Monday, 20 October 2014

*New* Abney & Teal magazine

Preschoolers who love The Adventures of Abney & Teal will be able to have their own magazine to accompany the series from this week (23rd October).

For those who haven't heard of them, Abney & Teal are two ragdoll characters who live on a island in a park's lake. Their friends include Neep, a turnip, Bop, a furry river mammal and Toby the dog. Abney & Teal airs on CBeebies weekdays at 5.50pm.

A workbook is included and it promotes early years learning with various educational activities including maths, creativity and literacy. Harry is sticker-crazy so he loved the inclusion of 50 stickers which can be used throughout the magazine.

In the middle of the magazine is a 4 week reward chart featuring fun activities such as learning a new song or finding something of a particular colour outside and it also encourages personal care, helping with chores and thinking of others.

The magazine starts with a story, with the theme of music which ties in with the free gifts of a small plastic guitar and recorder (which are nothing special to be honest, as I tend to find is the case with most supposed 'free gifts' with childrens' magazines) and ends with a lovely bedtime story.

I really liked the feel of the magazine. When we've had other children's magazines the pages are made from shiny paper making it difficult to use any type of pencil or crayon on the worksheets but that's not the case with this magazine.

Harry is enjoying working through the activities and can't wait to get started on the reward chart.

Issue 1 will be available from major retailers including Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, WHSmith and all good newsagents and is priced at £2.99.

*We were not paid for this review. We received a copy of the magazine for the purposes of the review. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experiences. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

One Direction 3D Puzzle *review*

We're big fans of Ravensburger puzzles and Molly goes crazy over One Direction so I knew she'd love the One Direction 3D globe puzzle.

The puzzle is made of 72 curved plastic pieces and comes with a display stand. Each piece is numbered and has a directional arrow so it's very simple to put together. Once completed it measures approximately 19cm x 19cm.

Molly managed to make it all by herself within 20 minutes. I expected her to struggle with the last couple of pieces when the globe was almost complete but she managed to easily slot them into place.

She enjoyed seeing it come together and was really pleased with herself for making it without assistance.

There's a variety of pictures and logos covering the globe and Molly regularly turns it so that it shows a different view each day of the week.

The puzzle retails at around £10, is available from a range of stockists and as Molly says that "Every 1D fan should have one!"

Thursday, 9 October 2014

WWE Stackdown Starter Set *review*

Flair have a range of WWE construction sets for wrestling fans to build, play with, destroy and rebuild again. We were sent the Santino Marella Cobra Cage Stackdown Starter Set to review. This can be expanded on with the other sets available to make your own wrestling bonanza with names such as Sin Cara and Kofi Kingston (the only wrestlers I know of!)

The Cobra Cage is a 70 piece set and includes a 5.7cm Santino Marella figure, cobra, punch dummy and cage.

The instructions were simple enough for Charlie (7) to follow without adult assistance and he managed to put most of it together by himself. He struggled with a couple of pieces which were a bit fiddly and needed a little bit of force to click together but since then he has been able to rebuild it by himself.

Charlie really enjoys the fact that he is allowed to 'smash' it to pieces time and time again. There aren't many toys he owns where he's given licence to wreck them!

With sets starting from just £9.99 RRP these would make a great present for any WWE fan, especially with  *that* time of year coming up.

*We were not paid for this review. We were sent the set for the purposes of a review. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experience of the product.

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