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My son has recently got into Thomas the Tank Engine in a big way. He's two and a half and he has got a thing about trains. It all started with visiting a train museum whilst on holiday in Norfolk where he was mesmerised by all the trains and carriages. We bought some Thomas trains for my daughter when she was little so we dug those out and it was like all his birthdays had come at once. Since the collection was quite small we decided that he could choose some extra trains to go with the ones we already had.
On a recent trip to a famous toy store we found the Thomas take 'n Play section. There we spent a little too long choosing which engine he could buy. Finally he chose Hiro and his wagon. Very happy with his purchase (which had to be opened the minute we got in the car) we came home. Hiro has now been added to the collection and is also a firm favourite and comes everywhere with us - school run, shopping, friends houses and any journeys that need the car.
Anyway, let me tell you about the product:
Hiro is made from die-cast metal. He is painted black with some gold stripes on his engine. Hiro has red wheels. He also comes with a carriage. Hiro has a magnet at the front and at the back so that you can attach other magnetic trains or carriages to him. The carriage also has a magnet on each end.
Hiro measures 5.1 x 15.2 x 14.6 cm
Despite the fact that the train is made of metal there are no sharp sides or edges that could cause harm to small hands. He is very robust and withstands other trains crashing into him!
Hiro was the first steam engine on the Island of Sodor and was known as the 'Master of the Railway.' He is one of the oldest engines on the island.
We bought Hiro for £6.99 which I know is cheaper than in most shops. We tend to go to the Entertainer for Thomas toys as they are discounted. Hiro normally sells for around the £10 mark and I do think he is worth the money.
There is not much else I can state about Hiro - he is an excellent addition to my sons collection and he enjoys playing with him. I would recommend Hiro to anyone whose children are into Thomas
My daughter is not really into baby dolls or any dolls that are baby like - she does like Polly Pocket but apart from that is more of a Lego fan. Last Christmas my brother got the three young girls in our family (my daughter and my two nieces) a LalaLoopsy doll each. All three girls are very close in age and like to get the same things hence the dolls. My daughter got the Bea Spells a Lot (the others were all very pink and girly which she does not like).
I have to say she liked the doll as her cousins all had one to but since then it has stayed in her toybox. I personally think this is a shame as it is a lovely doll and not at all baby like but other than play with her myself she does not get much use in our house.
A Little About what LalaLoopsy Dolls Are
The dolls originally come from America in 2010 and are actually a plastic rag doll. They were originally called Bitty Buttons but soon changed name after their launch. Their tag line is "Sew magical - Sew cute". Each doll has a theme that reflects the fabric that they were 'sewn' from. The idea behind them is to show children that everyone is different and that being different is a positive feature.
The blurb about the dolls is:
'Lalaloopsy dolls are dolls that magically 'came to life' from the fabric that was used to make them.'
The Doll - Bea Spells a Lot
Bea Spells a Lot is made of hard plastic - including her hair!
She is 33cm tall and weighs 1.4kg (the head is quite heavy!)
The information with the doll says:
'Bea Spells-a-lot is a real smartypants, because she's made out of pieces from a school girl's uniform. She always follows the rules, apart from when it's time to be quiet - she's a complete chatterbox! Lalaloopsy dolls come to life, taking on the personality of the fabrics they were made from. The Lalaloopsy Bea Spells-a-lot Doll is made from plastic and fabric and comes with a cute pet owl.'
The doll does look very pretty and is easy to hold even though her head has a habit of flopping from one side to another. Her hands and feet move and you can almost make her sit down - her legs do not angle enough to make her sit properly. Her clothes are removable and you can now buy different outfits for her.
Her features are quite eye catching and although she seems to be missing a nose she stills looks endearing.
Her pet owl is also quite cute but in our house is prone to get lost!
Play in our House
As I've mentioned my daughter does not play with this doll as she's just not into this type of doll (however, she does love the mini lalaloopsy dolls and accessories). This does not mean that the doll is not a good toy as I think it is. It can be played with just as you would play with any other doll. The only main limitation is that she does not sit properly which is a bit annoying when she is invited to a tea party as she keeps toppling over.
