Kidding Around with … Just Craft! Mega Craft Pack

IMG_8210If you are looking for something to keep the kids entertained either in the car, on holiday or at home, then you can’t go past the Just Craft! Mega Craft Pack. The pack contains 4 different activities (which are also sold separately as DIY Craft Kits) and include foam mosaics, air-dry clay, a hand puppet and a fridge magnet. These activities have been specifically designed to keep little hands busy for up to 30 minutes and are suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years.

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Create your own Mosaic Poster

This activity took the longest to complete and would be perfect for the car! It is simply a matter of placing the stickers on the spots to create a shiny mosaic poster!

Just Craft Mosaic Poster

Create your own Clay Model character

This activity was fun! There is step-by-step instructions, although you can be as creative as you wish. The clay dries without the use of ovens etc. but doesn’t dry so hard that it will smash like traditional clay, if dropped. It is like a hard foam that bounces – handy for avoiding tears! A word of warning: the different colours stick together very quickly so they don’t forgive you putting clay in the wrong spots.

Just Craft Clay Minion

Create your own hand puppet

This activity is very good for hand/eye coordination! It involves sewing (with a plastic needle) and stickers. We were worried how long the stickers would stay on the felt for but they have held up well. It is not a puppet that will last forever but your child will have fun with their new friend!

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Create your own fridge magnet

The fridge magnet takes the least amount of time to complete! This is a 5 minute activity! Children can do it without any assistance (time for a cuppa in peace!).

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Both Alegría and Isaac love hands-on interactive play and would much prefer this type of activity to technology based entertainment. As a parent, it’s the type of indoor activity that we encourage and there is always some sort of craft project on the go in the Kidding Around Australia house. The problem is, that some craft activities can be really messy (we’re looking at you GLITTER!) and often take more time to set up than to complete.

GEORGINA SAYS

I love that every Just Craft! product is self-contained, which means no other items are required like glue or scissors. Everything your child needs is there in the pack and often the child can do the activity without the need of parental assistance!

The Mega Craft Pack retails for $19.95 and the individual kits all cost no more than $10 – and I have seen them on sale, so keep an eye out!

MORE INFORMATION

All Just Craft products are available nationally at Spotlight, Toys R Us & specialty toy stores.

The range can also be purchased online via Rainbow Fun

Just Craft! are on Facebook as well! 


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Disclaimer: Alegría was sent these products for review. As always our opinions are honest and our own.

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{Sponsored Post} Kidding Around with … Closer to Nature

When we were approached at the Bloggers Brunch that was run by Kids Business to review the closer to nature® explora range we were excited to see how this range differed from the other baby weaning products that we have used. Alegría has graduated from “little kid” products however Isaac is all about food and feeding himself, so it was great to put these products to the test.

So what items were we lucky enough to review?

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closer to nature® explora Pack (for toddlers)

§  1 x explora Blender                                                                               

§  1 x explora Magic Mat                                                                          

§  1 x explora Cutlery Set                                                                          

§  1 x explora Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl Pack                                         

§  3 x explora Active Cups                                                                         

Total RRP $106

So how did they measure up to Master Isaac and his Mummy’s standards?

The explora Blender

Isaac didn’t have a go at the blender, but Georgina did! It is smaller than you would anticipate which made it perfect to take camping and on the road! It is powerful and did the job! Perfect for purees (or “soups” as we call them) and for making homemade icy-poles. We made some with hand-picked raspberries and yoghurt – Yummo!

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Photo credit: Supplied

The explora Magic Mat 

The Magic Mat is fantastic! Isaac put it to the test and even tried to pick it off the table – alas it was to no avail! (Admittedly, it did lift off the first time we used it as I didn’t wet it enough when I stuck it to the highchair, the second time it stuck well!)  It is great to keep the Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl in place which means that Isaac’s master plan of throwing his dinner on the floor has now been foiled. (Insert evil Mummy laugh!)

The explora Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl

The Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl works with both the Magic Mat and by itself. It has a unique triangular base which makes it easy to get every last mouthful out. Fantastic! We don’t like to waste food around here! Isaac loves to feed himself and has loved using his special bowls! We love that the bowls are dishwasher, microwave and (if you’re so inclined) sterilizer safe. The pack we got was a 4 pack however they are also available in 2 packs that come with lids and spoons as well.

