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Superbook presents “The First Christmas “at the V & A Waterfront and a Giveaway

As we turn the page to the last month of 2021 and begin to prepare our homes for the coming Advent season so do we as parents prepare our families’ hearts for the true reason behind the Christmas festivities.

Two years ago I was desperately searching for a way that Hamish could enjoy the magic of Christmas and somehow still know the true reason for the season. He was still really little and although we had read the story of the birth of Christ in his Bible book, he was unable to put the connection between the birth of Jesus and Christmas.

I then discovered that Superbook had a beautiful Christmas DVD combo consisting of 2 stories:

The first Christmas and The birth of John the Baptist

I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me to help him see the Bible come to life as we watched the story of the First Christmas together. We have since watched this DVD several times and he has begun to understand that Christmas is so much more than just Santa, his elves, and gifts.

You can read the review here

More than just a DVD

However, something else happened that first day that we met the Superbook team to receive the DVD. Superbook was no longer just another brand or a product we would cast on a shelf until we needed it. Superbook became real to Hamish as he asked for Gizmo, the cute robot mascot, and eagerly wanted to watch more movies.

Read about Superbook movie nights here 

Superbook became a safe App on my phone for Hamish to play games and watch Bibles stories. We followed their social media and used the crafts in our homeschool Bible lessons and all too soon we found ourselves ready to celebrate another Christmas and this time I confidently knew where to turn to prepare Hamish’s heart for the coming festive season.

Last year, we, once again, excitedly, joined the Superbook First Christmas experience and made advent crafts while we decorated our homes, baked cookies, and got ready to join people from all over South Africa to watch The first Christmas episode at the same time and see how Chris and Joy, together with Gizmo find out the true meaning of Christmas.

Superbook has become an important part of our family’s Christmas traditions.

Read why I feel Superbook brings back the heart of Christmas here 

The first Christmas experience and you are invited

This year Superbook will host a fun and meaningful Christmas experience at the V & A amphitheater on the 3 and 4 December from 11am- 12pm and you are invited to bring your children and experience the magic as they watch the nativity come alive on screen in a fun and relatable way that children can truly grasp.

The show is free and your children will enjoy watching, laughing, dancing, singing, and even getting to meet Gizmo the robot. Hamish and I are both super excited and can’t wait. It promises to be a wonderful experience, great morning out, and a fantastic way for us to start our advent season.

Giveaway

To help share the Christmas spirit we have collaborated with Superbook to bless one lucky Fun Mamma SA reader with a wonderful Superbook hamper.

To enter answer below with the Superbook robots name.

The competition closes Monday 6 December 2021

Posted in Competitions, Education, Fun Mamma SA Products we love, Fun Mamma SA Toy of the Week, Parenting

Mega bloks bag + 1 bringing all the fun

Imaginary play is so important for children, it helps them process their world, learn boundaries and develop their creativity and imagination.

Which is why we love open ended toys like Mega bloks.

Benefits of building blocks

Mega bloks is a wonderful tool for early childhood development.

Not only do they build imagination and develop creativity but Mega bloks building blocks also develop skills in colours, numbers, shapes and even the alphabet.

Building with Mega bloks also :

  • Improves hand- eye coordination
  • Encourages social interaction
  • Develops imagination
  • Enhances innovative ability
  • Offers creative stimulation
  • Develops problem solving abilities
  • Improves organizational skills
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Teaches patience
  • Encourages communication
  • Develops creative thinking
  • Improves fine motor skills

Bag + 1

Mega bloks offer a wide variety of both building blocks and fully compatible toys that compliment your child’s play.

All Mega blok toys are designed to click, slide or fit onto the Mega bloks assisting your child to combine all their toys to get more enjoyment from their play.

Knowing this Mega bloks have a fun formula of play ….

Bag + 1 =fun

By combining a fun toy, like this Mega bloks tool box with a bag of Mega bloks building blocks your child’s imagination is the limit.

Let’s play

As I mentioned, we love Mega bloks and Hamish has been spending his time using his Mega bloks and Mega bloks tool set, constructing new homes for his toys.

This cute tool set comes with 36 pieces and includes:

  • A spirit level
  • Hammer
  • Screw driver
  • 2 screws
  • 2 nails
  • 4 blocks with screw images
  • Building plans
  • A block containing a gear
  • Sturdy tool box storage
  • 36 pieces of Mega bloks

I love watching him in play, as he uses the tools ( including the spirit level to see it’s even) and follows the building plans to become a master builder and create the buildings he imagines.

Join us and win

We would love you to join us and show us your ” Bag + 1″ Let’s build a house together moment.

Tag us on Facebook or Instagram and don’t forget to enter the competition to ….

*Win a MEGA Hamper: tag someone you want to build MEGA with in the comment and write what you want to build with them. Use the hashtag #buildMEGAtogether

*terms and conditions apply
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Win with Chux

As a busy mom there is always something that needs cleaning in my home, especially with most of the family still at home under lockdown.

