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My little boy loves springy toys. So when I saw this large springy toy in Harpers Bazaar I had to get it for him. I was impressed with the fact that it was multicoloured as the bright colours are much more visually stimulating than the plain silver coloured ones. I paid around £4 for this springy toy. Which is a little more expensive than I have paid in the past. However, due to the fact that it was described as bigger I decided it was worth the extra money.
However, when I got home and opened the box I was a little disappointed with both the size and quality of this toy. Firstly, In terms of size it wasn't much bigger than the average springy. It was slightly longer, but not giant size like I had assumed it might be. The coloured springs were eyecatching, but what struck me was the cheap feel of the toy. The springy did not feel very springy at all. It was quite slack and didn't retain it's shape very well.
In terms of durability, it was quite poor. It tangled very easily and took ages to untangle between use. I found that my son became bored very easily and soon lost interest. The springy was not very impressive on the stairs and would just stop after about three steps. I think this is due to the fact that the springs are not strong enough.
In conclusion, I would say that this toy is not worth it's price tag. I am usually well impressed with Harper's bazaar toys. But I felt this springy was way of the mark. I have bought springys in a pound shop that have been far more durable than this one. Only saving grace for this toy was the bright colours, but that is about it.
My niece is at the age where everything revolves around imaginary play. She is two and loves to play games which involve pretend and imagination. So when I saw this in my argos catalogue for only £9.99 I thought it would be great for her birthday.
This product is manufactured by Chad valley. I have to say that I love Chad valley toys as in my experience, they offer excellent value for great quality items. This trolley is no different as I was very impressed with the quality of the items.
The trolley is hard wearing and realistic. The wheels are sturdy and manouvure easily. The trolley can be adjusted to two individual hights, so the toy can grow with the child. The fact that the trolley is red is also great, as it is not a typical boyish or girly colour so can be used by both sexes.
The trolley, I have found to be very sturdy. It is easy to wash over so it has kept in excellent, clean condition. The toy also comes with a variety of pretend food. I thought that the food was an excellent addition to this toy. It is certainly what my neice loves playing with the most. She loves to pile the food up and then I have to go into her 'shop'. Although this is fun, I have also found that it has promoted her learning as she is getting used to her colours and also counting.
Although the food has been used alot. Most of the products which are made from hard plastic have kept really well and in excellent conditon. However, the pretend cereal packets which were made out of cardboard, didn't last two minutes as they just fell apart.
I think this toy offers fantastic value for money. It is great fun and offers plenty of opportunities for promoting speech and imagination. Also it is very well made and offers peace of mind as it is very safe.
I would most certainly recommend this toy. excellent buy.
My son is a real lazy town fan. He knows all the characters off by heart and loves to pretend he is the show's hero 'sporticus' He was bought the Sporticus dressing up outfit last year, he wore it to death and so when I saw this Robbie Rotten dress up set reduced to £8 I decided to get it for him. Robbie Rotten is Sporticus's arch enemy and the bad villain of the show. I thought it would be good it would encourage his imagination.
However, the only thing this set encouraged were gasps of astonishment. Because, none of us could believe how rubbish it was!!!! Although it is described as a dressing up set there is only one item of clothing included and that is a waistcoat. There is also a wig. However, these two items are of such cheap and tacky quality that they were laughable for all the wrong reasons. The wig was has huge in size and was too big for my son and kept slipping off. Whilst the waistcoat was again too big and after wearing it once, went to the very bottom of his toybox, never to resurface.
The only saving grace within this set is a small periscope. My son has played with this a few times as it works really well. It is quite good quality and has a button on it which when pressed will play recorded sayings which 'Robbie rotten' says on the show. However, the voice on the periscope doesn't sound anything like Robbie Rotten and again I found that disappointing.
I have to admit, I found this set a huge letdown from start to finish. I have hand on heart, bought much better quality items from the pound shop. I think for the price, this set could have and should have been so much better in terms of quality of materials used. It looks to me to have been made as cheap and as quickly as possible for as much money as possible and I was really annoyed.
My son still occasionally plays with the periscope, but uses it when dressed in his pirate costume. He has never bothered with his 'Robbie Rotten' waistcoat or wig and to be honest, I don't blame him. My advice to anyone toying with the idea of buying this set is save your money as it is a load of rubbish!!