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The explora Magic Mat and Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl

The explora Cutlery Set

Isaac has been using a cutlery set for a while now, and judging by the amount of food that went into his mouth and not down his front, he liked the explora set! Perfect for little hands and mouths!

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Photo Credit: Supplied

The explora Active Cup

Isaac was excited to try this one! Georgina was crossing her fingers that her handbag was not filled with water after throwing it in there as we headed out the door! Luckily, the explora Active Cup received two thumbs up! The straw bends over and the cap holds it in place. The cap was stiff to start with so Isaac couldn’t open it – annoying for him and us – but it has since loosened up and he can help himself to a drink whenever he likes – Happy Days!

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The explora Active Cup

We were very happy with the range and would recommend trying these as a budget conscious alternative to other brands.

ABOUT CLOSER TO NATURE

Closer to nature® is the number one baby feeding accessories brand in the UK and one of the top brands of infant products and accessories in the global market. Loved by parents and little ones, closer to nature® receives numerous awards and accolades year after year globally. The closer to nature® range is available at stockists nationwide. www.closertonaturebaby.com.au | www.facebook.com/closertonaturebaby
MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.closertonaturebaby.com.au

Disclaimer: We were given these products to review. As always our opinions are honest and our own.

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.

{Sponsored Post} Kidding Around with … Dyson Cool

When Dyson approached us asking if we would be interested in reviewing their Dyson Cool Desk Fan we were excited to find out more! Before we agreed, we asked them “is it safe for our kids (and cat)?” and “is it portable?” As soon as they answered “yes” we agreed and became the proud owners of a Dyson Cool Desk Fan in black/nickel.

Photo Credit: Dyson
Photo Credit: Dyson

The fan comes in two pieces, which requires a simple ‘push and twist’ assembly and it’s ready to go! It is super easy to operate and the remote control is curved and has a magnet in it which attaches to the top of the fan.

Georgina Says

It is so light (you can literally pick it up with two fingers) which makes it great for moving between rooms and for going on road trips or camping holidays.

The Dyson Cool is perfect for camping trips! It's light weight and easy to transport.
The Dyson Cool is perfect for camping trips! It’s light weight and easy to transport.

The fan is whisper quiet and is perfect for children’s bedrooms – and because it is bladeless it is safe to put on the floor (no more worrying if someone will lose a finger). The fan tilts up and also oscillates from side to side.

Payno (Our Ring-In) Says

Dyson fans are the shizzle!

$74m was invested into developing the Dyson Cool™ fan range. Dyson spends $4.5 million every week on research and development and you can tell!

We love ours and would definitely recommend it!

Dyson Cool Features

Air Multiplier™ technology

Dyson fans use Air Multiplier™ technology to create a powerful stream of uninterrupted airflow. The air is accelerated through an annular aperture, creating a high-velocity jet of air. This passes over an airfoil-shaped ramp, channelling its direction and creating areas of low pressure behind and around the fan. The change in pressure forces surrounding air to be drawn into the airflow, resulting in a powerful stream of smooth cooling air.

Sound 75% quieter

Streamlined air channels for reduced airflow turbulence make AM06 75% quieter than AM01.

 40% less power consumed

Reducing turbulence makes the fans quieter, but it also means that less energy is required to move air through them. While the fans still produce powerful airflow, their motors are calibrated to run more slowly, drawing less energy.

Sleep timer

Fan can be programmed to turn off after pre-set intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours.

Remote control

With 10 precise airflow settings, sleep timer, on/off and oscillation control. Curved and magnetized to store neatly on the machine.

Oscillation control

Independent motor drives smooth oscillation.

Easy tilt

Pivots on its own centre of gravity.

Easy to clean

No awkward safety grilles or blades.

Safe

No fast-spinning blades.

AM06 Desk Fan 300mm Black/Nickel Specifications

Weight: 3.3kg

Cord Length: 1.8m

MORE INFORMATION

Website: http://www.dyson.com.au/fans-and-heaters/cooling-fans.aspx

Cost: $449 rrp

Disclaimer: We were given a Dyson Cool Desk Fan to review. Our opinions are honest and our own.

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.