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kymmage
11:46 PM Sat-10-May-2014 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]
We were very lucky to be selected to review these toys via Mums Say.  The Royal Family set seemed to be the most pricey on the market.  Depending on where you go for it, the packet could cost you up to $80, though I am sure you could pick it up cheaper depending on the store.  The packet says that each member of the family will activate pieces on the Castle toy, though I haven't seen the Castle for sale anywhere.  Depending on the price for that, if it's out for Christmas I may look to purchase it for my toddler. 



Sophia the First is one of her favourite TV shows.  She is a huge fan of Disney Junior on Sky, and so Sophia and Jake (and the Neverland Pirates) and Doc McStuffins are her heroes.  When she saw this packet of kids she did her excited dance, which looks like she is limping in a circle.  I found the packet so easy to get into.  Inside the ties were all easy to get open.  There wasn't a ridiculous amount of tape as well.  This was pleasing for me and her, because the wait was not terribly long.



I introduced her to each character, though she knew Sophia immediately.  Amber and James had slightly different hair colour to what it is on TV, and Sophia's hair was a bit different too.  King Roland and Sophia's mum were the same as normal.  My daughter got very affectionate immediately and started to kiss all her new dolls.  She then made each character kiss the others:



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Her older sister showed no interest and told me that they were too young for her to play with.  That did not stop her stealing away with them once she realised how interesting her sister found them:



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She had them flying all over the house and they took a ride in her RC car as well.  In the end they were handed back to her sister who then took Sophia on a ride of her own:



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She really enjoyed playing with the dolls and taking care of them.  Here she is going through and brushing their hair for them:



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I really liked the addition of the bibs on Sophia and Amber's dresses so that when their waists flex, you can't see the join as much.  I liked James and Roland's little tails for their coats as well.  Mum sits the best of all, with her wide base.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been for the limbs to be a bit more moveable, and for King Roland to have an option to sit as well.  Otherwise they have been a big hit with the kid who owns them.  At this stage I'm not sure about the price and whether they are worth it - but I think it will depend on how they interact with the Castle and what added value they will have for that.  As stand alone branded figures they are on the dear side. 



Thanks again to Mums Say for the opportunity to be toy testers.  We really appreciated it and you put a BIG SMILE on my toddler's face!

BubbeezMum
11:51 AM Mon-3-Feb-2014 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]

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BUSTER THE POWER CRANE and

TRASH TOSSIN’ ROWDY the GARBAGE TRUCK


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I thought these two Playdoh toys would be perfect to introduce together to Miss 4 and Master 1. The kids had loads of fun using Buster and Rowdy. It’s amazing how many tools they both come with meaning loads of time to play and explore Buster and Rowdy, together or apart.


Let’s talk about TRASH TOSSIN’ ROWDY the GARBAGE TRUCK first.


Use the book mould (hidden behind his eyes) to make bottles and cans with the 4 different colours of Play-Doh compound he comes with. Then scoop it up, throw it into the back to turn it into goofy garbage as he rolls along! You need to close Rowdy’s lid or they won’t work.

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Rowdy also comes with a plunger (looks like a rubbish bin) to make worms, and a spade to pick them up or the trash that’s dropped behind.

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Miss 4 liked looking at the back of the box to give her some more ideas. Rowdy was great as it opens conversations about rubbish and recycling.

Now let’s move on to BUSTER THE POWER CRANE:

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So many tools and gadgets cleverly hidden on Buster for easy storage once you have finished playing. There is so much for you to make and do from the book mould you can make bricks and cones. To a wrecking ball, a drill, you can make pipes, pavers and barricades. You can roll out a road. Buster even talks as you play which gets you really involved in construction.


As you squeeze the play-Doh out the back Buster also talks.


Master 1 is not able to use Buster to his full potential yet but is getting a lot of enjoyment pulling off his pieces and tools and working out where they all go again as well as pushing Buster around the room.

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My big boy (hubby) really enjoyed playing with Rowdy and Buster too and I saw the potential both these guys have in time to come for Master 1 (Age recommendation is 3+) because I can see this is the type of play he would love. I also think they need more room than a kids table, on the wooden floor was much better.

