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Lego Duplo 5543 Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds 01/07/2017

Perfect Percy Duplo

Lego Duplo 5543 Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds As anyone who has read my other reviews will know, my little boy is crazy for anything vehicle related. He adores cars, buses, trains – basically anything with wheels. He also really loves to build things. So it goes without saying that when my parents found a Thomas The Tank Engine Lego Duplo set at one of their many boot-fairs, they snapped it up for him. Lego Duplo Lego Duplo is basically the first stage of Lego for children. Lego Duplo are brightly coloured plastic bricks which can all be joined together to create pretty much anything your imagination (and the amount of bricks you have!) allows you to create. Lego Duplo is twice the size of standard Lego, making it easier for smaller hands. The Duplo brick first became available in 1969. Lego state that Duplo bricks are suitable for children aged 1 year and older. Price As I mentioned above, my parents managed to get this set at a boot-fair where they got the entire set, plus extra engines for the bargain price of £10. I don’t know if this set has now been discontinued or something as a quick search online has informed me that it is only really available on Amazon and eBay. It is currently being sold for £180 on Amazon which just seem ridiculous to me (but also quite smug that I got it for the bargain price of £10) Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds This Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds set consists of Percy, a signal light, a clock tower and the Shed itself. Instructions The instructions that come with this ...

Play-Doh Sparkle Collection Compound 25/06/2017

Glittery Goo

Play-Doh Sparkle Collection Compound Both my children have always enjoyed playing with Play-doh. My daughter Molly had her first ever birthday party to which she invited all her school friends this year. I must admit I was a little unprepared for just how many presents she would receive at her party. One of her favourite presents was from her best friend who very kindly bought her a pack of Play-Doh Sparkle compound. Play-Doh Sparkle Compound Play-Doh sparkle is essentially the same as normal play-doh with the addition of glitter which is entwined within the play-doh. The set Molly received came in standard play-doh packaging, with 6 tubs of play-doh stacked on top of each other in stacks of two. Each of the tubs containing the play-doh are roughly 4cm high and 3cm wide so the tubs are much smaller than the standard tubs of play-doh. The tubs are the normal yellow colour that the standard pots are, with the lid of the tub being the same colour as the play-doh inside. The lids are also covered with glitter. The other difference to the packaging is the addition of sparkles behind the words ‘Play-doh’ on the front of the tub. As I mentioned earlier, the set that was bought for Molly contained 6 tubs of play-doh which are hot pink, yellow, blue, green, light pink and purple. Also included in the set are two cutters in the shape of a butterfly and a love heart. The butterfly cutter is hot pink and the heart shaped cutter is light pink. This set is suitable for children aged three and older. Price This was bought ...

Snazaroo Face Paints Rainbow Face Painting Kit 11/06/2017


Snazaroo Face Paints Rainbow Face Painting Kit Last summer, myself and my children had just attended a dog show where they had both got their faces painted. As we were driving home, my daughter asked me if I could paint people’s faces and it occurred to me that I could actually go out and buy our own set of face paints. A quick search online later, and I found a pack of Snazaroo face paints at Argos for just £9.99. Snazaroo Snazaroo are one of the leading brands in face paints. The sell pretty much every colour you could imagine, including neon and glitter face paints. Snazaroo face paints are fragrance free and specially formulated to be gentle on skin. Their face paints are water based making them very easy to remove with just soap and warm water, so no need for any scrubbing at your child’s face! As well as selling face paints, Snazaroo also provide you with a wide range of easy to follow step-by-step guides to help you create beautiful masterpieces on your child’s face. Snazaroo sells the paints individually and also as larger kits with various coloured contained in each one depending on which set you opt to buy. Snazaroo Rainbow Paints As I mentioned above, Snazaroo sell pretty much every colour imaginable. As I have never really used face paints before I opted to just buy a basic set of paints as I didn’t want to spend loads of money to find that it was something I wouldn’t really use. In the end I opted for the ‘Rainbow’ set of paints. Inside you will find a pallet of paints which contains a large white paint ...

