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For the next two days we’ve taken 20% off ALL Dinosnores Relaxations CDs!

These are 90 minute CDs which include a 30 minute story that uses guided relaxation and visualisation. The remaining 60 minutes of the CD will help lull your child to sleep with soothing natural sounds! And they work!

The range has been designed by childcare and child language experts so you know they are age appropriate and highly suitable for the purpose. Choose a CD designed for toddlers or for school aged children.

Each CD tells a different story using different creatures.  Don’t worry if the CD involves Dragons or Tyrannosaurus dinosaurs – the story will invoke imagination, not fear or excitement.

A snoozy little tyrannosaurus

curls up in its sandy cave

listening to the rain

on jungle leaves outside…

Help your child settle at night.  The Dinosnores range of CDs will mask the general household noise and help your child drift off into a peaceful sleep.

The 20% discount ends tomorrow so place your order right now!

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SnackBallWe love the Easter break.  It gives us a chance to get out and about, visit friends and pretty much just hang out together as a family.  Sometimes we pack a picnic and just go wherever the car takes us.

What isn’t so good about getting out and about over Easter is the squishy food we end up with when we stop.  No matter how well packed it seemed to be, something is always squashed or a pack pops open.  If you’ve ever hunted peanuts or sultanas on the floor and under the seats of your car, you’ll know how annoying that can be.

When we saw the Boon Snack Ball we knew we had to stock it.  (Yes, we also had to get our hands on it for our own use!)

The snack ball is a brilliant container that doubles as a toy.  It’s tough, so snacks don’t get crushed.  The two halves unscrew, so cleaning is super easy.  The lid rotates shut, so snacks don’t jump ship.  And it’s great for travel or a game of catch.

It’s also BpA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free, and can be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher.  Perfect!

SquirtIf you have little ones, you will love the Boon Squirt Spoon.  This is so clever.  The spoon is a container that takes baby food, removes the jar and the mess and packs it into a single utensil.  With one squeeze you have easy, one-handed feeding.  Pop on the cap to seal food on-the-go.  No messy jars and missing lids to contend with any more.  You can load up your Squirt Spoon before you leave home and it is ready to use immediately.

If you’re going to go out on a picnic or enjoy a day trip together as a family it makes sense to choose food that is simple to prepare and won’t leave a mess to manage.  After all, the time should be spent enjoying yourselves, not working.

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Easter is a fun time for kids, not just because of the chocolate but also because there are so many Easter related crafts that can be done.

Dyeing eggs is fun for the whole family and a great tradition to add to Easter.  The wonderful thing about dyeing or colouring eggs is that there are so many ways to do it to add variety year after year.

1. You can of course dye the eggs traditionally, and for younger kids, putting the colours into muffin trays and then adding the eggs is a great mess free alternative.  You can also draw on the eggs with a crayon prior to dyeing or decorate with stickers or markers once the dye has dried.

easter2. Another idea is to place an egg in a high top container and submerge the egg about a quarter of the way in.  Dilute the liquid with water to raise the water line to cover half the egg, repeat covering three quarters of the egg and then lastly, dilute so the egg is fully covered.  The striped egg effect is quite easy to do, and looks great.

3. You can add little notes to your eggs by placing on some alphabet stickers prior to dyeing them.  Once dry, peel the stickers off and you will be able to read your message.  These make great lunchbox options and will put a smile on any child’s face when they see your message.  Another creative option is to use sticker images.

4. If you don’t want to dye the egg, then you can just draw directly on the egg to create some interesting patterns.  Add a mustache or a little face to add some personality to your eggs and create a little egg family for your enjoyment.

5. Blackboard eggs also look very cool.  Paint the eggs with a couple of coats of blackboard paint and decorate with the chalk when dry.

If you do get around to decorating some eggs this Easter, we would love to see your photos.  Feel free to send them to us via our Facebook page.  Happy crafting!

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compassEaster is almost here and you can probably already smell chocolate in the house.  I can feel the excitement building.

What doesn’t excite me is the chocolate overload that some children have every year when they are given loads of Easter eggs from family and friends.  How can that much chocolate be a good thing?

I like the idea of giving a token chocolate and a real gift instead of more eggs.

Kids love presents no matter what the occasion and will usually be quite happy to find a toy instead of a few more eggs.

Here are a few “nest fillers” you might like to choose from at MooWoo.

Junior Navigator Compass – At $9.95, this is an inexpensive and educational yet fun gift.  Why not map your egg hunt and let your child hunt them down using the compass?

Wooden Maracas – Smiley faces on each maraca make music more fun than ever.  Made of wood, these will last until your child grows up.

Bobble Art Paper Doll Trinket Box/Tooth Keeper – Every little girl needs a special trinket keeper.  This is pretty and colourful, just like an Easter egg.

Roly-Poly Pen Babushka – When I was given my first pen I felt so grown up.  Only big people had their very own pens.  This pen is very cute, part toy and practical writing tool all in one.

There is a lot more to choose from, but these suggestions are all priced at under $10 and they are all fun-filled.

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Stomp, stomp, stomp.  Who can it be?

It’s the Boogie Monster coming for me.

Shuffle, tap, twirl and boogie

Boogie Monster’s dancing with me.

B double O, G, I, E

Blast off to planet Boogie with me.

Boogie Monster is a book by Josie Bissett, featuring a colourful, lovable character with hairy legs and great big feet.

Boogie’s mission is to inspire kids to dance, dance, dance!  He teaches kids that there is no right or wrong way to dance. In the process kids build confidence while discovering the joy and satisfaction of movement, creativity and exercise.

The rhythm of the text is enough to get your feet tapping as you read out loud so you can imagine how your children will react to it.  Expect lots of dancing.

Give them their own hairy legs to dance in. Boogie Monster Legs are plush super soft leggings which are the official companion product to the “Boogie Monster” book.  They have a magical way of inspiring a child’s imagination.

Kids pull these funny leggings on to dance and instantly become just like Boogie Monster. Made for dancing, Boogie Legs are durable and washable.

Have you seen the Boogie Monster and his amazing moves?  Watch him in action.

B double O, G, I, E

Blast off to planet Boogie with me.

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