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Spot the puppy

Over the years, I’ve read tales about Spot the puppy many times to my boys. A firm favourite. However they are now beginning to get a bit old for Spot. That didn’t prevent their eyes from lighting up when they saw me open a package containing a Spot book, glove puppet and bag which I had been sent free to review. I think it was mainly due to the puppet, as they are both cuddly toy mad. We have zillions of soft toys in our home.

Spot's lift the flap Peekaboo

I was planning  to pass all these lovely Spot goodies onto my niece, but first I had a bedtime read with son2 whilst he wore the Spot puppet. The book is called Spot’s lift the flap Peekaboo and we found Spot and all his friends hiding behind the flaps ready to play Peekaboo. Result is son2 is hanging on tight to the puppet, so that will be staying with us.

However I did email the Spot activity sheets to my sister and I’ve received some lovely colouring back from my niece and nephew. They had great fun doing it and just look at my nephew’s brilliant dalmatian sheep, who is even spottier than Spot!

Spot the Puppy

Spot the Puppy

This lovely board book is available on Amazon, currently priced at the RRP £7.99 and published by Puffin. I highly recommend it for all young children. It is a delight to watch their faces light up as they look behind the flaps as you read.
And did you know that Spot has a brand new website and has also launched an app this week. These are suitable for all ages from 0+. Loads of fun for just £2.99.

Spot's lift the flap Peekaboo

Eric Hill’s loveable puppy, Spot, has been an integral part of early childhood since he first appeared in the classic lift-the-flap storybook Where’s Spot? in 1980. A firm favourite with parents and pre-schoolers, Spot’s toddler-like behaviour introduces children to new experiences through friendship and play.

Spot is truly international and his adventures have been published in over 50 languages (including sign language and Braille editions) selling over 60 million books. 

I’d love to hear about your child’s favourite book.

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Teddy Bear Passports

Now everyone knows how special the bond is between a child and their favourite cuddly toy, who will always accompany them on holiday. So I was interested to hear about the new Teddy Bear Passport App. This app was inspired when an airport passport officer asked the developer’s daughter if she had a passport for her teddy bear that he could stamp (which she didn’t at the time).

Teddy Bear Passport
Son2 is loving this app that he is trying out for free. It creates a personalised teddy identity page with passport information based on info that you provide such as name of teddy, date of birth and country of birth, plus a unique passport number. Then wherever you go with teddy, you just tap the screen to get the passport stamped with location and date. We did find that even if you’re outdoors with no GPS or wifi, you can still get a stamp, but it will say none for the location.
Teddy Bear Passport

A stamp for Derby Day.

But there is one big limitation with this app currently. You can only create a passport for one cuddly toy. Once son2 had tried it out for his favourite teddy, he wanted to create passports for lots more of his bears. And poor old son1 was very disappointed to not be able to get a passport at all. In response, Jan-Erik, the developer has said that it will be rather complicated to create functionality for selecting multiple teddies within the app. That is, at least till he sees the app selling a few more copies and then can justify further efforts on the app.

Also a warning for those of you who are as silly as me. You need to hold your phone horizontally for this app to work.

This app from E-creation is currently priced at a very reasonable £1.49 and in my opinion is great for households with just one child. But unless the functionality is enhanced to encompass multiple teddies or you possess sufficient compatible devices to install it on, enough for one per child, then it might possibly cause arguments between siblings. The only other potential workaround that I can think of is a group photo of all teddies, so they share one passport.

You can download this app via iTunes here. It requires iOS 9.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Teddy Bear Passport

Teddy Bear Passport

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a copy of the Teddy Bear Passport app to 2 lucky winners. Open worldwide.

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I’d love to hear where your own bear or your child’s bear has travelled.

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Disclosure. This post includes a review of an app I tried for free. All opinions are my own.

Preloved review and giveaway

I am sure almost everybody has tried buying or selling something on ebay, but how many of you have tried the Preloved marketplace? I thought I hadn’t, but when I tried to register on their website, I found I had registered for an account several years ago. Fancy forgetting that! I hadn’t listed anything previously though.

Preloved

You can sell items on Preloved with no listing fees, no selling fees and no catches. With Preloved you can either be a free member, or pay for a membership for added benefits.

And the big news is that Preloved have just released a free App this week meaning you can now shop second hand in the palm of your hand! The app has initially been released on iOS, but will also be available on Android later. I was given access to the beta version of the app before the general release to test out how it works.

Firstly it is easy to install and takes very little space. You do need to have updated your device to iOS8 though. Luckily this wasn’t an issue on my phone.

