly one of the sweetest gifts in my gift cupboard. They look amazing, colourful, inviting, charming and they’re a great way to get children excited about writing a letter to a dear friend or family member. There are four different styles to choose from and each writing pad contains 20 letter sheets, when folded each sheet makes up its own envelope. A sheet with 20 matching stickers is included to close the envelope, the end result is nothing less than adorable.

Writing Pads

The 50% closing down discount will be applied at checkout and at just $5 per set you may want to grab a stack, I ordered a few more myself too.

To find out more about Katy Jane Designs, to browse the range and to order online visit www.katyjane.com.au.

Feb 032014
 

Books 4 Schools

Last week I introduced you to the fantastic Books 4 Schools initiative from Australian Office and I am glad to see so many of you discovering this super helpful website. We also launched an awesome giveaway where you can win 1 of 2 $100 Books 4 Schools Scrapbook Packs to give your craft cupboard a boost for the school year ahead. But there is more…

Olympic Exercise Book Pack

Big or small, ruled, graph, grid or blank, thin or thick, project, exercise, science or notebook; there are so many different school books to choose from! Because shopping for school stationery supplies can be quite a time consuming task the helpful team at Books 4 Schools is saving Australian families time and stress with the practical Scholatic Ruling Guide.

Reflex Binder BookYou can download the free Scholatic Ruling Guide online and use it to create a complete school book shopping list from Australia’s favourite school stationery brands Olympic, Tudor, Reflex and Tudor Eco. All different book styles, sizes and details are clearly listed so it saves you lots of puzzling.  Using the unique reference code that is printed on the front of all the school books finding the correct school book is a piece of cake.

Olympic PP rangeThis school year iconic Australian brand Olympic is shaking things up a little in the school books department with the exciting new Olympic PP range. Featuring tough plastic covers in a selection of bright colours the new PP exercise books do not only look super stylish but they are also extremely durable and sure to last the year. Students can be pretty rough when packing their school bags so these strong covers will prevent torn or bent covers and you can even wipe off sticky messes with ease.

To celebrate the start of the new school year we are giving away two Books 4 Schools Stationery Packs filled with $100 worth of exercise books in all kinds of styles, sizes and colours. If you have little or big students in school this is the perfect giveaway for you!

To find out more about Books 4 Schools, to discover valuable tools for parents, students and teachers or to download the handy Scholatic Ruling Guide visit www.books4schools.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.