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REVIEW: Botley the Coding Robot from Learning Resources

My mini reviewer (7) couldn’t wait to get started when we were sent this to review. In the box you get 77 pieces: Botley the Coding Robot Remote programmer Instruction booklet Detachable robot arms Sticker sheet Goal 2 Balls 2 Flags 40 Coding Cards 6 Boards (which join together like a puzzle) 8 Sticks 12 Cubes 2 Cones We started by going through the instruction booklet so that we knew (roughly) what we were doing. The buttons on the remote programmer are clear and easy to understand so your child shouldn’t need to spend much time getting to grips with

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BLOG: Make a Bug Hotel!

Bug Hotel Bugs need a nice place to rest their heads, and this simple construction will create a lovely home for lots of critters in your garden. Have a look around and see what you can find that would make a good addition to the hotel – you aren’t restricted by what is listed here. Instead of the bricks, for example, you could use old wooden pallets, and terracotta pots make good homes for frogs and toads. You will need: About 12 bricks Thin piece of plywood (about 18 x 18in/50 x 50cm) Old roof tiles Sticks, bamboo, straw, corrugated

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REVIEW: Haba Terra Kids Marble Games

Children can enjoy traditional marble games indoors and outdoors with this colourful set. With its neat string bag, it’s great for travel too. The pack includes instructions for game ideas inside and outdoors and there are 22 colourful glass marbles for the games – black, orange, green and white. For the volcano game, choose how far from the volcano each player wants to be – this allows adaptability for children of different ages/skills. There are three approaches to the volcano which offer different challenges. The winner is the first to get their marbles in – three marbles equals one white

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REVIEW: Science in a Box – Cell-fie Education

Cell-fie Education are ‘Science in a Box’ subscription boxes; each month you can receive a different science kit with a minimum of 3 experiments in, they include all the equipment you need and each has a piece of lab kit that you can keep to build your own science lab at home! We received the Space Adventure kit. Included in the box was: 3 foam sheets A pack of different size polystyrene balls 9 wooden sticks 1 balloon 4 paints (red, yellow, blue and white) 1 paintbrush Bicarbonate of soda 1 plastic canister with lid 1 foam ring Instruction booklet

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REVIEW: Haba Terra Kids Magnifying Carousel

Encourage children to explore our natural world with this extremely lightweight and easy to take along magnifying carousel. Children will be fascinated to see everyday creatures larger than life. It’s a practically designed piece of kit that will make children feel like real explorers with its aluminum snap link for hooking on to backpack or Terra Kids Explorer’s belt. The set includes a rotating magnifying glass and six containers and it is all neatly packaged into a mesh bag with a draw string. To look at their discoveries, children need to collect insects or other natural items and store them

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