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Genuine Mr Men and Little Miss 'Mr Tickle' Cotton Tote Shopping Bag Summer Bag
Genuine Mr Men and Little Miss 'Mr Tickle' Cotton Tote Shopping Bag Summer Bag
Offered by Pritties Accessories
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Men Rock!, 24 Aug. 2015
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Just as vibrant as the picture. Quality transfer and thin bright green cotton bag. Ideal tote shopping bag for keeping in a handbag for light purchases, however I purchased this for a school P.E bag. Just the job, bright and happy standing out so easily identifiable amongst the chaos of discarded uniform. Because the fabric is thin and cotton, it allows a P.E kit to 'breathe' so reducing fustiness. I did stitch over the inner raw seams to prolong use and to survive the gentle wash cycle in the washing machine. If I didn't already have several thin bags to keep in my hand bag, I would definitely treat myself to one of these. Mr Men rock and bring a smile to every ones face!

Ten Little Pirates
Ten Little Pirates
by Mike Brownlow
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy me hearties!, 22 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Ten Little Pirates (Hardcover)
A very robust, hardback, glossy covered book; width 28cm X height 25.5cm. Quality paper pages with bright clear pictures, black text and numbers throughout. A funny count down rhyme from ten pirates to one and then.....

This would appeal to both girl pirates and boy pirates. Imagination could run wild as the rhyme lends itself to many further activity possibilities; draw a whole crew of pirates, junk model a pirate ship, make a tea stained treasure map or hunt for buried treasure/ find and match numbers, number bond games etc... I'm sure even the most reluctant reader or 'counter' would engage with these jolly pirates!

A super book, perhaps aimed at foundation/ reception to year one 3-6 years landlubbers depending on ability. I heartily recommend this book Jim-me-lad!

Numicon: Zig Zag Book
Numicon: Zig Zag Book
Offered by examdots uk
Price: £2.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Addition, 19 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Numicon: Zig Zag Book (Paperback)
Purchased to be used with the Numicon Foundation One to One set as this isn't included with that set. A lovely addition proving very useful.

Medium thickness card with a matt finish, folded like a concertina. This can be looked at as a book or opened out:

Measurement approx:
Closed 7.5cm X 7.5cm.
Opened Out 91cm X 7.5cm.

Both sides have a white background.
Numicon Side shows the Numicon shape in it's colour. Each shape has the numeral in bold black comic sans font underneath. 0-10 along a horizontal line.
Picture Side shows various objects brightly coloured. Each picture has the corresponding Numicon coloured shape underneath and the numeral in bold black comic sans font above. 0-10 presented as separate pages not a number line.

Although rather small, this size does lend itself to easy investigation by small hands. Also this easily fits inside the box our main set came in, ensuring it's safe keeping when not in use. My little one is enjoying matching the Numicon shapes to those pictured and finding objects to match the numbers. A useful addition!

Numicon: Firm Foundations One to One Kit
Numicon: Firm Foundations One to One Kit
Price: £137.86

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadening Number Reality!, 18 Jun. 2012
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My little one uses Numicon at school. After borrowing this set from a friend, we found it so indispensible I invested in our own set. This Firm Foundations One to One Kit has the following:

A much needed sturdy plastic red box with clear lid to keep the whole set in prime condition when not in use. Separate clear plastic lable cover for the width end of tray. Unfortunately four fiddly separate clasps keep the lid in place, a rediculous design as loosing one clasp renders the lid loose! Box approx Length 42.5cm X Width 31cm.

X 1 Teacher's guide. A four ring sturdy binder with opaque cover which has the following information...

Getting Started with Numicon Firm Foundations Kit- a brief outline of contents.

Chapter 1. Teaching Guide: A separate booklet in it's own right with contents:-
Introducing Numicon-explaining concept image.
Key Mathematical Ideas.
Creating a Number Rich Environment-Giving Number A High Visual Profile.
The Numicon Foundation Firm Activities.
Teaching Approaches and Developing Mathematical Language.
Planning, Assessment and Training.

Chapter 2. Activity Cards: Briefly comprising...*Counting *Getting to Know the Numicon Shapes *Learning To Put The Numicon Shapes In Order *Getting To Know The Numicon Shapes And Patterns *Giving The Shapes Their Number Names *Knowing The Number Names Of The Numicon Shapes *Ordering The Shapes And Numerals *Knowing The Shapes And Numerals *Using The Numicon Patterns *Addition *Subtraction *Reasoning About Numbers *Reasoning About Numbers And Numicon Shapes.

