Hörbert MP3 Player for Kids – Review

Horbert is a wooden mp3 player designed specifically for kids. It’s a wonderful mix of thoughtful, intelligent design, a sustainable, green ethos and fabulous looks. The Keanu Reeves of MP3 players, we’re such big fans, we have two of them! Horbert doesn’t come cheap, so read on to find out why we thought it worth the cost, and what it is that makes the Horbert MP3 player so unique.

Hörbert mp3 player for children
Hörbert wooden mp3 player for children
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How to make a (cardboard) real magnifying glass!

Make your own real magnifying glass (the cardboard version)

Whether they’re exploring the world around them or role-playing as adventurers or spies, kids love playing with a real magnifying glass.

This cardboard, handmade, magnifying glass is just perfect for them to use, and they can decorate it themselves too.

Read on to find out how to make them.

A real magnifying glass made from cardboard
A home-made magnifying glass that’s quick and easy to make.
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HABA ‘Master Building’ Wooden Marble Run

Reviewing the premium HABA wooden marble run

We were very privileged to get the chance to review one of the best – and biggest – marble run sets around when the lovely people at HABA sent us their Master Building wooden marble run set, plus one of the many add-ons that are available.

We LOVE marble runs, and over the years have amassed a few different versions. So the kids were more than happy to get stuck in for this review!

Wooden marble runs are usually considered the best of the best – not only do they look and feel beautiful, they also offer far more flexibility, challenge and play-possibilities than their plastic counterparts.

Wooden marble runs can be quite an investment though, so what is it that makes them so special? Read on to see what we thought of this HABA marble run, and if it’s as special as (let’s face it) it looks…

HABA Master Building Marble Run set in its box
Reviewing the Master Building wooden marble run set for HABA
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Essential Toys – Marble Runs

Why a marble run is such a marble-ous toy.

A marble run is one of the toys I consider essential for children of any age, offering as it does a wide range of play and development opportunities whilst simultaneously giving a sensory experience too.

But understanding why and how these toys are so great is vital if you want to encourage kids to play with them and help them get full value from the activity.

Read on to  find out more about the benefits of this type of toy, and how to find the perfect set for your child.

Wooden marble run. Text 'Essential Toys: Marble Run'
Marble runs are great fun, and great for helping kids learn and grow!
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HABA Terra Kids – Real Woodworking Tools

One Hundred Toys recently asked if we would test out a pile of fabulous-looking, kid-sized real woodwork tools from HABA. The kids and I love woodwork. We’ve had woodwork fun out in the woods, at forest school, and at home with a bit of softwood. So we were more than happy to oblige!

Read on to find out why we recommend real tools instead of pretend ones every time.

Boy using saw at a worktable in a forest
HABA’s folding saw is kid-sized and just right for taking to forest school.
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How to Magic Up a Perfectly-Imperfect Mud Kitchen Today!

There are images of some amazing mud kitchens out there on the web. But it can be so easy to fall down this rabbit hole of great ideas. If you’re not careful, you end up never actually making one for your child!

I was certainly guilty of this. Until one day my sister stopped by. While I described the great mud kitchen I was going to make (one day), she started hunting around the garden. And with that, I abandoned my dreams of perfection, because the kids were ready to play, right now.

And you know what? We did something incredible. By pulling together a few things already lying around, together we made a mud kitchen in about thirty seconds!

My kids have been playing with it ever since (we’re talking for years now!). And though I still dream and plan of a more beautiful and robust solution, they’re out there having fun today. They really couldn’t care less that it’s not perfect.

So read on to see what you need to make a mud kitchen right now. And I guarantee that you’ll have enough stuff already to get your kids playing today.

child pouring muddy water into saucepan in mud kitchen
Mud kitchens are great for kids so get them playing dirty today!
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