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REVIEW: Mr Tumble’s Something Special Learning Pad

Toddlers love to be like their older siblings – and parents, even – and now they can have their very own interactive tablet, and start to learn the skills they will need as they get older. Mr Tumble is, of course, a very popular Cbeebies character so most little ones will recognise him and respond well to the familiarity. The colourful tablet has six activities to encourage learning about colours, numbers, shapes, letters, characters and musical instruments. The picture buttons on the touch-sensitive screen operate easily (but not too easily) and the pictures make it easy for young children; pressing

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REVIEW: Science Mad! Chemistry Lab

Aspiring scientists and those whose interest in chemistry has been triggered by work at school will love this enjoyable learning product which includes an amazing 100 safety tested experiments. Just imagine how hard it would be to go out and buy all the necessary bits and pieces for this! The Chemistry Lab includes both the chemicals and the equipment needed, apart from a few extras which are easily sourced at home. The set includes 19 assorted chemicals in plastic containers with safety caps, and over 20 pieces of equipment including a spirit burner, test tubes, beakers, a conical flask and

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REVIEW: The Science of Magic from Science4you

As the name of the set indicates, this is more than just a magic set for fun, but shows how the scientific principles make the magic happen. Children enjoy putting on magic shows and they are a good way to give confidence; with the wide range in this box, several children can join together to give a performance with optical illusions, colour-changing liquids, a magical paper bag and much more. The set comes with a 36 page educational book which outlines the 17 experiments. The recommended age range is 8+; many of the ideas can be enjoyed by younger children

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REVIEW: Toxic Magazine – Gaming Special from Egmont Publishing

Toxic magazine is aimed at children of 7 and over and is full of all sorts of fun stuff like competitions, posters, facts, comics and movie reviews. We were sent issue 313 (Gaming Special) to review which counts down the 50 Greatest Gaming Legends and comes with an official Minecraft Build book. Inside the magazine it’s jam-packed with news and features from your favourite games, a Pokemon feature, Fortnite hints and tips, lots of competitions, puzzles, a Lego DC Super Villains poster and there are also two double page comic strips. The layout of the various features in the magazine

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REVIEW: Shinington Farm by Toys of Wood Oxford

This is a toy that really stimulates the imagination and goes well beyond being just a construction kit. With 223 pieces in all, there’s plenty to keep your young one happily occupied for plenty of time – and it’s a toy they will return to over and over again. There are 172 interlocking beech wood logs, 27 colourful wooden farm life essential accessories and livestock plus 24 pieces of farm ground plan (87x65cm) jigsaw puzzle – I love this element of the toy, which gives an added dimension, and a good starting point. The pieces are well made and seem

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