REVIEW: Leap Frog Sweet Treats Learning Cafe

The Sweet Treats Learning Cafe from Leap Frog lets your child become a barista! This is a really interactive toy and has lots of great features. It comes with: Coffee Machine Two Cups – one large and one small Two Plates A milk Jug A Sugar Bowl A Sugar Spoon Pastry Plate 3 Desserts – Circle Doughnut, Heart Biscuit and a Triangle Cake The pastry plate holds the three deserts and the two plates can either be used as a saucer for the cups or a plate for the deserts. On the front of the coffee machine is a dial

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BLOG & REVIEW: The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz

The Mystery of the Colour Thief – Book Review Izzy’s mum is in a coma after a car accident – and Izzy thinks it is her fault. Brave Izzy is trying to hold everything together but then the colours start to disappear from the mural her mother painted. What is happening? A meeting with her new neighbour, Toby, sets Izzy off on a new course. Toby is paralysed after a skateboarding accident, but still maintains a positive attitude which works wonders for Izzy. These two people can still save others and restore confidence when they find a nest of cygnets

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REVIEW: MEL Science

The founders of MEL Chemistry came together because they are science geeks, and they want to share that passion with children. MEL Science have created a standalone educational package that will captivate the interest of your child by demonstrating the real science (real chemistry, not tricks with a scientific slant) in all of its beauty and depth. They offer 38 interactive hands-on chemistry sets plus a complementary app for smartphone or tablet. The sets are designed by experienced scientists and are suitable for children age 9 – 14. Working through the sets will constitute a do-it-at-home year-long chemistry course, which

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REVIEW: Shapes Colours Numbers by Dario Zeruto

Shapes Colours Numbers by Matthew Morgan Shapes Colours Numbers is unlike any other book I have worked on. Sleek, stylish and simple, the first copies arrived from the printer like interplanetary play things, and my own experience of reading the book to my two-year-old daughter has been refreshing, unfussy and fun. The book is the work of Dario Zeruto, a master paper engineer and teacher who’s Italian-born but based in Barcelona. His own creative journey has included a formal education in mechanical engineering, self-taught studies in textile production, a love of paper craft and the development of the book as

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REVIEW: Hape Checkout Register

This wooden cash register is a lovely traditional-looking toy, complete with abacus. Cash or credit? No problem – this till accepts either, giving children the opportunity to learn about different types of payment; you can scan a card or accept cash. There is so much in the box –  a cash register with bar code scanner, card reader, 16 pieces of paper money (just take care with this when inserting into the drawer), coins, credit card and membership card. There are 12 bright red buttons, numbered 1 to 10, and plus and minus; these are easy to use for the

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