Busy Things Online Educational Games & Activities

Busy Things is a great award winning online educational games and activities site that supports children’s learning from Early Years to Primary School aged children – making it suitable for children from ages 3-11. There are options for schools, nurseries and families. As my younger children are 5 & 8 they are the perfect ages to try out the Busy Things family subscription. The first thing you need to do is sign up and watch the 3 minute introduction video.

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OOKS Story Creation App Review & Giveaway

If you haven’t heard of OOKS yet then you’re missing out! OOKS  is a story creation app that puts your child at the heart of and in control of the story and they get to make the story into a personalised book- perfect for world book day.

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We’ve spent some time trying out the OOKS app and making our very own stories! The wizard character OOK-Laf starts by asking the child some questions about a few of their favourite things such as:

  • Their name
  • Favourite Colour
  • Favourite Animal
  • Favourite Food
  • How they feel (happy/sad/excited etc)
  • What they most enjoy doing (movies/games/singing etc)
  • Then choose their favourite OOK character

All via little choice wheels as you can see in the picture below.

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The choices then all combine together and up pops your Ook!

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The OOK can be moved around via the touchscreen on your chosen tablet/phone (we used both an Iphone 6s and a Samsung Galaxy Tab and it worked great on both) to interact with the other characters to the make the elements of a unique story and ultimately a book starring your chosen OOK!

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What the characters say can be seen on screen as well as heard and the story changes dependent on which answer they give to the questions. There are also chances along the way to take part in activities such as drawing/colouring in a chef’s hat which the OOK then goes on to wear, choosing the days specials from the menu – who wouldn’t fancy a green overcooked shoe huh?!

Once the story is completed the book is created and goes into your library for you to see and buy the books, delivered straight to your door which include the options your child chose and the drawings they did as part of the story! To order the books an adult needs to have registered.

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  • The books are priced at £16.99 each.
  • The App is available from the Apple  and Google Play stores
  • Free to download with no in app purchase and no advertising
  • Helps with literacy
  • Age 4+ (was perfect for my 5 + 8 year olds)

We really loved the OOKS app, it’s bright and colourful with brilliant graphics and keeps the children’s attention along the way with humour and anticipation in what’s going to happen next. When they realised they would also get the book to keep forever they were delighted. This would make a lovely present or just a lovely way to sit and have reading time with the kids.

Here’s what the lovely people behind OOKS had to say:

‘Here at OOKS HQ, we are all too aware of the importance of stories in the lives of children. With the world becoming more technologically advanced and digital devices playing a big part in the lives of children, it’s important for traditional practices to be nurtured as part of a harmonious relationship that embraces digital and the changing landscape. We created OOKS for this exact reason – to allow storytelling to continue to be at the forefront of play experiences for kids!’

A Balance of Real World and Digital Play

Encouraging learning through play, OOKS is an interactive story-creation app for children that enables them to create awesome real world books through digital play, and develops their love of books, reading, and storytelling in the process!

Interactive Storytelling Where your Child is the Author

While playing in the OOKS world, your child will create a book that is ultra personalised to them! Their drawings will decorate the landscape and their choices will direct the story. How did they defeat the dinosaur at Mount Gargoyle? A catapult? A dance-off? A tea-party? Your child’s unique OOK book will reflect the magic of their own imagination!

A Personalised Book to Read Over and Over

Watch your child’s face light up when their book arrives full of artwork they created and personalised just for them! Not only have they created their very own book but they’ll gain a love of storytelling, writing, and reading – gifts that will stay with them for the rest of their life.

I’m giving 3 of my lovely readers a chance to win an OOKS Tote Bag and a code for a free personalised book including shipping!

To enter click on the Rafflecopter below:

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There are 3 prizes available of 1 OOKS Tote Bag and 1 free personalised book code.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 18/03/18.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*We were gifted items in return for this review.All opinions remain honest and my own*

SuperZings Giveaway

SuperZings are a fun new collectible bringing everyday objects to life in a fun, ‘Hero vs Villain’ rivalry theme. SuperZings are everyday objects brought to life in a fun, comic ‘Hero vs Villain’ rivalry theme. Clad in iconic superhero capes and eyemasks, there are more than 80  figures to collect, each with a matching rival. From Pow Corn v’s Sugar Rush to Stomper v’s Badnana. All living together in Kaboom City there are 36 regular characters available in two different colour themes, 6 Silver & 2 Gold ‘Rare’ and 1 Enigma Super Rare SuperZing.