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BubbeezMum
11:36 AM Mon-3-Feb-2014 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]

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I was super excited about introducing the Playskool Learnimal ABC adventure Elefun toy as I had a play previously by myself while it was in the box when it first arrived lucky the kids had not been around when it arrived, like Elefun Pickn up toy I decided that I would like to introduce this one to Master 1 while Miss 4 was at preschool to see what his reaction was first, as the intended age group is from 6months to 36months. Our first thought that springs to mind when we think about this toy is – LOVE IT!. I took off the packaging before showing Master 1 as waiting for that to come off can be frustrating, it was easy to remove and you didn’t have to get past too many ties etc to get it undone.


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Master 1 was so excited when he saw Learnimal ABC adventure Elefun toy standing in the lounge waiting for him to play with him, and who wouldn’t be excited look how cute and inviting he looks to play with. He played with him for ages and keeps returning to him for more fun (and learning).

There are so many learning opportunities that comes with this toy as it has more than 75 sound effects, tunes and activities and there are more than 100 words to learn. It teaches first words, alphabet, colours, shapes, opposites and numbers (you say yourself just slide the tracker). Not to mention the fine motor skills they are gaining and hand and eye co-ordination. As well as dance and rhyme while they bop away to the sounds. It’s also set at a great volume too not too loud and not too soft. I think this is a fantastic toy all around with plenty of learning opportunities if I was able to change anything the only 1 thing I would change is the ABC’s would be in lower case rather than capitals, as mentioned in one of my other blogs from conversations with teachers they prefer the children knowing the lower case letters.



It’s awesome seeing Master 1 play, learn and interact with this toy for so many reasons like listed above but I think a picture can tell a thousand words see how much fun he had when he was first introduced to Playskool Learnimal ABC adventure Elefun toy.

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1. Pushing mouse down to find shapes. 2. Pushing the button to change the picture.


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3. Finding a letter behind Elefun's ear. 4. Sliding the butterfly tracker to count numbers (although Master 1 also enjoyed sliding back and forwards as fast as he could go!)

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5. Look at all the concentration on his face as he plays and learns. 6. YAY!!!!!

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So all in all we give Playskool Learnimal ABC adventure Elefun toy a HUGE thumbs up. Miss 4 even enjoyed playing with it when she came home, there was great learning opportunities for her too as we pushed the trunk it randomly selected the picture then I said what letter does it start with? Miss 4 could then say the letter and check behind the ear.


BubbeezMum
10:34 AM Mon-3-Feb-2014 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]

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We have been trying out Playskool Poppin’ Park Pop ‘n Pick up Elefun toy. I decided when I first introduced this one I would bring it out while Miss 4 was at preschool to see what Master 1’s reaction was as it’s for 18 months+ (age on the box). He had only not long turned 1 (14months). I showed Master 1 the Pop ‘n Pick Up Elefun toy in the box to his delight he started ohhhing and ahhhing and then trying to get it out of the box.


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Straight away Master 1 got the balls out and started putting them into Elefun’s trunk. I heard a lot of ahhhs from Master 1.

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I got the screwdriver out to put the handle on Elefun Master 1 decided that it looked like lots of fun and wanted to help too. It was super easy to put the handle on and Master 1 did help me put it all together.

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Once we got Elefun all set up Master 1 went straight to play pushing and putting the balls into the trunk. Master 1 loved chasing the balls and trying to pull them back in.

I love that it doesn’t take any batteries it’s just powered by baby power, it’s also great there is places for the balls to be stored (x3). It comes with x5 bright beautiful balls which is perfect lots for Master 1 to collect and chase.


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Since first been introduced to Pop’n Pick Up Elefun Master 1 has become more confident using it and actually pushing it and goes quite fast with it now too. Master 1 is now 17 months old so still under the recommended age use.

