Disney Crossy Road Review

We are huge fans of Disney in our house both online, in movies, on TV, on our tablets, and also for toys, so we always get excited about new additions; and Disney Crossy Road is one of them! They have just released pixelated minifigures and pixelated plushes to coincide with their very popular app Crossy Road.

Each character comes with a unique rarity status; rare, epic, secret, legendary, limited edition! There are over 40 characters to collect which include Mickey, Toy Story, Big Hero 6 and Lion King. They are great collecting-fun for all of the family, not just the children!

My five year old loves his new Buzz plush! Buzz is £9.99 and makes the perfect bedtime companion or travel partner.

We’ve also loved the Crossy Road pixelated minifigures. You can buy them in either small mystery boxes for £2.99, or in packs of 4 for £9.99.

My boys had lots of fun with their minifigures.

The Disney Crossy Road collection is available online, and also from Tesco, Asda, Toyrs R Us, Smyths, and Argos.

And if your kids love watching other people open toys and surpise eggs etc, then there are also some great unboxing videos over on Moose Toys, which my boys also enjoyed too!

Happy collecting!

 

 

 

Schleich Wildlife New Forest Playsets

My five year old is a big lover of animals, and animal toys, so it goes without saying that he is a huge fan of Schleich products. I must admit, so am I, their quality always astounds me. Last week we discovered that Schleich had bought out a new range of play sets, so we thought we would road test one of them; The European Forest Dweller Play Set.

It consisted of a wild boar, a red deer, and a fox. They all live in the forests of Europe. My five year old loved them, and of course the animals ended up having a fight! Of course!

These animals have been subjected to an awful lot so far here with us; Show & Tell at school, Scooby Doo adventures, sandpit adventures, and have travelled a lot of places with us. They are definitely a big hit. These animals are aimed at 3-6 years and cost £13.99.

If the forest play set isn’t your kind of thing don’t fret, there are many more sets to choose from. They have three categories of play sets; Wild Life, Farm World, and Eldrador. The first two are pretty self explanatory really, but Eldrador…it’s dragons! (This set is aimed a little higher in age range at 5-8 year olds). Prices range from £9.99 through to £14.99.

If you haven’t given Schleich a try yet you most definitely should, you won’t be disappointed!

Scooby Doo Mystery Minis Range

We are huge fans of Scooby Doo here! Both of my boys love it. We watch it, we read it, we play it! We’ve even had a Scooby Doo themed party which I’m sure you saw in October last year over on my Instagram! We have a lot of Scooby Doo toys, one of our favourites is the Scooby Doo Mystery Of The Frighthouse Playset. It’s fab!

My boys love creating their own adventures, and the Scooby Doo Mystery Minis range has further added to their Scooby fun! There are some really cool monster-catching vehicles in this range, which come with a 2.5″ action figure included. There are three different ones to choose from; Monster Trawler, Monster Catcher, and Monster Motorbike (all including a figure). We have the Monster Catcher with Fred. These are £9.99 and well worth the purchase!

We had a lot of fun using it with the Fright House set we have!

We have lots of the 5″ figures, probably more than we should have, but we have a whole lot of love for Scooby Doo and friends (& villains),  so we were really excited when Scooby Doo Mystery Minis Figures came out. They sell them in packs of two for £4.99. My boys loved them! There are six different packs to collect and they include the Mystery Crew and a selection of villains.

We paired our Minis with our playset again, it kept them occupied for hours, and they actually shared!

There are so many great items within the Scooby Doo range from Character; stackable soft toys, goo pod figures, playsets, and so many more.  Go and have a look!

Scooby FTW here!

 

 

Kazoops On Cbeebies

We are huge fans of Cbeebies here, and have been for a very long time, even at aged 4 and 6 my boys still love the shows on there. I think the catchy music always helps! My boys love the show Kazoops, and I’m guessing yours do to if they’ve seen it? Today the first episode in a new series airs, and we’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak preview before it airs later today.

If you’ve not heard of Kazoops before here’s a little background info; Monty Kazoops is a little kid with a huge imagination and has a sidekick (pet pig) called Jimmy Jones. They use their imagination to try and solve problems, which in itself is one of the reasons I love this programme so much. Cultivating imagination is a massive plus side with any show in my opinion.

I think it is great to see a show that is so relatable and isn’t all about magic, but has some element of real life applicable skills in there. This episode in particular is about solving a problem with daydreaming, and I thought it was great, and very encouraging for young minds. I won’t spoil it for you though, so make sure you go watch it today at 16.20 or on BBC iPlayer if you’re unable to. We have set ours to record each episode just incase we aren’t in to watch it, to avoid tears!

Happy Kazoops watching!