My daughter did like the fact that you could take her clothes off and replace them, hence the clothes are still used.
A well made doll which has a lovely little story behind it. The doll is attractive and had an endearing face. The clothes are removable so they can be washed and as the doll is plastic it can stand up to some heavy playing. The doll is a good size at 33cm and can be held easily my small hands. The legs and arms do move and have to look of 'dangling' just as a rag doll dangles.
The main con is that the doll does not sit down. The doll is quite expensive really and had my daughter liked it I would wait until they are in a sale or on offer as they retail for around £25 give or take. Other than that nothing really!
Would I recommend?
I would recommend this doll to anyone who has a child who wants something a little more grownn up from their dolls. She's not a baby doll which may put some children off. However, I think that she is lovely. The doll is sturdy and well made. It is nice that she has her own personality and her own identity. The plastic is very thick and will withstand some accidental falls.
Overall, despite the fact that my daughter does not really take an interest they are lovely dolls and would make a great addition to any child's toybox.
About a year ago my daughter suddenly changed from wanting to only play with her Ben 10 toys to wanting something a little more 'girly'. She did not want baby dolls or Disney princesses and after a visit to her older friend she came home asking if she could have some Polly Pockets.
Now I remember Polly Pockets from when I was little and they were tiny and I do mean tiny. They were the size of a the top of my little finger and came with these cool, foldable houses etc. So, off I went to try and find some for Christmas. Well, I was very surprised to find that Polly was now actually quite big! She was bigger than my middle finger and the accessories that came with her did not fold up into my pocket!!!
I thought it best to start with a few basic dolls and one or two accessories and this was when I founf the Polly Pocket Adventure Island Pack reduced to £9.99 in Tesco so I picked one up, wrapped it and then Father Christmas bought it.
My daughter seemed delighted to get this and wanted to play with it straight away. Having opened to box and tipped it on the floor we then tried to assembly the product. I have to say it was quite fiddly to do and took a little while to make sure the pieces all stayed together in the correct place. Whilst assemblying this product we noticed that the plastic was quite flimsy.
However, my daughter did like it and straight away started to play with it. She did add water to it and luckily the pack actually comes with a Polly Pocket as well.
Anyway, time to talk about the actual product:
The set features the following:
1 Polly Pocket
Table and chairs
Once put together the set measures 2.4inches x 12.10inches by 10.10inches.
As I've mentioned the set requires assembly as all the parts need to be put together. The first thing we put up were the palm trees but first we put on the leaf where the monkey spins. The trees have to be pushed in until they 'click' and once in they are extremely difficult to take out. We then put the arch up and this too has slots on the base which is the 'hot tub'. Unfotunately these are not as sturdy as the palm trees and once we attached the hammock they did keep falling down.
Then at the front you can click in the dolphin. There is an area at the front of the hot tub to place the table and chairs.
Then you are ready to go!
Playing with the Set
There are several features on this playset.
1. You can place Polly and the monkey on each of the leaves attached to the palm trees and then spin them down the trunk. The dolphin apparently is able to tip towards the winner (although this has never worked in our set)
2. You can place Polly in the Hammock and swing her in there.
3. Polly can sit at the table drinking her cocunut juice.
4. Polly can relax in the hot tub - you can add water to this.
5. When Polly dips her hair into the hot tub it changes colour (this was the highlight for my daughter and she loved watching the hair change and then go back to it's original colour). The water does have to be very cold for the hair to change.
Playing in our house
Having now bought quite a collection of Polly Pocket items and playsets this one is quite poor in quality and in what you can actually do with it. At the moment my daughter loves putting her dolls into water and so this is used from time to time but only because it has a 'bowl' shape.
When it was first opened my daughter did try the features explained but the novelty soon wore off and it was left in favour of other Polly Pocket accessories that Father Christmas had bought.
She does still play with the doll and does really like the fact that the hair changes colour altough it does take a while for it to dry!
