Posted in Brands we love, Family Life, Fun Mamma SA Toy of the Week, Parenting

What you need to know about Nerf blasters for younger children

As parents we took a stand to not let Hamish play with guns.

As he has gotten older and his comprehension has grown we have relaxed that rule to not letting him play with guns that look realistic and to include educating him in the very real dangers a gun can possess.

Boy toys

As much as we, as a society of parents,have started to move to a more open minded parenting culture many of our children’s toy manufacturers still have a vast amount of violent and traditional toys aimed at boys.

Shops are still divided into boy and girl sides with the boy shelves full of guns, army men and play sets that involve harming others.

It is also natural that many family members and friends still gravitate towards these gifts when buying for boys.

Nerf guns

This led me to openly look at what type of toy guns we could allow.

Bright blue, green and yellow water guns seemed safe and then I saw his eyes dart towards the nerf blasters.

These certainly don’t look like real guns but are they safe for small kids ?

What is a nerf gun?

A nerf blaster is a colourful toy blaster made by Hasbro that uses soft foam darts to shoot.

What does Nerf stand for?

I was confused as to why it was called a Nerf blaster but it seems the term describes the foam darts. Nerf stands for Non- expanding recreational foam.

At what age can a child play with a nerf gun?

The core Nerf range is suited for children aged 7+Although, Nerf have developed a range designed for an older market of 14+ (Nerf Rival)

I was interested to discover that they also have elements for a younger audiences including Nerf Nitro and the Nerf Microshot series.

Each Nerf product has a suggested age suitability on the packaging to guide you, the parent, in making an educated choice as to which blasters are recommended to suit your child’s age.

Which Nerf product would be best for a 4 or 5 year old?

For younger kids the smaller more compact models would be better suited as they are easier and more comfortable for them to manage and handle.

The Nerf Nitro has a recommended age from 5 years and comes with cars to act as targets for your child to shoot at. This is definitely the Nerf blaster we would look at for Hamish.

What safety precautions do we need to take with a Nerf blaster?

Nerf blasters are relatively safe. They have few movable components, limited power and shoot foam darts.

But as with any toy that could hurt someone, however slightly, it might be best to teach younger children:

  • Not to look down the barrel of the blaster
  • Keep the blaster pointed down and your finger off the trigger if not shooting
  • Don’t leave the blaster lying about loaded
  • Never shoot someone in the face
  • Never shoot at animals
  • Wear safety glasses

Final thoughts

I mostly like that this toy “gun” is known as a blaster allowing children to identify with it being a toy straight away.

I also like that the manufacturers have ensured that there are age restrictions to the blasters and that most sites I visited spoke of the Nerf blaster as a safe toy.

I like that the blasters are brightly coloured and even discovered a pink one on Amazon.

Overall, i can see that Nerf blasters encourage children to play with each other, providing action-packed and safe fun, indoors and outdoors.

Would I let Hamish get one?

Yes.

Being little though I would only encourage to him aim at inanimate targets and naturally teach him set of rules for play.

I think Nerf wars seem like good fun as he gets older. ( with the correct safety eye wear) and I can actually see my older boys joining in with this.

For more information visit here

Note:

For younger children especially adult supervision is recommended.

Posted in Crafts, Education, Fun mamma Rainbiw kids club, preschool, preschool curriculum, preschoolers, Toddlers

How to make a set of nature inspired number flash cards and counting poster for your homeschool classroom

Every springtime the Western Cape show cases the most gorgeous blanket of little wild flowers.

Every open field has huge spreads of whites or yellows or orange daisy and we are blessed to live very close to one of these areas.

Nature appreciation

Not only are these flowers beautiful they also hold an abundance of life in their little ecosystems.

Little ants that scurry about, earthworms underground, bees, dragonfly, bumblebee and beetles all gathering nectar….these can often be missed as we focus on the flowers.

But, I’ve always tried to teach my children the importance of nature, show her beauty and have them understand our role to protect and look after the world around us from ant to whale.

And so before we even started our activity, Hamish and I, first admired the flowers and sat along the side of the path watching the insect and bird life that danced amidst them.

Using nature to learn

Knowing how important it is for me that my children appreciate the natural world around them, I incorporate nature studies and the use of natural materials in our home classroom.

