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My Top Toys & Games To Take On Your Travels

With the holidays in full swing and only a couple of months until the Summer holidays I thought I wad write about the top toys and games that the boys love to take on our travels. From a long car journey in the UK for a few nights away or a flight abroad, when you have children keeping them entertained is crucial to a peaceful journey.

Archie is three so keeping him entertained is obviously a little harder at the moment then Oscar who is eight. So here are my top 10 toys and games to take on your travels……

Both the boys love arts and crafts and the Crayola Colour Wonder colouring books are great. They are completely mess free so great for in the car or on an aeroplane so they don’t accidentally get any pen anywhere. I also take them into restaurants on holiday for entertaining them at the table whilst waiting for our meals. Smyths Toys stock the books that come complete with the ‘magic’ pens and have an RRP of £6.49. I always keep a few of the books in the cupboard so I always have one when needed.

An obvious one is Lego. I always buy a couple of little boxes of Lego and Duplo before we go away. They are great for getting the boys to sit quietly in the shade for half an hour and build something.

Great-Nanny brought Archie a Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet which is fantastic. The tablet is £129.99 and comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee, 1 year of Fire For Kids Unlimited app download and a Kid-Proof Case, available in Blue, Pink and Yellow. For the money its a great deal and we have downloaded so many different apps. On my profile on it I have also downloaded Netfilx and some movies for Archie on Amazon Video. He loves it and plays little educational games on it, watches episodes of his favourite programmes and he likes having something like that of his own when Oscar is playing on his Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch is a great gaming console. We got it for Oscar for Christmas. It can be used at home in the playroom TV using the docking/charging station or as a handheld when out and about. The controls also detach from the device and using the inbuilt stand you can play against a friend using the device as a screen. He absolutely loves it and as he has never been into using an Ipad or a tablet likes to use his ‘screen’ time playing games like Mario Kart and Super Mario. The Switch is £279.99 and the games are around £40 each.

For an Easter gift Archie got the Masha and the Bear playhouse playset. He loves the programme and watches it on Netflix and we saw a TV advert for the playhouse and Archie really wanted it. He never asks for anything so we got it for him. Why it is on this list is because its nice and small and all fits inside it self and closes so you can take it on your travels. I didn’t know this when I ordered it but its brilliant and fits in my handbag!

Last year I brought some fantastic car road tape from We Are Kidly and stuck some on the aeroplane tray so Archie could play with his cars. I also used it on the sun lounger and on our hotel room floor. It comes off easily leaving no marks behind and the air hostess on the plane couldn’t believe how long it kept Archie entertained and what a genius idea it was. It is £11 for a roll and as well as road they also do a train track tape.

We love Orchard Toys and have tons of their games but they also sell different mini travel games for toddlers which are great. Archie loves playing games and doing puzzles so have mini versions to take away with you is a great idea. Oscar will join in too even if it is a bit easy/young for him.

Orchard Toys Animal Match Mini/Travel Game Orchard Toys Llamas in Pyjamas Mini / Travel GameOrchard Toys Little Bug Bingo Mini / Travel Game

When it comes to games Oscar loves Cluedo and Monopoly and games like that. But recently he has fallen in love with Top Trumps. We have a few sets of cards now, sports cars, predators and dinosaurs. They are the perfect size to fit in your bag and we take them to Nanny and Grandad’s on the weekend so they can play too. It is the perfect family travel game.

I hope you have found this useful and it’s given you a few ideas of how to keep your children entertained whilst traveling! Happy holidays!

All New PJ Masks Series 2 on Disney Jnr & Competition

Both Oscar and Archie love PJ Masks, in fact Archie’s 3rd birthday had a PJ Masks theme. They watch the episodes over and over again, but now the PJ Masks Series 2 is only less than a week away from bursting on to your screen and we have been lucky enough to preview the first two episodes! The boys loved them and they have watched them over and over again. Il be pleased when it’s on TV on Wednesday so I can reclaim my laptop.

