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Henry Hugglemonster fans, this is for you. Panini UK is launching a new monthly magazine dedicated to everything Hugglemonster! Each month the new 36 page title will be packed full of fun puzzles and learning activities along with entertaining feature stories, and care tips for Hugglemonster pets, all aimed at pre-school aged children.
Free Gifts and Stickers with Every Issue
If that’s not enough for little fans of the Disney Junior Show there will also be a free gift and sticker sheet with every issue. Pre-schoolers will also enjoy the cut out and play activities! With so much fun packed into every issue the Henry Hugglemonster magazine is expected to be a huge hit, complimenting the popular television show and Henry Hugglemonster toy range.
Henry Hugglemonster Magazine Launching Soon!
The first Henry Hugglemonster magazine is due for release on April 17th (good timing for Easter!) and will cost just £2.99. The first free gift is reported to be a Music Monster Set. Perhaps this will be a great buy to keep children occupied over the Easter holidays?
Do you have a fan of Ben and Holly’s Magical Kingdom? You’re not alone, little boys and girls up and down the country are still enjoying the popular British animated show that started life back in 2009. We are proud of our range of Ben and Holly's toys available via our online shop and through our carefully selected partners, such as Amazon.
The Toy in Demand
One of the most popular toys in our collection is the Ben and Holly’s Little Castle Magical Playset. Due to its popularity the stocks have fallen very low, making it difficult to get hold of. As a result the playset is selling on sites such as eBay for £199.99! The good news is there’s no need to pay such extortionate prices. We are now taking pre-orders for the Little Castle Magical Playset right here at Golden Bear Toys. The price is just £29.99 and the castle will be made available around June 16 2014 (estimated date). So if you have a fan of the show who is eager for the playset come and place your order. This is a last chance limited offer so order now to avoid disappointment.
Ben and Holly’s Little Castle Magical Playset has six rooms and comes complete with several accessories including Holly’s wand, Nanny plum, Ben Elf and Princess Holly and Fleur. It’s suitable for children over 36 months due to the small parts. Don’t miss out and avoid paying shocking prices online! Click here and place your order the Little Castle Magical Playset today.
April Fools’ Day isn’t a holiday, but it’s a day that is celebrated in many countries including here in the UK. It’s a day for fun and for playing practical jokes on one another, the kind of day Dennis the Menace and Gnasher love! If you have a fan of Dennis the Menace, the Beano or of playing pranks we have collected a few jokes you can teach your youngster (or pull on them yourself) if you’re up for a bit of a giggle.
A Savoury Cupcake
Place cut up cooked sausages and a spoonful of baked beans in the bottom of some cupcake cases and cover them with some mash potato, previously coloured with food dye. Bring out the tray full of delicious looking cupcakes for the family, yummy! Let everyone take one off the plate and then watch as they discover they aren’t cupcakes at all…
You can’t beat the classics, so why try? Take a whoopee cushion to school or work with you and put it under the chairs of as many people as possible throughout the day. Or simply have fun with it in the home; it never fails to make people laugh!
There’s a Worm in my Apple!
This is a great prank to play on all the family. All you need is an apple and a few chewy wiggly worms for your local sweet store. Carefully poke a hole in the apple and push the sweet inside, and then cover the hole opening with a bit of the apple you cut out so it looks complete. It’s a bit tricky to do but it’s worth it. The person who bites into the apple gets a bit of a shock when they bite into it, but it’s a good shock as they get a sweet treat to go with their healthy snack!
Empty the salt and peppers and fill them up with sugar and cinnamon. Now get the camera ready so you can capture the faces of your family as they taste flavours they weren’t expecting!
When everyone is asleep go around the home and put all the clocks forward an hour but make sure your alarm is set for the right time so no one is late for work or school! Wake up the family exclaiming that you’re all running late and they need to hurry up! Watch everyone panic that they are late the panic and the relief unfold when you reveal it was just an April Fools’ prank.
There are plenty of toys out there for children, even the youngest of children from 0 to 6 months. These are the toys that are safe and that help to support early development, focusing first on discovery. The first six months are when your baby is getting to grips with all of their senses. Therefore your baby will benefit from playing with toys that help them to develop touch, hearing and sight.
What Toys are Popular?
Babies aged between 0 to 6 months old love contrasting colours that are bold and bright, such as the primary colours. They are curious, wanting to feel things with their fingers and their mouths, which is why it’s important to look for potential choking hazards and to only by toys suitable for their age range. The toys should be light, soft and easy to handle. It’s also beneficial to look for toys that will react to your baby – such as toys that make sounds, rattles and even baby safe unbreakable mirrors so they can see their reflection.
Here are a few suggestions on what toys to buy if you’re preparing for your new baby or looking for new toys for your growing child:
It’s important to learn to read the labels and packaging of all the toys you’re considering, or checking the details on the websites when buying online. If you cannot see the suggested age range it’s better to avoid giving the toy to a baby and looking for a safer alternative. Look for manufacturers and toy suppliers that follow the safety standards in the UK, especially the British Toy and Hobby Lion Mark. If you’d like to learn more about our safety and quality standards please click here.
Makaton uses visual clues to help communicate words, instructions and questions. It became well-known thanks to a popular programme on CBeebies, Something Special. Mr Tumble has helped to introduce Makaton to the masses resulting in parents and children being able to communicate in a whole new way that compliments their natural speech development.
A lot of the signs used in Makaton look like the activities or the different objects they’re being used to represent. The actions of the signs are beneficial too, as they help to describe the action of the word. For example, when you use the sign for ‘to wash’ the actions shows washing something.
Symbols provide information about the word meanings, the advantage of this method is the symbol stimulates the visual memory longer than the spoken word does, which is great for older babies. The baby is able to see the symbol and therefore understand more of what is being expressed, and as the symbols take slightly longer it provides the child with longer to work out what is being communicated to them.
Makaton is fantastic when it comes to helping children communicate before they have the required verbal skills. The ability to express what they want and need to say reduces frustration for the children and the adults. These signs are linked into early language development. Before a child can speak they use crying, facial expressions, eye contact and socialising to communicate. As time goes on and development increases they begin to point, play, vocalise and use gestures and these skills are necessary so that speech is then able to follow. With Makaton the signing is used to reinforce these skills and expand on their communication skills.
Have you tried Makaton with your baby? If you haven’t already we recommend watching Something Special with Mr Tumble for a great introduction into this excellent form of sign language.