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Will you find the super rare elusive Enigma? We were very lucky to find him!

Superzings start at 80p and are available at The Entertainer, Asda and other leading grocery stores and newsagents.

I’m giving you a chance to win some lovely goodies for your little Superzing fan!

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The prize comprises of:

• 5x Blind Packets
• 2x Hideouts
• 2x Supercars
• 1x Starter Pack
Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available as described above.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 25/02/18.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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Drumond Park Barbecue Party Review & Giveaway

We love a game we can play around the table that we can all get involved in so we were really excited to be asked to give Barbecue Party from Drumond Park a try. Stick with us as there’s a chance to win one for yourself at the end of this post!

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Something I really love when opening a game is not having a million and 1 pieces to put together and as you can see from the contents below this game didn’t disappoint.

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The only thing you need to do before play is to put the eyes on the little pieces of food, the eyes come as a sheet of stickers and underneath each set is the name of the corresponding foodstuff which makes this job an easy one.

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Once this is done all that remains is to put the grill on top of the barbecue that will hold the food that you place on it.

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To decide which food you need to place/take off the grill you are provided with a set of cards corresponding to the food pieces.

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Turn on the barbecue via the switch on the side – something else fab about this game is that it does NOT require batteries, don’t see that very often do you – and turn over a card from the pile to find which piece of food you need to add to the grill with the handy tongs. Once there have been a few turns you’ll find you turn over a card of a piece of food already on the grill in this case you can take that piece of food back off and place it on it’s card in front of you. The first to 3/4 wins. There is also a sneaky joker card which means you are able to add or takeaway any item you want.

But beware! If the barbecue gets full or someone gets a bit heavy handed the grill will pop off and all the food must be replaced in the middle. Who will become the Masterchef?

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It’s a game for age 4 and up and for 2-4 players and perfect for my 8 & 5 year olds who, as you can see had great fun playing it. Younger players can just use their hands to pick up the pieces.

RRP £22.99 and can be bought from Amazon, Argos and ASDA among others.

For your chance to win a copy for yourself click the Rafflecopter below:

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available, 1 Barbecue Party Game Only.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 10/11/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

 

 

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*We were gifted the game for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

GingerSnap A5 Lightbox Review & Giveaway

Lightboxes have been really popular lately and I have quite fancied trying one for sometime, in fact I put it on my Christmas list last year and I obviously mistakenly ended up on the naughty list because I didn’t get one.

So when Gingersnap offered me the chance to review one of their A5 Cinematic Lightboxes £20 I was really pleased I’d finally be able to have a go. Read on and find out how to win one for yourself!

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Inside the box you get the Lightbox unit, 120 black & red letters, numbers and symbols and a usb cable. I also received a pack of emoji faces and symbols £8 for even more fun.

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The size of the Lightbox is: L20 x W15 x D4.5 cm so it’s not huge but plenty big enough to make a statement and as stated above the lightbox comes with a USB adapter only so needs to plugged into a 5V USB adaptor, alternatively can be powered using 6 X AA batteries meaning it’s portable. It features a 6 hour self timer so there’s no panic if you go out and forget to turn it off.

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The letters and emojis mean you can have great fun for celebrations such as birthdays, Halloween, Christmas and lots more.

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The word will never be unfunny to kids will it? They thought this was absolutely hilarious to do while I wasn’t looking!

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Had to get the blog name in there somewhere didn’t I? We loved this lightbox and the kids have been making up loads of different things. This is my favourite and of course, very true.

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I’m giving my lovely readers a chance to win their very own Lightbox! Click the Rafflecopter below to enter!!

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available, 1 A5 Lightbox only.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 19/11/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*I was gifted the lightbox for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*