The new series will be airing on Disney Junior this Wednesday the 28th March at 4.30pm with each new episode airing weekly after that on a Wednesday at 4.45pm. We can’t wait to see the rest of the series! It is not to be missed!

Episode 1, Moonfizzle Balls sees Lunagirl putting people in a trance with her Moonfizzle balls. The PJ Masks have to find and collect all of the balls but with Owlette and Gecko ending up in a trance too its up to Catboy to save the day.

Episode 2, Soccer Ninjalinos is where the Ninjalinos plan to splat the whole city. Can the PJ Masks save the city from the Night Ninja and the Ninjalinos?!

We were also kindly sent some PJ Masks goodies. Some party supplies to have our viewing party, a Catboy and Gecko mask each to wear and play, a blind bag with a PJ Masks figure in it to add to their collection, a 60 pc glow in the dark puzzle which Oscar really enjoyed doing as he’s really into puzzles at the moment and a carry along art set and stamp and sticker set where both the boys sat and drew some great PJ Masks pictures, using the pens, paints, stickers and stamps.

To watch the new episodes in comfort we were also sent an inflatable chair to sit in and the most amazing Catboy car shaped duvet which looks fantastic. As Archie has a double bed we gave it to his best friend Roman who absolutely loves his new bedding!

We love the PJ Masks party supplies, in fact Archie’s 3rd Birthday was PJ Masks themed and I brought lots of the party range. It’s fantastic. It is Archie’s favourite TV show.

I have also been given an amazing PJ Masks bundle to give away to one of my lovely readers. It includes an Owlette mask, Gecko plush toy, a selection of the party range and blind toy bag. Simply enter below to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck! And don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday at 4.30 on Disney Jnr.

 

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This post is in collaboration with PJ Masks UK

Cars 3 Radio Control Ultimate Lightning McQueen Review

Last month we were asked if the boys would like to review the new Cars 3 Radio Control Ultimate Lightning McQueen to celebrate the launch of Cars 3 coming out on DVD. The boys love Cars and we took them to see the Cars 3 movie at the cinema. With both of the boys super interested in cars and they love to play with remote control cars I knew they would love the new Lightning McQueen.

The Radio Control Ultimate Lightning McQueen is no ordinary remote control car! This 3 channel radio controlled Ultimate vehicle have full movement and are 1:16 scale. The controller is a steering wheel which made it easier for Archie to get used to and be able to use. Oscar obviously found it easier to control and had it speeding around the kitchen. It will be great in the Summer on our garden patio, skidding and drifting.

The control has the basic steering functions, a ‘rev up’ function where you can see Lightening McQueen shake as you rev up the engine. When driving the car you can make it drift around corners and do doughnuts. Oscar loves it! Another feature is the smoke button. You fill up the small tank underneath the car with water and then when you press the button you can watch as you burn rubber by blowing smoke behind their tyres. Its really effective and makes it seem really real.

When you get too close to a wall, you can hit the brakes and watch as the car stop in time, the brakes top almost instantly. As well as all of these amazing features the Lightening McQueen has lights and sounds too.

This is a great toy for any Disney Cars fan or any car fan in general. The boys have had hours of fun and as you learn to control the car you can perform more and more stunts and tricks.

The Radio Control Ultimate Lightning McQueen 1:16 car has an RRP of £59.99 and is available HERE.

#Blogmas Day 7: Santa Spectacular At Willow’s Activity Farm Review

Yesterday we went with our friends to the Santa Spectacular At Willow’s Activity Farm. Willow’s Farm is a fantastic farm and full day out situated in London Colney, Hertfordshire which is near St Albans. We absolutely love Willow’s and visit on a monthly basis as there is always so much to do and they run fun programmes throughout the year, so there is something new to do on every visit. We have visited the Santa Spectacular for the last three years and it has always been a fantastic day out!

We arrived at Willow’s and each child was given their Elf Passport to stamp on the way around, a Create-A-Cuddle workshop token and a token to visit Santa.