My nephew had these stacking em up cups for Christmas. I bought them for around £6. I must admit, I bought them as a little something extra. I didn't really asume he would bother with them much. But like children everywhere, the cheaper the toy, the more they love it. To be honest, He has played and played with these stacking cups and has had hours of pleasure out of them.
Basically the 'stacking cups' consist of eight different coloured plastic containers. They are made from nice chunky plastic. They also have a thicker layered rim of plastic around the top, which I found very clever as it allows young toddlers the opportunity to grasp the cup better. Although the general idea is that you stack the cups, there are also lots of other things that can be done. My nephew's favourite is lining them up across the floor and then picking them all back up. He also loves taking them in the bath. They suit bath time play perfectly because each cup has a small hole in the bottom to allow water drainage. My nephew loves to watch the water coming out. As he has gotten older he has found more complex uses and now tries to catch the draining water in another cup.
I do think this is an excellent educational toy. As it can be used to enhance a child's development as they are growing. I am hoping that as he continues to get older, we can use these cups in order to promote his learning of colours and counting. Whilst for now, these cups are really promoting his grasping skills.
One more thing regarding these cups. They are very strong and durable. They have been thrown around somewhat and apart from a few scratches are as good as new. Also I have noticed, that despite being in water a lot, these cups have not lost thier vivid colour and show no signs of fading.
For such a cheap price. (I believe some shops sell them for as low a price as £4) you are really getting an excellent toy. I would most certainly recommend them to anyone. I also think they would be a perfect toy for a creche or playgroup as they can be used for a number of activites and also because they are hardwearing and easy to wipe clean. All in all a great little toy!!!
This year, I booked for my family to stay in The Premier inn in Birmingham for the night before and after our summer holiday to Turkey. I had shopped around and found that it was cheaper to stay here and park the car for two weeks than it was to leave the car at the airport. It was a great decision, as we had a fantastic welcome and brilliant service which further added to our fantastic holiday experience.
On driving up to the hotel, I was impressed by the layout of the carpark. There seemed to be a great emphasis on security and all spaces could be observed from hotel rooms. As we arrived early on a beautiful August evening, I was thrilled to notice that there were lovely green lawns with wooden benches. Where you can sit and enjoy a beverage or two or three......(well, I was on my hols!!)
The hotel reception area was a nice size and well presented. There was only one person in front of us in the queue so we were seen to very quickly. The receptionist was very polite and friendly, making us feel welcome and appreciated. We were given the 'card' to our room and offered information regarding meal times and taxi availability for the following morning flight. I was very impressed that the receptionist offered to sort out our taxi reservation for us. Which she did efficiently.
The room itself, which was a family room. Was very impressive. It was large, clean and modern. The bathroom was bright and clean with a good amount of fresh towels. There was a large remote controlled television within the room also a telephone and kettle. There was also a kettle with complimentary tea and coffee. I was very pleased with our room. It more than met our expectations and offered a comfortable nights accomodation before our morning flights.
We all managed to have a very satisfying nights sleep. There was no noise from other guests at all. I also think that the fact you have to use your room key to get onto the actual floor is an excellent idea as it allows only guests to enter the actual floor they are staying on.
Our morning showers were great, with a lovely hot power shower. Also the availability of a hairdryer in the room was a bonus as it saved me from finding ours in the suitcase.
Our breakfast was fantastic. The breakfast buffet was available from 7 till 10. We were shown to our table by a very friendly waitress who was very efficient and accomodating. As a family we were so pleased with the breakfast on offer. There was such a huge selection to choose from. There were cooked breakfast options, toast, cereals of all kinds, crumpets, muffins, fruit, yougurt...the list was endless!!! and you could go up as many times as your appetite would allow. Also on offer was tea and coffee, hot chocolate, all juices and milk.
Not only was there food in abundance, but it was also cooked very nicely and served very warm which I am very fussy about. The restaraunt area was clean and airy and decorated in modern and bright colours. The waitress was on hand to offer any additional needs and even the cook came out to ask if our breakfast was enjoyable.