 

DC Super Hero Girls

 

If your kids are looking for a new action packed series to start watching, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls.

DC Entertainments latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Hero’s and follows them on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. You will love how dynamic the characters are, and there is definitely a character for everyone to relate to, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun. It is a very empowering series, and is full of girl power. The world needs some of this right now! There are also boy characters in the series, so it’s definitely not just aimed at females. It is a great series, and definitely appeals to both genders.

DC Super Hero Girls have their very own YouTube channel which makes it very easy for our children to watch their favourite characters on-demand and from any device.

DC Super Hero Girls also have the ultimate online experience for your children. It includes games, free downloads, printables, and various other activities, go take a look, you’ll love it (and so will your kids!). The site is so easy to use and mobile friendly, but they do have an app version too.

DC Super Hero’s are also running  great giveaway, so go ahead and enter for your chance to in £100!

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Add DC Super Hero Girls on to your kids to-do list, they will love it!

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National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

This weekend we were extremely honoured to be invited to visit the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham to explore their Ancient Oceans event. We love the Sea Life Centre, and it never ceases to amaze us, so with the added lure of Dinosaur Detection it was a great day out.

The Ancient Oceans event is running until 21st February, and takes you back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the land, and fearsome creatures lurked in the depths of the bubbly blue. There are challenges to complete and secrets to discover which can be exchanged for a Dinosaur Detective certificate at the end, plus a Sea Life Centre medal. There are lots of different activities going on during the event, and you’re also given a timetable for the centre at the admissions desk.

One of our challenges was to keep a look out for seven bones as we made our way around the centre. We had a sheet with the bones on and a sheet of numbered stickers to add on once we discovered them on the  journey around. My two boys (three if I include my husband) loved this.

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Our first port of call was the penguins. There is a big wall of frost and ice as you reach the penguins, and my boys love leaving their handprints on there, it’s a lovely way for the children to get a full-on sensory experience. The penguins always amaze my children, and being able to see them both on land and in the water is fascinating.

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As you make your way around the centre there is always something to look at. The floor to ceiling fish tank is amazing, and always captivates my three year old. There is also a rock pool area where you can get hands on with some sea creatures. My boys are usually too anxious to touch any of the sea creatures, but this time they decided beforehand they were going to be brave and touch a starfish, and my 5yo carried out his plans, the 3yo ran a mile.

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The coral cave also captured the attention of my children, it was so lovely being able to get so close to the fish, even this yellow fellow below!

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The Sea Life Centre has really taken interaction on-board in it’s structure. A favourite part for us was the Starfish area, my boys loved this. It’s a fantastic way to get up close and personal with these sea creatures. There are pop up domes to stand under, tunnels to climb through, and portholes to look through. They really enjoyed this part.

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The jelly fish are another part my boys loved. It’s great being able to get so close.

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During the Ancient Oceans event there are activities in a small room by the otter enclosure.  My boys loved discovering dinosaur fossils, and as a reward they were given a real shark tooth! These teeth are now their pride and joy!

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There are several fun interactive boards around the centre too, this one was a big hit with my 3yo!

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The 360 degrees Oceanic Tunnel is amazing at the Sea Life Centre. It’s such a wonderful experience, and my children and I are always amazed. They always look out for the giant sea turtle too!

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And, of course, at the end there is a mini soft play for the kiddies that always ends our trip well!

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Thanks for another great day out National Sea Life Centre Birmingham, we’ll definitely be back soon!

Ben and Holly Elf Tree Playset Review

My boys love watching Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, and I must admit I am a little partial to it myself too. I love Nanny Plum! We have a few Ben and Holly figurines and playsets so we were thrilled to be sent the Ben and Holly Elf Tree Playset recently to review.

The Ben and Holly Elf Tree Playset includes a rocking Woodpecker, Ben Elf’s bedroom, the workshop with trap door, and also the elf toy factory.  The playset also comes with Barnaby Elf and some furniture.

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The trap door part of the workshop went down a treat with my little boys. They had great fun placing Barnaby Elf on the trap door and watching him fall down into the elf toy factory below. In the elf toy factory section there is also a conveyor belt where you can push the ducks along, this is a great addition to the playset that both of my boys enjoyed.

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The rocking woodpecker created a lot of laughter in our house too, and my boys thoroughly enjoyed pretending to peck Barnaby’s furniture!

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This playset retails at £29.99, and is recommended for 3 years plus.

We have really enjoyed testing out this Ben and Holly Elf Tree Playset, and would highly recommend it!

Peppa Pig Weebles Pull-Along Wobbily Train

We are big fans of Peppa Pig in this house, we have lots of figurines, and playsets so my boys were very excited to be sent the Peppa Pig Weebles Pull-Along Wobbily Train to test out!

