Thursday, December 27, 2007

Usborne Starting Ballet Kid Kit Review

The Starting Ballet Kid Kit was one of the first Usborne purchases that I ever made, and my girls still use it as much today as they did when it first arrived at our door.

The kit came with the book Starting Ballet, which can be purchased separately from the kit. This book is one of Usborne Internet Linked Books, basically an Internet linked book gives the reader a chance to visit and enter in the book and page number of the book that they want to learn more information about. This website provides safe content appropriate websites to visit to learn more about the subject you are reading about. It is important to understand that you do not need Internet access to enjoy the book.

The Starting Ballet book covers everything that a beginner will need to know and helps them practice their first steps of ballet. The book has beautiful, professional photographs as well as step-by-step illustrations that clearly illustrate the techniques and steps. The text is clearly written to allow all level readers and beginning ballerinas understand what is written.

The kid kit included sturdy paper dolls with six interchangeable costumes. Unfortunately, Usborne does not offer the book in the kid kit anymore.  The dolls and clothing were made from a sturdy plastic material that stands up to play, travel, and love. (My girls have had theirs for over a year and they still look as good as they did when they first got them.) The costumes are easily changed with velcro that keeps the costumes in place while being played with. The kit also comes with durable background scenery with four different backgrounds to choose from.

Check out all the great ballerina books that will sure to delight all young prima ballerinas!

Usborne Cars Book Review

Usborne has a great chunky board book, Cars, that is perfect for little hands that will stand up to lots of use! The book is great for ages 9 months and older and has great pictures with just a couple of words per page that will keep little ones, especially boys interested in books. Why not give this book to a young person as a way to introduce them to the wonderful world of books. It has 10 thick and sturdy pages which will hold up through lots of play. This book measures 4 x 4 inches and is sure to be a hit! Costing under $5.00 it will be a hit with your budget as well!

***Usborne no longer carries this board book but they have plenty of other Car related books!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Usborne Helps You Have Fun Playing With Your Kids

Usborne also has a variety of fun card games. The name of the game is Snap and comes in many different varieties. You need to have two or more players for a game. The object of the game is to win all of the cards! Playing the game is easy enough that my two girls can get it out and play the game without me being there to help, though it's a fun game and once you play one time you might want to play every time! You start out by dealing out all the cards face down to the players. Then you take turns going around flipping over your top card and placing it in the middle. If the card matches the card right below it on the pile you yell out "Snap." The first person to yell "Snap" wins all the cards in the pile. The player who ends up with all the cards is the winner. My girls and I love to play this game especially on a rainy day, which we have been having a lot of here in sunny California! There is a Christmas Snap, Fairy Snap, Fairytale Snap, First Words Snap, Monster Snap, Pirate Snap, and Princess Snap. Our favorite version is the Fairytale Snap, but then again we are girls! As you can see there is something for both boys and girls alike. I think that you too will enjoy playing this game with your kids.

***Unfortunately Usborne no longer has the Snap card games available.  They do have other fun games though so check them out!

Usborne Fairy Jigsaw Puzzle Review

My two girls love the fairy jigsaw puzzle! The puzzle comes in a box with a pink cord handle to carry it with. This is a great gift idea if you are in need of a present for a young girl. The recommended age is 3 but is suitable for older girls as well. The puzzle has 50 large pieces which make it easy for young hands to be able to pick up and put together. What makes this puzzle so fun is the fact that the puzzle has sparkly pieces! What girl doesn't love sparkly things? The puzzle measures 19 x 15 inches when put together. I highly recommend this puzzle for anyone who has a young girl in their home or is shopping for one!
                                               This item is no longer available but there are plenty of fairy books and activities or Jigsaw puzzles available at Usborne.  Let me know if you need help choosing a great book!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Usborne Batteries And Magnets Kid Kit Review

I used this kid kit to explain to my daughters, 5 and 6, about magnets and magnetic forces. They loved it and really enjoyed doing the activities that came along with the book.

The book has large pictures and easy to follow diagrams and instructions. I love the way that it teaches the concepts to the kids in a way that they can understand.

The activities were fun and easy to do. I did have to supervise and help with a couple of things and as I was using this as a teaching method I expected to do as much.

The kid kit is recommended for ages 8-12, but with supervision and help it can be adapted for younger ages and I thoroughly enjoyed the book and activities! If you have a budding scientist or engineer than this is one kid kit that you will want to get for them!

The book is 32 pages long, and teaches you how to make things that will move, glow, and flash. Kit contains paint, brush, propeller, magnets, pipe cleaners, motor, round hook, battery holder and wooden dowel.

You will learn about magnets, why they attract and why they repel. You will also learn about batteries and circuits, and you will even build a working lamp. They will also show you how to build a whizzing plane!

Our favorite activity that we did was the Hovering Bee found on pages 6-7 of the book. The girls still have it proudly displayed in their room even though we did it weeks ago!

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Usborne Kid Kits Make Great Gifts

Just a quick word about our Kid Kits in general. The Kid Kits come with the book and the things you will need to complete the projects in the book. You get everything you need to start enjoying your fun and educational book as soon as you open it!

I like to have a few on hand in my "gift giving" closet in case the girls get invited to a last minute party or we happen to forget until the last minute. They are great to give as gifts as they have everything already provided in the kit. They also make great Christmas and Birthday gifts for the kids who already have too much stuff!

Check out our large variety of activities in topics that are offered as kid kits.