A bumper round-up this week, jam-packed with products, services and online resources that will help to keep kids entertained during lockdown. We’ve also included a list of many fabulous initiatives popping up as a result of the pandemic. Do read carefully, and if you can help, then do. Thank you.
Tonie Box, Tonies
The Tonie Box offers kids endless interactive listening and playing fun without the need for any bright screens.
Just pop a Tonie (the little character) on the box, it stays there magnetically, and will automatically begin to tell their very own story. There are so many characters to collect, featuring some classic children’s stories like The Highway Rat, Lion King and The Gruffalo. There are also creative Tonies where you can record your very own stories, songs or messages – perfect for the littlest munchkins when you need to get them to sleep!
Stib pencils are such a cool idea. They each come embossed with a positive ‘spark’ word and each word is matched with an animal character. They come in a handy brightly coloured tube which also includes a pencil sharpener, sticker sheet or colouring templates. Stib believes in the potential of all children to do amazing things and is donating 10% of profits to educational projects for vulnerable children.
The 12 positive ‘spark’ words are Great Leader, Good Listener, World Changer, Earth Lover, Self Believer, Big Thinker, Freestyler, Team Player, Storyteller, Problem Solver, Joy Finder and Peacekeeper. We’re all about promoting positivity right now, and these jumbo pencils do just that!
Muddy Academy, Muddy Puddles
Let’s face it, we’re all desperately trying to find ways to keep our children entertained at home, and Muddy Puddles has just come to the rescue. The lovely folks over at MP have decided to enable free access to their Muddy Academy, a database of over 150 outdoor learning lesson plans.
Developed by outdoor learning professionals in line with key Ofsted objectives for Early Years, KS1 and KS2, all you have to do is figure out a way to incorporate this resource safely into your family’s new routine – we suggest your back garden as a good place to start.
Volume Limiting Headphones, JuniorJams
Now you can ensure your kids are safe during screen time with these extraordinarily funky, volume-limited, wireless headphones.
These super-cool looking JuniorJams have been designed especially for little ones. They protect delicate little ears by limiting harmful volumes over 85 dB, and although the sound might be quieter, it’s crystal clear in quality. What’s more – unlike so many headphones around, these come up complete trumps when it comes to comfort.
Choose from colours blue or pink.
Mini Me Collection, LL Jewellery
LL Jewellery does a gorgeous ‘Mini Me’ collection for girls aged 3 – 12 years. The jewellery is made from finest Sterling Silver and anything from this collection would make a very special gift for a birth-stay. (See what we did there?!)
TIMIO, the educational audio and music player for kids
Introducing TIMIO, a screen-free, interactive audio and music player perfect for kids aged 3–8 years old. The device comes with 20 discs, each centred around a specific educational topic. Learn the alphabet and numbers, listen to fairy tales, sing nursery rhymes and lullabies, and find out about different colours and even how to tell the time.
The TIMIO is a fabulous investment right now while all the kids are at home. You’ll be able to develop their vocabularies and inspire their imaginations as well as teach them about so many different things, all without the need for a screen. Hooray, we hear you cry!
The discs are curated for specific ages, and this is a truly nifty little device, it’ll be great for travel (when we can!) and bilinguals households, as the TIMIO can play content in a grand total of SIX different languages. It’s a clever little thing!
My 1st Years has partnered with food bank charity The Trussell Trust to set about urgently raising £10k to go towards the most vulnerable in society during the pandemic. Head over to their JustGiving page if you can afford to help.
Well done to My 1st Years for also donating 20,000 meals to families in need.
#cook4kids Campaign with OLIO
Introducing OLIO, the new food sharing app, and their #cook4kids campaign.
These guys are asking everyday people to cook a little bit extra at dinner time and share news of the extra meals to OLIO for local people in need to arrange immediate collection.
TV chefs James Martin and Thomasina Miers are on board, they’re busy encouraging their followers to join in on #cook4kids – the aim is that every kid who’s now missing out on a school dinner can receive a nutritional, tasty meal.
The app is free to download on Android or iTunes.
Kids Academy Workshops, Dr. Maryhan Baker
Dr. Maryhan Baker is launching her new one-hour online workshops for children this Easter. Each workshop covers topics such as boosting confidence, better managing emotions, coping with anxiety, managing friendships, growth mindset around schoolwork.
The Kids Academy Workshops are aimed at giving children the tools they need to navigate day to day challenges.
New Products at Mustela
The new High Protection Sun Spray is a multi-talented product offering very high protection. It’s dermatologically tested and has a non-greasy and non-sticky texture. It’s environmentally friendly and comes in an easy-to-use spray pump.
One for pregnant tums! Mustela’s new Stretch Mark Serum helps prevent the formation of stretch marks. Its active ingredients include passion fruit which is proven to reinforce your skin’s elasticity. It’s dermatologically tested and completely safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Make-A-Wish Launches Isolation Campaign #StayHomeStars
Children’s charity Make-A-Wish has launched a campaign called #StayHomeStars to inspire and involve families in isolation.
With the country in lockdown and most people now working from home, the charity has invited people to subscribe here and share the ways they are dealing with the situation. From pirate ships made from cardboard, to playing board games or creating a music playlist, there are plenty of ideas to inspire.
The campaign also asks those who can, to text the word STARS to the number 70450 to donate £3 to secure future wishes. Thank you.
New Online Shop, Piccolo
Piccolo has set up an online shop enabling customers to order products direct. We know how hard it is at the moment to source supplies, so if you are in need of baby food or formula you know where to head.
For every order placed online, Piccolo is donating five meals to London food back City Harvest.
On the My Baba wishlist…
Illuminating Day Cream, Little Butterfly London
Pink Knitted Blanket, Silver Cross
IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK
Bellota Baby Organic is here to keep your babies full and healthy during these troubled times. Offering next day contactless delivery of all Baby Food across the UK.
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