Leapfrog Leadreader a.k.a TAG

For Christmas we got Isaac and both his cousins of the same age (give or take a couple of months) leapfrog Leapreader, which you can get the girl version here or the boy version here. In reality you could get either for boy or girl, completely your choice. It is a little device that reads out what each page says as you hover over it. You can buy all sorts of different books for it, it also comes with a lets read together book, which isn’t fantastic but it’s a start. I hadn’t got around to setting it up online until today. You need to add each book you own onto it so it can read it correctly, it is really easy to download and only took a minute or two. I’d never done this before so I imagine it can only get easier

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This is the set of book’s I chose for Isaac – including a book about feelings, new babies, going to sleep and using a potty. Things I thought are very important to a toddler. Although he won’t have a new baby sister/brother for a while, it’s still nice to learn about. I understand the recommended age is a couple of months above Isaac’s age but he’s loving taking everything in at the moment and he can’t get enough of learning new things! When I first handed Isaac scout he didn’t have a clue, he held onto it whilst flicking the pages of the books. Even when I shown him how to use it, it didn’t click. There is one book though ‘Count me to sleep’  that counts up to ten page by page and has different things on each page to do with that number. Isaac has a massive fascination at the moment with numbers, he loves looking at, saying, singing numbers etc. So when I started to flick through this book with scout and shown him how it tells him which number is which he was hooked!

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This is the only book he has paid any interest in so far in the TAG collection, hopefully it is just the starting point as I love the whole concept of this product! I don’t think Isaac at 19 months is the right age – maybe in a month or so he will be a wizz with this product but right now he just doesn’t fully understand what it does. His older cousin who is 2 yrs 2 months old loves hers and can’t get enough of it, although I do wonder whether it is because I got her the flashcard set aswel which I think Isaac would possibly love at this age now.

He got a little fed up with the reader in the end and took the book over to daddy for him to read to him.

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Date night at home – Mexican night

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So last night me & Aiden had a well needed date night, we barely ever actually do something, and I’m not sure you can fully class this as ‘doing something’ but it was lovely. I cooked us some fajitas.. nothing fancy just with the standard fajita making kits you can get from asda.. I picked up some chicken, peppers and onions. I threw it all together for us when we put Isaac to bed.

Aiden had his new found love Bucks Fizz (he very very rarely drinks so this gets him quite drunk haha) and I had my designated parent drink of WKD blue. We had our sour cream sauce, salsa and a bowl of cheese. It was absolutely amazing. We were watching ‘Walter Mitty‘. It was a very easy to watch film and we both really enjoyed it. When we decide to watch a film together on a rare occasion we find it very difficult to choose which one, but this was exactly what we both wanted.

A bit after we ate the fajitas, I went and made us a bowl of dorito’s which I put cheese over and in the microwave for about 50 seconds. PERFECT. Isaac didn’t wake once, It was lovely to have some ‘us’ time cause it rarely comes along at the moment with work and Isaac etc. I think I will try to organise a few more ‘events’ like this for us, as it doesn’t feel like a wasted weekend when it’s time to go back to work.

What at home date night tips or suggestions do you have?

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Isaac’s favourite toys at 19 months

The title of this post is pretty self explanatory… I’m going to write a list of all the toys Isaac loves now at 19 months old. Some of these surprised me and some I knew he’d love, so here go’s..

10961799_409413285902682_866760760_nWith this one you get the little bus and all the letters of the alphabet to stick on your fridge (or anything magnetic!) You take out the letters one by one and put them in the bus window (where the N is) and it tells you what letter it is and sings a song about it! It also has a little music note button that you can press to hear the “abc song” and “the wheels on the bus”. This has Isaac obsessed with the wheels on the bus, he turns round and round when listening to it. He loves this toy so much, everytime the living room door opens he shooting towards the kitchen. I never used to like him being in the kitchen for all sorts of reasons, but now I feel comfortable him being there as I know the bus has his attention. He just stands at the fridge whilst I do the pots etc. LOVE this toy!