Chapter 3.Assessment Tools:
*Planning and Assessment-Links to Mathematical Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage *Numicon Firm Foundations Record Of Progress...

Chapter 4.Photocopy Masters:
*Number Track for Counting (1 -10) *Spinner Overlays * Numeral Cards 0 - 10 *Plastercine Masters 1-5 *Plastercine Masters 6-10 *1-9 Grid *Lined blank notes page.

X 80 Numicon Shapes of robust plastic, inside a sturdy black plastic box with clear press on lid containing: Orange 1 hole X 10, Lilac 2 hole X 10, Yellow 3 hole X 10, Mint Green 4 hole X 10, Red 5 hole X 10, Jade 6 hole X 5, Pink 7 hole X 5, Green 8 hole X 5, Purple 9 hole X 5, Blue 10 hole X 10. Size approx Smallest One hole 2.5cm X 2.5cm, Largest Ten hole 12.5cm X 5cm. (A box of 80 Numicon Shapes is also available separately in all black).

X 80 Numicon Chunky Pegs in a plastic bag. Pegs sturdy plastic approx Height just over 2.5cm, Diameter 2cm. 20 X Yellow, 20 X Red, 20 X Green, 20 X Blue. (A bag of Numicon Chunky Pegs is also available separately as 40 White and 40 Black).

X 1 Numicon Feely cloth drawstring bag approx Height 32.5cm X Width 24cm.

X 2 Blue plastic spinners ready assembled, bases approx 9cm X 9cm. Each have a ridge and cut out piece on opposite ends so they can connect together, more could be added.

X 2 Sturdy white plastic base boards with 100 integral raised pegs on each. Approx 26.5cm X 26.5cm.

X 2 packs of 6 double sided Base Board Picture and Numicon Shape Overlays. Very flimsy and easily damaged. Feel and thickness of paper with low microgram matt laminate.

X 1 Large Format Table Top Number Line. Thin card with a matt finish: Folded approx Length 20.5cm X Height 10.5cm. Unfolded approx Length 81cm. Number line on a white background with Numicon Shape/Numeral/Word from Zero - 21. Reverse side just plain blue, a waisted opportunity.

Every component of this set can be purchased seperately. I found buying as a set to be more cost effective. There are other sets available eg. Nursary, year 1 and upwards plus add on smaller sets and other individual items.

As advised by Numicon I am giving the opportunity for an abundence of free play. Through play I see natural exploration and reinforcement of already acquired number knowledge. Numicon is meant to be a sound reinforcement of the number concept and not to be a sole numeracy learning aide. The main Numicon shapes lend themselves beautifully to sand and water play, glitter, dough, snow foam... They become ingredients to cook with making ideal biscuits, slices of cheese etc for a sandwich. The pegs are used too but we avoid the dough as that's rather time consuming to remove from inside. Both shapes and pegs are brilliant for weighing, measuring etc...In fact the only real limitation is imagination!

We find Numicon to be a superb 'broardening of number reality'. Numicon offers number clarity and learning support enjoyed along side other teaching aides and real life hands on numeracy experiences. Numicon has proved to be the mortar between the bricks of our number foundation. This really helps make sense of the abstract.

Octonauts - To the Gups [DVD]
Octonauts - To the Gups [DVD]
Price: £3.60

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Octastic!, 12 May 2012
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The second Octonauts DVD with quality and content just as outstanding as the first. This release comes in the usual sturdy plastic case but with no outer card slipcase this time. Rated Universal suitable for all and really is. There are no frightening scenes and nothing remotely offensive. Total running time stated approx 80 minutes. Order of Contents:

Play All~ Straight into the first episode with no trailers, running right through the first 8 episodes:

Speedy Sailfish
Blobfish Brothers
Monster Map
Lost Sea Star
Albino Humpback Whale
Giant Kelp Forest
Enemy Anemones

Episode Select~ The first 8 episodes clearly laid out with their picture and title underneath.

Creature Reports~ A brief special report for each of the 8 episode creatures. The crew sing along to music giving a few creature facts whilst inside the Octopod. A short video clip showing real life footage of each creature is shown.

The Great Penguin Race~ The 9th episode listed seperately with a longer duration of 22 minutes. Here we meet Peso's brother and a lesson is learned all round.

Subtitles~ Very clear on/off and easy to see which option is chosen.

Another no fuss Octonauts DVD giving you exactly what it says on the cover. Brimming with beautiful animations and superb instrumentals. All the stories are interesting, offering factual information and good morals along the way. We can't wait for number 3 and only hope a feature length film will be released at the cinema. Octastic!

