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Lottie Loves…Zuru Rainbocorns

By Lottie age 7, written with help from Mummy!

I was sent a Zuru Rainbocorn Sequin Surprise and I couldn’t wait to hatch it.

My Daddy filmed me opening it and you can watch it on YouTube to see what it is like!

I was so excited, I love my Rainbocorn. Mine is one of the Monkeycorns, it’s really cuddly and I have taken it to bed every night this week. I love sequins and have lots of sequin changing tops because they are my favourite so I was very happy to have a toy that I could change the sequin picture on. You can take the sequin heart off and play with it separately, it has a hidden banana picture for my Rainbocorn! It can either go onto the Rainbocorn or put back onto the egg.

Inside the egg hidden at the bottom was another small egg which has two tiny baby Rainbocorn collectables called Boo-Boocorns which I like because they are small enough for me to take to school for my playtime pocket toys.

The main big egg is able to be put back together so you can either use it for your Rainbocorn to sleep in or to keep special things in.

I really love my Rainbocorn and would like to get another one when I save up my pocket money. There are 12 different ones which are based on six types of creatures- puppycorns, monkeycorns, kittycorns, hamstercorns, bunnycorns and unicorns so my monkeycorn might need a friend! I think these are perfect for children my age and would be good for children from 3 upwards who love cuddly toys, sequins or collectibles.

You can even watch a webisode of Rainbocorns adventures which is fun too.

You can buy Zuru Rainbocorns for £24.99 from Argos, Smyths, The Entertainer, Asda and B&M but you can only get the Monkeycorns from Argos.

You can find out more about Zuru and their amazing toys by following them on Instagram

 

 

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to be sent a Zuru Rainbocorn to review but all thoughts are my own.

 

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Halilit Sounds of the Forest book set review

Review by Charlotte age 7 with some help from Mummy

Sam and I were sent a Halilit Sounds of the Forest book and instrument set. It’s really cute and Sam loves it.

 

The story is a board book so good for toddlers and the instrument looks like an owl and makes a really good owl noise. I have been reading the story to Sam and he has been making the noises at the right place.

The story is about a baby owl waiting for his Mummy to come home and how he hears lots of different sounds and wants to know if it is her.

The pictures are really nice and the story is good for Sam’s age. It isn’t too long and we can read it in one go but there is lots of chance to make his owl noises which he loves. It took him a few times to get used to how to blow through and get the owl sound but he quickly worked it out.

Sam now keeps playing the instrument and it sounds really like there is a real owl here!

I think this book is perfect for children age 3 to 4 but is easy to read for bigger children and the instrument is fun for everybody.

Sam and I really enjoyed sharing this book together.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Sounds of the Forest Set to review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Zuru Smashers series 2 review

We have always liked collectibles and between us we have managed to have a go at a lot of the different ones available.

We were sent a Zuru Smashers Bus and an 8 pack of the Smashers. I thought it might be too young for me but I actually really liked them!

Sam loved the bus and barely let anyone else get a look in- it opens up to game with a toilet and catapult which he thinks is really awesome. You can use the catapult to shoot your characters into the toilet- which is harder than it sounds and quite addictive! It comes with a poo for the game that Sam keeps trying to give to my Mum- it’s really funny because she doesn’t like it at all and refuses to touch it… I think we will be creeping her out with this for a long time!
The actual Smashers themselves come in Smashball eyeballs so are pretty spooky. You throw them to make them smash to find out what figure you have got, they are all a bit grim and creepy looking and you can check them off on the list to see if you have collected them all. There are even ultra rare ones which are see-thru. We all had a few Smashballs to do each and Lottie was really jealous because one of mine was in actual slime which was brilliant. She is completely obsessed with slime, so a character hidden in it is just about perfect.

I like that you can put the eyeballs back together and smash them time and time again. We thought these were really good and have been all playing together to shoot the characters into the toilet- not many collectibles work for all of us at the same time. My Mum liked the fact that because there was the bus and that the eyeballs could be put together these have a lot more play options than most collectibles so she thinks they will be a better way to spend our money than a lot of the others. We all really like that she finds them a bit disgusting!

