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

Monday, 6 November 2017

John Adams BLOPEN Glitter Studio Review

As part of my review series for the brand new John Adams Craft Club that launched at the end of September.

I am now sharing with you how me and the boys got on with the Blopens Glitter Studio


Box Contains;

 5 BLOPENS, 
Glitter Holder, 
Glue Pen, 
4 Glitter Tubes, 
Butterfly Mobile. 
Heart, 
3 Flowers, 
8 Stencils, 
Ribbon and Instructions



                 

I really love the amount of different stencils you get included in the box, the boys all enjoyed looking through them deciding which ones they were going to do and who they were going to be for.

Once you've got everything out the box you can then turn the box around and use it as an easel, with slots for all the pens and glitter tubes. 
Which is great for helping you store your pens whilst you work on your master piece.



For our first attempt at BLOPENS we decided we would just use the templates on normal paper just so we could get the hang of it.
Everyone decided they would do one for their favourite teachers at school which was rather sweet.

They made sure to add lots of glitter to make them look extra special.



The BLOPENS were really easy to use and the all 3 of the boys found it nice and simple to use them.
Even little Ru mastered them and made some really awesome art work!
The recommended age is 6 upwards but with adult supervision the boys all got on really well.
If using BLOPENS with under 6 always make sure an adult is present!

After the wedding the boys are all planning to do one of the mobiles designs and hang it in their room.

The boys joint effort for Daddy
For their head teacher
For another teacher.

Recommended for ages 6 +
Available from Smyths Toys 
 RRP £24.99

Over on the John Adams Craft Club Facebook page there are lots of craft tips/ideas, competitions, reviews and a whole lot of other fun things.
Why not head over and check it out!


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.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Rainy Day Fun With John Adams Games .....


The boys love spending time with both Jon and myself playing fun games, so when John Adams asked if we wanted to review some games for them I was more than happy to say yes!

Last week was a bit of a wash out, which meant it was the perfect time to stay inside and keep ourselves busy with some fab new games!



We were sent;
Mr Bucket,
Giggle Wiggle and Don't be a Donkey.
All 3 games are for 2 - 4 players.
Recommended age range of 4+.


Up first was Giggle Wiggle.

Aim of the game...

Be the first to place all your coloured balls onto Giggle Wiggle’s moving hands to become the champion of the game

The boys loved this game.
They thought it was hilarious trying to get their balls onto Giggle Wiggles hands as he danced around to Salsa music.

I've also been using it to help Ru sort his colours.
The game comes with four sets of different coloured balls and he really enjoys placing them in their different compartments.

The game requires 3 AA batteries that aren't included.
RRP £24.99



Up next was Don't Be a Donkey.

Aim of the game...

Players get to choose a card from their hand to pass onto the next player, then keep on swapping cards until someone gets a full house of matching donkey cards and shouts out ‘DONKEY’. 
Then it’s a race to grab one of the carrots on the table, but watch out as there are not enough carrots to go around, if you are too slow you must lift-up one of your donkey ears. 
Miss out three times and you get to wear the donkey nose completing your transformation into a donkey and losing the game.

This game took a little explaining for the twins to understand, but once they had watched Noah and myself have a few rounds they soon cottoned on.
This is a great game and something for all the family to enjoy.
The twins enjoyed being the donkey far more than they should have and I'm sure they lost on purpose.
It has been a great game for Jon, myself and Noah to play on our Friday games nights.

The game comes with everything you need.
4 Headbands,
4 sets of ears, 
3 carrots,
a set of Donkey playing cards and one Donkey snout.
RRP £24.99



Last but not least Mr Bucket.....

Aim of the game....

As Mr. Bucket moves and waves his arms, he likes to pop balls out his mouth. 
Grab a shovel and chase Mr. Bucket, scooping up and returning all three of your coloured balls. 
Be quick as he pops out balls almost as fast as you can drop them in! 
When all the balls have been dropped in, lift Mr. Bucket by the handle to win the game!

Rupert has never really been a big fan of games, as he can't quite sit still enough so this game is perfect for him.
He could run around putting the balls into Mr Bucket all day quite happily.
The twins got a bit fed up with it, as they couldn't quite manage to get all their balls in before he spat them back out again.
So, so far Mr Bucket is the remaining champion on Mr Bucket.
Again this is another game that Ru likes to sort out the colours with.

Mr Bucket comes unassembled in the box but literally takes 5 minutes for you to click him all together.
The first time you get him out you have to stick on his eyes.
He requires 3 AA batteries which aren't included.

It's the perfect game for preschoolers like Ru.
RRP £24.99.





**  We were sent the PR Samples in return for a blog post, all thoughts are my own!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Hiding From The Sun With Fuzzy-Felt.

Last week was sooo hot that we often found ourselves hiding away indoors.
During one of our hide out sessions we decided to open up the Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt pack that we were sent from John Adams


Inside the box you get,
Over 70 assorted felt shapes,
Ideas Leaflet
Felt play board.


