GeoSafari Talking Bug Net – Review

GeoSafari Talking Bug Net from Learning Resources is a great way for children to learn facts and information about bugs, something most children are intrigued by and love to touch and explore.

The GeoSafari Talking Bug Net comes with a talking bug net which is well made and a good size, 28 x 14cm.  This requires 3 AA batteries.  There are two buttons on the handle, one for fun facts and the other for quiz, which tests your knowledge on bugs.

Bug net 2There are also six good quality plastic bugs included which the bug net cleverly recognises when placed inside.

These are:

  • Praying Mantis
  • Spider
  • Ladybird
  • Grasshopper
  • Bee
  • Butterfly

The net has two ways to play, you can either drop a bug in the net and listen to over 60 included bug facts or take the quiz, which was our preferable option, where we were given a fact about a bug and had to put the correct bug into the net.

The net cleverly recognises which bug you place into the net and tells you whether you are right or wrong.  You get two chances to get the question correct before it moves onto a new question.

The GeoSafari Talking Bug Net is aimed at ages 4-8 years, perfect for 6 yr old Miss M who was eager to have a go.  It was Easter weekend when we gave the bug net a good testing so Miss M comes complete with a little Easter bunny face!

Bug netMiss M enjoyed playing the quiz on the bug net and was thrilled when she put the right bug in the net.  The questions were challenging, I couldn’t answer them all myself, but this became the learning element of the game.  We were all learning at the same time and you could see the thinking process in Miss M’s head as she tried to decide which bug fitted the question.  When I knew the answer I’d try to prompt her but it was great to see her building on her knowledge as we played.

Miss M was unfamiliar with two of the bugs in the set, the grasshopper and the praying mantis so that gave us immediate talking points.  The Talking Bug Net is a great way to gain new knowledge, facts and information about bugs, from simple to more advanced facts.  If you press the button for fact learning mode, you place a bug in the net and it tells you something about the bug.

In the quiz mode the type of questions can be anything from “Which bug has 8 legs?” to “Which bugs hibernate over the winter?”.  By listening to some facts first, you can put your new found knowledge to the test with the quiz, a fun and interactive way to learn.

We really enjoyed trying out the GeoSafari Talking Bug Net, a fun educational toy that can be played alone or with others.  You can play it for as long or short a time as you want, so it’s a great way to fill any spare time and gain a bit of new knowledge.  The only thing we found a little frustrating was that after you had two attempts at the question, it moves onto a new question without informing you of the answer which sometimes left Miss M wondering which bug was correct.

Overall this would be a good toy for any avid little bug hunters out there to build up their factual knowledge on these creepy, crawlie creatures.  It also helps children to recognise and distinguish the mini beasts through their colours, number of legs and whether it has wings etc.

A simple, but fun and interactive way of learning that children enjoy!

Why not take a look at the GeoSafari Talking Bug Net over on the Learning Resources website?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the bug net in order to write the review.

Twinkl – Printable Learning Resources for Home or School

Twinkl is an amazing website, jam packed with printable learning resources including simple activity sheets, games, writing borders, signs, labels etc.  The list really does go on – with over 88,000 printable resources for EYFS, KS1, KS2, teachers, home educators, childminders, nurseries and more.

logoWe were given a premium subscription to try – normally costing £29.99 which gave us access to more than 10,000 further resources and also enabled downloading multiple resources at once – an option that would be ideal for schools.

The Twinkl site is easily broken down into the different age groups and also different topics.  With the vast amount of choice on offer we decided to look at the parenting section which offers things like parenting guides, activity sheets in maths and reading skills, printable games and a behavioural section with things such as reward charts and certificates.

Twinkl2I love the way the activities incorporate fun, brightly coloured pictures but also include an educational aspect, like the butterfly to colour in – using particular colours depending on the answer to the mathematical sum in each area of the picture.  Miss M who is 5yrs old loved the sheets when I showed them to her and couldn’t wait to get stuck in.  She likes to be kept occupied and challenged in what she does.