Zuru Smashers are aimed at children age 5 plus and I would say they are perfect for kids around about 5-8 but will still be enjoyed by older children too, they start from £1.99 and go up to £19.99 and can be found at Argos, Smyths, Tesco and The Entertainer. They would be perfect for Halloween- if you were having a party you could give out Smashballs as prizes for games!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the Zuru Smasher Bus and a set of the Series 2 Smashers for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are our own

 

 

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Wicked Uncle Review… Wicked gifts for kids

We were so excited to be able to work with Wicked Uncle recently.

We first heard of Wicked Uncle when a box of beautifully wrapped Christmas presents arrived for us two years ago from my Uncle with a Wicked Uncle label on the box. Even though he doesn’t have children and we don’t see him very often he had somehow managed to get the presents exactly right for all of us- and he has managed to choose perfectly every Christmas and birthday since then… we know his secret now though!

The Wicked Uncle website is brilliant to help you pick the perfect birthday present for any child. You enter their age and whether you are shopping for a boy or girl and then you get a choice of great gifts for them. When you buy the gift it gets sent straight to the person it is for and you can even pay a bit extra and have it wrapped up in wrapping paper (nice paper that you actually get to choose!) and with a personalised card. They truly have thought of everything as the person receiving the gift even gets a funny little thank you card they can fill in and send back!

We spent ages looking through the website and there was so much choice it was really hard to decide what we would like to test, we eventually narrowed it down and I went with the #Stikbots Zanimation Studio, Lottie picked the Chocolate lolly making set and Sam decided on a basketball set for the bath.

The toys arrived quickly and safely and after we had fun popping the packing material we got down to having a look at the presents we had picked.

Sam loved his basketball set and wanted to have a bath straight away to play with it! The basketballs feel really nice and they double up as water squirters too! The basketball hoop actually manages to stay stuck to the tiles which is good because often this type of toy doesn’t stick well enough and spends all the time falling off but this has been up for two weeks now with no problems. Sam loves it and wants to go in the bath even more than before!

Lottie made her chocolate lollies the very same day and they were DELICIOUS. The chocolate that you got to make them with was really tasty and she found it very easy to do and even let Sam help a bit with the mixing- she just needed help melting the chocolate and then she poured it into the moulds and put the sticks in the right position.

 

It was really good because they didn’t take long to set so we didn’t have to wait too long to enjoy them! They actually came out looking clearly like the animals so the moulds worked properly and Lottie was really pleased with them. My Mum liked the fact that the moulds and lolly sticks were reusable and you can even order more melting chocolate so it wasn’t just a one time activity.

I am having  loads of fun with the Stikbots, I have been wanting to try them for ages and they are really good.  You get figures, some prop boxes, a tripod and a green screen and then you download the Stikbot app.  You can pose your figure and take a photo before using the app to choose your background and you can even make a video once you get good with them.

There are loads of backgrounds to choose from and you can even add other things in to make the scene more interesting. I like the fact that the tripod helps you keep the camera steady. I am looking forward to making some videos when I get a bit more time. I think you could do loads of different things with this set and it is definitely the perfect gift for a ten year old who enjoys technology. I am hoping to get my own phone in the Summer so I will be able to use the Stikbots a lot more then as I won’t have to borrow my Dad’s!

We really loved working with Wicked Uncle, the choice of presents was awesome, so many different things we could have happily chosen and they really do think of everything. We will be doing lots of gift shopping with them from now on!

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Lexicon-Go Review

We have been enjoying playing Lexicon-Go the past few weeks. If you haven’t seen it then it’s a word game where you start with ten letter tiles each and then have a pile to swap one from. Everyone creates a word either using their tiles or swapping one of the tiles from the swap pile, (you have to shout SWAP as you do it) or by attacking another players word by either adding to it or swapping a letter. You can’t actually change the order of the letters but you can add it new ones or add an ending, so adding ‘er’ or ‘ing’ can work well for this, but if you swap letters out you need to take the letter out from the ones you have swapped back into your pile so it counts as part of your score.

