Category: Toy Reviews

Summer 4 in 1 SuperSeat Review | {Ad – Gifted}

Summer 4 in 1 SuperSeat Review | {Ad – Gifted}

We’ve been lucky enough to be sent a Summer 4 in 1 SuperSeat to try out over the last few weeks and today I wanted to tell you a bit about it and why it’s become our favourite baby & toddler seat. The seat can […]

Lanka Kade Wooden Animals {Review}

Lanka Kade Wooden Animals {Review}

As you probably know by now, Florence loves animals. Last year while looking for birthday presents for her I stumbled upon a range of chunky wooden toy animals that looked like they were more than up for the challenge of surviving a one year old’s […]

Toy Review: Playing in a Winter Wonderland with Zimpli Kids SnoBall Play

Toy Review: Playing in a Winter Wonderland with Zimpli Kids SnoBall Play

It’s been a long time since I shared any of our tuff spot play, but today I thought I’d show you one of the Christmas play activities we’ve been loving throughout Advent. This morning I created a winter wonderland tuff spot using the SnoBall Play kit from Zimpli Kids and it provided hours of fun and play for Florence and really got us both in the Christmas mood. We even had a Christmas playlist playing in the background.

Just so you know…

*The SnoBall Play kit used in this activity was sent to us by Zimpli Kids in return for this review. We’ll be working with them over the coming weeks on some more toddler play ideas, so keep an eye out for those!

Creating a Winter Wonderland Tuff Spot with SnoBall Play

Making the SnoBall Play couldn’t have been easier. In the box, you get two 25g bags of powder which you mix with water following the instructions on the side of the box. You need about 1.4l of water per 25g bag which when mixed together makes a small mixing bowl of ‘snow’. The snow itself is of a sort of granulated jelly consistency when ready.

I poured the ‘snow’ out on to the tuff spot and it covered around half of it. I did consider making up the other packet but once Florence was playing it meant that she could sit on the dry patch bit while playing with the snow in front of her.

I added some of the Christmas characters from Florence’s HappyLand advent calendar along with the tea pot house for Santa’s grotto, fir trees and some little wooden houses to make a Christmas village. I used a blue plastic plate to make a little lake where the whale & penguins could live.

Florence loved picking up the snow in her hands and sprinkling it over the buildings and the animals and stomping around in it too. She seemed to like the texture and the coolness of the ‘snow’ in her hands and squelching it in between her toes.

The snow is mouldable and so we played at making snow castles using some stacking shapes exclaiming ‘WOW!’ every time we lifted the shape up.  We also made ‘snow angels’ using cookie cutters, watching as the snow stayed in the shape formed. 

Most of all though, Florence loved shovelling! She scooped up the snow and moved it from pile to pile, filling the different cups as well as the house up with snow and then sweeping it all out again. 

The kit, as the name suggests, is actually intended to be used to make indoor snowballs for snow play, but as Florence is younger this is just one of the alternative ways you could play with it. SnoBall Play is available to buy on Amazon, along with the rest of Zimpli Kids range here for just £3.67. 

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Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Ever since Florence was born I have been SO excited to introduce her to the wonder of train play. I don’t remember having a train set myself as a child, I think I had cars and vehicles but not necessarily an actual train set with […]

Toy Review: Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter

Toy Review: Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter

I’ve teamed up with one of my favourite toy brands to share my thoughts on their top picks for Christmas for babies & toddlers as part of my toy review series. Hape are the worlds largest producer of wooden toys priding themselves on their use […]

Toy Review: Christmas Shopping with Wicked Uncle

Toy Review: Christmas Shopping with Wicked Uncle

Over the next few weeks, as we all busy ourselves with Christmas shopping and preparing for the most wonderful time of the year, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the many toys out there on the market for babies & toddlers. I am passionate about supporting small businesses and so along with a few bigger names there will be a host wonderful independent brands featuring here. Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on two of the toys on offer at Wicked Uncle, the home of a range of children’s gifts. Disclosure: I am very lucky to have been offered the chance to test out their service and products in exchange for my honest feedback.

SHOPPING AT WICKEDUNCLE.CO.UK

First though, let me tell you a bit about what it’s like to shop at Wicked Uncle. The idea behind the whole shopping experience is to essentially make gift buying for children easier, quicker and accessible for not only those who see your kids all the time, but for those who maybe live further a field too. You log on, select the age & sex (optional) of the child you’re buying for and a range of carefully selected, suitable toys appear before your eyes. Once you’ve chosen the toy(s) you’re going to buy you’ll be directed to the checkout process where you can choose from a variety of gift wrap options, add a greetings card to your order and opt to have the item(s) delivered to you or directly to the recipient which is handy if you’re not likely to see them before the big day, or indeed if you’re a bit late in getting a gift sorted!

When it came to choosing the toys I thought Florence might like, I looked in both the 1year and 2 year age brackets as she’ll be more or less in the middle by the time Christmas comes around. I also skipped the whole gender selection thing and opted to see toys aimed at both boys and girls.

Fix it – my very own tool set

Florence is just starting to get in to role play and likes to try and copy and get involved with things we do Day to day. Sean works in the building trade and is also a bit of a ‘fixer’ and so I thought it’d be nice to add a tool set to her Christmas list. Unusually for me, I chose this plastic Fix it – my very own tool set as opposed to the fabric option also available as the different components seemed chunkier and a bit more durable. The set includes a little tool box complete with carry handle and five colourful tools; a drill (which makes noise when you squeeze the trigger, a hammer, a screwdriver, a spanner and a saw. The only thing missing in my opinion are a couple of screws and bolts that fit the screwdriver and spanner.

It always amazes me how children instinctively know what to do with different things. Upon opening the set, she immediately took the lightweight hammer and started wandering around banging the furniture as to ‘fix it’. Once all of the hammering was complete, she then picked up the screwdriver and again walked around ‘screwing’ in the corners, finding a few uncovered screws as she went.

I left the tool set out for a couple of days before repackaging it and wrapping it in time for Christmas morning, just to see whether she’d return to her game. It was the first thing she’d go to in the mornings! The sign of a well loved gift right there.

The Fix it – my very own toolset is available at Wicked Uncle for £19.95, which I think for the quality and opportunity for play is reasonable.

JANOD four seasons stacking pyramid

As you probably already know, I’m a big fan of themed play and a lot of the activities I do with Florence are themed around the changing seasons so you can see why these four seasons cubes appealed to me. Beautifully illustrated with typical scenes from Autumn, winter, summer and spring on each side, the cardboard cubes can be stacked on top of each other to form a pyramid, placed within each other, used to hide smaller toys & seasonal treasure under or lined up to create a scene. You can also use them separately from each other and We’ll be using ours in our small world play throughout the year.

They retail at £16.95 and are suitable from 1 year.

As well as baby & toddler toys, Wicked Uncle also offer a variety of gifts & toys for older children. Overall, I’m very impressed with the entire shopping experience offered at Wicked Uncle and it’ll definitely be a shop I return to when looking for gifts for both our children and those of friends and family.

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Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Review

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Review

Florence was bought a trike for her birthday by her Grandparents & and Great Grandma and I really wanted to tell you all about it, because it makes such a great gift for little one’s and Florence absolutely loves it. The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike […]

Toy Review: Hape Little Red Bus Review

Toy Review: Hape Little Red Bus Review

As you know, we’re working with Hape in the lead up to Christmas to share our thoughts on a selection of their baby toys. Last week, I told you all about all the fun we’ve been having with our Penguin wobbler and this week I […]