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Toy Review: See the World Through Others’ Eyes Brainstorm Toys

AD/Gifted. In our house, science toys and sets are always popular. This week we’ve been putting the See the World Through Others’ Eyes set from Brainstorm Toys to the test.

Toy Review: See the World Through Others’ Eyes Brainstorm Toys

See the World Through Others’ Eyes is a really interesting science set. It includes a set of glasses with interchangeable lenses which allow you to see the world in 20 different ways. These include; cat; dog; rat; horse; cow; elephant; fish; shark; cuttlefish; bird; eagle; T-rex; unicorn; astronaut; colour blindness; new born baby; near vision; fly; bee and dragonfly. The box also contains detailed instructions and explanations about how the lenses work and how various animals, including humans see.

The set is aimed at children aged 6+ and I tried it out on two nine year old boys. We went through the instruction booklet and learned about how we see, then we went through the lenses and learned about how each animal sees. It was really, really interesting and we had some great conversations about how eyes work and what it must feel like to see like a dog etc.

Toy Review: See the World Through Others’ Eyes Brainstorm Toys

I think although children aged 6+ can get a lot out of it, really understanding the biology and the science behind how animals and humans see, means that it was pitched pretty perfectly at the two nine year olds who were playing with the set.

We made a short video to demonstrate the set, see what the boy thinks below…

This science set from Brainstorm Toys is really good value at £14.99. It is fairly robust, easy to use and the information booklet is really interesting and informative. The boys loved it and once we had worked through all the combinations, they set to work inventing their own – great fun!

See the World Through Others’ Eyes from Brainstorm Toys is available from Smyths Toys and costs around £14.99.

We were sent the See the World Through Others’ Eyes set for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set

AD/Gifted. Angry Birds seem to have been around forever, going from video game, to movie and now you can get Angry Birds toys. This week sees the launch of the Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set just in time for the release of the latest Angry Birds movie!

The Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Set from Maisto is based around the popular Angry Birds game. The set contains everything you need to build a figure of 8 track, plus two Angry Birds figures and cars and radio control handsets.

Toy Review: Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set

The Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Set is suitable for ages 6+. My nearly 9 year old had no problems setting it up. The track was really easy to slot together and the risers were easy to put together and attach too; though there was a bit of trial and error in getting the height of them all just right.

Toy Review: Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set

The battery pack was slightly more problematic and needed the help of an adult with a screwdriver. It also took 8 AA batteries, so make sure you’ve got a pack in before you decide to set it up and play.

The box comes with a cut out and use Eagle Mountain printed on the back; which I thought was a great idea, but then realised once I’d cut it out that I wouldn’t be able to use the original box to put all the pieces in again afterwards for storage.

Once the track is set up it’s just a case of choosing your Angry Birds character car, either Red or Leonard and then popping the cars on the track and having a race. The hand controller takes a little bit of getting used to. The cars can race around a bit too quickly and fly off the track, keeping them on the track takes a bit of getting used to.

Toy Review: Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set

The cars themselves are a little bit tricky. The metal pieces which touch the track and help to power the car are a little bit temperamental so you have to be quite gentle with them.

The Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set would make a great Christmas present for an Angry Birds fan. It retails for around £34.99 and is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon (affiliate link).

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Giveaway & Review: Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

AD/Gifted. 2019 is the year that NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission. To tie in with this, Geomag have launched their Special Edition NASA range. We were sent their NASA Rover and NASA Rocket to play with. Plus I’m giving away a NASA Rover and NASA Rocket set to one lucky winner!

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

Geomag is a magnetic construction toy which is made in Switzerland. The sets are boxes of metal bars with a magnet on each end and metal spheres which act as corner pieces. Magnetic forces hold the bars and spheres together, creating the possibility for millions of different construction designs. There are basic sets of bars and balls and specially designed sets where you can build specific designs, like these Geomag NASA Rover and NASA Rocket sets.

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

The Geomag NASA Rover and NASA Rocket is aimed at children over five. The instructions for building the Rover and Rocket are printed on the back of the box. The instructions are really easy to follow and all the pieces you need are included. In the box, as well as the standard balls and bars, there are plastic panels and card pieces to slot in and make your Rover and Rocket look more realistic.

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

My 8 year old really loves construction toys and these Geomag sets were no different. He really enjoyed playing about with the pieces to see what shapes and structures he could make; as well as following the instructions to make both the Rocket and the Rover. They seem like great toys for working on fine motor skills, something my boy needs a little help with.

