Creaturepedia by Adrienne Barman – A Review

We love reading here in our home. And though fairy tales and fiction are read quite a bit, we also love non fiction and factual books.

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We were sent Creaturepedia by Adrienne Barman for review and the children and I have been enjoying turning it’s pages together.

Survival of the fittest – that’s the law of the jungle but thankfully evolution has ensured that even the weaker animals have been provided with skills and natural features that make it possible for them to survive.

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Creaturepedia is a book that classifies different animals that have the same skill or feature. It is  216 pages long and features 600 different species to keep children learning while reading. From large animals to small animals and fast animals to slow animals – all feature in the book through colourful illustrations and short captions.

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Did you notice something unique about all the animals on these pages?

 

There are pages dedicated to animals that are endangered and even those that are extinct. It even features some mythical creatures that I think is a really nice touch helping children understand the difference between creatures that exist and those that don’t.

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There is so much to talk about when perusing the book with your child. The illustrations are bright and bold and the children love looking through the book.

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Some animals have been mentioned just by name while others have tidbits of information about them. The children have been checking to see which animals they are familiar with – those seen at the zoo or a farm. They have asked questions about certain species and we have gone online and searched for more information about them.

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I think this book is fantastic for younger children but it also suits older children too as my daughter aged 10 was quite interested in going through it. Well, to be honest, I enjoyed going through the book too. I love the quaint way the animals are referred to by – ‘the pretty in pinks’, ‘the brain boxes’, ‘the night owls’ and so on.

One can clearly see the the time and dedication that has gone in to producing this beautiful book. Definitely one for the home library.

The book is published by Wide Eyed Editions and is priced at £14.99. It is well worth the money. We love the book and have been recommending it to friends.

Disclaimer: I was sent this book to review by Mumsnet Book Club. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

Introducing the new Cloudbabies range of toys

Who polishes the sun? Wipes the cobwebs from the moon?… Cloudbabies.

A familiar theme in most homes with toddlers, I’m sure.

The Cloudbabies is popular in our home and it proves that you are never too old to love a Cloud baby.

Baba Pink, Blue, Green or Yellow and all their sky friends entertain children round the world with their soothing bedtime stories on Cbeebies.

That’s why a Cloudbaby is a welcome addition to the home.

We were sent My First Cloudbaby – Baba Pink and a Beanie Plush – Baba Blue.

The Cloudbabies have adorable pixie like features and both the toys resemble their on screen counterparts.

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My First Cloudbaby – Baba Pink is perfect for sensory play. The right foot crinkles when touched and the left foot has a rattle in it. There is a little mirror when you part the two parts of the coat. They are both attached with velcro. There are different textures to the hands – one smooth and the other a little rougher. Baba Pink wears a little hat with a star on her forehead. It is a delightful little toy and is just the right size for little hands. It is priced at £19.99  and although this may seem a tad on the high side when you look at the quality of the toy, it can be justified.

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The Baba Blue plush is about 6.5 inches. It has a hard plastic head with rainbow hair and crescent shape on its forehead. The body is characteristic of a beanie and it is perfect for little ones. Baba Blue wears a little blue romper with a crescent moon on it. Priced at £6.99 it would be great for any little Cloudbabies fan.

Both toys can be added to imaginative play and as mentioned before they are great sensory toys. Sensory play is so important for little ones as they make their own discoveries through touch.

There is a whole range of toys in the Cloudbabies Store and you can check it out here

Disclaimer: I was sent the above two toys from the Cloudbabies range. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

Our Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party with LeapFrog

We love the LeapFrog range. There’s always something new and it’s always closely connected to learning.

I love how children learn with these products without realising they are actually doing so making is such a great experience.

When I was approached to host a Jake and the Neverland Pirates party with LeapFrog it was a very quick ‘yes please’ as the children enjoy watching the series on telly.

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Our box arrived filled with goodies for the little pirates and…a LeapReader and a LeapTV.

The children were thrilled.

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On the day of the party we set up the table in Jake style and waited for the pirates to arrive.

They came,  they saw, they played.

And they didn’t want to leave because they were having such great fun on the Leap TV.

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The LeapTV is  an educational gaming system that allows children to learn and be involved in activities. Another winner from Leapfrog it is aimed at children aged 3 – 8 years. The games on the TV involve a lot of physical activity and this was the perfect tone for a party. Everyone wanted a go. And as they chopped the vines to see who was the fastest, they had great fun.

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The younger ones also had a go with the LeapReader and enjoyed the Jake and the Neverland Pirates story. We loved the rhyming story and Aeryn loved that it kept mentioning her name.

Then it was pirate dress up time and we had some swashbuckling heroes.

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Did you know that pirates really like pizza and cake? Well, at least these ones did.

Thank you Leapfrog for allowing us  to host an amazing party. The guests want to come back soon for a play date that involves  the Leap TV.

 Disclaimer: I was sent some products to host a party. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

Trutex School Uniform Review

I am always on the lookout for quality uniforms for the children. They need to withstand paints, markers and loads of washes.

I have bought my eldest a pinafore from Trutex before as it was a really good fit.

More recently, I was asked to review some uniforms from Trutex.

I was sent a pair of shorts and a pack of shirts for my son and a green cardigan for my little girl.

I was most pleased on receiving them and even more pleased when I had a closer look at the material.

I had requested grey shorts and they fit very well. The material is thick but not too thick to be uncomfortable in summer. I quite like the length although I went up a size as Ethan is quite tall for his age. The shirts fit well – not too tight or loose and look smart.

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The cardigan is the perfect fit. I had asked for a size 5 – 6 for her although she just turned 4. It is of a good quality and looks nice.

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I have washed the clothes and they have washed well too. I have even tumble dried them but there has been no shrinkage which is great.

I would suggest checking the size guide before purchasing though so that you are sure of getting the uniforms to fit.

Trutex is available online and you visit the website to find your nearest stockist of Trutex school uniform.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.