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

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

...Rawr-some fun with Imaginext and Jurassic World...

The boys all love anything to do with Dinosaurs and are pretty big fans of Jurassic World and cannot wait to see the new one (which will have to be once it's available to buy on Sky, as the boy's arent all big cinema fans. 
So when I was asked if they would like to try out the brand new Imaginext Jurassic World' I knew instantly they would love too!

On Sunday Rupert spent the day with his Auntie and Uncle and they took him to a local Dinosaur park! 
His love for those scary creatures has just boomed over the past few weeks, so I thought once he was home it would be the perfect time to open up the giant box containing all the Rawr-some dino treats from Imaginext.

We were sent;

Walking Indoraptor - RRP £64.99
Dinosaur Hauler - RRP - £42.99
 Feature Character Assortment - RRP £18.99
(Three to Collect - Each set includes a super cool dinosaur, character figure, and accessories)
and a 
Basic Character Assortment - £11.99

Ru chose the giant walking Indoraptor as his toy and ran off into the garden to have a play, he thought how she chased after Owen was amazing he kept telling me she was a magic dinosaur!
He kept trying to out drive the Indoraptor but she kept right on his heels.

The other's were soon outside playing alongside Ru and diving deep into their very own Jurassic World.

Oscar loved how the Dinosaur Hauler came with everything he could possibly need to catch his very own dinosaur.
The Dinosaur Hauler comes with hauler vehicle, projectile launcher, net projectile, dinosaur and Asset Containment Unit (ACU) figure.

He decided his Dinosaur was the Dino which is called Blue in the first movie (forgive me if he's wrong) and he loved making her attack his figure and found all sorts of horrible endings for that poor figure.

Noah even dragged himself away from his room to play with the Jurassic World figures!
He loved this vehicle as he remembers it from the first film and has always said he would love to go inside one, so having it as a toy is the next best thing.

Noah joined up with Oscar to see if Oscar's Blue could catch up with Noah and attack his figure, and unfortunately for her Blue did many, many, many times!

Alex thought his venom throwing dinosaur was the best and loved how he could knock down his human figure and get him all covered in slime (best part about that, was the fact it wasn't real slime!)

I haven't seen all four boys playing together like this in such a long time, usually, within minutes one or two are crying about how someone else has got their toy or called them a name or god forbid looked at them! 
They played with the Imaginext toys for most of the afternoon, sharing nicely taking it in turns to use the different toys and make up all sorts of exciting stories, they even took my phone and used it to make some stop animation short films. 

The Imaginext Jurassic World toy range really is perfect for everyone, it has a nice range of items and there's something for everyone's budget and they all very entertaining from the really big toys to the little ones.
They could make the perfect birthday present, a well done on a school achievement or I'm going to say it.... stocking filler!

All the boys love the Jurassic World range and have played with them every day since we unboxed them! 
Most of the figures and dinosaurs all join us at meal times.

Highly recommended 

Suitable for ages 3+

One of the boys stop motion clips.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

LEGO City // Jungle Halftrack Mission Review

I recently shared a post all about how LEGO and Nat Geo Kids were teaming up...

National Geographic Kids and LEGO® City have collaborated on a special partnership to inspire children to explore, discover and learn about jungles and the importance of their preservation. 
Known for his Science outreach work and exploration of the "Boiling River” in the Amazon, National Geographic Explorer, Andres Ruzo, is spearheading the project, and is passionate about sharing the importance of these habitats with future ‘young explorers’. 

Through LEGO City Jungle bricks, vehicles, and mini-figures Ruzo has created a fun way to highlight what incredible habitats jungles are, helping children learn more about their diversity, incredible plant and animal species, as well the importance of conservation for the future.

To go along side that blog post, LEGO sent me the new Lego City Jungle Halftrack Mission to review.

Noah loves his wildlife and often enjoys watching programmes like Deadly 60, Planet Earth etc, so when I told him all about LEGO's venture he was eager to get his hands on one of the new sets.

The Jungle Halftrack Mission comes with 4 bags and 3 instruction books!
The set includes a male and female explorer mini figures, 
panther and spider figures, 
a camera, 
and a build-able campfire, 
an AVT with removable crate and the halftrack with chain.
Total piece count - 378 pieces,
Recommended age 6+.

Noah found it really easy following the instructions and whizzed his way through the first book within 10 minutes.
He loved that he now has a LEGO panther, which is one of his favourite animals!

