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Learning Resources – Jumbo Ocean Animals

Learning Resources – Jumbo Ocean Animals

Learning Resources very kindly asked us to pick a product to review and the Jumbo Ocean Animals have been on my wish list for ages so we were delighted to choose these.

First Impressions are they are much bigger than I thought which is amazing! They are so easy to grip because of their size. They feel so realistic and I love how detailed they are. You can really see all the prints and lines making them so nice and tactile, especially the octopus and turtle which gave me my first activity idea!

Ocean Animals – Playdough

I made up some Playdough in blue and green to represent the ocean and land or plant life.

I also added some shells and gems.

This created a fantastic sensory invitation play.

Isabella loved making an ocean for all the animals to go in and we pressed them down into the dough to leave impressions of the animals and due to their amazing detail the prints were so intricate.

 

 

 

 

 

Isabella played happily with this set up for 30 minutes non stop and gets it out everyday.

 

Ocean animals – Imaginative Play

Next Isabella decided herself to take them into the bath so I added a little blue food colouring and bio glitter to the water. She could not wait to get in!

Isabella loved making them swim up and down in the water and made cute little voices and animal noises for the. She acted out a game where the shark was chasing the turtle but the octopus saved the day!

I loved watching her use her imagination to create her own stories.

 

Ocean Animals – Tuff Tray

We all know I love a tuff tray so this was the perfect excuse for me to make one up.

I also decided this was the perfect opportunity to help make Isabella aware of all the plastic going not our oceans.

Yes these animals are plastic but they are not single use plastic and when we out grow them, We will be passing them on to Isabellas Pre school where I know they will get many more years of play due to their durable quality.

So I filled the tray with blue water and added some blue water beads to represent the plastic in the ocean. We acted out the animals eating the beads and then not feeling well. We talked about how they can also get trapped in the plastic.

We saved the animals by rescuing them with our Learning Resources tools and used the pipette to wash them down and feed them fresh clean water.

Isabella really likes these animals and I will definitely be buying more of the other Jumbo Animal sets that Learning Resources do.

Isabellas favourite animal is the baby shark and she takes it in the shower or bath every day and sings the “Baby Shark” song.

They are nice and light in weight for her to hold and she absolutely loves them so we highly recommend this set.

 

This pack comes in a good quality box containing six pieces 

-Whale

-Shark

-Seal

-Octopus

-Dolphin

-Turtle

You also get an animal fact sheet activity guide and some discussion starters.

 

RRP £28.50 from Learning Resources

Recommended for ages 3 – 10 (although even as an adult I love them)

As always thanks so much for reading and we would love to hear any comments you may have below.

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The other sets available are Jumbo Jungle, Zoo, Farm , Forest, Insects, Pets and Dinosaurs Animal sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Learning Resources – BrightWorks Design & Drill

Learning Resources – BrightWorks Design & Drill

We were so excited to receive BrightWorks Design & Drill to review as I have had this on my wish list for ages!

I just knew it was going to be so much fun and that Isabella would love it.

What comes in the box

  • Light up, black activity board with sound activation
  • 80 Bolts in five colours and black
  • Translucent drill with LED light
  • 2 Drill bits (flat head and socket)
  • Activity Guide with 12 Design patterns

What you will need

  • Two AA batteries for the drill
  • Three AAA batteries for the board

 

Firstly I let Isabella get everything out of the box and after we added the batteries to the drill and board, I allowed her to explore everything herself and she instantly knew what she wanted to do.

She loved the drill as it makes sounds, like a real drill and is easy to use. It is the perfect size for small hands to hold. It has a switch on it for front and reverse, so children can screw the bolts in and then use the reverse to remove them.

Isabella got straight to work and started drilling the bolts into the board and named all the colours as she did this. I allowed her to do this for as long as she wanted and I was pleasantly surprised how long she continued.

Next I closed the curtains and showed Isabella how to switch the light on the board on and she was absolutely delighted to see it all light up. I have to say even I was surprised how bright and colourful it was. 