We feel that this set lacks the quality that you would expect from Polly Pocket. The set also does not compact down as other Polly Pocket accessories do which makes it very awkward to store and to transport.
The set is quite colourful and the characters are quite endearing. Polly wears a nice outfit and her hair changes colour. The added monkey is quite cute and is a nice extra in the set.
The set is quite flimsy and a pain to fit together. We had to put quite a lot of force onto the palm trees to make them fit. The hammock arch and hammock keep falling off. The set does not fold away as you would expect from Polly Pocket as this was the main premise behind her - as a result the set is awkward and putting it away is a pain.
I bought this in the sale for £9.99 and I think I was very lucky as it now retails at about £35 if you can find a stockist! I have to say it is not worth this price as at the end of the day it is quite flimsy and actually a little disappointing from the Polly Pocket range. I would suggest you save your money and buy something a strudier that will keep your little one entertained for longer.
Whilst waiting for In the Night Garden to come on we were channel hoping and my son suddenly yelled with delight. There on the television was Peppa Pig. We have now found something else that he enjoys so we can have a little break from Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy from time to time.
Well, my daughter was never into Peppa Pig and so we have nothing at all in the house about her. Whilst out shopping I spotted this book in a supermarket for £3 so I snapped it up. My son was delighted and now during our story and cuddle time will ask for 'The Pig' and out comes Peppa Pig Oink Oink.
The book is harback and it is a decent thickness.
DImensions: 20.8 x 20.4 x 1.2 cm
On the front is a large yellow button that when pushed makes an 'oink, oink' sound.
On the front cover are Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, Peppa and George.
The story is all about the things that Peppa loves and that make her say 'oink, oink'.
On eacch double page it explains what Peppa loves. She loves watching her favourite TV programme The Potatoes, she loves playing in the snow, she loves riding her bike, she loves going swimming but most of all she loves jumping in muddy puddles!
The idea is that as soon as Peppa says 'oink, oink' you press the yellow button and hear the noise yourself. I have to say that this is clearly the best bit for my son and if he could he would press it non stop!
The illustrations in the book are very like the TV programme and it is easy to recognise them all. There are lots of bright colours and the drawings are very bold.
To be honest my son does enjoy the book and as I've mentioned he really likes pushing the yellow button! I think one of the main things that he likes about this book and the whole Peppa Pig character is that her brother George has a dinosaur as his favourite toy and like a lot of young children my son loves dinosaurs. Luckily, George and his dinosaur do appear on one page of this book.
The story is very basic but it is aimed at very young children so this is not a surprise. There is enough detail in the pictures to entertain and my son certainly enjoys naming all the other objects on the page.
Although the yellow button is pressed very often it is not actually too loud and so in the general noise of the day I do not notice when my son is pressing it a lot!
Would I recommend?
I would recomment this book especially at a reduced price. It is true to the TV show and the characters look like they should. The small interaction of pressing the button does entertain and sustain interest. It is a sturdy book and a good thickness. The one issue that I would have is that it is quite a large-ish book and could be tricky for small hands to hold. My son often lies on the floor and reads the book as it is bigger than the average book.
Thank you for reading.
I've mentioned on here before that my 2 year old son is currently obsessed with the show In the Night Garden. We have sourced quite a few toys for him as it is very hard to get anything decent that does not cost the earth for any of the characters from the show. Our mini plush Iggle Piggle is 6 years old now as he was originally bought for my daughter.
Well after a good wash he has got a second wind and is being played with again.
Not everyone will be familiar with the show In the Night Garden so a brief synopsis may be needed.
In the Night Garden is a BBC children's show that is only shown in the Bedtime Hour (show is currently on at 6:20pm every night). It is aimed at toddlers (1-3 years of age I would say but officially it's till 5 years old). The programme features several characters who live in a magical land between dreams (you can only go there when you are going to sleep). You are taken to the magical land by Iggle Piggle on his boat and then the adventure begins. The main characters are Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and The Tombliboos. They don't really speak but have specific repeated noises of sounds (although Upsy Daisy does say a few words).
The actual toy - mini plush Iggle Piggle
As the title suggests this is the 'mini' version of Iggle Piggle.
