#VlogChallenge Week 3 – Books

As each week of the #vlogchallenge passes by, I’m becoming more confident – and I only had one outtake this week (I should start posting them shouldn’t I?)! There could’ve been more but I was pushed for time and I didn’t want to keep starting again, so be sure to expect lots of pauses and “erm”‘s!

It’s actually longer than 2 minutes this week as well. So here is my week 3 of the #vlogchallenge – Books:

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Noisy Day Press And Play Soundbook | Book review

Little man J loves his books and we are building up quite a collection. The most recent one we have added is the Noisy Day Press And Play Soundbook from The Works. J does like books which I can read aloud to him and have pictures which he can point at and tell me what everything is, but he would much rather play with noisy books!

This noisy book helps children to learn their first sounds, learn to count, and learn their colours and shapes along with the daily life of the workers in the book – such as firefighters, the vet, the ambulance service and the school bus. It has 45 different sounds for them to explore.

The book is packaged in a cardboard & plastic sleeve with the book opened wide, so it is well protected. The book also folds up for transportation and it also protects the buttons, which I think is a good idea. There is even a little space for the child to write their name. The pictures in the book are very colourful, and simple yet informative, which I think is a must for a toddlers book as there doesn’t want to be too much information to process at once.

Noisy Day Press And Play Soundbook

The idea is that the child goes through the day, and every so often they need to press a button for the sound – there is picture of the button in the story and they have to find it on the board. At various points it will ask them how many things they can see, such as people or animals, which encourages counting and finding the number. The same also goes for shapes. Each set of buttons in the story is colour coordinated to help them identify colours too.

I read the story to J but he has lots of fun pressing the buttons – sometimes I don’t even read it at all, he will just sit there pressing them for ages!

The RRP of this book is £20. I don’t think I would personally buy it at that price, but it is a great buy for its current offer price of £6.99.

Our rating – 5/5 (though at full price it would be 4/5)


Disclosure
We were sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.

Eat like the greats (free Send A Cow recipe ebook)

I think everybody around the world knows the importance of breakfast.

 
breakfast
ˈbrɛkfəst/
noun
  1. 1.
    a meal eaten in the morning, the first of the day.
    “a breakfast of bacon and eggs”



Breakfast is in fact just that, breaking the fast of the night before. It helps us to get on with our day, gives us energy, helps us think. It is especially important in helping children to reach their full potential in every area of their life. Unfortunately not all children have this privilege. 
 
That is why Send A Cow have launched a new free ebook called The Most Important Meals Of Their Lives, to help raise awareness of the importance of a nutritious breakfast in helping children in the poorest parts of Africa achieve their true potential. 
 
What would have happened if Einstein hadn’t eaten his breakfast on the day he cracked the theory of relativity? Or if Edison didn’t have his breakfast on the day he had a light bulb moment (literally)? Would they have been to think as clearly? So, breakfast may be the most important, if not smallest, meal of the day, but it can arguably be said that it has also been one of the most important meals of all time for these great inventors.
 
Not only inventors, but this fantastic book also contains breakfasts of other greats from history. 
 
How would you like to eat:
 
Ancient Egyptian bread like Cleopatra VII…
 
…Or pound cake, tea, toast and cocoa like Jane Austen?
 
Maybe Umphokoqo like Nelson Mandela…
 
…Or perhaps Sops (stale bread in milk) like William Shakespeare?

 

Or you may want to go the route of Winston Churchill and have poached egg, cold meats, toast and grapefruit.


If you don’t even fancy any of these, you can find another 20 great breakfast recipes from the likes of (amongst others) Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, First Men On The Moon, even Barack Obama!
 
Me, I will definitely be trying some of the recipes featured, and who knows, maybe you, I or a special unprivileged child may be one of the next greats to go down in the history books!* So go on, what are you waiting for?
 
The ebook is free to download but a £2.50 donation is suggested, as the Government will match all donations to the Break… Fast appeal up until the 30th June 2014. Your donation could be enough to support breakfast for an African child for an entire month!
 
*Probably not me.

Penwizard personalised Peppa Pig Birthday Party | Book review

In our home we love books, though little man sometimes doesn’t have the attention span to sit and read a full one. I try to a have a mixture of both educational, traditional, modern & fun books. J is slightly obsessed with a certain cartoon pig, so when we were given the chance to review a personalised Peppa Pig book from Penwizard I was very eager – for him, not me, I might add! I was able to choose a softback book so as it was coming up to little man’s 2nd birthday, I went for the “Peppa goes to Your Childs Party!” one. 

It is a very easy process to personalise your book, in just a few steps. The personalisation options include your childs gender, name, skin tone, eye colour, hair style & colour, and whether they wear glasses or not. Also with the party book you can include their age on the balloon. You can even leave a personal message at the front of the book.


Once I had ordered the book it arrived very quickly. I was surprised at the size, though it does say it on the website (but if you read the blog regularly, you will know I rarely pay attention to size, oops!). It arrived in a hardback envelope which is of course a good thing so it doesn’t get bent or damaged in the mail. 


The book itself is of very good quality; very glossy with lovely bright pictures with all of the Peppa Pig characters from the familiar story. J’s character does bear a bit of a resemblance to him in cartoon form! I love the fact there is a print of the letter in there too. 


 
The book is very easy to read, but as J is 2 and just at the beginning of learning to read, I read it for him. He loves sitting and looking at the pictures and telling me who the characters are though. The only thing with it being softback is that if you have a little destroyer like mine, it can be bent easily. For this reason I think I would pay the extra £5 and get the hardback version. 
 
Overall, this is a book that a Peppa Pig fan will never tire of – little man is always bringing it to read! At £14.99 I think it makes a fabulous gift and as it’s personalised it is great to be put in a memory box, as there are many other versions too.
 
Our rating – 4/5
 
Disclosure
We were sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

We discovered Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library last week when we went to our local Sure Start centre for a stay & play session. 


The Imagination Library is a new childhood literacy programme over here in the UK developed by, obviously, Dolly Parton. The programme aims to send a book through the mail to all registered children, every month from birth up until they are 5 years old. All of these books are free. That’s right, nothing to pay, ever! 


On signing up, we received a book there & then. The first book was The Tale of Peter Rabbit. At the launch we attended (and as far as I can gather, at every other launch in different centres), there were a few different activities going on for the children to get involved in and get their imaginations going. Little man especially liked collecting some of Peter Rabbit’s treasures and sorting them out! There was also another activity where the children could cut vegetables and ‘make’ soup. Little man had a lot of fun stirring the vegetables in the pan, and when the session was over and we had to leave, he had an almighty strop whilst I was trying to get him away!


I think this is a fantastic programme, especially if you have young babies/toddlers as it is an awful lot of books that will be received in their first few years. I’m not sure of any other launches taking place in the UK, but you can check your child’s eligibility and sign up here.

Disclosure policy
I received no payment or product for this post, I just wanted to share this fab programme with my readers.