 

If you manage to get rid of all your letters first then you shout LEX-GO and win that round if all your words are correct. The first player to win 5 rounds in total is the winner. There is a longer version of the game you can also play where  at the end of each round the other players add their score on the leftover tiles together, if it is over 100 then they are out straight away and the others carry on until only one person who is left and then the last person left in is the winner but we have been playing the quick Lexicon-Go version as that works really well for us.

We like that Lexicon-Go is a fast and noisy game, we liked shouting out and racing each other. We have enjoyed that it doesn’t take ages and ages to play and that it makes you think. Sometimes it is the luck of which letters you get to start with but mostly it’s about how quickly you can see what you have and think about how or where you can use it. This game also makes you think about how words work and the best way to change them and make them into something else.

I liked the tiles as they seem like they will last well, we did think the instructions seemed quite complicated to start with but we soon got into it once we started playing and it made much more sense as we were going along. Because it is a word game you need to be quite good at spelling and coming up with ideas so I would say it is probably best for children age 8 plus but it does help you learn so children age 6 plus would also enjoy it against children of the same age.

It’s a good game because it is very portable- it’s quite a small case and all zips away nicely and we have taken it with us to play on our trip to the Isle of Wight and our stay in France. It’s good because you don’t need to take lots of extra things with you to be able to play- although if you are like us you might need a dictionary to avoid arguments about whether the random letters someone tried to put down are real words!

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Lottie Loves… Rubik’s Junior Animals

By Lottie age 6 with help from Mum!

My big brother, Luke, has a Rubik’s cube, it’s really hard to do and I get very cross with it when I can’t make the colours match up- although I do like to mess it up when he has been trying to do it!

I have been having lots of fun playing with the new John Adams Rubik’s Junior toys. They are all shaped like animals and are really cute! They are the same bright colours as the cubes but they are just right for younger children to play with.  You just twist them up to make it as difficult as possible and then you solve the puzzle and get the animal back to it’s normal shape.

We were sent one of each of the toys from the John Adams Rubik’s Junior range– a bunny, a puppy, a kitten and a bear. They were all really sweet and my little brother Sam decided he would really like the blue puppy (well it was all blue until we twisted it!). I picked the bunny and we decided to give the bear and the kitten to my best friend and her little sister.

It’s National Pet Month so while we have just been enjoying playing with our Rubik’s pets, my friend and her sister have been showing theirs off to their lovely dog, Poppy. They have been enjoying cuddling up with Poppy while they solve the puzzle, it’s a great toy to sit and play with when everyone else is busy and you want something fun to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have all loved playing with our Rubik’s Junior toys– they are really hard to put down and I have shown mine to lots of other friends who all had fun solving the puzzle. It is much less frustrating for children my age than trying to do a cube but it is still interesting enough to keep you busy. My little brother is very nearly three and he loves playing with his puppy version, it’s a bit tricky for him if we twist it too much but he has lots of fun twisting and turning it and just playing with it in his games, I think he will be able to do it really well soon. I think the Rubik’s Junior toys are perfect for children between about 4 and 9, although Luke keeps taking it to play with too and he is 10!

We are very excited to be able to give away one of these fantastic Rubik’s Junior pets to two lucky winners worth £9.99 each thanks to John Adams and Playtime PR

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Please note prizes will be sent out directly within 28 days of the winners providing us their delivery address.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Rubik’s Juniors range in exchange for a review but all thoughts and opinions remain our own.

Please be aware this post contains affiliate links, if you choose to purchase through this this would enable Luke and Lottie to earn a small amount of commission at no additional cost to yourself.

 

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MiniMaster Football Game Review

I went to an exhibition about a year ago and was playing with a golf toy that was really cool- I had never seen anything like it and my Dad and me both really liked it, so I was really excited to find out the same company had now made a football version of the game.