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I only introduced Isaac to the world of stickers this morning and was pleasantly surprised by his reaction. I thought he’d be running around sticking them all over the walls but he seemed to understand that they were only meant for the book. I asked him what each sticker was before I gave them to him (as they were a bit fiddly for him to un-peel from the page himself. If he didn’t know I’d ask him and he’d repeat (or try depending on the word). His favourite was “PIG”. This book has lots of stickers including a few big mr tumble ones. Isaac had so much fun with them, he flicked through the pages and chose which one he wanted to put each one on and then placed them down gently.

10979337_409413652569312_148449884_nThis was bought for Isaac for Christmas by a friend of mine. It’s a book that includes alot of little sturdy cardboard tools… hammer, spanner, paintbrush etc. It has a few different scenes like a plumbing scene, a painters scene and in each scene the children have to place in the jigsaw pieces which are the tools. Isaac enjoys carrying the tools round seperatly aswell for some reason. He likes to hole and look at them. He spends ages at the book trying to slot different ones into all the different shapes. It’s ace!

10896994_388275708016440_5498966427002152515_n (1)I’m so glad he loves the little Tikes car. I think he would have loved it no matter which variation of little Tikes it was. He sits in it pressing the horn saying “beep beep!” and when I ask where his car is, he runs straight over to it and gets inside always making sure to shut the door! (safety first 😉 ) It’s a classic, I’m sure many readers will have had a little Tikes of their own as a kiddie, I sure know I did! The only worry with this is he gets a little excited and the odd time it has toppled.. No harm done (apart from mummy’s minor heart failures!)

  • ANYTHING to do with Raa Raa the noisy lion !

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This little man is Obsessed with Raa Raa and he was lucky enough to get a couple of Raa Raa items off Nanny and Grandad for christmas. Raa Raa is REALLLLLY difficult to get hold of and they probably had to remortgage the house just to buy the Raa Raa cuddly toy.

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10869698_388695021307842_5810775541051467713_oThis is a fully adjustable basketball net ..It goes up to 4 foot when you adjust it so it can last quite a while for the little one. I didn’t think Isaac would get or like this at first glace but he absolutly loves it. He doesn’t throw the ball in the net, it’s more of a drop but still he gets excited when he does… so does every one in the room. He drops it in the net and then shouts “A GOAAAAAALL!” It’s too cute!


I will leave it there for today, there are so so so many toys that Isaac is into at the moment, so I will do a more detailed post in due time.

Thankyou for reading!

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The List

terrible 2’s at 18 months?

So here’s my thinking… terrible 2’s is not purely when your little on is two. Terrible two’s starts at 18 months!!

Isaac is now 19 months old and I’ve been thinking for over a month now that he is starting to go through the terrible twos. He screams and throws himself to floor when I say “no” or “all gone”. He chucks whatever he has in his hand across the room and he smacks out at whoever might tell him the dreaded “no!”

I’m working on sorting this at the moment, but my god it is difficult! I’m not giving in, No way am I being one of those mums that has a 6 year old child who thinks they can have whatever they want whenever they want. He will have it in moderation and he WILL BE GOOD! lol (fingers crossed).

This post isn’t completely randomly, I took him into town today. I let him walk around with his backpack reins on and we happened to wonder past a little ride resembling this one…

86077IMG_1014_1You know the type… the ones that put outside every shop in the shopping centres so you can’t walk for 2 minutes without a different ride. Isaac noticed this one and wanted to go on it “train!” “where train!” …So I let him stand in it for a good 5/10 minutes I didn’t pay for it as he was having so much fun as it was, it didn’t need to move for him to love it.

Then it came to being time to go. I got him out of the ride and said “shall we go now?” and he said “NO!” screamed at me and threw himself to the floor. I was mortified. I think it was just the shock of it never happening in public before although after a couple of seconds I didn’t mind I picked him up and walked with him screaming across the mall. He must have fogotten what he was screaming about as he stopped… que ride number 2!!! You can guess the outcome! “CARRR” “CARRRRRRRRRRR!!”

Oh my days! What a day! It can’t just be my child who’s going through the TT’s early, how old was/is your child?

