I work as a full-time registered childminder and the children I am currently looking after absolutely love the Num Noms collectables.
What are Num Noms?
Num Noms are little-scented toys that can be found in the shape of various foods and sweets. They are made by MGA and have been around since early 2016 and are available in stores and online.
Each series can be identified by its colouring theme in various places.
Series 1 - Pink
Series 2 - Yellow
Starter Pack-A pack of 3 Nums and 1 motorised Nom. Included are two accessories, including a utensil and a dish piece, such as a cone or a cup.
Mystery Pack-Little containers with a Nom and a Num inside. The Nums are lip gloss. Starting with Series 2, stamp and eraser Noms are also included.
Deluxe Packs-Large packs of Num Noms, coming with six Nums and two Noms.
Go Go Cafe-Based on Series 1, included are two special Num Noms: Nila Go Go and Orange cream.
Art Cart-A crafting set for Series 2. Includes 2 exclusive Nums and 3 eraser Noms.
Lip Gloss Truck-A cosmetic craft set for Series 2. Includes 1 scented Num and 3 lip gloss container Noms.
Lip glosses-Small Noms included with the Mystery Packs.
Stamps- included with Mystery Packs available with series starting 2.
Erasers-staring with series 2, they can be found in Special Sets or Mystery Packs.
The Num Noms that we got from on our series 2 packs are:-
Diner Jumbo Combo- Hammy Burger, P.B.N.J, Frenchie Fries, Lemony Cola, Haley Hot Dog, Cheesy Go-Go, Ketchup Go-Go and the mystery Num Nom was Nana Puffs.
Brunch Brunch-Strawberry Froyo, Berry Cakes, Willy Waffles and Jammin' Razzy Go-Go.
When caring for the children I like to encourage them to explore different ways of play with a toy. This enables them to explore their imagination and use their own ideas and creative thinking skills.
The Num Noms are a great way of encouraging thinking and learning.
The children found some great ways of playing games with these toys!
Here are their ideas:-
Smell test- using a blindfold to hide their eyes the children had to guess what Num Nom they could smell, (Your sense of smell warns you of dangers such as smoke and poisonous gases. It also helps you appreciate the full flavours of food and drink. Your sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than your sense of taste). We have 9 Num Noms so the winner was the one who could guess the most.
Stacking game- who can stack the most Num Noms on top of each other to make a tower without it tipping over. This helps younger children to count and use their fine motor skills.
(the coordination of small muscles, in movements—usually involving the synchronisation of hands and fingers—with the eyes).
Cooking game- allow the children to choose one, two or three of the Num Noms and try and create the food for real.
Cooking with children can provide many beneficial learning experiences, like mathematics learning phrases like 'more than' or 'less than' than by weighing out ingredients. In the UK weigh in grams rather than imperial measures. Let your child feel a 1kg bag of flour or sugar, feel how heavy it is, this helps to develop estimation skills. Get children to count how many scoops etc and recognise the numbers on the scales , your child can learn about timing too, how long it needs to be cooked and what time will it be ready.
Cooking can also help your child to learn lots of new words and concepts through discussion while you are cooking. Look at the recipe together, follow the instructions, learn the names of the ingredients and words like whisk and stir. Encourage children to look for words on packets like eggs and flour help them find these words in the recipe.
Science plays a big part in cooking as it involves the concept of changing materials. What happens to flour when you add liquid? What happens to cake mix when it is cooked? Juice can become ice lollies when frozen and chocolate melts when heated. Discuss where foods come from and how and where various foods grow. Ask questions and talk to them about which foods can give them energy to run and jump, which ones help them to grow strong and which foods are not healthy.
Allow your child to carry out as many of the cooking tasks as possible (excluding dangerous ones where sharp knives are involved). Tasks like holding a spoon, mixing, beating, shaking, pouring, rolling or cutting will help to develop your child’s fine motor skills whilst encouraging your child to smell and feel the ingredients will help to improve his or her use of senses.
Cooking helps children communicate with each other, learn to share, take turns, listen, follow instructions and be creative. Then when the cooking is over, you can all sit down together and enjoy eating your creations!
Here are our Num Nom creations!
To create Nana Puffs we made vanilla cupcakes!
To create Strawberry Froyo we made fairy cakes with strawberry icing and coconut sprinkles!
Thanks for reading, Please feel free to comment below and share any Num Nom ideas!