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Master 1 loves pushing Elefun forward and then chasing them to put them back in. He prefers to do this as he finds it a bit difficult to drive over them and collect them, but as he uses more and his strength grows and his gross motor skills improve the more he can mauve Elefun. I think this is because it doesn’t turn unless you pick up move then set straight again, and for Master 1 it’s a little awkward , but when Miss 4 uses she has no problem. I definitely think your child needs to be confidently walking as you do need to give it a good push and walk backwards to, the handle drops down if Master 1 doesn’t hold it and when he was at the beginning stages of walking proved a little difficult (again he was below the recommended age).


Miss 4 also enjoys playing with this too but does get bored of it quickly and she has to bend to use it so if she is using she generally goes on her knees and plays. But if Master 1 and her play with it they make a fun game usually Miss 4 pushes (and collects as she rides over the balls) and Master 1 is the chaser or lines them up for Miss 4 to roll over the balls.


I do believe this toy could have some wonderful play experiences in the right hands but for Master 1 and Miss 4 it’s got limitations, I am thinking around 20 months - 2 years would be the perfect age to get the most enjoyment from it. I would love to hear what others think if your child is after 18 months, and I am excited as Master 1 gets closer to my predicted age what will happen with this toy.

 


BubbeezMum
3:23 PM Thu-16-Jan-2014 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]

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Ice-cream…….. Ice-cream….. Get your Ice-cream!!!


Who doesn’t love ice-cream? Who doesn’t love Play-Doh? Well now you can have the best of both worlds at home, using the Hasbro Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice-Cream Sweet Shoppe.


Let’s start at the beginning with what comes in the box - you get the Sweet Shoppe, the sprinkle canister, x5 ice cream cones (different colours), x2 sundae glasses, x2 little spoons, x2 Play-Doh Regular and x3 Play –Doh Plus containers.


It’s easy to put together and get straight into play and learning. Lots of great learning opportunities for your child with the Hasbro Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice-Cream Sweet Shoppe and we explored all it had to offer.


Please note the photos were taken on different days and times, which just shows this is a activity/toy that keeps being revisited.


We bought and sold ice-creams, which Miss 4 loved role playing being the shop keeper and then switching roles and taking her babies to the shop and have ‘Mummy’ buy them an ice-cream. Using the shop approach it brings in ideas of money and ‘shop language’. One day we even got out Miss 4’s play money and put up prices for the ice creams (sorry we were too busy playing to take photos). We were about to talk about ice-cream flavours and colour cones we wanted, sprinkles we wanted and fruit or lollies we wanted on top. We even had a specials board.


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Miss 4 being the shop keeper, making the ice-creams for Daddy.

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Daddy being the shop keeper and Miss 4 was buying for her babies.



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Miss 4 and Daddy enjoyed making the fruit and lollies for the ice cream too, using the indents around the ice-cream maker which has teddy bears, fruit and shapes. So as you make them you are able to teach shapes etc to them too, count how many teddies you have etc. Although I am not sure who had more fun doing this one? But it was nice seeing Miss 4 and Daddy interacting together. Daddy tried figuring out the best way to get them out without being squished.



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With the sprinkle maker we did notice they didn’t come out single but rather in a group, but didn’t affect the play at all just had separate when putting on the ice-creams and they didn’t always stay on the ice-cream, but again didn’t affect the general play of the shop.


Once you start playing with the Hasbro Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice-Cream Sweet Shoppe the colours mix together so I would recommend getting extra containers – especially the play-doh plus as this is AMAZING stuff to work with so silky smooth. But this in itself is a learning opportunity as we could discuss the colours mixing together, you end up making some really interesting ice-creams.


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After you have made your ice-cream you can put it at the top of the Ice-cream maker on display. Then as you make the next ice-cream the one on display turns around to show everyone coming into the ‘shop’.


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Master 1 is also interested in the ice-cream maker too but can’t quite work it yet but with the help of his big sister (Miss 4) he can, they have a great time pretending to lick the ice-creams and Miss 4 has made Master 1 the chief sprinkle maker. Also don’t forget all the benefits and learning opportunities Master 1 (and Miss 4) are getting just using the Play-Doh through the tactile experience – squishing the play-doh through their fingers, the sensory opportunities (smell and touch), not to mention all the skills they gain such as fine motor skills of putting the cones on the square stand, putting the play-doh into the sprinkle maker, or the indents etc. They are also using gross motor skills pulling down the level to make the ice-cream. As well as their hand and eye co-ordination. So many opportunities in one activity, its FABULOUS!


