Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts

Monday, 6 November 2017

Hot Wheels Roto Revolution Track Set



Hot Wheels Roto Revolution will test your skills in a head-to-head face off with friends. 
Challengers strategically launch their Hot Wheels cars into the rotating set. 
With perfect timing, you’ll be looping around the set and crashing and smashing into your opponent’s cars in no time! 
Last man standing in the loop wins! 
Launch into action with this interactive, strategic, skill based track set with the fast action you expect from Hot Wheels. 


Key Features;

  • Battle your friends and test your skills in this EPIC rotating track set
  • Challengers strategically launch their Hot Wheels cars into the rotating set
  • Time your launch and you'll be looping around the set and crashing and smashing into your opponent's cars in no time! 
  • This interactive, strategic, skill-based boosted set delivers speed and in-your-face action
  • The last car racing wins! Start over again and sharpen your launching skills to secure your victory
  • Batteries required: 4 x D (Not included)
  • Ages 5 and up
Whats in the box;

The Roto Revolution™ Track Set includes 2 launchers and 2 Hot Wheels® cars.



As soon as this track was the built the boys were eager to get racing!
The track really took no time at all putting together, I'm sure Noah could have done this with his eyes shut it was that simple!

It really is the perfect entertainment for the twins, they love nothing more than challenging each other to find out whose the best!
So this track really is perfect for them.

Oscar picked the Pink Hot Wheel and Alex picked the blue & orange Hot Wheel and they each took their place behind their launchers.


It took them both a few goes, as they just couldn't get their timings right, and would end up missing the slot as the track rotated.

After a few goes Alex seemed to get the hang of it which annoyed Oscar, so much so that he really focused and ended up slamming his launcher just at the right time to get his car shooting around the track and knocking off Alex's car right off the track!

Tears, tantrums and laughter were all part of the experience of playing with this track!
Once the frustration was over the fun began and they sat and played happily whilst I cracked on with Sunday dinner.

After the boys were finished even Ru tried to have a go, but he just couldn't get the car onto the track, but to be fair he was just happy with hitting his launcher and watching the car crash into the track.

I was surprised both twins managed to get their cars to loop the loop without falling to the floor mid loop!



Another toy that would be perfect for twins, as they each get a car and each get to play it at the same time!
This track would make an awesome Christmas present.
Available from Argos for £49.99

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Monster Smash-Ups Raptor Remote Control Truck!

race, smash, eject and rebuild these rechargeable, high speed radio control monster trucks. 
When crashed, the front bumper activates the ejector seat, sending the driver flying across the room! The realistic monster truck suspension makes these trucks incredibly fun to tilt-turn, race and swerve.


The twins are really into remote control cars at the moment, but I'm always running around after them telling them to be careful they don't crash as the car will break, with this monster truck I don't actually have to do that!
Mum win!!

They can crash the truck to their hearts content!


Features
  • Monster smash ups: Race, smash, eject and rebuild with a monster smash ups RC trucks
  • Ejector seat and re-buildable: Crash your truck and watch your driver get ejected; quick rebuild and back to action
  • Radio controlled: 2.4 GHz radio controller with 20 m range, allowing multiple players to battle at the same time
  • Tilt-turn movement: Realistic, exciting, tilt turn suspension combined with high speed capability
  • Rechargeable: Includes rechargeable battery with 20 minutes run time and also customisable stickers, cones and flags; 
  • requires 2 x AA batteries (not included) for remote control
  • Ages 3 and up.

The truck is nice and easy to assemble which means the twins can quite happily do it themselves without my intervention, which is always a bonus.
As otherwise I'd be constantly being asked to re-build it, as they crash it A LOT!

They always giggle with delight when their little raptor dude gets flown out of the truck and across the room.
 They have a little competition going to see who can get him to fly the furthest.
I'm not 100% sure whose winning, but I have a feeling its Oscar.


I like the fact it has a rechargeable battery as we have a lot of toys that eat batteries and they are always so expensive to keep buying so another mum win!
The boys all find the controls easy to use even Rupert can get the car to drive around the kitchen without a helping hand!

These monster trucks come in 3 designs
Raptor, Rhino and Viper!

They'd make awesome Christmas presents!
Available from Argos for £34.99



Sunday, 29 October 2017

John Adams Pixelo Neon

The boys all take after me and love anything arty ... especially colouring in.
I find it extremely relaxing and its the one activity that I know all the boys will happily join in with.

