As a family with four young children our days are filled with books, long stories, short stories, board books, rhyming books, fairy tales and many more. They are all different but like most children’s books most of them have one thing in common: they have pictures for young readers to look at and keep them entertained. You’d think pictures are a must for a children’s book, but then there was this…
Much talked about children’s book The Book With No Pictures (RRP $19.99) by B.J. Novak is an eyeopener for readers of all ages. It teaches us the power of words, the magic of voices and the unbelievable joy of imagination, it’s fantastic to see what a few words on blank pages can do. Admittedly as the person reading the book out loud you do have to set aside your pride and reservations, you have to give yourself over to the words and make them your own. At first this may feel a little odd but when you see your little spectators respond, giggle, roar and impatiently wait to see what the next page will bring it is all very much worth it.
Watch The Book With No Pictures in action:
After seeing those smiles and hearing the laughter you can’t help but get excited about reading this book to some special little people in your life. The Book With No Pictures is now available at retailers across Australia and online.
To find out more about The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.
After the busy Christmas period with late nights, noisy toys and too much food I love relaxing with my family, just calmly reading a book and playing a quiet game. If you are looking for a fabulous game that is fun, educational, unique and very stylish you are sure to love today’s hip find from Kiko+:
This super cool Tanabata Star Dominos Set ($65) by Japanse designer label Kiko+ consists of 100 smooth wooden stars: 70 coloured stars in 7 different colours and 30 natural beech stars marked with the number 0-9, packed together in a lovely golden bag. Stack them, sort them or count them, line them up and watch them fall or play a game of dominos by matching up the numbers, the options are endless!
It’s a great educational game too as you can use the stars to create your own simple maths exercises for young children. You can stack a pile of stars with the same colour, count them and find the natural beech star with the same number. You can also practise addition and subtraction in a creative and playful way, after all kids learn best when they are having fun!
You can find this pretty Tanabata Star Dominos Set in store at Fabrik, Australia wide shipping is $7.95 and orders over $100 ship free.
To find out more about Fabrik, to take a closer look at Kiko+ Tanabata Star Dominos and to order online visit www.fabrikstore.com.
Our beautiful Sybbie is a very enthusiastic animal friend, but unfortunately not every pet is able to appreciate the tight hugs of a 1-year old. Luckily this adorable puppy loves her generous cuddles and the two of them make a very cute couple, meet Sybil’s new pal Violet:
Soft and cuddly My Pal Violet (RRP $39.99, ages 6-36 months) is without the doubt the smartest puppy on the block. Not only can she be personalised to know your child’s name and favourite things, she also talks, sings, counts, knows her colours and much more.
In a matter of minutes parents can teach this loveable pet all the must-know details about their child by simply connecting it to a computer or smart device, you don’t even have to take her out of the box which is particularly handy if you want to give My Pal Violet as a gift to a special little person. Depending on your child’s name Violet can say the name out loud or spell it, sadly our little Sybil did not make it to the list of prerecorded names but Violet is very good at spelling so it’s still lovely.
Our fussy eater only has two favourite foods (apples and cucumber) so judging by her happy clapping I think she is very pleased that Violet loves apples too. This customised experience is very sweet and it really grabs a child’s attention when they recognise their name or when they are asked a question.
With only 4 chunky buttons/paws (songs, lullabies, play and on/off) to choose from My Pal Violet is easy to manage for young children and small hands. My Pal Violet comes preloaded with five catchy songs and to keep things fresh and interesting there are an additional 30 downloadable songs available. Sybil’s favourites are Incy Wincy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, she looks like a little DJ pressing the paws until her fave tunes come on. The lullaby mode plays 5 minutes of sweet lullabies making Violet the perfect bedtime buddy.
My Pal Violet is available in a gender neutral version too, gentle green giant My Pal Scout is just as soft and huggable and would make a fantastic gift idea for baby showers, new arrivals and birthdays. You can find both My Personalised Puppy Pal Scout and My Personalised Puppy Pal Violet in store right now at Kmart, Target, Big W, Toys’r’Us and independent toy stores across Australia.
With four young children there is always lots of pretend play happening in our home and I love listening to them acting out their own imaginary stories. Often their little performances are rather interesting and very funny, just this week I heard miss 4 declare: I am a naughty hornet and I am going to catch you! I can see someone has been inspired by the lovely Maya the Bee…
A few months ago hubby took the 3 older kids to see the Maya the Bee Movie on the big screen whilst I took our wriggly 1-year old for some shopping. Featuring the voice of Justine Clarke, the Play School favourite every child in Australia knows and loves, as Maya I had no doubt they would give this Maya’s latest adventure the thumbs up and they all loved it.
If you missed seeing Maya at the movies you’ll be pleased to know that she is ready to buzz into living rooms around the country too, the Maya the Bee Movie (RRP $19.99) is now available on DVD at retailers across Australia. Join your friends from the hive and help solve the mystery of the missing Royal Jelly… Does Maya have something to do with this? Everyone seems to think so but luckily Maya, with the help of her loyal friend Willy, miss Cassandra and a friendly hornet, is able to prove her innocence and expose the real thief.
Christmas is done and dusted and Boxing Day is here, stylish mamas will know that this can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Eeni Meeni Miini Moh Spring/Summer Sale! Don’t forget to log into your account to score an additional 10% off for 3 days only.
To find out more about Eeni Meeni Miini Moh, to browse theSpring/Summer sale and to order online visit www.eenimeeni.com.
If you’re looking for a fun day out in Sydney these school holidays you don’t want to miss this: ABC4Kids favourites The Octonauts are on their way to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, make sure to visit them before they head off again in their submarine:
From 20 December 2014 until 26 January 2015 kids can explore the great big ocean with the Octonauts at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. With daily appearances by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii kids are in for a fun and very exciting Octonauts experience.
As well as fun crew meet and greets, kids will embark on an underwater adventure discovering plenty of Octonauts themed activities including an Octonauts activity corner. Little Octonauts fans will also go on an exciting mission to find Octonauts characters in displays throughout the aquarium and test their knowledge on the Explore, Rescue, Protect quiz trail to win an exclusive sticker.
Thanks to ABC4Kids we have 15 ‘Meet the Octonauts’ Free Child Entry ticket packs to give away. Each pack contains 2 child passes for Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, each child needs to be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are valid until January 31, 2015.
To find out more about Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, to see opening times and location details and to order your tickets online visit www.manlysealifesanctuary.com.au.