Usborne Quiz Tins – Review

Another home educating mum recommended that we try the Usborne quiz tins for the children. Being home educated we make a lot of general knowledge information into games whenever we can and these were ideal to save my brain from trying to work out the questions, and answers, myself.

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I bought them mainly for my then 8 year old Jess who suffers from dyslexia. I loved the idea that the cards can be used over and over as they are wipe clean. We tend to just use a piece of kitchen towel, this cleans them perfectly.

The tin contains 75 wipe clean question cards, 5 answer cards and a scorecard. There are 5 categories on the cards which are Long Ago, Science, Dinosaurs, Animals and Travel so will suit lots of different interests. There are 15 cards in each category which have 8 questions on each. That is a total of 600 questions. All the cards are colour coded for ease of sorting them out.

Most of the questions are multi choice which are perfect for children, the rest of the questions (about 5%) are simple one line questions.

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As I said earlier I bought them for our 8 year old but I have caught her older sister having a look on a few occasions she seems to like the long ago cards. My adult son and his girlfriend have also been sat answering the questions more than once.

So far the cards have already been used in several different ways. We have given them to her just to write the answers on by herself and then marked them, we have asked her the questions and given her a choice of answers and also asked the same questions without the answers to check if she is learning.

I would recommend them for when you are going on holiday or long trips as they are perfect for warding off boredom and stop the ‘are we there yet’ type of questions. Perfect for ages from 5 upwards, but some of the questions are quite challenging, even teenagers and adults will have to think about the answer so they are perfect for the whole family.

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TinyMe Personalised Books Review

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to review one of the personalised books from Tiny Me.  The book we picked was the Australian Adventure one for our then 6 year old.


In the story your child joins Cheeky Monkey as the star in this book as they travel around Australia in search of their friend Kanga Jack. An exciting, adventure filled story full of fabulous friends, new and interesting places and lots of fun facts about Australia. Great for developing an understanding of Australian landmarks, native animals, cultural foods and geography.  The main thing that Jess loved was the fact that her name was on the front cover and also mentioned a total of 25 times in the book.

The book is aimed at pre-school to early primary and I think it’s ideal for that age group. This is a perfect present for a special occasion such as Christmas or a birthday.