Friday, 7 October 2016

Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Role Play Set

We love DocMc Stuffins in this house, a day doesn't by without one of the kids singing "Time for your checkup..." and an episode or two being watched on Disney Junior. Zoey has had her eye on the Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Role Play from Flair ever since she saw it advertised on TV so was very pleased when I surprised her with it.

Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Role Play Set

The new Doc Mc Stuffins Toy Hospital episodes which aired recently for the first time here in the UK have been eagerly awaited by the twins. In them Doc is transported to McStuffinsville to become the Chief Resident of the Toy Hospital, where she and her toy friends will help toys from all over the world. Of course this also means she has a new outfit which is just like the one in the Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Role Play Set with purple stripy vest top which goes inside the white doctors coat with pink heart buttons and also includes her name badge with interchangeable inserts, stethoscope and hair band to complete the look.

Our Verdict

Zoey loves donning her Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital outfit and being Doc, giving all her favourite cuddly toys, Tuco the puppy, her brothers Ben and Zachary and Daddy and me check ups. She copies what she has seen in episodes and "writes" and draws in a notebook she calls her Book of Boo Boos just like Doc. It can be very amusing at times watching and listening to her as she diagnoses all the different aliments she encounters. 

The top and coat are of excellent quality with velcro fastenings at the back of the vest which make it easy for slipping on over clothes and the coat is just like Docs, we love the buttons. All the other accessories really do complete the Doc look and Zoey quite likes to wear the pretty glittery pink hairband on it's own a lot. This is definitely the perfect dress up outfit for Doc fans who want to be just like Doc McStuffins herself.

As you can see my kiddies are big Doc fans!

The Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Role Play Set is available to buy at all the usual toy retailers such as Smyths Toys

*Disclaimer: I received the Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Role Play Set in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Snuggles My Dream Puppy Review

My children adore dogs, just ask Tuco our much loved little chihuahua, so there was definitely no surprise that Snuggles My Dream Puppy was met with squeals of delight and excitement when I introduced him to the kids, even Tuco was curious to investigate his new furry friend.

All About Snuggles

I am not exaggerating when I say this little puppy is seriously adorable. Snuggles - My Dream Puppy is part of the Little Live Pets Range and he definitely lives up to that name. He feels so real, perhaps it is his weight, or maybe it is how his legs flop but he feels like a proper puppy to hold which instantly makes you want to pick him up and give him a cuddle. When he is asleep, his tummy moves up and down and he makes proper breathing noises as he drops off to sleep, so much so, I have mistakenly thought the sleepy noises were coming from one of the twins the other day. His cute little face moves making him so expressive and when you touch his nose, his reaction will make you melt. He really has his own little personality and is as close to life like as you can get in a toy puppy.

Each Snuggles puppy comes with their very own adoption certificate where you can fill in your puppy's name.

After much debate the twins and Ben finally agreed on Fluffy for our little guys name. He also has a tag on his collar as well which has a space for his name which the kids were impressed with and want to get a similar one for Tuco.

When he is hungry he loves nothing better than a little drink from his bottle and makes very cute little sucking noise, so lifelike you just have to go "awww".

Zoey loved the fact that our new My Dream Puppy arrived in a dog carrier shaped box, just like the one we use for Tuco, and insisted we keep the packaging in case he wants to go on holidays with us. It is touches like this that shows just how much detail was went to to make the puppy as real as possible - kids notice them and they make a big difference.

I am tipping Snuggles My Dream Puppy as one toy which will be topping Christmas lists this year, it is already in the Argos Christmas Top Gift List so one to get hold of early if you have a pet loving little one.

My Dream Puppy Club

It is also worth mentioning that the experience doesn't just stop there as if you go online you will find the My Dream Puppy Club  where kids can enter competitions and download free My Dream Puppy activities.

*Disclaimer: We received Snuggles My Dream Puppy in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

BRIO Travel Switching Set Review

There is something very special about wooden train sets, they really are a toy that has stood the test of time. We love playing "trains" in our family and everyone from the small to big kids enjoys getting involved in the fun. Therefore there was lots of excitement when the BRIO Travel Switching Set arrived for review.

This 42 piece set is perfect for little train enthusiasts with both a battery powered blue line and a red line and a modern train station which has a lift to take passengers between their stations. There are switching tracks which are easily operated and allow trains to travel over a very cool red bridge along with signal and sign posts and people. This set lends itself to endless hours of imaginative play.

What is in the Box

The BRIO Travel Switching set includes 19 Pieces of track, 2 switching tracks, 4 travel train engines, 2 travel train carriages, a station, 3 rock supports, a suspension bridge, 2 block supports, 5 play figures, a signal post, a sign post and a suitcase.

Our Verdict

This set is really well thought out and is made to a very high standard with lots of detail in everything from the signs on the station to the little people, their suitcase and the trains themselves.

