A Bing Bunny themed Halloween Pumpkin!


CBeebies was on my TV every single day when my son was little and I actually remember him watching the first ever episode of Bing being broadcast just before he turned two. He instantly fell in love and when his sister was born a few months later, she was basically introduced to the show right away.

Fast forward three years, my children are five and three and even now my eldest will ask, "Mummy, can we watch Bing on BBC iPlayer?" It's one of those shows that they never get sick of. With Halloween around the corner we decided to give carving a pumpkin a go. I have never carved a pumpkin in my life but I was willing to give it a try as I knew C and E would love getting their hands dirty and who better to carve than Bing himself? I liked the idea of doing a familar character for them rather than a traditional scary one.

As I'm such a beginner, I watched Bing's 'How To' Pumpkin Tutorial and it seemed easy enough even for me. I started off by printing a Bing pumpkin template and taping it to the front of our pumpkin. I then followed black outlines of Bing's face, eyes and mouth and pushed a pin along so that when I removed the template sheet, I had a dot-to-dot image of Bing's face. 




Now for the fun bit! We scooped out all of the insides and cleaned it out, then I did the tricky bit of doing the actual carving and making holes at the mouth and sides of the eyes. I honestly couldn't believe how easy it was! The template was a massive help and it's hard to go wrong when you use it.




If you want to give carving a Bing pumpkin a go, check out the Bing website for inspiration and you can view some other cool Bing pumpkins on the Bing Facebook page!

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Men's Occasionwear with Dobell

My partner Chris has a thing for suits. He doesn't wear one for his job but whenever we are out shopping and he spots one out of the corner of his eye, he'll be straight over checking it out. I often joke that it's the male equivalent of a girl seeing a nice bag or a gorgeous pair of shoes.

Dobell are home to stylish, affordable and great quality menswear and they pride themselves on three things; their products, value and service. They supply everything from men's suits and tailored fit wedding suits to complementary accessories. Chris was offered a suit from Dobell and was, naturally, excited to choose.

He opted for the Blue Check Slim Fit Suit which did surprise me as he isn't usually the type to wear slim fit. I also was eager to see how he would cope with getting a suit online as usually he likes to try a suit on in store before purchasing it. Dobell have an online size guide so you can be sure that you are choosing the right size.

I cannot fault Dobell's packaging at all. It arrived packed in a sturdy box which meant that the suit itself was not damaged in transit. I definitely think that it added a bit of a luxury feel. It was ready to wear straight from the box with no creases or a need to iron.


The fit was perfect, Chris instantly felt comfortable wearing it (which is a massive plus as he's usually quite fussy and can always find something that he doesn't quite like). I'm not usually fan of anything other than plain or pinstriped suits but this suit totally won me over. The check design is lovely and really goes well with the shade of blue.



The detailing is fantastic and it has everything that you'd want in a suit; including belt loops and pockets on both the inside and outside of the jacket as well as on the trousers. I especially loved the little Dobell label that was embroidered on the inside of the jacket.



Now that Chris has experienced suit buying online rather than instore, I definitely think that he's been converted and it's not as daunting as it may seem. It's so easy to order the correct size but even if you do need a change made, you can get an exchange within 28 days of purchase.

The Blue Check Slim Fit Suit retails at £109.99 for the jacket and trouser set and you can view the entire range at the Dobell website. You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

Win a copy of 'Milkshake! Brand New Besties' on DVD

My children love watching Milkshake! on Channel 5 every morning before school, it's become a routine. I actually remember watching it myself and my mum sending a birthday card in for me way back 20-odd years ago! Both C and E have taken a shine to all the shows and characters so I'm really excited that Abbey Home Media are releasing a brand new, over two hour long, DVD collection of Milkshake! favourites on Monday 23rd October.


Whether it's keeping a secret, learning to compromise, solving a problem, searching for clues or planning the best sleepover ever, our heroes put their friends firmly first!

This special compilation of the very best pre-school shows from long-running Channel 5 pre-school brand Milkshake! features some of their best-loved characters including PAW Patrol, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Poppy Cat, Noddy, Toyland Detective and Bob the Builder.

In this new collection, you will find:

PAW Patrol in 'Pups Save the Paw Patroller'
Mayor Humdinger has swiped the Paw Patroller! The pups need to get it back and save that meddling mayor too.

