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Parents in Touch is an information, education and resources website for parents (including home educators) and teachers. We help with many aspects of education and parenting, including the provision of over 7500 worksheets to help your child. We also review the best of current children’s books and child and family related products, and keep you updated on educational news and developments.

REVIEW: The Learning Club Box from Gifts for Little Hands

The Learning Club is for children aged 3-5 years old and their aim is to help your little one to be ‘school-ready’ by giving them the tools to build on the useful skills they will need to know. Each box contains four different activities and an instruction booklet; throughout the boxes all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage are covered. Our first box is designed to help with literacy skills; the focus areas in this box are ‘learning to copy some letters and patterns’, ‘giving meaning to marks that you draw and make’, ‘following stories’ and ‘attempting to

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REVIEW: Jumbo 4 Connect from Big Game Hunters

We were very kindly sent the Jumbo 4 Connect to review. This garden game is a giant version of the classic game in which you have to place four counters in a row (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) before your opponent does the same. After taking the pieces out of the box, it is a simple job to just slide the sides in to place on the base, and then to add the bottom bar which stops all of the counters from falling out. Included in the box is also a bag in which you can store all of the counters

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REVIEW: The Woodland Explorer Box from Explorer Tots

Explorer Boxes are inspired by STEM and outdoors themes, they are aimed at ages 3-8 years and come with four exciting activities to get stuck in to. We received the Woodland themed box for review and were very impressed at the size of the box, and it was packed full! Inside there were large envelopes, each one with an activity in. Activity one – Create a Hedgehog Nest. Included is a large pack of clay, leaf shapes to cut out, eyes and noses for the hedgehogs and instructions, the only thing you need to provide yourself for this activity is

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REVIEW: Decrypto Game

This is a highly addictive party game where teammates try to transmit secret codes without letting the opposing team intercept them. It’s pacy and fast-moving, with all the players involved all the time which makes it great fun and a good ice-breaker – no time to be shy! The components of the game use anaglyph effects to scramble the codes; words are decoded by sliding the cards into the screen. The game is suitable for 3-8 players, ages 12 and up. The average playing time is around 30-minute… but, like us, you’ll probably get hooked very quickly and want to

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REVIEW: Planet Board Game from Blue Orange

This strategy board game is all about developing diverse habitats for animals to populate around the world. The game is suitable for 2 to 4 players, age 8+. The objective of Planet is to extend your habitats so that you provide for as diverse a range of animal life as possible. Mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans and glaciers – all these are ready to be populated with animals. We found the game easy to understand with straightforward rules that didn’t take long to assimilate. I like the fact that the rules for each language (eight in all) are separate –

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