We were really excited to try these national geographic kits as they are a creative and fun way of learning about the world and science.
They all came with little learning guides with facts in them about fossils and crystals. Isabella and Megan really enjoyed learning about them.
The first kit we tried was the Crystal garden kit, where you get to grow your own crystals and it was so much fun.
The box and the instructions are clear and informative, so we had no problems figuring out what to do.
It came with all the thing you needed to grow the crystals and you could even choose from a variety of 5 colours of crystal!
We followed the instructions which were easy and simple, after just 30 mins some crystals started to form. Isabella found it very interesting to watch the crystals grow over time into a full tree of crystals just like a normal tree would.
Once you have completed the experiment and had some fun looking at it you can go to your learning guide and learn all about different crystals.
Megan who is 15 even enjoyed this and loved teaching Isabella all about the crystals and growing them together.
She said “I really enjoyed growing the crystal trees, it was very calming colouring them in with the pens provided and then to watch them from into the beautiful crystals, it was so much fun”
The next ones we tried were the gemstone and dinosaur fossil digging kits.
These were fab, and Megan and Isabella spent a long time searching for the gemstones and fossils.
It came with little digging tools, a brush, and a magnifying glass which they used to dig at the blocks.
The blocks weren’t too hard, so Isabella had no problems finding her gemstones and fossils.
You can add a bit of water if you would like to make it softer for younger children.
I think this is an amazing way for young children to get a sight into future hobbies and job ideas like archaeology and Megan had such fun with this that it inspired her to consider it for a future career.
She thought it would be a fascinating thing to do when she’s older!
The girls both spent a long time focusing and concentrating on the digging and they really enjoyed it.
Just like the crystal growing kit, these also came with a learning guide so once they had found their fossils and gemstones, they could find out the names of their discoveries and learn what they are and where they came from.
Thank you for reading about our experience with our national geographic kits and we hope you enjoy yours!
Isabella was so excited when she first played it and I did wonder if the novelty would wear off but a few weeks on and it has not. She asks to play it everyday and we now have its own little table so she can access it freely.
She really loves “Mo” the monster and finds him very funny.
She loves all his encouraging words and how he offers to help if she gets stuck or gives her an opportunity to try again if needed.
Isabella favourite game so far is the stories. She just loves to sit and listen to the story and then join in by adding a costume.
Its amazing for problem solving too, I will give you a quick example.. we come across a swarm of bees and need something to protect our head so you need to have a look at all the pieces and choose the correct one, then we can carry on with the story.
It really gets children thinking!
You can see in this photo how happy she is when she completes the letters and this shows how it also helps develop self confidence.
Isabella gives it a 10\10 and so do I. I can’t recommend it enough and look forward to purchasing more games to add to it.
As always I would only ever write a review on a product I truly love and would purchase myself. I can see this being a number on toy for next Christmas.
Play Osmo also has a huge range of games available for children ages 5- 12 years so be sure to check these out too. I can’t wait until we can play some of these!
Thank you for reading and if you have any questions, we are more than happy to help answer them.
The Great Little Trading Company is one of my all time favourite childrens companies and I have been buying their products for years.
Megan and Sophie had a playroom filled with their stuff and they were all such amazing quality, so here I am ten years later buying the same stuff for Isabella as I know they will last. Yes I wish I had held onto everything but we passed them onto a preschool to enjoy.
We have chosen the new wooden ambulance set to share with you. I think it makes not only a fun but beautiful gift for any child.
The push along ambulance comes with 12 accessories, a stethoscope, a digital thermometer, a syringe with plunger, an ear/eye scope, a reflex hammer, a telephone, a bottle of vitamins, a box of plasters , cough mixture, a tube of antiseptic cream and a doctors note pad.
All the toys are a smooth painted wood and of great quality.
Isabella has loved zooming her teddies around in the ambulance and playing doctor with her dolls.