We count out sticks, print with leaves, have sensory play with mud and build with stones.

If we learnt flower parts we did so outside with real flowers. Shapes and patterns were identified in the garden and what better way to learn about the ocean than to be there?

A Pinterest idea comes to life

Somewhere along my late night Pinterest scrolling sessions, I saw a number freeze made by forming numbers with stones and leaves.

I knew I wanted to make this.

But, the stones and leaves looked dull against the grass background …what if we used flowers?

And so Hamish and I took a walk down the road and gathered several little white flowers to start our new project.

Counting flowers

As soon as we got home, I let Hamish cut the stems off the flowers and we started arranging flowers on the grass in the shape of numbers to photograph.

These number photographs have become the posters and flashcards we use in our classroom.

How to make a set of nature inspired flash cards and counting poster

To make your own you will need:

  • Wild flowers ( but you could do this with any natural item- shells, stones, sticks, leaves)
  • Scissors to cut the flowers
  • A container to gather the flowers in
  • A camera ( your cell phone camera will work just fine)
  • A grass background ( although you may want to use a wooden background, sandy beach, mud, ect)
  • Printer or printing facility
  • Laminator or laminating facility

To make:

  • First gather all your flowers. We used about 20 flowers and made two numbers at a time. Reusing the flowers for the other numbers so that we didnt have to cut that many flowers.
  • Next arrange the flowers into the number shapes.
  • Photograph each number.
  • Edit your photographs until you are happy.
  • Have each photo printed. I printed A4 to make the number freeze and printed 2 images on an A4 piece of card to cut into A5 sized flash cards.
  • Have your posters laminated and display.
  • Cut your flash cards in half and store neatly.

Posted in Brands we love, Covid-19/ Coronavirus, Family Time, Parenting

Krazi Awsum pandemic Tees

Krazi Awsum gifts and goodies recently launched their online gift shop with a fabulous line of keepsake Tshirts that perfectly depicts life in a pandemic.

The superior quality Tshirts are avaliable in sizes for the whole family making them suitable for fun photoshoots.

This range, which uses the slogan #shareaslogan,would also suit bloggers wanting to express themselves, parents looking for unique gift options and to keep in a time capsule.

Pandemic range

The range comprises of the following designs :

1. My first Pandemic

2. Quarantine and chill

3. I stayed home 2020

4. Stay homie

5. Lockdown survivor

6. Wash your hands

7. Straight outta isolation

8. Most dramatic season ever

9. This is my quarantine shirt

10. Stronger together 2020

11. You matter

12. Homeschool 2020

Price

The Tshirt prices are affordable and compare well to other brands.

Krazi Awsum gifts and goodies also offer the option of personalised prints should you wish a custom design.

Order your Tshirt today and share a slogan.

Facebook : Krazi Awsum gifts & goodies

Instagram: @KraziAwsum

Posted in Mamma bears

How to be a mom boss babe and build your empire

As a mom at home, I have tried many different ways to earn an income and supplement our household budget,whilst staying at home to be a full time mother and for many years a homeschooling mom.

Work from home

There are so many great options out there for moms wanting to do this :

  • Direct selling– direct selling offers you the option to work as a sales agent and sell the products from their catalogues to your families or friends whilst earning a commission on each sale. They often provide training, on going support, incentives, a start up kit and monthly catalogues. Some of the direct sale’s companies I’ve worked with over the years have been Dk books; Justine cosmetics; Avon cosmetics; Tupperware, Smile educational toys and Acorn kids products.
  • Drop shipping – drop shipping is the process of selling products for a company on your own online shop without holding stock. You earn commission and the company ship the product to your customer after they recieve your payment.
  • Buy and sell– the internet has made it incredibly easy for moms to start online shops and you can use your knowledge and passions to buy products and resell at a higher price.
  • Crafting – so many moms are talented and as we grow in motherhood so we learn new skills. Those gloves you knit or those tracksuits you make, you can sell. The cards you make or the biscuits you bake can all be sold at craft markets, online or on stores like etsy or Shopify.
  • Offer a service– are you a teacher, counselor, dog walker or gardener? Offering your services as a small business can also become an entrepreneurial business. You could do this via online lessons, classes and workshops.
  • Blogging or Influencing – bloggers and influencers are paid by brands to work with them, once you as a blogger or influencer have built up a solid reputation for yourself. As a blogger you can also sell advertising on your blog and work with affiliates to earn a passive income.