After breakfast we checked out. My husband had spotted a car parking space right at the front of the hotel. So this is where our car was parked for the duration of our two week holiday. The taxi the receptionist had ordered was very prompt and took us with no problems on the five minute journey to the airport. (which cost us £8). Our driver dropped us right by the airport doors. It couldnt have been easier.
I would certainly advise anyone who is flying from Birmingham airport to stay in this hotel. We found it amazing in terms of value and customer service. The hotel is very clean and accomodating and worth all of the five stars I am going to award.
I have just finished reading this book, after picking it up in my local library. I wasn't sure if it would be my 'Cup of tea' as I have never really paid much attention to Christopher Biggins. But I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. It is a really good read from start to finish. Allowing the reader to take a whistle stop tour of Biggins rather eventful life.
Biggins goes into a lot of detail regarding his upbringing and ordinary beginnings. Whilst I tend to get bored during the 'early years' of an autobiography, I found that this was not the case with this book. I found this book a real page turner from start to finish. I think this is because, the writing is so unformal and friendly. I also liked the humour within the book which is not annoyingly obvious but subtle and therefore in my opinion more funny.
Biggins is very honest throughout the book. He does not hold back when discussing his first marriage and then consequent acceptance of his sexuality. I found this very heartwarming and I believe he comes across as caring and respectful. I also love the way he describes his relationships with his parents and how early family life influenced the path he chose to take in his career.
I also found this book to prove quite nostalgic for me, as he talks about his tv career including children's tv programme 'safari'. I remember this programme when I was little so I felt I could relate to the text. He also talked about his role on 'suprise suprise' with Cilla Black. Which again took me back to Sunday nights when I was young. I loved the behind the scenes revelations he exposed regarding suprise suprise, I found them quite hysterical.
Biggins holds no bones, regarding his love for the expensive and finer things in life. He is openly honest that he has been less than careful in the past with his money as he has a passion for partying and champagne. He says he was always the last one to leave a party and he would go through money like water whilst he tried to keep up the lifestyle of a superstar.
The book ends with his take on his experience within the Im a celebrity jungle. (In which he was crowned the winner.) He is so enthusiastic in his retelling of this experience. Going into detail regarding the horrific trials he and his fellow celebs had to endure in the name of entertainment. His excitement and sheer appreciation regarding his win is evident and again I found his down to earth writing very heartwarming.
All in all I found this book very enjoyable. It is a very easy read as it's contents is very light and imformal. Whilst also being truthful and intresting. I would certainly recommend this book, If only for the few pages of delightful pictures. Which show a young biggins treading the boards, up to his crowning ceremony on Im a celeb. In my opinion this book is a must for any reader who enjoys an autobiography as it gives a real insight into the real christopher biggins.
My son loves Fireman Sam. It is without doubt his favourite tv programme. Infact, he doesn't bother with the tv much at all. But when he hears that catchy theme tune he is hooked.
I was in my local bargain store a couple of months back and found these fireman figures. I was quite impressed with the £10 pricetag. As that is only £2 a figure which I think is quite reasonable.
The five figures are presented together in a box. They include Fireman Sam, Penny (female firefighter), Naughty Norman price. Nurse Helen and the helicopter pilot. If Im honest, I think that this toy figure set could be so much more appealing. If some of the figures were changed to more prominant characters. I can't even remember a helicopter pilot being introduced in to Fireman Sam.
The figures themselves are small but big enough to play with and handle easily. They are made out of plastic and the quality of the figures is very good. The figures do have moveable limbs which my son found great as he could fit them into his fire engine. The fact that he could move thier legs to walk also made his game more realistic and further more encouraged his imagination.
My son has had a lot of use out of these figures. He continues to use them on a regular basis. Also when not in use he has them as decoration on his dressing table. I have found these figures to be very beneficial. I have noticed that my son plays more with these figures,as he can relate to the characters. He finds it very easy to think of scenarios in which to explore in his play with the figures. What I also love about this set is because they are small they can be packed into a small plastic container and take into the car or to relatives houses to prevent boredom.
Although these figures are great on thier own. I have found that my son has a much longer and more enjoyable game if he incorporates his other toys. Such as his police car and Fire engine. There are no props included in the figure set.