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One final thing to mention is clean up takes a little time and having a toothpick is a great idea to get into small indents etc to get the play-doh out but again you can turn into a learning opportunity for the kids and get them involved in the clean-up. On a nice sunny day we get out the warm soapy water and the kids help me clean them which is always lots of fun and it keeps the Hasbro Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice-Cream Sweet Shoppe all nice and tidy ready for the next time.


Bermabot
3:28 PM Mon-9-Dec-2013 - 3 comments - [ post comment ]

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Did you know Mr Potato head more than 60 years old?!

In the early 1950’s during World War II, George Lerner (Brooklyn born inventor), came up with the idea of creating funny faces on fruit and vegetables. After much trouble marketing and selling his idea, he introduced his idea to Henry and Merril Hassenfield, 2nd generation brothers who ran the family business, known today as Hasbro.

Mr Potato Head was patented on 1 May 1952, and has been much loved by children and adults alike, worldwide!

Over the years the Mr Potato head range has grown, Mrs Potato head was introduced in 1953, and we’ve seen many different characters of the Potato Head clan on the shelves since – Superspud Potato head, Darth Tater to name but a few.

He has been featured in Wii games, and Movies such as Toy Story. He has been honored in the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester.

Mr Potato head has been around for many years and has undergone many ‘changes’ and improvements, even in my years of parenting!

We were privileged enough to test and review the “All New Mr Potato Head with Legs!



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Straight off the bat, you can see the following:

  • A new and improved *twinkle in his eye
  • A painted mouth – makes for more character in my opinion! I just love the new mouth!!
  • A classier moustache
  • LEGS!!! But not just legs, though – the concept of the legs, and pants, have been improved, and Mr Potato Head is more stable overall on these new and improved legs!



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Comparing older spud with younger spud!

New and improved Mr Potato head is on the left, and an older version of the spud on the right!

You’ll see that new Mr Potato head, is more sleek, without the curvy bit over his mouth hole, but with a curvy mouth hole at the same time, allowing you to position the mouth.

Mr Potato head has lost some weight, an grew a little bit, which in this case is a good thing, as little hands are more confident with the slimmer waistline and taller spud!

Looking at his rear, Mr Potato Head still has boot storage for all those bits, and ALSO three additional holes!! So now he can have eyes in the back of his head to supervise the younger spuds all round!

The pants and legs just give him so much more personality, don’t you think?

Good News!! Old spud parts, still fit on new spud body and vice versa!

We’ve had potato head toys since my first daughter was born 8 years ago, and we had not trouble interchanging the new and the old! He blended right in to the family of spuds already at our house!

Okay so I can fit and switch pieces with the spud…but what else can he do, you say?!



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Well, he loves catching up with friends and playing cars!
He loves listening to and reading stories.
He is very good at playing hide and seek.

Mr Potato Head is good at as many things as you’ll let him be part of! He provides hours of entertainment whilst encouraging the development of Imagination, Fine Motor Skills, Creativity, Social & Emotional Development.

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*History of Mr Potato head found at http://www.mrpotatohead.net/1950/1950.htm



 


Bermabot
3:15 PM Mon-9-Dec-2013 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]

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The Play-Doh Design a Dress Boutique is a play set that lets you design your very own ball gowns for your Disney Princess!

What is included:

  • 1 Platform
  • 2 Figures (we had Belle and Rapunzel)
  • 2 bases
  • 2-Piece extruder with two tips for piping ribbons etc.
  • 2 Piece Gown Attachment
  • 2 Dress and accessory Cutters
  • 3 Cans of Play-Doh
  • 1 Can of Play-Doh PLUS compound

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Clearly some assembly was required! I am not one for assembling products whilst my children jump around excitedly, and they know it, so they jumped at the chance to assemble it themselves, (while the littlies and I jumped around excitedly!) :D


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Bear in mind the assemblers are in school; but the assembly was really Childs-Play! They had it up in no time at all, and were eager to begin!


