Love loose parts play – Product review: Rainbow Pebbles from Edx Education

Here at Love Early Education we have recently had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful product from Edx Education. We received the Junior Rainbow Pebbles set.

Who are Edx Education?

Edx Education is an international supplier of quality educational products and materials appropriate for both families, early years settings and schools. The company was established in Taiwan is 1996 and the owners have over 30 years experience in the Education sector. Edx Education now supplies products to over 90 countries.

What did we receive?

The junior Rainbow Pebble set includes 36 pebbles in 3 shapes and 6 colours. The set also 8 two sided cards that provide 16 activities to meet a range of ages and abilities.

What did we think?

Rainbow pebbles are such a simple concept and yet their opportunity for learning is endless. The Pebbles are ideal for loose parts play: loose parts toys provide open ended, often unstructured play that can be combined in a variety of ways using creativity and imagination, take a look at this Community Playthings article on loose parts play – Loose Parts: inspiring play in young children

The Rainbow Pebbles offer opportunities for fine motor skills development; building; counting; sorting by size and colour; and that’s just for starters. The activity cards offer opportunities to explore and match shapes and also build a variety of shapes. We also used them for pretend cooking, creating pictures/ shapes such as propellers and flowers.

Not only was I pleasantly surprised by just how much we loved the Rainbow Pebbles but I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to introduce loose parts into their play or anyone looking to offer opportunity for early maths and construction through play.

Take a look at the Junior Rainbow Pebbles Set and all of Edx Education’s products at Edx Education

Love Early Education

Love, Kylie x

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Love expressive art – Early Years Resources Outdoor Mark Making kit review

Here at Love Early Education we have been lucky enough to become part of the EYR blog network. The first product we have received is the Outdoor Mark Making Kit.

This amazing kit promises to provide you with a jumbo kit with everything your outdoor explorers need for BIG, messy art investigations and it definitely delivers!

It is supplied in a jumbo Gratnell tray with lid, making it perfect for easy storage. It includes:

🎨5 big brushes

🎨6 sprayers

🎨4 big texture printers

🎨4 big pattern rollers

🎨6 squeezy bottles

🎨12 droppers

🎨25 various brushes

Just add paint to start dripping, dropping, squirting and splashing your way to exciting outdoor art using paint, sand or mud.

Here at Love Early Education we only have one little artist to test out the products we receive, so when it came we were pleasantly surprised with the size of the kit. During our first outdoor art adventure we decided to only use part of the kit because it was so large. I think the content size is ideal for childminders and nurseries and more than enough for any Home Educators looking to support their children in developing their creative side.

We had an incredible time with our outdoor mark making kit once our audience was ready and we unpacked everything, it was time to go wild.

By far Luke’s favourite was the spray bottles and the squeeze bottles. He also enjoyed getting completely and utterly covered in paint. My favourite part of the kit was the large rollers. The product offered fantastic opportunities for both fine and gross motor skill development and obviously lots of opportunities for expressive arts. The best part was once it was all cleaned up it all went back in its lovely box and was easily stored. I really can’t recommend this product enough and I am excited to see what else Early Years Resources has to offer.

Take a look at this kit and all of the Early Years Resource products below:

EYR Outdoor Mark Making kit

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x

Love Science – Cell-fie Education product review

Here at Love Early Education we have recently had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing our first Cell-fie Education box.

Who is Cell-fie Education?

Cell-fie Education are a small business based in the North East of England, set up to promote science education  throughout the country. Their activity boxes are aimed to bring families together through the enjoyment of scientific activities. Their motto is ‘A Lesson in a Box’ but they aim to offer so much more.

The business was set up by Martin in early 2016. Martin is a qualified Science Teacher and he wanted to promote the love of science and learning in the North East and across the country. They offer a wide range of science based activity kits to cater to a child’s curiosity and ensure that children can learn through fun. 

What did we receive?

This months box was a Liquid Lab.

We received practically everything we needed for the experiment:

A bottle

Food colouring

Glitter

Alka Seltzer

Materials to make a lava lamp

Battery pack

LED bulb

Plus the Liquid Lab booklet with facts and various activities in.

What we thought

This box is so different than anything else we have received here at Love Early Education, not just because the box is entirely curriculum based and ‘a lesson in a box’ but because it was so exciting yet so educational. We had the opportunity to explore liquid density with hands on materials and even make our own lava lamp. Although Cell-fie education says it is a ‘lesson in a box’, it is actually several activities (a minimum of 3). Luke is only 3 years old and he was so excited by the activity but the Cell-fie Education kits are so versatile that they offer something different for children throughout Primary school. The best part of Cell-fie Education kits are that they are so simple for parents, they have simple instructions and provide easy to set up an exciting and engaging activity with no preparation.