The MiniMaster Football Game is the perfect game for a rainy day. It comes with everything you need for an indoor football game. In the box you get a net, a target, a spinner, marker tape and position marker, a defensive wall, a footballer, a lever, a display stand and plenty of balls. The footballer is very detailed and looks great, it arrives with you in  a plain white kit so you can decorate him for your team or even make up your own kit, you can play with it and then use the display stand to show off your custom painting.

I like the way this game can be played in many different ways. You can either attach the lever to the player and use the spinner to work out how far away you need to shoot from, use the markers and tape, and then aim against the defensive wall or you can  put up the target screen and aim for the different targets which let you get points. The smaller, more difficult holes get you the most points. If you just want to have a bit of a practice you could even just aim at the empty goal and see how far you can score from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you get the hang of making the footballer kick it is really easy to get into this game. You just have to attach the lever to the player and pull it up to move his kicking leg- there is  bit you can look through to help line up the shot before you take it and then you are ready to go.

I have found the MiniMaster Football Game fun to play on my own but also with other people, my sister, my friends, my Dad and my Grandad have all enjoyed playing it with me. It’s quite addictive and even if you aren’t playing a proper game it’s good to just have a couple of shots every so often- I think everyone who has come into out house over the last few weeks has had a go!

The player is very well made and fits well into the display stand. It is 22cm high and can kick a really long way! I am really looking forward to getting some paints and decorating my footballer. I think it would be quite good if you could buy either some stencils or stickers from MiniMaster to help with customising your player.

I think the MiniMaster Football Game will get played with a lot over the summer, both inside and out and it could easily become a kids against adults challenge!

 

Disclaimer: We were sent the MiniMaster Football Game for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Please note this post contains affiliate links, which mean that if you order through them we would earn a small amount of commission at no additional cost to you.

 

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Lottie Loves… Lumo Stars!

Review by Lottie age 6 with help from Mum and photos by Luke

I LOVE teddies and I love collecting things so the new range of Lumo Stars collectable soft toys by Tactic Games are brilliant!

Sam and I each received a soft toy from the range and a keyring mini toy. They are awesome. I love them because they are so soft, they are really cute and they have big shiny eyes.

All the Lumo Stars are different animals and they come with a label telling you their name. Sam’s teddy is called Camo and mine is called Uggla.

 

If you download the Lumo Stars app you scan your toys’ label and add them to be able to play games with them. You can find lots of things out about them like their birthday and their favourite things and then you can play games with them. The app is really good because it has something for older children and easier things for younger children. Sam really likes to borrow Daddy’s phone to feed Camo and to put him to bed and I like to play the games with mine.

The keyrings are really nice, they are just as soft as the actual teddies and they fit perfectly on book bags and my ballet bags, I can clip them off and play with them at playtime too!

I like the way you can play with the Lumo Stars on the app as well as playing with them in real life. I would like to collect more of them, they are so cuddly and there are lots of really cute ones.

We both really love our teddies, Uggla lives in my bed and is perfect to cuddle at night and Sam takes Camo EVERYWHERE with him- he won’t go to sleep at night unless Camo is back in his bed though!

A note from Mum

The Lumo Stars plushes are really very sweet, they are well made and withstanding a lot of love (and a bit of being dragged around by a toddler!) The children love the crossover between a traditional toy and the technology that comes with the app but I like the fact that you can put a stop to the screen time fairly quickly by telling them it’s time to put the toy to bed. Even the music on the app is designed to be quite peaceful so it is very age appropriate.

I can see these being very popular with children from 3 upwards and there are so many choices so I am sure there will be something for everyone. They come is keyring size which is 8.5cm , classic size 15cm and big 24cm and prices start from just £3.99.

 

Disclaimer: We were lucky enough to receive our much loved Lumo Stars plushes in exchange for our review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

 

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Lottie’s trip into town with the New Sylvanian Families Town Series

Written by Lottie (age 6) with some help from Mummy!

