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Children’s Gifts from Wicked Uncle #Review

As a child, there was always a family relative who meant well by buying me a gift, but most of the time got it a bit wrong. You see, if you don’t have children, or do but they’re a different age or gender, it’s often hard to know what to buy as a gift. My children, have grown to accept that there’s one Auntie who always gets it wrong, last Christmas one was presented with a Thomas the Tank engine pencil, while the other received a spoon and some socks split from a multi pack to make the parcel look a bit bulkier (I guess they were practical..). So, when Wicked Uncle offered to leap to our rescue and show Auntie what she should be buying the children, we had to say yes!

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Here’s what Auntie had to say.. Continue reading Children’s Gifts from Wicked Uncle #Review

Review of Axel Scheffler’s Noisy Jungle and Competition!

I am a big fan of reading with my boys, it’s good for them and I really enjoy it! When we got the chance to review a fabulous new book from Campbell books called Noisy Jungle by Axel Scheffler (you might remember him as the illustrator of the Gruffalo!) Noisy Jungle is counting book, with fun noise buttons to press as you read, E loved counting as we read the fun rhyming story and dancing to the jungle rhythms on the monkey button!

It is beautifully illustrated, and at the end it encourages imaginative play with a task of what noise does this animal make (although E just wanted to press all the buttons the first time we read the book!). E really enjoyed spotting the parrot hiding on each page and he tells me that his favourite animal is the elephants! I think this is a lovely book, beautifully illustrated and enjoyable to read with my children. I also like the fact that as it is so colourful, both boys have sat and looked at it together! You can also replace the batteries once they run out too, which means the book can be loved with its sounds over and over again!

Axel Scheffler’s Noisy Jungle is available from all good book shops from 30th January 2014 RRP £12.99 if you’d like the chance to WIN a copy follow the simple steps below! 

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Tree Fu Tom gifts, perfect for Christmas! Review

When Tree Fu Tom hit our screens on Cbeebies, my eldest son instantly loved the programme and would tell everyone his favourite programme was “Tree fu Tom!!” and they would mostly look back with confusion as they tended to be people who had yet to be introduced! A couple of years on, I’m glad to say that when he talks about Tree Fu Tom, he gets less confused looks and more “oh!! that’s the one with the boy in the acorn hat!!” to which he usually replies in a disgruntled manner “no, that’s Twigs..”…but I digress. 

The lovely PR people for Tree Fu Tom sent us a selection of goodies which arrived just in time for half term:

I have to say, I was really impressed with the Tree Fu Tom magazine, the free gifts were actually very playable with and the wind up toy has been in daily use since it arrived! The magazine itself is a great balance of a stories, educational activities and fun, my youngest son loved the cutting out! It’s very good value, and we will definitely be buying it over the next few weeks! 

The carry along colour set is ideal for taking on days out, it’s small enough to fit in my handbag but big enough that the images are fun to colour! The boys both enjoyed this, and I enjoyed the peace and quiet of some colouring time! 

The search for Squizzle story book, features lift up flaps which the boys both enjoyed unveiling to show us what was coming next in the story! My eldest son who is 5 enjoyed the story very much, and attempted to read some of the story himself, my younger son (aged 32months) wanted to fast track some of the pages and just turn the flaps! I very much enjoyed reading them the story, and liked the fact they still get to be active while reading – there is a bit where they need to do the tree fu moves! 

We were also sent a fabulous DVD which arrived with a tree fu tom figure, this has been played with none stop and I noticed the boys acting out the adventures while watching the DVD! There are six full length episodes on the DVD, and we found that watching them one at a time was plenty! After watching one episode the boys wanted to go outside and explore or act out Tom’s adventures! This was great fun, and was a perfect starting point to lots of our half-term fun! 

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The Sooty Show – The Children’s Party DVD!

I used to really enjoy watching Sooty as a child I used to find Sweep hilarious, but it’s not something my boys have had the chance to watch until now! Abbey Home Media kindly sent us a copy of the new The Sooty Show DVD! 

 Boo sat down to watch the DVD reluctantly, but within minutes was totally captivated and laughing hysterically! He adored Sooty and Sweep and found Richard very entertaining! Each episode is full of fun and chaos in true Sooty style! Boo’s favourite episode was the one at the beach he said “I loved the episode at the beach when Richard threw the ice-cream, it was so funny!” – that episode featured Frank Bruno! I can honestly say this is perfect half-term entertainment, plenty of laughs and family friendly fun! The Sooty Show – The Children’s Party is available now!

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Jolly Logan by NICI

Sometimes we get the most amazing opportunities or goodies, and this parcel was one which made us all smile with delight:

We were sent a fabulous selection of NICI products from the Jolly Logan Range, which depicts a Wolf dressed as a sheep and a sheep dressed as a Wolf! They’re a fabulous range of gifts with something to suit all the family!