Once I had installed it, the first thing I did was start looking at the existing adverts. A great feature is that you can display them by distance from your current location. I was immediately tempted by some toys that son2 had already requested less than 5 miles away. I saved them to my favourites so I can compare them against new prices later in order to decide whether to purchase.

Next it was time to try listing something for sale. I’ve only listed one item as ever since son1’s leukaemia diagnosis, we’ve been donating things we no longer want to our local Cancer Research charity shop.

Preloved app

The listing process is very simple. First you choose your advert type from the following ten options:- for sale, wanted, to rent, to swap, event, other, for loan, lost, service or found. Then you add your photos, by either taking a new photo or uploading one from your device. It recommends adding at least three photos as it says adverts with more photos sell faster. But I only used one photo.

Next give your listing a title and choose a category. I couldn’t spot a really suitable category for my picnic basket so I chose Camping Equipment, a sub-category under Health and Leisure> Caravans and Camping. There may be a better category but I had spent some time checking out the categories unsuccessfully. It then generates item specifics depending on the category chosen. So for Camping Equipment, these were condition, make and model. I selected secondhand for the condition, but make and model were irrelevant for my listing.

Then I wrote a description of my item and finally added the price. There was an option of adding a price type which I didn’t use. But the options were:- various, offers, each, or near offer, or very near offer, offers above, no offers, per hour, per day, per week, per month, per year or plus VAT.

Once you’re happy with your listing you publish it. At this point you are offered the option to get your advert featured or share your post across various social media. If you wish to get your advert featured you would need to upgrade from free membership. There are two upgrades available. The first is Full membership which costs £5 per year and is best for buyers since you can respond to adverts as soon as they are placed, otherwise you have to wait 12 days after an advert is placed. The second is Premium membership which costs £25 per year and is best for sellers as you get up to 50% more advert responses. Premium also includes all the benefits of Full membership.

So my listing was placed via a free membership and I did notice it seemed to take a few days to get any views and then 13 views all appeared on the same day. Views seem much lower than on ebay. I am now upto 22 views, 6 days later. No interest from any potential buyers yet. But luckily I have been offered a free Premium membership after I publish this post, which will be a big benefit for my future listings.

Once your post is published, you get the following options:- preview, edit, withdraw, renew or mark as sold. A few days after listing, I tested withdrawing my listing and then renewing it. Very simple.

I subsequently uploaded an upgrade to the beta version, but I haven’t noticed any differences in functionality.

I think my next listing will be a “Wanted” item as son1 is desperate to get  a Heroica Waldurk Lego game, which is no longer available from the shops. He has the other three Heroica games and this would complete his set.

So in summary a great app. You can download a free copy from iTunes here.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a years premium membership to Preloved (usually £25) to three lucky winners.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a free app. I will be receiving a Premium membership after my post is published. All opinions are my own.

A Halloween Story with the free Storytime Sounds App

Mumsnet have asked bloggers to download and review the free Storytime Sounds app from ​notonthehighstreet.com with a chance to win a £400 voucher to spend on their site.

This iPhone app was launched in the summer and it has a range of sounds to use when you are telling a story to your children. Just like the button sound books which my kids have always loved. Son1 still won’t part with his Gruffalo sound book, even though he is far too old for it, being into Roald Dahl and the like now. So this app sounded ideal for us.

Storytime Sounds

And the app has just had an update with a new storyboard for Halloween. The existing storyboards are pirates, fairytales, ​lost world, space and monsters.

Storytime Sounds

Screenshot from my iPhone

So I duly downloaded the app onto my iPhone from​ the iTunes app store here and just before bedtime read the Halloween story “The Little Witch who couldn’t be scary” which notonthehighstreet.com had written specially to accompany the new update. With hindsight, it would have been better if I had printed the story to read it from, rather than balancing my laptop on my knee, as well as holding my iPhone and trying to cuddle 2 children.

Storytime

The boys loved it, taking it in turns to press the sounds on my iPhone as I read the story to them. Just like they used to do when I read sound books to them before they could read themselves.

However they weren’t satisfied at this point. We had to continue by listening to every sound from the other five storyboards. They both declared Monsters to be their favourite storyboard.

They also requested the next day that the app be downloaded onto their own iPods. Son1 was planning to then tell his own monster story to son2 and me the next night, but he declared it not ready yet. Instead whilst son2 read the story of The Three Little Pigs, son1 added a variety of sounds from all storyboards.

So they think some extra sounds are needed, such as for the wolf to huff and puff.

I can tell that we are going to get a lot more fun from this app. So I highly recommend that you download a copy too. It’s free and aimed at families with kids age 3-7.

Disclosure. This post is a review of a product that is freely available but I do get an entry into a competition. All opinions are my own.