Take a look at our exciting afternoon of science…

Cell-fie Education kits are £10.95 a month and are dispatched on the 16th of every month. so visit Cell-fie Education and order your first box today.

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x

Love topic – EduTopix review

Here at Love Early Education we have recently had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing our first EduTopix box.

Who is EduTopix?

EduTopix is a fantastic company who sells a range of resources and also themed boxes that are ideal for childminders, home educators and parents that want to educate their children in exciting, new ways based around a variety of topics. The topic boxes are jam packed with topic based resources, toys, objects, activity ideas and accessories, delivered straight to your door on a monthly subscription or one off basis.

This months box is the Hop, Skip and Jump box.

What will you receive?

1 x Paddling Pool 34 x 6 inch

1 x Telescopic Fishing Net

10 x Ball Pit Balls in a variety of colours

1 x Speedball

2 x Rackets

1 x Shuttlecock

1 x Plastic Ball

1 x Skipping Rope

1 x Mini Kite

1 x Beach Ball

1 x Rainbow Ribbons

1 x Bean Bag

1 x Giant Pavement Chalks pack

1x Bean Bag

Self adhesive sheets:  Bean Bag Toss sheet and Bullseye sheet.

What we thought

As soon as the box arrived I couldn’t believe how big it was and home many items were in the box. Luke was absolutely over the moon to discover the box contained a paddling pool and net and wanted to get it out immediately.

We received a fantastic planning sheet explaining what each item was for and how it should be used and giving a variety of ideas for activities.

We started with the pool using the balls and nets. We enjoyed fishing for different colours and counting how many we had ‘caught’. Obviously the excitement of a paddling pool minus the balls or the net was fantastic and Luke had literally spent hours in the pool.

Usually for reviews we have a lot of photos but we were honestly so involved in the activities there didn’t seem time to take any. We played tennis with the shuttlecock and with the ball pit balls. We played with the beach ball in and out of the pool. We played speedball, I think the adults enjoyed this as much as Luke did.

One of my favourite things we received in the box was the self adhesive sheets for the Bean Bag Toss, for one I love the idea of being able to recycle the products we receive here at Love Early Education but this took it to a whole new level. We were able to turn the box itself into a game, we had so much fun playing the Bean Bag Toss.

The best thing about EduTopix boxes that is different to your typical subscription boxes is that the products can be used over and over again, whereas as lot of subscriptions are one off activities to do there and then, EduTopix products can be kept in the continuous provision if you are a childminder or if you are a home educator or parent then you can use them over and over with your children.

We loved the EduTopix box and felt that the box’s are brilliant value for money. The box’s contain 20 plus items for the fantastic price of £24.99 for a one off box and if you subscribe for a monthly box then you receive up to 30% discount on the price of your monthly box depending on how long you subscribe.

We are really excited to receive our next EduTopix box. If you would like to get your hands on the Hop, Skip and Jump box it is available to order up until the 14th June at which point this box will no longer be available. Please visit the website and have a look around, there is something or everyone:

EduTopix

Or check them out on Facebook:

EduTopix Facebook

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x

Love Reading – Bee Yourself book review

I recently had the pleasure of receiving an endearing children’s book called Bee Yourself from a group of talented University students who go by the name of Navy Holdings. I am grateful to have the opportunity to review this lovely book and be able to share it with all of you.

Who is Navy Holdings?

Navy Holdings is a Business School Young Enterprise Group from Manchester Metropolitan University. Navy Holdings believe having self-confidence is as difficult as ever in todays society, and finding acceptance is crucial during a child’s upbringing.

Bee YourselfBee Yourself is an aspiring children’s book aiming to celebrate diversity and underline the importance of acceptance from a young age. The aim of this very special book is to not only provide children with the understanding that people are different to one another, but to bestow the idea that it is okay to be different and encourage self-confidence with any differences a child may feel they have.

Bee Yourself follows the journey of Barney the Bee on his mission to find his stripes. Barney the bee was inspired by the symbol of the ‘Manchester Bee’.

The story starts with Barney the bee who lives with his family at the hive realising that he is a little different than the other bees, Barney doesn’t have any stripes. Barney begins to feel different than the other bees and decides to go a journey to find other stripe-less bees. Along the way Barney meets a variety of wonderful and unique characters who help him on his journey of self discovery. The book teaches children a beautiful lesson that we are all special in our own way and all belong.

You can buy Bee Yourself from:

https://beeyourselfuk.bigcartel.com/

You can follow Barney and his authors on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BeeYourselfUK/Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x

Love surprises – Tiddly Box product review

Here at Love Early Education we recently received a lovely gift from Tiddly Box.

