Yoto Player review – Innovative audio player for kids

Yoto Player is both a children’s audio player and an online platform of carefully curated content. If you’ve seen any of my other posts on MP3 players for children, you’ll know I’m a big fan of screen-free audio time for kids, and have tested out many of them before finally settling on our family favourite.

So when the lovely people behind Yoto asked us to take a look at their device, I was a little hesitant. Would this be more of the same? I wasn’t sure if Yoto Player would be any different from any of the many other kids’ audio devices we’d looked at. Because really, what more could it offer?

Well, it turns out the answer to that is ‘a lot!’ Read on to find out more.

Yoto Player audio device for kids
The Yoto Player is an internet-connected audio device for kids
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How to Look After Your Dinosaur – Book Review

How to Look After Your Dinosaur is one of the few picture books about dinosaurs that we could find when we were looking for books with a BAME boy as the main character. Delightfully written and illustrated by award-wining artist, Jason Cockcroft, it takes a distinctly cuddly approach to portraying a T-Rex that is sure to appeal to younger readers.

How to Look After Your Dinosaur by Jason Cockcroft
A delightful handbook full of the essential do’s and don’ts of owing a pet dinosaur.
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My Sister is an Alien – Book Review

My Sister is an alien is that rare thing – a children’s picture book that manages to be irresistibly sweet without being cloying. The story is about a young boy called Alfie, who has a new baby sister that, in a Chinese-whispers case of child-ears picking up and misunderstanding pieces of grown-up conversation, he realises may actually be an alien…

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Lizard From the Park – Book Review

Lizard from the Park is a whimsical New York-set picture book from author-illustrator Mark Pett. In classic picture book fashion, it takes an utterly absurd idea (finding a dinosaur egg in Central Park), and treats it with an almost complete seriousness that carries you along with the story. Charming and amusing in equal measure, it’s a total delight!

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Studio Ghibli Best Movies

(and which to watch first!)

Want to know which are the best studio ghibli movies to start your family with? You’re in the right place! My family are all huge Studio Ghibli fans, and so we were really excited when the news broke that Studio Ghibli films are coming to Netflix from the start of February.

Yes, okay, we already (huge fans, remember) own most of them on DVD or blu-ray. But many of our friends don’t, and so them being on Netflix makes it even easier to share the love. Plus, there are one or two that will be new to us too, and we’re really excited to see.

If you haven’t yet discovered this most delightful of animation studios, read on to find out more and find out which are the best Studio Ghibli movies for newbies to start with.

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Last Stop on Market Street – Book Review

Some books feel like instant classics the moment you open then. Last Stop on Market Street is one of these. Rich, vibrant colours and charming illustrations help tell the simple story of a boy on a bus ride with this grandmother. But, like all the best picture books, this simple story is more than it seems. Read on to take a peek inside and find out more!

Last Stop on Market Street - picture book by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson
Last Stop on Market Street – picture book by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson
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Over and Under the Pond – Book Review

Part of the current trend for beautifully illustrated and story-like “fact” books, Over and Under the Pond takes the reader on a journey through a world of wildlife hidden within the ecosystem of an American mountain pond. There’s much to enjoy in this visual feast, so read on to take a peak inside!

Children's picture book Over and Under the Pond
Over and Under the Pond, by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal.
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Best MP3 Players for Kids

Our family love listening to music and stories, and so getting a kids’ mp3 player for them to use was really important to us. We wanted the kids to have some independence about what and how they listened to audio.

But we are very fussy about how!

So, we did a whole lot of research into what’s available. We looked at EVERYTHING, and in the process found some amazing devices, at a whole range of prices.

Read on to find out what we think are the best MP3 players for kids that are available right now!

Horbert MP3 player for kids
Horbert MP3 player – one of our top picks for a kid-friendly audio player!
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