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My Busy Bots

Published November 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My Busy Bots founded by two friends who are also mothers, sell specialty created Busy Bags, which look like this.

The Busy bags contain various themed activities which can be done at home or when travelling. The bags are for young children aged 3-8 years, therefore Izebella is a perfect age for the Busy Bots.

The contents of each bag vary but there will not be any pens, glue or craft items, so no need for me to worry about any mess or stains.

Izebella has two bags. One of them contained several cards, each card with a letter of the alphabet surrounded by four pictures. Also in the bag – several small pegs.

To begin Izebella had to say the letter and then work out which picture begins with the letter and peg the picture.

In her reception class they practice the alphabet and phonics daily so she really enjoyed doing this. After the first suggested activity there are other slightly more difficult things she can do. Such as name other things beginning with the letter, or say what the other images begin with.

Her other Busy Bag contains cards with colourful bugs and sparkly (non sticking) gems.

The cards all have numbers on so she has to place the correct number of gems on each one. Other activities on this include matching the gem colours and putting cards in number order.

It’s all about learning at home or away from school. Izebella sees them as extra toys or fun activities so she doesn’t even realise that she’s learning whilst playing. These Busy bags also mean less time on a tablet or watching DVDs. The supplies bags means she can pick everything up when finished and store it all away until next time.

The Busy Bags cost £7/£8 each or they can be purchased in packs of 3 for £15/£21.

Back to School – Write my Name

Published November 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Izebella is in reception class at school and is learning letters, including phonics, recognition and writing. It’s a long process for young children and can often be difficult to take it all in. One of the first things most children learn to write is their own name. Longer names such as Izebella can be more difficult than a name such as Ryan. It helps to practice as much as possibly at home but in a fun way and that’s where this new product comes in really useful.

This book is all about writing names, but it’s much more than just that. It comes gift boxed too and includes a special marker, stickers and a certificate.

The book begins with wavy lines, these are the first steps in writing, and getting a child used to following dotted lines. There are also shapes and individual letters at the back of the book.

The main part is Izebellas name. Her name is displayed on many pages, beginning with larger letters with dots to copy around.

Once the larger letters have been mastered, they start getting smaller, or letters get missed out for Izebella to add the letters herself, thus learning how to correctly write her name (and other letters too).

The pages are plastic coated so that the marker pen can be easily wiped off. Izebellas book is in cursive script as that is what her school uses. Manuscript is the other option.

Izebella was really surprised that the book was very similar to the work she does at school (I.e same script, letters, dots etc) so it’s good that children can be familiar with what’s inside.

Even a short ten minute practice per day can be really helpful when it comes to learning to read and write.

Write My Name book packages are personalised to the child, with names, photographs and a choice of cover colour. They cost £39.99, I think it’s the only writing practice book that she will need for now as it contains all the letters, numbers, shapes that she needs.

Buy directly online from Write My Name.

Read along with Wooly

Published October 8, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Say hello to our new pet spider!

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This is our Read along Wooly. Unlike other spiders Wooly is soft, gentle and friendly. He is cuddly and cute and not scary at all.

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Read along Wooly comes from Golden Bear Toys. Wooly toys and products are based on the popular pre school kids programme Wooly & Tig in which a young girl named Tig explores new experiences and feelings relevant to young children and helped to overcome her fears with her cuddly pet toy spider Wooly.

Wooly arrived just a few days before Izebellas 2nd birthday. Rather than confusing her and giving her a new toy on a random day I decided to put it with her other presents as an extra gift. Izebella is a big fan of Wooly and Tig. She watches it when it’s on and also has a DVD of it.

Wooly is just adorable. He comes with a little book which fits snuggly in his belly pouch. The book has 4 short stories of Wooly and Tig adventures and each one of Woolys 8 feet have a symbol on.

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Symbols in the stories match with Woolys feet and can be pressed to hear a corresponding sound or phrase.

It doubles up as both an interactive toy and a very cute and cuddly friend.

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The toy comes pre installed with 3 AA batteries. The battery compartment is cleverly hidden in Woolys back and includes an on/off switch.

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Izebella loves her new friend and will even shout loudly that she has Wooly spider when Wooly and Tig comes on.

