Friday, 9 March 2018

Gazillion Bubble Pong Review

We love bubbles, more specifically Gazillion Bubbles so when Gazillion Bubble Pong arrived for review I knew it was going to be good. This fantastic product combines the fun of bubbles and the competitive excitement of a ping-pong game in one. It's going to be great when the weather starts getting warmer and we are spending more time in the garden. Bring on those sunny days.

What is Gazillion Bubble Pong

Gazillion Bubble Pong is the first game of its kind that blasts your opponent with bubbles while you compete to bounce ping pong balls into each other’s side and score points. The first person to score 3 times wins. It is suitable for all ages with 4 levels of difficulty so the whole family can join in. You also have the option to just switch to bubble machine mode which lets you enjoy a non-stop bubble party, perfect for BBQs and summer parties.

Our Verdict

The game console itself is easy to set up, you just slot on the bumpers and trays, add bubble mix and get ready to play ping pong. It takes 2 AA batteries which are not supplied so make sure you have some to hand, then switch it on and let the fun begin. We started with the easiest level which was perfect for the kids, 4-year-old twins and Ben, aged 8 to get the hang of the ping pong game. Once you have you gotten into the swing of it you can start advancing to the next difficulty level and let the competitiveness really kick in then. 

The sheer volume of bubbles and quantity it produces are brilliant, Gazillion Bubbles really do make the best bubbles. When it comes to refills, the good news is there are two types of bubble solution to choose from, Original and Big Bubble with refills readily available in 8oz, 2L and 4L bottles both in-store and online from Amazon.

I love the variety and creative products that Gazillion come up every year, they clearly have some fun people designing them. Along with Bubble Pong, Crazy Wand is also new for 2018 so keep an eye out for that too if you are bubble crazy like us. 

Where to Buy

Gazillion Bubble Pong (RRP £19.99) and Crazy Wands are available to purchase from all the usual big retailers such as Amazon, Argos Online and Smyths and is suitable for ages 3+. 

*Disclaimer: I was sent Gazillion Bubble Pong for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

World Book Day Fun

Meet Thing 1 and Thing 2 and their big brother Ben who dressed up as The Night Zookeeper.

Dr Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2 was the obvious choice for the Twins who love Dr Seuss books. Zoey insisted on adding a tutu to her outfit to girly it up and Snazaroo Brush Pens came in really handy for super speedy face painting before heading out in the snow to school.

Ben is a huge fan of the Night Zookeeper books by Joshua Davidson so dressed up as the Night Zookeeper complete with torch and globe which is in the latest book The Giraffes of Whispering Wood.

A special thanks to all at the Night Zookeeper for the downloadable Zookeeper badges, they responded to me on Twitter yesterday when I mentioned I was making the costume for Ben. It made finalising his costume so much easier. Here is my little Zookeeper getting in character.

One final picture of my crazy kids, they had so much fun before they even got to school. It might be a lot of effort getting costumes sorted for World Book Day but it's worth it on the day.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Mine It - Discover the Treasure Inside

Mine It is such a fantastic idea, it lets kids become a mini archaeologist and dig for hidden treasure with a one in twenty-four chance to discover gold or diamond hidden inside. There are two varieties to choose from, Diamond or Gold. Which one would you choose? I have to admit the lure of the sparkly diamond on the box got my vote.

Time to Mine It 

Inside the Mine It box, you will find the diamond or gold block along with all the tools you need to mine it including a hammer, a chisel and a magnifying glass. 

Ben couldn't wait to get started, he loves fossils and precious gems and stones so he was dying to see what was lying inside.

There is an element of surprise and excitement as you chisel away to get to the treasure inside. The block itself is made of a sandy, chalk-like substance so best to pop it on a tray while excavating to avoid the sand getting everywhere.

The whole process of mining your diamond or gold block is a fun activity and the race to get to the treasure is enjoyable not just for the little archaeologist hard at work, but for those who are watching and waiting in suspense. There is also the added bonus of developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through the use of the tools. Children also learn about different gems such as Rose Crystal, Volcano Rock, Red Onyx, Black Jaspar, Tiger Eye and more when it comes to identifying their treasure.

Unfortunately Ben wasn't lucky enough to find a diamond but he was impressed with the cube-shaped Rose Crystal he uncovered, which according to him has very special superpowers. His precious gem has become central to a whole host of imaginative play ever since and is usually found in his hand or pocket.

Where to Buy

Mine It Diamond and Gold packs are available to buy from all the leading retailers including Smyths and online from Amazon and Character with an RRP of £4.99 each. 

I can definitely recommend Mine It, each pack makes for a fun activity with the added anticipation of what lies inside. Do pop back and tell me if you are one of the lucky ones to find a diamond or piece of gold in one. Happy mining. 

*Disclaimer: I received two Mine It packs for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Monday, 26 February 2018

Snazaroo Face Painting Brush Pens

World Book Day is nearly here so to make things a little easier for last minute impressive costumes I thought I should share Snazaroo Face Painting Brush Pens. These pens are nothing short of brilliant. They are so easy to use, clean and quick but best of all, produce amazing results even for the most inexperienced face painter.