It’s a business

One of the first mistakes moms make is to call their entrepreneur efforts just a hobby or a little side line.

The first steps in business are to believe in yourself and your product.

So you need to change your mind frame to thinking like a boss babe who is building her empire.

Develop a boss babe mind frame

To do this…

  • Start by referring to your business as a company.
  • Invest the right amount of time each day to make it a success.
  • If you are not working through a registered company, register yourself as a company.
  • Open a business bank account to keep transactions separate from your household and personal accounts.
  • Get advise and knowledge on personal tax, business and sales tax, vat and tax nexus.

A tax nexus, for those new to the term, is a connection between taxing jurisdictions and a business that collects or pays tax.

Knowing your tax responsibilities as an individual and as a business, early can save you months of audits and fines later on.

  • Design a website and have social media accounts for your business.
  • Always carry business cards.
  • Market your business everywhere and watch the trends in your niche to make sure you are both following them and are ahead of them.
  • Network

Conclusion

There are many ways for moms to earn an income staying at home and even more to become an entrepreneur but it is vital to know your rights and responsibilities as a tax payer before launching your business.

Posted in Family Life, Family Time, Parenting

The magic Kinder App – bringing joy to your family

Hamish is not a huge fan of sweets but for chocolate he will go crazy.

Mind you as much as he lives chocolate, he actually really loves Kinder joy eggs.

Those plastic egg halves that contain a spoon of nutty chocolate and 2 wafer like balls and on the other side a DIY toy.

Something I only recently learnt was that there is a Kinder joy app to continue the fun.

The magic kinder App

Designed with learning in mind, the magic kinder app is a magical family friendly place that brings families together to have fun and play.

The App offers a safe environment for your children to enjoy :

  • Games
  • Drawing and colouring tools
  • Activities
  • tutorials
  • Stories
  • And videos

Designed for children aged 3 to 12, it’s an App to keep the entire family entertained.

The activities on the App are inspired by 6 learning areas needed to make up the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience for families to learn and play together.

The Kinder App is COPPA certified and parents have the peace of mind knowing :

  • There are parental controls
  • No advertising is on the app
  • It does not come with an in-app purchase

Parents are further put at ease knowing that Kinder have partnered with the university of Oxford in a 3 year program to develop content and monitor children’s learning.

Other partners include:

  • University of Auckland
  • The Fab kab
  • Interactive kids

You can download the app from Google play Store or Apple App store.

Posted in Family Life, Parenting, Press releases

Infertility: Don’t wait until it’s too late!

June is World Infertility Awareness Month and there’s no better time to be proactive about your fertility health.


Parenthood is undeniably one of the most universally desired goals in adulthood, and most people have life plans that include children. However, not all couples who want a pregnancy will achieve one spontaneously and a proportion will need to seek medical treatment to help resolve underlying fertility problems.

It’s therefore understandable that infertility has been recognised as a public health issue worldwide by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Infertility is when you cannot get or stay pregnant after trying for at least a year and you are under the age of 35,” says Dr Sulaiman Heylen, President of the Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG).

One in every four couples in developing countries is affected by infertility, while one in six couples worldwide experience some form of infertility problem at least once during their reproductive lifetime.

The current prevalence of infertility lasting for at least 12 months is estimated to affect between 8 to 12% worldwide for women aged 20 to 44.

In recent years, the number of couples seeking treatment for infertility has dramatically increased due to factors such as postponement of childbearing in women, development of newer and more successful techniques for infertility treatment, and increasing awareness of available services.

This increasing participation in fertility treatment has also raised awareness and inspired investigation into the psychological ramifications of infertility.

It can cause stress, depression and anxiety, which is why it is important to know that there are options available for treatment.

Age is a key factor

“Up to 50% of all patients who visit a fertility centre are 35 or older. We cannot stress enough how important it is for people not to wait too long when they consider having children. Young women need to be aware that there is a slow decline in fertility from their 20s until the age of 35, after which it starts to decrease rapidly until the age of 45,” says Dr Heylen.

