[TOYTAG] Pattern Play: Bright Colours

We love games. I mean, who doesn’t? We particularly like board games and actively seek to look out for good ones. They really help to strengthen our bond as the family comes together and play. Now that the little boy is a bit older, he could join in the fun too!

Our usual haunt for board games and the like would be from amazon, Toys ‘r’ Us and Popular Bookstore. Then TOYTAG contacted us and we realised we have one more good option to choose from. The kind folks at TOYTAG invited us to choose one item from their wide repertoire of toys and games to review and in the end, we chose Pattern Play: Bright Colours.

I must admit it’s not easy to settle for one because there are just too many to choose from. So if you happen to go into the website and get lost, I can totally empathise because the same happened to me as well. I thought it’s best to go down to the physical site to ask for recommendation. 😀

This box of Pattern Play contains brightly-coloured blocks in varying shapes which is good for introducing maths concepts like sorting, matching, symmetry and fractions. I thought we could use the blocks to teach length and measurement to the toddler too.

There are 40 glossy pattern cards that are numbered in order of difficulty, ranging from beginning to expert. This proves difficult for the boy at this point in time but the girl enjoys it. As she progresses to the expert level which is the right level for her, we could see patience and confidence gained from the process.

I believe there are many ways to use the blocks for teaching and learning. One just need to be creative! I personally like the quality of the blocks and you could pack this game in a bag provided! Good for travel, just that it’s a tad heavy. : (

We did go down to the physical site, all ready to contribute to the economy. One of our friends has been posting a lot of interesting board games on his FB and it seems the family has a whale of a time playing with them. So we thought we could perhaps find some games to entertain ourselves, especially during the June hols.

So we did part with some cash in exchange for a few games. You might find yourself in the shop for quite a while since you want the salesperson to recommend you some.

Have fun!

Disclaimer: We were invited to review an item of our choice from TOYTAG. No other monetary compensation was involved. All opinions are mine.

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playFULL

We are in the midst of decluttering because if we continue to ignore the state that we are currently living in, it would be a matter of time before our home becomes a warehouse. #nojoke

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Recently, we were asked to try out playFULL, a toy rental subscription service for children aged 6 months to 6 years old. playFULL seeks to bring educational toys to the families to make learning fun for the kids. I’m not obligated to blog about this but we have benefitted from it and I thought I should share.

All we need to do is to sign up and receive 3 credits each month. We can use these 3 credits to rent up to 3 educational toys of choice from their extensive collection. Along with each of these toys comes an information sheet written by them to provide fun learning ideas targeting a range of important developmental skills such as fine motor skills, thinking skills, creativity, language skills, pretend play skills, concepts, gross motor skills etc.

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Browsing through the range of toys that they offer, I’m happy that they have what I think the kids would love to play with. This is the clear view marble run which gave the kids many hours of fun and play and provided yours truly a break from them. My only headache? I had to make sure they don’t lose anything in the midst of their enthusiasm. I mean, after all, the toys are not ours to keep; we have to return in a month’s time.

I was teaching the kids about magnets and I thought toys such as the above would be a good extension of my lesson. However, they were none too excited about it. They did play but didn’t ask to go back to it after that. Many times, we thought the kids would love to play with certain toys which we deem would be attractive and helpful to them but upon purchase, we realised that it was not so. It could be turn out to be a waste of financial resources in this sense, isn’t it? I mean, of course I could always give the toy away or sell it off (and the same time, having to bear with the usual ‘can lower your price’ question).

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This magnetic marble run is a hit with my kids too and I’m thankful to have chosen this as part of the subscription box. There’s actually much to teach and learn about if we take time to play and explore with them.

So, this toy gave me some time off to relax and take some decent pictures of them working together to solve problems. 😉

My review about playFULL? I do really love the idea of a toy rental subscription service and appreciate the range of toys they provide. I especially like the range from 5-6YO and hopefully they would continue to add to their collection. The box of toys was delivered to us and the courier came to pick up the box when it was time for us to return them. It is hassle-free in this respect.

Just so you know, playFULL is giving raisingfaith’s readers a 10% discount if you intend to try them out. Why not? The toys would surely come in useful if you want to engage your kids during this holidays.

Just key in “raisingfaith10” as the code when you check out.  Have fun playing and learning with your kiddos!

Fisher-Price® Early Learning Fund

Dear parents, we have good news!

Fisher-Price®’s much anticipated campaign – The Early Learning Fund – is back!

‘Play’ & ‘Toys’ are two words not conventionally associated with learning for our children. However, child psychologists have long recognized that toys are a catalyst for impactful, interactive learning with our child and can bring about meaningful learning opportunities at every age. In a bid to promote meaningful playtime between parents and children, FisherPrice® unravels their 2013 Early Learning Fund.

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The Early Learning Fund campaign is aimed at helping parents give their children a head-start
in life and Fisher-Price® has kicked it off with a five-month promotion to give parents the chance to win a S$10,000 cash scholarship when they purchase Fisher-Price® toys.

By purchasing any Mattel Fisher-Price® product that is $20 or above (excluding Thomas & Friends) and submitting the accompanying receipt, photo and completed form, contestants stand a chance to win a Grand S$10,000 Cash Prize or be among 20 Weekly Draw Winners to walk away with a Learning Hamper worth $1,000!

Weekly Draw – Learning Hamper

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For the 20 weeks leading up to November 30th, any contestant who submits an entry for the Early Learning Fund stands a chance to walk away with a Learning Hamper worth over S$1,000.

Grand Prize – S$10,000 Cash of Early Learning Fund

On 16th December 2013, a winner will be picked for the Grand S$10,000 Cash Prize, of which WeeklyDraw Winners are also eligible. The Winner for the Grand Prize will be published on The Straits Times on Monday 23rd December 2013.

Do visit the Joy of Learning website for more details on how you can participate!

*Faith receives a Fisher-Price® toy to add to her expanding collection of ‘playmates’.

Fisher-Price® wants YOU as their Play Ambassador!

Little kids love to play, explore and use their imagination!

As parents, we know it is important to follow our child’s lead, to guide and facilitate that desire for play.

Fisher-Price® believes that interactive playtime becomes a more well-rounded learning advantage for your growing child when it involves not just your child and his/her toys but YOU as well. Perhaps it’s time to re-think children’s play and join Fisher-Price® as its Play Ambassadors!

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What does it mean to be a Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador?

As Play Ambassador, you will have to share with the audience on any social media platforms (twitter,
instagram, blogs etc) how you are encouraged to help your child play with FisherPrice® toys. You should also share how your child is learning and enjoying while you play with them.

Fisher-Price® will guide you on this journey of impactful and interactive learning with $5,000 worth of Fisher-Price® products based on the age of your child. From time to time, Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador moms will also receive different products for reviews where you can even host play dates with family and friends to share the Fisher-Price® experience. After such play dates, it is encouraged that you reflect about how it went and actively share about your experience as well as what your family and friends have to say about Fisher-Price® products on your social media sites.

In addition, ambassadors will be on featured interviews across various television/print/digital media to talk about the Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador programme and their Fisher-Price® playing journey.

How to participate?

To participate, send a photo of you and your child with a slogan on why you want to become a
Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador to: Fisher-Price.Singapore@mattel.com

Expectant mothers are also more than welcome to participate! Send in your entry any time from now to 15th August 2013 and selected candidates will be notified via email on 31st August 2013. Fisher-Price® will be selecting 2 local Play Ambassadors.

*For Singapore readers only.