Lets set the scene; you’re driving along, it’s been 2 hours on the road, you’ve played eye-spy, the car colours game, sang silly songs, eaten all the snacks, watched a DVD and you’re only halfway on route to your destination. You can factor in a couple of stops but the kiddies are getting restless. “Are we there yet” has begun, closely followed by “how long till we get there?” and “I need a wee” then the inevitable “I’m bored.”
I’ve been there many a time and despite my military style travel planning, it often amounts to a stressful start to a holiday or day out.
Now image another scene; you’re driving along, it’s been 2 hours, you’ve played eye-spy, the car colours game, sang silly songs, eaten all the snacks, maybe watched a DVD but you’ve already decided that this holiday will be screen free, so possibly ditched the iPad or DVD player altogether and so the kiddies are sitting quietly drawing, doodling, playing a game, making puppets and putting on a show, designing and colouring in paper dolls. Heck, they’re having so much fun the holiday started the moment you left.
Intrigued? You should be, because I may have just found the answer to all your screen free woes. The Pipity.
A Pipy – what?
A boredom busting activity pack design by a fellow Devon lass Kate de Bass. When Kate contacted me to ask if she could send me a Pipity pack to see what I thought and if I approved, share a review on Mum in a Nutshell (Only items I like appear on this site, I’m quite choosey) I agreed on the basis that as a small business, it’s nice to be able to give them a leg up into the parenting market but if I’m honest, I was under no illusion that this review opportunity would make my heart skip but, wow, was I wrong!
I headed over to the website and watched the DVD and started to see just how amazing the Pipty range actually was. We’ve used activity packs before but this one is leaps and bounds above any thing I’ve seen before, it’s clear that a lot of care and thought has gone into making the kit appeal to children of any age and gender. (it states 6 up, but I’m sure would appeal to slightly younger little ones under close supervision.)
Pipity Actvivity Case
This comes covered in oil cloth material, with a grab handle and debatable shoulder strap. held together with elastic cover covers. It’s hard backed making it fab for leaning on and the elastic has the added use of holding paper in place. It comes with a set of colouring pencils, a pencil with rubber, scissors, glue stick, sharpener and ruler,
Can you tell how excited I am about this yet? The size is just right for small hands and will give you hours up on hours of screen free time. So far we’ve used it on rainy indoor days, car journeys, restaurants and it’ll be coming with us on our next mini break and train trip. For the cost of a couple of DVDs, this will see you through many more years while offering a learning rich activity, harnessing creativity, social skills, co operative play, fine motor skills, speech and language opportunities and imagination.
If you haven’t left by this point to pop over to the Pipty website and check it out for yourself, here’s a chance to win one of your own. Or if you really can’t wait hop over to the website for 15% off using code INTRO1
Disclaimer *I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*