Thursday, 27 April 2017

Cadson Little ones Post box and Pan Pile up Review

With the weather getting nicer outside play is becoming more attractive but after a winter of the outside toys getting a beating from different weather elements the old toys were needing updating. Thankfully we were asked to review some of the Cadson Little ones range and I knew it would be a hit and a new addition to the garden.

The little ones range is aimed at toddlers aged 1-3 but even though Ami is 4 she still wanted to be involved. We were sent the Pan Pile up and a Red post box. When they came I feared AMi and Son Son might be a bit too big but did they prove me wrong. They both adored playing with both the sets.

Pan Pile Up: RRP £5

We had lots of these type of toys when the children were smaller but I never thought of getting them back out they were kind of packed away with baby items. Just goes to show you don't need expensive flashy toys children will love to play with anything. These pans are perfect they are colourful and perfect for little hands. They have been designed for children to learn though play. We used them to count how many little ones fitted into the bigger ones. Son Son loved to pile them up and then crash them down.

The pans have been a great hit in the water play tray I remember playing with similar toys when I was at school. I loved that AMi and Son son shared and were patient with each other it was lovely to see and at only £5 what a bargain.

Post box Shape Sorter RRP £ 7 

We were also sent a post box shape sorted which I defiantly thought my two were well past that but no again they proved me wrong and showed me that simple games are fun. Before I knew it Ami was a post man and Son Son was the Dad waiting for a letter.

The set came with 6 different colourful shapes that all slot into different holes at the top and one envelope shaped one. The top comes off so you can easily get the pieces back out again.

This toy is perfect for learning through play. Children can learn the shapes and colours to the pieces. Ami and Son Son worked together to place the right places. This toy is aimed at ages 1-3 which is perfect for little hands to use there motor skills and as they grow go onto more complex toys. They can learn counting and sorting with both of these sets of the toys.

All in all the Cadson Little Ones range of toys is perfect for toddlers. They arnt too expensive and colourful and cheerful addition to the toy box. Find out more on the Cadson website.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Gel-A-Peel Sparkle Bead Station Review

I don't know if you caught us a last month using the Gel-A-Peel set to make a lovely set of mothers Day cards find the link here. After that we were asked to trial something else with in the same set and we were sent the Gel-A-Peel bead station set. 

Thankfully Ami and Son Son had used Gel-A-Peel before so were ready to have a try at making some bracelet beads and because they had used it before they were ever so excited. Ami is at the age where she is in love with any colourful piece of jewellery so it was right u her street. The Gel-A-Peel works with a squishy gel that looks a lot like glitter glue but can be used to make any kind of pattern. The Gel dries and forms a rubber like substance. Which makes it perfect to be made into jewellery. 

Ami and Son Son had a good go and even though our results were not anything like that on the box they had such fun making the beads. The box contains Sparkle Bead Station with drying rack, 26 design templates, six 3D beading design rods (5 bead rods and 1 pencil rod), a ring tool, four designer tips (round and rake), plastic cording in two colours (for threading the beads onto for necklaces), 2 jump rings, 2 earring hooks and three tubes of gel in pink, blue and turquoise. Ami loved the purple and Son Son the green. 

The set contains a information sheet with inspiration to create wonderful beads although I did attempt one and didn't do the best job so I just did what Am and sonny did and just enjoyed being creative. The tubes are east to use and not to hard for smaller children to get the hang off. There is other things you can make with this set including ear rings but we stuck with the simple side with Ami and Son Son being only 3 and 4. We waiting a fee days for the designs to dry not all were successful but we had enough for one bracelet so Ami was pleased. 

Gel-a-Peel comes in lots of colours, including neon, pastel and glow-in-the-dark. It is recommended for children aged 8 and over but we tried with 4 and 3 year old and they really enjoyed it. It might be a bit expensive for a simple craft but if you want them to learn some fine motor skills and a bit of patience its perfect for them. Also when they are smaller they need a tad more help meaning you can have a good go without an excuse. 

This set retails at £24.99 and will bet available in most toy shops. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Half Shell Hero Mutant Loader Review

My little Son Son is three years old and is fascinated with any thing superhero at the moment. Lucky for him he was sent the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles new Mutant loader from the Heroes in the half shell. Is it just me when they hear "Heroes in a half shell" just want to sing it out like in the old cartoons? Just me? Anyway he was over the moon with his new toy. 