Kidz Planet, Folkestone 05/06/2017

Another Planet?

Kidz Planet, Folkestone I don’t remember there being many soft play areas around when I was a child but there certainly seems to be plenty around nowadays. Having said that, there isn’t actually a soft play in my town after it shut down when my youngest was only a few months old. Our nearest soft play centre is located in the next town of Folkestone and is called Kidz Planet. Opening Times Kidz Planet is open Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 18:00 and Sunday 10 – 18:00. They are also open most bank holidays from 10am til 5pm. Admission Costs Kidz Planet vary their admission costs depending on the age of the child and also the day of the week. They charge more for weekends and school holidays which personally I think is a little cheeky but I can see why they do it I suppose. During the week, under 2’s are charged at £3.50 and 3’s and over are charged at £4.50. During weekends and school holidays 2’s and under are charged at £3.50 and 3’s and over are charged at £5.50. One adult is admitted free of charge with a child. What Does Kidz Planet Have To Offer? Kidz Planet has been open for the last 13 years and is the only soft play in Folkestone. Inside, there is something to suit most age groups and I will outline the main attractions below. Also inside there is a cafe which serves hot and cold food and drinks at reasonable prices. There is also a nursery attached to the soft play but I have not personally used this facility so I am unable to comment on this. Area For Under 2’s There is a segregated area ...

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Deluxe Track Set 21/05/2017

Toot Toot Track

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Deluxe Track Set My little boy loves anything to do with vehicles and over the last few years he has built up quite a collection of toys involving vehicles. One set of toys that he still loves are the Toot Toot sets which are made by Vtech. One of the key pieces of these sets are the Toot Toot Drivers Connecting Tracks. For Christmas a few years ago, my brother bought Jacob the Toot Toot Drivers Deluxe Track Set. Toot Toot Drivers Toot toot drivers are produced by Vtech and are aimed at children age 1-5. There are many sets available and these include buildings as well as vehicles to accompany them. Some of the building include an airport, a construction site, a garage, a safari zoo and a police station to name a few. Generally each set comes with a car that accompanies it, for example, the police station comes with the police car. You can also buy the vehicles individually. The building sets and vehicles all make their own individual sounds relevant to whatever theme they are based on. The vehicles all sing and flash and have their own sets of songs. Last of all you can just buy packs of the toot toot track which connects all the different buildings together. When all put together, Jacob's collection of toot too can take up the whole living room floor. Smart Point System One of the features included on the track is the smart point system so its best if I explain exactly what that is. The Vtech toot toot range are all designed to interconnect with one another through the ‘Smartpoint’ ...

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden 20/05/2017

Simply Magical

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden I am a massive animal lover and I hope that my children grow up sharing my passion for nature. As much as possible I try to encourage an interest in nature. While I was on the hunt for Christmas presents a couple of years ago, I came across the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden and promptly ordered one for my daughter who was four at the time and had been showing a keen interest in butterflies. Butterfly Kit Once the kit arrived, before wrapping it up for Christmas, I decided to have a look at what it contained. Inside there is a circular shaped, netted ‘butterfly house’ which has a material bottom. The top is made from see through plastic, allowing easy viewing of what is inside. There is a zip which runs around the outside at the top. Last of all there is a handle which is fastened with velcro, allowing you to hang the butterfly house somewhere if you wish to do so. The butterfly house is completely collapsible, meaning it can be squished down for storage inside the box. Also inside the kit are instructions for use, a drop dispenser and an order form. So all in all, everything you need to grow your own butterflies. Price I ordered my Butterfly Kit from Find Me A Gift where it cost me £11.99. I thought this was a really reasonable price. Ordering The Caterpillars As I mentioned above, the kit contains an order form. Of course, you need to grow your butterflies when the weather is warmer so I have had a rather impatient four year old since Christmas who didn’t understand ...