The sets are aimed at children aged 5+; I think younger children may need a little help with some aspects of the build, but it’s pretty straightforward. Plus the NASA themed sets are a great springboard for discussing space as a topic, something we do quite a lot at home.

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

These special edition Geomag sets are available from all good toy shops including The Entertainer. The Geomag NASA Rover (rrp £25) and NASA Rocket (rrp £39.99) both currently have 25% off in their half term sale.

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Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

AD/Gifted. It’s fair to say that we absolutely love How to Train Your Dragon in our house. The boy is pretty darn obsessed and frequently dresses up as our Viking hero, Hiccup. When I mentioned that we were being sent a How to Train Your Dragon Hatching Dragons Egg, he was beyond himself with excitement (as was I).

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

The How to Train Your Dragon Hatching Dragons Egg contains one large egg (with a hatching dragon inside), a fish accessory and an instruction book. It is suitable for ages 8+ and comes well packaged to (hopefully) prevent the egg from breaking at any point.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

Together we removed the egg from its packaging and read the instructions. There are two keys at the bottom of the egg which need unscrewing. Once this has been done, you’re encouraged to gently play with the egg to wake the dragon inside up. If you listen carefully, the dragon inside the egg starts to tap and make noises.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

After around an hour, the egg starts to glow a little and then hatches. This was incredibly exciting and there were lots of joyful shouts as we gathered round to watch the dragon emerge from its shell.

We helped baby Toothless out of the shell and very soon we were figuring out how to play with our new dragon. His eyes light up, his wings flap and his ears twitch. He roars, snorts, snarls and he is just brilliant.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

If you hold the fish accessory to his mouth he makes chewing sounds and the burps. Hold your hand over his chest and that activates the plasma blast where his mouth glows blue and he makes the plasma blast noise. If you talk to him, he’ll respond with head and wing movements, and lights and sounds. If you play music to him, he bops along to it. He is ace.

Toothless is really, really cute. I asked the boy what he liked best about him and he said everything and that he was the best thing ever. He’s played with him pretty constantly for the last few days which I always take as a positive sign.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

I think this How to Train Your Dragon Hatching Dragons Egg is brilliant. It’s really well done and Toothless is just a bundle of baby dragon joy. This hatching dragon is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon for around £59.99.

We were sent this How to Train Your Dragon Hatching Dragons Egg for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

AD/Gifted. The school holidays can take some filling. In the last few days of freedom before school started again I was running on empty and fast running out of ideas. With an afternoon free and two boys to entertain, I pulled out this So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory; sold it to them as a science experiment and accidentally turned two boys into bath bomb entrepreneurs.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

The So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory costs £19.99 and contains everything you need to make 6 bath bombs. The set includes a mixing station, 3 storage tubes and a moulding shape, a pipette and measuring spoon, 12 bags of powder, 2 bags of decorations, 4 surprise figurines and an instruction leaflet.

Despite initial protests that the set was for girls, once I’d unpacked everything and set it up, the boys got very into mixing the ingredients together. To make the bath bombs, you mix a packet of coloured baking soda and one of citric acid together, add a little bit of water and any sprinkles or surprise figures, press it together and leave it to dry out for half an hour in the mould. It’s really easy and really fun to do.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

The boys were as interested in the raw ingredients as they were the final product. I let them have a little taste of the citric acid, it’s pretty much what sherbet is made of, just without the sugar. They learned that citric acid is a key ingredient in all kinds of fizzy sweets. Mixed with the coloured baking soda you get a super-fizzy bath bomb. We did proper science and they really did enjoy it.

The instructions were really clear and easy to follow. I think it’s one of the best sets of this kind we’ve tried. The mixing ball was a little bit tricky to open, so it might need a bit of adult supervision. I used a butter knife to ease it open. You also need to make sure the kids aren’t going mad adding water. My son added far too much and it took an age to dry out.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

The resulting bath bombs were brilliant. I don’t think either boy had ever had a bath with a bath bomb before, and both were thrilled with the fizziness of it all. There’s enough in the kit to make 6 scented bath bombs. I suspect you can probably buy the ingredients elsewhere and once you’ve used up all the powder packets included, you can carry on making your own.

The So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory was a brilliant way to spend an afternoon with the boys. They were both interested and enthusiastic about making the bath bombs and I think they learned a few things too. I would absolutely do this with them again.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

The So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory costs £19.99 and is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon (affiliate link). It’s a great set, everything you need is included and it’s just a brilliant box of bath bomb making fun.

