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Wooden Puzzles..... A Whole Lot of Magical Fun!

Wooden Puzzles..... A Whole Lot of Magical Fun!

While some may think that a wooden puzzle may not be the most exciting gift for a child these days, the fact is there is still a place for this real classic toy in a child’s toy chest. Today we are looking at why kids’ puzzles are something that can not just be fun, but also offer some educational benefits too. There is just something so retro and cool about wooden jigsaw puzzles and that is why we are also going to look at some of the more recent ones to hit the market.

Why A Wooden Puzzle Is A Good Gift Idea

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To start with, wooden puzzles are an all-in-one kind of gift. You do not need to worry about having to buy anything else to go with it! Also, children have a lot of fun, putting each piece into the right place and seeing this image coming to life. While that is fun, puzzles for kids still have a place in a kid’s life these days because they are also great from an educational/developmental point of view.

 

A wooden puzzle is going to get a child to use their fine motor skills as they rotate each piece into the right space. They have to use their problem-solving skills as they figure out what piece goes where and there is also shape and colour recognition as well.



The Best Wooden Kids Puzzles

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Here we have some of the more recent wooden puzzles Australia has seen. These are fun wooden jigsaw puzzles that kids are going to have a great time with. These are a new series of puzzles that are animal themed which is something kids are really going to think is cool.

 

One of the most interesting things about this series of wooden kids' jigsaw puzzles is that they do not have your typical “puzzle edge” the puzzle is actually the shape of the animal which makes them that extra bit tricky to put together.

 

  • Wooden Puzzle Ram: There is something very mystical about this Wooden Puzzle Ram that we have here. It has a very psychedelic kind of colour scheme and is almost mosaic in its design. It is something that is really going to capture a child’s imagination and it is a prime example of why puzzles for kids are such a great gift idea.

 

  • Wooden Puzzle Monkey: If you know a cheeky monkey, this Wooden Puzzle Monkey is one of the best wooden puzzles for them! What perhaps makes this one of the more attractive puzzles for kids that we are looking at today is that this monkey has a smile on his face so it is more friendly and inviting. Do not forget, while they will be having a lot of fun with this wooden puzzle, they will also be really engaging their mind to try and figure out what piece goes where.

 

  • Wooden Puzzle Tiger: They will certainly need the eye of the tiger when they are putting together this Wooden Puzzle Tiger. What makes this one of the best wooden puzzles Australia has to offer right now is the fact that a tiger is one of the most beautiful animals on Earth. This one thanks to the funny colours really does pop and provides them with a fun, but also challenging wooden puzzle to put together.
Get Constructive with Construct-It!

Get Constructive with Construct-It!

Since it was first launched, Construct-It has been one of the best building toys on the market. While it may not yet have the brand recognition of Meccano and a Meccano Set may be what most parents think of when it comes to construction toys.

The fact of the matter is that Construct-It is going from strength to strength with multiple sets, and lines, the future really could not look any brighter. Today I wanted to share with you a few of the things that make this such a great line for creative young minds and to also help you understand a little about what Construct-It is really all about.

 

What Exactly Is Construct-It?

Helmet Instructions ConstructionConstruct-It is a series of construction toys that are all about children having fun and developing key skills. It is not an exaggeration at all to say that children will be learning the basics of engineering with each set. It is very similar to the Meccano series in that children will be using real tools to place each metal piece in the right place.

Each set comes with a set of tools and instructions that are very easy to follow. From cars to planes, to robots to dinosaurs, Construct-It actually has a far more diverse line of sets than you would think when it comes to construction toys, there are not many on the market that can match what Construct-It offers.

The Educational Benefits

Kids Learning STEM Kids Robot Creative LearningThe last thing you want to do is tell a kid that their new building toys are educational! However, Construct-It is a great way for children to develop and work on key skills. Like they would with a Meccano set, children will be learning how to use real tools, think logically, embrace their creativity and learn to follow instructions.

While building what is on the box is very cool. Just like with LEGO and Meccano, children can use the pieces, tools, and their newly learned skills to come up with their own fun and creative designs. It is a lot of fun to watch a child figure out what works and what does not when they are building a new vehicle or structure.

A Set For Everyone

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One of the big advantages Construct-It has over their number one rival Meccano is that these are construction toys that offer an immense number of different things for them to build. For example, you can go from something like the awesome Hurricane Fighter which looks like it just flew through time out of World War II, to a stegosaurus, that is right, you can actually make a metal stegosaurus and kids are going to really love him.