“The toy comes with educational and learning benefits. The interactive introduction to reading will help your child with recognition and improve hand to eye co-ordination whilst the cuddly spider will delight and entertain”

The book is a bit of a let down
It is just a book made from paper and the toy is aimed at children 10 months and over so I can see it easily getting ripped, wet or even lost at some point.
Perhaps a tougher cardboard book or a cloth book would have been a better choice given the young age group it is aimed at.

The pouch where the book is kept on the spiders belly is quite large and I have already found a few bits of other things that Izebella has decided to hide in there.

Read Along Wooly costs £29.99 and I can imagine many little Wooly and Tig fans will be wanting one. It can be purchased directly from Golden Bear toys and many toy retailers.
Wooly measures 22cm.

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First fun Flashcards

Published June 20, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Flash Cards are one of the few learning aids that have really stood the test of time. I remember being shown flash cards by my mum to help me with spelling and learning when little and it doesn’t surprise me too much that they are still available for my children now.
Miles Kelly publishing is about to launch a new selection called First fun flashcards. These flashcards come in different themes such as letters, animals, shapes, and numbers.

I was able to choose some packs of flashcards for Izebella and so chose Colours and Shapes:, as I am currently trying to teach her a few of these. I also chose an animal pack as she seems to love looking at pictures of animals.

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Each pack contains 27 individual double sides cards. The cards seem very strong and sturdy and fairly unbreakable.
To start with the Animals pack. One side of the card shows a clear picture of the animal, whilst the other side displays the animal name in big letters with a piece of factual information underneath like this.

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These animal cards do a whole lot more than just teach children animal names. By using these cards children are recognising animals, learning how to spell the animal name plus learning small facts about each one.
The cards are aimed at children 3 and over so Izebella is perhaps a little young for games. She has however picked up many animal names and recognises many of the animals so cd using the cards, such as tiger, parrot, penguin, shark. She is only one year old so easily gets confused with similar looking animals such as the penguin and puffin. She also calls the Zebra a horse and the dolphin a fish which I think is fairly clever considering her age. I think these cards may well turn her into a mini genius.
A good game for older children would maybe be teaching children about different animal groups like mammals and reptiles and asking children which group each animal belongs to.
The animal cards have different colour frames around them. Another game could be matching the colour frames together.

The Colour and Shape cards do exactly as the title says and help to teach colours and shapes. Half the cards teach shapes and the other half colours. Again they are double sided with one side showing an object and the other a colour or shape.

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Some of the objects are much easier to recognise than others such as the rabbit and car. A few are a little difficult for Izebella such as a pine cone but my little genius is really learning fast.
I keep the packs of cards in my living room on a shelf unit and Izebella points and says cards at least 3 times a day. Each time she remembers different objects or animals. I am quite amazed at what she knows for her age and she is a very good talker too.
The colour and shape cards do show many every day objects which young children will relate to. Colours can be hard to teach. A good idea is to show a child a colour card. For instance “blue” which has a picture of a balloon. Then maybe find other blue items around the home, ask the child what else can they see that is the same colour etc. There are many different things that can be done with the flash cards.

The cards are brightly coloured with clear illustrated photographs. Each card measures 145 x 110mm which seems a good size for tiny hands to hold. Instructions come with each pack of cards along with some handy tips for more fun games and other ways to use them. Each pack costs £5.99.

Izebella and big brother and sister are having lots of fun and games with the flash cards. Ryan and Jordanna love to help Izebella learn and this is a safe way for them to join in too. Here are the pictures I took of them using the cards.

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Here is a short video I took of Jordanna teaching Izebella with the flashcards. On YouTube.

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Alphablocks Letter Teams DVD review

Published August 19, 2013 by Bizzimummy

My children were recent,t sent the new Alphablocks Letter Teams: Volume 3 on DVD from Abbey Home Media.
The DVD is aimed at children ages 3-6 years and aids learning by teaching sounds, letters and phonics in a fun way. There are lots of bright and colourful characters in this DVD making learning lots of fun.

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Letter Teams is the third volume in the Learn to read series. Previous versions introduce Alphablocks which are 26 living letters all in bright colours which hold hands to form simple words. Volume three feature Letter Teams and and combine two letters to make one sound taking phonics skills to the next level and boosting reading confidence whilst having lots of fun.
Young children will enjoy watching the Learn to Read series without being aware that they are actually learning.

 

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