“It’s extremely important for couples to investigate fertility options and fertility preservation earlier in life, rather than leaving it too late. A woman who is not ready to have a child can choose to freeze her eggs to try to preserve her ability to have a child later,” says Dr Heylen.

It’s estimated that 20 to 30% of infertility cases are explained by physiological causes in men, 20 to 35% by physiological causes in women, and 25 to 40% of cases are because of a problem in both partners.

In 10 to 20% no cause is found. Infertility is also associated with lifestyle factors such as smoking, body weight and stress.

A woman’s age is one of the most important factors affecting whether she is able to conceive and give birth to a healthy child.

This is due to several changes that are a natural part of ageing:

  • The number and quality of eggs (ovarian reserve) decreases naturally and progressively from the time a woman is born until the time she reaches menopause.
  • It is not only more difficult to get pregnant (conceive), but miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities in the child (such as Down syndrome) are more common in older mothers.
  • Fibroids, endometriosis, and tubal disease are more common and can affect fertility.
  • Women who become pregnant at an older age have a higher risk of complications during the pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
  • The decrease in a man’s fertility appears to occur later in life than in a woman’s fertility. In their mid-to-late 40s, men experience changes in their sperm that can cause issues with fertility, and chromosomal or developmental problems with their children.

Lifestyle and family history

If you have any of the following risk factors, you may also consider seeking advice earlier:

  • Family history (i.e., mother or sister) of early menopause (before age 51)
  • History of cigarette smoking in either partner
  • Previous ovarian surgery
  • Exposure to chemotherapy or radiation to treat cancer in either partner
  • Shortening in the time between periods
  • Skipped or missed periods
  • History of injury to the testicles
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals (certain pesticides or solvents)

Pregnancy is a complex process

Pregnancy is the result of a process that has many steps. To get pregnant:

  • A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation).
  • A man’s sperm must join with the egg along the way (fertilise).
  • The fertilised egg must go through a fallopian tube toward the uterus.
  • The fertilised egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).

Infertility may result from a problem with any or several of these steps.

For the pregnancy to continue to full term, the embryo must be healthy and the woman’s hormonal environment adequate for its development.

When just one of these factors is impaired, infertility can result.

Couples, dependent on the ages of the partners, are generally advised to seek medical help if they are unable to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse. The doctor will conduct a physical examination of both partners to determine their general state of health and to evaluate physical disorders that may be causing infertility.

Usually both partners are interviewed about their sexual habits in order to determine whether intercourse is taking place properly for conception.

If no cause can be determined at this point, more specific tests may be recommended. For women, these include an analysis of ovulation, x-ray of the fallopian tubes and uterus, and laparoscopy. For men, initial tests focus on semen analysis.

“Based on the results of the specific tests, a treatment plan will be made which can include medication, surgery or assisted reproduction,” says Dr Heylen.

Treatment options

Not all couples who desire a pregnancy will achieve one spontaneously and some will need medical help to resolve underlying fertility problems.

It is now estimated that more than 9 million babies have been born worldwide since the first IVF baby was born in 1978.

Most assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments take place in women aged between 30 and 39.

The most common fertilisation technique is ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). Overall, ICSI accounts for around three-quarters of all treatments worldwide, and conventional IVF around one-quarter. Success rates from frozen embryo transfer are increasing, as are the number of frozen cycles. Vitrification, as an efficient cryopreservation technique, has improved the outcome of both embryo and oocyte (immature egg cell) freezing.

Infertility often creates one of the most distressing life crises that a couple has ever experienced together.

The long-term inability to conceive a child can evoke significant feelings of loss. Coping with the multitude of medical decisions and the uncertainties that infertility brings can create great emotional upheaval for most couples.

“If you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, out of control, or isolated, you are not alone,” says Dr Heylen. “Infertility is more common than you may think, but there is no reason to lose hope. Visit a fertility clinic near you to speak to a doctor about the options available to you and your partner.”