Digby Dragon in 'Disappearing Spell'
Digby's friend Sprite comes to visit and Fizzy casts a disappearing spell on her. When Grizel and Mungo take Spellbook it seems impossible to magic Sprite back again.

Bob the Builder in 'Where's Pilchard?'
When Muck has to shoo Pilchard out of his way, she suddenly vanishes. Leo and his machines run around trying to find her before Bob realises she's disappeared.

Peppa Pig in 'Playing Pretend'
When Peppa's bike gets a flat tyre and needs fixing, Peppa and her friends have fun riding their imaginary bikes and jumping in muddy puddles.

Shimmer and Shine in 'Flying Flour'
The girls bake magical flying cookies, but Zeta and Nazboo sneak in to steal the flying flour.

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom in 'Lucy's Elf & Fairy Party'
Lucy celebrates her birthday with an Elf and Fairy party. Lucy's dad does a magic show but things get a bit out of hand when Princess Holly and her friends join in...

Fireman Sam in 'Best Sleepover Ever'
Norman, Mandy, Sarah and James are having a sleepover at Mandy's house. Norman is determined that it will be the best sleepover ever.

Simon in 'The Secret'
It's Gaspard's birthday and Simon has found out where Mummy has hidden his brother's present. But Simon has sworn he'll keep it a secret!

Poppy Cat in 'Underwater Picnic'
When Zuzu and Alma both arrive with plans for the group, Poppy teaches them the art of compromise. They set off in the submarine for Seaweed Sea to look for the speedy turtle and have an underwater picnic.

Floogals in 'Project Caterpillar'
Boomer has become very fond of the 3 stripy caterpillars that the kids are keeping in the shed. When one vanishes, the Floogals stake out the container they are in to see if they can solve the mystery.

Olly the Little White Van in 'Bad Luck Olly'
Olly is going through a run of terrible luck. The more he tries to help people, the more things go wrong. Help comes from the most unlikely place as Bazza helps him relax and do what comes naturally - helping!

Puffin Rock in 'Mossy Impossible
Oona is in danger. She's tangled up in fishing twine near Seagull Cliff and the seagulls will be back soon! Mossy and Bernie try to free her, but they need help from Mama and Papa Puffin.

Noddy, Toyland Detective in 'Broken Crystal Memory'
Noddy needs to find out who broke the Crystal Memory Game before the start of the Daredale Challenge Obstacle Race!

Thomas & Friends in 'Toby's New Friend'
Philip spots Toby and assumes that he is a diesel boxcab just like him. Convinced that they will become best friends, Philip rushes up and introduces himself, but Toby finds him rather overwhelming.

Milkshake! Brand New Besties will be available to buy from all good DVD stockists from Monday 23rd October. Want to win a copy for your little one? Just enter via the Gleam widget below. Good luck!

T&C's:
  • The giveaway will run from October 17th until October 31st
  • One winner will win one copy of  'Milkshake! Brand New Besties' on DVD
  • Open to entrants aged 18+
  • UK residents only 
  • One entry per person
  • No automated entries
Milkshake! Brand New Besties DVD

 

My First Scalextric - Review & Giveaway

Scalextric is one of those ranges of toys that I'm sure that everyone is familiar with. They have been around since the 1950s and my partner Chris actually had some of the Scalextric car range when he was younger.


Scalextric have recently brought out a My First Scalextric set as a great way to introduce younger children from 3 years old to the world of Scalextric. My children are three and five and have never owned any Scalextric before so I was really excited to see their reactions to it.

When it comes to children's toys that actually do something, I always have a mini panic about batteries. Luckily, My First Scalextric is all mains operated which is a massive plus in my book. 


The track itself is so easy to click together. It's in a standard figure of eight shape and made of plastic with their Magnatraction technology in the middle to help keep the cars on the track. Each car has a braid underneath that magnetically attracts to this. Once you have the track built, there are three things to connect into the power box; the mains plug, a red controller and a yellow controller.


The red and yellow controllers are colour coordinated to the cars that the set is supplied with and they also match the chevrons on the circuit. Both kids luckily didn't fight over which colour car they wanted - E was happy with yellow and C opted for red. They were raring to go!

Each controller only has one button which makes it perfect for younger children as they don't have to remember what loads of different buttons do to their car. How fast your car goes depends on how tight you squeeze the button. 


