Category Archives: Under £20

Num Noms Series 4 Unboxing and Review

The girls were recently sent some of the new Num Noms Series 4 to test out.

We received a the Frozen Yogurt starter set £9.99, Dessert Tray £16.99 and a copy of the new Num Noms Magazine.

 

We decided to make a proper unboxing video. We ended up with two!!

This is Little Miss unboxing the Dessert Tray.

This BG with the Frozen Yogurt Starter Set and magazine. Yes you can hear Little Miss playing the background!

The girls were over the moon with their sets and have lots of fun slapping the lip gloss on! BG really enjoyed reading and doing the activities in the magazine. It gets a big thumbs up from us!

Series 4 is available to buy now in all good toy shops.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Idea: Leapfrog Scribble and Write

What Is It?

With LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write, children can learn how to write upper and lowercase letters and numbers in a mess free environment – a perfect addition from Santa’s sleigh on Christmas morning.

This innovative product provides stroke-by-stoke guidance encouraging children to trace over the shown lights to create a letter or number. It has an easy-to-grip stylus pen to fit perfectly in little hands and provides instant accuracy feedback on shapes and proper stroke order along the way.

This device also helps children explore letter sounds, counting and much more. It uses a retraceable surface and is easily portable to allow little ones to play and practice wherever they go.

Suitable From

3 Years

Price

RRP £19.99 I have found it for £14.98

Available from

Toys R Us

Amazon

Argos

Tesco

John Lewis

What We Thought Of It

This is great for children to practice their sounds and letter formation. It’s perfect for pre-school children who want to learn before they start school.  I wish we had this in the summer for BG to practice. Now she has started school and has learnt her sounds she found this a little slow for her, she didn’t want to follow the lights she wanted to write the letters herself and got a bit frustrated.

A great present for your pre-schooler

*We were sent a Scribble and Write to test out.

What Is It?

With LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write, children can learn how to write upper and lowercase letters and numbers in a mess free environment – a perfect addition from Santa’s sleigh on Christmas morning.

This innovative product provides stroke-by-stoke guidance encouraging children to trace over the shown lights to create a letter or number. It has an easy-to-grip stylus pen to fit perfectly in little hands and provides instant accuracy feedback on shapes and proper stroke order along the way.

This device also helps children explore letter sounds, counting and much more. It uses a retraceable surface and is easily portable to allow little ones to play and practice wherever they go.

Suitable From

3 Years

Price

RRP £19.99 I have found it for £14.98

Available from

Toys R Us

Amazon

Argos

Tesco

John Lewis

What We Thought Of It

This is great for children to practice their sounds and letter formation. It’s perfect for pre-school children who want to learn before they start school.  I wish we had this in the summer for BG to practice. Now she has started school and has learnt her sounds she found this a little slow for her, she didn’t want to follow the lights she wanted to write the letters herself and got a bit frustrated.

A great present for your pre-schooler

*We were sent a Scribble and Write to test out.

What Is It?

With LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write, children can learn how to write upper and lowercase letters and numbers in a mess free environment – a perfect addition from Santa’s sleigh on Christmas morning.

This innovative product provides stroke-by-stoke guidance encouraging children to trace over the shown lights to create a letter or number. It has an easy-to-grip stylus pen to fit perfectly in little hands and provides instant accuracy feedback on shapes and proper stroke order along the way.

This device also helps children explore letter sounds, counting and much more. It uses a retraceable surface and is easily portable to allow little ones to play and practice wherever they go.

Suitable From

3 Years

Price

RRP £19.99 I have found it for £14.98

Available from

Toys R Us

Amazon

Argos

Tesco

John Lewis

What We Thought Of It

This is great for children to practice their sounds and letter formation. It’s perfect for pre-school children who want to learn before they start school.  I wish we had this in the summer for BG to practice. Now she has started school and has learnt her sounds she found this a little slow for her, she didn’t want to follow the lights she wanted to write the letters herself and got a bit frustrated.

A great present for your pre-schooler

*We were sent a Scribble and Write to test out.

Toy Review: Costcutters UK

The people at Costcutters UK asked me if we could test out some toys for them and who am I to say no?

To be honest before they contacted me I had never heard of them. Costcutters UK are a family run business based in the midlands. They supply toys and curriculum based resources to schools but they do sell to the public as well. I was given £30 to spend so decided to get both girls something.

This is what I choose:

Bigjigs Healthy Eating Dairy Set £17.99

We have quite a bit of Bigjigs wooden food and a table top cooker already so thought this would be a good addition. I prefer wooden food over plastic it last longer and looks so much nicer. This set come with 4 crated (perfect for storage) and about 20 pieces of food. For £17.99 this is great value as I tend to buy BG’s wooden food individually and I pay £1-£2 for each one.

BG was very excited when I gave her the new set and she immediately set up shop in the garden.

We had a lovely afternoon and it all packed up nicely into the crates afterwards. Next time I have promised we will play kitchens in the garden.

 

They sell a good range of Bigjigs wooden food at a really reasonable price. I will be buying future items for BG from here.

Lamaze Clutch Cube £7.25

This goes everywhere with us, Little Miss really loves it. It clips onto the pushchair so we don’t lose it! She really likes all the colours and patterns and has a good chew on the rings attached to it. It even has a mirror which she loves. Some bits make a crinkly sound.

Little Miss plays with this every day. I think at £7.25 its great value for money.

 

Costcutters UK is worth checking out for toys, crafts and furniture. I will be buying from them in the future!

 

Review:I Can Chatting with Children

I Can Chatting with Children

The third in the series of Early Talkers, this lovely pack provides parents and practitioners with 30 engaging activity cards to help develop young children’s communication skills. Comes with top tips and planning guide

Price:  £12.99

Available from:  www.ican.org.uk/bookshop

Suitable from: 3 to 5 Years old

Initial Reaction: Lovely bright cards with games and talking points to engage your child and help develop their communication skills.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Bright and colourful cards to help engage your child
  • Great tips for helping to them to communicate
  • You can do a little or as much as you like with them
  • Makes learning fun

Cons:

  • Non I can see

Value for money?  Yes

Overall Reaction:   BG enjoys using these cards we just do one every now and then and its really helped with her communication. A great resource to have at home.

Any parent with a question or concern about their child’s communication can contact the I CAN Help Enquiry Service for a call or email from a speech and language therapist – visit www.ican.org.uk/help

 

Moon Sand Sweet Delights Candy Factory Playset

Moon Sand Sweet Delights Candy Factory PlaysetMoon Sand Sweet Delights Candy Factory Playset

Price:  rrp £14.99

Available from:  Amazon (£12.80),Smyths (£14.99), Toys R Us (£14.99)

Suitable from: 3+

Initial Reaction:  I had heard but never tried moon sand before so was interested in trying this out.

The set comes with one candy press, 10 moulds, a measuring cup, storage box and two different colours of moon sand. You create your own candy which you can bake and paint or squash and reuse. Continue reading

Cars 2 AppMATes

Cars 2 AppMATesDisney Pixar Cars 2 AppMATes - Mater and Finn

Price:  £20

Available from:  Disney Store

Suitable from: 4+

Initial Reaction:  You use your ipad as a racing board, I was worried the cars would scratch the screen but they didn’t.

You download the free app from itunes and then use the two cars it comes with to race, explore and complete missions. The cars has sensors on them that interact with the ipad app, its all very clever and my OH was very excited about trying it out. Continue reading

GloMate Jr

GloMate Jr 

Price:  £12.99

Available from:  GloMate

Initial Reaction:   BG is currently afraid of the dark so this came at the right time for us to test out. We were on the lookout for a nightlight for her. Continue reading