Learning Resources Writer's Block
Learning Resources Writer's Block
Price: £12.11

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation Block., 12 May 2012
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Writer's Block contains:

A note inside giving basic ideas. From these sugestions it's easy to follow on using your own adaptations. Objects can be placed inside the block instead of the card prompts, there are many possibilities. Taken from this note:-

"...Most of these cards fall into the catergory of the 6 main questions: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. The cards are colour coded by content so that you and the students know what area they are writing about. You can also put different content cards in the block depending on what you want to focus on..."

A set of 86 writing prompt cards made from thin laminated card with rounded edges. Each have a colour coded boarder with a coloured photo picture one side and phrase or question on the reverse. Approx size 6.5cm x 6.5cm. Teal x 22 Language, Green x 22 Science, Blue x 21 Math, Black x 21 Social Studies.

These are American, noticeable only with a few cards for example, Police. For the UK that in itself lends to further discussion and awareness. Examples of picture~text as follows:

LANGUAGE *Cat,Hat,Mat~ Write about things that rhyme with at. *Rug~ Where would you go on a magic carpet ride? *Two people shaking hands~ How do you communicate without speaking?
SCIENCE *Volcano~ Describe what living near a volcano might be like. *Astronaut~ What would you bring with you on a trip to space? *Sky~ Why do you think the sky is blue?
MATH *Clock face~ When the clock strikes midnight...*Ball~ What if everything was round? *Workman (a tape measure would be better)~ Who uses a tape measure in their job?
SOCIAL STUDIES *Television~ What would you do without TV? *Computer~ How do computers affect your day? *Penguin~ Describe life for a penguin from Antarctica?

14 blank cards for using a dry wipe pen to create your own prompts (pen NOT included). Teal x 3, Green x 3, Blue x 4, Black x 4.

Block sturdy cardboard approx 13cm cube. White inner, outside brightly coloured predominately greens and blues with a gloss finish. Removable lid with hole large enough for an average sized adults hand. Hole covered with a thick green polythene; slits allow a hand to pass through while keeping the cards hidden from view.

The sugested age is 8-11 years. As with most things, a sugested age is just that! I purchased this to use with a 4-5 year old to make up stories about the pictures for now. Because of the simplicity of design and photo pictures, I find a younger child can benifit greatly and enjoy what they can achieve. Equally I feel this would be a valuable resource for teenage and mature learners. The outer box could be covered with what ever would appeal to the target group. Tailor made cards could be created, perhaps different languages, Sign Language or drama prompts etc. We enjoy our game of 'Build A Story' taking turns to pick a card with 2 or more players. Each person adds a sentence about their picture and so the story grows, usually bizarrely!

I find this a compact, easy to use and well thought out literacy aide. A superb foundation block on which to build upon.

Octonauts - Here Come the Octonauts [DVD]
Octonauts - Here Come the Octonauts [DVD]
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.87

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Octastic!, 8 Nov. 2011
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Superb clarity of picture, sound and colour the same as the episodes shown on TV. This DVD comes beautifully presented in a blue metallic background slipcase, showing Lieutenant Kwazi, Captain Barnacles and Medic Peso swimming right towards you. Factory sealed in clear polythene, this would make an ideal gift.

Taken from the back cover..."The Octonauts are a team of animated adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. In a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue amazing sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the Octopod". There are no adverts or trailers to get through, simply load, select and enjoy! Menu...

Play All: Immediate start right through all eight episodes with no trailers. Stated total running time approx 80 minutes: Whale Shark, Undersea Storm, Crab & Urchin, Walrus Chief, Flying Fish, Giant Squid, Orcas, Great Algae Escape, Main Menu choice at the end.

Episode Select: Immediate one page set of eight pictures with titles underneath.

Creature Reports: Very short, mini animations in song with instrumental accompaniment including, short real life footage of the actual creatures: Whale Shark, Reef Lobster, Crab & Urchin, Walrus, Flying Fish, Giant Squid, Orcas, Algae, Main Menu choice at the end.

Subtitles: Very clear and precise choice.

