Getting ready for half term with Laurence King Publishing

We don’t have may plans for February half term yet. Its my least favourite holiday as the weather can be unpredictable. Normally I am still lacking the motivation to get anything arranged post the January blues. So I was delighted when Laurence King Publishing got in contact and asked if we would like to review some of their new publications. As they will be perfect for keeping the boys entertained if we are at home or travelling. They have also given one of my readers the chance to win the three items mentioned.

Dino Domino

Kipper is starting to show an interest in games. Although his attention span is still a little hit and miss at the moment. So it needs to be simple to understand, bright and engaging. Dino Domino has seven different colourful dinosaurs illustrated by Caroline Selmes to match. Suitable for children age three and over they are the perfect introduction to dominos without the numbers.  Just like all the Laurence King publications the quality is second to none. They come in a lovely coated sliding box which has the instructions on the inside. The dominos are a good size for small hands, double printed and thick enough to withstand rough and tumble play. Yet not too think that makes them difficult to handle.

They were a hit with both the boys. Even Monkey wanted to play over and over again. Which goes to show the wide age range that these appeal to. Aimed ay 2-4 plays Dino Domino will be available online from Laurence King Publishing from the 4th Feb 2019 priced at £9.99.

Super Happy Families

A new take on the classic Happy Families. The aim of the game is simple. The person that collects the most family sets wins. You do this by asking your opponents if they have any of the members in the family you are collecting. If they do then they need to give them to you. Which sparked a bit of banter between Monkey and I since we are going after the same family. In this game there are good families and bad families with unusual names which tests Monkey’s reading. In the box theres a little leaflet which explains each of the characters to bring the game to life.

The illustrations designed by Kristi Davidson are clean and modern. There are eleven family sets in total which come in a little coated slide cardboard box. Its the perfect size to carry around in a handbag and it would make a much more social game for a restaurant than the iPad. Played by 2-5 people it has an RRP of £9.99. Happy Families is not a game we have played historically with Monkey before so I wasn’t sure how he would find it. But he really enjoyed it, especially as he won!

Fairy Tale Play

This is such a beautiful book! Almost too beautiful to give the boys… A pop up story book that has been designed to encourage storytelling. There are four pop up scenes and a series of little double sided cardboard characters. The characters can be kept in a black envelope once they have been popped out. There is also a separate sheet which details four plays to help with the story play if yours or their imagination is lacking.

In the book there are four scenes – under the sea, in a forest, at a castle and inside a cave. These go with the fours plays, The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves. However you are of course not restricted to these and I think with some initial direction Monkeys stories will develop. Its great for supporting his learning at school since he is encouraged to write a story each week and this will help him to do that. Its a truly beautiful book and would make a great addition to a bookshelf or a school.

The book is illustrated by Julia Spiers who is a French illustrator based in Paris. It is due to be released on the 4th of February and will cost £16.99.

If you would like the chance to win all three items mentioned in this round up then please enter via the gleam application below and please note the T&Cs.

Laurence King Publishing Bundle worth £37

  • Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and will receive a Dino Domino, Super Happy Families and Fairy Tale Play worth £37.
  • The giveaway will close on the 17th February midnight, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide a full postal address

I have some other giveaways running at the moment so please check them out in the Blog Giveaways Page above.



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This post is written in collaboration we were given our own editions of the games and book mentioned in return for running this giveaway.


  1. Ashleigh Allan
    January 23, 2019 / 7:08 am

    Great prize

  2. SianiD
    January 23, 2019 / 8:41 am

    great assortment of items.

  3. Ursula Hunt
    January 23, 2019 / 8:43 am

    Great set of traditional style games, it is so important to encourage good play and not be using a screen

  4. Tracy Nixon
    January 23, 2019 / 11:16 am

    Thank you for another great giveaway!

  5. iain maciver
    January 23, 2019 / 11:41 am

    fabtastic giveaway

  6. Emily Egan
    January 23, 2019 / 2:31 pm

    All of these games look really fun!