The sets range in ability too, you can get a smaller more basic set such as this Mini-Tanker which only contains 170 pieces, a set like this would be a great introduction to the world of Construct-It. You also get much larger more challenging sets like this incredible Sailing Ship which comes in at over 400 pieces! The variety of sets also means that these are construction toys that are affordable for everyone, no matter their budget.
Sets For Younger Children
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One of the areas where a Construct-It set can be better than a Meccano set is by offering sets for younger children. You may not be keen on the idea of your five year old playing with metal pieces, but there is also the Construct-It Flexibles line that is aimed at younger children aged 4 and up.

These sets such as the Tower Crane and the Off-Roader are made with softer pieces and while they still offer the same kind of educational learning you get with the main line, they are more suitable for smaller, softer hands. There really are no better building toys on the market right now for kids aged 4 and up than the Flexibles line from Construct-It, there is nothing from Meccano that can match this!

Pocket Money Sets!

Girl smiling on the couchAnother great series in the Construct-It line and one of the best value construction set toys you will find is the Miniature Constructables series. These are smaller sets, priced at only six bucks! There is a fantastic selection of vehicles such as this cool Tank and they are all more compact in their size, the tank for example only consists of just over 70 pieces.

 

These sets are still made with the same “industrial feeling” pieces and require real tools (that are in the box) to build them, but they are put out at a smaller more collectible size and a more wallet friendly price point. There is also the fantastic Miniature Constructables Starter Case which comes with three different sets for them to build and it comes in a very cool collectors case.

Hopefully, you have a better idea of what the Construct-It series is all about and understand why there is more to building toys than just a Meccano set! With sets for kids of all ages and parents of all budgets, Construct-It is fast on its way to becoming the number one construction set toys on the market!

Why Do Kids Love Cocomelon So Much?

Why Do Kids Love Cocomelon So Much?

If you are a parent then Cocomelon toys are something that you have no doubt been looking into! This is arguably the biggest thing going in terms of entertainment for little kids these days and no matter if they are watching it on YouTube or on Netflix, kids cannot get enough of Cocomelon.

 

As a parent myself, I have spent more than my fair share of time watching Cocomelon (9/10 the same episodes over and over again) and being shown the latest Cocomelon toy unboxing on YouTube as well. Today we are looking at the phenomenon that is Cocomelon along with some of the fun products you can get for your kids.

 

What Is Cocomelon?

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Before we get to the awesome Cocomelon toy/toys Australia has to offer, let's look at what this show is. Cocomelon is a show about people, animals, and just everyday life, things that kids can relate to.

 

It is the biggest thing going in kids’ entertainment right now and the amount of Cocomelon toys for babies that are on the market now is just staggering. Think of it as a musical show with bright colours and you are on the right track!

 

Why Do Kids Love It So Much?

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Whoever came up with the formula for Cocomelon really did strike gold and have probably made a gazillion dollars from all the Cocomelon toys that have been sold. There have been studies done to try and get to the bottom of why Cocomelon is so popular, but as a parent myself, I have my own theories for why this show is so popular.

 

To start with, I do not think the show could be any brighter, also the characters and animals all have big expressive eyes and faces which help capture a child’s attention. Oh, and then we have the music…. Boy, do we have the music!!! It is catchy, repetitive and the kids will drive you nuts wanting to hear the same songs over and over again.

 

Fun Cocomelon Gift Ideas

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There is no shortage of great Cocomelon toy and gift ideas out there, but here are a handful that my kids have enjoyed so I can personally recommend them.

 

Cocomelon Starter Puzzles:

First up we have one of the Cocomelon toy/toys Australia has to offer that you cannot go wrong with. These are basic jigsaw puzzles where preschools can put the large Cocomelon characters into their rightful place on the board. They are bright and colourful like the show and kids will get a kick out of the recognisable characters from the show.

 

What makes this one of the more fun Cocomelon toys out there is that it helps with their problem solving skills and fine motor skills too. There are three versions available there is Cocomelon Starter Puzzles: Friends which features the kids at the playpark. Cocomelon Starter Puzzles: Beach which has the kids having a fun day at the beach.

 

Last, but by no means least we have Cocomelon Starter Puzzles: Bedtime which has the kids in their PJs counting sheep and getting ready for bed, this one here is my son's favourite of the set. The large pieces make this one of the best Cocomelon toys for babies too!

 

Cocomelon Five Senses:

This Cocomelon Five Senses set is one of the best Cocomelon toys for kids as it helps them engage and learn about the five main senses. There is fun and bright dough that smells amazing and is great for getting their hands and mind active.

 

Fun squish balls that they can play with, a magnifying glass so they can explore the world around them, and more. This is a great gift idea as it gives them many fun experiments and adventure ideas that you and your child can partake in together. A set like this is going to help a child become more interested in the world around them.

