Showing posts with label Toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toys. Show all posts

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Project 365: Days 139 - 145

Day 139: Playing catch - we spent the day in the Country Park and had a fantastic day.  The boys paddled in the stream with their trainers on so we decided to let them dry out a bit while the boys played a game of catch.

Day 140: Sleepy boy - I worked today so only got a chance to take a photo of my sleeping boy.  What the photo doesn't show is all the trains that he's lined up on his pillow so that he has to sleep halfway down the bed.

Day 141: Cake - I finished work early today so decided to make a lemon drizzle cake.  I probably shouldn't have as I'm trying to cut down on all the junk food and this really isn't the way to go about it.

Day 142: Baby's day out - back to the Country Park for me and O.  It was a beautiful day and he loved playing in the sand pit with his friends.  We all had great fun.

Day 143: Toys - we got the Happlyland toys out today as the weather wasn't so good.  My favourite is the funfair.

Day 144: Bunny - my parents went on holiday so I got a little visitor for the weekend.  This is Sonic the Rabbit.  He is so cute!

Day 145: Climbing trees - there was a festival at our local park so we went down for the day.  It was fantastic.  There was live music and a funfair.  I went on one of the rides with the oldest two and it was great.  They sat on the grass and ate candy floss before going to look for squirrels and climb trees.  We even got to watch Ragsy )from The Voice) sing live.

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Project 365: Days 62 - 68

Day 62: Seaside fun - well, at least it was supposed to be.  We decided to drive down to the Gower in Swansea and stopped at Oxwich Bay.  The sun was (almost) shining so we got a ball from the car and headed down the beach.  It was so cold and windy that the little one refused to walk and the older two complained bitterly.  We lasted about 15 minutes before heading back to the car.  Hubby was told in work the next day that Oxwich is renowned for being windy, hence all the surfing action there.  Hmm, I never knew that....

Day 63: Toddler tantrums - I worked today so not much opportunity to take photos, but I took this one of the toddler after he threw his duvet out of the cot, no doubt complaining about going to bed.

Day 64: Fast asleep -  Again, another day in work so another bedtime photo.  This is my middle boy surrounded by his toys.  He loves all his cuddly toys and can't sleep unless he has them all in bed with him.  One of his favourites at the moment is Luigi (because he's green).

Day 65: Show me the rabbit -  The little one and I spent the afternoon at my mum's and my sister took O out to show him the bunny rabbit.  He enjoyed stroking him for all of 30 seconds before a football caught his attention.  I think the rabbit was quite pleased though as the poor thing was petrified.

Day 66: Poorly boy - O has come down with a cough and cold so asked to sleep in my bed.  I do love having cuddles with him and could spend hours just watching him sleep. 

Day 67: Train-time - Oliver insists on having a train track built for him every day.  He loves nothing more than attaching all the trains together and running them around the track.

Day 68: School work - I had parents evening for my oldest son this week and I was so proud to be told how well he is doing in school.  He really enjoys learning and does a bit of work every day at home.  He's got this book where he writes stories and draws pictures to go with them.  He's my little budding author.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Win My First Play World Farm from HABA

The lovely Haba Toys UK have given me one of these amazing My First Play World Farm play sets worth £35.99 to give away to one of my readers.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Pound-a-Peg: The old ones are the best

When I saw that Wooden Toy Shop were looking for mummy bloggers to review their toys I jumped at the chance.  I love wooden toys, and always think they look so much nicer than plastic.

I had a look on their website at the massive range of toys they have available, and after making a list of everything I wanted to buy for the children (that took a while!!), I eventually decided to try the Melissa and Doug Pound-a-Peg.  Having three children between 9 months and 5 years of age, it's really difficult choosing toys that are safe enough for the baby but not too babyish for the older boys, but I thought the Pound-a-Peg may work.

For those of you who can't remember this lovely, old-fashioned toy, it's basically a matter of hitting the pegs through the holes with a little mallet.  But this one is lovely.  It's brightly coloured, with four pairs of pegs in red, yellow, green and blue.  The holder is very sturdy and I reckon it could take a fair pounding with the mallet.  It also has the classic Melissa and Doug signature on the side.

The Melissa and Doug Pound-a-Peg is priced at £7.49

I think I definitely chose the right toy for all three boys to play with!  From the moment it arrived the boys started fighting over it!  Typical.  So I had to separate them and give them all a turn, one-by-one.

The oldest first:
My computer game obsessed 5 year old loved bashing away at the pegs.  It probably helped him deal with the frustration of not being allowed on the wii ;-)

Seriously though, he did love it.  He's gone straight for the red pegs (his favourite colour) and was very vocal in saying what a great toy it is and how much he enjoyed playing with it.  He's got to be the perfect child to review a toy.  He really does love to give his opinion!

Then it was his little brothers turn......

My 3 year old loves playing.  With anything!  So I knew it would be a success with him.  But I loved watching the look of concentration on his face as he took the pegs out, pushed them back through the holes, paired the colours, and then used the mallet to knock them through.  He really enjoyed himself and it was a pleasure to watch him playing.

And then finally, it was the little one's turn.  Now, this toy has got a recommended age of 2+ years, but it's sturdy and has no small parts, and his little face was looking so eagerly at the new toy that I just couldn't resist letting him have a go.

I think the smile on his face says it all.  He was so excited and really did a great job at pounding the pegs through the holes.  I'm sure this toy is really going to help his co-ordination and the mallet is currently his favourite new toy.  I would just advise keeping your distance from him when he's got it in his hand!!

Overall, this has been a massive success for three boys of different ages.  It kept them playing quietly for quite some time, which makes it a favourite in my opinion.  It is very reasonably priced for a fantastically well made toy that will provide a child with hours of fun, and would also make a very good gift for boys or girls.  My boys gave it 10 out of 10.

It just goes to show that children love the simple things and a bit of old fashioned fun can be best.