The kids really loved placing their cars at the starting line and having me count down from three then racing to see who won. The My First Scalextric set has a range of benefits with hand eye coordination being a great one. They have to keep an eye on their car, especially when going around the corner, and drop their speed so that the car doesn't come flying off the track. Having to remember when to speed up and go a bit slower really helps with risk-reward thinking - if they suss that out, they are more likely to win!


My children, like most others, are prone to the odd Playstation game or YouTube video on the tablet. I love that this set got my children excited to be away from that world and had them playing nicely together for quite a long time. They both got very competitive and it was an absolute joy to watch. I think their favourite thing was seeing how fast their cars could go and I won't lie, I may have been stealing a few goes on them too as it's just so good! They have been having so much fun with their My First Scalextric set.

The set retails at £39.99 and is available to buy from the Scalextric website. You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Want to win a My First Scalextric for your little one in time for Christmas? I'm giving a set away on my Twitter page. You can enter via the embedded tweet below or visiting my Twitter account where the tweet is pinned to the top. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions below.

T&C's:
  • Open to UK participants only
  • 1 (one) winner will receive 1 (one) My First Scalextric
  • The prize will be delivered to the winner upon receipt of their email contact details
  • The Editor's decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.
  • Giveaway will run from October 16th until 23:59 on October 29th 
 
(We received a My First Scalextric for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

More-2-Explore Adventure Belt - Review

If you are a parent to a toddler, you'll know that they can sometimes be a bit of a flight risk. In saying that, my eldest child C (now 5) was, and still is, a little clingy and fearful so would always hold my hand tightly when we went out walking. His little sister, on the other hand, has no fear of anything and does a mad dash any time Chris or myself happen to let go of her hand for even a millisecond. 
 

We have tried the usual techniques of hand holding, a wrist strap or harness but none have really felt 100% comfortable - until we tried the More-2-Explore Adventure Belt
Wrist straps and harnesses required the parent to keep a hold of one end, either in their hand or round their wrist. As I have two children, going to the shop with them both by myself could be a bit stressful. I'd be holding C's hand then have a hold of E's harness with my other hand, all the while trying to choose what to buy, carry a basket and try to keep E on the right side so that I don't get tangled in harness! 
I didn't realise that a solution to that problem even existed until I was offered the chance to review a More-2-Explore Adventure Belt. These are actual belts that go around the parents waist and child's waist, with a strap connecting them, meaning that you are completely hands free to do what you need whilst also ensuring that your child is kept safe and close by. 


The belt comes in a range of different colours and patterns and E was so happy with her Panda belt. I'm not the thinnest of people but the adult belt fits a waist of 75-100cm so it was comfortable for me to wear. The child's pouch is recommended for children aged 2-5 but can be used up until the age of 8.


E loved the feeling of independence that the Adventure Belt gave her. Although she was still attached to me, walking without holding my hand and being able to walk freely made her feel a bit grown up. The elasticated bungee between the adult belt and child's pouch can be adjusted from 40-80cm and it can be removed completely, leaving the child just wearing the pouch when out of dangerous areas. Everything is attached using buckles so there's no risk of a child being able to undo them themselves.


I've been calling the child's part a pouch rather than a belt because that's exactly what it is! E is able to carry small toys inside the 10.5x10cm pouch which is a bonus for her. She is always wanting to bring a toy everywhere. I've loved being able to go shopping easily and carry my bags home with ease.


The More-2-Explore Adventure Belt retails at £14.99 and is available to buy from the More-2-Explore website. You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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

Safe Skin Care if you're Pregnant or Trying to Conceive


If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to know everything about how you can ensure the well-being of your baby. You’ve probably already considered the effect of what goes into your body but have you thought about the products that you put on your body? While it’s true that most of them are completely safe for you and your baby, some experts have suggested that there are certain ingredients you might want to avoid.

Retinoids
A lot of anti aging moisturisers and treatments for acne contain retinoids – a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division and prevents skin collagen from breaking down. High doses of vitamin A during pregnancy may be harmful to your baby, and some oral retinoids (isotretinoin, for example) have been known to cause birth defects. If you’ve been using a retinoid cream on your skin then don’t worry, just try to avoid them for the remainder of your pregnancy.