Firstly we went and watched the 3D Film; Christmas Adventure. The boys were engrossed in it as they haven’t ever seen anything in 3D before. Luckily as we walked out the Nativity Story was starting where the story is told with real animals and the children can dress up.

We then went to the Create-A-Cuddle workshop and swapped our token for a reindeer, stuffing and a coloured heart. Archie loved stuffing his reindeer and chose a blue heart to go inside. You also get given a birth certificate for your reindeer and a lovely gift box for him to live in.

After we walked to the farmyard and saw all of our favourite animals, including new baby piglets and Santa’s Reindeers.

As we were walking around the farm we looked out for the 9 reindeer pictures to write in the Elf Passport to complete the reindeer hunt so we could collect our magic Reindeer food from the gift shop on the way out. As we also completed the Elf Tasks 1-7 in the Elf Passports and collected the stamps Archie became a fully fledged Willow’s Elf!

One of Archie’s favourite things about Willow’s is taking a ride on Tristan the Tractor and even he had had a Christmas make over. On board there were bells for everyone to shake and he played Christmas songs the whole way around. The festive wood ride had been decorated with Christmas decorations and snow and the kids loved it!

We then walked back up to the Grotto to meet Santa himself. The grotto was decorated beautifully with lots of twinkling lights and a lovely place to take a beautiful photo. We waited in line chatting to Holly the Elf and then went off to meet Santa. He was really nice, asking the children what they would like for Christmas and chatted away to them. He then gave each of the children a golden key which allowed them to pick absolutely anything from his Toy Shop. There were so many toys to choose from and finally Archie chose a Doctor’s kit which he hasn’t put down since and even took to bed with him.

We had a lovely day at Willow’s Farm and the Santa Spectacular is amazing with so many fun things to do. You can save money by buying your tickets online instead of on the day. Tickets are £18 per adult and £34 per child (2-15), under 2’s are £19.50 when booking online. The all inclusive price includes:

  • Meeting Santa and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop where children can choose one of the hundreds of gifts piled from floor to ceiling to take home
  • Create-a-Cuddle workshop runs all day and children can make their own reindeer cuddly toy to take home along with a naming certificate and special gift box
  • Attend Elf Academy and learn some of the basics on becoming one of Santa’s elves including how to tiptoe like an Elf and the important letters of the Elf-a-bet
  • Pop your glasses on and take off on a 3D adventure with Santa in a 3D film
  • Join in the fun at the Christmas shows including Christmas Storytime, our Elf Sing-a-Long and special Nativity performances featuring some of the farmyard animals
  • Write a letter to Santa and pop it in the post box to receive a free reply delivered to your home and make other Christmas crafts
  • Glide around the synthetic ice rink with ice skates available to fit all sizes
  • Hop on Tristan the Runaway Tractor for a ride around the festive wood
  • Meet Mischka, Santa’s reindeer and all of the other Farmyard animals

Obviously all the usual Willow’s things are included to; Festive Funfair Rides, Cotton Tail Village, Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn with spectacular slides and soft play and the Peter Rabbit playground.

It really is a spectacular day out for all over the family to enjoy this Christmas!

 

Merry Christmas!

#Blogmas Day 1: What’s On Oscar’s Christmas List & Gift Ideas

I LOVE Christmas! Everything about it, from the tree, to our annual visit to Harrods to see Father Christmas to hosting Christmas Day itself. It just truly is the most wonderful time of the year! The boys are super excited and as its our first Christmas in our new house so I want to make it our best Christmas yet!

Oscar is 7 almost 8 and his Christmas list this year contains a Nintendo Switch with the Mario Kart 8 game. He has wanted one since they were first released and loves playing Mario Kart on his handheld Nintendo DS. The difference with the Nintendo Switch is that you can use it as a handheld when out and about but use it as a proper games console when at home. We brought it off Amazon in the grey rather than the neon blue/red version for £279 and the Mario Kart 8 game for £41.99.

