Monday, 27 February 2017

BRIO Railway Starter Set and Starter Track Pack Review

Zachary loves trains and will sit for hours building tracks and making up his own little stories as he zooms trains about on their journeys. He and his twin sister Zoey have recently been putting the BRIO Railway Starter Set and a Starter Track Pack to the test and have both been having lots of fun doing so.


BRIO Railway Starter Set

The BRIO Railway Starter Set is the perfect set for any little budding train enthusiasts to get up and running with. It contains 3 Figures, 1 Signal, 1 Suitcase, 12 Curve track pieces, 2 Straight track pieces, 2 Slopes, 1 Bridge/Tunnel, 1 Bench, 2 Engines and a Carriage.


It is a great set to get your child used to independently building a classic figure of eight track with a bridge and tunnel. The twins have both been mastering the art of track building recently thanks to this set and have been having a lot of fun chugging the train through and over the tunnel. Zoey loves operating the stop and go signal and getting the passengers to board Zachary's train which they then send off on adventures, sometimes to the zoo, other times to the seaside and their favourite destination of all, Disney World.


BRIO Starter Track Pack

They were definitely delighted when I introduced the Starter Track Pack which allowed them to extend their track with it's 1x Buffer, 3x Junctions, 4x Mini Straights, 1x Long straight, 2x Medium Straights, 2x Small straights and gives them 5 more layout possibilities.

These two sets combined have definitely turned the twins into little master track builders and they are loving it.


Our Verdict

The sets combined contain just the right amount and type of track pieces to allow little kids to gain confidence in independent track building which I have loved witnessing with my two. As always the BRIO quality is evident, with lots of attention to detail paid when it comes to everything from the carriage, figures to the individual track pieces. BRIO products are made to stand the test of time and to withstand the rough play of little children. I can highly recommend these two sets, they are perfect for boys and girls to enjoy, aimed at age 3+ and available to buy direct from BRIO. The BRIO Railway Starter Set is priced at £39.99 and the Starter Track Pack is priced at £17.99

*Disclaimer: I received both the BRIO Railway Starter Set and Starter Track Pack for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword and Wrist Blaster Review

Ben and his friends love playing ninjas and pretending to be spies so when I heard about the Spy Gear Ninja range by Spin Master toys I knew they would be a huge hit. Needless to say there was serious excitement when I showed him the Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword and Wrist Blaster which we were sent to review. They are in his words "super awesome!".


Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword

The Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword is a 2-in-1 flashlight and ninja sword which is the perfect toy for little ninjas in training. With a push of a button the hidden sword pops out, just be careful not to hold it too close to your face or you may get a smack like Ben did. We found the sword a little stiff to fold back in the first time but once done a few times it was fine for both Ben (7) and his little brother and sister (3) to do by themselves. The kids all loved the fact that the Ninja Sword has a flashlight, or laser beam as we call it. Again, this is easy to put on with a press of a button and is perfect for night time ninja adventures which my kids love. 

The Ninja Sword itself is made of plastic and is robust enough to withstand the boisterous play you would expect from active kids, we have certainly put it to the test and it has passed with flying colours. The flashlight is a great feature which, for my kids, elevates it from just a sword to one with powerful super powers, Ben is obsessed with lasers and using them to fight evil so it cleverly let him do just that.

The Transforming Sword is suitable for ages 6+ and is available to purchase online from Amazon, currently priced at £16.74 and can also be found at the usual toy retailers such as Smyths Toys. 

Spy Gear Wrist Blaster

The Spy Gear Wrist Blaster is very cool, it straps onto your hand and wrist and can fit inside your sleeve, as long as your cuff is a wide enough one to fit it. It comes with three super sticky bullets that can be fired discreetly by pressing the lever which is at your fingertips.


The bullets with their magic sticking power have definitely impressed the kids and kept Daddy busy as he is the only one tall enough in our family to retrieve them from the ceiling. There is also a built-in accessory clip which allows you to attach the Spy Go Action Camera (sold separately) and catch awesome spy mission footage which Ben is busily saving up for.

We have had a lot of fun with the Wrist Blaster, the "sticky" bullets are brilliant as they literally stick anywhere. We have set up targets and had shooting practice and the twins and I are perfecting our ninja bullet dodging moves when Ben comes on the attack.


