Skola Toys- Rolling Car Slope : Learning Journey Through Motion

‘Learning Journey Designed As Play’ – Skola Toys

Kids are usually eager to learn about the world around them, and they have much to learn too. They easily get fascinated by every new shape, sound, colour that they see in their surroundings and it all adds to their learning experience.

As children grow they achieve various milestones. Each growing stage marks a certain set of skills that help in their overall development. Something that facilitates this and helps them to master those skills and traits are the learning toys.

There are very few companies that design toys keeping in consideration the age-wise learning capabilities of the child. One company that does consider this is SKOLA TOYS.  They consider learning as a journey and not just a destination. All their toys are educational and promote specific learning journeys that provide children an opportunity to play, explore, discover and learn.

We recently received a learning toy from Skola – Rolling Car Slope– that focuses on learning journey through motion. Children understand the basic concept of motion by seeing moving objects and learning the cause and effect of the movement. They also comprehend the idea of speed and force in the process.

About Skola Toys

Skola toys have been created by a team that has a wide and extensive experience in the Early Education. Inspired by Dr. Montessori, they promote the multi-sensory approach and offer toys that engage all the five senses of the child towards a single objective that significantly enhances learning. All Skola toys are natural and environment-friendly, made of wood sourced from renewable sources. Their toys are compliant with international standards of safety. Visit their site to have a look at their vast collection and the various learning journeys they promote through their wonderful toys. Click here!

About The Rolling Car Slope by Skola Toys

The Rolling Car Slope is the Stage 3 toy in the series of learning journey through motion.

Stage 1 includes toys like Cascade Cars which help the kids to learn the skill of tracking the moving object.

Stage 2 involves kids to learn the effect of applying force on the objects. It includes toys like Pull Along Shape Bus;

Stage 3 promotes the understanding of controlling speed and varying force. This in turn sets the basis of learning complex motion

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The Rolling Car Slope toy involves building a grid of slopes to race miniature cars. The child has to place the cars on the top and push them to roll down at different speeds. This helps the child to learn the following-

1. Concentration– The process of cars rolling down the slopes helps kids to understand the effect of leaving cars with less or more force from the top. This helps to develop concentration and focus among them.

2. Visual Tracking Skills– Their visual tracking skill improves by following the movement of the car. This is a critical pre-reading skill and is also good for physical sports, at later age.

3. Motion Awareness– Kids understand the concept of speed, motion, force and time factor as they analyze the movements of the cars whizzing down. They simply understand the impact of their actions.

4. Fine-Motor Skills– Their fine motor skill is enhanced as they learn to place the cars,  move and stop them, etc.

Our Experience

Both Aarav and Aarohi have a deep penchant for cars and vehicles. So this toy was perfect to keep them excited and happily engaged. They loved tracking the moving cars and could almost spend hours playing with this toy. Every time the car would roll down they would rush to put it back on the top only to let it cascade down again. They would not even take their eyes off just to see how the cars move. I was quite surprised to see them playing patiently yet enthusiastically with this fabulous toy.

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What we Liked About Skola Toys 

1. The toy reached to us in proper packaging.

2.  It came with a few colours and sticker sheets.

3. The toy was packed in a doodle box which kids could use for coloring.

4. This is a hundred percent wooden toy- durable and environment-friendly.

5. The toy doesn’t have any sharp edges. The corners are perfectly rolled out.

6. The slopes are of different colours, that makes the toy bright and attractive for the young eyes.

Do Note:

This is a bulky toy and requires assembly at home. It also contains small parts/screws and is meant for kids above the age of 2.5.

Price & Availability

The toy costs Rs 1745 and is available on Skola’s website. You can check more about the toy here.


Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post. However the views and opinions expressed here are my own. I was sent this toy by the brand to use and share my experience. The review holds my honest opinion and personal experience of using the same for more than a month.


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Check out another review of Skola Toys by a dear friend Udita, from With Love Zuzu – Geometry Toy Review

Also read : Joyful Learning Journey Through Fun And Play

Adventures In Farland By Moshank Relia: A Story That Sparks The Imagination

Adventures In Farland – ‘To all the children who have ever felt different’ 

Have you wondered how stories impact a brain of the child? How relevant are they in a child’s life?