I do believe that this box of figures is well worth the money and a great toy for little boys who love Fireman Sam. It encourages role play, use of vocabulary and also motor skills when holding and moving the figures. I also like the fact that this toy can be shared and therefore promotes taking turns and listening to others.
I personally think it is a great figure set to buy. My son has certainly had his use out of it. I think the cost of the set is excellent when I now consider the amount of time my son has enjoyed with these figures. They are great to look at and very sturdy. My son can get a bit over animated when playing and has banged the figures against the floor on a couple of occassions. However, there is still no evidence of any chips or marks in the plastic.
So all in all a great set. Well worth the money and I would certainly recommend.
With the recent spell of good weather, I raided my shoe cupboard in order to pull out the summer sandals. I am a self confessed shoe a holic. And whilst being a dedicated follower of fashion, I have a problem. I just can't wear heels. The heart is willing, but as soon as Ive walked a couple of yards. I give up. I find them so dreadfully uncomfortable. This is where wedges are my saviour as I find I can wear these with no problems at all.
Whilst browsing through the New look site, I came across these gorgeous cork wedge sandals. I loved the appearance of the cork heel with the detail of the leather look strapping. I thought this style to be very chic and also quite heavily inspired by the 70's era.
The sandals came in a variety of colours including black, white and gold. However, I have to say I thought the brown looked far nicer as I thought the white ones looked quite cheap. I found that New look had a great selection of sizes to choose from. My size was readily available and arrived within a couple of days.
I have worn these sandals quite a lot. I find them quite comfortable. Although the leather look strapping detail at the front of the shoe does tend to rub slightly. These shoes are very well made. I feel that they have great support in the arch and I feel that due to the ankle strap, I feel safe and secure when walking in them.
One thing I love about these shoes is that they can be worn to suit most occasions. They can be worn with jeans for a casual day time look. Or worn with a skirt for a more sophisticated evening look. I have worn these sandals quite a lot. during the day and evening. I have found that I recieve great comments about them. When wearing them, I do feel more confident. They make me look and feel taller which certainly gives me a spring in my step.
I don't like wearing slippers when Im in the house. I usually walk around in bare feet in the summer months. However due to the fact that I have laminate flooring, I find in the Winter my little tootsies get rather cold. This is when I reach for my trusted totes slipper socks.
These genius socks have been around for atleast two decades. I know this, as I first had a pair in my Christmas stocking when I lived at home. What is so fantastic about these socks is the fact that they have rubber pads on the sole of the sock which grips to the floor and prevents any slipping on surfaces.
These totes come in a variety of different sizes and colours. There is most certainly a design to suit all needs and tastes. They are not cheap. Infact they can be quite expensive at nearly £7 a pair. I believe the price of these totes can be as high as £10 from some retailers. So I would suggest to shop around in order to find a better deal.
Now, there are many companies that have jumped on the totes, slipper socks concept. Infact, you can pick up a pair of slipper socks for around £3 in stores such as matalan and Primark. However, in my opinion, these socks are no comparison to the quality and durability you get when purchasing Totes. Totes, offer a sock which will withstand washing, whilst retaining it's shape and quality. Whilst in my experience cheaper brands become sloppy and fall apart within a few washes. So you do get what you pay for.
If I had to find any negative points in the Totes slipper socks it would be that after a few washes, the rubber pads on the soles begin to crack and split. Thus hindering their ability to prevent grip. This is quite irritating, when you consider that they are quite expensive to buy. However, the warmth and comfort of the socks can still be appreciated under a pair of boots in the winter months.
All in all, I would recommend these socks. Yes there are cheaper immitations on the market. But for me these socks offer good quality and durability. They are very comfortable, warm and easy to slip on and off. I have always used these totes and I will continue to do so for a long while to come.
My five year old son loves imaginary play. He is always dressing up as a policeman or a soldier, so I thought this fireman outfit would be ideal when I saw it in the early learning centre. The first thing that attracted me to this item was the fact that it looked really authentic. It certainly looks just like a fireman's costume with the black and yellow jacket. and high visability, yellow trousers.
To the touch the materials of this outfit. Felt thick and well made. It doesn't look cheap and the stiching is well presented. I was keen to check the seams and stitches as I have been caught before by cheaper versions of fancy dress clothes that rip on first wear. However, this costume did appear to be alot more robust.