Hydroxy Acids
If you suffer from skin issues such as acne and inflammation, it’s likely that you’ll have products that contain hydroxy acids. They are also found in products to help to reduce signs of aging. Salicylic acid is a common beta hydroxy acid (BHA), and it has been found that high doses of this during pregnancy could cause birth defects and other complications. It is recommended that you only use small amounts of salicylic acid no more than twice a day.

Soy
Due to the proven health benefits of soy, it may seem unusual that it’s made it onto our list. It can actually have estrogenic effects that can cause dark patches on the skin to become worse. Opt instead for ‘active soy’ in products as it means these harmful components have been taken out. 


Hair removal creams
Chemical creams that either remove your hair or minimise its appearance are safe as long as you correctly use them. Of course, if you’ve had an allergic reaction to these in the past you should avoid them anyway, but during pregnancy, your skin tends to become more sensitive so you may have a reaction even if you haven’t before. Do a patch test on your skin and wait for 24-hours before you continue to use it.  

Steroid Creams
Over the counter, topical hydrocortisone cream that is used for minor skin irritations is safe to use during pregnancy as well as more potent products that will be prescribed to you by your healthcare provider.

Makeup
Even the cosmetics that you use should be considered when you’re pregnant. Makeup that is labeled "noncomedogenic" is safe but, as we’ve mentioned before, avoid retinol and salicylic acid. The ultra-cautious may want to go for makeup products that are organic, such as Tropic Skincare, which has products such as a mineral foundation that contains active botanical extracts – definitely safe! 

Essential oils
Surprisingly, certain essential oils should be avoided because they have been known to encourage menstruation. Steer clear of basil, rosemary, juniper berry, chamomile blue and jasmine. 

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What I Won - September 2017

September really flew by with C starting primary school. I would usually sit and enter competitions once the kids were in bed but with having uniforms to wash, dinner to eat and packed lunches to make, I've just been too tired to sit up late entering. In saying that, I did win a pretty good haul.

1) Four school uniform products (RRP £40.00) from Trutex
This was perfect as C has just started school. I was able to choose from any of their school uniform items and I went for two pairs of trousers, a fleece and a pair of joggers. The trousers are great as they don't have buttons or zips, just elastic, so C will be able to pull them up and down by himself. The fleece will be great for winter coming and joggers for P.E. as I haven't yet bought him any as P.E. won't begin until after half term.

2) Shloer gift (RRP £5.00) from Shloer

This was a little Instagram win where you only had to like and comment on the photo. I love Shloer and Ferrero Rocher but I only ever buy them at Christmas time. It's definitely made me feel more festive.

3) Mouse's Big Day book (RRP £6.99) from Toppsta

I used to enter Toppsta giveaways about a year ago then kept forgetting but now I've started again. If you aren't familiar with the site, you can enter their giveaways for children's books then if you win, you write a short review on their website. My children love new books so I need to remember to keep entering!

4) Keyring (RRP £12.00) from Lisa Bramley
This was another Instagram win where you had to like and tag a friend. I think this wee keyring is so cute but I'll refrain from posting a photo in case the recipient to be sees it - sorry!

5) Kids Ice Watch (RRP £55.00) from Mudpie Fridays
I was chuffed to bits to win this in the Mudpie Fridays blog giveaway. Chris wears a watch and C is always stealing it so he'll be so happy to have his own 'grown up' watch like daddy.

6) Bows and headbands (RRP £41.00) from Rose Cottage Tales

E has quite an impressive bow collection so this was a fab win for her. I'm loving the hairbands as she doesn't actually own any of that style.

7) Rick and Morty colouring book (RRP £10.99) from HeyUGuys

I was so happy to win this as Chris loves Rick and Morty! They run quite a few giveaways so it's worth keeping an eye on their website.

8) Kiddylicious hamper (RRP £50.00) from Primary Times

I will be gifting to my lovely friend Jenna at Chic Geek Diary for her little ones to enjoy. My two are a little but old for them so I'd like someone to get use out of them.

9) LEGO book (RRP £17.99) from Fun Kids

This is just the perfect prize for C. It came addressed to him which he loved and due to his superhero and LEGO obsession, he was chuffed to bits!

10) Pizza voucher from Chicago Town
Chicago Town run a #CheesyFridayGiveaway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every week. The Instagram one (which I won on) doesn't get as many entries as the other two so it's worth trying to remember to enter there too.

