Review: Moonlite

Kipper is now almost two and a half and has always had a love for books. As soon as he could walk he will go over to the bookcase and pull out book after book. I also quite often find Monkey reading to him. I love watching them both engrossed in the story. So when we were asked to review the soon to be launched Moonlite it sounded like too good an opportunity to pass up. Moonlite is an amazing storybook projector which we have all fallen in love with. It works by using the torch on your mobile phone to project storybook images onto walls and ceilings, we have even used it on an airplane..

We were sent a Moonlite Starter Pack RRP £19.99 featuring Eric Carle’s popular “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Very Busy Spider”. Along with two separate story reels which have a RRP of £7.99 each, Spot the Dog and The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. There is also a gift pack available which features five story reels which I can see being a very popular Christmas list addition.

Its so easy to set up all you need to do is download the app from the App Store or Google Store, which is free. Then pop the story reel of your choice into the Moonlite and attach it to your phone. Finally open the app and unlock the story you wish to project. It has been specifically designed with ease of use in mind and you can find out more on the Moonlite website.

When you open the app it will direct you on where to attach the projector, there is a little target which you just need to line up. On the front there is a little dial which allows you to focus the picture. For a vey modern bit of kit it is extremely easy to use and Kipper was enthralled from the moment he saw it.

It has really made a difference at bedtime bringing stories to life. Although to be honest we have been using it throughout the day as well. The words to tell the story appear on the app and there is also sound effects and music which really helps bring the word and pictures them to life. The ethos is very much not to replace traditional books but to bridge the gap between them and digital books. Allowing kids imaginations to blossom and for everyone to bond over a love of story telling.

As the clocks go back its an ideal time to reassess that bedtime routine and make sure literacy is part of it. Reading stories to our children fuels their imaginations and
activates the creative side of their brains. They begin to visualise the words we are reading to them, which helps develop their creative intelligence. I can really see this with Monkey. We have always read to him every night and now he is at school and in KS1 we are seeing the benefits. As he is a happy confident reader and coming on leaps and bounds with his spelling and writing. Which makes sense as there is a magical time between ages 3 to 7 when children expand out beyond verbal communication and start to develop written language skills.

Every now and again a new toy comes along which is genius. For me Moonlite is that toy. Its wonderful being able to reinvigorate their love for story telling and to bond with the boys over stories that I was told as a child. I have already made a mental note to add some extra reels to their Christmas wish lists.

Moonlite is produced by Spinmaster and available at all good toy retailers and online with Amazon.

 

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29 Comments

  1. Nigel Soper
    October 25, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    I wish this had been available when our boys were young, but I guess we will have to wait for another 10 or 15 years or so in the hope of grandchildren.

  2. Samantha O'D
    October 25, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    This looks great, looks like theres some great books to choose from

  3. October 25, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    That is really awesome and a concept I’ve never seen before. I think it’s a great product but could also be so educational at the same time as so much can be learnt from this. Anything that get’s the imagination going and encourages reading at bedtime or at anytime is brilliant.

  4. October 25, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Oh that’s adorable! I have loved this story since I was a little girl and I love that it’s still being enjoyed all these years later.

  5. October 26, 2018 / 6:19 am

    This is such a beautiful idea. I love the reels. It would make such a lovely gift idea. my trio have a small machine that does projections and they adore theirs

  6. A S,Edinburgh
    October 26, 2018 / 9:39 am

    What a lovely idea. The sensory effects sound magical.

  7. Margaret Gallagher
    October 26, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    How sweet – they really are quite spectacular- the boys would love them

  8. Tracy Nixon
    October 27, 2018 / 4:17 am

    This looks great – my kids would love this!

  9. Wendy
    October 27, 2018 / 6:47 am

    This sounds amazing!!!! I love the idea of being stories to life and this would really make bedtime stories more magical and exciting xx

  10. October 27, 2018 / 11:10 am

    What a lovely idea, I wish I had these when my older two were younger. The sensory aspect of it is brilliant!

  11. Laura Turner
    October 27, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    What a great idea…they should make one for grown-ups too.

  12. October 28, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    I love how this brings the story to life in such a unique way. Hungry Caterpillar is such a big fave in our house, this would be an amazing Xmas gift for the girls x

  13. October 28, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    What a lovely idea! I can see that being a lovely addition to the bedtime routine – a really magical alternative way to do storytime!

  14. October 28, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I think that is such a nice idea for bedtime! I love that! and it seems pretty easy to use! We used to have something like that (without a phone of course!) when I was little and I was always so fascinated by it

  15. October 28, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    What a wonderful idea! We love reading a bedtime story to our little ones.

  16. October 28, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Oh how clever! Those are some classic stories and such a fun way to make it even more magical.

  17. Tracy Nixon
    October 29, 2018 / 5:16 am

    This looks great! Thanks for the info!

  18. October 29, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Oh wow! That is so clever. We have just bought a projector for my son for his birthday, it is just a colourful one but he did ask if it tells a story. This is fab.

  19. Lynn Neal
    October 29, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Wow that looks fantastic , a modern version of the magic story lantern we had as children!

  20. October 29, 2018 / 9:33 am

    This really does look brilliant. I love how it brings the story to life for the kids – makes it all the more exciting!

  21. October 29, 2018 / 10:38 am

    what an excellent idea – It’s like having your own cinema with you – a wonderful way to encourage reading/storytelling. it looks like Moonlite have thought of everything.

  22. October 29, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Awww I love this, such a fab idea! The Very Hungry Caterpillar has always been one of our favourite books x

  23. Shelley Jessup
    October 29, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    This is such a fabulous & clever idea! I could Evie finding much amazement at this

  24. October 29, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Oh my gosh! What a brilliant idea for bedtime reading. I want one of these! It’s so clever and creative, and it looks handy too. I can imagine being able to really give life to a story with the help of one. 🙂

  25. James Travis
    October 30, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Wonderful idea

  26. October 31, 2018 / 6:36 am

    I love books to this day and that’s because I’ve bought them with me from my childhood! I wasn’t read to but was gifted a lot of books my parents and head was always in them!

  27. November 1, 2018 / 5:41 am

    Great idea. I had a coloured star rotating light for my kids when they were young.

  28. Alica
    November 8, 2018 / 11:33 am

    I think my grandson would love this! Thank you 🙂

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