CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2019

This year, we thought we would put together our top gift ideas for kids to help you spread some Christmas cheer! These are all toys or games that we have used as a family and we wouldn’t recommend anything that we didn’t enjoy!

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1. LITTLE LIVE RAINGLOW UNICORN VET SET (Ages 4+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlegria loves the Rainglow Unicorn Vet Set which comes with five magical accessories to help treat your special patient. Alegria loves listening with the Sparkle Scope to hear the unicorn’s heart beat in tune with her horn. You can also use the Furmometer to take her temperature and hear her sigh! The Rainglow can be used in two modes – play mode where she is happy and healthy and vet mode where you can use your accessories to make her feel better.

RRP: $95.00 (We saw it for $69 at Target https://www.target.com.au/p/little-live-rainglow-unicorn-vet-set/62676144) Website: https://www.moosetoys.com/

2. SPACETALK, CHILDREN’S ALL-IN-ONE MOBILE PHONE, SMART WATCH AND GPS (Ages 4-12 years)

SPACETALK IMAGE 5SPACETALK, a children’s all-in-one mobile phone, smart watch and GPS tracker that both parents and children will LOVE. We have been using it for 4 months and love it! With the SPACETALK we are able to keep connected  with the kids without them having access to the internet and the nasties of social media.

SPACETALK’s enhanced school mode feature, enables parents to specifically select which
watch functions to disable during school hours, such as incoming and outgoing calls,
messaging, step counter, location and stopwatch.

RRP: $349 (They have $50 off at the moment with the code SPACETALK299 and free shipping) Website https://www.spacetalkwatch.com/products/spacetalk

3. TREASURE X (Ages 5+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsaac loves digging through the wax smash and dig layer and discovering his Treasure X mini collectable! He also followed the treasure map to search for for Real Gold Dipped Treasure (or did he find a trap?) After searching through the Treasure X: King’s Gold – Mini Beast Pack, Isaac enjoys playing with the resusable magic rock!

RRP: $15.00 Website: https://www.moosetoys.com/au/our-toys/treasure-x/kings-gold-hunter-pack/

4. REALLY RAD ROBOTS MiBRO RADIO CONTROLLED ROBOT (Ages 5+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsaac is all over his MiBro robot! He loves it! He loves pranking us by sneaking the MiBro into a room and using the Really RAD Remote to speak through Mibro and add filters to his voice so we don’t realise that it is him!! He also loves spying with MiBro and use him to listen in on our conversations!

MiBro comes with a range of awesome accessories to keep your kids entertained! There is an attachable blaster to blast away enemies, or you can use his tray to deliver refreshments! The tray also transforms into a goal and can be used to score the winning goal with the included ball.

RRP: $70 Website https://www.moosetoys.com/au/brand/really-rad-robots/

5. MAGIC ADVENTURES GLOBE (Ages 5-10)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlegria and Isaac LOVE the Magic Adventures Globe and they have no idea they are learning whilst they are playing! Using the stylus, children can tap on the 10″ interactive learning globe and experience new places, languages, cultures, animals, geography, habitats and more through high-quality BBC videos. Featuring a 2.7″ integrated video screen, animations and live-action videos fully immerse kids in the curriculum to provide a better understanding of the world through more than 5 hours of videos.
Alegria and Isaac loved playing the interactive games called Around the World, Quiz Show and Where in the World where they explored the globe, challenged each other (and us) and solved mysteries.

6. ROCKIT TWIST (Ages 4-10)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoth Alegria and Isaac love to twist, turn, play and learn with the RockIt Twist rotatable, single-player game system. It comes with three profiles if you want to buy one (we got one each for the kids because we wanted it for travel) and the four sides have colourful, light-up controls that include buttons, dials, a spinner, slider, switch and D-pad to provide a totally unique way to play exciting video games. During game play, one of the eight game controls will light up to indicate when each control is needed throughout a game.

There are 12 preloaded games across five game play categories that have three levels of difficulty that help kids learn skills including literacy, maths, problem-solving and creativity all while having fun! This is the perfect games for travel as there’s no need for Wi-Fi so kids can play anywhere (perfect for long car trips).

There are also game packs (sold separately) that include more games, plus a new RockIt Pets virtual pet and a RockIt Pets figure.

Rechargeable batteries are included (thank you Leapfrog!).

RRP: $89.00 (but prices vary depending on the stockist) Website https://www.leapfrog.com/en-au/products/rockit-twist

7. COOL MAKER GO GLAM NAIL STAMPER (Ages: 8 to 11)

GO GlamThe Cool Maker Go Glam Nail Stamper has put the OMG in DIY!  Alegria loved this all-in-one nail kit, which meant that she could easily stamp and style custom manicures in minutes. The kit comes with five patterns and two nail polish colours so she could mix n’ match to personalise looks with enough product to give at least 12 manicures. The nail polish formula is completely non-toxic and kid-safe. 

