Toddlers Seek and Find App – Review

Available from I-tunes for .59p

I hate writing bad reviews, but I was sent the Toddlers Seek and Find App by Wonderkind to try out.  I have to say I wasn’t that impressed.  It really doesn’t do that much.  There are 3 areas to explore:  My Farm, My Forest and My Zoo.  Children just click on the animals in the picture and the animal will then do something.  For example, a deer eats the vegetables in the garden, the elephant sprays water and in the case of the pig it farts in the sheep’s face.  However, I must admit my daughter thought this was hysterical.  I think the worst thing as you will see by the image is that they spelled Toddler wrong???

So overall here is what we thought:

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My Toothbrush

I have a little toothbrush
I hold it very tight
I brush my teeth each morning,
And then again at night

I wish this were true.  I know my daughter is supposed to brush her teeth twice a day but too be honest we only usually do it once a day and sometimes we forget all together.  I can only blame it on the mayhem that comes from having a 3 year old in the house.  Some days getting her dressed is enough to get me sectioned.  In my defence, they’re all going to fall out anyhow and maybe I can get a reduction from the Tooth Fairy for sub standard merchandise?

Joking aside, I’ve taken her to the dentist to have her teeth counted and to get her used to visiting the dentist.  The dentist, who is also a very good friend, was happy with her oral hygiene.  However, I do need to make more of an effort instilling regular dental hygiene habits.

We were sent a Hello Kitty Firefly Toothbrush, you press a button and the light flashes for 1 minute, which is the recommended time they spend brushing either their top or bottom teeth.  As you will see in the video below, we still have a long way to go but it’s a start.  I like how she uses her shirt as a flannel!  Nice!

I think they only cost a couple of quid and would make great stocking stuffers and are available from Argos and Lloyds pharmacies.


PS.  The reason she is brushing her teeth is because she had just had some chocolate.  I’m sure you noticed it on her PJs!

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The 12 Apps of Christmas (for kids)

To help get me through the Christmas Season I’ve just loaded my phone up with some new apps to keep Madame entertained.  I can’t wait till she rings Santa!

  1. Christmas Advent Calendar 2010 (free)  If you’re like me and didn’t get one in time.  The next best thing. (Note:  I just played with this one and to collect gifts you have option of going on the net.  I have removed it just in case).
  2. Sleeps to Christmas App (free)  How many sleeps left in days, minutes and seconds.
  3. Christmas for Kids – Call Santa (.59p) Ring Santa in the North Pole.
  4. Snow Globe (.59p) It does what it says on the tin!
  5. iChristmas Tree (.59p) Decorate your own tree on your iphone without having to hoover the needles
  6. The Smelly Sprout Lite (Free) this is half of the full version of the best-selling book.  It ends on a cliff-hanger
  7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (£1.79) Rudolph comes to the rescue.
  8. Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition (£1.19) Turn yourself into the Grinch.
  9. Kids Can Count – Christmas Gifts (.59p)  Count the decorations on the tree.
  10. Talking Christmas Santa Kid Tickle his tummy, pull his beard and wiggle his hat!
  11. Kids Song Machine Lite (Free) Festive Christmas Tune to get you in the spirit.
  12. Christmas Card Match (Free)  How quickly can you find the pairs?

Once you’ve survived Christmas here are a few other recommended apps for pre-school.

Ski Holidays for the Family

Yes, this is a sponsored post but it’s a genuine question.  A group of our friends are going on a Ski Holiday in Austria in Feb and have invited us along.  This particular group of friends are a great laugh but the majority of them don’t have kids.  However, they’ve always been brilliant with our daughter.  In fact, she thinks one of them is her second dad but that’s a whole different story.  There is one couple going who have a daughter but they’ve managed to find care for her for the week, lucky so and so’s!  However, this isn’t an option for us.

The idea would be that our friends would stay in the main hotel partying till silly o’clock and we would get something self-catering nearby and possibly take turns joining them at night.  Originally, I discounted it straight away but after seeing how much Madame enjoyed her ski lesson a couple of weeks ago I’m now toying with the idea again.

I’ve never been skiing in Europe nor have I ever been skiing for more than a day at a time.  When I was growing up in Canada we’d just drive up to the ski hill in the morning which was only 45 minutes away and would return in the evening.  The thought of skiing for a whole week sounds like it could be hard work.

I’ve also spoken to another friend who has taken her 3 year old skiing and she raves about it.  She said ‘if you’re inclined, the crèches/ski schools are so good that you don’t even have to see your kids all day if you don’t want to!’  Not sure if I’d be up for that but the option is tempting.

The last thing we need to consider it the cost.  I haven’t quite worked it out yet but a week for the 3 of us isn’t going to be cheap (hotel, flights, food, drink, lift passes, equipment).  Would I be better off killing two birds with one stone and investigating Ski holidays in Canada so I could combine it with wwvisiting family?

So, my question to you is ‘have you ever been skiing with a 3 year old and if so, would you recommend it?’

How to Remove Peas from a Toddler’s Nose

I was reading New Mummy’s Blog today ‘A first I could have done without’ and it reminded me about an incident we had with Madame about a year ago.  We were sitting at the table having dinner, nothing memorable; except there were peas involved…you can probably guess what’s coming next.

I don’t remember how it happened or how we noticed that it had happened but she had managed to lodge a pea up her nose.  I had a quick look and couldn’t see it but knew damn well it was up there.  My first thought was to stick something up there and ferret it out (toothpick, tweezers, skewer) but feared if she moved I’d give her a lobotomy.

So, I don’t know where the idea came from, but in one fell swoop, I plugged the pea-less nostril, put my mouth over her nose and sucked!  Out popped the snot laden pea!  Ptooey! For those of you who don’t know me well, I have a huge snot gag reflex.  I can barely wipe a nose.  I’m amazed I didn’t hurl.

I then strode around like a proud peacock thinking I was a genius, saving us a trip to the A and E until someone kindly pointed out that I did it back to front.  I should’ve plugged the nose, like I did, but then in fact blow into her mouth and it would have dislodged the pea!!!!!!!  No need for mouth to snot contact!  Doh!

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