gold stars dinosaurs

If you remember a while back we reviewed the Gold Stars Factivity book on the Human Body and also the fun holiday workbooks? Well now we are taking a look at the Dinosaur book and after the recent Dino Tales success I thought we’d give it a whirl.

I’m really pleased; Bessie got hold of it first and started to flick through, intrigued she picked up a pen and started to fill in the questions and boxes inviting her to put her own mark on them.

She has read the paragraphs and answered true or false, she has followed the mazes from the Dino to his dinner, she’s looked for hidden Dinos in the forest to count how many she can find. I have to say Alice hasn’t had much of a look in so luckily I passed her the Gold Stars Amazing Body book which hadn’t been looked at in some time and she sat down quite happily with it.

I am very impressed with these books as they are fun, I can see how much the girls enjoy them by the amount of time they spend on them.

I love the fact that even after all the games and puzzles have been played this doesn’t need to be thrown out as it is a marvellous reference book packed with information. It can be looked over again and again.

Verdict:

I would say if you have a young dinosaur fan in the house they would love it, for younger children you may have to help read but my Year 2 girls have really enjoyed it.

Life Canvas stationery by Parragon

Life Canvas pocket notebook

I have had a soft spot for stationery as long as I can remember, in fact the Back to School time of year was always a great excuse to treat myself to some lovely new pens and paper. A treat that continues to this day in fact. So I was very happy when Parragon asked me to take a look at their new range Life Canvas.

It’s very pretty, be warned.

I have been sent a couple of the Wild notebooks to take a look at and I love them. The colours are beautiful and they are small and light enough to go into a handbag. There is a small elastic holding the notebook closed and the squared paper inside has a colourful feather printed on each page. Very pretty and very inspiring for those of us who always have something to jot down, I jot down shopping list on the go and things to remember like, school fund money to go into school or right now I have a note for Citroen door panel fixtures – don’t ask but it needs sorting.

If I could have chosen I think I’d have gone for the Paris range to tie in with my recent trip so I’ll be on the lookout for them.

 

Disclosure: I was sent the above products for the purpose of this review.

troll two three four

We loved this book.

It’s a story of trolls written by Steve Smallman and Jaime Temairik and it’s written in rhyme which makes it fun to read.

Did you know that trolls like to laze about? Did you know they pick their nose and that they like to creep up on goats and shout boo!

This book had us all giggling as we read through but the story is of one little troll in particular Boogaloo who is very sad and lonely.

Boogaloo spots something red flying by and decides to follow it, this red thing takes him on a journey that no other troll has ever made before, they try to stop him but he can’t hear them he is so fascinated with the red thing.

A very sweet story that young ones can relate too and it is beautifully illustrated too.

Disclosure: As Parragon Book Buddies we were sent a copy of Troll two…three… four… for the purpose of this post.

Parragon Gold Stars Challenge

I am really pleased to see the twins have excelled themselves at school in Year One this year both getting a superb report and having over achieved their targets setting them well up for a great Year Two.

Having asked throughout the entire year at school pick up time, ‘What did you do today at school?’ and receiving a non comital, ‘Nothing.’ or ‘I don’t know.’ It’s been really lovely receiving their books home and being able to see what they’ve been up to. Apart from a wonderful memory of their early learning years it’s also a valuable insight into what they’ve been covering.

Many say that the six week summer holiday causes memory loss and that a child may struggle in the new class with a new teacher who has yet to know and understand them and with a new curriculum.

I want to help my girls keep ticking over but not in a scheduled and vigorous manner, just by ‘playing’ and when I saw the Parragon Gold Star books at BritMums Live this year I knew they’d be perfect for the job.

They have been developed by teachers and educational specialists and take into consideration parents tips and advice. Each activity is illustrated using bright fun colours and in engaging the child with simple instructions like ‘Draw curly hair on the clown.’ Each activity also supports the National curriculum, in our case KS1.

Parragon Gold Stars challenge

Each book has 50 gold star stickers that parents can use when finished an activity as a reward system, there is a practise pad with extra exercises and each page also has a note for parents like ‘This activity helps your child to recognise nouns, verbs and adjectives.’

You can find the Parragon Gold Stars books in Sainsbury’s, WHSmith, Morrisons and Wilkinson. I am taking part in the Summer With Gold Stars challenge where once the child has successfully completed their 30 day challenge, which is a lot of fun anyway, they will receive a congratulatory letter and a personalised certificate.