  7. Clifford Sherwood
    January 23, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    Lovely prize for the winner

  8. Margaret Gallagher
    January 23, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    FAB The boys will be thrilled Thankyou

  9. Anthony Harrington
    January 23, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    perfect for our littlel Grandson

  10. Andrea Fletcher
    January 23, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    My grandson loves dinosaurs so would love the dominoes.

  11. Susan B
    January 23, 2019 / 5:59 pm

    I was completely transfixed by pop up books when I was a child and I still think they are fabulous.

  12. Laura Wheatley
    January 23, 2019 / 8:20 pm

    I absolutely love the pop up book <3 its beautiful

  13. Samantha O'D
    January 23, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    The dinosaur dominos look fun, my daughter is Dino obsessed

  14. Solange
    January 23, 2019 / 9:13 pm

    My son would love this.

  15. Sean Eccles
    January 23, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    Love this fingers crossed for my son thank you

  16. January 24, 2019 / 6:08 am

    I have a dinosaur addict who will love this! #BloggerClubUK

  17. January 24, 2019 / 10:10 am

    I love Laurence king products. We have quite a few of them, they are all really good quality and long lasting.

  18. paula cheadle
    January 24, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    my nephew would love this prize

  19. January 24, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    Really lovely resources #BloggerClubUk

  20. January 24, 2019 / 6:18 pm

    Can’t believe it’s nearly half-term!!!!! #bloggerclubuk

  21. January 25, 2019 / 11:38 am

    These are great my little grandson loves games and pop up books

  22. Rachel Butterworth
    January 25, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    Lovely prize. I’ll have my fingers crossed.

  23. paula cheadle
    January 26, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    my nephew would love this

  24. Nicola Farrel
    January 27, 2019 / 9:38 pm

    Lovely prizes! My girls love playing games

  25. Geri Gregg
    January 28, 2019 / 10:16 pm

    Fingers crossed!

  26. Sue McCarthy
    February 5, 2019 / 11:42 am

    Love the Dino Dominoes.

  27. Nyasha Mtutu
    February 6, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    The Fairy Tale Book looks amazing – I know both by 8YO and 2YO would love it

  28. janine atkin
    February 7, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    my nephew would love this

  29. Michelle Moloney
    February 10, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    These look like great fun

  30. Katie Skeoch
    February 10, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    My boys would great fun with these. Love the look of the pop up book

  31. Penny Wilsher
    February 10, 2019 / 8:06 pm

    Another one of your great giveaways.

  32. Lynn Neal
    February 12, 2019 / 10:14 am

    Fantastic prize to keep my grandchildren entertained!

  33. Emma Howard
    February 13, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    My youngest would love this bundle!

  34. Alice Colling
    February 14, 2019 / 9:37 am

    These are great, and would make a great gift.

  35. Sheri Darby
    February 14, 2019 / 9:54 pm

    My son would love these

  36. Sharon Hirst
    February 16, 2019 / 8:58 am

    I love being an Auntie, my nephews would have a fab time with these

  37. Sue Carter
    February 16, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I’d love to share these with my grandson who was 4 this week.

  38. tricia bingham
    February 17, 2019 / 9:56 am

    fabulous giveaway my two young grandsons would to play with these

  39. Charlotte Woodward
    February 17, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    Love your blog and you have done wonderful giveaways!!!!

  40. Tammy Neal
    February 17, 2019 / 5:04 pm

    Lovely giveaway perfect for my niece x

  41. Helen Craigs
    February 17, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    Love this selection especially the Dino Domino, great to entertain my grandchildren

  42. Adrian Bold
    February 17, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  43. Sharon Beaman
    February 17, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    Our Joshua is dinosaur crazy. I would love to win for him please.

  44. Laura Lee
    February 17, 2019 / 9:24 pm

    This looks amazing my youngest would love this thanks so much for the chance I have got my fingers and toes crossed

  45. Sian Buckingham
    February 17, 2019 / 10:07 pm

    What a fab bundle! My kids would love them all!

  46. Mandy Doherty
    February 17, 2019 / 10:38 pm

    My dinosaur loving grandson would love this fun bundle

  47. Natalie Crossan
    February 17, 2019 / 11:19 pm

    perfect for my daughter – keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

  48. Gemma Hendry
    March 30, 2019 / 6:59 pm

    id share with my daughter

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