Neither of us were prepared for what came next…..

 

We switched to the sound activation mode and Isabella sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” whilst clapping her hands to the beat of the song and we were totally amazed to watch the lights dance to the beat. This is such a clever feature!

You can make so many different patterns and the booklet that comes with it gives you 12 design patterns to follow too. This is fantastic for encouraging children to follow instructions and to learn to create sequences and patterns. I would however say this is for children slightly older but this just makes it even better as they won’t get bored with new challenges ahead.

There are so many educational opportunities with this product;

Learning colours,

Counting,

Matching,

STEM Learning,

Hand and eye co-ordination,

Fine motor skills,

Problem solving,

And these are just a few!!

I would most definitely buy this product and will also be purchasing a couple for Christmas Presents.

Its available to buy from www.learningresources.co.uk and you can click on this link to take you straight to it.

RRP £35.00

Recommended ages 3 – 7 years (although even myself and my husband loved it)

Thanks for reading 

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Learning Resources – GeoSafari Jr. Critter Habitat Review

Learning Resources – GeoSafari Jr. Critter Habitat Review

Children love to be outdoors and it’s so benifical for them. They can explore the natural environment and there are so many learning opportunities for them.

The girls have always been into nature and love looking at bugs. I think this is great and always encourage it to minimise any fears they may have and also to teach them to be respectful to other creatures and their habitats.

 

 

 

 

We were super excited to review this GeoSafari Jr. Critter Habitat for Learning Resources.

First impressions were that it’s a great size as we have had bug collectors in the past but they are very small so you could only fit one bug in it.

The gallon sized clear container has 5 magnifying windows and it provides a safe ventilated place for the creatures with its breathable air holes.

One of my favourite features is that it provides such a clear view so children can really see inside and having five magnifying windows makes it perfect for more than one child. This encourages working together!

It has a rubber grip handle for carrying it when out on your adventures and the lid pops off easily to collect your creatures in it.

Its a wet and dry habitat  (water tight) making it perfect for collecting almost anything from flowers and leaves to tadpoles and frogs.

 

We first used it to examine a birds egg shell, we found that had fallen outside our house and Isabella loved getting to see it in the magnifying windows as she could really see all the speckles on it.

Next we decided to take it on an adventure to explore the outdoors. We took it to a lake and Isabella had so much fun using a net to try and catch some creatures to examine. We filled it with some water and even thought we didn’t manage to catch any creatures this time, it was still so much fun.

I must add that its super easy to clean it out!

 

We did catch some leaves and plants from the water and Isabella decided one of them was a creature and so she wanted to feed it. I love that she was also using her imagination. She did find the feeder a bit tricky to open herself so I helped her with this part.

We are taking it with us to the beach in a few weeks and I can’t wait to see what we might find to observe in it.

We are also going to fill it with mud and worms which will be amazing to see the worms moving around through the mud.

Overall this really is a fantastic Critter Habitat and I would definitely recommend it.

It’s such a great introduction to Stem learning and perfect for animal lovers. It encourages children to explore the outdoors and learn to care for other living things.

We are going to be storing it in our mud kitchen so its easy for Isabella to get any time she’s in the garden.

 

As with all our reviews, I would never recommend something I didn’t truly love and all words and opinions are our own.

We hope you enjoyed this review and as always if you have any questions we are very happy to answer them.

Recommended age 3+

RRP £20 and can be purchased from www.learningresources.co.uk

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Learning Resources – Alphabet Acorns Activity Set

Learning Resources – Alphabet Acorns Activity Set

We have just loved this Alphabet Acorns activity set from Learning Resources. It’s so much fun but educational too. A real learning through play experience.

Children get to experience early literacy skills and alphabet awareness without even realising it, as they are having fun!

 

The set comes with 24 acorns with different coloured lids and each acorn has a capital letter on the front of the acorn. Inside the acorn lid it has the lower case letter with a line underneath so children can identify it the correct way up.

