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Faber Castell contacted us before the half to see if we would like to test and review one of their creative craft sets. These sets (RRP £7.99) are for ages 6yrs+ and provide a good few hours art and craft (as well as construction) fun.

Faber Castell and Kieran

Kieran chose the Desert themed set (Ocean Adventure and Jungle Adventure being the other options) which contained art work to colour and cut out with the Faber-Castell pens included which could then be connected together using the connector pens. If this doesn’t make sense then the easy to read instructions that come with the kit make everything crystal clear.

Clear instructions

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At 7yrs (nearly 8yr as I’m constantly reminded!) Kieran found these activities fun and could enjoy the set independently. Working out the connectors and how to put it all together provided more of a challenge however one that with some extra thought and trial and error he could overcome by himself.

 

Just one of Kieran's creations

Just one of Kieran’s creations

At £7.99 I think these are a bargain as outside of the hours of initial play you still have top quality pens to use for other projects and using the connectors all of the pieces you have cut out may be used over and over to create new (if not somewhat unusual!) creatures.

These kits are available from Amazon and www.stonemarketing.com  

Also included in our half term package was a set of colour grip watercolour pencils (perfect for Taylor at 3yrs and Kieran for more detailed art work) and the Scribolino rollerball ink pen. Both the pencils and the ink pen has been much tested and are easy to hold due to their ergonomic grip. Both the pencils and the Scribolino pen have been given pride of place in Kieran’s school pencil case and have been taken to class to show off.

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Everything we received (for free in exchange for a completely impartial review) was of the type of quality that you would expect from Faber-Castell and as a family we were impressed enough to recommend any and all of these products to others.

When I was growing up we didn’t have home computers, tablets or apps to help with our learning however that was a different time. These days IT is at the epicentre of the majority of career choices in one way or another and ITC related subjects are enthusiastically and thoroughly explored as part of the national curriculum.

Having access to the internet is a real advantage for many children and having had the opportunity to review Reading Eggs with Kieran I am convinced that in a way the children of today have a great number of advantages when it comes to learning that we didn’t.

Reading Eggs is a website which offers fun and learning-focused levels dependant on age and ability.

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Kieran chose to review the Reading Eggspress section, already being a keen and skilled reader. Needless to say he was impressed!

Testing out Reading Eggs

At this level the site offers a wide range of themed games and activities, as well as online books to read, all of which build on existing skills and confidence in all aspects of literacy from a love of reading to spelling and more.

The way the site works is that users may collect golden eggs etc for achievements made on the site and these may be swapped for clothes for their avatar and more. For anyone who knows anything about Club Penguin, it works in much the same way apart from the games and activities are far more focused on learning.

A spelling game in progress.... choose which of the worlds are incorrectly written and correct them for bonus points!

A spelling game in progress…. choose which of the worlds are incorrectly written and correct them for bonus points!

While I am keen for Kieran to be out and about, enjoying the fresh air and climbing trees, using the PC is a part of his leisure time and I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to review Reading Eggs with him as he now has a place online that merges fun with learning.

My rating as a parent: 5* – a fun and educational website which is easy to navigate and promotes a love of reading and a wide range of skills. As confidence and ability grows your child may move up through the levels to find more challenges games and activities. I also appreciated the feature which enables users to read stories online and then leave a review.

Kieran’s Rating: Ten out of ten! I loved playing the games and when I go on next time I want to beat my score in the Spelling Sprint and go up a level to get more golden eggs. I’ve enjoyed playing on the site so much that I even chose it over Minecraft one day!

We were given an extended free trail in order to review this site and after this runs out we will be subscribing (full subscription information is available on the website). For my readers wanting to try the site out themselves I have been given a code which will give you a four week free trail as opposed to the standard 2 weeks. Just add UKB26RET when registering.

I’m a big fan and would love to hear what other parents and children have to say about it so do leave a comment if you choose to give it a go.

 

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