Win a BRIO Ant with Rolling Egg toy

Over the last year or so, we have done quite a few reviews of BRIO toys and each one has been loved by both children and they are always wanting to play with them.


In June last year, we did a review of the Ant with Rolling Egg. When I accepted the review, I wasn't really knowing what to expect as it doesn't sound like your typical toddler toy. As soon as I opened it out, E took to it straight away and still loves it now.

The Ant is effectively a pull along toy with springs on the neck and antennae so they bobble as you pull it. The egg sits on the back of the ant and as the wheels hit against the egg, they rotate it. The toy is great for encouraging early walking and coordination. You can read my full review of the toy here and check out my GIF below to watch it in action.

Want to win one for yourself? Just enter via the Gleam widget below. Good luck!


T&C's:
  • One winner will win one BRIO Ant with Rolling Egg toy
  • This giveaway will run from July 24th until August 27th
  • Open to entrants aged 18+
  • UK residents only
  • One entry per person
  • No automated entries
BRIO Ant with Rolling Egg toy

 

We are Super Wings Ambassadors! (+ giveaway)




C, E and I are so excited to announce that we are Super Wings ambassadors! Throughout the summer we will be taking part in the #SuperWingsSummer campaign and I cannot wait to share it with you all.

If you aren't familiar with Super Wings, it's a wonderful preschool show that launched on Cartoonito in February this year. It's aimed at children aged 3-5 years and it encourages preschoolers to develop problem-solving skills and introduces them to different parts of the world. 

The series revolves around a jet place named Jett who travels the world and experiences different cultures whilst delivering packages to children. With every delivery, Jett and his friends the Super Wings (Donnie, Dizzy and Jerome) encounter a problem that they need to solve by working together. The Super Wings have the unique ability to transform from planes into amazing heroes who can run, climb, lift, dig and even dive deep under the sea.


The show has a lot of learning factors which are perfect for a preschoolers age. The friends must work together in the episodes so they build an awareness of what friendship means to preschoolers. It also helps them develop creative problem solving and teaches perseverance. As the planes visit lots of different countries, an early lesson in cultural diversity is taught. The show exposes young children to different traditions, languages and landscapes.

Alpha Animation have launched a new range of toys based on the animated series. From an airport playset to smaller Tranform-a-bot characters from the show - there's lots to keep your children busy and entertained. We will be reviewing some toys from the range and also sharing images and videos on my social media channels so be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date.

To celebrate the #SuperWingsSummer campaign, I have an exciting giveaway for you all. To be in with a chance of winning a World Airport Playset and two large transforming characters all you have to do is enter via my social media channels. I will run the giveaway over my Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram account. After the closing date, I will collate all entries from the three social media accounts and choose one winner at random.


Good luck!

     

Bigjigs High Level Expansion Set - Review #PlayPatrol

We absolutely love being a part of the Bigjigs #PlayPatrol. We have already reviewed three items of the Bigjigs Rail range and were so excited to receive our next item. We never know what we are going to get so it's always a lovely surprise. 
 

This time round, we received the Bigjigs High Level Expansion Set. As the name suggests, this works best as an add-on to a track set but if you already own some Bigjigs compatible trains, you could probably use it as a standalone. 
 

The set is comprised of 27 pieces; 17 pieces of train track and 10 girders of a different height. I have to admit that I got myself a bit confused whilst setting it up (although that could be because I had two excited children chattering in my ear). I made sure that I had each girder in height order to make it easier for me to know which one corresponded to the letter in the instruction sheet. They don't go in size order so I think that threw me a bit. 
 

Eventually, I got that track built and I was pleased with how sturdy it is. Each girder has little grooves to hold the track in place so I don't have to worry about the children playing a little too roughly and me having to fix it over and over again.
Both C and E really enjoy this track because it's so different to any other track that we have had. The circular shape is new, as is the fact that there are two levels to it. E gets very excited and refers to it as a "train slide" - super cute! She was also excited to see the little plant and animal images on the sides of the girders. These are made of plastic and I like that there are two different textures to the track. They also add a bit of colour to the plain wooden track. 
 

I've found that the children need to focus a bit more when moving the train around. If they take their eyes off for a second, they tend to lose momentum so it's great for hand-eye coordination and dexterity. They have been playing together with two trains most of the time and using their imaginations to construct a little scenario that is happening between them. 
 

If your children are fans of train tracks - they will love this! The Bigjigs High Level Expansion Set retails at £34.99. You can find out more at the Bigjigs website and you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

(We received this item as part of our role as member of the Bigjigs #PlayPatrol. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 
 

Tarquin and Troops Children's Prints - Review & Giveaway


Living in a rental home means that we are limited when it comes to how we can decorate. In order to make it a bit more homely and feel like ours, I tend to buy a lot of wall hangings and pictures to brighten the place up as we cannot wallpaper or paint. Whenever I heard about Tarquin & Troops, I was drawn in by their beautiful prints.

Tarquin and Troops prints are all about different animals from around the world in everyday uniforms. They are aimed at children and it's a bit of a tongue in cheek look at professions and celebrities. We received five prints from the Tarquin and Troops Etsy store and I couldn't wait to display them in the children's room; Stanford the Sloth Bear Sailor, Reginald the Rhino Soldier, Benjamin Bear Policeman, Chef Seymour the Snake and Bernard the Bengal Tiger Bus Conductor.


The prints come unframed but as they are A4 size, I was able to pick up five frames for only £1.85 each at IKEA that suited perfectly. I love a black frame as they really make the image pop. The quality of the prints is absolutely fantastic, no fading and they are so bright and colourful - perfect for any child's bedroom, play room or nursery. The animals are so happy and friendly and the children fell in love right away.





C was very excited to tell me where he wanted to put them in his room. I spoke to him about the names of each character and what their job is (although he does refer to Reginald the Rhino Soldier as the Grand Old Duke of York!). I feel that because each one already has a name and "profession", it encourages children to maybe come up with a little background for them and create a persona for them. C and E were familiar with some of the animals' occupations such a chef and policeman but they did ask a lot of questions about the others. I didn't even realise that they would be such an educational resource too. 




The prints are so fun and make me smile when I see them - something that the children do too! The Tarquin and Troops animal prints are available to purchase from Etsy via digital download for £4.80 each. You can view the entire range at the Tarquin and Troops Etsy page or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

I also have a giveaway for my readers with two chances to win! To be in with a chance of winning two Tarquin and Troops prints for yourself, just fill in the Gleam widget below. Good luck!


T&C's:
  • Two winners will win two Tarquin and Troops prints of their choice which will be supplied via digital download for winners to print and frame themselves
  • The giveaway will run from July 18th until August 1st
  • Open to entrants aged 18+
  • UK residents only
  • One entry per person
  • No automated entries
Two Tarquin and Troops prints

(We received these prints for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)  
 
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