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

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Go, Go Power Rangers // Fisher-Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

The twins are massive Power Ranger fans, and often dress up as their favourite Red Ranger.
I remember watching it as a child and always wanting to be the Pink Ranger, so its quite nice to see them enjoying something I used to enjoy.
We all enjoy watching some of the old school episodes on Netflix's.

When asked if we wanted to review the brand new imagined Morphin Megazord playset, I knew they would think Christmas had come early!


They play-set comes with the Red Ranger and the Black Ranger, I had a dreaded feeling they're would be massive arguments who got the red one, but that hasn't happened and they're both pretty happy to take it in turns being the red ranger.


Key Features;

    4 activation Power Pads let little ones control the action
·         Turn Power Pad on left shoulder for awesome transformation: chest opens, eyes light up, and cannon pops out!
·         Turn another Power Pad in chest to fire Power Coins
·         Turn 3rd Power Pad above left knee to raise projectile launcher and push button to fire
·         Turn 4th Power Pad above right knee to activate chomping action
·         Back of playset features jail, meeting area, elevator and more  with multiple levels and platforms for added play
·         Figure fits in back of Megazords head
·         Includes Morphin Megazord, Red and Black Power Rangers figures, 6 Power Coins and 7 Power Missiles


The boys have endless fun playing with the Megazord, I've lost count of the times I've been shot by a missile.
They bring him down to watch Power Rangers with them and then try to act out the scenes with the play set.

I have been told, that this is the best toy ever!


I love all the detail on the Megazord, and I can that tell this toy won't break easily, It's been twin tested!.
It's totally worth the higher price tag, as this is a toy that will be played with daily for a long time to come.
I can't see the twins getting bored of it anytime soon.


Available from Argos for £49.99*
suitable for ages 3 and up.
**Price correct at the time of posting.

Monday, 20 March 2017

VR Insane Pop 360

A new British brand, VR Insane™, have developed an amazing new virtual reality (VR) headset designed for kids and adults alike.

The POP360 VR headset is ultra-comfortable, lightweight (only 200g) and highly portable.  Made from a soft silicon rubber (similar to the feel of a snorkel mask), it collapses down to only 40mm, enabling compact storage inside the included hard-shell travel case.

VR Insane™ also offer 2 free apps with the POP360.  Available for iOS (Apple) and Android devices, POP360 owners can download the VR Insane™ app and VR Insane™ Kids app by scanning the QR code supplied with the headset.


Richard , Director at VR Insane™ commented “We’ve spent a lot of time and effort developing the right headset and app bundle for the market; we see our product as an easy, family-friendly introduction to the world of virtual reality.  
Our apps offer a library of what we believe to be the best VR videos out there and provide users with quick and immersive light entertainment.”
Regarding the recent release of the VR Insane™ Kids app, added “We have seen the enthusiasm kids have for VR.  

They love jumping into the Jungle Book or surrounding themselves in a world of virtual dinosaurs. 
It was natural for us to develop a dedicated app for kids to enjoy.”




Suitable for smartphones with a 4.5”-6” screen size, the POP360 has a top-mounted touchscreen button (Google Cardboard II compatible) for interacting with your content. This means you have control (play/pause etc) over your videos and interactivity (shoot/move) with your games, without the need to take off your headset. 
With a wide 96 field-of-view and suitable for use with glasses, the POP360 is available now from a variety of global retailers and www.vrinsane.com for £19.99.


Noah has been begging me to get him a VR headset, and I have always said no as I thought they were over priced and on occasion I'm pretty mean lol.

When I heard about VRinsane's new POP360 headset I asked them very nicely if we could try out a headset, the guys were awesome and said of course.

The headset is very reasonably priced at £19.99 and would make the perfect present for any boy whose into his gadgets.

Noah pretty much flipped out when he saw the box on the table!
After we installed all the right apps on my phone, he popped it into the headset and sat their shouting OMG THIS IS AMAZING!

I had to see what all the fuss was about, and actually it was pretty amazing!
Noah had to fight me off it, as I was enjoying trying out all the different videos that the app had to offer.

The headset can be adjusted to fit most head sizes, and I can ever wear it with my glasses, though I felt better wearing it without them on.

Both the adult and kid app are great and have a good range of different videos, which update constantly. So you'll never run short of watching something different!

Noah gives the POP360 headset 10/10.



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Reaping The Benefits Of Outdoor Play.

When it comes to outdoor play I pretty much enforce it (in a nice way) on the boys.
They all have so much energy, that there really isn't a better way than getting rid of it by being in the great outdoors.
Wether that be out in the garden, on a woodland walk, down by the beach or at the local park!



My most wild child is Ru, and every time he goes out the benefits of outdoor play are so clear to see.
He's happier, he's speaks more, he's confident and he takes a keen interest in what the other boys are doing around him.

Compared to when he's stuck indoors all day.
Where meltdowns are more likely to happen and less play is done.

