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The Field

The Field

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!

 

 

This is the one we have but also available are ‘The Field Farm’, ‘The Compound’, ‘The Grass Roll’, ‘The Half Acre Field’, ‘The Field Paddocks’, ‘ The Collection’ and ‘The Ultimate Collection’.

They all come with a certificate of title and packaged in a beautiful box.

 

The Field Toy

They are available to buy on www.amazon.co.uk and for the USA/Canada customers on www.amazon.com

RRP £39.99 for ‘The Field’

www.thefield.ie is the main website if you are ordering from Ireland.

We hope you enjoyed this review and would be happy to answer any questions about ‘The Field’ if you have any.

We would also love to hear how you use your Field Toy.

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Learning Resources – Zoomigos

Learning Resources – Zoomigos

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.

 

RRP £12.00 From Learning Resources

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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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