I was recently invited to do some reviews for the brand new John Adams Craft Club that launched at the end of September.

On the Facebook page John Adams features craft tips/ideas, competitions, reviews and a whole lot of other fun things.

For our first review the boys picked Pixelo

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Go dotty with PIXELO! Create vibrant, colourful artwork with a twist. 
Choose a colouring sheet, then use your PIXELO pen to colour with incredible dotted effects! 
With 7 different colour markers to choose from, simply swap them in and out of your electronic pen to create magical dotted drawings. 
You can also use the markers as normal pens to doodle, draw and colour your sheets.

Includes
 electronic 1 x PIXELO Pen, 
7 x colour markers
 10 x colouring sheets. 
Requires 1 x AAA battery

Recommended age is 6+


The boys all really loved the look of the colouring sheets, but of course they all wanted the same one to start with.  
So rather than them fight over the skull, I decided to copy a few so they could all do it, and whilst copying a copy for them I decided id have a go too, so I did an extra one for myself.

So now we still have the original colouring page incase they want to do it again.


With all the boys sat at the table waiting for me to add the battery to the Pixelo pen so they could get going. 
We decided we would have two goes each and then pass the Pixelo pen on to the next person.
Surprisingly they all - even Ru very nicely took it turns to have a go and didn't moan whilst they were waiting. 
Whilst they waited to use the pen they coloured in the other bits by hand.



Being a big kid, I went first - just so that I could show them how to use the Pixelo pen.
It was pretty easy, the pen clicked in nicely and then all you had to do is hold it nice and straight then guide it across the paper so it can go dot crazy!

Noah went next and took to it like a pro, the results were very pretty.
After Noah had finished his go the twins each had a go, with me helping them, they did ok but they  needed a lot of help.
Ru had a go and he did alright for someone who has no proper pen control.

This is not something I would have typically picked out for the boys but seeing how easy and fun it was and how much they all enjoyed it,  it's definitely something I would buy for them in the future.
Or even as a present for one of their friends!


We all had a fun filled afternoon doing our colouring and everyone really enjoyed using the Pixelo pen to make their picture extra special.
Each of our colourings turned out differently, even though they all started off the same.

Noah's is the first fox, Oscars is the second fox and Alex did the Candy Skull.

In the manual there is a web address to where you can download extra colouring sheets once you have used up all the ones that the box comes with.

You can buy Pixelo Neon from Smyths Toys for £18.99



Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Fuzzy-Felt My House


To celebrate Fuzzy Felt being selected as one of Royal Mails most iconic and loved British toys for its recent stamp collection I have been sent a classic set to review and bring back some happy childhood memories.

We recently reviewed the Paw Patrol set and Ru loved it, which pleased me as Fuzzy Felt was a childhood favourite of mine.
 I was more than happy to review an original set, even if Ru wasn't up to playing I knew I would be!


As soon as the set arrived it bought back many happy memories of me and my brother sitting at the 
dining table playing with our felt pieces and creating all sorts of different pictures.

Even my mother remembers playing with Fuzzy-Felts when she was a child, and when I told her we'd been sent an original set she got rather excited at the thought of having a play when she was next up visiting!

Ru was just as happy to sit at the table and get creative.
He loved setting up the house with the windows and doors, I couldn't help but get involved and set up the clouds and the little white fence.

It's always nice to see Ru using his imagination and playing nicely, I highly recommend Fuzzy-Felts to anyone who want five minutes peace!

There are 6 original sets to choose from,
My House,
Under The Sea,
On The Farm,
Go Shopping,
Dinosaurs and Little Princess.


Fuzzy Felt encourages co-ordination, recognition, counting, sorting and story telling.

The My House set contains,
Over 100 fuzzy-felt pieces,
A felt playboard,
ideas leaflet.
Suitable for ages 3 and up.

One of Rupert's masterpieces!
If you've been living in space for the last 60 years and you want to know more about Fuzzy-Felts head over to the John Adams website to find out more.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Rise Of Scar Playset

Disney Junior's The Lion Guard, Kion, the brave leader of the Guard, and his team are put to the test when they face the evil villain Scar! 
Join Kion as he challenges Scar in the action-packed Rise of Scar Playset. 