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Within the topic section on Twinkl there is one called Under the Sea, which I knew my children would love.  We often pop down to our local aquarium as they love looking at the various fish, sharks, starfish, seahorses etc.  So seeing the sealife on the activity sheets really appealed to them and added interest as it was something that they could easily relate to.

We found some interesting fun addition/subtraction sheets and some pattern worksheets with brightly coloured images of all kinds of sealife and other underwater objects which both my children loved.  Although Mister B is a little young for the activities he loved pointing to the objects and telling me what they were while Miss M finished the lines of patterns and did the sums.  The Under the Sea section has a wide range of worksheets – something for everyone as well as display sheets, power points and writing frames.

There’s also a friendly Forum on the site which is a helpful little place where you can ask any questions or advice and you are sure to get an answer.  I’ve had a little look around and it’s very simply set making it easy to use and ask the questions you want to.

The resources on Twinkl are perfect for schools and there is currently a special offer running giving schools a free trial (normally £249.99 though prices vary according to the size of school) – this gives them access to the premium subscription offering over an extra 10,000 resources.  Why not give it a go if you work in a school environment or recommend it to your local school.

I’m really pleased by what I have seen of Twinkl so far.  It’s full of resources perfect for me to print for my children to help them build on skills learnt at school but also ones that are fun and they enjoy doing.  Miss M thoroughly enjoyed working through a flower addition worksheet by herself and you can see her efforts below.

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I’d definitely recommend Twinkl for anyone looking for printable materials – there’s such a vast selection that everyone is catered for.  We’ve already printed a little folder of sheets for Miss M to work through during the summer holidays at her own leisure!

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Threading Animals(wooden toy) by Asco Educational – Review

We were asked to review the Threading Animals by Asco Educational for izziwizzikids.

The box we received contained two beautifully made wooden animals, a butterfly and a turtle which were painted to a perfectly smooth finish.  40 shapes and 20 laces in 4 bright colours were supplied which was more than ample so a very positive first impression.

Miss M had already attempted the basic process of threading with a little book she has that comes with a few laces and holes in the pictures on the pages to thread through – a bit like dot to dot with laces – so this toy was the next step up in the challenge for her.

With some guidance and assistance from mummy, Miss M happily sat threading away despite a few minor issues we had with the product, but we overcame these by using the shapes slightly differently to how we initially thought upon opening the box.

Overall we love the concept of this toy, found the wooden pieces to be beautifully made and are really pleased to see plenty of shapes & laces to work with for both animals.  This is a lovely toy particularly for girls and really encourages great hand eye coordination.  It ranges from ages 3 upwards so is great for little ones that require some help and encouragement or older children who would be able to play this independently.

Threading Animals is available to buy from Asco Educational.

Here is our video review for izziwizzikids:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Fruit Frenzy by Orchard Toys review

We were asked to review Fruit Frenzy by Orchard Toys for izziwizzikids.

Fruit FrenzyA fruity card game that’s fun and simple to play.  Collect five matching fruits to win, but watch out, when the spinner shows “fruity frenzy” it’s everyone for themselves! This game has great educational value:

  • Improves observational skills
  • Develops social communication
  • Promotes healthy eating
  • Links with Early Learning Goals
  • Links with National Curriculum Science and PSHE Key Stage 1
This was a fun, easy to play card game with thick, durable cards and a spinner which added interest and gave the game another feature which helped with the amusement and fun factor.
Miss M thoroughly enjoyed playing this game and it has become a firm favourite for her – although she does prefer to win!!  But the educational benefits have been great for her especially with social communication.  As she is quite young we have only just started introducing games into her everyday play and this has encouraged learning to take turns, following rules and playing together.
We all loved this game and had lots of fun playing it.  We also used all the cards to play alternative games such as pairs which we found a lot of fun.  The pieces are all exceptionally durable and it comes in a compact box ideal for taking on holiday etc. therefore we would definitely recommend this game from Orchard Toys.Here is our video review for izziwizzikids:
This game – Fruit Frenzy – can be purchased directly from Orchard Toys £7.25.
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.