My daughter and I were lucky enough to be able to test and review Hot Dots Jnr from Learning Resources . So, what just are Hot Dots exactly. Well, its basically an interactive learning game for children to aid numeracy learning. Its a useful little tool that comes with its own talking pen to tell your child whether they have the answer right or wrong . Basically your child is learning through play without even realising it! So what comes in the pack? Well, there's a snazzy talking, beeping and flashing pen! If your child gets the right answer then the pen tells them they've done a good job etc!
Also in the pack are the learning cards that the child uses with the pen. There are a number of them ranging from simple mathematical games, such as counting how many objects are on the card, to 'what comes next' cards. Excellent for motivating your child to start thinking about numbers.
HelloCanvas produce Canvas pictures from photographs sent to them, thus producing a lovely personal piece of art for your home. I was delighted when Mark from HelloCanvas approached me and asked me to carry out a review for them. I was asked to provide a photo that I wished to be made up into a canvas. Because my son is a bit of an amateur photographer I wanted something that would show off his talents, as well as having something that had a lovely memory for me too. Immediately a particular photograph sprang to mind. It was a lovely photo of our dog as a puppy playing in a meadow.
So, I emailed a photograph to HelloCanvas. The photograph had to be from 250 kb in size to 25 mb and of good quality. HelloCanvas can print the photograph onto the canvas in colour, sepia, or black and white.
The photograph I had selected was quite arty as part of the picture was in soft focus and part of it was quite bright with vibrant colours to emphasise the flowers the dog was playing amongst. Anyway, have a look at the photos below and I'll let you make up your own mind. I am thrilled with the finished canvas. The photographs I have taken really don't do it justice.
We were lucky enough to be given a chance to play around with Epic Straws from Cravendale milk and Britmums. Epic straws are a fun way to get funky with your milk. Kids will adore them! Adults will have a bit of fun getting creative with them too! Have a look at some of our creations. Please don't laugh!
We did attempt to make the Bottle Burglar but FD decided she was just going to do her own thing so who was I to argue! So.............this is her first creation.......with a bit of help from me.......errr and I'm a bit useless but...........
And then we got a little more adventurous.......................
* I did not receive any payment for writing this review but did receive a packet of Smencils for the purposes of the review, provided by Learning Resources.
THE CUPCAKE COMPANY
Once in the oven it is very hard not to keep checking on whether the buns are rising. The smell was lovely and it was so tempting to open the oven door! Once they came out of the oven we had the agonising wait for them to cool so we could decorate them.