Like the Ninja Sword, the Wrist Blaster is well made to withstand the rough play of little ninjas. The bullets themselves are fantastic and a lot more fun that just foam bullets, you just have to keep them clean of fluff to retain the stickiness which a quick rub of a baby wipe or similar will sort.

The Spy Gear Wrist Blaster is aimed at children aged 6+ and is available to purchase online from Amazon currently priced at £14.49.

Verdict

Both the Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword and Wrist Blaster get a massive thumbs up from Ben and his friends. From a parent's point of view I have had a lot of fun watching the kids play with these toys, they have definitely added to their Spy and Ninja role play games so I can totally recommend. I have a feeling we may be adding to our Spy Gear Ninja toys soon as there has already been a lot of talk about the possibility of getting the Spy Camera and Ninja Stars. 

*Disclaimer: I received the Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword and Wrist Blaster in exchange for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Join the PJ Masks Toys Twitter Fun

My three little super kids are PJ Masks obsessed and have been since the first episode aired last year on Disney Junior. Zoey is definitely our very own little Owlette, Ben is Cat Boy and Zachary is Gekko! They often play PJ Masks around the house, going on missions and fighting baddies so I knew they would be delighted when I announced we were lucky enough to be hosting a PJ Masks Twitter Party on the 1st March for +UKMumsTV.


They were so excited especially when I revealed the contents of the special party box we have been sent in advance of the party which included all the new PJ Masks toys, materials for the activities and games we will be doing during the party, cupcakes to decorate, a special Gekko costume, which I have yet to show Zachary but I know will make him the happiest boy in the planet once he sees it, and fantastic party bags backed full of goodies for all our party guests.

Here is a sneak preview of the pack which we received so you can have a look at just how good the party promises to be.


PJ Masks Toys Review

The PJ Masks range of toys which launched in February are perfect for any PJ Masks fans out there. They include a variety of role play, plastic and plush toys so definitely something for everyone with more to be added later in the year. There is an exclusive Vehicle set available in Argos. In addition to these kids can also collect their favourite PJ Masks figures as blind bags with twelve figures to collect in series 1 including a super rare Connor figure. 

PJ Masks Costumes
We were sent the rather awesome Gekko costume from the role play range which includes Owlette, Cat Boy and Gekko. It is a fantastic full body costume complete with a mask to allow your child to transform into his or her favourite hero. 



PJ Masks Plush Toys 
We were sent three PJ Masks Plush toys incuding Owlette, Cat Boy and Gekko which the kids absolutely adore. They are fantastically detailed with superb stitching and glittery super hero symbol patches that make them look just like the TV characters in the show. I love the fact Owlette's wings have leather on the underside to make them look so realistic, Gekko's tail is very cute and Cat Boys super speed stripes are "really cool" according to Ben. Romeo, the PJ Masks arch enemy, is also available in Plush form which we may have to get to complete the set.



PJ Masks Vehicles
We were also sent the PJ Masks vehicles which include Cat Boy's Cat Car, Owlette's Owl Glider and Gekko's Gekko Mobile. Each of the vehicles come with an 8 cm articulated figure and are just like the signature vehicles the characters have in the show. Each individual vehicle fits all three PJ Masks figures inside which is perfect for recreating the whole PJ Masks experience, my three have been busy doing just that with the toys.



Join the #PJMasksToys Twitter Party Fun



Please be sure to join us on Twitter on Wednesday 1st March from 4-6pm to follow the fun look out for me @mmeeee@ukmumstv and use the hashtag #PJMasksToys. Throughout the two hour party will be lots of PJ Masks themed fun and prizes to be won, see you then!

*Disclaimer: We were sent a PJ Masks party pack and will be taking part in a Twitter party. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

My Fairy Garden Fairy Flowerpot and Fairy Watering Can

Zoey has been fascinated by My Fairy Garden products ever since she saw an advert for the Fairy Garden on TV and I have to admit I totally share her interest in them. These products have that special sense of magic about them that children love to explore and play with, while also allowing them to learn about and watch the wonder of nature unfold before their eyes. The My Fairy Garden products are designed, developed and manufactured by Interplay who pride themselves in designing toys to inspire children which these most certainly do. Just have a look at the video clip below to see the wonderful range of My Fairy Garden products available.



