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It’s Time to Read & You Could Win!

I have been reading to my twins since they were babies. That is partly because I love reading and have books everywhere in our house. But it is also because I know the importance of reading to kids. Extensive research has been carried over the years, and it has shown that a child who reads for pleasure will do better at school.  It has also shown that a family who read books together would have the opportunity to bond and talk about the day more. Now this is a win-win for me, which is why it is always time to read in our house.

There is an opportunity to win a Book Bundle from BookTrust Time to Read Campaign. All the giveaway details would be at the end of the post.

 

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Like I said, I have been reading to the kiddies since they were born and have carried on doing so even now that they are now in Reception year. They enjoy reading a lot and have many books in their bookshelves. Having bookshelves in their bedroom encourages them to keep reading as they can reach the books they want to read themselves.

 

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The Benefits of Reading to Children

I could go on and on about the many benefits of reading to your children but I will just list the top 3 benefits here.

 

It is a great way to bond with your children

I read to kiddies everyday when I can, and I encourage them to open a book on their day each day too. Reading together is a great way to bond with children. We can easily spend an hour reading book after book in our house, and the kids look forward to the reading time. Having both kids on my laps as I read to them is so precious. Reading to kids is time well spent.

 

Reading to kids helps them perform better at school

when it comes to educating your kids, reading is at the top of the list. Reading to children helps them perform better at school even in subjects like Maths. When you read to kids, it helps the child’s development. It helps your child get to know sounds, words and language. Reading helps children develop early literacy skills which also help them excel in other subjects at school. The kids pick up on new words and sounds when we read together, which is fantastic.

 

Helps the children stay creative

Colourful books with great illustrations help children become more creative and think independently. I find my kids tend to interpret the illustrations they see before I even start reading. Their imagination brings the books to life, and it helps them stay creative which is fantastic.

 

 

Time to Read Children’s Books Bundle

We received this Time to Read Children’s Books Bundle some weeks ago and we have been busy reading the books. The kiddies love all the books in the bundle and I can see why. Their current favourites are Little Monkey by Marta Altes and First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd. All 6 books tell an interesting story they can relate to. Plus they are filled with colourful illustrations that the kids find very fascinating.

 

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First Day at Bug School By Sam Lloyd

The kiddies found this book very relatable as they just started Reception. They kept comparing the Bug School to their “Big School”, which was fun to listen to. I like this book a lot because it got them talking about what they do in their school, which I found very informing.

First Day at Bug School Book helped settle the kids into their new school routine. They liked the idea of going to Primary School, and have been looking forward to going all summer. But it was a new experience for them with the early starts and longer school days. and I think us reading this book together calmed their nerves and helped settle the twins into their new school routine.

This book is great read for kids starting school for the first time.

 

I AM AN ARTIST By Marta Alters

My kids found this book really funny and loved colourful illustrations. The little boy in the book was up to all sorts of mischief – writing on the walls, painting the furniture and all. He thought he was an Artist and needed to express himself everywhere. His Mum wasn’t impressed and I bet we Mums can relate.

 

Vera Jewel is Late for School By Nicola Kent

This book was an interesting read. We all enjoyed it and it is another favourite in our house. My daughter is a huge fan of Vera Jewel. She thinks she is cool! This book is another great option for kids starting school as it is all about Vera Jewel school run journey.

 

 

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YOU’RE CALLED WHAT? By Kes Gray and Nicki Dyson

This book was hilarious! We laughed as we turned each page. It is a great funny read and the kids enjoyed making fun of the crazy funny names. I found some of the names very funny as well. The writers have a great sense of humour for sure.

 

Little Monkey by Marta Altes

This Little Monkey is another current favourite. It tells the story of a little brave Monkey. The Kiddies find this book very entertaining and are always reading it. The Little Monkey is an inspiration in our house.

 

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Time to Read Giveaway Details

There is an opportunity for one lucky reader to win this Book Bundle. Here are all what you need to do to take part in this giveaway –

 

  1. Follow me on Twitter.
  2. Retweet this post.
  3. Leave a comment telling me why you want to win this Book Bundle. Remember to include your Twitter name in the comment box so I can find you.

 

This giveaway is open to all UK residents 18 years and over. It ends 1st October at 10pm. I will contact the winner on Twitter.

 

What do you think of these books? Do find out more about the Time to Read campaign, visit booktrust.org.uk for more information. Also, I will be taking part in the Time to Read Twitter Party on Thursday 20th September 8pm – 9pm. You can join in to chat about reading to children and win book vouchers. The hashtag is #TimeToRead and the Twitter handle is @BookTrust

See you there!