He is 7 inches tall.
Iggle Piggle is well stuffed and actually very squishy! He is very soft and perfect for little hands.
In his hands he has his red fleecy blanket. The version that we have has the blanket stitched onto his hand and despite many tried by my children it has not come off!
Iggle Piggle is made from a soft, fleecy fabric. His feet are made from a red silky fabric.
It does say that the toy is from 18+ months but my son has been playing with him since he was about a year old with no detrimental affects. He is very well made and there are no seams that are overly visible. His eyes are stitched so there is no issue of them popping off.
Overall the toy is very well made and I would say of quite a high quality.
The best thing about this Iggle Piggle is that despite saying that it should only be wiped clean I have run him through the washing machine on a normal 40 degree wash and he still looks as good as new.
I have seen mini Iggle Piggle retail at many prices. However, I paid about £3.99 for ours but that was 6 years ago.
The Toy in Play
As I have mentioned my son does love In the Night Garden. Despite the fact that this is only a cuddly toy he does find him quite entertaining. He puts Iggle Piggle in his toy buggy and wheels him around, he makes him play with the other characters, he comes to bed with him and because he is quite small he carries him around or puts him into his backpack.
I would recommend this toy for younger children as it is easy for them to hold him. He is very soft and cuddly. As the blanket is secure I have no worries that it will be lost. The character is a realistic version of the one on the show so is very easily recognisable. Iggle Piggle is a lovely addition to any child's toy collection especially if they also love the show.
When my daughter was born six years ago we were keen to inspire her with a love of reading and of books. Both my husband and I are very keen readers and we have a house of books! Many of the books for little children are hardback and we wanted something that was a little more tactile and would not start to fall apart from constant chewing (my daughter loved to chew the corner of books!).
For her Christening my daughter was given a Taggie for her birthday and we had heard that they also made books. We looked in many bookstores but could not find one. Then we found out that John Lewis sold the Taggie rang and lo and behold when we went to their baby section and there was one Taggie book - Princess and it was not all pink!
Aside about Taggies
Taggies are mainly a large square piece of very soft fleece fabric that have 'tags' (looped ribbons) all around the sides. The idea was created as children like to play with labels and tags. They are meant as security blankets. They apparently develop children's fine motor skills. (However, my daughter just likes hers as a security blanket)
The Princess Taggie Book is made from fllece material on the cover and every alternative page. On the front cover is a princess mouse made with different fabrics and thus giving your child a tactile page to touch and feel. Turn over the page and there is a flower made with silky fabric and in the middle of the flower is a shiny fabric. Then we meet a printed onto fabric a princess rabbit. Turn over and there is another flower on fleece and on the next page we meet a printed princess kitten. The last fleece page has another flower - this time with fluffly fabric. The last printed princess if a mouse. On each printed page is a sentence describing the princess in the picture.
The book is super soft and on each printed page around the edge there are two tags on the top and two on the side. My daughter loved grasping these to turn the pages. Each tag is made from different ribbon and they are all different colours and textures.
The book is very tactile and easy for you children to hold. To be honest most of the time my daughter just loved hugging or chewing the book initially. However, at about 8 months old she started to look at the pictures and to turn the pages. This was her favourite book for a long time and because it was so soft and tactile it was easy to take with us when we went out as it was easy to fold into a bag.
The book can now be bought from many retailers and retails for between £3.99 - £7.99.
When we bought the book for my daughter it was fairly hard to find these books but now they are widely available. However, we were pleased with our purchase and my daughter spent many happy hours 'reading' it. The book is tactile and has bright colours that really appeal to younger children. As a bonus it is also machine washable which is great as we had to run it through the washing machine quite a few times and the book has come out looking as good as new.
I would say that this book is well worth the small investment and would recommend this to parents.
A great book that is tactile, visually stimulating and esy for little fingers to hold.
At the age of five my daughter announed that she wanted some proper games to play. So, she sat down one night and went through the argos catalogue. Everytime she came to something she liked she drew a big circle around it. One of the games she circled was 'Shark Chase' made by Hasbro.