I was really excited to be going to the Sylvanian Families Fan Club event. I started collecting Sylvanian’s last year after I reviewed the Cosy Cottage and I really like them and I now have quite a good collection.

We got to the hotel (Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel) and it was very nice, we went upstairs and were given our passes, a catalogue and a competition sheet and we got to go in and see the new range.

The new Sylvanian Families Town Series is brilliant, it  is where the Sylvanian’s go for a fun day out. The Town has some fantastic buildings, like the Grand Department Store, the Delicious Restaurant, the Creamy Geleto Shop and the Designer Studio which can all join together or you can use on their own. My favourite was the Grand Department Store which has a revolving door and an actual working lift.

 

I really liked the new furniture and clothes that go with the Town Series but my favourite was the light up street lamps which can actually light up and even flicker. I would really like to get some of those.

My absolute favourite, favourite thing though was the tram- it is red and gold and really beautiful and you can play with it properly because the wheels move and the doors open and close. I would love this but I know my little brother would like it too so if I get it I might have to hide it from him!

I liked the new characters too, my favourites were Stella who is a fashion designer in the Town and Mr Maple who drives the Tram.

Once we had had a good look at the new range it was time for to watch some shows and meet the characters. We saw Freya, Ralph,  Stella and Theodore Maple who did a dance and then we could get our photo taken with them.  There was chance to go and hunt for Freya in the Town and to be a fashion designer with lots of different fabrics and sparkles and then we got to watch two new film premieres, The Town Movie and the Village Movie which were both really good. My favourite was the Town Movie where Freya and her friends got to visit the Town and see her sister Stella’s fashion show- Freya saved the day!

Soon it was nearly time to go but there was another mascot show before we went home. We were given lovely goody bags with a new Sylvanian outfit and some stickers and things in which was exciting.

I loved the new Sylvanian Town sets, I can’t wait to start saving up for them and I am really pleased I got to see the launch and watch the films, it was a big treat to finish the school holidays!

 

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Scalextric BTCC Touring Car Battle Review

If you haven’t ever raced on a Scalextric track then you are missing out! No matter how old you are you will love it.

I was so excited to be sent the BTCC Touring Car Battle Scalextric set to test. I couldn’t wait to get started! As soon as my little brother went to bed we cleared a space in our dining room and set it up so my Dad and I could have a race (or three!) before bedtime. I soon got the hang of it and was able to find a pace that I could go fast at but that I had stopped crashing the cars off the track at and I was quickly giving my Dad a proper race!

The racing was brilliant, you can start at the amount of laps you want to do and the counter clicks down as you go- I lapped my Dad loads of times! If you want to do a shorter race you can do much less but I like doing long races!

The track comes with two cars and these are amazing copies of Jack Goff and Gordon Shedden’s BTCC cars- you can also buy extra cars to use too which I really like the idea of doing. The cars are really realistic and I enjoyed taking a turn at driving them both.

My friend came round to play with it the other day and we set it up by ourselves- it was easy to do without any grown up help as each piece has a letter printed on the back and it clips together easily. My Mum said it is much easier to build than the one her brother had when they were young.  We liked that is had 4 different race track setups that we could choose from. My friend also took a little while to realise you need to start slow and steady and then build up your speed if you don’t want to go flying off the track but we soon were able to have a good race. We did manage to knock a spoiler off one of the cars during a crash but it clipped back on again easily which was a relief!

I have really enjoyed playing with the BTCC Touring Car Battle Scalextric and think it is going to get plenty of use. I can’t wait until after my birthday party when my friends are coming back to my house for a tournament!

I think this would make a great Christmas gift for BTCC fans, Scalextric fans or just competitive people! I do think it’s a bit tricky for younger children as they might crash a bit much but think anyone over 6 or 7 would love it, including grown ups!

 

 

Disclaimer: We were gifted this Scalextric set for review purposes but all thoughts are my own