How it Works:


Once you are set up, you are ready to roll!
This toy can be used in two ways, which is really nice, because it allows two children to play at the same time.


The first way to use it is to snap the two-piece gown attachment onto your princess:



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OR you can style the dress directly onto the princess!



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For younger smaller figures, I think the gown attachment might be better suited, however it is a bit bulky. My friend’s 3-year-old loved the pretty attachment, but ended up playing princesses, and ‘forgot’ about the Play-Doh! My girls preferred the free-play style of designing a dress right onto the princess.


Something WE all were really EXCITED about was the glittery component in the Play-Doh plus!!
I love the texture of Play-Doh plus as it is softer than the normal Play-Doh. It’s a very nice sensory experience.
I mean what is a princess without some glitter?! Very impressive, and glamorous!!


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The Extruder was easy to assemble and provided lots of piping fun!
Even my friend’s 3-year-old daughter managed to maneuver it with very little effort!



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What we liked about it:

  • The girly aspect! glitter , princesses, ball gowns, bows and tiaras! It was an affair of glamour!
  • It provided hours of fun for a wide range of ages! Play-Doh recommends it for 3+ and I can truly say my little 3 year old tester, as well as the older girls had heaps of fun!!
  • It allows for fine motor, gross motor skills to develop
  • Stimulates imaginary play
  • and encourages creativity!


Cleaning:

I found this toy cleans easily. With the help of a cotton bud or tooth pic the grooves in the molds are no issue. As for the princesses, it simply peels off!



BONUS FEATURE:

On the insides of the swing doors are some more accessory molds!!



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What we would like to see:

  • Instructions on how to use the molds, as the littlies, ages 3, 4 seemed to get the Play-Doh stuck into the molds like for example the shoes.
  • A slimmer gown attachment, that locks more securely as it was quite tricky keep the model in the gown whilst designing a dress.
  • Possibly accessories sold separately for the extruder, as it can be re-used with other Play-Doh products.
  • A boy version! I know they have the trucks and what not, but Master J (3) was absolutely fascinated with the aspect of dressing the models, and I think a set of princes or superheroes would go down really well with gender aware parents.


Average Rating given by four testers ages 3, 3, 6, 7:
4/5

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kymmage
10:10 PM Wed-13-Nov-2013 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]

Firstly I would like to thank Hasbro and Kidspot so much for selecting us to review this toy.  My daughter was so excited to hear that she was going to be a toy tester.  Just like those toy testers you see in the brochures, she insisted on kitting up in her lab-coat to test this toy.  First came the opening of the package:

 

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Once the box was open, then came the ohhhs and ahhhs.  She had no idea what the toy was she was testing, but when she saw it was a Play-Doh set she was very excited.  As I was dealing with her sister, she took full control of the opening and putting together of her new toy.  Leandra is 6 and a half, and while she didn't stop to read instructions she did quite well popping everything together, with just a few glances at pictures.  She did get some help from a visiting family friend, but not much at all.  I thought this was good, and showed that the toy was easy enough to assemble:

 

 

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All the accessories were well received.  She loved the little ice cream cones and spoons, but the fancy parfait glasses were especially cool.  These are items that could easily be used in other play outside of a Play-Doh session as well.  The Play-Doh itself is different to the ones we have had before.  We have two other large-ish sets at home, so we know what the texture is usually like.  The Play-Doh Plus was a tad drier, and certainly fluffier.  I loved the smell of it! And I loved that we got 5 whole pottles in a great selection of colours.

 

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As you can see, she set herself up a working station.  The couch in front of her was filled with Daddy's friends.  As they arrived, she asked them a lot of questions about their favourite ice cream flavours, what colour cone they would like, etc.  This was great role-playing, as she then took their orders and turned them into ice cream creations:

 

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She got the hang of getting the ice cream to come out from the "snow-freeze" piece easily enough.  She did need to guide the ice cream in, but she was able to twist the cone and get a good swirl effect.  I've done a worse job at Pizza Hut with their ice cream machine!  The sprinkle machine did at first come out as spaghetti.  But then one of the customers pointed out how to make the sprinkles and eventually we had green sprinkles for our ice cream treats as well.  Everyone was very very impressed with all the candy and shape moulds all over the machine.  This was a great use of space on the toy, and they were easy enough to use.  You simply push the Play-Doh into the mould and pull it out.  We got to select our favourite shapes.