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Next on his list is a Drone with a camera and he wanted a camera that recorded as well. I really want one too so will be borrowing Oscar’s to make videos. I searched around and ended up getting the Sky Viper V2450HD Streaming Video Drone from Tesco Direct it was £120. It is only £69.99 at the moment on Amazon which is a great deal!

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Next on his list is the complete collection of the new Lego City Jungle range. Including the starter set there are 7 sets to collect, he has the smaller two already. We have got him the main set which is the Jungle Exploration Site which is £84.99 and the other sets have been distributed among the family.

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Oscar loves using my Apple watch and Kurio have a child friendly version of their own. The Kurio C17515 Children’s Blue Smartwatch 2.0 Plus is the Ultimate Smartwatch for kids! Personalise your watch with 2 x interchangeable coloured watch straps to match your style. Watch Pebble pops into an all-in-one strap and offers a splash proof and scratch resistant screen. Pre-loaded with 20 apps, a multi-function screen, camera/video, photo filters, messaging, media player, activity tracker, phrase translator and can also operate as a hands-free kit for a Smartphone when connected via Bluetooth. Boasts 256mb of internal memory and expandable storage upto 32GB. Includes one regular strap and one colour changing Thermal strap. I know he will love this!

Next up is the Playmobil Ghostbusters range. The toys look really great and Oscar has watched quite a few episodes of Ghostbusters now. I know Archie will like these toys too so it will be something they can play with nicely together. It looks really cool. There are six sets to collect ranging from £5.99 to £59.99. I love the Marshmallow man.

I hope this list has given you a few good ideas!

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Hot Wheels® Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit Review

If you haven’t seen the Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit yet it is set to be one of the Hot Wheels favourites this Christmas! As you have seen from my previous post the boys love Hot Wheels, especially Archie who is obsessed with cars!

The Hot Wheels tracks you can build with this kit are endless, there are so many possibilities! Oscar and Archie can use their imaginations to build whatever stunt/track they can think of, especially as it is fully brick compatible so you can add bricks to build it up and make the jumps as difficult as you like. Oscar built different jumps out of the bricks to see if he could get the cars to fly through the bricks and back down on to the track. It has a fully motorised bridge (you need 2 x D – not included) and the bridge goes up and down and you have to time it right to fly your car through the air and land it safely on the track the other side. You can launch 2 Hot Wheels cars through the motorised bridge and hope that your car knocks your opponents car off the track in mid-air! Trust me it gets very competitive! I can see this being a big competition on Christmas day with all of the family over!

You can add your Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit to other track you may already have to make one epic stunt track. The kit comes with a cars that is very lightweight which means you can make it fly even further through the air and across the large gap in the bridge. Oscar got so excited playing with this set and kept playing over and over until he managed to complete the stunt he had designed. There are three sets in one with multiple configurations, you can make a different stunt track for each day of the week, the possibilities are endless!

I loved the most that the boys had to get creative and build different tracks that they had thought of! Its great when you see them use their imaginations and how they bring their thoughts, ideas and creations to life! Also having the two track play the boys could race against each other and play nicely together.

For £34.99 this is a real bargain considering the size of the track and bridge you are getting and its a track that the boys will play with over and over again as every time you play you can build something new and exciting. Within the box is over 70 pieces to play with! Your little one will be thrilled to open this on Christmas Day!

 

Disclaimer: The Hot Wheels set was gifted to us for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own!

My First Scalextric Review

A few weeks ago Oscar and Archie were sent the My First Scalextric set to review.  Archie is absolutely obsessed with cars at the moment and I knew he would love a Scalextric set of his own.

The track is super easy to assemble and only tool a couple of minutes which was good as Archie was hoovering over me in excitement ready to play. It is aimed at children aged 3+ and after a few goes with Oscar teaching him Archie had got it and raced around the track without holding the controller at full speed and crashing.

With a five year age gap between the boys it was nice to watch them play with something properly together and have great fun racing against each other. Within the set comes two rally cars; yellow and red although the set is fully compatible with the Micro Scalextric range of sets and cars, allowing you to extend your track and add new cars. I have brought a few more cars for Archie for Christmas to add to his collection.