Even his nursery teachers tell me the difference in him once he's been outside is amazing.
He is lucky enough to go to a little nursery right in the middle of the woods, just down from Sandringham.
When they aren't out in the woods, they are encouraged to go into the garden and play on the outdoor play equipment.



The twins have always been outdoor boys and love nothing more than playing at in the park.
Running around and throwing themselves down the slide.

After their first day at their new school, they came running out with huge grins on their faces to tell me all about the cool playground equipment they had.

The equipment is was built like a castle and has all these different walls to climb over and under.
The fun they can have whilst playing on it is endless!

At their previous school there was nothing like that, so for them to be so pleased over something that should be common in most schools, made me think why do some schools not promote being active?

 independent research commissioned by ESP and carried out by Liverpool John Moores University, we discovered that the average amount of physical activity taking place during PE lessons was remarkably low. The report demonstrated that “68% of a child’s PE lesson is spent stationary”

That to me is unacceptable and makes me think no wonder 1 in 3 children are overweight!

The schools should play a part in keeping children active as well as the parents!



When the boys aren't in the garden wrestling each other or playing football, I love taking them up to the woods for a bear hunt and tree climbing.
They usually return home covered in mud but they are always smiling!

Not only does it do them the world of good, it helps me clear my head specially if they've been bickering most of the morning.



Outdoor play is also great for encouraging children’s creativity
Away from the constraints and confinement of indoor play, being outside children’s imaginations are often stimulated by the objects around them and they quickly tap into their creativity.

I certainly see a lot more creative play when the boys are outside.
There are less boundaries and that gives them the freedom they need to really challenge their imaginations!



**In collaboration with ESP Play.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Learning Through Play With LeapFrog


Since the twins started reception they have really enjoyed learning how to read and always jump at the chance to read / sound something to me.

They're blending their sounds together beautifully and they're even able to say a few words with out having to sound them out first.

When we were offered the chance to review Read With Me Scout, I knew it would be great for them.


Read With Me Scout is a cuddly companion that provides the perfect interactive introduction to reading.

Key Features-

  • Scout reads from 5 included books, asks questions to engage children and deepen comprehension.
  • Features 5 interactive touch points, 70+ comprehension questions and 5 illustrated board books.
  • Teaches comprehension, early vocabulary and book and print basics.
  • Ages 2-5 years.


The boys happily sat in bed with Scout, picking books and listening to him read.
They were more into Scout reading than they ever have when it comes to me reading to them.

They answered all the questions and loved giving him pats on the head and kisses.
Alex even tried to read the books back to Scout.

I have taught them to read along by pointing to the words, so they get more familiar with what the words look like. 
They did this when Scout was reading and Oscar often sounded out the words, so he knew which one he was pointing too.

They both loved the "sleepy time" button, as after I left them to go to sleep, they would press the button and get another story from Scout and then a lullaby to fall asleep too.

You can buy Read With Me Scout from amazon for £23.99.


Rupert loves counting and saying his colours, so when I saw the Number Loving Oven I thought it could encourage him to start saying his numbers in the right order.


Key Features - 

  • 30 phrases and songs,
  • 16 ingredients,
  • Teaches counting and sharing,
  • Move the slider up and down to explore numbers, time and temperature.



Rupert loved cooking up the egg on the hob, and we often sat down for a tea / pizza party.
He wasn't very good on the sharing concept but enjoyed breaking up the bread and pizza and lining them up as he counted them.

Ru loved all the songs the oven sang whilst he was playing and he would often bob his head along with it.

You can use the pizza sections and use it for maths questions 1+2 = 3 
Ru didn't really get what I was trying to show him, but theres was no harm in trying.

You can also buy the Number Loving Oven from amazon for £13.32.






As well as being sent Read With Me Scout and The Number Loving Oven the boys were also sent a pile of LeapTV games to play on their LeapTV console.

Just before Christmas the boys were sent one out to review and they absolutely loved it and play it pretty much every day.
They were delighted with their bundle of new games, they literally grinned from ear to ear when they saw them.
Rupert was quick to claim the Paw Patrol game, so I'm on a mission to show him how to play.
They're all really great games which keep the boys entertained for hours!

You can read my review on the LeapTV here.
LeapTV games are available from most toy shops and from amazon ranging in prices, starting at £9.99.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Games Night // Rory's Story Cubes Review + Giveaway

We are big readers in this house, and I like to make sure the boys have had a story before bed and that Noah has read his book for at least ten minutes.
So when I saw Rory's Story Cubes at the Toy Fair I knew Noah and even the twins would love them!


Noah is probably the most creative out of the four boys and loves making up stories and drawing pictures, so I knew he would love using the cubes.

I was sat down after my Sunday morning coffee when he brought them out to me asking if we could have a go.

He rolled the cubes first and needed only slight encouragement to be a bit more creative with his story telling.
His first story pretty much just told me what the pictures on the cubes were.
Once he felt at ease with telling me stories, knowing there wasn't any wrong kind of way to tell, he was away in his imagination.