Disclosure: We were set this bath bomb making kit in exchange for this review. All images and opinions are our own.

Win a pair of BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

AD/Gifted. In 2001 Sir David Attenborough brought us the Blue Planet series. 16 years later in 2017 Blue Planet II hit our screens and it has been credited with highlighting the serious problem of plastics in our oceans and the environmental impact we humans are causing. Blue Planet II was essential viewing for our family, it’s a series which young and old can learn so much from.

After watching and loving Blue Planet II, we made a point of visiting lots of aquariums to find out more about aquatic life. My 8 year old is really quite knowledgeable about marine life, and a lot of that is due to the work of Sir David Attenborough and his Blue Planet team.

BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

This month sees the launch of the BBC Earth Plush range from Posh Paws. This is a collection of Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II plush toys. They have been made with premium plush fabrics and they are spectacularly detailed. They’re really soft and huggable and we adore them!

The range of BBC Earth plushes includes:
  • 7″ Elephant, Panda, Tiger, Polar Bear, Penguin and Sea Turtle
  • 10″ Blue Planet II characters – Polar Bear, Sea Otter, Shark, Sea Turtle, Octopus and Penguin
  • 10″ Planet Earth II characters – Tiger, Elephant, Lion, Sloth, Panda and Grizzly Bear

BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

We were sent the Blue Planet II Sea Turtle, Octopus and Penguin to give a home to. The 10″ plush toys are £16.99 each and are so lovely.

First things first, lets take a look at the packaging. As you can imagine, plastic is kept to a minimum. The toys are mounted on a recyclable cardboard base. It’s impressive that the packaging is almost all recyclable and very in keeping with the ethos of the BBC Earth brand.

BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

There’s also a “Love me for life” tag, reminding people that these aren’t throwaway toys, they’re for life and if you no longer want them you can pass them on to someone who will love them again.

The plushes themselves are suitable from birth, very soft, squishy and cuddly. Each has the BBC Earth logo sewn onto them, a badge of authenticity if you will. Each creature has its own tag with interesting information about that animal. There’s also a QR code you can scan to be shown clips from Blue Planet II or Planet Earth II.

My favourite (because I do love an octopus) is the octopus. It’s got 8 legs which are slightly springy. They’ve been sewn in such a way that you can stretch them out and they spring back. The detail is terrific, the shell on the sea turtle, whilst soft, has a really detailed shell pattern, the eyes and facial features are really lifelike too. The penguin is adorable, he was my son’s favourite. He cuddled him all night and he likes everything about him.

BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

I think these BBC Earth plushes are fantastic. It’s really nice to see such good quality, true to life soft toys. They would make a great gift for an animal lover, young or old and scanning the QR code is such a good way of learning more about the cuddly creature in your care.

The BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys are available from Waterstones and other retailers.

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Toy Review: Pop Pops Snotz Series 1 from Yulu

AD/Gifted. My son loves collectables. Anything he can collect and then swap with friends in the playground is an absolute dream for him. Over the years we’ve had all kinds of things, but his latest slimy obsession is Pop Pops Snotz.

Pop Pops Snotz are bubbles of green slime (in various shades) which you pop by squashing them with your fist. The bubble bursts and the green snot-like ooze comes out. In some of the snot bubbles you’ll find a small collectable figure, which you can trade with your friends.

Toy Review: Pop Pops Snotz Series 1 from Yulu

These new Pop Pops Snotz come in various different pack sizes –
  • 3 Pack Series 1 Starter Pack
  • 6 Pack Series 1 Starter Pack
  • 12 Pack Series 1 Deluxe Pack

Each pack contains a collectors leaflet and a varying number of collectable figures. There are 60 figures to collect in series 1, so you’ve got to pop a lot of snot bubbles to find all 60 of the collectable gross Snotz characters.

My son absolutely loved popping the bubbles and playing with the slime. There are a couple of things I would do when he is having a popping session.

  • Make sure you do it on a wipe clean surface
  • Have something they can wipe their hands on as they pop
  • Have a bowl or container ready to keep the slime in
  • We also had a container for the empty bubbles

As much fun as the Pop Pops Snotz were, I have a bit of a problem with the waste they made. The bubbles you pop are made of plastic and I’m not sure how recyclable that is, there’s also no pot supplied or available to store the slime in, so ours is in a clean jam jar for now. It’s a great idea, I’m just a bit mindful of the waste aspect and I feel this could have been done better, perhaps with more recyclable or compostable options.

