Today is your lucky day because I’m sharing the recent discoveries that are currently rocking our world. If you’re a Heart Mama, you’ll find these best buys especially helpful.
1. Learning isiXhosa through song – Xhosa Songs for Kids from Xhosa Fundis
Xhosa Fundis is based in Woodstock, Cape Town and they offer isiXhosa language courses and culture workshops to South Africans who are wanting to learn the language. They sell a range of learning materials including flash cards, colouring books and pocket phrase books as well as our kids’ FAVOURITE CD – Xhosa Songs For Kids. The songs are so catchy! I’m not exaggerating when I say that we play this CD before school, on the way to school and at least once every afternoon. The CD cover has a helpful Xhosa/English translation so you can follow the lyrics. See purchase details here – the CD sells for R150.
2. Teach your kids a new South African language with Xander Language Apps
Xander is a local company that has developed a range of language apps for South African kids (and their families!) – they are available in Xhosa, Zulu, Swahili, Tswana, Afrikaans and English. We’ve downloaded ‘Xhosa Shapes & Colours’, ‘Xhosa 1, 2, 3’ and ‘Xhosa Wardrobe’. You can download the app on Google Play, App Store or Amazon for R9.99 (Xhosa Wardrobe was free!). Click here for more info and click play below to see Kira practicing her numbers in Xhosa.
3. ‘I don’t like hairbrushes that make little girls cry’ – Introducing the magic Tangle Teezer
We finaaaally tested the Tangle Teezer and there is no looking back, it has already changed our lives! We can brush our kids’s hair without any squirming or tears, which was impossible until now. The Magic Flower Pot Tangle Teezer is designed to encourage little girls to brush their own hair and has a little storage pot for storing hair accessories. Kira takes her ‘my Teezer’ to bed with her because she loves it that much. You can purchase this particular Tangle Teezer on Takealot for R219 but Clicks also stock a range.
This product was sponsored by HairCair.
4. African stories for African Kids – The Lemon Tree by local author, Katherine Graham
‘How often do we read about bluebells and foxes and beavers to our children instead of things that are familiar to them?’ says author Katherine Graham. Her latest book, The Lemon Tree, is a really sweet story about making pancakes with Gogo with beautiful illustrations by Wendy Patterson. I was freshly reminded that representations matters when Kira looked at the cover pic and said, ‘Mom, that’s me!’. You can buy this book from Exclusive Books for R83, click here for details and watch the blog for a giveaway soon.
5. Audio stories in isiXhosa from Nali’ibali
Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading. You can play the free audio stories by clicking here and also check out their downloadable story cards and free printable activities and crafts available in different languages.