Category Archives: 12 +

Mookie Whirlee Ride-On

Mookie Whirlee ride-on

Price: £16.99

Available from:  Amazon, ELC and other retailers

Suitable from: 12 months – 4 years

Initial Reaction:  I could not believe how light the delivery box was – it felt empty. On unpacking the parcel I encountered a lovely blue plastic ride on with aeroplanes along the side, with wheels that turned 360° and a handle at the front to hold onto.  My son instantly knew what to do with it but insisted on sitting on it backwards.  It is light enough for him to pick up and carry about, something that he preferred doing to riding it.  The problem was that he had recently been given another ride-on to look at and he preferred the one with steering.  I was a little disappointed in his lack of interest in it because to me it looked a great toy so I gave it to his little friend Eva instead.

She absolutely loves it, took t it straight away and takes it everywhere, she spins round and round and loves how it fits into all the tight spots and swirls in every direction.  She walks around pulling it a lot too and her Mum loves how she has learnt how to co-ordinate her legs to make it properly work.

Pros: It’s ultra lightweight, so you or your child can carry it with ease.  It spins all the way around and is small and tidy in its design so is ideal if you don’t have much space in your house.  It’s stackable, so if you have lots of children they can be stacked away neatly.

Cons:  It’s not really and off-roader.

Value for money? Definitely.

Overall Reaction: A great compact and lightweight fun toy.

By Catherine

ChiccoThe Hello Baby Animals Telephone

Chicco The Hello Baby Animals telephone 

Price: rrp £24.99. The cheapest online was Play.

Available from:  www.very.co.uk, Amazon, Play

Suitable from: 12 months

Initial Reaction:  A large brightly coloured plastic phone, it comes with very nice big round buttons for little fingers and a handset that fits perfectly into small hands.  You can press buttons on the top of the phone so that it talks in either English or French.  It has a telephone keypad that says the numbers when pressed and an ‘address book’ that you flip to hear the words dog, rabbit or cat, and their corresponding shapes appear on the flashing display.  It plays tunes, and when the handset is picked up, you hear different phone-like noises.  Combinations of buttons can be pressed to call the different animals, and talk to them.

My 21 month old son took to this immediately, and over a month has learned how all the different features work, even managing to press the correct key combinations once or twice.  He picks up the phone now, says ‘hiya’, has a conversation in baby language (or, possibly, french?), says ‘bye bye’ and puts the handset down again.  This is extremely cute to watch and it’s worth buying just for this

However, in only just over two months it appears to have broken.  It started to sound muffled so I changed the batteries but it just got worse and worse and now you cant hear anything at all.  I am seriously disappointed.

Pros: It develops language skills by saying the numbers and animal names.  My son can’t talk much but he makes the noise for cat and dog and signs rabbit when he is playing with it.  There are also actions such as clap hands that you hear, and he has started doing this too, when he hears them.  This shows that it develops listening skills too, as well as learning actions and consequences.

He loved it straight away, so it has instant appeal as well as being a toy that the child learns from.  It’s a toy that they can play alone, or you can play together with it – I pretend call him from my mobile and he picks up, or he will pass me the handset and have me talk to the animals.

Cons:  I only have a smattering of French, so it would be better if there was something in the instructions that says the exact French words, because I can’t really make out what it’s saying when it’s in French mode.

The biggest con is that it died on us in just over two months.  That is very poor value.

Value for money? No, we enjoyed it but it didn’t last long.

Overall Reaction: Its a shame it broke so quickly because my son loved it.

 

By Catherine

 

Megabloks 70 Piece Bags

Product: Mega Bloks – pink 70 piece bag
Price: RRP £14.99 

 

Available from: The Toy Shop, Toys R us, Tesco Direct, Sainsburys, Argos, Amazon etc
Suitable from: 12 months
Initial Reaction: Megabloks are a classic toy aren’t they? What’s not to like. I guess they are most child’s first construction toy.  Endless building possibilities, and options to add to the set, this is a toy that does grow with the child. Continue reading

Pointless – the board game

Pointless – The Board Game 

Price:  around £20

Available from:  Amazon, Argos,Play,  Debenhams (currently £6 at Debenhams 16/11/11),

Suitable from:  12+

Initial Reaction:  Rules were a bit hard to understand at first. Continue reading

Winnie the Pooh Interactive Friend

Winnie the Pooh Interactive Friend

Price: £39.99

Available from:  Tesco, Argos, Amazon

Suitable from:  12 months +


Initial Reaction:   A lovely traditional looking Winnie the Pooh Bear. Couldn’t wait to get him out of the box. Continue reading

Mookie Scramble Bug



Price: £39.99

Available From: Online toy stores and Mookie Stockists.

Suitable From: 1-3yrs.

Initial Reaction: Loved it as soon as we saw it. Caleb couldn’t wait to get it out the box and get on it.

Nanoblocks

Nanoblocks

Price: £7.99 – £21.99 (depending on model)

Available from: Amazon and Firebox

Suitable from: 12 +

Initial Reaction: Tiny Lego ..looks ok (Hubby could not contain his excitement though) Continue reading