Category Archives: 5 +

Review: Horrible Science Violent Volcano Kit from Hobby Craft

A few weeks ago Hobby Craft sent us a Horrible Science Violent Volcano Kit £6 to test out. Today was the first day of the half term and wet so it was the perfect time to try it out.

The kit contains a plastic volcano model, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, goggles and mini card stand ups.

You are encouraged to build a village scene around the Volcano with soil and twigs but it was too wet to go out so we just did it in a tray with the card stand ups but next time we do it we will do it properly.

It’s easy to create. You screw off the top of the volcano add the vinegar and add the bicarb before quickly screwing the top back on. I wasn’t so fast as you can see.


BG was very impressed with the ‘explosion’. I would have liked the Volcano top to be a little bigger as it was tricky to get the bircarb in without it spilling. However it was a nice way to spend 15 minutes. The Volcano is reusable so next time we make a big scene around it.

The kit also comes with facts about volcano’s which BG found interesting.

A nice little kit would make a good present.

Hobby Craft have a great selection of craft products and kits and some great Halloween crafts bits.

Rubiks Race

Rubiks Race.Rubik's Race

A fast paced game for two players to get your brain and fingers racing. Shake the scrambler and go head to head with your opponent to shift and slide the tiles to be the first to make the 3×3 centre match the pattern.

Price:  £19.99

Available from:, Amazon 

Suitable from:  5+

Initial Reaction: The Rubiks cube has always been popular with my boys so we were quite excited to receive this game.

Pros: Nice lightweight game that folds down for easy storage.

Cons:     Lots of quite small pieces that could get lost easily.

Value for money? I think £19.99 is a little bit steep really for what it is.

Overall Reaction:  We liked this game although I do think it is a little bit difficult for 5 year olds, however my 8 year old found it a good game.

By Cherilyn

Bakugan Dragonoid Colossus

Bakugan Dragonoid Colossus

Create the ultimate Bakugan Warrior with 1 exclusive Bakugan and 4 exclusive pieces of Battle Gear. Combine them together around the core hub to unleash the power and watch the amazing auto transformation!

Price: £39.99

Available from: Tesco Direct, Argos, Amazon

Suitable from: 5+

Initial Reaction:Contains 5 individual Bakugan.  Innovative way of joining them together and fascinating to watch as they pop open.


  • Great for serious Bakugan collectors and good selection of playing cards
  • All fit together to make a large Bakugan


  • The most difficult toy to get out of the box.  Held in place by multiple twist ties and cable ties which were too tight to cut with either a knife, scissors or pliers.  Took over half an hour to remove from the packaging

Value for money? No

Overall Reaction:  Definitely a toy for a hardy Bakugan collector.  One of those toys that every boy would love but unless they are obsessed by Bakugan, with lots of friends who are similarly interested, they lose interest very quickly.

By Karen

Raskullz Childrens Helmet

Raskullz Childrens Helmet
Price: £19.99
Available from: Toys Direct, Amazon,  Play (17.99)
Suitable from: 5 Years

Initial Reaction: very cute looking helmet, and seems very secure. Continue reading

Galt Brilliant Baskets

Price: £4.99

Available from:  James Galt

Suitable from:  5+

Initial Reaction: I love the fact that all you need to make these baskets comes in the small box and it is a great price for a birthday present Continue reading

Collins Big Cat Reading Packs 8-9 years

Collins Big Cat Reading Packs 8-9 years

Price: £14.99

Available from:  Collins

Suitable from: Age 8-9

Initial Reaction: What a great selection of books Continue reading

Meccano Build & Play

Meccano Build and Play Buggy and Micro Build and Play Helicopter

Price: RRP £17.99 and £7.40

Available from: Amazon and other Stockists

Suitable from: 5 to 8 years

Initial Reaction: Lovely, brightly coloured, chunky pieces Continue reading