 

Cocomelon Lace Art:

For children that have a creative side this Cocomelon Lace Art is the perfect Cocomelon toy for them. This is designed with smaller hands in mind so while this is a proper art project, younger children (it is suitable for kids as young as three) are going to be able to get to grips with this nice and easy. The idea is that they use the bright and colourful laces to make awesome Cocomelon art.

 

The art cards feature Baby JJ and the rest of the Cocomelon gang. While they will have some awesome Cocomelon pieces of art to put in their room… or the rest of the house if you are lucky! This set also helps engage their fine motor skills and helps give their creativity a push in the right direction too.

 

Cocomelon Paint Your Own Coin Bank:

Do Cocomelon toys get any cooler than this? What I think makes this Cocomelon Paint Your Own Coin Bank one of the most awesome Cocomelon toy/toys Australia has to offer is that  it is not only fun, but it has far more going on than you would at first think.

 

They get to bring to life the classic Cocomelon logo which they will get a real kick out of. It comes with a set of special pens for colouring it all in. They can either use the guide and follow the instructions to make it look like the real logo.

 

Or they can let their creativity fly and come up with their own new design! Plus, this is a money box and kids are never too young to learn the value of a dollar, also you can use this as a way to help teach them about counting too.

Let your children to embrace their creative side!

Let your children to embrace their creative side!

Today we are talking about creative kids and creative kits for kids to help them embrace or even awaken their creative side.

 

The creativity of a child truly is an amazing thing. Heck, it is one of the reasons that creative kids’ kits are so popular as kids love to create. Anyway, being creative is more than just kids having fun.

 

Embracing their creative side can have many different benefits for a child’s development. That is what we are looking at today as well as a few resign rings kits and other creative kids that children can use to help their creative side really flourish.

 

The Benefits Of A Child Embracing Their Creative Side

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Before you throw your child, a resin ring mold kit and let them show off their creative talents, let us take a look at why a child embracing their creativity is such a good thing. These are just a few of the reasons why helping a child embrace their creative side.

 

The Wonders Of Their Imagination:

Watching a child play really is a magical thing. Watching creative kids play with their Marvel or Star Wars toys and come up with all kinds of imaginative scenarios or making their own Frozen III with their Frozen dolls is always a fun thing to watch.

 

A child that has the opportunities to be more creative is going to have a more active imagination.

 

Helping Confidence:

If a child has spent time with something like a resign ring mold or one of the many other creative kids’ kits that are on the market.

 

They are going to have more confidence when it comes to taking part in things like art class, technology class, and anything that requires them to be more “hands on” and practical while they are at school.

 

Sharing And Caring:

Ok, so this one might sound a bit weird, but hear me out. Being creative and making things such as cool resin rings or something else that comes in one of the many creative kits for kids is fun.

 

However, while they will no doubt want to make things for themselves to wear and have on display. Kits like this can also go a long way to help children learn about sharing and making other people happy.

 

As a parent or someone who is in the life of a child, there is nothing more special than a nice big hug and a special gift that they have made themselves.

 

Older Kids Can Be Creative Too:

When people think about kids being creative, it is usually younger kids. However, creative kids can be older too! It is very important to try and not let that creative spark die out in a child.

 

Help them keep that creative spark lit and it can help them have a more positive outlook on life and help them as they get ready to enter the real world.

 

 

Great Creative Kits And Sets For Kids

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Without sounding like a cheesy sales pitch, I wanted to share with you a few fun creative kid’s kits that are going to be something they can have a great time with. However, these kits are also the kind of thing that can help them when it comes to showing off and embracing their creative side.

 

Resin Ring Kit:

It is sets like this Resin Ring Kit that show why people are searching high and low for the best resin rings Australia has to offer. With this set, children can have a ton of fun by using the special resin ring mold set to come up with all kinds of cool and awesome looking resin ring designs.

 

This set is very easy for a child to get to grips with and it is 100 percent child safe. It is the kind of thing that is a ton of fun for you guys to do together! They can wear these themselves, display them in their room and of course, they can give them to friends and family.

 

Resin Bracelets Kit:

If you know a child that loves to look stylish and also make things then this Resin Bracelets Kit is perfect for them. They are going to love having a series of bracelets hanging on their wrists. This is very similar to the resin rings set, but only this time they will be making bracelets.

 

Each step of the process is explained in a clear and precise manner and while you will be there helping them, they can take the lead on this and really let their creative side fly.

 

Resin Necklaces Kit:

Creative kits for kids do not get much cooler than this amazing Resin Necklaces Kit.  They can make a whole bunch of necklaces with this set so no matter what their outfit for the day is, they will have the perfect necklace to go with it.

 

Creative kids are going to have an absolute field day with this as they come up with cool and funky designs! All of their friends and family members will love rocking a necklace that they have made.