About the Game
This is a board game. In the game there is a board that looks like a running track. There is a battery operated (it takes 2 AA batteries not proveded) shark that rotates on a pivot round the board. There are frour colour fishes and lastly two die with the four colours of the fish on them.
The idea of the game is very simple (although we did make it up as we went along as we were lazy and did not read the instructions!)Age recommended: 5+
*You need to place the shark on the dotted line along the track in the board.
*Each person chooses a fish and places it on the matching colour fish on the board.
*The oldest player is the dice thrower and during the game they throw the dice and call out the colours.
*When you are ready to start press the on/off switch that is located at the top of the shark. The shark will then start to move.
*The dice is rolles. Whichever colours are called out those fish move one space.
*You may only touch your fish to move it.
*After the fish have been moved the dice is thrown again and the colours called out.
*The idea of the game is not to be eaten by the shark as it advances around the board.
*If the shark's mouth covers a fish it is eaten and that player is out of the game. All eaten fish stay in the shark until the end of the game.
*Keep playing until only one fish remains on the board. The player who owns that fish is the winner!
That's about as complicated as it gets!
When my daughter got this game she wanted to play straight away and luckily we had some batteries at home. We dutifully sat down and played the game and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The game is quite fast paced and caused much panic - mainly from my daughter - when the shark was near your fish. I like the fact that there is no real 'skill' in this game which means that anyone can be the winner. This was a hard lesson for my daughter to learn as she's not a good looser!Overall I would recommend this game but I would not pay full price for it. It retails from £15.99 - £19.99. Luckily I found this at half price in Tesco during one of their sales as otherwise I would not have bought it as it's not worth the full price. We still play this game from time to time and even my 2 year old son now joins in!
Good family fun.
Another In the Night Garden book. A must for any Upsy Daisy fans.
My 2 year old son absolutely loves and I mean loves In the Night Garden and especially Upsy Daisy. She is by far his favourite character and is often used as a bribe to get him to do things!
In the Night Garden is a land where children can visit after they go to sleep. Here there are several enchanting characters who interact without actually talking. A narrator actually tells the story but there is still a lot of interacting.
If your child loves the TV programme then this book is great. It uses the 'real life' pictures for each of the characters and the settings.
Upsy Daisy Big Kisses is about Upsy Daisy going around the garden and giving everything a great big Upsy Daisy kiss! You need to life the flaps on each page to discover who actually wants a kiss!!!
This book is one of my sons favourites and because it links so closely to the TV programme he knows what the catch phrases are and the noises that everything makes. He knows the story so well that he can now join in and can 'guess' who is hiding behind the flap.
Great for a short bedtime story or for just sitting with your little one and having a good read.
I would definately recommend this book as it is colourful, easy to understand for toddlers and links in so well with the TV programme.
Like many little boys my 2 year old has just discovered Thomas the Tank Engine. Now every train we see that is blue is quite obviously Thomas! he's not too keen on the TV series but whenever we pass a toy of Thomas then he make a beeline for it.
As there is such a large range of Thomas to choose from we didn't want to waste our money by getting a toy that would amuse for a few minutes and then be forgotten about. However, before we decided on a Thomas to purchase we were clearing out my daughters 'old' toys and came across the Thomas 'Push n Go'.
Well, the moment myy son saw 'his' Thomas he was delighted and it has become one of his favourite toys. Rarely a day goes by when Thomas is not 'pushed' around the house or garden.
Now as a mum I want toys to last and be of a very good quality and I have to say Push 'N Go Thomas does not disappoint. It is a very sturdy toy and perfect for little hands - even when they are a little rough!
Thomas himelf measures 18cm in height, 19cm in width and 9.4cm in depth.
At the top of Thomas is the driver and again he is very sturdy and easy for little hands to hold onto. All you have to do is push down the driver and off Thomas zooms. I have to say that my son has had no problems at all in pushing down the driver himself (I know there are some people who have said that the driver is hard for little ones to push down) and off he goes to play.