We really enjoy the orchestra at the start of each episode, turning the volume right up, gets you in the mood for an adventure! The music is lovely throughout so too the detail of the underwater worlds. We have found out so much through the Octonauts. My little one requests books from the library now about the ocean to learn more. Fabulous purchase, entertaining, inspirational and educational with good morals. Number 1 is shown on the spine, hopefully more will follow soon. Absolutely brilliant!
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Octonauts Annual 2012
Octonauts Annual 2012
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Octastic!, 1 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Octonauts Annual 2012 (Hardcover)
Lieutenant Kwazi, Captain Barnacles and Medic Peso are swimming right towards you on the front cover; enough to entice any child to open the pages... especially a dedicated fan! The front cover has a slightly padded feel. The back cover shows individual pictures of the team with their names underneath. Quality matt pages with beautiful illustrations and colours throughout, just like the animations.

Hardback gloss cover. Width approx just over 22cm Height approx 29.5cm Depth approx 1cm.

The first page has a special 'This Octonauts Annual belongs to.......' space for the owner to write their name. Contents...

Calling All Octonauts! - Colouring and task.
Let's Do This! - Individual team member details.
The Submersibles - Labled diagrams of the Gups.
The Octopod - Labelled diagram of the Octopod.
The Octonauts and the Snot Sea Cucumber - Story.
Let's Explore The Reef! - Search for sea creatures.
The Octonauts and the Enormous Elephant Seal - Story with things to look for.
Explore, Rescue, Protect! - Search and colour.
Octonauts Let's Do This! - Help crew find missing items.
Shiver Me Whiskers! - Colour and complete a picture.
Jumpin' Jellyfish! - Search and count plus writing practice.
Fish Close-Ups - Match fish to their close ups.
The Octonauts and the Vampire Squid - Story.
Make Your Own Gup A - Clearly presented step by step guide how to make one.
Kelp Forest Rescue - Find the right path to rescue Paso.
The Octonauts and the Hermit Crabs - Story with things to look for.
Flappity Flippers! - Questions to answer.
Gup Match - Join the colour picture to Silhouette.
Octopod Headquarters - Colour, answer questions and draw a picture.
The Octonauts and the Snapping Shrimp - Story.
Create your own Octonauts mission! - Make sea creatures to act out a story.
Garden Spot - Spot the difference.
Who Lives in the Sunlight Zone? - Creature facts.
Who Lives in the Twilight Zone? - Creature facts.
Who Lives in the Midnight Zone? - Creature facts.
Octonaut Search - Word search.
Goodbye, Octonauts! - Picture to colour.
Octonauts product advertising page... Forewarned is forearmed!

There is the opportunity to take the pages further and go create something to play with, fuelling imagination and giving a huge sense of achievement. The stories have appeared on TV many times but this gives familiarity to aide reading and build confidence; however, a brand new one would have been the icing on the cake! The best annual I've ever seen, full of facts and interesting things to do. Octastic!

Our copy had off set printing errors on several pages. Perhaps best order allowing time to sort out a replacement should you need to, avoiding disappointment. Amazon responded promptly.
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Learning Resources Creative Writing Flip Chart
Learning Resources Creative Writing Flip Chart
Price: £13.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagination Station., 19 Oct. 2011
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Stand ~ Sturdy white gloss card, scored to fold. Four white metal spiral bindings connect the top. Each side lower case: who (purple), what (red), where (green), when (blue). Letter heights approx Tallest 13mm Shortest 9mm. Stand Height approx including binding 14cm, Width 37cm, Base Depth when opened 9.5cm. Stores flat in supplied box.

Cards ~ Four x 15 thin laminated: Height approx 10.5cm Width just under 8cm. Plain white backgrounds both sides. One side colour photo picture, 1 or 2 clear words black lower case at the bottom. Text Height approx Tallest 4mm, Shortest 2mm. Reverse sides boarder in matching colours. Inside boarders, short prompt statements printed clearly black lower case. Text Height approx Tallest 7mm, Shortest 5mm.

Photo pictures with words:
Who: carpenter, golfer (man in white golfing gear- white on white), painter, referee, businessman, girl, cat, cow, muddy boy, plumber (man in white T shirt- white on white), woman, soccer player, baby, gardeners, doctor (man in white lab coat - not easy to see at all).

what: hamburger, tennis ball, bowling ball, bicycle, ice cream cone, camera, cheese, teddy bear, laptop (screen easy to see but keyboard angled so keys not clear), umbrella, cookies, flowers, toolbox (red toolbox, tools not clearly visable), green shoes, presents.

where: garden (path under tunnel frame but no plants growing over- perhaps confussing), kitchen, skating rink (people are tiny with a building accross the top-perhaps confusing), in the ocean, hospital (ambulance parked by hospital? wall), living room, farm (field with cows in distance and close up long grasses), post office (modern American building), grocery store (modern American style), amusement park, home, library, backyard, bedroom (part of the bed is visible with shelves of books), in town.

when: at sunset, at 2.29, at 10.26, spring, at dawn, during the day, in the morning, after school, at dinner, autumn, winter, at lunch, opening time, closing time, at bedtime. (No summer).

