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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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#Review: Peppa Pig Alphaphonics Campervan

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Educational Play | Posted on 13-09-2016

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When your child reaches two, there is a basic inevitability that Peppa Pig and her friends are going to take over your lives. There is clearly some magical hypnosis coming from the TV whenever it is on that just draws children in, and from then on anything Peppa Pig themed – and to be fair there’s a lot out there – becomes fascinating to them.

We watch Peppa Pig, obviously. Little Dude is 2 and a definite fan. He took his first trip to Peppa Pig World recently and loved it. We already have a few themed toys in the house, but when I was asked if I wanted to review the brand new Alphaphonics Campervan I was very interested.

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Styled to look like the campervan used in their holiday episodes, this electronic toy features the letters of the alphabet next to a recognisable image. There are eight games to play which can be selected using a sliding button at the top. You can learn about the phonic sounds, spelling, matching and the alphabet. It comes with volume control – YAY! – but I’m afraid it has NO OFF SWITCH. Aimed at the over 3’s I could see this appealing to both my children. Little Dude loves the show, recognises the characters, and loves pressing buttons. Little Man, at almost 6, doesn’t really watch it anymore but loves learning and practising his phonics.

Little Dude has obviously played with it most. He likes going through the letters one at a time, pressing the buttons and either saying the word or mimicking the item in the image. His favourite is invariably the ‘D’ key and there is usually a lot of dinosaur roars to be heard. With Little Man its more about copying the phonics sounds and practising spelling some of the words. He’s like a sponge at the moment with information and learning, so I’m very pleased to let him “play” with this as he is good at listening to the instructions.

It’s a great educational fun toy. Lots of potential for learning for both Little Dude and Little Man, who both think they’re just having fun which is ideal. The sliding button at the top feels a little cheap to me and I do wonder how long it will survive with my boisterous boys. Apart from that I love it, though I do wonder who thought no off switch was a good idea. It automatically shuts off after two minutes of none usage, but surely a simple off switch would be easier? Thankfully there is volume control so you don’t have to endure the pig too loud. It is a great toy for young fans of the show, and a good starter for the phonics learning. Oink oink!

Educational Play with Schleich

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Educational Play | Posted on 22-06-2016

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I’m a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I’m not a teacher and I don’t want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently by Schleich about receiving their new “Educational Play The Schleich Way” guide – which you can download yourself via the handy button to the right – and a selection of their animal figures to play with, I jumped at the chance.

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I was a big fan of the guide, which is full of practical information and ideas for playing with your children. It was created with the help of Amanda Gummer who I’ve featured on here before, and she is wonderful at coming up with different ways of playing. We tailored some of the suggested games to make them more appropriate for Little Dude who is just 2 years old, for example asking him to bring us a certain animal and teaching him the noises that they make. We also used them with existing toys we have, for example an animal jigsaw that features an elephant, and a farm yard set had a new cow and horse to visit. As the guide suggested there is lots of potential for speech development with these toys, and as a 2 year old who is very much in the midst of finding his voice they are a tremendous addition to our existing toys. I can also see there getting dragged out into the garden if the weather ever sorts itself out and becomes consistently sunny. I can already imagine a strange zoo farm emerging on my grass!

The Schleich figures themselves are fabulous. The quality is outstanding, and the detailing on them is incredible. From the wrinkles on the elephants skin, to the marks on the horses hooves, and the prominent ribs on the cow, they are phenomenally lifelike. I can see more of these figures making their way into our playroom soon, especially now I’ve spied the impressive range of dinosaurs they do!