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Showing posts with label #ukparentblogger. 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!


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



Sunday, 22 October 2017

Transformers The Last Knight 1:10 Jumbo RC Bumblebee

Bumblebee is Optimus Primes most trusted ally. 
Now it's up to you and Bumblebee to save the world from the evil Decepticons. 
This 2 channel radio controlled jumbo size Bumblebee has full movement and is 40cm in length.
 It is a perfect replica from Transformers: The Last Knight.



The boys are all a little bit obsessed with Transformers and when I heard about this awesome Jumbo RC Bumblebee from Simba Smoby Toys I knew they would love it.
With a challenge attached to reviewing it, I knew they would be up for it.



As soon as Noah saw the car he was trying to think of all different sorts of tracks for it to do.

In the end we took full advantage of our large kitchen. 
We placed a few obstacles in its way and a track that went all the way round bypassing different things on its way and one we hadn't planned on ..... Little Link the terrifying tiny tiger trying to attack Bumblebee on his way round.


Noah and I both had a few goes at seeing who could do it the fastest and I was winning until Jon came and joined in the fun and out did us both.





The car is made well and no amount of crashing into the wall has ruined its shell .... yet.
The controls are nice and easy to use, even Rupert can operate it.
It does whoever need an awful lot of batteries, so if buying this for a Christmas present I highly recommend you make sure you have a big supply of batteries handy.
The car needs 6 and the control needs and extra 2.


Noah on one of his missions!


Bumblebee is available only from Argos for £29.99

Friday, 20 October 2017

Thomas & Friends™ Super Station


 The ultimate Thomas & Friends track set yet, the Thomas & Friends™ Super Station.
Compatible with all your favourite Thomas & Friends engines, TrackMaster, Adventures, MINIS and wood, and with room for storing over 100 engines, little one’s imaginations will soar to the Island of Sodor! 


For those of you who follow the blog you'll know how much Ru enjoys all sorts of vehicle toys, his love for his cars is strong but a close second is playing with his Thomas & Friends railway tracks.

He adores watching the trains go round and round - something that I put down to his sensory traits.
Often when he's had a hard day / week the one thing I know that will instantly help is building up a track and letting him slip away into a little Thomas trance.

Watching the trains go round instantly takes his focus and makes him smile!

All the parts 
MINIS, Adventures, Track Master and Wooden Railways track toys.

So when I was asked if we wanted to review the brand new Super Station I jumped at the chance and responded with a yes straight away.

Ru had seen the advert for it on the television and pointed it out to me, something that he rarely does.
So I knew he would love it.

I really wasn't expecting it to be as big as it is, as sometimes toy size can be a little misleading but the Super Station is true to form and it is pretty massive.

It was so big that I had to move it from the lounge half built to the kitchen as I knew it was going to take up far too much room in the lounge.

Something that you can see for yourself in the pictures.


 Key Features;

Compatible with TrackMaster, Adventures, MINIS and Wood engines
  • Room for over 100 engines
  • 10 metres of track 
  • Features iconic locations including Tidmouth Sheds, Brendam Docks, Knapford Station, the Sodor Steamworks, the Dieselworks and Blue Mountain Quarry
  • Use the adapter pieces to connect to other playsets to create an even bigger playset for hours of fun
  • Suitable from 3 years+
  • RRP: £129.99


Ru was keen to get playing as soon as I started building and he wouldn't leave me alone until I had placed some batteries inside the TrackMaster Thomas engine.
So whilst I built the track he let Thomas ride around the parts I had built whilst eagerly telling me to hurry up.


After deciding which track we were going to build first it took me around 20 minutes to build it.
As well as building the track correctly, I took my time making sure the stickers which were supplied along with the instructions were stuck nicely and in all the right places.

Once it was done, even I was impressed by it's size. 
Ru was so impressed that he took his time walking around and looking at it taking it all in and whispering 'wow' to himself.


Ru loves that the track is the perfect height for him.
He can either sit down to play with the track on the floor or stand up to play with the train shed track and Cranky.

He gets so involved in play that I can actually get stuff done around the house with out him noticing.

I even managed to go to the shops on my own whilst I left him with Jon (something that I can rarely get away with) as he was just so immersed in watching Thomas go round & round and up & down that he hadn't notice me pop my shoes on and head for the door.


I love how you can store all the different trains on the track, as I'm always finding Ru's MINIs dotted around the house, so its nice that we now have a cool place to store them.
At least now we have all his trains in the one place and I don't have to spend ages searching all the toy boxes for them.


Unfortunately for me the Super Station won't actually fit in Ru's room so it will have to live in the kitchen until Ru allows me to take it down.

Though saying that, I have found myself enjoying making up all the different tracks whilst Ru is asleep to surprise him with in the morning.
It's becoming rather addictive in a way and I have been doing it every night this week!


Rupert really adores the Super Station, the twins enjoy a sneaky play and even Noah likes to get involved when Ru isn't looking and as I just said I can't help but enjoy building new set ups!

 A definite win for all the Mini Beast crew.


This is definitely one of the top toys for this Christmas and if I hadn't been extremely lucky enough to  be offered the opportunity to review it, it would have been on the top of our Christmas list.

xx


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Havex Machines

Are You Ready To #WreakHavex?

MGA Entertainment’s New Transforming Boy’s Toy Prepares For Battle – Introducing Havex Machines


Race. Transform. Battle…! 
Race your micro car into the battle pod and watch it automatically transform into an awesome land, sea or air vehicle, Havex Machines are here to #wreakhavex.




For ages 6+ there will be seven unique vehicles to collect throughout the year with four launching in August including; 
Combat Bot with its advanced weaponry and powerful armour, 
Strike Chopper, which is perfect for attacks needing heavy firepower and the ability to avoid enemy fire. 
Lightning Sub is a mighty defence against a coastal attack. With its speed and firepower,
 Sonic Jet is the best at battlefield recon!   


Noah instantly took a liking to these Havex machines and couldn't wait battle them.
We had a little trouble in getting the battle pods to stay in the battle pod shape, but he soon got the hand of it.

He loved how easily they transformed into their vehicles.
He loved racing Ru as he knew he'd always win!

His favourite one was Mech Ray as it looks just like his favourite sea creature The sting Ray.

Key Features;

  • Comes with a micro car that magically transforms the battle pod into a Combat Bot land vehicle
  • Havex Machines are automatic transforming land, sea or air vehicles
  • Race your micro car into the battle pod to initiate the automatic transformation, revealing your battling vehicle
  • Contents: One micro car, one transforming Havex Machines vehicle and a collector’s guide
  • Ages 6+




These would make fantastic Christmas stocking fillers!


Priced from £11.99 and available from Toys R Us, Smyths and The Entertainer.
 Kids will be able to #wreakhavex with Havex Machines.