Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Tonka Steel Classics Mighty Dump truck and Tonka Bulldozer toy review

 

When we received these amazing Tonka toys through the post I was so excited. I was immediately taken back to my childhood when my Nan had one of my Dads old Tonka toys in the shed. It was amazing and myself and my siblings would always fight over who was going to play with it first, we had hours of fun. 


The Tonka Steel Classics range is back to the roots of the company and built to last, built on the notion that 'a toy shouldn't break just because a child plays with it'.




We received the Mighty Dump Truck and a bulldozer. The Tonka yellow immediately made me all nostalgic as we opened the packaging to get to the toys inside. The mighty dump truck was the first to be played with. It’s huge! The children had great fun pushing it around the garden, filling it with toys, shifting sand in the sandpit and so much more. Their imaginations went wild and they used it in so many different play scenarios. 





The bulldozer is smaller in size than the dump truck but still a very decent size for play either indoors or outdoors. With a scoop bucket at the front and caterpillar running tracks. Again this was used outdoors, there were races between the two toys, sand play and more. 





Both products are suitable for ages 3+ and are fab robust toys that will last for so many years. With the classic steel yellow body and black wheels, caterpillars and detailing. The Mighty Dump truck as a yellow bed that raises and lowers for hours of fun, scooping up sand from the sand pit, or mud for messy play. Also great for transporting toys around the house too with it's large size yet stable enough to be pushed without toppling over too.





The mighty dump truck retails at around £59.99 and the bulldozer retails at around £23.99.





The mighty bulldozer measures an impressive 27.9 x 48.3 x 29.2 centimetres and we were so impressed with the build and quality of the product. It was played with by a 3 year old as well as the teens (although they won’t want me mentioning that!) even I enjoyed not only watching the children play but joining in too, they created so many fun games with the Tonka toys. 


Disclaimer; We were gifted these toys for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and comments mage are our own. 



Thursday, 20 August 2020

Collectible fun with Character Toys Heroes of Goo Jit Zu series 2 Aqua Blast toys


The Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Series 2 collection from Character Toys has landed and my children love them. 




With 7 new figures in the series these include; 


Gigatusk

Blazagon

Thrash 

Pantaro

Redback 

Ultra Rare hydra

Reptaur 


The three we have to show you are Blazagon, Thrash and Pantero. 





Each Goo Jit Zu Series 2 figure is super stretchy and reaches up to three times it’s size and then goes straight back to normal size. They also each are super squishy and each has its own filling too. 





Give your Goo Jit Zu figure a big squeeze and you can see what’s inside. Blazagon has a super glittery filling while Pantero has little white star shaped pieces. These are great for sensory play and the children love squishing and stretching the figures. 




The figures also have a super cool new water blaster feature. You can fill the head with water and squeeze to spray the water. This feature was great and the children had great fun shooting water at each other in the garden and also means they can play indoors or outdoors with their toys and have fun wherever they are.


The Goo Jit Zu range is fab squidgy, squashy and now water fun too with a good range of characters for great fun imaginative play too. The children loved them and can build on their collection with more from the range at just £9.99 and available at Amazon, Smyths Toys & more. 


Disclaimer; {ad} these toys were sent for the purpose of review, all thoughts expressed and comments are our own. 



 


Thursday, 18 June 2020

Family fun at home with Funko Pop Vinyl and Funkoverse game








All of my children love the funky range of Pop Vinyl collectible figures and accompanying toys and collectibles. 

When we received the amazing Funko products I didn't even know there was a Funkoverse; Jurassic Park game so we dove straight into that to find out more and how to play. 

Being at home a lot recently has brought us together as a family and games are one of the things we are trying to do more of so this was perfect timing for us. 


Funko family at home began with the Funkoverse; Jurassic Park game. 

Bring the magic of Jurassic Park to life with this exciting Funkoverse Strategy Game.

Containing two Funko Pop! characters, with this cool strategy game players go head-to-head in exciting scenarios, using each character's unique abilities to gain points and achieve victory!

Each pack contains two exclusive Funko Pop! figures (not available anywhere else), a double-sided board, tokens, cards, dice, plus a special item.

