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.
Available from: Rubiks.com, 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.
Fab Effex Variety Pack
Available from: Amazon (£17.99), Smyths (£19.99)
Suitable from: 6 +
Initial Reaction: Interesting and unusual craft set Continue reading
Mookie Whirlee ride-on
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.
Hallmark Watson Interactive Storybook and Story Buddy
Available from: Hallmark
Initial Reaction: Gorgeously soft and oh so cute, feels well made and not cheap. The book is hard backed and feels good quality too. Continue reading
Jumbo Games – Peppa Pig Puzzle and Colour
Price: From £9.79 (Amazon & Play.com)
Available from: Major toy retailers
Initial reaction: Large packet which looked like great value. Continue reading
Raskullz Childrens Helmet
Available from: Toys Direct, Amazon, Play (17.99)
Suitable from: 5 Years
Initial Reaction: very cute looking helmet, and seems very secure. Continue reading
Snazaroo Ultimate Party Pack Face Painting Kit
Price: rrp £14.99 (found for £11.50 on Amazon)
Available from: Snazzaroo, Amazon
Suitable from: 3 years
Initial Reaction: Great range of face paints plus glitter, brushes, sponge and step-by-step guide Continue reading