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Sunday, 15 January 2017

What's in the box? #LittleLearnersRelaunch

Early last week we received an amazing book buddies' box from Parragon. I already knew that it was going to contain a selection of books from the newly relaunched Little Learners range. These sturdy board books have been especially designed for babies and toddlers to encourage them to learn through play. I was really keen to see just how engaging the books would be and also whether they would withstand being "explored" by the youngest two Mini Reviewers

Theo (2) and Poppy (1) obviously had no idea what was in the box so it was a bit like Christmas all over again! Why not take a look at them unwrapping the parcel and see what a huge hit the books were from the start?

Now that you have had a good giggle at our rather wobbly video, I'm going to tell you a little more about the five books we received. After the initial unboxing both little ones enjoyed playing with the books and the tissue paper (of course!) for quite some time. We then returned to the books many times throughout the week and explored them together. We all certainly developed our favourites so here are our thoughts on each title...

Mummy and Me (RRP: £3.99) is a delightful rhyming storybook with a cute finger puppet elephant. Poppy was seriously amazed to see the elephant wiggle! The small size of this book makes it perfect for little hands to hold and it is also fantastic for popping in your changing bag.


Ring-a-Ring o'Roses (RRP: £6.99) is definitely Theo's top choice, which will come as no surprise if you watched our unboxing video! Not only does this book play music, there are four buttons to press and these all light up! The pages contain the text of the nursery rhyme and there are cute illustrations of the animals doing the actions to the rhyme. Here it is in all its glory, take it away Theo:

123 Count with Me (RRP: £4.99) is a simple and very sturdy first numbers playbook. The text and pictures are very clear so your little one can easily spot the animals and learn to count to five. The small cut out in the corner of the book makes it great for you to hold, while your child looks at the pictures.

Eyes, Nose, Ears, Toes (RRP: £5.99) is described as a "peek-a-boo playbook". This is both my favourite and Poppy's favourite book of the selection. I found it brilliant for helping me really engage with Poppy. There is a question on each page such as "where is your nose?" and "can you blink your eyes?" The animal characters also play peek-a-boo through little holes in the book, which is a fun addition. However the reason Poppy loves this book so much, is it has a handle and she can carry it everywhere!



My First Shapes (RRP: £5.99) is a touch and explore book. It is a very simple tactile book and introduces the following shapes to little ones: circle, square, triangle, diamond and star. Poppy and Theo immediately started to trace the cutaway shapes with their fingers when we explored this book together. This would make a great first book.

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Overall the Little Learners range have gone down extremely well with the Mini Reviewers. We have thoroughly enjoyed sharing them together. The books really have been cleverly designed to promote learning through play. We love that the range is so varied and the books are very tactile and engaging for little ones.

Do you have any favourite books for your little learners?

*Disclaimer: We were sent a selection of books from the Little Learners range by Parragon Books in exchange for this review. All opinions are, as always our own.

27 comments:

  1. These books just make me smile. I love the calming colours and charming illustrations. Definitely going to keep an eye for the books you reviewed.

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  2. I love the look of the little book shaped as a suitcase. A great way to encourage children to carry their books around :o)

    #readwithme

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    1. So clever, I had never really thought about it until she has been so delighted with it! Thanks for commenting Catherine :)

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  3. These look great! Love the idea of getting a box of books - would make a great new baby gift.

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    1. I'm sure you will get lots of new books for the new baby... do you have a wishlist Kim?

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  4. I adore this range, I still have some from when mine were younger, thanks for sharing with #ReadWIthMe

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  5. Play is always the best way to learn and your post brought back fond memories of when my little ones discovered books. Sadly now they are more into video games!

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  6. What a lovely selection of books and I love how your two were so excited to get stuck in.
    #triedandtested

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  7. These look great! I love the variety. My daughter is 2.5 and only just getting interested in books.

    Jodie x
    #TriedTested

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jodie. If you need any ideas for your little one take a look at my little boy's favourites - Brilliant Books for Two Year Olds: https://along-came-poppy.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/366-books-in-366-days-brilliant-books.html

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  8. This is a great range of books. Our 3 year old is a massive book fan and has more books than us (we're all big collectors!) I love the variety in this collection and will have to think about it for our next little one due in May #KCACOLS

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    1. They are definitely some of the more robust ones we've had! Good luck for May, so exciting!

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  9. What a lovely selection! They look so happy with their books.
    My little learners are not so little now - we're dealing with GCSE revision books rather than cute hardback books about numbers!

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    1. Oh yes, that's a whole different world. I remember GCSE bitesize videos and Letts Guides well, not quite as cute!

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  10. What a lovely selection of books! I firm favourite in our has at the moment is find spot. Rory enjoys lifting the flaps so much so he now try's to do this with all his books including the ones without flaps!
    I think I might have to get so more interactive books so these would be a good idea! #KCACOLS

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    1. Aw Spot is lovely! I'm avoiding lift the flap books for a little while as Poppy may have destroyed one :(

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  11. These look fantastic. I'm sure my children would love playing with these too. #readwithme

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  12. Lots to do with these set of books, love the ring a ring o roses as so much going on with it, just right for busy little minds.
    Mainy
    #KCACOLS

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  13. Aww these look lovely and perfect for my toddler :)
    #KLTR

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  14. These look like great books. I bet they both will have lots of fun reading them all. My daughter loved books like this when she was younger. She's not so much of a reader these days! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I'll try and be back next week :)

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  15. These look awesome - except the one that lights up lol. Snappy is mostly chewing books at this point. #kcacols

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  16. Oh bless, they are really enjoying those and learning a lot too! Mine are teens now and I have terrible trouble persuading them to read. #KCACOLS

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  17. aw lovely set of books :) i bet they really enjoyed them :) my son is three and still loves books :) #KCACOLS

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  18. Lovely books, my two love books and won't let me get rid of their baby books even though they are 3 and 5 now! #KCACOLS

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  19. What a lovely selection of books. They look very sweet. My 1yo loves finger puppet books so he would really enjoy Mummy and Me.
    #readwithme

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  20. This looks like a wonderful selection of books, really engaging for littles ones. Thank you for linking up to #kltr and sorry I am so late with my comment this month

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