The story children hear shapes their view of the world. It takes them to the land of fantasy, introduces them to some extraordinary characters and gives a freeway to their imagination. This not just enriches their mind but also helps them in understanding and dealing with their real life situations. It would not be wrong to say that introducing stories to children is vital for their growth and development.

Choosing a good story book for kids require some amount for thoughtfulness on the part of the parents. Kids usually enjoy reading books that have simple story line, familiar vocabulary and strong characters. Those that have attractive illustrations and pictures interest them too. All this helps to grab the attention of the child for long. One book that covers these factors and makes for an interesting and fun read for kids is Adventures In Farland by Moshank Relia.

About Adventures In Farland

The name of the book itself speaks about the story and the plot line. Meant for kids between the age of 6-15, this is the story of a young girl Mira and her adventures in the magical land of gnomes, giants, fairies and mermaids. Mira, along with her friends, is invited to the New Moon Party at Farland, a place that she has always heard about through her mother. As she sets out to enjoy the party at the magical place, she is confronted with lots of problems. Her two dear friends, Bira and Vira, turn into rats. She gets to know that the Queen Of Hills has decided to attack Farland by unleashing the Dragon Of Underhill on the same night of the party. Mira, being a brave and confident girl, decides to save Farland and help its people out. The rest of the story talks about Mira’s wit and courage in the way she saves this fantasy land.

Adventures In Farland

My Review:

The book includes a well-crafted story with elements of thrill and suspense. The narrative of the book is fast paced, and laced with regular twists and turns that is meant to keep the kids hooked till the last page. Each chapter begins with an illustration that hints about the story line.

What’s more interesting is that it is not just a story that entertains but also comes with different morals. Mira is portrayed as a beautiful young girl with a strong mind. She stands brave in the time of adversity and selflessly helps the people around. Her character gives a message of hope, strength and courage to the young minds. The narrative is well-thought and is sure to make the kids learn a few lessons of life.

Language and Characters

Mira stepped into the coach. There were all kinds of happy gnomes and fairies there. In another coach, there was a disarray of fat frogs. They were dressed in upmarket suits and lived a life of excess. Monkeys were dancing joyfully to jubilant music being played by weasels and rats. All the heads in the coaches were bobbing up and down to the rhythm of the music. The music flowed and changed—sharp and shrill, loud and low—so melodiously!…. “

The language of the book is simple and apt for the young reader. The author has used short sentences that are easy to read and understand. The vocabulary is enriching and is sure to make kids learn a few new words. The mind-expanding narrative and the descriptive tone would help the children to vividly imagine the scenes of Farland.

Adventures In Farland

The mystical characters introduced in the story are unique yet relatable. Characters like Starhead, Bushy , Saltman- add some fun element to the story, making it as a light-hearted and entertaining read.

Price & Availability

The paperback book is priced at Rs 150 and will be available on Amazon after 19th October, 2017. You can read more about the book on the author’s Facebook page here.

About the Author

Moshank is an English literature graduate holding certificates in creative writing, theatre and sketching. He is passionate about photography and trekking, and has even tramped upon the high-altitude ranges of Himalayas. His penchant for adventure, affection for kids and a wide-range of creative experiences made him delve into the realm of kid’s fiction and write creative stories for children.

Adventures In Farland makes for an exciting and incredible read for the kids. The imagination and creativity that the author has lend to the story, is commendable. I would like to thank Moshank for personally sending me the manuscript and giving an opportunity to review his book.


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but the views and opinions expressed here are my own.


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Rentoys : Practice Toy Minimalism Without Compromising On Fun

‘Give Your Kids The Best Play Experience’- Rentoys

Toys play an important role in the overall development of the child. They spark their imagination, build curiosity and engage their senses. Kids share a great love for toys. However, they also get bored with the same toy over a period. As they grow, their interests and liking change and so it’s important to provide them the toys that best suit their age.

Parents always want to buy all the toys that help their child learn and grow. However, it’s not practically feasible. Buying toys frequently is a costly affair. Apart from digging a hole in the pocket, they also add to the problem of ‘toy clutter’. Arranging, managing and sorting these toys add to a parent’s daily struggle.

As a mother of two growing toddlers, I am always on a look out for some convenient options in educational toys that match their changing interests, provide them with variety and yet maintain absolute minimalism. And so, the idea of renting toys through reliable sites like Rentoys.in sounds perfect to me.