10961980_407910842719593_734966933_nThe rest of our day was lovely.. he had a good walk around and found his love for grids! Making sure he stepped on every grid he seen! No one ever told me how hard it would be to handle reins with a walking baby on the end and pushing a pram at the same time! You need some skills for that combination !!

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Room on the broom

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Julia Donaldson

What an excellent book… I absolutely adore this one, and so does Isaac!

This book is about a witch flying on her broom when she keeps dropping things on the floor… when she goes down to find these, there is a couple of animals that help her e.g. dog, frog. When they return her dropped item, they ask if there is any room on the broom for them to get on. The answer of course is YES!

Too many animals are on the broom so it snaps. This lands the witch in trouble dropping her near a dragon that wants to eat her. Her animal friends that she helped earlier come to the rescue.

Its a lovely easy read. You find yourself in full flow with this book as it all just slides straight off your tongue. Me and Isaac have so much fun when reading it, as I do the animals voices in crazy voices. My dragon voice seems to be Isaac’s favourite, as he is always in stitches laughing.

You can buy this book here.

Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

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Isaac’s favourite books at 18 months

I’m going to put together a little list of all the books that Isaac is loving at the moment. His interests change all the time but here are the ones that he loves at 19 months – to be fair these have probably been his favourite for the last couple of months too.

Guess what? colours & Guess who? sounds

– Jeannette Rowe

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These books are brilliant! They are lift the flap books starting off with a page like this..

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Then you lift the flap to this..

10966765_405806762930001_1094594642_nMe and Isaac have so much fun reading these books. They are a very interactive book so I wouldn’t recommend them for a bedtime story as I do not believe that was the intention of the author. They would be very boring at bedtime but excellent as a learning aid. I usually read out “Guess what is black?” then I’d say “ready?” and Isaac sits there anticipating it and he’ll say “YIS!” He is not very advanced with colours at the moment as he’s more interested in other things, so I’m hoping this might arouse his interest. I think it is beginning to work as he’s pointed at a couple of things and said “GREEN!” although everything is green at the moment, bless his heart. These can be bought on amazon … colours & sounds. (Little tip for new amazon users always click on where is says 20 new from *price* or *number* used from *price* as amazon’s price isn’t always the cheapest).

POSTMAN BEAR 

– Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

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This is a board book & can be bought here. Postman bear is about a bear that goes to where a couple of his animal friends live to hand out invites to his birthday party, for example he goes to the tree to hand an invite to Miss squirrel. It is a lift the flap book, as shown in the picture below…

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It’s a very easy read, it’s so full of rhyme that you almost find yourself singing it. Isaac has not looked after this book very well as it’s the first one he go’s for at playtime. He loves to sit and find the flaps, he occasionally says “i see” as he opens them. So he has ripped one of the flaps off, I just put my hand over it for now when I’m reading and then reveal at the point that we would open the flap. I will need to re-buy this as he gets older as I doubt he’ll grow out of it for a good while.

My Dad 

– Anthony Browne

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This is Isaac’s all time favourite!! It’s actually one of mine too..This is a story about the author describing how his dad is ‘all right’. He uses the phrase ‘he’s all right my dad’ throughout, which I love. He says how his dad can walk on a tightrope (washing line) without falling off. I’ve read this book to Isaac that many times that I know the words off by heart now.

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You can buy it here. I also didn’t realise until getting the link for this one that there is one called ‘my mum’ which is in my basket as I type! I’m so excited for that to come!!! Everything is daddy daddy daddy at the moment, it’s about time I make myself known as the cool one. 😉

The dinosaur that pooped a planet

Dougie Poynter & Tom fletcher

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This one can be bought here. This was written by the boys from Mcfly, I bought this out of interest really and I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be one of my favourites out of all Isaac’s books. This is quite a long book for Isaac but its such a good read that it all flows together and you can read it quite quickly. It might not be to the taste of some parents as it talks about poop at the end, but I found it amusing and Isaac enjoyed listening to it. It’s about a little boy and his pet dinosaur who travel to space. The little boys mum told him they need to take a pack lunch but they forget it and the dinosaur eats everything in space… then poops it back out.