Writing prompts:
who: student without a pen: sleeping salesperson: pilot with yellow shoes: astronaut on the moon: smart scientist: dog that doesn't bark: athlete with six foot legs: singer with no voice: actor with a loud laugh: fireman running fast: two police officers directing traffic: dentist with red teeth: nurse wearing hot pink scrubs: monkey wearing glasses: young teacher with purple hair.

what: train with elephants on it: cup filled with blue juice: messy desk that smells of rotten milk: red and green striped sunglasses: yellow shirt with three arm holes: wrinkled money on the ground: a sea of jelly beans: cherry pie with peppermint ice cream: life-size doll: black and white television: tripple-decker sandwich: pencil with a broken tip: large map with no directions: one jersey for ten players: large triangle balloons.

where: near your home: at a friend's house: at the North Pole: in a big city: on a plane watching a movie: in the car for ten hours: on stage in New York city: in a stadium: floating around in space: on the tallest mountain: second floor classroon at school: hot beach with the tide moving in: middle of the sandbox: loud restaurant with kids running around: deep end of the swimming pool.

when: in the middle of the night: last month: today: tomorrow: yesterday: on a trip: the first day of summer: driving home listening to the radio: before school on a snowy day: after dinner: next year: last year: on a hot day: on a cold day after a snow fall: on a rainy day.

We use this to practice reading, find the word and sentence build both spoken or using word cards to match and expand uopon. This fuels imagination so developing language, creative story telling, conceptual, structural and questioning skills. We take turns to act out short stories grown from these prompts. This will be useful for years to come offering a broard range of unique creativity including creative writing. Other countries would be fantastic, both broarden awareness and give familiarity. As the backgrounds are white, perhaps coloured overlays could be used if needed. A useful purchase!

Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Hangman
Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Hangman
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ Literacy Resource., 18 Oct. 2011
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Product information and our adaptations...

This filled an 'Upper Case' gap in our resource cupboard and gave me the scope to adapt. Using a permanent black pen, I printed a tiny lower case version in the top corner of each upper case tile. Now there is consistent pairing of upper and lower case letters, continually reinforcing their connection. A pattern was added to the back of each tile. This elieviates the potential problem of a non removable selection of random letters appearing on the spaces, detracting from the game. A coat of varnish was added to both sides which gives a beautiful smoothness and aide to cleaning! Also being able to add a personal touch was lovely.

A chunky wooden construction built to last with lovely tactile tiles to turn. Apart from the pen everything is perminently attached, perfect for travel. Two elastic loops at the side hold the pen securely.

Board approx Height 26cm xWidth 21cm, Depth 1.5cm. Good sized board and tiles even for small hands. Tiles approx 2cm x 2cm with 0.5cm depth. The black elastic holding the tiles and pen is a good thickness, strength and tension so this should last many years. Tension is perfect to enable the tiles to be turned over yet not too loose, they don't move about when the board is moved.

The white wipe board section attatched to the bottom of the board is approx Height 4.5cm x Width 20cm. Pen Length approx 11.5cm black ink and felt eraser on the lid. The lid has NO child safety holes should it be swallowed. I would advise changing for one which does if you have a pen chewer.

A simple colour scheme of a white background with red and blue doesn't detract from the letters. The tiles are a mixture of red and blue with upper case letters in white on one side. The white 'Hangman' tiles make up a basic picture of a person on one side, with red and blue clothes.

We enjoy playing this game immensely, all ages. This is invaluable for reinforcing word building and getting a younger child to picture the words in their mind. This really makes the player think about what word to choose, equally which letters to pick when it's their turn to guess. Another plus for this game is adaptability, words can be any length. Sometimes we take a word flashcard (not letting anyone else see) and mark the lines on the wipe board. This is good letter reinforcement, word building and letter recognition for those harder to learn abstracts also writing practice.

We find the games go on for longer with all ages due to being so hands on. The funky design would perhaps lend itself to adult literacy sessions too. Stickers could be used and varnished over for teenage appeal or complete colour change for vision/conceptual support. Using this to help with sign language alphabet practice is an added bonus, easy to see if you remembered how to sign each letter and full word...or not! This really is a rare find; a resource which lends itself to tailor made adaptation and delivers with ease!

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