About Rentoys.in

Rentoys is a toy rental service that provides subscription based play boxes on monthly basis. Founded with a mission to help parents optimize their investment and choose the best age-appropriate toys for their kids, it aims at providing the best educational toys to parents at affordable prices via renting.

How It Works

Rentoys works on monthly subscription basis. You can subscribe to their monthly plan and select up to 5 toys for your child. Their plans include two types of subscription boxes– a big box which contains 3 -5 toys or a small box containing 2-3 toys. Each play box contains premium quality learning toys worth a minimum of Rs 5000. At the end of one month, a pick-up is arranged to collect the box and a new box is delivered. Their monthly rental starts as low as Rs 599. To know more about their pricing and service, check their site here.

What’s Unique About Rentoys
  1. They include good quality, award-winning toys carefully chosen from different parts of the world.
  2. Their collection includes educational toys that promote skill development and STEM-based learning.
  3. The toys are cleansed, with a 3-step safe cleaning method (which includes steaming, sanitizing and drying). They are shrink-wrapped and properly packed before they are delivered at your doorsteps.
  4. They do not involve monthly commitment. We can choose to skip a month or unsubscribe based on our convenience.
  5. They do not charge for regular wear and tear.
  6. They deliver toys all over India.
  7. Their service is quick and prompt. They have an easy live chat facility that readily handles customer query.
  8. Their site also has a detailed FAQ section that answers all the queries a parent would have on renting the toys. Read the FAQ here.
My Experience

Imagine how your kids would react on seeing a big box full of toys that’s come especially for them. Excited, right? Aarav and Aarohi too, couldn’t contain their excitement.

We had received a big box from Rentoys last month. Out of the five toys that I chose for them based on their interest and liking, we received four. All the toys reached to us in good working condition. They were properly packed and did not have evident signs of excessive wear and tear.

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Here’s what we received:

1. Fantasia Blocks TrainAarav and Aarohi love everything about cars and trains. So, this set of wooden blocks on wagons was their favourite. They found its bright colours and patterns very attractive. This toy helped in developing their motor skills and imagination.

2. Leapfrog Laptop: Aarav and Aarohi always see their mummy and papa working on the laptop, and so they were super excited to have one of their own. This is a musical laptop, with different features like games, messages etc. This toy not just kept them engaged for hours but also helped them to learn a few new alphabets and words.

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3. Spin Again: This toy is visually stimulating given to its bright dual coloured discs. Aarav and Aarohi would drop these discs on the threaded corkscrew pole and would get enthralled seeing them spin. Made of BPA free plastic, this toy encouraged hand-eye coordination.

4. Lego Car and Truck Set: This set of colourful bricks and wheels was fun and easy on hands. Aarav-Aarohi did not need much of my help to build and create new vehicles. Made of eco-friendly material, this was a perfect toy to stimulate their creativity and encourage role play.

HITS:

We were very happy with the services of Rentoys. Here’s what impressed us the most-

  1. The toys came in big and sturdy carton box that was well sealed.
  2. All the toys were bubbled wrapped and neatly packed.
  3. The toys were clean and as good as new.
  4. They also provided an inventory with the list of toys and number of pieces that came with each toy.
  5. Their service was quick and prompt. The toys reached to us within 4 days.
  6. They send reminders of reverse pick-up well in advance giving you enough time for packaging.
  7. They also provide all the necessary material required to pack the box like tape, bubble wrap etc.
LOWS:

Their service left me satisfied. There was nothing disappointing about the toys that I received.

Mom’s Recommendation

I would surely recommend Rentoys.in to all the parents. It’s a site that, along with perfect service, ensures a great collection of learning toys at affordable prices. Parents can now bid adieu to the problem of clutter and save a huge sum, simply by renting the best quality educational toys.


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, the views and opinions shared here are my own. I am writing this honest review after personally using their service for a period of one month.


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Also read: Review: Funky Monkeys Indoor Play Area

 

 

Motherhood Changed Me Completely, Only For Better!

How Has Motherhood Changed Me ?

From being footloose and carefree to being cautious and well-organized, from being confused and uncertain to being sorted and confident, from being easy-going and at times ignorant to being more informed and well-researched – motherhood changed me completely, only for better.