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It includes some brilliant illustration for the kiddies to look at. I just love this book even though the age range isn’t for Isaac’s age, all that matters is he listens and enjoys it.

so there’s a list of a few of the books he’s loving at the moment. I’m introducing new books to him all the time as he loves to look at the photos and like I said earlier he loves story time!

Thanks for reading.

What are you kids favourite books? always keen to learn of new ones.

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Isaac’s bedtime story – Thomas saves the day

Story time is without doubt my favourite part of my Isaac based day. I love watching his little eyes light up as I turn each page and the way he quickly tries to look at each and every image on the page all at the same time. It’s not only because I know I’m going to get some ‘me time’, it’s also because I know how much he loves story time!

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This bedtime we read: Thomas saves the day – It came as a book box set with a cuddly Thomas toy. 

I usually steer clear of interactive books for bedtime because he gets far too giddy. Tonight he asked for choo choo though… who am I to say no? I want to send him to bed a happy boy. It’s a decent size book, not too long but not a “oh is that it?” situation. Me & Isaac prefer the shorter stories as Isaac loses interest after a while if it overstays it welcome.

This book has the 3 sound button images presented throughout the pages which prompts you to press the one at that point in the book. Two of the sounds being trains tooting and the other is a catchy little tune which Isaac loves. I let Isaac press the buttons when I told him to and told him which to press, which is really pushing my no interactive books rule but there you go! 😉

I cannot fault this one on anything, such a lovely little read and perfect for a little boy with a growing fascination with trains. Thumbs up from mummy!

& in the end It turns out I was so wrong with the interactive books …he was straight to sleep all the same as any other book. So in future all rules out the window at story time.. ANY BOOK GO’S. (some limits do apply haha).

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Trains, baby monitors & bath crayons..

I thought Id share our lovely day yesterday with you all…

So this is how our morning started – cuddled up on the couch watching milkshake! He doesn’t usually cuddle me in the morning he wants to be up and out. It was perfect, although he did his usual “where’s daddy?” as soon as I walked into the room. This is the strangest thing, he asks where daddy is every morning but it’s always me he see’s first thing. Maybe he’s checking if daddy’s at work again, I don’t know. 10952331_405246722986005_426496159_nWe had plans to go to feed the ducks with granddad today, the weather had other ideas however. It was snow snow snowing! I sent my dad a tethinking it was raining having not looked out the window yet telling him ‘we’ll see if the weather dies down a bit for feeding the ducks – not sure if it will’. I looked out the window and BAM! street covered in snow! hmmm. Dad suggested a trip to Liverpool on the train, it’s not far from us. It’s about 20 minutes on the train.

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Isaac loved it! He looked out the window and said “choo choo!”. He even shouted “train!” when he seen other trains passing. He was so well behaved, he just sat there and occasionally stood up so he could get a better view. I think the whole motion of the moving train was exciting to him. He’s got a real interest in them at the moment, Thomas is his most used Christmas present I’d say. I’ve taken him on trains before but never at an age where he understood what it was or even appreciate the surroundings. 19 months is such a beautiful age. The last couple of months actually it’s been amazing watching him grown in himself every single day. He’s not had one day off where he’s not thought “I’ll try/learn something new today!” He’s a trooper.

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Isaac with granddad 🙂 Overall we had a lovely day in Liverpool. We went shopping, went for lunch and just had some lovely quality time the three of us. I think the highlight of it for all 3 of us though was the train ride there and back without a doubt. On the way back Isaac decided to sing ‘the wheels on the bus’ for us, sure he changed the words but the tune was still there. Bless his heart!          

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                                                                                                                                   You may question why there is a random photo of my baby monitor in this post?! The wire of my old charger completely snapped last night. So random I know, but still relevant. So it’s pretty much the same one however there is no  wire! CLEVER? well, no I didn’t actually know until I opened the box and seen it just plugs directly into the wall…The only problem is that I cant walk from room to room with it and in my house you can’t hear Isaac in his room unless you’ve got the monitor on or are on the landing outside his door. I will just have to go from room to room plugging it in to each and every plug socket… but still, no broken wires! YAY!

And to end this post on a nice negative note… look what the bath crayons have done to my grouty bits 😦 *rolly eyes face*

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