Lego City 4433: Dirt Bike Transporter 09/05/2017

Brilliant Bike Transporter

Lego City 4433: Dirt Bike Transporter I love a bargain, and both my children love Lego. So I managed to combine these two loves when I spotted five big tubs of Lego for sale on a local selling group on Facebook. They were only looking for £40 for all the boxes so I quickly snapped it up. As you can imagine, there were literally thousands of pieces of Lego. My parents very kindly took the Lego to their house where they spent the next three weeks sorting through it and seeing what they could build. One of the pieces that they managed to find all the pieces for was the Lego City Dirt Bike Transporter. Lego City Lego City is a theme under which Lego building sets are released. As the name would suggest, Lego City sets are based on city life. All of the models are designed to replicate the City and emergency services (such as Police, Coastguard and Fire Engines). The buildings include an Airport, a train station, constructions site and harbour to name a few. I am not entirely sure where the dirt bike transporter fits into the City theme but that’s where they have decided to place it. Price As I mentioned earlier, this Lego set was bought as part of a huge bundle where I bought five large boxes full of Lego for just £40. I have had a quick look online and this set currently retails at varying prices depending on where you buy it from. For example, it is currently selling on Amazon for £54.99 (!!) but if you are prepared to buy second hand then you can grab it on eBay for around £14. Lego City Dirt Bike Transporter ...

Gardman Jute Twine Ball 07/05/2017

Terrific Twine

Gardman Jute Twine Ball Last year, after the breakdown of the relationship between myself and my children’s father, I had no choice but to drop to part time working to be in a position to provide the childcare for my children. One massive advantage to this, is that I get much more time at home with my children. This is the first year in my last 17 years of working that I regularly have between 5 and 7 days off on the bounce. This has meant that I have had plenty of time to spend with the children in the garden, helping it to hopefully look beautiful come Spring/Summer. Last year I went to a bootfair and came across a stall selling a variety of gardening items. It was here that I purchased a 250g ball of Gardman Jute Twine. Gardman Jute Twine Gardman Jute twine is a completely natural product which is made using fibres from the Jute plant which is grown in India. The Jute twine is created by twisting the fibres from the Jute plant together to make one long thread. This twine comes in two different colours – a natural beige colour and a green colour. The one I bought was beige in colour. The twine itself is quite rough in texture with little frayed bits of the twine sticking out all over the place, giving the impression that the twine looks hairy! This Gardman Jute twine comes in three different sizes, 100g, 250g and 500g. All three sizes come tightly wrapped in a ball, in a very similar manner to a ball of wool. The main reason for me buying this product was that it is completely biodegradable which ...

Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifier 02/05/2017

Big Bug

Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifier Last year, my children and I hatched out butterflies from an Insect Lore kit. We all really enjoyed the entire process so when I was looking for presents for my children at Christmas, I visited the Insect Lore website. It was here that I found the Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifier. Insect Lore Insect Lore specialises in educational products for young children. Their goal is to give children a friendly, hands on introduction into the lifecycle of insects. Their main focus is butterfly related kits as well as educational kits but they have also expanded their range to include ladybird, ant, stick insect and silkworm kits. They also sell items such as bug catchers, keepers, viewers and magnifiers. Price As I mentioned above I purchased this item from the Insect Lore website which can be found at I bought my children one of these magnifier’s each and each one cost £7 which I didn’t think was too unreasonable. Big Bug Magnifier Well this item is certainly what it says it is - a big bug magnifier. The magnifier itself is around 25 cm long by about 15cm wide at the widest part. It is aimed at children aged 4 and over. The entire magnifier is designed to look like a grasshopper, complete with six legs and a yellow/orange coloured abdomen and main part of the body. Between the two front legs of the grasshopper there is the actual magnifying glass section which is around 7cm in diameter. The circular magnifier section can be swivelled around in all different ...