Isabella had her immunisations and even brought her ambulance along with her. We role played the immunisations out before the appointment with the set and when it was her turn she jumped up on the chair and did not have one tear. The nurses commented how by preparing her before hand made such a massive difference!
I truly believe in GLTC’s Moto of “buy wood, buy once” as it really does last.
RRP from Great Little Trading Company £45.00 (although I have noticed its on offer today for £33.75)
Little Scribblers’ Busy Bags are self contained educational activity bags that include reusable and engaging activities that your little one can use at home or out and about. They are ideal for keeping little ones entertained when travelling, at a restaurant or if you need a few moments of calm at home.
We love Little Scribblers activity bags.
They are educational and so much fun.
The packs are the perfect size to take out or for travelling to keep little ones entertained.
Im still amazed at home much learning is packed into one bag.
Developed by a mum with many years of Early Years Childhood and Education experience.
This is the new Christmas activity pack, which makes a perfect gift/stocking filler.
Also these are just amazing to keep little ones busy and entertained over Christmas without using screens!
Suitable from ages 3 years+
I really hope you enjoyed our Christmas Gift Guide and that it gives you some ideas.
Some of the items were gifted or I used a discount code to purchase but all views are my own and in my own words.
I would only ever recommend something I would buy myself.
We are very proud to show this hand crafted Irish toy to you. Have I mentioned before I am Irish!, which makes me so happy to watch Isabella play with this field.
‘The Field” has also been on TV, it was on ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ on RTE. As a child every year we were allowed to go to the shop and get some sweets to watch ‘The Toy Show”. It was a Christmas tradition for us and I still do it for my girls. Even whilst living in the UK (my lovely Auntie records if for us and posts it over). I still get excited to watch it so to see ‘The Field’ on there was just amazing!
I love the story behind The Field.
Padraic Cuddys son inspired him to create ‘The Field’ when he wanted a toy Field for his animals. He made it out of products from his company ‘Class Grass Providers’. He hand made the field with hedging and a traditional gate from scrap wood.
We have the field which measures 24 inches by 17 inches and I think it’s an amazing size, great for more than one child to play with.
Its exceptional quality and much bigger than it looks in the photos.
It’s very sturdy with no loose parts of grass and makes a lovely sensory experience to feel it.
It’s suitable for ages 3 years and above.
The field is great for indoor and outdoor play and has endless opportunities to what children can do with it.
We have made it into a spooky farm and Isabella has played with her dinosaurs in it
I’ve also seen it be used as a center piece at a children’s party!
It’s fantastic for small world play and perfect to develop children’s imaginations and bring out their creativity.
Here are some ideas we are planning to use it for,
Farm, Zoo, Football, Picnic, Tea party, Fairy garden, Dinosaurs, Horse scene and a House for Santa with snow!
We were very kindly gifted two Zoomigos from Learning Resources in exchange for an honest review.
Isabella choose the Alligator with his float car and the Hippo with his boat car but there are six Zoomigos to collect!
So what are they? They are interactive pet themed toys.
Isabella loves them. Her favourite thing to do is race them so I would recommend having two.
They are so much fun and look very cute whilst being very well made.
You can pump the Alligator or the Hippo on the floor first and then put it in the car or what Isabella likes to do is pump it whilst its in the car already.
After pumping it/ pushing it, you pop it in and the gears power it to zoom across the room. Isabella laughs every time she sees it go!
We also filled the tuff tray with a little water and raced them in the water.
One major bonus to them is that they do not need any batteries and or need to be plugged in to charge.
They zoom really fast across the floor and you can mix and match them into each car. These are really lovely for imaginative play and Isabella enjoys making little voices for them to talk to each other.
I think they are an amazing toy to help children understand cause and effect. they are so hands on and perfect for developing fine motor skills!
The see through legs show how they work as you can see the gears move inside them, making them great for inquisitive children.
I think all parents are looking for ways to entertain children without using a screen and these Zoomigos certainly tick that box.
They really are a fun toy and I think younger children would love watching them zoom along with an adults help to pump them until they can do it themselves.