The cost of this outfit was around £12. Which I believe is fairly reasonable for a fancy dress costume. You can get costumes alot cheaper from bargain stores. However, I believe that on most occasions you do indeed get what you pay for. The authentic appearance, coupled with the good workmanship, certainly made me feel that this costume was worth the £12 price tag.
My son was thrilled when he recieved this costume. He is an average size 5 year old and the costume fitted him well. There is an elasticated waist on the trousers, which not only provided comfort but was also easy to pull down when needing the toilet. The jacket was also very well made. I noticed that it gave my son plenty of room in which to move around freely whilst playing. The jacket seemed to have alot of strength within the workmanship. So no unsightly rips, despite, climbing and reaching within the game.
I also loved the fact that this costume could easily be wiped down with a clean cloth. Due to the shiny material used. So it didn't need to go through the wash all the time. This saved me alot of work.
What, I don't like about this costume is the fact that you have to buy the hat and the fire extinguisher seperately. I wish you could pay one price and have the whole set. I think when your paying £12 for an outfit it should atleast contain the most important part of a firemans uniform 'the hat.' I found this let the product down quite a lot. I was most disappointed in the fact that this set did not include a helmet. My son has a fireman's helmet already, but I am sure most little boys would be most disheartened to find their fireman costume has no helmet.
So in conclusion, I would say that although this is a lovely, good qulaity fireman costume. It does lose points because it has no hat and no accesories to promote the role play of the game. Which I feel lets the product down quite a lot especially when you consider the considerable price tag.
I am a real fan of Gok Wan. No only do I find him very confident and inspiring, but also I always say he is someone who I think is genuine and comes across as a really nice person. However, I was intrested to get my hands on this book. I wanted to see if the persona that is portrayed on our TV screens of this fashionista is a true reflection on the real person.
Gok Wan is a tv presenter and fashion guru. Who travels the country in order to make women feel more confident in the clothes they wear and the choices they make for their style. Gok is brilliant in making women of all sizes feel more sexy and liberated. He has presented successful shows such as 'how to look good naked' which again is all about empowering women and their body shapes.
After reading this autobigoraphy, I was amazed to discover that Gok was a 'fat ' child who grew into an even 'fatter' adult. Infact, he talks alot about his issues with his size throughout the book. He is totally honest and sincere when he is recalling the torment and angst he felt at being obese. This led him to have a very serious eating disorder. Which nearly claimed his life.
The book is very emotional. Although there is also great humour within the text which contrasts greatly with the more serious issues and therefore balances out very well. It doesn't feel like a heavy, downbeat book. It is a real page turner, and I found it very difficult to put the book down until it was finished.
The book starts by recalling Gok's childhood. I love the easy going wording which makes me hear Gok's voice in my head as if he is reading the story to me. I like this element of a book as it makes it seem more genuine and sincere. Gok recalls his childhood with great affection. His dad owned a Chinese restaraunt. Consequently he didn't see his father very much as he was always working. Gok tells great, amusing stories of his childhood. Which makes for amusing and lighthearted reading. I usually find the 'childhood' part of autobiographies boring. But I found in this book, that the story moved forward well, also he uses great discriptive ability, which helped keep my imagination engaged.
The most intresting and compelling part for me was the part of the book where Gok goes to college to study Drama. His drama teacher sees the raw talent in Gok, she is obviously a very significant person in his life as she was able to see his potential and encourage him to work hard. He did indeed, go on to be accepted for a university place to study performing arts and teaching combined. But it is the pressure of this course, combined with his weight issues and being away from home. That spark deep issues which truly affect his health and well being. I found this area of the book very dark. It is quite difficult to read about such a vibrant personality in this way. However, I find it very encouraging how honest he is through the text. He doesn't mince his words and I feel this would ring true to many people who have suffered with eating disorders and mental health issues in the past.
Also Gok talks openly about his sexuality within the book and how he was unable to accept the fact that he was a gay man in the beginning. Not because he was ashamed but because he was scared at the reaction he may have if his parents found out. I found his openess regarding his struggle with coming to terms with his sexuality both honest and heartfelt.