Bannatyne Spa Day for Two 25/04/2017

Brilliant Bannatyne's

Bannatyne Spa Day for Two I love a bargain and occasionally I like to treat myself to a day of relaxation by visiting a Spa. My friends and I like to take advantage of any vouchers we find online and book our spa days in this way. My friend recently spotted a 2 for 1 voucher offer for Bannatyne’s Spa so swiftly purchased one and booked our spa day. Location The voucher we bought is valid at 32 locations across the country. You can also add several other locations by paying an extra £4.99. We have two Bannatyne’s within a half hour drive of where we live, one of them being in Ashford so we opted to book this location. Price We paid £55 for a voucher which was valid for two people, making the cost of the day £27.50 each. We found this particular voucher on but I have found the Bannatyne vouchers on many of the voucher websites such as wowcher and groupon. What’s Included? As stated above the voucher is valid for two people. The voucher means that each person is able to pick a spa treatment each. The spa treatments include Swedish back massage, scalp massage, touch facial, file and paint, Bamboo leg massage and Bamboo mini back massage. You also get access to all the spa facilities which at the location we visited included a swimming pool, a sauna, stream room, gym and a relaxation room. The voucher is valid for 10 months from date of purchase so you have plenty of time to use it. The voucher is valid to be used any day of the week which is useful for people who are only free at ...

ChillFactor Squeeze Cup Slushy 21/04/2017

Ice Ice Baby

ChillFactor Squeeze Cup Slushy My kids love slushies! Any time we are out anywhere they may be selling slushy drinks, they always beg me for one. So when I was trying to decide on presents for the children for Christmas last year and I came across these Chill Factor Slushy Maker cups I knew they would love them. Chill Factor Slushy Maker These Chill Factor Slushy Makers are exactly that – slushy makers. The added bonus is that all you need to make your slushy is this cup! The cup itself comes packaged in a cardboard box with all the usual information on it. Inside you will find the cup which essentially comes in two sections, the cup itself and a screw on/screw off lid. Also inside you will find a straw/spoon. This can be used as a straw to drink the liquid and the bottom of the straw has a little spoon section (which actually looks more like a shovel) which can be used for scooping up the ice from the slushy. The cups comes in a variety of colours which are red, blue, pink and green. My children both have a red cup. Price I bought my slushy cups from Argos where they cost me £9.99 per cup. They are widely available online and don’t really differ that much in price. The Cup The cup itself is fairly large at around 7 inches tall and it is wider at the top than the bottom. The cup is made from a bendy silicone type of material and to be honest, it doesn’t feel very stable and is quite ‘squishy’. Inside the cup there is a lining which is white in colour and contains liquid – this is what gives the cup that ...

VTech Kidicreative Kidipet Watch 16/04/2017

Dog Time!

VTech Kidicreative Kidipet Watch My little girl is obsessed with Dalmatians! I was surprised to find that there actually isn’t that many Dalmatian themed things available. However, I was thrilled to find this VTech Kidicreative Kidipet Watch when looking for a birthday present for my little girl in February this year. VTech Kidicreative Kidipet Watch This watch includes an alarm clock, stopwatch, timer and a game which involves caring for a pet. The screen is touch screen so is very easy to use for young children. The clock face can be either analogue or digital and there are lots of different faces to pick between. For me, the main feature of this watch is the fact that your child can have their very own pet to play with, feed and teach hobbies and tricks to. Last of all, there is a settings screen where you have options to change the screen brightness, language and to re-set the watch. This watch is aimed at children age four to eight. Price I bought this watch on Amazon where it cost me £19.93 and included free postage. This was available at a cheaper price but it looks like it has been discontinued on lots of websites. The Watch This watch actually comes in two different themes - a dog and a cat. Obviously the watch I opted for was the dog one which comes in Dalmatian colours. The cat one comes in bright pink. The watch strap is completely white except for a black dot at one end. The outside of the clock face is printed with black spots and has been designed to look like the face of a Dalmatian with ...