Ru loves Paw Patrol and he needed no instructions on what to do with the felt pieces, he instantly started making pictures with the different pieces.



He really enjoyed making different pictures and showing me the end results.

The felt shapes stick nicely to the play board and they're is a nice selection of different pieces to choose from.



Ru spent a good half an hour making up different scenes and chatting away to himself whilst he did so.
Making up little scenes and playing with the Paw Patrol team.


It was the perfect activity to keep Ru entertained whilst we kept him in from the sun for a bit.
The twins have also had a play with it and both enjoyed it as much as Ru did.

We've never had a Fuzzy-Felt toy before, but I certainly will be buying more when looking for Christmas or birthday presents.


Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt is suitable for children aged 3-6yrs.
Fuzzy-Felt is one of Britains best loved toys!
You can buy this Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt from amazon for £12.99.





Monday, 3 April 2017

Make Your Own Chocolate Lollies This Easter.

Everyone enjoys Easter eggs at Easter but why not change things up a little and make your own lollies to give out to friends and family?!


We were recently sent the Chocolate Lolly Maker from John Adams to have a go with and see how good our lolly making skills were.

Inside the box you have everything you need minus the chocolate to make the lollies,
Lolly Wrapper Unit
4x Lolly moulds - hearts, flower, bunny and pony
2x lolly mould holders
8x message moulds
Chocolate melting unit
Spoon and stirrer
Re-usable sticks
Gift bags for wrapping
Ribbons.


We used milk chocolate chips to make our lollies.
We filled the chocolate melting station with hot water from the tap and the boys each took a turn in stirring the chocolate until it melted.


The boys each picked a mould and a secret message and then poured on the chocolate using the spoon provided.
We then placed them in the fridge, but if you place them in the freezer you'll get better results.


After half an hour the lollies were done and ready to wrap up.

The boys were telling me how they wanted to make some for their teachers, but they had to make sure they were 100% tasty before handing them out.

They turned out really well and we were all really impressed with them.
The boys wrapped up their lollies and made me tie the ribbon around them before heading out into the garden to have a taste test.


All the boys gave their lollies a thumbs up and now Alex and Oscar are keen for me go and buy some more chocolate chips so they can make some more ready to hand out to family over Easter.


So if your after gifting something different this year, definitely try out the John Adams Chocolate Lolly maker.

You can buy one from The Entertainer for £20


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Review // Sands Alive Cake Shop

Recently I decided I would try and do more sensory play with Rupert, in a bid to get him to experience new things and my end goal of getting him to actually eat.

We have played with play foam, play doh, water beads, and his favourite so far....magic sand!
So when we were sent Sands Alive Cake Shop kit from John Adams I knew he would love to make up some cakes.



What comes in the kit;
1 play tray,
1 pack of normal coloured sand.
1 pack of pink sand,
2 rolling pins,
3 cake moulds.


Ru and I both love the strange feel to Sands Alive, Ru is a big pink fan, so he instantly was drawn to the bright pink sand and was keen to make some cakes.
He first had to squash it all down so it completely covered the play tray, once it was fully covered could he begin playing.

We tried out the cupcake mould first and we were both pretty impressed at how cool it came out.
Every cake I made, he destroyed!
He then re did it himself and looked very pleased with himself.


He loved the fact that the rolling pins left imprints on the sand and would roll it all out and then point to all the different fruit he could see.


For a fun filled sensory play session Sands Alive was perfect and it kept him busy for at least half an hour!

The Sands Alive sand is great as it never drys out and even when mixed in together it still looks pretty.
Perfect for getting out time and time again.
Knowing that the money you spent isn't going to be wasted and end up in the bin after only a couple of times of being played with.


It's Ru's birthday coming up next month and I know I'll be suggesting Sands Alive kits as present ideas.


You can find Sands Alive Cake Shop from Argos for £19.99




Saturday, 10 December 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas // Sands Alive Glow



The twins have been asking for some magic sand since seeing an advert on telly. 
So when I was offered the chance to review the new Sands Alive Glow it was a no brainer!



I've never been 100% about the stuff as I thought it would be a load of rubbish and mess but I was rather wrong.
The sand feels strange but in a good way and it makes no mess, well none that isn't easily cleanable.


In the kit you get a bag of the sand, 
a magic UV pen, 
a play tray and some moulds.


The boys absolutely loved playing with Sands Alive Glow, even Noah surfaced from his room to have a play.
They all made a mini village and then enjoyed making the castles glow in the dark.



The boys loved switching off the lights and watching their village glow.
They screamed with joy that it had turned into an alien village, their imagination is limitless and having magic sand that you cans sculpt and mould to anything and everything is endless.

Sands Alive will make a great Christmas pressie and will provide hours of entertainment.
I've bought two more for the boys so that they can have their own to play and build with.



This magical sand never dries out or hardens, and is made from natural materials, and is bacteria-resistant!!
Mini castles.

You can buy Sands Alive Glow from Amazon for £19.97