For between 2 - 4 players, Playing Time: 20-60 minutes and suitable for children aged 10 years and over. 

We loved this and it's great to have a new game to all get around the table and play especially while we are all at home and able to spend time together learning and playing. 


                                                   



The Funko pop vinyl figures were a great addition to an already growing collection with the children too. There are so many to collect and we received Vincent Van Gogh, Hello Kitty, Harley Quinn and Batman as well as a Harry Potter plush, Harry Potter mini collectible and a pen. 

                                                  



The Things all chose a pop vinyl each to add to their collections. Pop vinyl figures are great as collectible and at a good price point it means they can ask for them as gifts on birthdays or at Christmas and even use their pocket money towards them too. 



   



The Funko soda can collection features some great characters from Batman to The Flintstones and Batfink to Masters of the Universe. The Batman figure is 1 0f 10,000 with a gold figure that can be found too with a 1 of 1600 figures to be found and collected. 




There are also these fab mini collectible blind box figures which are at a great price point and fun to find and collect. This was from the Harry Potter collection and there are 14 to collect in total. 

As a family we didn't realise how much choice there was from the Funko range. Being on week 13-14 of staying at home we really were on the look out for new things to do and new games to play and the Jurassic Park strategy game was something different from what we would usually buy but we all really enjoyed it. The children have also been busy sorting their Pop Vinyl collections and making space for more! 

Disclaimer; We were sent these products for the purpose of this write up and review. all thoughts and comments are our own. 
 



Thursday, 7 May 2020

Review {AD} Hey Duggee interactive flip and learn toy phone

Review {AD} Hey duggee flip n learn phone 


Toddlers love a phone to play with. Toy phone or real one if there’s one nearby they just what to push all the buttons and make lots of noise.

That’s why this Hey Duggee flip and learn phone from Trends UK is a perfect toy for toddlers. With a flip phone style and lots of wonderful buttons to press with lots of different sounds and Hey Duggee’s voice.





Includes skills to learn such as colour and number recognition, basic communication and fine motor skills.

Interact with Hey Duggee and the squirrels and have fun learning about colours, numbers and fun facts.

Hey Duggee is a very popular character at the moment and this colourful, fun interactive toy is a delight for toddlers age 18 months plus.

A small sized toy for inquisitive hands and an ideal size to carry anywhere for play time and fun.




It has a backlit screen and asks the child to find colours & numbers, listen to greetings and pretend to take pictures.

Grandbaby1 absolutely loves this. She’s a big Hey Duggee fan so the character choice is great and it means she plays with it a lot. The learning element is great too. It's not a flimsy phone so great for small hands but feels like it can withstand the demands of a toddler in play! 

With a price point of £10.99 and available at John Lewis it’s a great price for an interactive learning toy.

Disclaimer; We were gifted this toy for review purposes. All thoughts and comments are our own.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Our walking water 'stay at home' rainbow experiment. Fun & easy home school idea for the children.





A few days ago I decided to show the children the 'walking water' experiment. A very simple yet effective lesson and fun for everyone. With a very quick and easy set up time too, it's great as a quick experiment with fun results. 

First it's great to get the children to predict what may happen once the experiment starts. Get them to write down their predictions. 


You will need; 

7 plastic cups/glasses
3 food colourings; Red, blue & yellow
Water
Kitchen towel






Set the 7 glasses out in a row and fill every other cup with water. You should have 4 with water and 3 without water. Next add the same amount of food colouring to each cup. As you can see we had red in each of the end glasses and blue and yellow in the other two. 

Next you need to fold the kitchen towel (and trim if needed) and put kitchen towel between each full glass and the empty glasses. Six pieces in total. 






Now watch as the coloured water starts 'walking' towards the top of the glass and over into the empty glass. What is going to happen? Two colours are going into one empty glass so what colours do you predict will be in the empty glasses?

It didn't take the colours long to start moving and we checked back on the experiment every couple of hours to see what was happening. By the next morning we could do our final check to see what new colours had appeared in the empty glasses and which two colours had mixed to make the new colour. 




Why not give it a try as a stay at home school activity and record your results as part of your school work. 

The children loved this experiment,  it was so quick and easy to set up and has great results.