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[ 17 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
Toy Review: Zingo

Zingo is a great game for the family … and one that even works fairly well with my diverse age range of 1, 5 and 8! Basically, it is bingo, but with a fun card dispenser and well designed cards for children. You can match the pictures or match the words and each card has an ‘easy’ and a ‘hard’ side. Well worth adding to your Christmas shopping list if you want something fun to entertain preschoolers and primary aged kids over Christmas. Ravensburger Thinkfun Zingo Game costs  …. from …

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[ 17 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
Toy Review: Antonia’s Toyologist Christmas Tips

Over the last few months I have tried out more toys that the kids and I could ever imagine. As a parent I’ve learnt a few things that might help you this Christmas.
DON’T forget to buy extra batteries in all sizes
DO open your child’s present before you wrap it and check the instructions. This way you can cut those annoying ties, add in batteries, click together millions of small parts or download software as required.
DO have a great time on Christmas day playing with your kids.

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[ 15 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
Toy Review: Tonka Chuck and Friends’ Stunt Park

We really enjoyed putting together Tonka Chuck and Friends’ Stunt Park. It captivated both my three and next doors boys. Even the littlest (and most disruptive!) ones were happy to watch Chuck chug round the track. Chuck needed a little help to get from some of the yellow pieces of track onto the ‘stunt’ parts, but once on he performed really well – not one of those toys that looks better on the ad than in real life.

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[ 11 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
Toy Review: Harumika Bridal Collection

D, 8, is not an exceptionally girly girl. She moved on from Disney princesses years ago, and scorns pretty dresses.   I didn’t think that the Harumika Bridal Collection would be a particular hit with her but she enjoyed using it the first time and has brought it out time and again.  Ignoring the big box it comes in, it is a simple but clever concept.  You create dresses on tiny mannequins and slot the fabric into a silicone slit in the back which, using a special tool.  This takes …

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[ 9 Dec 2010 | One Comment ]
Toy Review: Playskool explore n’grow

You’ve got to love a toy that makes your child smile when they first get it to work. The Explore ‘n’ Grow is suitable for age 9months plus so I thought it might be too young for K, 21m. However he loved at, as did J, 5 and his friend from next door who is 4. The Explore ‘n’ Grow works simply: you put balls in; it chucks them out for you to fetch (maybe a great pet toy too!). It is a fab concept that little kids will have …

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[ 7 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
Toy Review: Playskool step start walk and ride

Playskool step start walk and ride

K, 18months, is keen on anything with wheels. When he swiped a storage box on wheels to site in and use as a car I knew it was time to get him a little ride on for indoors. We were pleased, therefore, to test the Playskool step start walk and ride for the Toylogists programme.
It was easy to set up, despite K helping, and he was keen to get on and ride as soon as he could. He likes the little ‘trunk’ at the front …

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[ 6 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
Toy Review: Creative weaving loom

This is an attractive little kit for a girl. D described it as ‘exciting’. It took a little while and my help to set it up, and weaving was 50% d, 50% mum! We were able to complete the first project within a couple of evenings, although it took me longer to get round to sewing it up.
D, 8, says, “Cool, I like the phone-bag I made.” This is for age 8+ and is available from Toys R Us. The Weaving-Loom costs £9.99.

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[ 5 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
Toy Review: Galt Cute Cupcakes

Galt Cute Cupcakes
Another winning craft kit from Galt for a very reasonable price. D and I got very carried away making cupcakes: there is enough plaster in the pack to make 4 cupcakes and one stand. We went freestyle and just used all the plaster (plus some from another kit) to make millions of cupcakes. They are going to be part of D’s Christmas gifts to her friends. Decorated with pretty colours and sparkles they look good enough to eat. (Actually, next door’s 2 year old had a wobbly when …

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[ 4 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
Toy Review: Tomy  Mr Colour Maker

This is a cute ‘paintpot’ that talks! You ‘tip’ plastic pots of paint into the pot and it tells you which colours are which, and what you get when you add a combination of two colours. K really likes this one, and is passionately attached to the yellow paint pot. For me, I think it is quite alot of money for not an enormous amount of function. OK, it is cleaner and less messy to let your child learn about colours using Mr Colour Maker than real paint, but any …

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[ 3 Dec 2010 | One Comment ]
Toy Review: Leapfrog Tag

The Leapfrog tag is a handy, handheld, ‘reader’. D, 8 and J, 5, are really enjoying using it. J is very interested in learning to read and it is really helping him tie up which letters combine to make which words. The games are simple, straightforward and ‘cool’ according to my little testers who have also got very excitied about getting ‘rewards’ when they complete a game.