Toy Review: Pop Pops Snotz Series 1 from Yulu

Despite this, my son continues to love Pop Pops Snotz. I’m not sure if it’s the snot popping or the collectable element he likes most. They’re an occasional treat, a slimy, snotty, slightly disgusting occasional treat; perfect for 8 year olds!

You can buy Pop Pops Snotz from a range of retailers and online (affiliate link).

Disclosure: We were sent some Pop Pops Snotz to try in exchange for a blog post. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set

AD/Gifted. Over Easter my lovely friend Rachel from The Marvellous Mrs P and her daughter Dottie have been playing with the Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set. It’s a complete set of kitchen appliances with contemporary styling consisting of a fillable coffee maker; kettle with level gauge indicator, toaster with ‘pop-up’ toast and an extensive range of colourful crockery, cutlery and even play food. Here’s what Rachel and Dottie thought of it…

Of all the things that children learn through pretend play, surely the art of making a cuppa is the most important? I’ll never forget the first real cup of tea Beth made. She was so proud as she carried this milky, lukewarm offering towards me. Two hands – careful Mummy it’s hot.

Review: Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set

Beth’s brew making skills have improved massively since then, but now we have a new apprentice. Dorothy is a little (feeder) hostess in the making.

She’s had a great time playing with this realistic looking Morphy Richards set from Casdon. The set comprises a kettle, toaster and coffee maker in her favourite colour, complete with plates, cups and even breakfast food. The pieces are nicely made and sturdy, which they have to be to withstand our little tearaway!

We pushed down the lever on the toaster, watched patiently as our bread ‘cooked’ and Dottie was thrilled when the toast popped up. She wanted to do it again and again, trying to catch the toast in the air.

Review: Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set

In fact the only thing that distracted her from the toaster was the kettle, because – hold on tight – I had filled it with water!

I can’t tell you how excited Dottie was when she realised there was real water in her kettle but what came next was even better. We poured it into the top of the coffee maker and watched it slowly ‘percolate’ into the coffee pot below. This meant that Mummy could have her nice cup of tea with ‘alund milk’ (almond milk) and Daddy his coffee with ‘moo milk’ (cow’s milk) and we could both tuck in to a well deserved fry up.

All in, this is a great set for children aged from as young as two year upwards. Because children enjoy pretend play for a long time, especially when water is involved. The pieces are nicely made and very realistic; you could use them to create a play kitchen or a cafe. All three of the main toys have working elements so that groups of friends can play together without squabbling over one toy!

Dorothy really enjoying making drinks, laying a table and practicing saying please, thank you and you’re welcome. All important skills to learn!

Review: Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set

The Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set has an RRP of £17 but is currently available on Amazon for £12.99. 

Disclaimer: Rachel received the Casdon Morphy Richards Kitchen Set for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this post.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

AD/Gifted. If you’ve got kids, you can’t fail to have heard about the release of the latest film from Nickelodeon Movies – Wonder Park. Released in the UK on 8th April, Wonder Park has been THE movie to see over Easter. Following the success of the film, the Wonder Park Toy Collection has been launched and today we take a look at some of the toys in the range.

Wonder Park is the story of a magnificent amusement park run by animals where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. In the Wonder Park Toy Collection there are a number of toys available to suit a range of budgets.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

At the top of the range is the Wonder Park Ferris Wheel Playset. This costs £19.99 from John Lewis and is suitable for ages 3+. You can light up the Ferris Wheel at a push of a button and spin it to take the Greta and Wonder Chimp figures which are included on a wonderful ride. The set includes one Ferris Wheel, one exclusive Greta, and one exclusive Wonder Chimp. It’s solidly built and a toy which would not be easily broken. The ferris wheel is easy to put together and the flashing lights are really lovely. It’s not a noisy toy and I appreciate that.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

Next up we have the Wonder Park Flying Fish Ferris Wheel Playset; which is £14.99 from John Lewis and suitable for ages 3+. The Flying Fish Carousel is a ride straight from the movie that turns and includes 3 detachable flying fish, an exclusive June figure and her Peanut doll. The set includes some instructions for putting it together, which are easy to follow. The flying fish just slot into the ferris wheel which just clips together. It’s a pretty little toy and one you can have lots of fun with.