Tiddly Box provides a monthly subscription box containing handpicked products aimed at children 0-4 years. Each Tiddly Box contains a variety of 3 – 5 products based on your child’s age range. When ordering a Tiddly Box you can specify the age group from a choice of four. For example Luke’s age group was 3-4 years old. Other options include choosing whether the box is made with a girl or a boy in mind but there is also the option for a surprise so you do not have to choose a gender. Although we chose a gender, the products are gender neutral so I don’t feel this option is particularly needed . I prefer products that aren’t stereotypically aimed at particular gender, so I was pleased in this respect.

Tiddly Box doesn’t charge postage and is currently available in UK only. Tiddly Box fits through your letterbox so there is no staying in waiting for delivery or having to pick it up from your local depot at a later date like some subscription boxes on the market.

What we received

In our Tiddly Box aimed at a boy aged 3-4 years we received:

A pocket play sticker book (RRP £8.99)

A ladybird Peppa Pig Book (RRP £4)

A Early Learning Centre threading card and lace (8 pack details around £6 so RRP each around 75p)

Two Kiddylicious coconut roll snacks (8 pack around £2.50 so RRP each around 30p)

Two twinnings teas (RRP each around 25p)

Also two animal puzzles which I couldn’t price.

The price of a monthly subscription is £14.99 including postage and packaging. If you choose to subscribe for 3 or 6 months this price does reduce to £13.99 or £12.99.

When we received the box Luke was very excited and couldn’t wait to open it and see what was inside. He was thrilled to receive a Peppa Pig Book as he loves Peppa and enjoyed the Peppa plays football story.

We read our Peppa book while enjoying our Kiddylicious snacks, which were not something we would usually buy but would consider buying in future as they were delicious (I should know I tried them). There was also a treat for me in the form of some tasty Twinnings teas to try.

Tiddly Box provides a variety of items which varies month to month, this includes products which could be considered:

Fun : To keep your tiddly ones entertained

Educational: To help with children’s development

Essential: To make life easier

Engaging: To discover new brands and products

Plus a treat for the adults:

Tea: As every parent needs a cuppa.

Tiddly Box definitely provides products that were fun, engaging and educational with an exciting sticker book, some lovely animal puzzles and a threading card and lace which supported fine motor skills development.

Tiddly Box can be purchased as a monthly subscription or as a one off gift. The box is beautifully packaged and offers a range of products that engage and entertain children and are aimed well at their designed age range. Take a look at their website and choose the right box for you:

Tiddly Box

Tiddly Box Facebook

Tiddly Box has been kind enough to offer Love Early Education followers £5 off their first Tiddly Box, just enter promo code:

EDUCATE5

Enjoy!

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x

Love nature – Grow Curious product review

Recently, here at Love Early Education we have been fortunate enough to receive some truly fantastic products from some amazing companies. One of these very special gifts was a Grow Curious box.

Grow Curious is a company ran by a wonderful husband and wife team; Joe and Jenny, whom are based in Snowdonia.

As well as being busy with their truly unique and wonderful company, they are kept busy by 3 children (with one more on the way), 25 chickens, 2 ducks and 2 goats! The company’s aim is to help children and families reconnect with nature and help them to make beautiful memories outside in nature.

Grow Curious aims to provide products that are eco-friendly, sustainable, organic and/or recycled.

When ordering from Grow Curious you are promised 5 full sized products that will provide you with things to grow, fun activities to do and beautiful books to share and they certainly delivered.

What we received

A beautiful book – A Nest is Noisy by Dianne Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

Something to grow – Sunflower seeds

Activities to do –

Organic egg dye

Nature Bingo

We also received a Grow Curious Zine about Nests; Bird Nesting material and holder (British wool fleece and a coated steel holder) to hang on a tree in your garden and even a lovely bird bookmark for our book.

Even the box filling was fantastic to use as a tuff tray resource.

What we thought

We don’t need much encouraging to get out doors here at Love Early Education but this still gave us a fantastic excuse to get outside. Luke enjoyed going outside to hang our Nesting material holding in the tree, once we talked about what it was and why we were hanging it, Luke asked could we go and get his binoculars and look for the birds who come to make there nest.

We loved ‘A nest is noisy’ – it was educational, interesting and beautiful.

Our Grow Curious box gave us the opportunity to do some planting and now we get to go and water our Sunflower everyday and see if it has grown.

We even got to dye eggs with our organic egg dye. I think I was more excited about this as I have wanted to do this for so long!

Needless to say we were impressed. This product has really stood out for us and is definitely something we would subscribe to in future. It is good value for money; it is a quality product and gives you a fantastic excuse to reconnect with nature and for little ones to learn something new.

Grow Curious has been kind enough to offer all Love Early Education followers and their friends 10% their products with this special discount code:

LOVEEARLYED

The code us valid until 30th June 2018, so share far and wide to let everyone Grow Curious.

https://www.facebook.com/GrowCurious/

http://growcurious.co.uk/

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x