Snazaroo Brush Pens

Snazaroo Brush Pens are available in five different packs, each containing three 2ml colours used in the most popular and fun face painting designs. The water-based paint is suitable for sensitive skin and is both fragrance and paraben free so perfect for little ones.

The packs are as follows:

Adventure Pack: Contains red, gold and blue- ideal for superheroes, pirates and more.
Halloween Pack: Contains black, white and orange- a ‘spooktacular’ combination.
Fantasy Pack: Contains purple, pink and silver to conjure up the fairies, princesses and butterflies within.
Monochrome Pack: Contains two black brush pens and one white- historically the two most popular and versatile Snazaroo face paints.
Jungle Pack: Contains yellow, green and brown- perfect for transforming kids into the most fearsome of jungle creatures, such as lions, tigers and cheetahs.

They are ideal for quick and small designs, as well as bigger visions and can be used by both adults and children alike. In fact, they have been designed to promote independent play with limited supervision so kids can get creative and have a go themselves too.

Putting Snazaroo Brush Pens to the Test

I couldn't wait to try the Snazaroo Brush Pens and I had a very willing little guinea pig in Zoey who has been a little poorly lately and needed a little something special to cheer her up. 

We decided to go very girly for Zoey with flowers and all things pink and purple. To get started I had a look at the Snazaroo flowers face painting guide which was step by step and easy to do, but then my creative flair kicked in and I couldn't help but add more to the design.

I found the brush pens really easy to use, they are a bit like makeup concealer pens that you twist to use. I really enjoyed drawing the designs on Zoey's face and kept thinking how awesome these would be for festival goers too. Face painting with Brush Pens is so easy and mess free with the added bonus of no need for water or washing up sponges and brushes after.

Next up was Zachary who likes the idea of being face painted but rarely has a lot of patience when it comes to sitting still so these brush pens were perfect for a speedy design. We decided to go for a superhero theme this time using the red, blue and gold pens.

It was quick and easy to do and produced a very cool superhero mask design in the end which Zachary was delighted with.

Our Verdict

I love the Snazaroo Face Painting Brush Pens, they are quick and easy to use producing impressive and mess-free designs in minutes. The paint itself is long lasting and doesn't rub off or smear on contact but washes off easily with water or can be removed with a facial wipe. 

Where to Buy

Snazaroo Face Paint Brush Pens are available to buy online direct from SnazarooAmazon and instore at Early Learning Center priced at £9.99 per pack. I can't recommend these Brush Pens highly enough, they make face painting fun and easy for everyone.

*Disclaimer: I received two Snazaroo Brush Pens packs for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tonka at ASDA

It was Tonka time in our house recently when an awesome box of goodies arrived containing a selection of the Tonka items that are currently on sale in selected ASDA stores.

Checking out the Tonka at ASDA Range

I had very happy boys when they opened the box and discovered we had been sent a Tonka Diecast Big Rigs, a Tonka Diecast Monster Truck, two Tonka Tinys blind garages, a Tonka Tinys three pack and Tonka Tinys Tune Up Garage Mini Playset.

Tonka Tinys Blind Garages
There was a race to get things out of the packs and both boys couldn't wait to check out what was inside the blind garages, there is definitely something about the excitement of blind packs that kids just love.

The little mini vehicles are very cool, with lots of details and moving, working parts for such small palm sized toys. The boys love the fact that they come in their own individual garages which can connect together or be stacked up on top of each other so more play possibilities right there. The Tonka Tinys blind garages are perfect pocket money toys priced at £1.99 each and they also come in packs of three for £4.99 which have two on display and a third surprise one.

Tonka Tinys Tune Up Garage playset
The Tonka Tinys Tune Up Garage playset has definitely been a hit, there is so much to do in this mini playset with it's working vehicle lift, conveyer belt, three bridges and a rotating garage sign it has already provided hours of play for Zachary who loves the fact it is small enough to carry around from room to room and play anywhere with. It also includes an exclusive Tonka tiny's vehicle and is compatible with every vehicle in the range so great for Tonka Tiny collectors. This playset along with the others in the range (Blast and Dash Quarry or Car Crush Escape) have an RRP of £9.99 which in my opinion is fantastic value for money given just how much there is to do with them.

Tonka Diecast Monster Truck
The Diecast Monster Truck (RRP £6.99) is one toy that will definitely stand the test of time, like the other toys in the range it is strong and sturdy and lives up to Tonka's notion that “a toy shouldn’t break just because a child plays with it”. Did you know that back in the 70's Tonka proved this point by getting an elephant to stand on one of their toys.

Tonka Diecast Big Rigs Rescue Rig
The Tonka Diecast Big Rigs Rescue Rig is another tough toy that will withstand the roughest of play so a perfect toy for taking on adventures indoors and out. The level of detail in this rig as with all Tonka toys is amazing, I am really impressed at how Tonka minaturise big trucks to such smaller scaled verions. Tonka Big Rigs are priced at £6.99.

Tonka at ASDA

The Tonka range is available from selected ASDA stores with products from £1.99 to £9.99. They are not yet available online but watch this space as they will be coming soon. We love the Tonka range and can definitely reccommend them for their quality, price and play potential. 

*Disclaimer: I was sent a selection of Tonka toys now available in selected ASDA stores. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.