Another big bonue and what also makes this a firm favourite is that no batteries are needed! Thomas just keeps going and going and going!
I have to say that we have certainly got our moneys worth out of this toy - my daughter had it and now my son has it and it still shows no real signs of any wear and tear. The wheels are still smooth, no paintwork has faded and the everything looks as good as new. A very well made toy.
To sum up I'm hoping that Thomas provides my son many more hours of fun and play. I have found this toy durable, well made and ideal for toddler hands. I would thoroughly recommend this product.
The Lakeland All Purpose Peeler was something that was recommended to me by an colleague at work. I had mentioned that my peeler of 10 years had finally given up the ghost and they pointed me towards the Lakeland All Purpose Peeler. I have to say I am not disappointed with my new peeler and would recommend it to others.
The Lakeland All Purpose Peeler comes in 4 bright colours lime/yellow, pink, orange and light blue. It is shaped almost like a horse shoe with the blade at the tip of the 'shoe'. It is made out of light weight plastic but is quite sturdy when you use it. The peeler has one blade at the end which is attached quite firmly.
The Lakeland All Purpose Peeler can be bought from Lakeland stores but is also available on their website for a very reasonable £1.99. If you do order on the website please remember that postage costs £2.99 for orders under £30.
I have to say I was a little dubious when I bought this as it looked very flimsy and was so light I thought that there was no way that it would stand up to it's claim of being all purpose. However, I have been pleasantly surprised. I have had the peeler for two years now and it is still as sharp as the day that I bought it! It glides through potato peelings even on lumpy potatoes. I have used it to peel orange peel, lemon peel, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and turnips to name a few and it has worked perfectly every time. It sits in your hand very comfortable and there is no need to twist your hand at all to peel anything.
Well, apart from all the reasons above I would seriously recommend this to anyone as it is inexpensive, easy to use, easy to clean and maintain and does the job for what it is made. What more could you ask for?
I have always suffered from dry lips and nothing has been able to stop them drying out overnight or during the day - well that was before I discovered Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm. This product is absolutely amazing! I would never now use another lip balm as this one does it all.
Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm is designed for 'long lasting relief for dry, chapped lips.' It was invented in the 1930's in the USA by Alfred Woelbing and the company is still run by the family to this day. History aside the product contains:
Petrolatum, Lanolin, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cocoo Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Paraffin, Camphor, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Aroma, Vanillin.
It comes in 7.5g pots and now in squeezy tubes.
With the pots you have to put some of the balm onto your finger and then apply it to your lips. With the tube you can put that straight onto your lips.
The actual balm itself is not that different in texture from Vaseline and actually looks the same. However, it does have a faint paraffin smell which you do not notice when you put it on your lips.
You can find this product in any supermarket, department or drug store. It mostly retails at around £2.69.
There have been new 'flavours' added to the range - cherry, mint and strawberry.
Why I would recommend
As I have mentioned before I really did struggle with chapped, dry lips before I discovered this lip balm. Now I put a bit of lip balm on in the morning and do not have to put any more on until bedtime. The balm soothes and moistens my lips throughout the whole day but does not feel too sticky.
When I do not apply this every morning and night I do notice that my lips feel very dry and it has now become part of my morning and bedtime routine. I really do recommend this product to anyone who has sore lips and it is amazing and after a few days use you really will notice the difference.
So, for lips that are lush and moisturised use Carmex!
I recently bought this for my 11 month old son as he was desperate to play on his 5 year old sisters slide which is a full size one. I saw this one for £14.99 with a 10% off code (company called Step2 UK) and decided that it was worth trying it out and I have to say I am not disappointed. My only problem now is keeping my two children off the slide long enough to get some food in them!
The slide is made out of very thick plastic and comes in quite a large box. On opening the box you will find 8 parts to make up the slide. The instructions recommend a drill but I found that a normal philips screwdriver did the job. There are instructions on how to assemble the slide which are very easy to follow and can be assembled by one person with the help of a 10 month old baby!
The slide weighs 16.9 lbs
Measures 21' x 26' x 26' (53.3cm x 66cm x 66cm).
