Category: Toy Reviews

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 […]

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 of renewable and long lasting materials across their range. Today I’m here to tell you all about the Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter.

Combining two iconic toddler toys, Hape have created a 2 in 1 shape sorter & xylophone which offers a whole host of opportunities to learn and play.

The xylophone, technically a glockenspiel, is comprised of five metal bars with different notes , perfectly pitched for a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle and can be played using the plastic stick that comes with it. I do have to wonder why, when most of the the rest of the toy is made from wood, the stick is plastic? The stick itself is quite light weight and so doesn’t always make the desired sound when used to hit the notes, the way a wooden one would but it is a good shape for little hands.

The notes can also be played by placing the different coloured wooden blocks into their corresponding holes, making the sound a little rewarding sound of success! There is a square, a triangle, a circle, a star and a pentagon and once in place you can tap them, the way you would a piano, to make the bars chime.

The variety of colours and shapes offers up a great opportunity to teach and learn colour & shape words and introduce some sorting too.

I love the way this toy really is two toys 2-in-1 and how it combines sensory and musical play with early education in mind too.

Available on Amazon for £23.99, the Hape Xylophone shape sorter would make a brilliant Christmas or birthday gift for children aged 1-3.

Disclosure: I was sent one Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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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 […]

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 wanted to share with you what we make of the Little Red Bus* we were sent.

The Hape Mini Vehicle range consists of a wide variety of wooden transport items including a car, a tractor, a school bus, a truck and more! We were lucky enough to receive a Little Red Bus* to test out. I’ve always loved the idea of Florence having cars & trains & planes to play with and so these bigger, baby friendly versions make the perfect introduction to this new world of play. Florence Baby's First Christmas 3

The first thing that strikes you is how bright and bold in colour they are. The red of the ‘Little Red Bus*’ is similar to that of a London Bus and works in perfect contrast to its natural wooden wheels. The three window holes make it lovely and easy for little fingers to handle and grasp without any difficulty while also being extremely robust in design. The wheels move easily too, enabling your little one to push and pull the vehicle along. All great features for developing those early fine motor skills.

As Florence is only just six months, a lot of our play with this involves me moving the vehicle along for her to watch or rolling it over her legs and tummy which she finds very funny! We’ve also been using the visual word ‘beep’ to help build upon those early language skills which I read about here.

Like everything these days, the Little Red Bus*  ends up in her mouth more often than not. She has two teeth now which are incredibly cute but also super sharp! Despite her doing her best to gnaw her way through it, I am really impressed with how the red paint hasn’t even showed a hint of any damage. It’s a fab little toy to pop in the changing bag for on the go play too. Hape Mini Vehicles Review 2

For only £6.00 I feel like this little wooden bus is a lovely idea for a baby’s first stocking or Christmas gift. We’ve bought a helicopter from the range to pop in Flo’s.

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As mentioned before, we were sent this Little Red Bus by our friends at Hape in return for our honest feedback. All of the opinions published in this review are my own.

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Toy Review: Jingle Jangle Penguin Play – Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler Review

Toy Review: Jingle Jangle Penguin Play – Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler Review

We are so thrilled to be working with one of our favourite Toy Brands again in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re a regular around here, you might remember that a few months back, Hape sent us an adorable set of bath toys to […]

Jo Jo Maman Bebe Woodland Cubes Review

Jo Jo Maman Bebe Woodland Cubes Review

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I am a massive fan of themed baby play. It is a fab way to introduce your little one to different toys & experiences and over the last few weeks, our play has been centered […]