Our friends at Chux have made cleaning easier and 3 Fun mamma SA followers can win a hamper each valued at R250.

To enter simply comment below with your worst household chore.

Competition ends 16 July 2020

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Win with Sibo Says

A while ago I came across the cutest book teaching children about Malaria, and thus my love for the Sibo says series was born.

Since then I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to get to know and work with the increadibly talented author, Ginny Stone on another of her amazing book series, the beautiful Value series.

Book series
Value series compiled by Ginny Stone

If you have not yet been introduced to the Sibo Says books, which are all avaliable on Amazon , pop over to the website and take a peek.

Children's book series
Sibo Says series by Ginny Stone

From 2015 to 2019 Ginny Stone wrote a weekly blog in the African Reporter as Sibo.

These blogs covered a wide variety of topics from bullying, family life, making things, science and life skills to being brave and staying healthy.

In May 2019, the blog won a global award and the best of those blogs was published into a book, now avaliable on Amazon.

About Sibo Says

Having just launched the 15th book in the Sibo says series, Ginny strives to teach children valuable life lessons through a relatable character.

The beautifully illustrated books are all written in rhyme that engages children and adults alike.

Two children
Sibo and a friend

Her new book Sibo stays healthy focuses on how our children can stay safe following healthy practices like sneezing into a tissue and washing their hands regularly.

But you will find topics on

  • HIV
  • Global warming
  • Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Saving strays
  • Space
  • Malaria
  • Recycling
  • Growing your own vegetables
  • Biodiversity
  • Road safety
  • Etiquette using public transport

Books
Sibo Says books

On the blog

The Sibo says blog is a wealth of information, activities and resources for parents, teachers and children.

Colouring pages
Colouring activities on the Sibo says website

Pick a colouring sheet, spot the difference activity, word search or take a fun quiz.

You can click here to take a look.

Win

Ginny has kindly offered to give 2 lucky readers each a copy of one of her books – Sibo finds a stray

Win a book
Sibo saves a stray by Ginny Stone

To enter:

To stand a chance to win …

Or

  • Comment below with your favourite pet tale.

Competition ends 9 June 2020

Posted in Competitions

May winners

Fun mamma SA ran two competitions in May.

Thank you campaign

The first saw the launch of our #Thankyou campaign to thank our loyal blog readers.

We collaborated with Busy bean kids activities to gift a R400 voucher to 1 lucky winner for each of the months May, June and July.

Busy bean kids activities is one of my personal favourite craft and educational toy companies, with a wide variety of options and reasonable prices.


The Winner for May is Brigitte Nel

Congratulations Brigitte

Two more vouchers to be won.

Photo composite

We collaborated with the very talented Ally from Photography by Ally K to bring some magic to lockdown by offering 1 lucky winner a composite photo.
The winner was @adele_K1

Congratulations Adele

Keep checking the fun Mamma SA social media pages for future competitions
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Competition- win one of 3 educational vouchers from Fun mamma SA & Busy Beans Activities

We have collaborated with one of our favourite local brands Busy Bean Activities to giveaway a R400 voucher each month from May to July to one lucky Fun mamma SA blog subscriber.

How to enter

Pop over to the blog www.funmammasa.co.za and sign up to the subscription to go into the monthly draw.

Then pop over to Busy Bean Activitiesand see how you would spend your voucher if you win.

Rules:

This competition is independently run.
1 winner per month.
Month entry closes on the last day of each month and announced on the 1st day of the new month.
Winner chosen by random draw.
No correspondence will be entered into and judges decision is final.

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Competition- win a composite photo from Photography by AllyK

Enter the world of fairytales and make believe with photography by AllyK.

We recently had this beautiful composite photo made for Hamish, imagining him in a land of dinosaurs chatting to Dennis the diplodocus.

We had spent the day before taking images, because with social distancing we couldn’t get Ally to take the photo. I told Hamish I wanted to get photos of him pretending he had seen a dinosaur.

After receiving this increadibly special photo, I told Hamish I had seen him dreaming, and that in his dream he was talking to a diplodocus and so I took a photo.

He was delighted. My dino loving boy suddenly had a photo depicting his favourite adventure.

Giveaway

I am so impressed with our composite photo that I have collaborated with Ally to giveaway a beautiful composite photo of their little one to one lucky Fun mamma SA follower.

You can choose from one of the following magical themes:

*Angel wings

*Conversation with a dinosaur

*new themes

And recieve:-

* 1 digital image

X1 high res

X1 low res

X1 A4 jpeg

To enter :

*like @funmammasa and @photographybyallyK Instagram or Facebook pages

* comment below the post if you would prefer Angel wings composite / conversation with a dinosaur

Competition closes 30 May 2020

Rules

This competition is independently run.

Winners are chosen by random draw.

The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Posted in Brands we love, Competitions, Family Life

Win a Barbie Dream Big Board Game

We recently recieved a Barbie Dream Big Board Game.

