A memeber of the Green Bean Studio team meet this lovley lady, called Cassie a afew month back at one of our Roard show events. Casssie is a mum to the lovley Lily, blogger and all round nice chick, her daughter Lily attended a storytime session with Green Bean at the event we met Cassie at in Manchester.
We stayed in touch with Cassie and deceide it would be great to pair up and let Lily try out some of the Green Bean Collection at home and the share her review with you and then WAIT FOR IT! Give you a chance to WIN some Green Bean godies for your little ones too. WHOOP WHOOP
Learning with Green Bean - Review and Giveaway
I had not heard about Green Bean until I attended the Baby and Toddler show a few weeks ago and met them at the stall. I was really impressed to see their stall and hear all about The Green Bean Collection and how educational it is. As you know I am all about making learning fun and I thought that what I saw at the green bean stall was exactly this.
After the Baby and Toddler show I got in contact with Green Bean and they agreed to send me some of their collection to review and tell you all about.
So a little more about Green Bean.
The first thing that Lily wanted to look at was the house with the green bean toy and bear. She loved playing with this and gave green bean a big hug as soon as she saw him. I think she recognised him from when she met him at the Baby and Toddler show which shows they have made a very loveable character.
Lily played with this for quite a while and talked away as she moved the toys in and out of the house.
The house is made from cardboard and also acts as a storage box which is great for when you have finished playing. Although I haven't been using it for that and just letting Lily play with it.
Its so nicely designed and does look like a real house and the door opens and closes. Its great for the imagination. The green bean toy is such a happy little bean. Lovely and soft and it just shows that a character does not need to be over the top to be loved.
The colour book is great, very simple and so easy to start to recognise the colours. The book shows the colour inside a paint pot and then a splodge of paint on the next page. Lily has already learn't all her colours but this book is great for babies upwards and the next thing I would use this book for is to learn the word of the colour.
The number book I love. On each page it has the number and the word for the number under it. I't then has a pictures next to it that correspond to the number. For example for 2 it has 2 balls. Lily is really good at counting but still hasn't learnt to recognise her numbers so the simplicity of this book will really help.
Then last but not least there is the shapes book. This shows the shape with the word on one page and then on the next it has a picture of something that is the same shape. For example for circle is the moon. Lily knows all the shapes already that are in this book so the next step for her will be learning about what things are that shape and also recognising the word when she starts to learn to read.
I do keep mentioning simplicity, but that is such a great thing as you really don't want to over load a child when learning and so in this case less is more.
Like going to the park, and to them, it's an adventure. Lily really enjoyed listening to these stories and also telling me about the things she saw in the illustrations.
In the books you have one page of writing and then one page with the illustration which is great as it really allows children to notice the words as well as the pictures. During the story as well it has parts where it talks about different objects and puts the words next to the objects. This really helps with word recognition for when your child starts to read.
The books are great to read to your child or for them when they are starting to learn to read.
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