Scalextric is one of those toys that every generation of our family has owned. My Dad had a huge track with loads of cars when he was little, then my brother had a track and now my boys. As they get older we want to build a huge track and have a Scalextric room in the loft where they can keep their rack out and race over and over again. Scalextric is a proper traditional family toy that every age group can enjoy and is always a great gift at Christmas as you can have a lots of races with all the family!

The controls have magnatraction technology helps to keep the cars on the track, and variable hand-controllers allow the speed of racing to be adjusted depending on skill level which is great when you have your little racers starting out for the first time.

The My First Scalextric set is only £39.99 and there is free standard delivery over £30! Order now ready for Christmas!

Disclaimer: We were gifted this item for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own!

Hot Wheels® Roto Revoluation™ Track Set Review

Oscar is seven, almost eight and has been a fan of Hot Wheels since he was about three or four. We have lots of different track sets and with Archie turning three in a few weeks he absolutely loves cars and plays with the tracks too. When we were contacted by Hot Wheels to see if we would like to review the Hot Wheels® Roto Revoluation™ Track Set I knew both the boys would be ecstatic!

The Roto Revolution Track Set includes 2 launchers and 2 Hot Wheels cars.​ The track is quick and simple to put together and required 4 x D batteries to keep the Roto Revoluation spinning around and around. The instructions are easy to follow and we were up and running within a few minutes.

The Hot Wheels sets are evolving all the time and this set in particular is great fun. The concentration on the boys faces trying to aim and shoot the car at the right time is so funny and they both got quite competitive. Once you get perfect timing your car flies around the loop the loop and crashes into your opponents car. The car remaining in the loop wins. You can set up a full blown battle against your friends. Fun that lasts for hours!

Its great fun and Oscar got me challenging him too, you really have to focus and be accurate to get your car on to the loop. I was surprised how good Oscar was at it and he patiently taught Archie as well.

Needless to say the boys absolutely love this track set and would make a fantastic Christmas present for any Hot Wheels fan! The track is aimed at children aged 5+ although Archie played with it easily. It is only £34.99 an Amazon.

Our Morning At The PJ Masks Halloween Party

We had such an exciting morning yesterday I drove the boys into London to the Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly for a PJ Masks Halloween Party. Oscar and Archie dressed as Catboy and both watch the show so they were very excited.


When we arrived we went into a room full of PJ Masks themed activities. The boys made their own masks on the craft table, Oscar had his face painted, had balloon swords made and got to play with the new range of PJ Masks toys which are all on Archie’s Christmas list. He kept picking up all of the toys and saying “me home”. He wasn’t very happy when we had to leave them in the room. We then got to meet Catboy, Gecko and Owlette. All of the children’s faces were a picture as they were all so excited to meet their favourite TV heroes.



The children also got to take part in a Diddi Dance class which was great fun who are now in partnership with PJ Mask’s and are holding a Super Dance Party in all of their classes across the UK from Monday 30th October to Sunday 5th November to raise funds for the Youth Sport Trust  which is a national children’s charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children and young people through the power of sport and physical activity. For more
information about how you can take part, head over to:

https://www.diddidance.com/pj-masks-super-dance-party

We then went into the cinema and got a sneak preview of two brand new unseen episodes and the trailer from the new series. With fantastic new adventures and exciting new characters this is set to be an amazing series. You can catch the brand-new episodes on Disney Junior every day at 5.45pm and on Wednesdays throughout November and December! Don not miss it! I’ve already set up my series link on record!


There is also a range of fantastic new PJ Masks products are launching at retailers nationwide and will be in stores ready for Christmas. The boys were so lucky to receive a ginormous bag of PJ Mask’s goodies with some of the new merchandise inside and a PJ Mask’s balloon sticking out of the top.