Motherhood did not come easy to me. I had a high-risk twin pregnancy which made me undergo multiple tests, hospitalization, weekly injections, ‘n’ number of medicines – all that made me feel more like a patient and less like a pregnant woman. During those nine months, every motherly feeling of happiness came with a sigh- sigh of sciatica pain, sigh of food aversions, sigh of nervousness! At that time I kept wondering what exactly does motherhood entail, apart from the physical changes that my body underwent. It didn’t take me too long to get that answer. I soon realized that motherhood is not just a feeling that dawns upon as soon as we hold our kids for the first time. It’s more like a journey of growth and transformation that changes the entire being of a woman.  

Motherhood changed me at many levels. I became aware of my strengths and weeknesses. I learnt to take my responsibilities happily. Most importantly, I started to understand my life better- my priorities, my vision, my expectations from life- all became clear.

Motherhood changed

Here’s how else motherhood changed me 
1. I started to value my parents more

It’s rightly said that we start valuing our parents all the more when we step into their shoes and face their struggles. Not that I loved or valued them any less before, but after being a mother myself I realised how it isn’t easy. I could now feel the struggles my parents faced in a more real way. All of which has made me more expressive in my love and respect for them.

2. Moved towards a healthy lifestyle.

My husband and I realised that our young kids are fully dependent on us. As much as they need to be fit and healthy, we too need to be super energetic and active in order to take care of them in the best possible way. So we adopted major changes in our lifestyle. From binge eating to cautious meal planning, from packed and junk food to organic and natural choices, we have moved towards a healthy lifestyle.

3. Gained a new found confidence of doing things my way

The initial days of motherhood brings in a lot of nervousness and confusion, which is made worse with the multiple suggestions and advices that come from all directions. For me, that phase was overwhelming. However I learnt how to follow my own heart and do what suits my situation. This confidence of knowing my instincts and doing things my way emerged stronger on becoming a mother.

4. Patience, Efficiency and Organization- All Seeped In

Motherhood familiarized me with my own abilities. Be it my ability to breastfeed my twins non stop for 5 hours or to put them to sleep together in 5 minutes, be it my patience to deal with their growing tantrums or efficiency in managing them together along with my work and home – I derive confidence from my own powers and strengths that I never knew I had.

5. Learnt to enjoy and treasure each moment of life

Life with kids changes every minute. They grow up fast and their antics, their activities that we enjoy today only form our cherishable memories for tomorrow. So I now treasure and enjoy each phase, knowing that it’s temporary and won’t remian the same. I have learnt to live each moment of life fully. 

It’s not wrong to say that motherhood is a life-changing event. It brings along many challenges and struggles but at the end it only makes a woman capable and equipped to understand her life better.


This post is a part of the blog train started by Pooja Kawatra of Mums & Babies. She has brought along 41 moms across the globe to share their story of how motherhood has changed them. Meet the 41 moms here). Pooja has also shared her own perspective on this here.

Motherhood Changed Me

I want to thank Danisha from LoveThatYouCanBuy for introducing me and I invite Alpana from MothersGurukul to board the train with me and share her views on the same. Alpana is an Indian mom in USA with two cute little angels. She is a management professional and passionate writer, who has contributed various articles for websites like Parentous, Indian Moms Connect, World Of Moms, etc. Her blog beautifully records her wonderful parenting journey with her son and daughter.


Do you relate with this post ? How has motherhood changed you ? Share with us in the comments below.

Also read: The Hardest Part Of Motherhood

Softsens Baby Care Range : Gentle Skin Care For Your Little One

Softsens Baby Care Range of Products- For The Precious Skin Of Your Child

Every mom has her favorites when it comes to baby care products. While we all have different choices, our criteria to choose that one brand that suits our kids is more or less the same.

I have tried multiple skin care brands for Aarav and Aarohi, in their first year. Everytime I would buy a new product, I would look into factors like affordability, effectiveness, suitability, natural ingredients and safe constituents. While there are many brands that fulfill one or two of these criteria, there are very few which fulfill all. Finally, I came across Softsens, that one brand which could tick off all the criteria that I usually look for.

