Ok, so I admit not all of these books have necessarily been published in 2015 and it isn’t the end of the year, yet! However they make my pick of kids books for this year and will make great, ahem, Christmas presents! Yes it is nearly 14 weeks away…. there I said it. Sorry!
This month, (sorry I know I am a little late for October!), I am super excited to review a stunningly illustrated personalised book by lostmy.name. I was introduced to this company by an awesome friend of mine, who had seen them on Dragon’s Den in the UK. I was kindly given a book by them to review for the blog.
In looking at the personalised kids book on their website, what I adored most were the illustrations. They were so beautifully creative and I knew my youngest son would adore reading a book all about his name. Plus what child doesn’t love a story that includes dragons, unicorns, and even a Narbalek?!
I clicked on the “Create your book” section on the website and added in Hudson’s name and that he was a boy and you can also add in a personal dedication for the first page of the book.
A few weeks later our book arrived in Australia.
GG* Oekaki House by Kukkia
I always loved playing with an “Etch a Sketch” as a child, creating drawing after drawing and happily or unhappily erasing them when I was finished. I had been on the lookout for one for the boys after they were playing with one on a ski holiday earlier in the year. However, once I started researching those available they didn’t get great reviews, with many saying they broke within a few months. I thought I would prefer to spend a little more money and find one that was well made, sturdy and not prone to breaking and it would not doubt save me money in the long run!
I then saw an IG post from Abacus Kids regarding a wooden magnetic drawing board and I knew this was what I had been searching for! Plus Faye was having a little sale on at that time, so I couldn’t resist buying this toy for my son’s birthday!
The gg* Oekaki Drawing board house comes in a cute little carry bag for travel on road trips, to the grandparents or even out to restaurants. It also helps for easy storage AND the drawing board is as cute as it looks in the photos!
My son adored playing with this present on his 2nd birthday. The first thing on the toy he was drawn to was the abacus on top of the house. He played with that for a few minutes before he then moved on to playing with the actual drawing board.
When he first started to play with the drawing board, he loved playing with the stamps and stamping them on the board. 6 months down the track he can now use the pen more and make swirls and scribbles which is great for his fine motor skill development. His eldest brother J, loves drawing with it as well and creating little masterpieces. I adore that the drawing board is in colour too! I always remembered mine as a child was black and white.
This toy is not cheap in comparison with the plastic variety, but it is well made, seriously cute and a lot of fun for your kids! This is definitely a case of quality over quantity and I am glad I chose this wooden drawing board over the plastic variety.
One point to note, is that the little running dog that erases each creation was a little stiff to start but it has loosened up with use. The only other thing I would mention is the screen sometimes cuts out with the drawing but if you shake it or pull the dog across, it fixes that problem.
We have other toys from Kukkia like their little wooden car and I have to say they are great quality, gorgeously designed and beautifully presented.
Designed in Japan and made in Vietnam by Kukkia.
Great for: fine motor skills, creative play, hand and eye coordination, shape and colour recognition and learning to draw/write.