Book two was the Halftrack, he needed a little help with this and I was more than happy to lend a hand.
I love building LEGO, I find it quite therapeutic in a way.
It was also nice spending some one on one time with Noah, as that doesn't seem to happen as much as it should.

Book Three was the Temple.
Noah loved building this as he loved making the booby trap and laughed even more as he said it....
Much to my annoyance he didn't let me help with this bit.

This LEGO set was great fun to build, and we had even more fun setting the scenes for the photos in the garden and having fun playing with the mini figures.

It was great to see Noah's imagination come alive.

You can buy the LEGO Jungle halftrack Mission from SMYTHS Toy store for £24.99

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, 30 January 2017

The Wheels On The Digger Go Round and Round

Rupert loves pretty much anything with wheels!
Even round about at the park, he would much rather lay on the floor and watch them than actually sit on the roundabout!

Jon apparently was the same when he was young.

Ru always has a car in his hand, or a couple shoved in his pockets when we venture out and about.

He recently has been enjoying playing with some new JCB wheel loaders.

JCB explore offer a great range of diggers of all sizes and models.
Perfect for little ones to let their imaginations run wild.
Ru likes to re an act cars and pretends his wheel loaders are the tractors in the film which Mator an Lightning scare.

For a child who isn't big on role play, its wonderful seeing him act out one of his favourite films.

He's getting quite a collection now and his digger line up is nearly as impressive as his cars line ups.

The large Wheel Loader is available on amazon for £12.68, suitable for ages 3+.
The mini Wheel Loader is available over on JCB explore for £3.99 suitable for ages 1+.
Both are perfect for indoor and outdoor play!

Do you have a digger crazy child?

**We are brand ambassadors for JCB kids, Toys were sent for the purpose of this post.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Paint Your Own Fairy Door Review

I have always been a big fan of the Irish Fairy Door Company so when I was asked to review a paint your own fairy door, a new product from them I was more than eager to say yes!
Fairies aren't just for girls!
My boys love the idea of fairies and having one come live with us has cause a big buzz in the house!

They are all on their best behaviour and love waking up to see if our boy fairy Flynn has left them a little note.

The idea behind the Fairy Doors is to keep the imagination alive!
Fairies also blow away bad dreams, take care of sick or hurt insects, collect teeth, write notes, take worries away, grant wishes, watch dreams at night to learn more about their humans, collect food and train Greenwings (trainee fairies).
These are just a few of the jobs they do. They also being good luck and happiness where ever they go!

In the paint your own fairy door kit you receive
a wooden door,
3 stepping stones,
felt tip pens,
a paint brush,
door art - flowers, clovers, toadstools, hinges, etc.
a magic key,
the Family / Fairy Lease Agreement,
a secret code to register your fairy,
colouring book / fairy welcome guide.

The boys asked me to paint the door and told me which colours to use.
They all then took it in turns to place on the decorations.

Once our door was dry, we placed it on top of our radiator cover by the front door, the twins thought this would be the best place for our new fairy to live. As its away from the dog and little Rupert hands.
They did get slightly worried about when we move to our new house, but I told them Flynn would be able to go and stay in Fairy Valley whilst we got set up and then we'd be able to invite him back!

Flynn was very easy to register over on the Irish Fairy Door Company's website, it took no longer than 5 minutes.

The night we put the key out the twins went to bed with out any hiccups, they were so excited about the next morning they couldn't wait to fall asleep.
In the morning they raced down the stairs to see if Flynn had moved in.

After school the twins each drew a picture and told me what to write in a note and they left them in front of his door!

I love seeing them get so excited when they talk about Flynn and what they want to leave for him and how all their bad dreams have gone.
Noah is desperate to loose another tooth so Flynn can take it off to his tooth fairy friend.
I have also told them if they really behave their special Elf Scout will come back this Christmas through Flynn's special door.
As you can imagine the boys are all trying their best to behave.

Both the boys and myself love the fairy door, the magic and fun it brings really is priceless!

These are just some of the benefits of having a fairy come and live with you:
  • Self-expression – children are encouraged to make up stories and draw pictures for their fairies
  • Language skills – developed through note-writing and reading with family
  • Recognition – fairies love to praise and let their humans know how proud they are of their everyday hard work and achievements
  • Support – fairies have often been very supportive of lessons when a message is being delivered e.g. “I love it when your room is nice and tidy! It’s makes it much easier for me to come in and out through my door!’
  • Make and do – we provide weekly updates, some of which are make and do activities. Once you register your fairy, you receive a weekly email to help the whole family keep the magic flowing easily
  • Emotional topics – fairies are amazing at taking worries away and sometimes even help to grant wishes!   
If your looking for that perfect Christmas present why not buy a Paint Your Own Fairy Door for only £20.00.
It's sure to make any child glow with excitement!