It is no surprise then that there was serious excitement in our house when I showed Zoey and her brothers that we had received a Fairy Flowerpot and Fairy Watering Can to review.

My Fairy Garden - Fairy Watering Can

My Fairy Garden Fairy Flowerpot

The My Fairy Garden Fairy Flowerpot is perfect for introducing your child to gardening and teaching them how you can grow things from seeds. There are so many beautiful features to this flowerpot including the little ornate designs on the door and the scalloped edging pattern around the top.


The Fairy Flowerpot is far more than just a flowerpot though as it comes with it's very own magical fairy called Blossom who is a Spring Fairy and loves flowers and being surrounded by nature. 

Blossom the Spring Fairy

Blossom has her own little door which allows her to enter her pretty flowerpot home. She has brought with her some special easy-grow seeds which Zoey has been calling special magic fairy seeds. We have just set them and are eagerly awaiting signs of growth. Zoey has been pretty much checking them every 10 minutes and as her big brother told her singing and music might help speed up their appearance, she has been treating them to her very own little concert complete with harmonica playing.

Magic Easy-Grow Fairy Flower Seeds


My Fairy Garden Fairy Watering Can

The Fairy Watering Can is perfect for any little budding gardener. It is so pretty with it's very own little fairy Fenn who swings off the handle. 

Fenn the Fairy on her swing

The Fairy Watering can is fully functional with a detachable sprinkler rose along with a spade and fork which fit either side of the fairy door. Like the Flowerpot, the Watering Can has a special door which opens up and leads to Fenn the Fairy's little home for when she wants a little break from swinging on the handle. 


 

The twins have decided that Fenn uses her fairy magic to add special powers to the water which we put in the Watering Can which will make seeds grow faster and the flowers to be even more beautiful. We can't wait to see some how long the magic will take to work, it's definitely all very exciting. 

Our Verdict

I was so excited to give these products to Zoey and her brothers, I knew she would squeal with delight and I wasn't wrong. The products are both made of high quality materials and are well designed to be both functional and meet the demands of play. 

The fairies included are so pretty and add that extra special touch of magic, I love the fact that their clothes are clearly inspired by nature with Blossoms dress looking like it is made of flower petals and Fenn's skirt of leaves. 

The fairy doors and compartments are such a lovely way to integrate the fairy toy itself into the fully functional flowerpot and watering can as they are more than just a pot or a watering can but also a home to a magic little fairy. 


I think the products are a wonderful idea and I love that they are helping to instil an interest in nature in my children. I highly recommend Fairy Garden products, they are kid friendly, educational, aesthetically pleasing and sprinkled with magic. Children will love them and their grown ups will too!

*Disclaimer: I received the My Fairy Garden Fairy Flowerpot and Fairy Watering Can for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Friday, 17 February 2017

Our We're Going on a Bear Hunt Twitter Party Fun!

Yesterday, along with some other bloggers and ukmums.tv we hosted a We're Going on a Bear Hunt Twitter party which was so much fun! You can check out all the tweets from the day using the hashtag #BearHunt.


During the party we watched the DVD which is a firm favourite here (check out our review) and took part in lots of We're Going on a Bear Hunt activities including decorating bear biscuits, pin the tail on the bear, a bear hunt themed treasure trail, made our own bear ears to wear and more. Here are some of photos from the party, as you can see lots of fun was had by all.

Biscuit making fun

We had some healthy bear themed snacks too!

Pin the Tail on the Bear

Our Bear Hunt DVD Quiz winner

My little Bear cub Twins!

All the kids were sad to see the party end but were very happy to receive an awesome party bag and the softest, most huggable Going on a Bear Hunt bear ever complete with Grandpa's green scarf just like in the DVD.



If you would like to take your children on your very own Bear Hunt head over to ukmums.tv for some fab activity ideas which are sure to inspire you and make it a success. For more Bear Hunt fun I can also recommend the We're Going on a Bear Hunt DVD which is based on the much loved book of the same name and is available to purchase now. I have lost count of the amount of times we have watched it this half term alone and I'm sure there will be many more viewings to come.

"We're going on a bear hunt,  we're going to catch a big one..."

*Disclaimer: I received a We're Going on a Bear Hunt party box and hosted a Twitter party with UKMums.TV. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.