The lift which you can easily crank up and down with the turn of a handle is a big hit with my three year old twins who love taking turns swopping passengers between one platform and the other so they can catch the right train and has definitely inspired lots of imaginative play. I have to admit I find it amusing listening to their little stories as they make up adventures for the people about to board the trains, we have had people off to meet Mickey Mouse and Rapunzel in Disney and rushing to catch a train so they can get to their rocket and fly to the moon. 
Turn the handle to raise the lift up and down

The trains and carriages themselves are fantastic, the kids love popping them open and placing the people in. The battery operated blue train definitely has the wow factor for them and it is lots of fun watching it take off around the tracks.

Switching between tracks is easily done and there is plenty of track included but the good thing is that this BRIO is compatible with other sets available so it can grow and expand just as much as you would like it too.

The BRIO Travel Switching Set has been played with so much by Ben (7) and twins, Zoey and Zachary (3) since it arrived that is safe to say it is one of our current favourite toys and perfect now the weather has changed and dark rainy days are creeping back in. This  set would make a fantastic Christmas present for any little boy or girl who loves trains like my three kiddies do, it is more than just tracks and trains thanks to the people, station and accessories included. It is suitable for ages 3+ and is available to buy from the usual toy reatilers and online from Amazon. I can highly recommend!

*Disclaimer: I received the BRIO Travel Switching Set for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset Review

When I was offered the Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset for review I immediately thought that this will make a fantastic project to keep Ben entertained over the summer holidays and I wasn't wrong, it has been great fun for both him, his little brother and sister and dare I say it, me too. We love Qixels.

What is in the Box

The Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset comes with plastic structures which you can slot together to make a Castle in many different configurations along with a selection of Qixel beads in various colours including metallic ones and templates which allow you to build an army of trolls, Kings and dragons to attack, defend and inhabit your kingdom. Also included is the Qixels assembly set and magic spray bottle for water.

Qixels at Play

The imaginative possibilities and creativity which Qixels offer is awesome and I love the fact that it is targeted at boys although I am sure that there are many girls who would enjoy this too. This playset really allows kids to have fun with something that they can create and assemble themselves. My boys love building and rebuilding the castle in different configurations and they have really gotten imaginative when it comes to the designs.

I love the different trolls and dragons they have been building and it has been nice to see Ben sit down and concentrate on placing the beads carefully to make his designs.

The wonderful mess free and easy way that you set the beads with a few sprays of water (and patience while they dry) is definitely a bonus as me as I don't have to contend with messy clean ups of glue and so on. The kids love the accessories that are included too such as stands and flames for the dragon. 

Our Verdict

We definitely give this Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset a massive thumbs up. It has been such a fun project to do with Ben and all three of the kids are loving playing with the castle and the Qixels figures we have made. It is so safe and easy to use that as a parent I think it is a pretty genius creative toy for boys in particular. The lovely thing about this is the pride that is evident in your child's face as they show off their creations and they make a great display in bedrooms and playrooms when not being used. 

Where to Buy

Qixels can be purchased from and this Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack playset is priced at £29.99. It is worth noting that you can also buy refill packs of Qixels which are themed such as Medieval, Bugs and so on.

*Disclaimer: I received the Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fireman Sam Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station Review

Zachary was delighted when the Fireman Sam Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station from Character Online arrived for review and couldn't wait to get it out of the box. The fire station is a replica of the brand new one that made it's first appearance in 2015 to replace the station that burnt down so will be instantly recognisable to little Fireman Sam fans.


The Fireman Sam Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station has many features little people will love including a working lift and fireman's pole, double doors that open up, a turn table, and even a vehicle maintenance ramp, as well as an electronic control desk with lights, sounds and phrases. Also included are Fireman Sam and Fireman Elvis figures along with a ladder, bucket, fire extinguisher and first aid dummy to practise life saving skills. There is also a petrol pump for fuelling up a fire engine so lots of scope for imaginative fireman play.

Our Verdict

The Fire Station on the whole is a big hit with the twins and Ben, they had lots of fun setting the fireman off whizzing down the pole and the electronic control desk is great. I like the fact that there are two fireman characters included however the kids were very disappointed to see that Jupiter the Fire engine which is on the box and all the TV adverts is not included in the playset. As a parent I have to admit I found this a little annoying too and wish that there was less emphasis placed on Jupiter in the adverts in particular. Luckily we improvised with a toy fire engine we had and were able to go on lots of rescue missions, it was a good opportunity to teach the kids a little about first aid and discuss what the dummy is used for. 

Where to Buy

Fireman Sam Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station is available to purchase from Character Online along with a range of other Fireman Sam products which little fans will love. 

*Disclaimer: I received the Fireman Sam Electric Pontypandy Fire Station in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.