*I was sent the product for free, in return for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Elli Woollard Book Reviews || The Giant of Jum, The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight and Swashbuckle Lil 'The Secret Pirate'

We love a good bedtime story in the mini beast house.
Anything that takes us away to another land or time is brilliant.

We were recently sent a trio of Elli Woollard books.
The Giant of Jum,
The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight and
Swashbuckle Lil 'The Secret Pirate.'

A little bit about Elli -
Elli Woollard is an exciting talent on the picture books scene, who started writing stories after an embarrassing incident in which her youngest son broke Michael Rosen's glasses. In addition to picture books, she also writes children's poems. Her snappy rhymes, catchy rhythms and witty stories are sure to make her a huge success. The Giant of Jum, her first book for Macmillan, was a hit debut and the start of her winning collaboration with Benji Davies. Elli lives in London with her four children, her husband and two guinea pigs.

The first book we picked to read was The Giant of Jum.

"The Giant of Jum was a grumpy old grouch
who was constantly grizzling and grumbling .
And when he was hungry he'd slobber and slouch
and say, "oh how my tummy is rumbling!"

"Fee!" he said, "Fi!" he said, "Fo!" he said, and "Fum!"
How I pine, how I wish for a child on a dish.
Little children are yummy yum yum!"

The twins found him a bit scary to start with and hid behind their pillows but once they figured out he was a nice giant who wasn't actually going to eat children they decided they actually really liked him.

You follow the Giant of Jum as he walks through the lands to find little children to eat, specially one named Jack, but every time he meets some children he always ends up doing something nice for them.

It really is a lovely story and the book flows so nicely that its a wonderful read and really captures the imagination of little children.

The second book we read was the wonderful The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight.

The Dragons of Dread were a terrible bunch!
They ate boys for the breakfast and girls for their lunch.
But their best things of all, their favourite delights
were dribblesome, nibblesome, knobble-kneed knights.

This book follows little Dram who has to go and catch his very own knight.
On his first flight out of the dragons nest he flies through crashes of lightning and strong winds that made poor Dram loop and loops. So he ends up crashing in a pond.

Young James spots him in the middle of the pond and mistakes him for a rare kind of  duck, he rescues him and takes care of him. James isn't in his knight amour so Dram just takes him for a plain old boy.
The develop a friendship and all seems well.
But when they wake the next day, James is gone and Dram has found a place full of knights.

One knight who looks very familiar. JAMES!
They are put against each other, Dram has to bite and James has to fight!

What happens???
Well I don't want to ruin the ending, you'll have to buy the book to find out.

The boys loved this book the most out of the two. Since reading it they have made me make them some cardboard shields so in case they bump into any dragons they are ready for battle!

The illustrations in both these books were beautiful, and they really brought the books alive!
Illustrated by Benji Davis;

Benji Davies is an illustrator, author and animation director.
His first self-penned picture book The Storm Whale won the inaugral Oscar’s First Book Prize in 2014 and was shortlisted for Booktrust’s Best Book Awards. His second, Grandad’s Island, won the children’s book category of the AOI World Illustration Awards 2015 and was crowned Best Picture Book and overall Children’s Book of the Year at the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2015.

'When Lil sat at school doing spellings and sums,
Nobody, nobody guessed
That she wasn't at all like an ordinary girl,
And under her jumper and vest....
Lil was a pirate, a swashbuckling pirate.'

I read Swashbuckle Lil with Noah,

The book has two short stories in it
The Secret Pirate and Croc Ahoy.

He wasn't too keen to start with as he thought it was a girl book and he was far too boyish to have a girl book read to him.
We took it in turns to read a chapter each.

From the moment I started reading he was hooked. With the stories both being in rhyme it was hard to put down the book which resulted in us reading it front to back in one sitting!
Not bad for a book about a girl, and Noah actually really enjoyed it.
He also found it an easy read, and he didn't need any help from me when he was reading his bits.

Lil is a girl with a great imagination and instead of doing he school work, she is far too busy in her own little world, fighting the evil pirate Stinkbeard.

In the first story Stinkbeard is trying to kidnap her teacher, and in the second Stinkbeards nasty pet croc wants to eat all her class mates for lunch.

We both laughed out loud whilst reading, its a great book and we are both hoping there'll be more from Lil in the future!

You can buy all three of these books on Amazon;
The Giant of Jum for £6.99