Isabella has had her fourth Birthday whilst we are in lockdown.
I was a bit nervous about making sure we ordered gifts on time as I know there have been some delays with deliveries but we were super lucky to receive these Orchard Toys Games to review so Isabella was delighted.
We have been Orchard toys customers for a long time and have many of their games.
One of the things I did over look however was Birthday Cards! I completely forgot so Orchards Toys saved the day on this again as they have some amazing Birthday cards online that you can download and colour in, so this was just perfect. I was able to print some off for Megan and Sophie to colour in which they enjoyed. I also coloured one myself. The we cut them out and stuck them onto coloured card.
I have linked them if you’d like to print any.
They also have so many colouring in sheets and educational activities you can print off too.
All of the Orchard toys games are such great quality and really well thought out.
I love for how they can be adapted to suit most ages so for example with the “Match and Spell” game if your child can’t sound out the words yet then that’s ok as they can still find the matching letters which is great for letter recognition.
This is one of my favourite games as it makes learning fun so they don’t even realise they are doing it.
Children are really missing their normal routine during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Every Childs routine is different but usually includes exercise, preschool, hobbies and social activities so we have tried our best to maintain these.
Social development is a really important part of learning and development for children.
They learn to take turns, have patience, and share to name a few aspects.
To continue this we have been Face timing Isabella’s cousin and friends.
Isabella and her cousin Annabelle both love Kindi Kids so they have been using them to play together which has been so lovely to watch and so great for them to act out their emotions.
Maintaining these friendships is also really going to help them return to school.
We have also been trying to keep to the same routine plan, getting up at the same times and maintaining the usual bedtime and meal times.
We do some activities that the preschool have sent us and read stories together.
We also made a little chart like they used in preschool to do the days of the Week, Month, Season and weather.
Moose Toys so kindly gifted Isabella a Rainbow Kate Kindi Kid and the Puppy Petkin Delivery Scooter.
We are always very grateful when we are gifted something and always give an honest review.
I knew these would be an instant hit with Isabella as she already has and loves her Marsha Mello Kindi Kid doll.
We also already have the Rabbit Petkin Shopping Cart and the Kitty Petkin Supermarket which I also highly recommend.
Kindi Kids have made some amazing activity cards which have been so useful for keeping up with our exercise.
I have linked the free activity cards for you to download.
We have been doing these along with our daily walks.
Isabellas favourite activity from the cards has been throwing things into a laundry basket. Perfect for developing her hand and eye coordination. It’s also a really good gross motor activity.
Rainbow Kate and Marsha Mello have been like Isabella’s best friends during lockdown and so we have tried to incorporate them into most of our learning activities.
We love sensory play and Isabella was really missing trips to the beach so we made our very own beach. Complete with water, sand and shells for Isabella and the Kindi Kids to enjoy.
One of our favourite things about the Kindi Kids is the amazing accessories them come with.
Each doll comes with two accessories and they are so detailed. We used the Slushi sparkle drink and strawberry as part of the picnic for the beach activity.
The dolls are absolutely beautiful and have huge sparkly eyes.
I love their cool funky outfits with matching shoes and hair accessories.
The dolls are 10 inches tall so a really good size for playing with. They can also stand on their own or sit.
The clothes are removable which is another cool aspect. Isabella loves taking Rainbow Kate’s crunchy out and brushing her colourful hair.
The Kindi kids Puppy Petkin Delivery Scooter is just so much fun.
I love how all the items are designed so that the dolls can stand alone on them. Each item has been clearly very carefully thought out.
The scooter comes with a compartment on the back to put your accessories in and it also has a little holder at the front to pop the dolls magic cups in.
If you can’t tell already, I’m a huge fan and even I love to play with them. They really remind me of some dolls I had as a child called Little Miss Make Up so bring back some lovely memories of my sister and I playing with our dolls.
I think these dolls are such a great buy and we will certainly be adding to our collection as they also do a Peppa mint, Jessi Cake and Donatina. Don’t you just love the names?
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.