Saturday, 1 January 2011

.January Cool Shops! INQUIZITIVE.

Welcome 2011 :)  My blogging break has been lovely, I've been tempted to hop on a share bits and pieces but have made myself step away from all things blog for the last week.  I'm itching to get back online and have lots to share though so you will hear more from me soon.

For now - it's Cool Shops! time.  I'm excited to share a very awesome shop with you today, Inquizitive...

Louise is the owner of Inquizitive, which is located in King Meadows, Tasmania.  Inquizitive can also be found online and is full of a fantastic range of educational toys, games, puzzles and more.

If you are a local, you must pop into Inquizitive.  You will easily find a unique and useful present for a birthday or special occasion and heaps of fun things to keep your children busy.  Another local-bonus...Inquizitive offers a FREE School Holiday Activity Program in store between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.  I am so excited about this program, it is such a great idea and a perfect to get out of the house during the school holidays - plus,  your kids get to learn how to do heaps of cool stuff from origami to making friendship bracelets to learning how to juggle!

As part of her review, Louise was so generous and sent me a whole box full of goodies to share with you.  I sneakily held onto all of the cool toys and games until the school holidays set in and the kids have had a great time playing with them lately.

Tommy has loved playing with this really cute Vehicles Mini Puzzle.  I love the way this set of four wooden puzzles is packaged, with slide out trays and in a compact case.  I'm a fan of any toys that are easy to keep together!

Oscar and his cousins are really enjoying playing this very fun kids card game, Mimiq.  We do have quite a few games that we play with the kids, but this is by far one of the most enjoyable and easy for them to grasp and have fun with.  The game is similar to "Go Fish" only instead of asking for a card you make the facial expression of the card you are looking for - if you opponent doesn't have the card you are asking for they let you know by sticking their tongue out at them!  

When I saw this pack of EnviroBlox in the parcel I knew that my kids would love it, but I knew that my niece Maya would love it even more as we call her "Miss Maker".  She is with us on holidays at the moment and has already come up with a whole range of cool creations using this amazing product which can be shaped, cut and moulded into any design.
Louise also sent us My First Brain Box.  We haven't had a chance to really play this game properly yet but Oscar uses the Brain Box games at school and is always telling us how much fun it is so I know we will get lots of use out of this fun 10-minute memory game.
I have to admit that I am pretty sick of most of the toys that are hanging around our house and we are always having big toy clean ups, however I really love toys that have an educational purpose or promote creativity like all of the products that are sold at Inquizitive.
Each year, Inquizitive holds a competition called "Exercise Your Mind Challenge Competition" where kids in Tasmania are encouraged to design and make a brain teaser.  Last year the winning entry was from four girls from a local school, Riverside Primary School.  Their entry was turned into a game called "Race Around the World" and is now being sold in 1 languages and in 28 countries around the world - how cool is that?  
As part of her Cool Shops! review, Louise is kindly giving away a copy of Race Around the World to one lucky reader!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post to be in the running.  Make sure you have an email address linked to your profile or type it in with your comment so that I can contact you if you are the winner.  Giveaway will close on Wednesday 5th January and winner will be drawn randomly.


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14 comments:

The Kings said...

That game was made by 4 girls who were in Gary Woodwards class!! How cool is that!

rachandcarl said...

wow this shop looks great. thanks
carlandrach@optusnet.com.au

Sarah said...

My son would love this game. What a great site. Thanks

the woodwards said...

Yep.. Mr Woodward"s class is the best!!!

Melissa said...

Had heard of this shop before but never actually stopped by for a look. Am going to go check out their online shop now. Love educational toys, thanks.

ange_moore said...

We love The Amazing Race on telly so this looks like it would be a great game to play between seasons!!

amummy said...

We love playing board games. The race around the world game looks like fun.

jandkturnbull said...

It is so refreshing to find children's toys which aren't plastered with commercial hype and helps them to learn different life skills. Thanks so much for sharing this site. jandkturnbull@bigpond.com
Regards,
Kylie

Yana said...

welcome back! i love educational toys too, thanks for introducing the shop. the around the world game sounds cool :)

Mel said...

great shop! We love to play games in our house, thanks for the giveaway

Rachelle said...

That looks like a fantastic game for children. sable@xtra.co.nz

Sandy Addison said...

Wow some games I have never seen and if they are as good as they I would have some very happy kids

Gali said...

that looks great.
:)
katz.gali@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Now that looks like a cool game! My four kids could do with a new game that doesn't involve a screen! ja@ajawright.com

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