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Leandra adored this set.  She loved creating new desserts and has happily spent an hour or more at a time, making desserts for visitors or toys lining up at the ice cream shop. 

 

A few parent and non-parent notes:

Many of our visitors were quite horrified that the colours all mixed together.  I did have a laugh - I am quite pedantic, but as I pointed out to said visitor - when you are a parent you have to let that go.  If they mix, they mix.  It's okay.  Its part of the creative process.  When you look at the box, it's obvious that mixing is meant to be okay and you really can't stress yourself out about it. 

 

I did find clean up difficult.  So with our other sets, the Play-Doh was easy enough to get out of all the little nooks and crannies.  I would just push some Play-Doh in, or use a pencil to poke the dough through.  But with this set there were a few tighter nooks than I was use to, and the Play-Doh didn't have the same pulling power.  So clean up took longer.  For me, it's important to get the Play-Doh out of the toy and back in the pack because if it dries in there, it can make the toy difficult to use.  So, especially the screw mechanism for the sprinkles was hard to tidy up.

 

Other than clean-up, I liked it.  I thought it was very clever in the layout of the moulds  I loved that you got 5 pots of Play-Doh "gold" and the way it instantly got her role-playing and engaging our visitors was awesome.  So thank you so much for the opportunity alt

 

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wyldange
7:17 PM Sun-10-Nov-2013 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]
So after dramas with couriers, I finally got ours friday 8th Nov. Thanks so much for supplying these to us, we got obi wan kenobi lightsaber toy, Both Miss 8 and Mr nearly 4 were amused that squeezing his legs caused his sword to move. Miss 8 took more of a shine to it as she knew who he was compared to Mr nearly 4. He feels solidly made and I must admit has already stood upto falling off the 2nd floor onto concrete without any harm. Miss 8 wouldve preferred if he had some sort of kinetic energy that caused his lightsaber to actually light up.Doctor Doom and Iron man: My son loved that Dr Doom had a cape and that they both were poseable, He found them easy to manage both size wise and posing wise. They also feel solid. Miss 8 wasn't too phased by them, but Iron man isn't something she is into. Mr not quite 4 loved that they fit in his pocket. The helicopter transformer was the first to be picked up by master 3 3/4s and has become a firm favourite in our house, he enjoys that he can transform it from robot to helicopter easily WITHOUT Miss 8 would happily take it off him, and use it too.But definitely a fave with my boy. The colours and ease of use are brilliant, as a mum I appreciate that it doesnt require batteries, and most importantly doesnt make noise but still engages my children.With regards to packaging both my children mentioned they prefer the packaging that does up with those black easy out tag things, as then they can remove the packaging themselves quickly and easily. As mum I appreciated that the products were easily seen you knew what you were getting, and low rubbish content (and could all go in recycling) By far miss 8s favorite was Ob wan kenobi, Mr nearly 4's was the helicopter transformer, mainly because it encouraged his independence was low on frustration factor. However the little figurines of doctor doom and ironman were a close second for him due to their portability.Overall as a parent I definitely will be purchasing more of the transformers in this range, I would probably purchase the mini figures - If my children were more into figurines (hes more of a car truck plane robot sort ) I would not hesitate in purchasing them. as they seem kid tough.Definite winner was the transformer out of them all, followed by mini dr doom and ironman for Master 3 3/4s Miss 8 liked Obiwan the best and would like to get some more

kymmage
6:24 AM Fri-8-Nov-2013 - 0 comments - [ post comment ]

Firstly I'd like to thank Hasbro and Kidspot for such an awesome opportunity.  My toddler getting to be an official Toy Tester for this trial was amazing.  As a second born, we try to fairly get her new things but frankly we still have all our baby things from 5+ years ago, so she often misses out and has to play with the old stuff. 

