A children’s activity in a handy bag? As soon as I heard about My Busy Bots, I was keen to take a little peek inside. At first, I thought they were craft activities, but on closer inspection I could see this was more than a craft. These activities can be used time and time again. Not quite a toy and not quite a game, My Busy Bots sit somewhere in between. The idea is that little ones are engaged and learn through play.
Sound interesting? We certainly were and this is what we found on closer inspection.
WHAT’S IN A MY BUSY BOTS BAG?
First of all there is the bag. Bold, bright and full of colour, I love that they are wipe clean and are an easy way to transport your activity. In a world where packaging is quite rightly coming under fire, I love that the packaging itself is multi-purpose and reusable.
Each of these handy bags contains everything you need. This includes materials, instructions as well as confirmation as to all the skills that the activity will help to develop for your little ones. In our My Busy Bots bag was the ‘Peg It’ activity.
WHAT ON EARTH IS ‘PEG IT’?
Do you know what, it is actually really fun and perfect for my two. Darcie is currently in the pre-school class at school and Henry is only one academic year behind her. That means her homework is all about letters and phonics at the moment, so this was great timing for us.
You have 26 laminated letter sound cards and 26 pegs. On each card is a letter and your child needs to match that letter to the correct picture by the sound it makes. Using the peg, they mark which they think is the right one.
The pictures are bright and attractive, and the pegs easy to use. Some cards are easier than others meaning they get a real sense of achievement from the activity while also being challenged.
What I liked as a parent though, is they also let us know what developmental skills are exercised in each of the activities. For example ‘Peg It’ apparently develops:
Fine motor skills: thumb opposition; in-hand manipulation; pre-writing skills; pincer grip; hand strength; hand eye coordination; dexterity; bilateral hand coordination.
Visual perceptual skills: visual tracking and scanning; motor planning; visual discrimination; visual figure ground.
Cognitive skills: concentration; problem solving; language and vocabulary; letter recognition; matching.
Life skills: patience and perseverance; creativity and imagination; use of pegs; early reading skills.
Sounds great right?!
Overall, I really liked Busy Bots as a product. Well designed and filled with fun and educational activities all packed into a handy reusable bag. These will really come into their own as fun education aids, as rainy day activities or great on the go while travelling. In fact, I’m already looking at getting a few more to add to kids travel bags when we fly next month.
THE DISCOUNT AND THE GIVEAWAY
I am pleased to confirm that the My Busy Bots team have provided me with a discount code to pass on to my readers. You can use TIPPY10 at the checkout to get 10% off your order on the My Busy Bots website.
That’s not all though, as the My Busy Bots team are also giving away a Busy Bag to one lucky Tippytupps reader. Just enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only, is powered by Rafflecopter and will close on Sunday 30th June 2019 at midnight. The winner will then be chosen at random using the tool. Please note this competition is hosted by the Tippytupps blog but the prize is being provided by My Busy Bots who will be responsible for posting your prize out to you. For full terms and conditions for the giveaway, please visit the Tippytupps terms and conditions page.
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We were sent two My Busy Bots packs for the purposes of this review and giveaway. As always though, all thoughts and opinions are our own.