Once the slide is assembled it is very sturdy and will take the weight of a not so slim lady!
There are two steps leading up to the top of the slide and they are quite wide and surdy. At the top of the slide are hand rails to help your child climb up. The slide itself is quite wide too and has a smooth rounded end at the bottom.
When not in use the slide does actually fold away. There is an arm under the slide from which you take the bolt out of and then it folds down. Obviously it does not fold to a tiny size but the stairs do tuck away quite neatl
On the box it states that the slide is for 2-5 year olds but my 11 month old uses it and is fine!
Where to Buy
As mentioned I actually bought this slide on a special offer on the Step2 website at £14.99.(postage and packaging £3.95) however it normally retails at that website for £69.99. I believe that Tesco also sell it.
As mentioned both my children love this slide. My now 11 month old needs a little help to get up the steps (his sister is always willing to help) and slides down with confidence. My 5 year old daughter also loves this slide despite the fact that she has her own 'grown up' one.
At the moment the slide is in our front room (it's quite a smallish room) as it is constantly raining and my two just wanted to keep playing with it. Both slide for ages and my daughter has even been known to eat her dinner at the top of the slide. We have also discovered it is quite a good car slide and both children love to see which toys can slide down it!
I have to say I am very impressed with this slide - I would not pay full price for it though - I like my bargains. Both my children can play on it and I am very pleased with how well it is made and the design is very good.
My son received this as a Christening gift when he was 9 months old. We use to have the older edition for my daughter but we could not find it so we were really pleased when he got this as my daughter loved playing with the eggs. Since our 'older' version there have been several improvements which we are very pleased with - infact my older daughter plays with these as much as her baby brother!
The six eggs come in a strong yellow plastic box. They are packaged in the same way that 'real' eggs are. The eggs themselves 'sit' in the bottom of the box whilst the top of the box covers the eggs.
You open the box by pushing a little latch style plastic button.
Once the box is open you see six white eggs with little faces on them staring at you! The eggs are all 'cracked' in half. When you take the top shell of the cracked egg off then you will discover a little chick underneath. The chicks (as do the faces) are six different colours - green, yellow, purple, pink, blue and orange. When you press the chick it makes a little 'chirp, chirp' which is more of a squeak really.
If you take the bottom part of the shell out there are shapes on the eggs that corrolate with shapes in the yellow plastic box for the eggs to slot into - heart, square, cross, triangle, star and circle. The bottom shells fit into these shapes and will need to be put in the corresponding shape otherwise the box will not close.
The dimension of the box is: 21 x 8.3 x 14.6cm
As mentioned my children both love this product and will happily play with it together. We also use it for my baby boy to play with when he is eating as it fits nicely on the shelf of his high chair and will keep him focused which means he eats well! My children love pushing the chicks to make them squeek and changing the faces around.
The plastic is very sturdy and despite being thrown from the high chair on a regular basis they are completely undamaged. The print on the faces has withstood several month of being licked and sucked and I have found that they are very easy to clean.
I'm afraid I do not go into the educational value of toys as I strongly believe that toys should be 'fun' and not have all this 'learning' attacted to them (I'm a teacher in the real world and think that outside of school children should relax and play). However, I know that some parents like the to know the educational value of toys so in this case you have colours to learn and match, shapes to match, hand-eye co-ordination and matching.
The eggs are suitable from birth but are rated as 12+ although I found that my children did play with them when they were about 4/5 months old. My daughter who is now 5 years old still plays with them and loves mixing up the colours of the faces with the colours of the eggs.
Where to Purchase?
We actually got this as a gift but they are readily available to buy from most larger supermarkets, Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Toy 'r Us and other good toy shops. The price as far as I have seen ranges from about £5.80 - £10.99.
I would thoroughly recommend this product as it is fun and children seem to really enjoy the simplicity of this toy.
This is a great baby walker that will provide fun for your baby.
My daughter had the older original version and loved it - unfortunately it got left in the garden and rained on! It was never the same again and we had to part company with it. Four years later I had my baby boy and remembered that my daughter loved this so, I tried to find one for my son. I was a little surprised as to how much it cost and did really shop around for the best deal.