As a huge fan of Barbie, a mom and an educator I was excited when I sat down with designer Janine Van Schalkwyk, a mom of 3, and listened to her inspirations behind this innovative new board game that is designed to encourage and empower our young girls to “Dream big” .

About the game

This Proudly South African career based board game, developed around the iconic Barbie brand, is designed for girls age 8 to 12 years old to encourage them to know that they can “Be Anthing”, just like Barbie.

To date Barbie, who started her career 60 years ago as a fashion model, has added over 200 careers to her resume. Representing a diverse number of careers from rock star to CEO.

The Barbie Dream Big Board Game encourage young girls to envision themselves in a future career path by emphasizing the brand’s core message that “YOU CAN BE ANYTHING” and equiping them with real – life insights that encourage the discussion of topics such as – individual identity, subject choices,study options, personal talents and business ethics.

What’s in your game

Each board game comprises of :

  • A board game which unfolds and shows a diversity of Barbie faces, hair styles and skin colours.
  • 8 free standing Barbie figurines, printed on styrene. Each figurine depicts Barbie in a different career path.
  • A spinner, that clips together
  • A pink timer
  • 4 sets of cards representing different career paths.

How to play

The game is for 2 to 8 players. Whilst aimed at girls age 8 – 12 , younger girls could play with assistance.

A great family game and a wonderful resource in the modern day classroom.

Each player starts by choosing a figurine and takes a turn to spin the spinner in the centre of the flower on the board game.

The first person to land on pink starts the game.

The game continues clockwise and whatever colour the spinner stops on, that is the colour card you pick up.

The objective of the game, as you move around the board, is to answer the fun yt eeducational and challenging cards that have been divided into topics of :-

  • Question cards – these are aimed at educating by building a child’s general knowledge.
  • Action cards – these cards are interactive and will require your child to draw, or act out a specific scenario. Keep a pencil and paper handy. Your child will need to complete the task before the timer runs out.
  • Problem cards – these cards encourage your child to think about ethical issues they may encounter in a real life work situation.

The cards are colour coded and focus on 4 career paths …

1. Business (teal) – focusing on age appropriate insight on how to build a business and brand.
2. Help and Service (yellow) – focusing on comunity building careers and inspiring girls to give back to their community.
3. STEM (purple) – focusing on exposing girls to a variety of role models in the often under represented career paths of Science, Tehnology, Engineering and Mathematics.
4. Creative (pink) – focusing on the creative opportunities in arts, performance art, fashion, interior design, cooking and baking.

The cards present challenging questions that will encourage your child to find answers, learn more and think outside the box whilst preparing our young girls for the tomorrow of their dreams.

Where to buy a Barbie Dream Big board game

Barbie Dream Big board game is currently available at retail outlets including Toys R Us, ToyKingdom, C.N.A, Checkers, Reader’s Warehouse and Takealot for R399.90.

Win your own Barbie Dream Big Board game

TO STAND A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF THE BARBIE DREAM BIG BOARD GAME

1. LIKE BOTH PAGES ON INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK

@innov8_play

@funmammasa

2. HAVE YOUR CHILD DRAW THEIR DREAM CAREER.

( TAG @FUNMAMMASA ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM OR DM ME A PICTURE AND I WILL SHARE THIS TO MY STORIES)

3. TAG 3 MOMS WHO WOULD LOVE TO WIN

4. ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

a) Name one of types of cards on the Barbie Dream Big board game.

B) At which retailer can you purchase the Barbie Dream Big Board Game?

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Spoil dad with Rugby tickets

Spoil dad with the ultimate Fathers day gift this year …

One lucky dad will win a ticket for him and 4 of his friends to attend the Stormers vs Sharks rugby game at Newlands Stadium on the 7th July 2018.

To enter :

🐾Follow the @funmammasa Instagram/ Facebook pages

🐾 nominate your favourite dad by telling us what makes him an awesome father.

🐾 tag 5 people in the post on social media

Competition closes midday on Fathers day 17 JUNE 2018

Tickets will need to be collected.

#fathersday
#win
#dads
#fathers
#papabear

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Download the Mom’s Directory App and stand a chance to win a R200 @HOME GIFT card

Mom’s Directory App, making life easier for moms one listing at a time.

An app geared to make Mom’s life easier, listing all businesses from a plumber to a preschool.

App advertising gives you:
👌technology at your fingertips!👌
✔google map integration
✔click to call
✔swipe to page through listings
✔banner ads at nominal fees
✔Push notifications and more

MOM’S DIRECTORY APP can be downloaded FREE OF CHARGE AND EASY TO USE !!!!!

DOWNLOAD HERE

#GOOGLE
➡ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
or

#APPLE
➡ https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/moms-directory/id1239376870
play stores respectively

Stand a chance to win with Mom’s Directory.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A R200 @HOME

GIFT CARD?

To stand a chance to win simply download the @momsdirectorysa app and comment with the #Done and your favourite feature within the app

Remember to like both Fun mamma SA & Moms directory SA on Facebook or Instagram.

Competition closes on the 12 June 2018