At the more pocket money priced end of the range; the Wonder Park Gus and Cooper Figure Set comes with snack accessories, including a big box of popcorn and a drink, so you can have even more Wonder Park fun. Use your imagination and think of sweet scenes, or recreate your favourite moments from the film. The set costs £7 and is suitable for ages 3+.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

The last set we played with was the Wonder Chimp Surprise 3 pack. The pack includes a bright Wonder Park vehicle which you can roll around; plus three Wonder Chimps to fit inside it. One of your new Wonder Chimp figures is a mystery – you won’t know who you have until you pop open the packaging. There are 30 different Wonder Chimps to collect in Series 1. This pack costs £5 and is suitable for ages 3+.

Toy Review: Wonder Park Toy Collection #WonderParkToys

If your little ones are fans of the film, the Wonder Park Toy Collection is affordable and interesting; with collectibles too. Recreating all the fun of the film is easy with these versatile toys.

The Wonder Park Toy Collection by Funrise Toys also features some cuddly toys, you can see the full range of toys from the movie on the John Lewis website.

Disclosure: I was sent these toys for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: New Schleich Dinosaur Figurines for 2019

AD/Gifted. Over the weekend we were looking back at pictures of my son as a toddler and there were a few pictures of him playing with some of the dinosaur figures we’d got him. He’s still playing with them now and every few months we add another dinosaur or two to his collection. Over Easter we’ve added the new 2019 Schleich Dinosaur Figurines to his dino box and he’s thrilled!

The new collection of Schleich Dinosaur Figurines includes the Spinosaurus (£19.99), Giganotosaurus (£19.99), Dimetrodon (£9.99), Dimorphodon (£7.99) and Animantarx (£7.99).

What I really like about the new dinosaurs in the range is that they’re not just the usual, popular dinosaurs. I really like that they’re slightly more unusual, and that’s really great for dinosaur enthusiasts to explore and play with.

Review: New Schleich Dinosaur Figurines for 2019

The Spinosaurus was one of the most dangerous dinosaurs. It is considered the biggest carnivore because it was even bigger than the T-rex and the Giganotosaurus! It can be easily distinguished from the other two dinosaurs by the spiny sail on its back and its crocodile-like snout. It’s a bigger figurine, really detailed and has a movable lower jaw for extra ferociousness!

Review: New Schleich Dinosaur Figurines for 2019

The Giganotosaurus is quite similar to the T-rex. Both were hunters with short arms, walked on two legs and had a large skull. However, the Giganotosaurus lived much earlier and was from North America, whereas the Tyrannosaurus rex lived in South America. This large sized figure had a movable lower jaw and is a fearsome as his T-rex cousin!

Review: New Schleich Dinosaur Figurines for 2019

The Dimetrodon is often referred to as a dinosaur. However, it is a primeval reptile, a so-called Pelycosaurus. It has a sail on its back was made of skin and bones, helping it to warm itself quicker in the sun. If it wanted to cool down, it positioned the sail parallel to the sun’s rays. This colourful reptile also has a movable lower jaw and makes a colourful addition to any dino collection.

Review: New Schleich Dinosaur Figurines for 2019

The Animantarx was an approximately 3-metre-long dinosaur with bone plate armour. Only one skeleton of the dinosaur has ever been found, so scientists don’t really know much about it. It lived during the Upper Cretaceous period, at the time of Argentinosaurus and Giganotosaurus, and fed on plants. It has a squat body and looks like it would be a dangerous enemy to have!

My favourite dino from the collection is the Dimorphodon. It was a small flying dinosaur with a large skull and a long beak. It hunted fish, insects, lizards and other vertebrates, which it held with its claws and then ripped apart with its fangs. With its short wings it could probably only fly short distances, for example from tree to tree. They styling of the figure is really sweet and I can really picture it swooping down to hunt.

Review: New Schleich Dinosaur Figurines for 2019

The new Schleich Dinosaur Figurines are aimed at children and collectors aged 5+, though the figures are suitable for ages 3+. The new collection also includes a newly re-styled Plesiosaurus, a Dracorex and a Diabloceratops.

As with anything made by Schleich, everything has been beautifully hand-painted and the modelling and attention to detail is excellent. They are really great collectors pieces and the quality is fantastic. The Schleich Dinosaurs my son has been playing with since he was three are still in perfect condition and still played with on a very regular basis. I’ve decided to keep them once he (if he) grows out of them to pass on to any grandchildren I might have.

If you’re building a dino collection of your own, or if you’re starting a collection, these Schleich dinosaur figures are a great place to start. The full range of dinosaurs is extensive, so whatever dino is your favourite, it’s bound to be available.

You can buy Schleich dinosaurs from a wide range of retailers including Smyths Toys and directly from Schleich.

Disclosure: We were sent some of the Schleich Dinosaurs range for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.