Below was one of his line ups after he rolled.....
Noah's Story

There was an Alien who lived on the other side of the rainbow that one day found a pretty big keyhole.
The Alien .... lets call him Alan had never seen this keyhole before, so he thought he would do a little investigating.
Alan managed to climb through the keyhole and to his surprise on the other side he found a fluffy white sheep.
The sheep looked at Alan, Alan looked at the sheep, Alan felt scared and wanted to go home.
The sheep turned to Alan and ask "Hey, do you know how to use this abacus?" "No" Replied Alan.
The Sheep shrugged his head and went back to eating grass. Alan then ran back through the keyhole back to the other side of the rainbow!


I was pretty impressed with his story and fancied a go myself...

My Story -

Long ago lived a tree fish who had a very bright idea about reading all the books in the world.
Before his mission was through some meanie set them all on fire!
The tree fish had to weigh out his options, should he try to save one of his favourite books or try to save them all.....
Suddenly a giant hand flew out from the sky and put the fire out.
The books were safe and Tree fish was happy, but waiting a minute....where did that giant hand come from?!?!?
Suddenly everything went dark, but luckily for the clever tree fish he never went anywhere with out his flashlight.
On went the light and there he saw an extremely all giant who told him he was the one who helped.
Tree fish thanked the giant and went back to reading all the books in the world!


After we had told a few stories both giggling away, Jon and the twins decided to come over and see what we were up too.

Jon decided he need to have a go...


Jon's story -

Daddy was a driving instructor and when out on lessons, he would pull up at peoples houses and give them a call on his phone.
He would always use his abacus to count up how many pennies the people would have to pay him.
At lunch time daddy would always have an apple, as an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Whilst eating my daily apple I noticed a shooting star in the sky, but really it wasn't actually a star, it was a ufo and inside that ufo were the aliens who built the pyramids.
I thought about investigating the claims that aliens built the pyramids  but then decided it was time to step back through the magic keyhole and go home!


The twins thought daddy's stories were the best and then they tried to have a go themselves.
They're stories ended up with a lot of poo in them!

I really think these story cubes are a fantastic idea and I love spending time with the boys being creative and having fun!

Story Cubes also come in a wide range of topics -
Actions, 
Voyages,
Animals.
You can even get Story Cubes Storyworlds with some of your favourite characters such as Batman, Moomin's, Dr Who.

You can buy Rory's original Story Cubes from amazon for £9.98


I'm giving away a set of the original Rory's Story Cubes to one lucky winner.
To be in with a chance, all you need to do is click on the rafflecopter widget!
Good Luck.



T&Cs
Winner will be picked at random,
Prize will be sent on from PR but I will happily chase up any prize that hasn't turned up.
Winner will have 24hrs to respond, otherwise another winner will be picked.
UK only.


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




Tuesday, 21 February 2017

L.O.L Surprise! Doll

After taking the U.S by storm the L.O.L Surprise! is set to be the next collectable craze in the UK, as the ultimate unboxing toy is combined with the anticipation of surprise!



Much like unwrapping a gift, watch the excitement build as each 7 layers reveal a different surprise, including emoji stickers, accessory, and finally their hero - a L.O.L Surprise doll.




Not you average doll, these fashion forward characters are packed with personality. From Rockers to Merbabies, each L.OL Surprise! comes complete with bathtub, doll stand and hangout, all doubling up as a purse.





But the surprise doesn't end there, once the final layer has been unwrapped, feed the adorable tot water with its baby bottle and reveal its feature - with special dolls changing colour when placed in cold water!


We unboxed the fabulous Centre Stage.
Ru loved unwrapping all the packaging and finding the little surprises.
He instantly fell in love with his doll and after I showed him that you could feed her and bath her he was over the moon.

He took her into the garden and pretty much played with her all day!


I can see these snazzy dolls becoming a thing for him!



L.O.L Surprise! series 1 is for children aged 3+ and available from all good toy retailers
including Argos, Asda, The Entertainer, Smyths, Tesco and ToysRUS.
RRP £7.99

For more information visit the L.O.L Surprise! website 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Feeding The Ducks


Today we decided to test the waters and see how Oscar handled going out for the first time in a few days.
It's back to school tomorrow and we still aren't 100% sure if he's well enough to go back.


A trip to feed the ducks and a play in the park seemed like a perfect way to test the waters.

After we spent the morning breaking up our stale bread we dropped Noah off at Sam's (withdrawal symptoms had kicked in) and we headed off to the duck pond.

The ducks here are really friendly and as soon as you step out the car they are heading towards you to see what you have bought them.




The boys loved watched them gobble up the bread, I'm sure Ru wanted to try and stroke some of them at one point.











Once the bread was gone, we sat and watched them for a little bit longer and then headed off to the park, which is just around the corner from the duck pond.










They all had fun and Oscar handled it well, though he's taken himself off to the quiet room to have a lay down, so we shall see how tomorrow goes!


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