Gowi Toys 558-36 Sand Set Duck 08/04/2017

Spring Sand Time

Gowi Toys 558-36 Sand Set Duck Finally we have welcomed spring and with it some warm weather. I live in the South East of England and last week we had some beautiful weather. I also had a week off work during the same week which meant I had plenty of time to play in the garden with my children. My little boy Jacob turned three in September and one of his birthday present was a sand table. However, he didn’t actually get much chance to play with it last year and he has been desperate to get it out of the garage and into the garden so he can play with it. Last week we managed to do this. As well as getting his sand table out, I also got all the accompanying toys, one of which was the Gowi Sand Duck Set which he also received as a present for his birthday the year before last. Gowi Gowi is an Australian company and has been around since 1958. They produce children’s plastic toys such as sand and water based items as well as play houses. I have always found their toys to be child friendly, well designed and very durable. Gowi Sand Set Duck The Gowi Sand Duck Set consists of six pieces of play equipment, consisting of a watering can, a sieve, a rake, a fork, a bucket and a duck shaped mould. All the items are the perfect size for small hands to play with. The bucket is 16cm tall and the sieve is 18cm in diameter. The spade and shovel are both 22cm long. The duck shaped mould is 12cm at the largest point. All the items are made from hard durable plastic and are brightly coloured. This set is suitable for ...

Cat Caterpillar Dumper 31/03/2017

Delightful Dumper

Cat Caterpillar Dumper As anyone who has read any of my other reviews will know, my little boy Jacob is crazy for anything vehicle related. I am a big fan of the Facebook selling groups and tend to get all my children’s toys through this method. While I was browsing my local selling group I came across a ride on Dumper Truck for sale for the bargain price of £20 and snapped it up for him. This ride of Dumper Truck is made by Rolly toys and is designed to look exactly like a Caterpillar Dumper Truck. Rolly Toys Rolly toys is a well known manufacturing brand which is owned by the Franz Schneider family in Germany. They manufactor all types of tractors and accessories and actually base their vehicles on real models so all the styling, from the inside out is accurate. Rolly toys are Europe's number one in toy tractor manufacturer and the amount of accessories available is incredible, basically everything you can get for a real life tractor but in miniture form. Caterpillar Dumper Truck This Caterpillar Dumper Truck really is just a miniature version of the real thing! Except for the fact that it is operated with pedals rather than an actual motor. The pedals are anti-slip which is great for little feet. It is a Caterpillar licensed product. The dumper truck itself is pretty large at 93cm x 44cm x 52cm and is bright yellow just like a real dumper truck. It is labelled up with the CAT logo. The front section of the dumper truck, the actual dumper is fully working and can be tipped. This dumper truck is ...

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Customisable People Carrier 30/03/2017

Customisable Car

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Customisable People Carrier My little boy Jacob loves anything to do with vehicles. He has cars, trains, buses, literally any vehicle you can think of. One of his very first sets that probably got him into vehicles in the first place was the Vtech toot toot set. The Vtech toot toot range have a huge variety of cars included in their range and Jacob has pretty much every single one of them. Today I will be reviewing the customisable People Carrier. Toot Toot Drivers Toot toot drivers are produced by Vtech and are aimed at children age 1-5. There are many sets available and these include buildings as well as vehciles to accompany them. Some of the building include an airport, a construction site, a garage, a safari zoo and a police station to name a few. Generally each set comes with a car that accompanies it, for example, the police station comes with the police car. You can also buy the vehciles individually. The building sets and vehciles all make their own individual sounds relevant to whatever theme they are based on. The vehciles all sing and flash and have their own sets of songs. Last of all you can just buy packs of the toot toot track which connects all the different buildings together. When all put together, Jacob's collection of toot too can take up the whole living room floor. The Vtech toot toot range are all designed to interconnect with one another through the ‘Smartpoint’ system so there are various points within the Garage (for example) where you can connect a vehicle and it will make ...
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