They each were given a PJ Masks Twist Top Bottle which is RRP £4.49. A copy of the PJ Masks Magazine, which is a monthly magazine which is £2.99 with bumper issues at £3.99. A copy of the PJ Mask’s 2018 annual which is RRP £7.99. I used to love getting an annual at Christmas! A PJ Masks Time to Be a Hero Fleece Blanket which is RRP £9.99 and is super soft and snuggly. The PJ Masks: Time to Be a Hero DVD which will have already watched three times! It is RRP £9.99 and would make a perfect stocking filler. PJ Mask’s box of puzzles which are 3+ and perfect for Archie as he is really into puzzles at the moment. The box which contains four puzzles is only RRP £5.99.


Much to Archie’s excitement they were each given a PJ Masks Vehicle & Figure Assist Pack and got the Catboy version so he was very pleased to have his own PJ Mask’s toy. The rest he will have to wait for Christmas to get. The pack is RRP £13.99 with five different ones to collect.


Also in the goodie bag was an Owlette PJ Masks Bean Plush toy. It is the perfect size to cuddle in bed and also fit in a bag to take around with you. Characters available include the fast and agile Cat Boy, the high flying hero Owlette, the super climber with super strength Gekko, and villains Luna Girl and Romeo. They are RRP £8.99 each.

Last but not least was a PJ Masks Blind Bag. These are great at only RRP £2.69 they are nice little treats and each bag containing a surprise character. You can collect all the characters in the PJ Masks world and look out for the ultra rare character!


Everything is available at all major retailers and online on Amazon.

Like I said we had the most fantastic day and the boys absolutely loved it! We can’t wait to see the rest of the new series! Thank you PJ Mask’s!

Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience Out Now On DVD & Digital Download

When we went to see Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience it really was Archie’s first cinema experience at the Vue cinema in Watford. Archie loves Peppa Pig and whenever the TV is on Archie always asks for ‘Peppa’. Oscar loved Peppa when he was younger too but Archie is obsessed! As soon as I saw it advertised I knew we had to take him!

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So you can imagine the excitement on his little face when a huge bundle of Peppa Pig goodies were delivered so that we could have our very own Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience party in our own home as it is now available on DVD & Digital Download. Sky also have a buy and keep service so you can download it straight away and it’s saved on your box and then they also send you out the DVD in the post.


Take part in one whole hour of fun, featuring nine brand new episodes of
Peppa Pig. Join Peppa on her first ever trip to London, as she visits The Queen
and splashes in some London puddles. Other adventures include an Australian
holiday to visit Peppa’s old friend Kylie Kangaroo, a trip to the Zoo, an
encounter with the Police, a new music lesson and sailing on a canal boat with
Captain Daddy Dog!

In between the episodes there is lots of interactive fun which will get your little ones up out of their seat as they dance and sing along to the songs! Daisy, George and Peppa’s friend interacts with the children, asking them questions and plays hide and seek and Archie shouts at the television to show her where the hidden objects are. They also sing along to one of Archie’s all time favourites, the ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and famous ‘The Muddy Puddles Song’.


Archie was so lucky to be sent such a HUGE bundle of Peppa Pig goodies which included some muddy puddles biscuit which he ate out of his new china Peppa bowl whilst he watched the DVD drinking a carton of Peppa juice. Snuggled under his George fleece blanket with his George cushion. We were also sent some fantastic Peppa party ware to make our DVD party extra special which I will be getting more of for Archie’s 3rd birthday in a couple of months.


He loves his special personalised Peppa Penwizard party book and we had lots of fun colouring and sticking his stickers in the afternoon. Archie as you well know isn’t the best sleeper so I am hoping his new Peppa Inflatable nightlight will help him see when it is time to wake up.


The DVD would make the perfect stocking filler for any little Peppa fan and I love how the DVD isn’t just Archie watching the television he really gets into the interactive parts dancing and singing all around the playroom.


You can order the DVD on Amazon for only £8 or download it through the App Store for £9.99.

Disclaimer: We were sent the above mentioned DVD and goodies but all opinions are honest and my own.