11) Bubble bath (RRP £3.99) from Good Bubble

I have seen so many bloggers reviewing this range but I haven't yet spotted them in shops. It smells so good and I can't wait to try it. This was another Instagram win.

12) Mister Maker Live show tickets and Meet & Greet (RRP £47.00) from NI4Kids

I found out about this win two days before the show and I was so excited. C has been watching Mister Maker on CBeebies since he was no age so I knew he'd love it. The show was amazing, C absolutely loved it and joined in with everything. When meeting Mister Maker, the kids even got their own activity books to do.

13) Halloween Haribo (RRP £4.50) from Bella Magazine
I love little wins like this! I don't think they will last long with C around - he loves Haribo! 

So in September 2017 I won 13 prizes worth a total of £296.46. If you'd like to know my comparison's to this month in past years, I've included them below..

September 2016 - 15 prizes worth £326.15
September 2015 - 18 prizes worth £243.85
September 2014 - 6 prizes worth £240.47

Did you win anything nice last month?

Weekend Box with Snazaroo - Review

If you haven't heard of Weekend Box, it is a fornightly subscription box for children filled with items that are fun, educational, engaging and stimulating. They recently teamed up with face paint company Snazaroo to include their items in the Weekend Box. 


I have heard of Snazaroo before but had never actually tried their face paints so I was really excited to give them a go. When the box arrived through the letterbox, I loved that it was so brightly decorated and addressed to my son. He's five and is delighted when he gets post with his name on it.


Inside we found two mini Snazaroo face painting sets - a tiger set and stamper set. There was also some information on entering their Monthly Competition by submitting photographs of your creations. I really like the additional "Meet the Gang" imagery inside, the children enjoyed this little touch - I think my daughter is definitely Hattie and son is Oswald!


My three year old daughter E was desperate to be painted as a tiger so of course, she had to go first. The tiger set has only three steps so even a beginner like myself can follow it easily. You get three different colours: yellow, black and white; a brush and a sponge. All you need to do to use the paints is dip either the sponge or brush in some water and you're ready to go. 


I covered E's face in the yellow first, brushed a little white paint around her nose then used the black for her tiger nose, whiskers and stripes. I don't think I did too bad a job!


C was a little less eager but for a child who has sensory processing issues, I wasn't surprised. He did, however, let me do the stampers on each of his cheeks - a smiley face on one and music notes on the other. He kept them on for a full five minutes whereas E was happy enough to wear hers all night!


After a wash with soap and water, all traces of the paints were removed easily and it didn't seem to irritate either child's skin. They are fragrance and paraben free and are suitable for sensitive skin.

We have had tons of fun with our Snazaroo paints and, if anything, it's made me want to practice my skills a bit more and buy a few other sets!

The Weekend Box that we received is priced at £2.99 which is very affordable and makes for a fun, bonding afternoon between you and your little ones. 

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

Plastic vs Glass Greenhouses - which should you choose?

Greenhouses are perfect garden furniture for horticulturists as they allow them to make the most of the seasons, experiment with growing more exotic plants and grow more tender vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.
There is a range of different glazing options for greenhouses and they all have advantages and disadvantages when compared. The right glazing for your greenhouse will be determined by your requirements, personal preferences, climate and budget.
Together with The Plastic People, retailers of polycarbonate sheets, we look at the pros and cons of creating a greenhouse from plastic or glass:

Fitting a greenhouse

With gardeners keen to grow their own produce in their backyards, greenhouses remain in high demand. Customers first face two choices when they decide that they would like a greenhouse – to build or to buy. Although buying a ready-built greenhouse can save time and energy, purchasing the parts from a supplier and assembling it yourself could save you hundreds of pounds.
Experts at Gardeners World estimate that building your own greenhouse would only take up one weekend too. There are plenty of tutorials online to guide you into building a greenhouse but it consists of five main steps:
  • Ensuring you have a level foundation
  • Assemble each section and attach loosely with clips and bolts
  • Fitting the door runners, the door and any automatic window openers or vents
  • Lining the glazing bars with foam glazing tape or rubber strips to act as a seal. Fit the roof first with glass or polycarbonate sheets and then the wall panes
  • Tighten all the bolts, starting from the top of the fixture
If this sort of DIY is not up your street, alternatively, you can buy one from a garden retailer.