This Hero in a half shell Mutant loader is one of the wide range of TMNT toys that are available. We were sent the Mikey character Vehicle and is perfect for all HSH fan. Its more that a vehicle it has forklift and cage even a little side cart for the little Half shell hero to sit.

This HSH Vehicle is perfect for Son Son who is three. Its not to bulky and hard to play with Son Son was at ease with it exploring the cage mainly putting poor Mikey in the forklift. The recommended age for this toy is 2 and above. There is a little leaver to twist which lifts the forklift up. 

Son Son loved the Toy and we have had to take it out and about with us, he was so pleased to get a toy he can use his imagination with. He was in his element putting things in the forklift and cage.  
I love toys that encourage children to use there imagination and make little game sup with. There is a bonus that is doesn't have any sounds meaning no in the middle of the night scares (I don't know if you have had this where a random toy goes of and freaks everyone out). We have had this toy a few weeks now and Son Son has played with it ever day. 

Half Shell Heroes Mutant Loader Vehicle with Mikey costs £19.99 and can be purchased at most leading retailers. Like any character toy it is a bit more pricey but if your child is a fan you don't mind too much. Learn more about TMNT or the new range of toys over at Turtle Toys Collectors Club or at Flair PLC.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wissper Doll and Peggy Starter Set review

I don't know of you have heard of Wissper before but basically she is a very cool 7 year old who can talk to animals. Ami was thrilled to be sent the new Wissper Doll and Peggy doll to play with at home and play along like the TV show. Wissper has a magic power that she she goes "Shh" she can transport her self to weather a animal needs her. 

The Wissper doll set comes with some accessories too. Such as a handy bag which some of the accessories can fit. Also included is Peggy the bird. The other accessories include a hand pipe, brush, mirror, a butterfly and binoculars. Wissper is 8.5 inches high and can move to limbs. 

The best bit about the bag is that it can unclasp rather than force it over her head. The panpipes is the same so it can easily go around her neck. Not all the accessories fit in the bag so we tended to put the bigger items in Wissper's hand.

The toys look exactly like the do on the TV show which is always a bonus for small children. They can play along and learn through play using there imaginations. Wissper has been on plenty of adventures since arriving with us already Ami has introduced her too all her dolls. I love watching the children make up little games with there toys and get lost in a world of make believe. 

This set retails at £19.99 and is very good value for money for what you get in the pack. The extra accessories aid to the enjoyment of the Wissper doll.  The only thing Ami was not pleased about was the brush because it didn't actually go in her hair like a real brush I had to tell her to use her imagination to pretend it did. 

The full Wissper range will be available from Toys R Us from the beginning of April.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

BRIO World School Playset and Village Modules Review

We are massive BRIO fans in my house. My eldest son was given a train track when he was just a baby. It was second hand when we got it and it’s still going strong today. The train track is nearly thirty years old and just as good as the day it was made (minus lots of pen marks).
We were asked to review some of the BRIO World range and I just knew it would be something that the kids would enjoy. I hadn't heard of the Brio family range so equally I was just as interested to see what it was all about. I thought Brio was just about trains but it turns out its not and there is a massive range called BRIO world.


We were sent the School play set and the extension assessor pack. I thought beforehand that they may be made out of wood so when I opened the box I was a tad intrigued to see plastic. To be honest I didn't really think of much and didn’t really understand what it was all about. Then I read the instructions and the kids started playing with the toys I knew hang on this is a real game changer for toys.

What you might not see so much from the photos is that all the walls and the flooring can be taken apart and you can build it just how you want. There’s many different opens to how you build your sets. We made a massive school out of the two sets together. Which my Ami loved she loves anything school at the moment.

 The school set comes with 22 pieces with a mixture of wood and plastic all in bright colours and is actually really easy to slot together. Turns out you didn’t really need the instructions in the end.  The set included two figures too which aided the school game (also didn’t cause too many arguments as the little ones had a figure each to play with. One of the best things about the Brio set is that is doesn’t come with any batteries no annoying sounds and children are encouraged to use their imagination.

We were also sent the BRIO Village Module. This is an expansion set that can be used as a standalone piece or use to create other buildings. You can also use the set to expand any existing Brio village sets you may have. They are the same colourful colours as the school and they all can slot together.

All in all Ami and Son Son loved these two sets and equally I was not disappointed. I can see them having a lot of fun playing over and over again with the village sets.  No play time will be the same as each time will be a new masterpiece.