This seriously cute cuddly wolf was an instant hit with both boys (and me!) as it’s incredibly soft – perfect for a cuddle and very good quality. Both boys were  quite keen on the fact they could disguise the wolf by pulling his hood up:

I think this beautiful soft toy would make a lovely gift for anyone who’d like something to make them smile! Ours is on time share between the boys, and has already been on several adventures, he seems to be doing well to help E get over his fear of the big bad wolf in fairy tales! I envisage Logan wolf being taken on many expeditions over the next years – photos to follow!

This NICI bag is super cute, it’s big enough to fit in a A5 notebook and super soft to touch! With a great adjustable strap which can be worn across you or just on the shoulder, it’s sure to be a hit with children and adults alike! The boys have discovered Logan Wolf fits very well into the bag too..

Boo was most excited by the notepad, where he has recently started reading and writing he is very keen on nice notebooks and this one really captured his imagination! He instantly noticed the bookmarks and found homes for them in his school books, then took delight in writing his “own book” in the notepad. The note pad has plain pages so it’s perfect for any age group whether they want to sketch or write their ideas!

For me, the most exciting item in the parcel was the money tin. Growing up my sisters each had a money tin, and while I always wanted one, I never did get one, until now! Yes, I have claimed this as mine!

Firstly, I love the design – who could fail to like the cute sheep dressed as a wolf? Secondly, I love the fact this tin has a lock and key as it discourages just dipping in to the savings! The tin is a great size and there are two keys, (one for me and one for Mr G!) which means you can keep one key safe for your loved one if you give it as a gift. It’s such a cute design, I love it!

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Disclaimer: We were sent a selection of NICI items for the purposes of review, all thoughts and opinions on the items are my own.

Warner Bros Halloween – Spooky Dvds for Children!

Boo was delighted to receive a fabulous parcel of goodies from Warner Bros, just in time for Half Term and Halloween! They included 4 dvd’s including the spooky Tom and Jerry Trick or Treat, Lego Hero Factory Savage Planet, Ben 10 Destroy all Aliens and Scooby-Doo Big Top!

Boo decided we should watch Lego Hero Factory Savage Planet first and we settled down to watch it. The story is set around Aldous Witch who has transformed into an evil witch doctor and has transformed a once beautiful planet into a deadly wasteland which is destroying everything including the Heroes..will they survive?! This is an exciting action packed animated DVD, which we both enjoyed watching and I think will be watched many more times over the next few years! 

Tom and Jerry Tricks and Treats  has already been watched several times since it arrived! There is something about Tom and Jerry that appeals to both boys (and me!) this dvd has magic, a zombie Jerry and lots more Tom and Jerry antics! It’s good spooky fun without being frightening! Boo says ‘Children will be amazed by all the fun Tom and Jerry have!’

Big Top! Scooby Doo 
 This is a 75minute adventure involving a werewolf who is causing trouble for a circus, the Scooby Doo team go undercover as circus perfomers (lots of fun!) to discover what’s going on only to be confronted with an increasing amount of werewolves! We really enjoyed this, Boo wasn’t keen on the werewolves, but loved seeing the gang solve the mystery and has already asked if we can play it when his friend comes to visit at the weekend! This is a title which comes with Ultra Violet, and so we can watch it when and where we want!

Ben 10 Destroy all Aliens  was definitely Boo’s favourite, he was gripped by the story line and sat silently watching throughout the whole film (with the exception of the odd “oh!!” exclamation!). I wouldn’t say he is a Ben 10 fan, he’s seen a few episodes but isn’t to worried either way, but thinks the film is fabulous and has already asked if we can put the UV code (included) in so he can watch it on my phone next time we’re out and about! The plot involves Ben being bullied at school and deciding to go to the Total alien immersion training programme, little does he know total immersion means never being human again.. a cross-world battle with lots of excitement!

A huge thank you to Warner Bros for sending us this lovely hamper of Halloween goodies!

Melissa & Doug Folding Dolls House from the woodentoyshop.co.uk

We were delighted to be sent the Melissa and Doug folding dolls house to review. If you think dolls houses are just for girls, think again! When the box arrived Boo couldn’t wait to see inside, I was pleased that we weren’t overwhelmed with packaging, and the house is just packed tightly in plastic so it is easy to get into!

The folding dolls house comes complete with furniture and two dolls – they even have a flat screen television! The furniture is really nicely made, and sturdy enough that small hands can move it about and drop it without fear of damage. Boo spent quite some time arranging and rearranging the furniture but didn’t pay much attention to the dolls. At that point I realised he wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, so I picked one up and started to get it ‘talking’ he picked up the other doll and joined in! He soon was making the dolls go out of the door to ‘work’ or ‘cook’ in the kitchen, his imagination has really developed in just a few days!

There are no latches or catches to hold the house closed (so nothing for small fingers to get caught in!), simply carrying the house by the handles keeps it tightly closed! The handles are very smooth wood, and Boo easily carried it to show the rest of the family at the weekend!

WoodenToyShop.co.uk sell this gorgeous house for £28.77 which I think is a complete bargain, it is great quality and I would most certainly buy one as a gift!