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The Peppa Pig Weebles Pull-Along Wobbily Train was a big hit with my boys who are aged 3 and 4. The carriages clip together very easily and really promote fine motor skills.

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The Peppa Pig Weebles Pull-Along Wobbily Train also includes a special edition Peppa Pig Weeble with a lovely heart design. Weebles are great fun, they are figures that wobble but never fall down! We have purchase a lot of Weebles over the last five years!

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The Peppa Pig Weebles Pull-Along Wobbily Train has a recommended age of 18 months plus, but as you have read my boys loved it at ages 3 and 4 too. The Peppa Pig Weebles Pull-Along Wobbily Train retails at £17.99, and extra character Weebles retail at £4.99 each.

Peppa Pig Weebles Pull-Along Wobbily Train is great fun and worth the investment, we will definitely be buying some more Weebles characters soon to ride the train with Peppa!

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Dora and Friends Review (Sing-Along Summer)

My boys love Dora and Friends. They ask to watch the programme every single day, so we now have episodes recorded on our Tivo box as back up just in case she isn’t on Nick Jr. The songs in the programme are so catchy, even my husband sings them!

My boys were over the moon when they were asked to try out a new line of Dora and Friends toys from Fisher Price. The box actually made my 3yo squeal with delight! It’s definitely not just for girls!

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They loved the Dora and Alana dolls, and have had so many role-play sessions with them. They retail at around £10.99. They have removable shoes and clothes too, and also come with a plastic dog charm which fits onto a Dora Magic Charm Bracelet that are also available to buy in the new range.

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We received two charm bracelet sets. The Magic Adventure Charm bracelet came with 3 charms and a Dora figurine. My 3yo loved this. The charms are quite big and literally press onto the bracelet which I think is a really nice feature that promotes independence and strengthens fine motor skills. The other bracelet was a Dora Magic Charm Bracelet which is a replica of Dora’s. It also comes with two additional bracelets and some extra charms so that you can share it with your friends.

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Out of all of the toys we were sent I think this Dora Talk and Play Smartphone (rrp £9.99) was our favourite. My boys have loved playing with it. The phone lights up and has several phrases and tunes. It is just like the one Dora uses too.

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We’ve loved trying out some of the new range from Dora and Friends, and would highly recommend them!

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To celebrate the release of the new line of Dora and Friends toy range Nick Jr have launched their ‘Sing-Along Summer’. There will be a Dora karaoke booth visiting Sky Retail Stands in shopping centres and Smyths stores nationwide. Your little ones can sing and dance to a Dora and Friends song for the chance to appear on Nick Jr! Dora will also be there at some of them too!! The tour dates are below:

Symths Toys

Waterfields Retail Park, Watford (Dora Costume Character)  – 27th July

Westwood Cross Shopping Park, Thanet  – 28th July

St. David’s Retail Park, Swansea – 29th July

Crown retail park, Leeds (Dora Costume Character) – 31st July

Clifton Moor Retail Park, York (Costume Character) – 3rd August

Ravenhead Retail park, St.Helens  – 5th August

Halls Mill Retail Park, Bury – 6th August

Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend – 10th August

Glasgow fort shopping park, Glasgow (Costume Character) – 12th August

Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen (Costume Character) – 14th August

Sky Retail Stands

White Rose, Leeds  – 1st August

Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle  – 8th August

Bon Accord, Aberdeen – 15th August

We hope you have fun singing along with Dora!

 

Casdon Toy Chip n Pin Shopping Till Review

My 3 year old and 4 year old absolutely love roleplay. They love playing shops and market stalls, so you can imagine how excited they were to try out this new Casdon Toy Chip n Pin Shopping Till!

The Casdon Toy Chip n Pin Shopping Till is perfect for pretend play. The till is functional and has a working calculator. There is also a role of till receipt that can be scrolled and teared. The till has a pretend microphone attatched and a pretend bar code scanner too.

The chip n pin machine attached to the till also works, and each card provided has its own pin number. You have to enter the correct pin number in order for the light to turn green. I think this is a great feature. It really helps with numbers, memory, and also fine motor skills. My 3 year old did get a little cross trying to enter the correct numbers, but my 4 year old loved being able to use his bank card to pay for his food.

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The Casdon Toy Chip n Pin Shopping Till also comes with both plastic and paper currency, 4 boxes of pretend food, and also 3 pretend tins of food.

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This till is so much more than a toy! It really promotes cause-and-effect, and hand-eye co-ordination, and is such a fab way for kids to understand the process of shopping and paying for items.

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We have really enjoyed testing out the Casdon Toy Chip n Pin Shopping Till, and would highly recommend it to boys and girls aged 3 to 6.