For more information, visit www.merckfertilityjourney.co.za

References:
1. Boivin J, Bunting L, Collins JA, Nygren KG. International estimates of infertility prevalence and treatment-seeking: potential need and demand for infertility medical care [published correction appears in Hum Reprod. 2007 Oct;22(10):2800]. Hum Reprod. 2007;22(6):1506‐1512. doi:10.1093/humrep/dem046
2. Word Health Organisation. Sexual and reproductive health. Global prevalence of infertility, infecundity and childlessness. [March 2020] Available from:https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/infertility/burden/en/
3. European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). ART fact sheet. [May 2020]. Available from:www.eshre.eu/-/media/sitecore-files/Press-room/ART-fact-sheet-2020-data-2016.pdf?la=en&hash=AB68A67B4FEA7723F2125B02BCB93FB837139CD4
4. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health. Fertility & Mental Health: Stress, depression, and anxiety associated with infertility and its treatment. [May 2020]. Available from:https://womensmentalhealth.org/specialty-clinics/infertility-and-mental-health/
5. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Does my age affect my fertility? Fact Sheet from ReproductiveFacts.org. [May 2020]. Available from:https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/patient-fact-sheets-and-booklets/documents/fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/does-my-age-affect-my-fertility/
6. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Medications for Inducing Ovulation: A Guide for Patients. [May 2020]. Available from: http://www.reproductivefacts.org/globalassets/rf/news-and-publications/bookletsfact-sheets/english-fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/booklet_medications_for_inducing_ovulation.pdf
7. Merck. How is infertility diagnosed? [May 2020]. Available from: http://www.merckfertilityjourney.co.za/about-infertility/

The information provided herein is intended to support and not replace the advice of your Healthcare Professional. Always seek the advice of your treating Healthcare Professional if you have any questions regarding your individual treatment plan. Merck (Pty) Ltd. Reg. No.:1970/004059/07. 1 Friesland Drive, Longmeadow Business Estate South, Modderfontein, South Africa, 1645. Tel: +27 (0) 11 372 5000 / Fax: +27 (0) 11 372 5252. Report adverse events todrug.safety.southeastafrica@merckgroup.com or +27 (0) 11 608 2588 (fax). SEA/NONF/0520/0019a. May 2020.

Posted in babies, Brands we love, Family Life, Parenting

Meg faure and the Parent Sense App

I was excited to attend the online launch of Meg Faure’s brand new parenting platform – Parent Sense.

About Parent sense

Parent sense is mobile App that takes the guess work out of parenting your new baby.

I wish this had been around when my own 7 children were babies.


This ingenious App, follows Meg Faure’s practical parenting advise and delivers intuitive, age related content with personalised routines for your baby each day.

The app automatically adjusts to the time baby wakes and takes into account that all babies are different.

Parent sense assists moms to :

*know their babies ideal daily routine

*keep track of milestones

*keep track of your baby’s sleep routine

* keep track of baby’s feeding times

And offers trusted stimulation ideas and nutritional recipes.

With this great app parents will have comfort, control and peace of mind whilst raising their little ones. Taking the guesswork out of parenting.

Download the App on Google Play Store or the Apple Store

Image credit : Parent Sense

Posted in Family Life, Parenting

Just a mom

Mom’s are so often overwealmed as we go about the thankless task of cooking, cleaning and caring for others.

Feeding baby, Fighting with toddlers to brush teeth, Forcing preschoolers to pick up toys, Finding new ways to comfort our children, Fending for our tweens as they start to become independent Focusing on our Teens as they push us away and Forgiving our adult children from thinking we know nothing.

Giving all the time.

No time to go to the bathroom alone, and just when they grow you start to panic more …are they safe, did they eat, do they have winter clothing.

As mom’s we carry our own little worlds, so when I read these words from Emma Heafy, that express this so well, I wanted to share.

Mom, you may need to hear just how amazing you are today 💞

Just a mom

Words by Emma Heafy

“I’m just a mum”.⠀

You are not just a mum, you are someone’s everything.⠀
Their world.⠀
Their protector.⠀
Their comfort.⠀
In you they see a level of safety no one else can provide. ⠀
In you they trust absolutely.⠀
Just doesn’t come into it. ⠀

You are not just a mum, you are the most important piece of someone’s puzzle. ⠀
Their rock.⠀
Their consistent. ⠀
Their superhero. ⠀
In you they see everything you don’t always see.⠀
In you they believe absolutely.⠀
Just doesn’t come into it.⠀

You are not just a mum, you are someone’s jack of all trades. ⠀
Their cook.⠀
Their teacher. ⠀
Their nurse.⠀
In you, they see no limits to your devotion. ⠀
In you they rely absolutely.⠀
Just doesn’t come into it.⠀