RRP: $34.99 Website: https://www.spinmaster.com/product_detail.php?pid=p30733&bid=cat_coolmaker

8. KINETIC SAND SANDISFYING SET (Ages 3+)

sandAlegria and Isaac love to mix, shape and squish the Kinetic Sand in the Kinetic Sand Sandisfying Set!  It’s mesmerising for everyone and we really enjoyed making sand effects using the handy tools and molds.

RRP: $39.99 Website https://www.spinmaster.com/product_detail.php?pid=p30730&bid=

9. SOGGY DOGGY GAME (Ages 4+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASoggy Doggy is a fun, family game that always ends in fits of giggles! You fill the tub with water and race around the board trying not to get splashed! Top tip, put the game on a towel for easy clean up!

RRP $29.99 Website: https://www.spinmaster.com/product_detail.php?pid=p21259&bid=

10. TRAVEL JOURNAL (Ages 5+)

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Whether you enjoy occasional overnight stays or months of adventures on the road, weekends away or international adventures this travel journal is packed with 80 journal pages to document your daily experiences. The kids (and grown-ups) in your family will have a wonderful time documenting the highlights and happenings of each and every day (they can draw, write or attach a photo)and enjoy looking back on the memories in the months and years to come. Each journal has 80 days of journal pages, reusable Packing Checklist, reusable Address book, 6 pages of fun activities all spiral bound with a protective plastic sleeve.

RRP: $24.95 Website: Travelling With Kids


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Moonlite – An interview with inventor and founder Natalie Rebot.

Inspirational mum Natalie Rebot, who is the inventor and founder of Moonlite (a storybook projector that is powered by the flashlight of your mobile phone), just might be one of the nicest people we have interviewed at Kidding Around Australia!

Moonlite Creator Natalie Rebot and daughter Chloe KAA

Natalie took an idea that she had whilst reading to her daughter Chloe (pictured above) and created something that kid’s love (Isaac is all about his Moonlite!). She has now partnered with Spin Master to bring her invention to a worldwide audience and everyone from Kristen Bell, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rowland and Rachel Zoe to parents everywhere are falling in love with Moonlite!

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales — Albert Einstein.

What is Moonlite?

Moonlight projector attached to phone

The Moonlite projector is portable, lightweight and easily clips to any IOS or android mobile phone (hello travelling families), that combines traditional storytelling with modern technology to create a completely new way of reading with your child before bed.  The Moonlite collection is presented in book style packaging that conveniently fits into any book shelf.

The free downloadable app (complete with sound effects, read-a-long features and page detection software that automatically turns the page on the screen when you turn the reel), allows parents to be present and enjoy the special nightly experience.

Moonlite creator Natalie Rebot, daughter Chloe and friend KAA

How did you go from idea to product production?

Natalie explains, “It took about six months to bring my idea to fruition and until I had the first protype in my hand. Then it was another four to five months before I launched the product on Kickstarter (a fundraising platform for creative projects). Every day Chloe and I

would eagerly watch the Kickstarter page – and to see people around the world donating funds as they believed in my product was simply overwhelming.”

In late 2017 Spin Master announced a global licensing partnership with Natalie to bring her popular Kickstarter campaign to life.

Natalie

What advice do you have for potential entrepreneurial Mums?

 “Mums are some of the most creative people I know. They are the best people at multi-tasking and have such great ideas because they are around children all day, but they have a tendency to underestimate their own potential. So don’t have a great idea and not pursue it, take those first steps! Use your network and test it among your friends. Get a prototype made – technology now such as 3D printing allows you to get something made cheaply and once you have a prototype you need to find a fit for it. The hardest part is finding a market for it, but chances are if you think it’s a good idea other parents will too.”

How do you choose what stories you will add to the collection and what do you currently have available?

Moonlite Fairy Tales gift pack

“We work 18 months to 2 years in advance, so we are planning titles for two years from now.”, said Natalie. “In the beginning, I would read a story I loved and have to contact the writer, illustrator and publisher to get the license. Now, we have great relationships with the publishers however my daughter still has to give the tick of approval before we go ahead!”

Currently available in Australia is:

  • Moonlite Gift Pack Fair Tales (Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Ugly Duckling, Sago Mini on Vacation) $59.99 (includes projector and five story reels) *Available exclusively at Kmart.
  • Moonlite Gift Pack Mr Men (go on Holiday, go Swimming, go to the Park, at Bedtime and Mr Tickle) $59.99 (includes projector and five story reels).
  • Moonlite Starter Pack – Eric Carle (Very Hungry Caterpillar and Very Busy Spider) $29.99 (includes projector and two story reels)
  • Moonlite Story Reel Tale of Peter Rabbit $14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Spot Loves Bedtime $14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Dinosaur Roar! $14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Little Miss Princess $14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Wherever You Go $14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Goldilocks and the three bears$14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Mr Strong $14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Jemima Puddle Duck $14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Elmer and the Rainbow $14.99
  • Moonlite Story Reel Spot Loves Shopping $14.99

We can all agree that reading to your child is an important part of improving young children’s language, literacy, brain and cognitive development and Moonlite makes reading so much fun!

MORE INFORMATION

Moonlite is available in Kmart and all good retailers.

www.mymoonlite.com