Key Features;

  • Playset features fun lights and sounds
  • Includes one exclusive Kion figure
  • Play flames light up and pop out and the head rises!
  • So many fun features including a snake attack, a collapsing bridge, a lava ball launcher, a battering ram, and more!
  • Batteries included


The boys all really enjoy watching The Lion Guard on Disney Junior so when this Rise Of Scar Playset from flairplc arrived they all went rather crazy.

The Lion Guard Follows on from the incredible story of Simba in the Lion King, this new hit series recounts the efforts of Kion, the son and youngest child of Simba and Nala. 
Follow him as he tries to assemble a team of animals to protect the Pride lands.

I originally agreed to review it for Ru but the twins and even Noah enjoy playing with it and I often find them playing with this rather than on the tablet or DS.

Ru can easily be kept entertained playing with this with his Cars and Kion for anything from 10 minutes to half an hour. Which for him is a long time.

With Kion's movable legs its easy to switch him from a sitting pose to jumping pose in a flash and move his head around like he's really taking in the all the dangers around him.
Ru often stretched out his front and back legs like he was jumping around just like our new kitten Link.


Getting Kion to cross the bridge and then making it collapse always made them roar with laughter.
Ru's favourite feature was the Lava Ball.
He really enjoyed trying to get it fly all over the kitchen.


Scars head pops up slowly when you press his nose and as his rises his eyes light up and the flames pop out. After his is risen you can press his nose to make different noises, such as lion roars or monkeys chattering.



Ru really loved making Kion get up to all sorts of adventures... getting stuck in the vine jail and falling into the crocodile pit. 
To think of it I don't think poor Kion had a good ending in any of Ru's adventures.


The boys did play nicely together but I think this toy would be even better if it came with an extra play figure.
We also had a slight problem with our batteries, but once I had switched them around the playlet worked fine.


This playset is perfect to act out scenes from the cartoon or let your imagination run wild and play like Ru does.

This would make a brilliant Christmas present (I know I mentioned the C word and it's only September...sorry) or even a birthday present for any Lion Guard fan.

Another big thumbs up from the 3 little Mini Beasts!



Available from Smyths Toys for £49.99

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Paddington Bear Is Back!


Paddington is heading back to the big screen on November 10th, and to celebrate the release of Paddington 2, University Games has created a range of exciting new fun filled Paddington themed games and activities for you to enjoy.


Get creative with Paddington Colour On, for hours of colouring and activity fun with everyone’s favourite bear! 
With three metres of Paddington colouring scenes and activities, children of all ages can join Paddington on his adventures.

Simply turn the easy-twist dial to reveal a new activity or colouring scene, and then twist it back when it’s time to pack away. 
RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis



The boys all love drawing and colouring in so the Colour On was a big hit with them.
I love that I could just roll it out, give each of them a section and leave the colouring pencils at the end of the table and let them crack on.


There was no fighting over whose paper was whose and they happily sat their colouring in the different pictures and trying to solve the puzzles together.
It has to be one of the nicest colouring in sessions I've seen from them lately.
Normally they end up in pencil fights!

Once they were finished I didn't have to go round picking up lots of different pieces of paper, I just rolled it back up and put it back on the art shelf!
#mumwin!

With 3 meters of paper they have plenty to be getting on with!

Follow the adventures of Paddington in PaddingtonTM Spot The Difference, a fantastic new take on spot the difference, where players can follow the adventures of Paddington in two seemingly identical images!
With over 80 different spot the difference PaddingtonTM scenes, find the differences to beat your opponent to find the infamous pot of marmalade!

With dry erase markers and easy-wipe Paddington scenes, the fun is never ending with this exciting Paddington twist on a children’s classic! 
 RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis


Purpose of the Game
Be the first player to spot all 5 differences on your score card and find the 'hidden pot of marmalade'.

Recommended age 8+
Players 1+


Noah loves spot the differences and is rather good, his eyes work much faster than mine.
Before we started the game we both took a card and just hunted for the differences, once we had done that we cracked on with the game.


As I thought, Noah was the first to complete his score card and find the hidden pot of marmalade, I was only one behind him so I don't think I did too badly.

It was a great game and one we'll be playing again and one that Noah will be able to play with his cousin Sam when he comes round to visit.

Again another win for getting him away from screen time!



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