Pros and cons of a glass greenhouse

Gardeners who greatly value the aesthetics of their garden tend to go for glass greenhouses as it gives the ‘traditional’ look. Research by gardeners at The Telegraph found that, compared to twin-wall polycarbonate sheets, glass had a 2-3% higher light transmission. However, this is because the light scatters as it passes through the twin-wall and manages to reach areas that light penetrating through glass cannot which could be advantageous.
One negative of glass is durability. If your greenhouse is in the flight path of any birds or footballs, you could find yourself replacing the panes regularly. Glass is very fragile as a material and can become damaged off a small bump.

Pros and cons of a plastic greenhouse

There are many advantages of introducing polycarbonate panes to your greenhouse. Some polycarbonate sheets, like the ones sold by The Plastic People, were found to be 200x stronger than glass yet half of its weight. This makes the material easier to use and more durable. Due to its hardwearing properties, polycarbonate does not need replacing as much as glass and has been found to be a longer lasting alternative for traditional glass panes. Upon testing (vigorously with a hammer), the plastic sheets were found to be shatter-resistant which is perfect for any mishaps that may occur in assembly or in the garden.
Polycarbonate sheets also filter out nearly all the harmful UV rays that you may become exposed to when gardening in the greenhouse, allowing you to harvest your crop without the fear of sunburn.
If thermal insulation is important to you and key to the growth of your plants, glass is the slightly favourable option. A single sheet of polycarbonate has 0.1 less ‘R’ value (measurement of thermal insulation) than a sheet of horticultural glass. However, this can be solved with a twin-wall polycarbonate panel which assists with useful light diffusion as mentioned.
If twin-wall polycarbonate is your panel of choice, it must be sealed properly as the flutes within the wall can attract moisture, mould and insects – proper assembly would prevent this from occurring.
At one time, a negative property of polycarbonate sheets was clouding over time. However, technological advancements have prevented this from occurring and the sheets remain clear all year round.

So, it appears that polycarbonate sheets could be the new glass when it comes to greenhouse panes. Boasting durability, shatter resistance and light diffusion in all the right places, it is ready to take on any challenge that the UK weather has to offer.

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Fuzzy Felts from John Adams - Review


Do you remember Fuzzy Felts? These little sets have been around since 1950 so I'm sure almost everyone had a set at some point. John Adams still produce them and I was so excited to introduce my children to the wonder of Fuzzy Felts.

As soon as the box arrived it was like nostalgia hit me smack, bang in the face. I remember having a set (or two!) as a child some 20-odd years ago and after bringing our new set to my parents house, my 15 year old sister gasped and exclaimed, "Remember those?! I loved mine!"

We received the My House Fuzzy Felt set but there are 15 different sets to choose from Dinosaurs to On The Farm to Little Princess. Inside the box you get one A4 Fuzz-Felt board and four sheets of felt pieces. 


Before you begin, you do need to remove the felt pieces from the sheets. I'd advise doing this before getting your children excited about playing. My daughter wasn't particularly happy about having to wait on me getting it set up. They were easy to remove and although I did worry that I'd accidentally rip some, it didn't happen. The felt sheets are four different colours so we had a range of different shapes and colours to use on our board. For example, we had lots of flowers in white, red, blue and green and some shapes only came in the one colour such as the slide and fences.



E was so excited to get creating a picture and as she is only three (the sets are recommended for ages 3-6), I loved that the set comes with a prompt sheet to give you some ideas of the type of picture to make. I gave her a bit of help when it came to making the actual house as you need to use a range of rectangles and triangles to create it and I knew that she wouldn't be able to see the finished picture in her head before she started.


Once the house was ready, she had tons of fun adding the curtains, windows and doors before making a start on the "outside". The set comes with everything you can think of. E was able to put a fence around the house, a pond with swans swimming, trees, a boy going down the slide and a woman watering a plant.


It has been so much fun for me rediscovering Fuzzy Felts but also seeing the excitement of my children and being able to encourage their creativity. I loved that the premise hasn't changed. The felt pieces are still in their traditional silhouette style and I love that even 60 years on, it hasn't been updated. It's still just as a fun as ever! The set comes with over 100 pieces so no matter how many times you play, you can always create different scenes.


The Fuzzy Felt sets are from John Adams and are available to buy from all good retailers at a price of around £10.00.

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