The book flows nicely through the progressing stages of Gok's life. How his one job as a makeup advisor in the body shop. led him to where he is now. Basically he is a real blagger and I love the fact that he has used very little opportunity to strive and shout and scream until sommeone took notice of him and turned him into the star he is today.
I loved this book. It was even better than I anticipated it to be. I would most certainly reccomend this book to anyone as it is a thoroughly good story which left me feeling inspired by this normal lad's ability to turn negativity in his life into ambition and success..Fantastic!!
I was browsing through amazon last year, when I came across an item that nearly knocked me over with nostalgia. The Rubik's cube. For a person like me who grew up in the 80's I remember the phenomenon that flooded the uk when this small and ordinary looking cube of 36 coloured squares first came out.
Every Saturday morning tv programme of this era, worth it's salt. Would have some geeky, bespectacled child on who could complete this mind boggling puzzle in a matter of seconds. Everyone in my class had a rubik's cube on their Christmas list and the talk in the yard would be who was the quickest at completing this puzzle.
The basic rule of this game is that you have to get each side of the six sided cube to have the same colour. So one side should be totally red, another blue etc. You can try and achieve this by twisting the interlocking cube. It sounds pretty easy and straight forward, until you pick a cube up and start playing. I have not a clue when playing this game. I always twist the sections and end up in a mess!!
Now, I know that this game was popular when I was a kid, but I was dubious to buy this for my daughter. Would she love it's retro appeal? or would she think I had gone bonkers and confess to her friends via facebook that 'omg!!Mum has lost the plot.'
I decided that I would risk the possible humiliation and buy it. I payed around £8 for this cube and was very impressed with this price. Considering that this hand held game can provide hours of amusement.
When first holding the rubik's cube. I thought that it felt lighter than I remember, in a way somewhat cheaper. However the twisting mechanism was strong and precise.
My daughter was not particularly impressed. She had a turn and then left it on the coffee table. However, it didnt stay there for long, as my husband was very excited by this blast from the past. He infuriatingly spent the evening slumped on the chair. Twisting, swearing and generally getting more and more frustrated by this little cube. His macho pride would not let him give up and indeed after a few hours he had completed the task.
Basically this rubik's cube may not be electronic, interactive or sound activated. But for good honest amusement and fun, I think Rubik's cube ticks all the right boxes. It encourages logical thinking and also helps to develop a sense of methodical problem solving. In a time when most activities involve being zombied out in front of a screen, I think this dear ole Rubik's cube is a breath of fresh air.
The cube itself, can be stored easily in a handbag as it requires very little storage space. It makes no noise so can be played without bothering others. It is great for hand eye coordination. Especially when trying to complete the puzzle in a fast time.
My daughter has since, played and completed the Rubik's cube. Whilst on a flight to Turkey last summer. She thoroughly enjoyed the puzzle. It certainly captured her attention for the duration of the flight. What tickled me was the comment she made to me later. 'mam what's this new cool game? it's class!' which proves that sometimes the oldies are most definately the goodies. x
I bought this bob the builder set for my son last year. I payed around ten pounds for this set which I thought was fairly reasonable considering it is a well branded toy. This set is great for any budding builders. It comes in a very handy and sturdy plastic tool box. Inside the box is a variety of tools such as hammer, screws and saw. There is also a very durable yellow hat. Just like Bob's.
Initially my son was very impressed with this toy. I found that this toy helped encourage his ability to engage in role play. His imagination was promoted loads when using this toy. I have to be honest though. I found that the tools in this box were quite limited and my son was often asking for certain items that weren't included. For example a tape measure. I ended up buying and adding alot of other childrens building items to this set.
I do feel that the items in this set are very chunky and great for gripping. However, my son became quite bored with this toy as even though he has only just turned five I feel he thought this set was quite babyish. I bought him a black and decker childs set with a work bench and I found these tools to be of a far more realistic effect to them.
I would have to say that I have seen far better tool sets around for children. I don't particualrly think that this set is worth it's ten pounds price tag. I do think that it is lacking a few basic items which would promote a better playing experience. (such as a spanner and tape measure.)
What I did like about this set though was the size. It is quite compact and therefore does not take up a lot of storage space. It is also light enough for little ones to carry around with ease. It is also sturdy and hard wearing. My son is quite heavy handed (like most young boys) unyet this set has witheld quite robust useage.