Well, it is in use now as my son in 8 months old and can 'walk' around using this toy.
Requires 3 x AA batteries.
Age 6 - 30 months.
The walker is 45cm tall from the base to the top of the handle. It can be folded down when not in use but it is still a little bulky. It is made of solid plastic and is red, yellow and blue in colour. On the back of the yellow frame there are imbedded instructions on how to put up and take down the actual frame.
The wheels are also made of plastic and do not come off (as I have found some walker wheels do!) with any weight applied. They have grooves on them to stop them slipping. My son is heavy enough to lean heavily on the frame and this helps the wheels grip. They are good on carpet and concrete. It can be a little slippy on laminate flooring and those babies not confident in stepping may find this a problem.
On the front of the yellow frame there is a removable toy which has various buttons and attachments to play with.
The toy tray at the front of the frame as mentioned is removable and luckily it does have an ON/OFF switch and a slight volume control (every parents dream!). The toy has colourful piano keys at the bottom with the alaphabet on it. The keys make a noise and light up when pressed. Then there is a little butterfly that opens a wing - when the wing is open the 'mode' is set to music when it is closed it is learning mode. Next to the butterfly are shape buttons with numbers on them. They either play music or do numbers/shapes depending in the mode. Then there are cogs at the top which you can turn and they make noises as well.
At the very top is a puppy that can be pressed which gives instructions 'Clap your hands' and 'Puppy says'.
There is also a 'loose' telephone with little balls in that can be played with.
The toy is meant to encourage your child to use their fine motor skills and to learn a little about colours, numbers and shapes. So for those who like educational aspects to their children's toys this does deliver.
As mentioned I have an 8 month old son who does play with this. Only recently has my son been able to access the walker part.
I am not a huge fan of toys being educational all the time (must stem from me working in education). I truly believe that toys should be fun and entertaining more than they should be considered educational but hey that's just me! However, this toy is fun. My little boy loves the noises that the buttons make and they are just the right size for him to be able to press them.
The songs are very catchy and my five year old goes around singing them constantly! The one main downside to the noises is the annoying 'vtech' voice that is really American and irritating (to adults!).
The lights also grasp your child's attention and we have actually used the toy to help with feeding time. My son has a very limited attention span when eating (it is far more interesting trying to get out of his high chair) and we found that this toy managed to keep his attention so that we could get both first course and second course in him!
To conclude I would recommend this walker to parents as it does what it says on the box. It does help your child to move around and it does entertain! It is easy to assemble and to take apart. If the sound does irritate too much then you can put some thick tape over the speakers and it does dull it. However, in the words of my five year old daughter (who does also play with the walker) it is 'awesome'.
I came slightly late to the Glee phenomenon. I had heard about it from friends, colleagues and pupils but paid no attention. Then as an end of year gift I was given the first season on DVD and have not looked back. I'm addicted!!!
You may be wondering what this Glee is all about - well it is high school with a twist. For those of us who are a little more mature think Fame but (in my opinion) better. Meet the students and teachers of McKinley High who are all rather quirky and fun. The school use to have a champion Glee club (a musical group / choir) but now they've fallen apart. Along comes Mr Shoo (the Spanish teacher) who wants to transform this group back to the champions they once were. There follow the trials and tribulations of the students and teachers as they prepare for the sectionals (singing competition).
The show is littered with none stop fabulous music that the actors perform to perfection. A few songs covered in season 1:
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Rehab - Amy Whinehouse
Push it - Salts and Pepper
Mercy - Duffy.
There are loads more songs - too many to mention. Each episode features some core songs that the students then perform - sometimes to express how they are feeling. The scene when the students perform 'Push It' in the school library is hilarious.
The show has taken on such a gathering that many famous names are clamoring to be part of it - in later series there is a whole Madonna episode, Gwenyth Paltrow guests stars - it is pure entertainment.
For anyone who wants to escape realism for a while and enjoys a bit of comedy mixed with musical then this is the show for you.