The BRIO school play set retails at £29.99 and the Village Module is £19.99. They are both available from all good toy shops and online shops also. They are recommended for children aged 3 and about. We have loved them defiantly a firm favourite in our house.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Making Mothers day Cards with Gel-A-Peel

Did you know its mothers day on Sunday? It comes round so quick every year and what doesn't a mum love the most... Home made cards! I personally would rather a homemade card anyway over a shop brought one. I love the effort my little ones put into making them just as much as the card it self.  My eldest Son wasn't too impressed he said "why isn't there a kids day?" I did tell him everyday is a kids day!!

We were recently sent a set from Gel-A-Peel with the incentive of getting the children to make some cards using the set. We had seen the set advertised on the telly and did not even think to use it to make cards with. We were sent the Pearly Pastels range which consisted with 3 tubes of the Gel and interchangeable nozzles that you can use to make different effects of the Gel.

We had not used the Gel-A-Peel before but before long they were seasoned pros creating colourful designs on there cards. In the pack also contained Gel tray where you can put the Gel into moulds to create beautiful flowers and other designs. The Gel sets and creates a beautiful 3D effect which they enjoyed touching when dry.

All my children made a card from ages 3 to 10 all with ease and not requiring some help. My eldest son  Asti even had a go at making some jewelry. This set contains some stencils to help you make bracelets too. Although the end results they needed another go to perfect the opening clasp!!

All in all I was very pleased with the cards, they let me have a quick glimpse before they hid them for Mothers day.

This set retails at £19.99 and is perfect for crafting onto cards. I say the results came out much better than I originally thought. Why mot get  Gel-A-Peel set and have a go yourself.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

PJ Masks Twitter Party

PJ Masks Twitter Party 

I don't know if you took part but last week we were part of the PJ Masks Twitter party? Well we were very privileged to be sent a box full of activities and toys for the children to try. I am not going to lie it was a lot of fun. The Twitter party had lots of comepetitions and little games to play too. My little ones got to play pass the parcel, make a PJ mask and so much more. 

The party was in aid of the new PJ Mask toys that were realsed last month, they include a variety of role play, plastic adventure sets and cuddle plush toys. The range is colourful and exciting and more is going to be added later on through the year its rather exciting.

Ami was sent the wonderful Owlette costume too which she loves. Omelette you may be wondering who I am talking about but Owlette is one of the three superhero's that make the PJ mask team. The Costume is avalible to but and the RRP is £24.99

Make a PJ Mask

Our first task was to make a PJ mask we were given all the equipment to take part and colourful ribbon to attach it together. My children love arts and crafts so this was right up there street. Son Son went with Cat Boy as did Asti. Ami obviously went with Owlette, I made a Geeko mask so they didn't feel too left out. 

 Match the Item with the Character Game

Our next game was match the character with items. We had a bag full of superhero qualities and the children had to guess which quality went with which superhero's. It was a lot of fun and required the children to work together as a team. Especially as Asti was the only one who could read of the sheets. 
The plush teddies involved in the game retail in the shops at £8.99 each. 

Colouring Activity

It was then time for a bit of peace and quiet whilst the children sat and colour some PJ Masks pictures. They all did a fantastic job and it gave me a chance to sit and have five mins to make a cuppa whilst sorting the next few activities. 

Cake Competition

We added this to our party and the children had great joy decorating PJ masks cakes. All in all as you can see below the clear winner was Asti in the middle photo and his fab PJ Mask's cakes. 

Pass the Parcel

Who doesn't love a bit of Pass the Parcel especially on a school night. They had a lot of fun the three of them taking it in turns (sometimes crying when it was someone else turn). There was plenty of layers and the toys inside included the new PJ mask's Figures. 

Free Play with the PJ Masks

Our last activity was to try out the new range of PJ mask Vehicles all contain one character and they all can fit in each others cars too. The toys are bright and true to the TV show too. The figures can be moved to sit down and provide the chance for children to use there imagination whilst playing.  Son Son's Favourite was Cat boy as you can see from the photos he was rather fond of it and did not let his siblings play with it at first. Son Son had been watching it on the TV as he knew all the characters names and even the bad guys we were all surprised. 

We were sent three sets of the cars and characters which retail at £12.99 each. They are great fun for any PJ Mask fan! 

 We had a great party with PJ masks Even my eldest Asti who is 10 got his award for being a good boy during the event. Be sure to check out the full range available in toy shops now.  We were also sent some Blind bags which were in the goody bags and the children loved them. Son Son especially as he got 3 Catboys!!

Be sure to check out for more PJ Masks information, activity ideas and downloads.