Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Moon Sand Pet Shop Review

My children are always fascinated when this stuff is advertised on the television, but I have never been convinced that it would actually mould, after making numerous sandcastles over the years, would this stuff really stay together.
So I was very curious when we were given the opportunity to review the Moon Sand Pet Shop, in partnership with Blogmatch .

This is what they say about it :

Moon Sand gives you the most adorable Pet Shop imaginable! Easily mould a variety of cute animals in a matter of seconds. Enjoy the company of cats, turtles, dogs and bunnies - the Moon Sand Pet Shop lets you create them all! And with the easy-to-use sandbox container, you’ll always have a quick and simple clean up. Moon Sand never dries out, letting you repeatedly mould and play with your favourite animals. Mould your way into the perfect Pet Shop with Moon Sand! Includes Pet Shop, 13 moulds, 2-in1 tool & 2 colours of Moon Sand. Contents vary. For ages 3 years and over.

It was quite a large box that arrived, and the children aged 3 to 11 were very excited and opened up the box immediately.
It was very simple to use and they got straight to work...

The moulds were easy to use and the Sand stuck together well, although like any sand it did have a tendency to go EVERYWHERE, and I would definitely recommend a large plastic cloth on the floor, or use in an area that can be easily swept up afterwards.

It kept them amused for about an hour, and it was a very peaceful household.

The age range on this is quite vast, and can be adapted to suit, although I personally would say that 3 years old is a little too young, Eowyn was unable to grasp the concept that although they had been moulded together, they were not able to be thrown about like a bouncy ball, which resulted in sand being absolutely everywhere, in fact my dining room, resembled our local beach, but with purple and blue sand.

The product is great fun, but be prepared for lots of tidying up, it is one of those toys that you would probably buy for someone else's children, knowing that they will have great fun, but you will not be left with the mess to clear up.

After a weeks play, I did find myself groaning when they got it out, purely because of the mess it makes, but on a positive note the children loved it and had great fun.
Priced at £14.99 I think this is a fair price for the set as it is rather large and there was numerous play value.

Moon Sand Pet Shop available from: Argos, Tesco, The Entertainer, Smyths, ELC & Sainsbury’s

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Pig Goes Pop Review and Giveaway

My children adore any kind of game to play, so they were incredibly excited to be given the chance to review Pig Goes Pop, in fact Kaide had it on his Christmas list, but Father Christmas had forgotten it!

Here is what is being said about Pig Goes Pop :
The Pig Goes Pop games is delightfully compact and easy to play in those frustratingly confined spaces – and everything packs away inside the pig, so you can pop him in your carrying bag when you embark.  All kids have to do is feed the Pig his burgers and pump up his swelling tummy WITHOUT bursting his coat open! On the roll of the colourful dice, each player feeds this friendly hog a purple, red, yellow or green hamburger, pushing his cheery head down the number of times shown on the burger.

Remember, this Pig is a greedy fella and although he can fit more than quite a few mouthfuls into his ever-bulging tummy, it won’t be long (although no-one knows how long) before his coat can no longer take the strain… and to everyone’s amazement and rapturous squealing delight, this little Pig goes POP! If that happens on your turn, you’re out – till the next round.  If not, you’re still in the game.  Just keep on going until he bursts at the seams. For a new game, just rewind his curly tail… and the next round commences.

The game advertises from age 4, but Eowyn aged three adores it too, and finds it incredibly easy to play. The fact that you can pack it all inside is fantastic and means that I don't find too many burgers around the house. It is very simple to play and all of the children had great fun playing, they even got nanny playing too!
It is extremely funny watching the anticipation on their faces as he gets bigger and bigger and most times the actual Pop makes one of them jump!!
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The wonderful people at Drumond Park have kindly given me a Pig Goes Pop game to give to one lucky person, details of how to enter are below.
Good Luck xxx

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Pairs In Pears Review

The older children love any type of word games, so we were very excited to be sent PAIRSinPEARS by Bananagrams to try out.

This is what they say about it:

`PAIRSinPEARS, true to its name, is a fast-paced pair-making game, packed in a pear. Lettered tiles come in four distinct alphabet sets, and players race against each other to make connected pairs of words in matching patterns. It's a great way for children to develop memory and cognitive skills while learning the alphabet, pattern recognition, word construction, vowels, vocabulary, rhyming and more. Deceptively simple and exceptionally fun, PAIRSinPEARS is perfect for family time and classroom activities.'

It's a Word Construction game for 2-4 players aged 5+
Consisting of four alphabets (104 tiles) in different patterns, black white, spots and stripes.
Depending on the number of players determines the amount of letter tiles each player has, and also how many pairs of words need to be made.

 The three oldest children played a game first, meaning that they had 34 tiles each and they had to make three sets of words.
 Xene was the winner, but only just, both Lochlan and Neva had made two sets of words.

It is a very simple game that can be adapted to fit different ages and skills of children.

The fantastic feature about this game is the small amount of space it takes up, with six children in the house we are always looking for games that do not take up half of the lounge and this certainly fits the bill, it is easy to get out and play and just as easy to pack and store away.

 PAIRSinPEARS is available from Amazon or on their website. To find out more about Bananagrams visit their website at or you can find them on Facebook or Twitter