 

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The Kiddies Review My Little Pony, FurReal and Star Wars Chewie

The Kiddies have settled into their new school routine and are loving it. I am happy they loving it so much. I was a bit worried about how they would cope with the long days in school as they only ever did half days in pre school, but I had nothing to worry about. They have been good. Tired but good, and that works great for us.

Once they get back from school, and the snacks have been consumed, they like to play with their toys. So you can imagine how excited they were when they got some new toys courtesy of Hasbro.

 

FURREAL ROCK-A-TOO, THE SHOW BIRD RRP £79.99

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The FurReal Rock-a-too Show Bird toy is very entertaining. It keeps my kids entertained for hours non stop. They love how colourful it is, and the 50+ sound-and-motion combinations keeps them occupied. This is now one of their favourite toys and I can see why.

 

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This FurReal toy has three modes of play. And it is full of songs, dances, and laughs. It is such a cool toy with the funny jokes, sounds and movement. It even records voices and plays them back musically.

The FurReal Rock-a-too Show Bird is available in all major retailers and it is great for kids 4 years and over. I think it is a great toy pet to have for kids who want pets. My twins have been asking for a pet for sometime and I know we are not ready for that commitment now, so a toy pet would work great instead.

FurReal Rock-a-too Show Bird would definitely put a smile on your child’s face no matter how serious they try to be.

 

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MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC COLLECTION TWILIGHT SPARKLE MAGICAL SCHOOL OF FRIENDSHIP Playset RRP £59.99

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My daughter is crazy about My Little Pony. She has seen all the episodes on Netflix, and we all saw My Little Pony Movie last year at the cinema thanks to her obsession with the ponies. Her favourite pony is Princess Twilight – Princess of Friendship. She collects the Ponies as well, so we have them all over the house. So I knew she would love this My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Collection Twilight Sparkle Playset. It is a hit in our house.

 

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This playset is a great gift idea for My Little Pony fans and kids that love role play. I like the school concept as my kids just started Reception last week, so this playlet is very timely. It comes with 24 accessories and a Twilight Sparkle pony figure. The entryway beams with light, and the scroll on the roof lights up to show images from the series. It is definitely a beautiful playlet. You can get this in most good retailers and it is appropriate for kids who are 3 years and above.

 

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STAR WARS ULTIMATE CO-PILOT CHEWIE £124.99

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The Kiddies love this Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie. It stands 16 inches tall and features more than 100 sound and motion combinations. The kids love the signature Wookiee-talk back interaction, and how Chewie responds to external movements and sounds. It roars back everytime the kids make a noise.

Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie features poseable legs and can respond with a variety of facial expressions for fun surprises. It comes with the iconic bandolier and satchel.

 

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You can grab this toy at all good retailers. It is great gift idea for children 4 years and over.

 

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What do you think of these toys? Do sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

 

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The Kiddies go back to school in style

The Kiddies resumed school this week and it has been extremely busy over here. We are getting into a new school routine and they have handled pretty well. It is their first year in Primary School. They rounded up Pre School in July and they have been counting sleeps to their first day in Big School for about a week now. I am happy they are loving school as much as they are. It would have been extremely hard if they didn’t like it so much. I don’t know how I would have handled it if they started to cry or didn’t want to go into their classrooms. That may have been the end of the whole back to school 😂

 

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But thankfully we didn’t have to deal with any tears or tantrums. The first day was quite emotional as expected. I was feeling all sorts of emotions at the same time. A part of me was happy to see them go and another part was wishing I had them for a few more weeks. This thing called motherhood is just too hard 😢

 

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We got some first day at school photos taken (We had to get that done, they looked too cute in their school uniforms) and off to school we went. I almost started balling at the school gate thanks to a little one not wanting to let her mummy go. But thankfully I held it together. The last thing I needed was for them to know how much I was struggling to let them go.

Day 2 went quite well. We didn’t have the rain to deal with, which was good. And we all knew what was expected already. I am happy to see them settling into school and the new routine.

 

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My prayer is that they carry on loving school as much as they do. Their love for school and learning new things amazes me. I know they are going thrive and show everyone just how amazing they really are. And I am eager to see where this new journey takes us all. The world is now your centre stage my loves, go and shine brighter than diamonds.

 

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How are your kids finding the first week of being back to school?

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