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

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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

Love cooking – Little Cooks Co product review

As someone who massively believes in teaching children independence and important life skills such as cooking early on in life, I am absolutely thrilled to introduce this amazing subscription box to you all. Little Cooks Co is a monthly subscription box for just £7.99 that provides you with all the dry ingredients you need to make a delicious snack with your little ones, the box includes the recipe card for the snack, as well as a recipe card for a simple hot family meal you can also cook with your little ones too.

The company’s tag line is Healthy Kids cooking kits delivered through your door and this is completely true with products that are organic,l and contain no refined sugar or gluten, it truly is a perfect way to spend quality time together having just delicious healthy fun with your little ones.

The Little Cooks Co was founded by two amazing mums, one of which is a registered nutritionist. The company was founded upon the believe that the kitchen is heart of the family and that it is somewhere to share and learn as a family. The companies philosophy is keeping it natural and keeping it simple. Little Cooks Co is passionate about making a difference to children and families across the UK by providing an exciting way to access healthy food and start good food habits early on in life.

What did we receive?

This month we received a recipe card for Bouncing energy balls!

They were simple to make with only peanut butter and boiling water needed in addition to the dry ingredients provided.

We received an additional recipe for a hot family meal to cook, this one was Fantastic family meatloaf!

We also received a special tea bag for the little one.

We even received some beans to plant and grow our own ingredients, these also came with an instruction card.

What did we think?

Luke was absolutely thrilled with this box and enjoyed making the energy balls. He was excited about having his own recipe card and even attempted to read it himself, although we aren’t actually at the reading stage yet. At the end we all enjoyed the treats he had made as a family and he tried his first ever cup of tea.

After we had enjoyed our treats we got the plant pots and compost out to plant our beans.

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 has a lovely philosophy behind it which is hard to deny. Add to that the lovely products you can buy along side your box, such as a recipe binder and apron for your little one, you really can’t go wrong.

Please visit Little Cooks Co and try a box for yourself.

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x

Love reading – Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes) by Amy Jensen

I recently had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful book called Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes) from a very kind author named Amy Jensen. I am grateful to have the opportunity to review this lovely book and be able to share it with all of you.

Who is Amy Jensen?

Amy Jensen is an Author, Playwright and Vocal Music Teacher from New Jersey in the United States. In addition to her many wonderful roles, her most important role is being mommy to two wonderful Chocolate Lab’s named Chuckie and Nestlé. These sweet pups are her inspiration for her delightful debut book called Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes). Based on our reaction here at Love Early Education, I imagine all her fans can’t wait to receive another instalment of Chuckie and Nestlé’s adventures.

Who is Chuckie?

Chuckie is a handsome and sometimes mischievous Chocolate Lab who lives with mommy and daddy Amy Jensen and her husband Roger. Chuckie also lives with a Chocolate Lab named Nestlé and a cat named Bert.

I recently had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful book called Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes) from a very kind author named Amy Jensen. I am grateful to have the opportunity to review this lovely book and be able share it all with you.

Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes)

From the first time we saw this book we loved the beautiful and unique illustration by Ulana Zahajkewycz, whose pictures really bring the story to life. My son Luke absolutely adores the doggie and was thrilled to be able to see some real life photos of Chuckie in the book and when we started to follow him online, we are definitely #TeamChuckie .

This book is beautifully written and its rhythmic sentence structures are perfect for young readers. Not only is it well written but it has a touching underlying message about making mistakes. The story explains that even though Chuckie tries to be on his best behaviour sometimes he makes mistakes and forgets to use his manners. Chuckie’s playful and mischievous nature is a sweet and funny way to teach children about the importance of making mistakes in order to learn and would help promote growth mindset, so this story is an ideal teaching tool for teachers and parents. The book also gently teaches children the importance of being kind and considerate towards others with a focus on good manners. The book is extremely engaging and in this house we can’t seem to get enough of it, my son has asked to read Chuckie every morning since it has arrived.

This book is a must have for children who are animal lovers. It is also an ideal teaching tool for parents or teachers looking to teach children about good manners, kindness and and growth mindset. It’s the type of story that the whole family will love and that you will all read time and time again.

You can buy Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes) from Amazon on the link below (UK delivery is available!)

https://www.amazon.com/Chuckie-Makes-Mistakes-Sometimes-Chocolate/dp/198429699X?pldnSite=1

You can follow the adventures of Chuckie and his family on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TeamChuckietheChocolateLab/

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x