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Review: Hape Spinning Balloons Puzzle & Jobs Roundabout, worth over £25.00

Hape Puzzles

Hape Puzzles

Review by VIP Club Member Fiona Thomas

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Spinning Balloons:

Hape’s Spinning Balloons Puzzle combines two games in one! With its beautifully whimsical design and pop of colour put the pieces together to create the landscape of balloons in the sky. Ready, set, go, the shapes at the centre of each balloon also convert into fun spinning tops to be played on any hard, level surface! Spin the plastic handle and see who can keep their top spinning the longest. A fantastic opportunity to learn about shapes and different colours along the way, in the meantime developing reasoning and fine motor skills.

Jobs Roundabout:

With Hape’s Jobs Roundabout, 19 piece, two sided jigsaw puzzle it’s your job to keep the city running! With a spinning feature to replicate that of a roundabout which also helps to solve the puzzle, give children the basic understanding of some of the vital jobs within the community such as fire fighter, teacher, postal worker, chef, doctor, and builder which adorns one side of the puzzle. Meanwhile the second side shows where exactly these professionals may work. Enjoy the brightly coloured characterful illustrations which help bring this puzzle to life piece by piece.

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Review: Musical Animals – Achille the Crocodile, worth £29.95

Achille Crocodile

Achille Crocodile

Review by VIP Club Member Victoria Chase

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Meet Achille the Crocodile as part of the adorable and loveable collection of musical animals from BabyToLove. Each characterful music box is both easy and manageable to handle thanks to their super soft texture and rounded form.

From each animal enjoy a different soothing melody, once each of the pull cords has been activated from underneath each of the animals. Achille the Crocodile a romantic reptile who plays for Elise, all of which help to stimulate curiosity and a baby’s sensory development of vision, hearing and tactility.

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Review: LeapFrog Smart Sizzling BBQ Grill, worth £49.99

Leapfrog BBQ

Leapfrog BBQ

Review by VIP Club Member Lucy O’Connor

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The Smart Sizzling BBQ Grill inspires hours of interactive play.

The colourful toy features accessories for cooking, a light-up grill and eight pieces of food, including an aubergine and steak through to prawns, mushrooms and even peppers!

Great for playtime and learning, the LeapFrog Smart Sizzling BBQ Grill will teach children from 2-5 years food names, numbers & colours! With its own Australian accent, little ones will love the interactive pretend skewer, hearing fun cooking sounds, setting different grilling temperatures or simply dancing along to the music and sing-along songs.

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Review: Tractor Ted Wooden Toy, worth £12.99

Tractor Ted Wooden ToyReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Kimberley Warner.

I was so excited to receive this new addition to our ever growing selection of wooden toys and it was perfectly timed as the field opposite our house has just been inundated with Sheep!

Our little one has absolutely loved playing with Tractor Ted and loves getting all her little farm animals out to role play with it, what I love about open ended toys like this is how they can be added to many set ups and really open the imagination and increase things like vocabulary, she’s always bringing it over saying ‘Tractor’ and can now name her animals that would be on the farm. Continue reading

Review: Brik Buster Tower Toppling Game, worth £26.99

Brik Buster Tower Toppling GameReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Lena Chen.

The aim of this game is to built up a tower and then take turns knocking out support columns without making the whole structure collapse. Essentially, it’s like Jenga with Duplo style bricks.

Packaging:

The game comes neatly and compactly packed in a much smaller box than I expected, which is great for saving space when your toy storage is already overflowing. However, the disadvantage is that you have to painstakingly construct all the columns and stack all the base plates in order to put them away again in the original box; try sweeping them all in higgledy piggledy and there’s no way all the pieces will fit. Continue reading

Review: VW Beetle Walker from Hape, £48.53

Hape VW Beetle Walker

Review written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Rebecca Champion.

The walker arrived in a very eye catching box which did get my 21 month old, Jessica excited to open the package and see what was inside. My husband unpacked and commented on the careful packaging and very simple and easy to follow assembly instructions. He also liked the fact it had only 2 pieces so was built in minutes. Continue reading

5 Tips for Tidiness – How to Ensure you Child’s Room Remains Clutter Free

5 Tips for TidinessGuest post by Ella Hendrix, a freelance writer.

As a parent, it can often be impossible to find time to keep a constant check on the orderliness of your child’s room, especially if they are continuously hauling out toys to play with.

However, with a little attentiveness you can quickly ensure that your child’s bedroom retains its space and is not overwhelmed by colourful clutter.

1. Clean with Kids

The rigmarole of ensuring that your child keeps a tidy bedroom can be exhausting. However, there are plenty of methods that can be applied to keep cleaning fun for your little ones.

Firstly, cleaning can be a great way to bond with your child. Set aside some time daily or a few times a week as “tidy up time”. Together, you can bond and use the time to interact, turning the monotony of cleaning into a rewarding team activity. Even if this lasts 10 minutes, it will start to become a habit and your child will begin to understand the importance of a clean space.

In time, your children may even learn to tidy up after themselves, without any direction from yourself – bonus! Continue reading