So in conclusion. I do feel that this set has some good points in terms of quality and durability. However, I do feel it is lacking in it's abilty to keep a child entertained for a long period of time. I feel it is a good set on which to add items too. So Bob? can you fix it?...... well i may need a few more tools before I can!!
My niece is two and loves coming to my house as I love any nonsense and will spend hours role playing with her. One day we will be princesses in a tower, another day nurses in a busy casualty and on others we imagine we are busy mums cooking tea and looking after the house. (not such a stretch for my acting ability beings as I am a busy mum!)
One toy that gets used again and again is the marks and spencers Mummy and me tea set. What a wonderful toy to use as a prop for our imaginary games. Basically this plastic, brightly coloured tea set comes in a big transparent plastic tea pot. The set is excellent in both quality and quantity. At £12 it is a real good buy and in my experience we have more than had our money worth in terms of playtime with this toy. Within the set is cups, saucers, spoons, small plates and a gorgeous little cake which is divided into four pieces.
This toy ticks so many boxes on the child development front. Not only does it promote imaginary play. But it's bright colours and chunky plastic accessories helps my neice to use her fine motor skills to perform tasks such as putting sugar in the tea and stirring it. I also love the fact that through play I can see her benefiting educationally from playing with this set. Her counting is put to the test, when I ask for two sugars or three pieces of cake. I find it is far more effective than when we do more structured counting activities.
I think this tea set is great as it can be used by both boys and girls. The colours of the items are bright and stimulating but not too feminine. My son is five he is often drawn into a game with us as he is not offended by these brightly coloured cups and saucers. I know for a fact if these cups were pink he wouldn't be seen for dust!!
The cups, saucers and other items in the set are of a very good, durable quality. They have been used so much and washed a few times. They maintain their brightness of colour very well. Although there is slight scratching on the cups, it is still in excellent condition. I honestly think this tea set would be ideal for use in a creche or nursery setting. As it is robust enough to withstand heavy use.
The only thing that I am not so keen on is the large teapot it all comes in. It is rather large and takes up quite alot of room in storage. Also my niece insists on taking this teapot on her travels. This can be a real pain as it takes up alot of room in the car and is quite big to carry. Whilst I love the quirkyness of this set being placed in a large tea pot. In reality I would find this set far more practical if it were in a little bag or case.
All in all though this toy is a real winner. Especially for pre school children. It has so much to offer in a toy. It is not only fun but has so much to offer in terms of promoting language and physical development. So in short it's a Fab toy. Full marks!
I love hot chocolate, but it is a drink that I very seldom make at home. I always end up with half an out of date jar in the back of the cupboard. So these option sachets are ideal. I have been purchasing these sachets of hot chocolate for quite some time now. But I have to say I never tire of chosing which options to buy. There are options for every palate. I particularly love the chocolate orange and mint chocolate flavours. I find that they offer that little something special. Although they are not too overpowering or sickly.
These chocolate option sachets are so easy to use. You just open the sachet, empty into mug and add water. They are quite sweet, so generally do not need any sugar added. I love the thick and frothy texture of this hot chocolate. However, it is light on the stomach and very satisfying. It's chocolate flavour is quite rich and strong. Which is complimented excellently by the hint of flavours that are added. I am a particular fan of the chocolate orange and find that the undertone of quite tarte orange flavour against the rich full flavour of the chocolate, makes for a perfect and delicious combination.
I am always very impressed with the value for money when it comes to this product. I have five sachets in my local store for £1. I feel this is excellent value as the product is of an excellent quality and in my opinion much nicer and smoother in taste than some more leading brands.
As I have explained previously I prefer to stock up on the little sachets as I can have a variety of flavours. However, if you are particularly fond of one flavour then you can buy a large jar. I havent done this so I am not sure of the cost.
Another excellent reason to enjoy these options is they are low in calories (around 40 calories per mug) and work well if you are on a diet and fancy something to curb a sweet craving.
These sachets are so handy for carrying in your bag. Great for a luchtime drink at work.
All in all I would most certainly recommend these option chocolate highlights. They tick all the boxes for me. They are delicious, cost effective and low in calories. All I want now is the male model in the options advert and bingo!! im in heaven.