About Softsens

Softsens’ mission is to provide moms with convenient, safe, efficient, sustainable, and affordable products that help motherhood be the most blissful experience of life for them. Their products are ‘Inspired by Mom, Developed by Experts’. This Indian company believes in a simple philosophy that ‘Mom Knows Best’ and so they listen to the needs and experiences of real parents across the world before creating any product. Their aim is to combine the valuable insights of parents with the knowledge of world class experts, and develop products that ensure safe and happy parenting. Their range includes Bath and Body Products, Bodysuits, Accessories, etc. Click here to have a look at their collection.

Key Features
  1. All the products are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested

  2. They are alkali free and do not include synthetic colours

  3. They are not tested on animals.

  4. These products are suitable for all skin types, of both new borns and well as older children.

My Experience

Imagine how you would feel on receiving a complete hamper of baby care products by a brand! Elated? Yes, that’s exactly how I felt. We received a neatly packed hamper that contained the entire range of bath and body range products. Even before I could use the products there were two things that impressed me beyond measure-

1. The Packaging- Not every brand pays so much attention to the outer packaging of their products. The team of Softsens however is different. We received the products neatly placed in a printed card board box. Given to the perfect packaging, there was no scope of spillage or damage of any product. 

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2. A Beautiful Note– What more would make a mom feel special than a few words meant to appreciate her? Well, Softsens won my heart with this beautiful message that came packed with the products.

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The Products:

Here is our experience with the products that we received –

1. Baby Massage Oil

Softsens

  • Light oil, not too dense
  • Non-sticky and non-greasy
  • Hydrates the baby skin well
  • Has Vitamin E and Olive Extracts

I have used this oil on my kid’s skin as well as hair and it worked well for both.

Price:  Rs 175 for 200 ml

2. Baby Shampoo

Softsens

  • Tear-free formula
  • Safe for everyday use
  • Mild, gentle, enriched with essential oils
  • Thick and lathers well

The shampoo left my kid’s hair soft and smooth. I personally loved it fragrance and the effect it left on their hair.

Price: Rs 165 for 200 ml

3. Baby Wash

Softsens

  • Tear-free formula and doesn’t cause irritation in eyes
  • Enriched with Shea butter and natural milk
  • A small portion is enough to lather well
  • Has a pleasing fragrance

The baby wash rinses off easily. It doesn’t need a lot of rubbing or washing. It does not leave the skin rough or dry after use.

Price: Rs 150 for 200 ml

4. Baby Soap

Softsens

  • Made with 100% pure vegetable oil
  • Free of synthetic colours
  • Easy to hold and lathers well

I liked the fragrance and soft appeal of this soap. It doesn’t leave the skin dry after use. However it melts quickly in water and so may get over soon than expected.

Price: Rs 45 for 75g

5. Baby Cream

Softsens

  • Rich with Vitamin E and Shea butter
  • Moisturizes the skin well
  • Keep the skin hydrated for long

The cream is thin in texture and consistency.  Although that makes it easy to use and apply but it can also lead to some amount of wastage as a lot comes out in a single squeeze. One has to squeeze the product carefully for optimal usage.

Price: Rs 135 for 100 g

6. Baby Lotion

Softsens

  • Contains natural milk cream and Shea butter
  • Moisturizes the skin well
  • Thin in consistency and easy to apply

The lotion is thin in consistency. It is  easy to rub and spreads across the skin well.

Price: Rs 150 for 200 ml

7. Baby Wipes

Softsens

  • Alcohol free wipes, safe for daily use
  • Contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera extracts
  • The texture is thick and strong
  • Has a sticky cover on top that keeps the product wet

I loved the wipes. They are well-moistened and do not dry up quickly. They are super soft and gentle on the kid’s skin.

Price:  Rs 65 for a pack of 20 wipes

8. Baby Powder

Softsens

I do not use talcum powder for my kids, so haven’t used this particular product. The constituents mentioned on the pack, however, ensure that the powder is pure and gentle. It helps to prevent friction and reduce excess sweating.

Price: Rs 110 for 200g

Mom’s Recommendation

I would surely recommend Softsens baby care products as they are designed keeping in mind the needs and requirements of a baby’s soft skin. All the products are mild and have a pleasing fragrance. I particularly liked their baby wash and baby shampoo that suited my kids well. Their entire range is super affordable and value for money.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent these products by the brand to use on my kids and share my experience of the same. The review holds my honest opinion and personal views of using these products for over a period of one month.


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