You are not just a mum, you are working in testing conditions.⠀
No sleep.⠀
No sick days.⠀
No pay.⠀
Through your sacrifices they get everything. ⠀
Through you they grow.⠀
Just doesn’t come into it.⠀

You are not just a mum, you are raising the future. ⠀
The children.⠀
The parents.⠀
The grandparents.⠀
Through your contributions the world benefits.⠀
Through you it improves.⠀
Just doesn’t come into it.⠀

You are not just a mum, you are so much more.⠀
It’s true.⠀
Believe it.⠀
Say it.⠀
Just doesn’t come into it.

Posted in Education, Parenting

YouTube kids – the App made for curious minds

As Hamish has gotten older, I’ve naturally looked for more ways to entertain and educate him.

One of those options has been the introduction to child friendly and educational learning Apps.

One of my favourites Apps for him has to be the easy to use YouTube kids App.

Youtubekids App

YouTube have created a FREE separate App, designed specifically for children to be able to navigate around on their own, watching their favourite family friendly videos and exploring new things that capture their imagination.

The App provides settings that let you, the parent, customize your child’s experience.

For peace of mind and easy use, there is a comprehensive parent guide that answers all your questions before you download.

Why is this App awesome?

For me personally I love that you can choose a content level that is based on your child’s age group

  • Under 4 years old
  • 5 -7 years
  • 8-12

So, there is no need to worry about inappropriate content popping up.

You can also set screen time limits and even approve your child’s video and play lists.

With thanks to the parent control, and the engaging Youtubekids content, Hamish can now learn more about himself and the world around him.

You can download the App on GooglePlay and AppleApp Store

Posted in babies, Education, Fun Mamma SA Products we love, Fun Mamma SA Toy of the Week, Parenting, preschool, preschoolers, STEM, Toddlers

Fun maths games with Building Genius by Moluk

We are huge fans of the Moluk design brand and I can not recommend these open ended toys more.

Read my reviews on the awesome bilibo and oibo

So you can imagine our excitement when Straight_zigzag sent Hamish the latest product – Building Genius.

This soft, safe, silicone construction toy comprises of 3 of each of the brands popular products – Mox, Hix and Oibo.

Truly toys that grow with your child and can be used from baby stage.

With so many uses.

  • Your baby 0 -1 year can grasp and sense.
  • Toddlers 1-3 can stack and build.
  • Children 3 – 12 can imagine and invent.

We spent some time exploring the products and using them in lessons to:

  • count objects
  • sort colours and shapes
  • identify shapes
  • do maths sums
  • build

We also used them in play….

  • Hamish used them in free play with water to experiment with volume
  • we turned the hix into boats and see who could blow them across the bilibo fastest
  • he rolled the mox balls to the bilibo
  • practised throwing and catching with them
  • and he played with them using his imagination creating robots

The hix fold into 3 sizes and are great for fine motor development as your child manipulates the silicone into it’s different sizes.

The mox balls have groves that could look like eyes and slits which Hamish calls a mouth. You can post items inside for your child to get out or let them squeeze the sides to open the mouth.

The oibo are also flexible and the mox fit inside. Hamish loves to pop the balls in and manipulate the sides of the oibo to get them out.

How to use the Building genius in lessons

Nothing excites me more than a toy we can use in lessons, mostly because I know that I will immediately have Hamish’s full attention and that he will grasp the concept a lot faster because he is enthusiastic to play.

I jumped straight in by introducing the building genius to our next maths lessons.

We’ve been working on sizes and Hamish categorized the hix into:

– small, medium and large

-big, bigger, biggest

-small, smaller, smallest

Next we reinforced categorizing and sorting by placing the items on a piece of paper to match the colours.

Lastly we reinforced shape names and properties by looking at the hix, mox and obio and discussing what shape they were and how many sides each had. Then Hamish grouped each onto a piece of paper with its corresponding shape.

Using familiar objects and favourite toys in learning activities makes learning a concept much more enjoyable.

So, although Hamish loves to build and create his own items with this lovely set, he also loves to add them to his learning time.

I love the possibilities of play and learning that this set of toys offer and can’t wait to share the new and innovative ways we find to introduce them into our every day learning and play