 

I was unfortunate enough to open the plain cardboard box surrounding our Elefun in front of Audra.  Her eyes lit up widely like saucers and she was very determined to get to her new toy.  So much so, it made opening the packet next to impossible.  She kept climbing up onto my lap to play with the "try me" spinning wheel at the back.  In the end a friend was able to distract her while I got into the pack.

 

The pack itself was clearly bright and inviting.  It had her smiling!  There were clear messages on it, about the need for assembly.  I wasn't entirely sure how to open the packaging though.  It took me a little while to find the tape ends and then start to unravel the maze of slots and tie offs, etc.  I should have timed it!  But it was probably 10 - 15 minutes of ridiculously excited toddler and trapped toy in packaging. 

 

Once it was out of the packet, Audra set about exploring.  That spinning wheel was the most interesting and she flipped the Elefun over just to play with the wheel some more.  The Elefun is not light, but that is good considering it is designed to be pushed along.  Once the wheel had been explored enough, she moved onto the balls in the packet.  There are five and they are nice and brightly coloured.  They are a good grip size and are light.  She enjoyed pushing them into the three storage holes in the handle and then popping them out.  In fact, for the first day or two of having her Elefun, that's the bit she most enjoyed exploring.  In and out, in and out, fine tuning some motor skills no doubt!

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No one was able to leave this toy alone in our house.  We all had to have a go, and big sister, Leandra was very keen to show Audra how it actually worked.  So off she went with the Elefun, her sister chasing after her.  After all, Leandra had STOLEN her toy.  But when that first ball POPPED from the Elefun trunk, that was the best! The squeal of delight from Audra and the look of joy, was so neat.  Each pop got that reaction for the first few days until the novelty wore off - which is not to say that feature was suddenly boring, just that it wasn't suddenly surprising anymore.

She soon mastered pushing the Elefun about herself and loading the balls, though the "vacuuming" up was a little harder, because she just loves to collect and pre-load!  Check out this look of absolute excitement and surprise!  What was that?  She squealed as the ball came popping up and out of the trunk and went over her shoulder!

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Audra would happily throw the balls into the trunk or the back portion of the elephant.  But then, on occasion she would want that ball back out again.  Instead of using the popping action, she would have a rummage.  This did pose some risks, and she did at one point get her hand stuck a bit.  Much panic and tears (from her) but a quick hug and straight back to it:

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Here she is, getting her strut on. Cleaning up the lounge and popping balls everywhere:

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It's safe to say that the Elefun was a big hit with her and one she has regularly chosen to play with time and time again, since receiving it.  For me, one of the big factors of purchasing a new toy, is making sure it's going to interact well with other play options and other toys.  After all, kids will be kids, which means they won't always play with something the way you imagine they will. 

Here, you can see that the balls were used in other play besides the Elefun.  Toys should have that freedom to be played with in multiple ways, even if that includes microwaving the balls for a healthy snack:

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Again, more toy interaction.  Here she has popped the balls into a safe hidey-hole so she can take them for a ride on her rocking giraffe.

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Here, you can see that she has a ball -  but it's not one that came with the Elefun!  It was the same shape, size and weight.  It was actually a Kung Fu Panda dumpling from McDonald's, I believe.  But it fitted in the Elefun and worked perfectly - again, this is great because we get toys working together and therefore more use out of them:

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Overall, the experience with the Elefun has been great.  It has encouraged some good learning, and some excellent play.  The box says 18 months +, it depends on your kid.  Audra is only just 18 months but I would say we could have gotten this for her 4 months ago easily.  She has been solidly walking since 1, and would have loved it even then.  My 6 year old has gotten some great play out of it too, although not as engaged with it.  I can see imagination play coming in later, where Audra might "clean the house"  or go on a "Mexican Jumping Ball" hunt.  I actually really love that they didn't pick a max age like 36 months, because frankly I think these kinds of toys are engaging and safe for most ages (even if they get too old to admit it!).

Thanks again for selecting us for this trial alt


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