Hidden inside each acorn is an object that corresponds with the letter printed on the acorn so for example D for dinosaur.

 

Isabella started off by putting them all into a basket and naming all the colours. 

She loved taking the lids on and off which she could do herself easily. This is great for developing her fine motor skills and hand-eye do-ordination.

 

 

Next I laid all the acorns out empty in colour order and the objects next to them.

Isabella choose an object and I helped her to find the correct acorn and she really enjoyed putting the object inside. As we did this we we made the sound for the objects so for example with dinosaur we made the “dddd” sound and I told her what letter name it was. She really enjoyed this and managed to maintain her attention for the whole alphabet.

 

 

For younger children this set is perfect for starting off with colour matching and then moving onto the identifying the letters and sounds.

One of the things I really love about this set is that there are so many things you can do with it.

Here is a list of some of the ways we have used it so far :

  • We took them into the bath and used a net to catch the objects and put them in the correct acorn.
  • We counted all the objects and named all their colours.
  • We sang the alphabet with them
  • We stacked them up to spell out words (with my help)

I can really see Isabella using this set a lot, especially as she becomes more knowledgeable and confident with the alphabet and phonics.

I would highly recommend this set to anyone that’s introducing the alphabet and phonics to their children. It really does make learning fun.

 

 

 

 

ALL the pieces are of a high quality and very well made. They fit perfectly into a childs hand and are a nice texture so they can grasp them easily.

Beautiful colours and they come in a great box, although I think we will store them in a basket whilst they are in the play room but they box will be great when I want to rotate toys and store them away.

These Alphabet Acorns have been on my wish list for ages and they did not disappoint. I can’t wait to see Isabella use them over the next few years.

 

We hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any comments or questions please leave them below

 

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RRP £31.00 and available to purchase at www.learningresources.co.uk

Ages 3 – 7 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Learning Resources – Beakers Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor Review

Learning Resources – Beakers Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor Review

We have previously reviewed the Beakers Creatures – Liquid Reactor Super Lab and the Magnification Chambers sets and as we really enjoyed these we were delighted to get the chance to review the new addition to the Beakers Creatures sets.

The new Whirling Wave Reactor set certainly did not disappoint.

The girls love collectables and are always really excited to see what they will get. I love that these collectables are not just your average, get a toy inside an egg. It’s also an educational activity where they learn something from it and lasts a lot longer that just popping open an egg.

What you get inside the 12 Piece set 

Five piece Whirling Wave Reactor Chamber

One Reactor Pod with a mystery Beaker Creature

One Limited Edition Colour Creature

Two Classification cards

Two Mini-posters with amazing science facts

One Experiment guide

The girls found it super easy to put everything together and it only took one minute.

Colour-Changing Creature

First we tried the colour changing experiment and added some cold water to the chamber and popped the creature inside and spun it round using the crank.

Isabella loved watching it change colour then we put it in a bowl of warm water and watched it change colour again!

 

Beakers Creatures – Whirling Wave Reactor

 

First put the reactor pod into the reactor chamber and fill it with water.

Next turn the crank to trigger the whirling, bubbling reaction.

Keep turning until you start to see all of the pod dissolve.

Then for the fun part, revealing which creature you got!

(you may need to dip it into a bowl of water to wash off any excess)

Use the mini-poster to learn your creatures name.

This time we got “Slurpus” from the Dogstars collection in Series 2.

Lastly fill in your classification card and add them to your collection.

There are a further three experiments to complete with this set. So plenty to keep children engaged and so much fun to be had.

I really like this set and for a RRP of £16 I think this is a fantastic set, that can be used again and again. You can buy extra Reactor Pods for RRP £4 from series 1 and series 2 but you can also use the set for the other experiments without purchasing another Reactor Pod.

They are an amazing pocket money gift and my girls just love collecting them all and using them for small world play and putting them in the slime recipe from the other Beakers Creatures Sets.

If you are looking for a fun way to introduce your children to science then this is the set for you.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to bringing you more fun stuff soon!

Recommended for children ages 5+

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