I Can Chatting with Children
The third in the series of Early Talkers, this lovely pack provides parents and practitioners with 30 engaging activity cards to help develop young children’s communication skills. Comes with top tips and planning guide
Available from: www.ican.org.uk/bookshop
Suitable from: 3 to 5 Years old
Initial Reaction: Lovely bright cards with games and talking points to engage your child and help develop their communication skills.
- Easy to use
- Bright and colourful cards to help engage your child
- Great tips for helping to them to communicate
- You can do a little or as much as you like with them
- Makes learning fun
Value for money? Yes
Overall Reaction: BG enjoys using these cards we just do one every now and then and its really helped with her communication. A great resource to have at home.
Any parent with a question or concern about their child’s communication can contact the I CAN Help Enquiry Service for a call or email from a speech and language therapist – visit www.ican.org.uk/help
Jewell Quest Mysteries: The Seventh Gate PC Game
Available from: Aventquest
Initial impression: I hadn’t played at PC game for years so was interested to see if they were still fun to play. I love hidden object games. Continue reading
Cars 2 AppMATes
Available from: Disney Store
Suitable from: 4+
Initial Reaction: You use your ipad as a racing board, I was worried the cars would scratch the screen but they didn’t.
You download the free app from itunes and then use the two cars it comes with to race, explore and complete missions. The cars has sensors on them that interact with the ipad app, its all very clever and my OH was very excited about trying it out. Continue reading
Available from: Aventquest
Suitable from: Age 2 – 5 years
Initial Reaction: BG was very excited to see a Dora game. I was interested to see how she got on with a PC game Continue reading
Product: Jumbo Connect 4
Available from: Garden Games
Suitable from: No age specified.
Score out of 5: 5/5
Initial Reaction: Smaller than I thought it would be. Continue reading
Just Dance 3 for the Wii
Available from: Amazon
Initial Reaction: Let’s get dancing!
If you enjoyed the first two then you will love this one! Continue reading
Timmy Time (Nintendo DS)
Suitable from: 3 Years
Available from: Amazon
Initial Reaction: We hadn’t tried BG with the DS yet so this would be interesting. Continue reading
Round and Round Board Game
Available from: Orchard Toys
Suitable from: Ages 3 – 6
Initial Reaction: We’d played a couple of Orchard Toys games before (one of our own and some at a friend’s) and I’d been impressed by the quality and the educational value, so I was really looking forward to trying this game. It’s based on the classic song “The Wheels on the Bus”
I wasn’t disappointed: the cardboard pieces are very robust and the attention to detail gives it a real quality feel. I have a three year-old and a one year-old who thinks he’s three. As my older son and I played the game, the little one got stuck in picking up all the pieces, slotting cards randomly into the top of busses and carrying bits round the room. Nothing got bent or squashed despite his rough treatment.
The board pieces fit together (jigsaw-style – my son was over the moon!) to make up a town. Rolling the (large sized) die, you make your way around the board, stopping at the different coloured stops. At each stop you add a card to your bus, singing the line from the song Continue reading
Product: Land Of Me – Chapter 1 Shape, Size, Colour
The Land of Me is an interactive world of creativity and learning for children aged 2-6. Imagine a beautiful picture book in which the characters are alive and changing the words alters the pictures before your eyes.
Children follow the adventures of Eric the raccoon, Buddy Boo the bear and Willow the owl as they explore The Land of Me and play all kinds of games
Price: First Chapter is Free, individual chapters are £4.95 or you can buy all 6 of them for £23.95
Suitable from: 2 to 6 years
Initial Reaction: Simple to download. Beautiful graphics
Junior Brain Training Maths Edition
Suitable from: 7 to 11, although Maxi who is 5 loves it
Initial Reaction: My boys both love console games and couldn’t wait to try the Brain Training Maths Edition. I wasn’t concerned about it being for 7 year olds when Maxi is only 5 as he is very advanced in maths.
Pros: I think that there is a time and place for handheld consoled and so prefer when the games have an educational aspect to them and the fact that you move forward when you get things right really appealed to my competitive boys.
Value for money? I think at less than £15 this is superb value for money. It does get a lot of use and it will also come in when Mini gets a little older.
Overall Reaction. I have come to accept that electronics will be part of my childrens lives, so as long as I can control what they play, that is fine for me. I love that this has an educational slant to it. Plus my boys love numbers and they think that this is great.