Educational Play the Schleich Way

We’re huge Schleich fans in this house with an ever growing and much loved collection of everything from dinosaurs to superheros with a variety of farm and zoo animals thrown in for good measure as well.


Recently the kiddywinks received some new additions to their Schleich family as I learnt all about Schleich’s new campaign “Education Play the Schleich Way”.  Schleich has created a 16 page brochure designed to be a guide to imaginative play and development.  It covers such as a balanced play diet, encouraging imagination and early language skills, the guide also comes with helpful hints and tips on how to get the best from your child’s playtime and how you can incorporate Schleich products.

I found the brochure really interesting, we all know to feed our kids a proper balanced diet but I did not know about the importance of a balanced play diet, that is until now.  The basics are that children need to spend their time enjoying different areas of play which include Social Play, Active Play, Creative Play and Free Play.


The brochure also has a variety of different game suggestions which can stimulate imaginative play and co-operative games which will encourage better team work.  The brochure is filled with loads of great tips including out and about play and how to develop early language skills as well. We’ve given lots of the suggested games a try and had a great time doing so, it’s wonderful to see them use their imaginations so much, and we’ll be giving the rest a try too.

Schleich figures are available from Schleich and start at just £2.99 and the brochure can be downloaded for free by clicking here.


Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station Review

Pom poms are so very, very now.  From the catwalks to cars (yes, cars!) and everything in between Pom poms are set to take off where the loom band craze left off.  Pom Pom Wow is a great new crafting range from Character which promises to make pom poming easy.  Never being one to miss out on the latest trend Imogen was thrilled to be sent the Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station to test out.

Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station

The Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station includes 75 pom poms in four different colours (white, pink, green and blue), 85 adhesive dots, 2 marker pens, a glitter glue pen, 4 stamper pads, 4 watercolour paints and various accessories.  The set does need a little assembly but it’s pretty straight forward and Imogen and I completed it in a couple of minutes.

Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station

The pom poms are enclosed inside a small plastic tube known as pellets, this helps them to stay together whilst being decorated and applied.  Once in place the tube is easily slipped off and you pom pom just needs a little plumping to enable it to take it’s pop pom shape.  The pom pom pellets can be used just as they are but the fun really begins when you jazz them up a little.

There are lots of different ways to do this but to start you’ll need to pop them into one of the pink trays.  This can then be inserted into the stamper unit which will slide across to either the watercolours or ink pads to give them a different look.

Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station  Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station

You can also use the watercolours with the pipette and stand to dip dye your pom poms.

Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station

Once decorated you’ll need to add an adhesive dot to the underneath of you pom pom which is easy thanks to the dispenser.

Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station

Then just stick your pom pom onto whatever you like, slide off the plastic tube and give your pom pom a little ruffle!

Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station

We decided to decorate a photo frame but you really can pom pom pretty much anything.  Over on the Pom Pom Wow Facebook page they’ve been very busy adding pom poms to a Fiat and Imogen became a trendsetter at her ballet class this week when she added pom poms to her ballet shoes!  The results are pretty cool, just look at this which is set to become a new addition to my desk.

Pom Pom WowThe Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station is priced at £29.99 and is available from The Entertainer and Character Online.  The poms poms included in this set were enough for us to decorate a photo frame and a mobile phone cases as well as adding toppers to a pencil case full of pencils and still left us with a few spare so I think it’s great value for money.  Both Imogen and Joseph throughly enjoyed playing with it together so we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from the range.

Pom Pom Wow is set to take over later this week and they’ll be a Pom Pom Wow Twitter frenzy on Tuesday 31st May between 5pm and 6.30pm so make sure you’re logged on a following @PomPomWowUK and the hashtag #PomPomWOW as they’ll be a host of prizes to give away.

Easter at Poundland

Poundland really is your one stop shop for Easter this year with everything from chocolate eggs to baking and crafts all at a pound!  As Poundland ambassadors we were given £20 to spend at Poundland to see just how far it would go.

Firstly, everyone loves an Easter egg hunt and at Poundland it need not cost a fortune.  There’s a great selection of chocolate Easter eggs with your children’s favourite characters such as Shopkins and Star Wars as well as mini eggs from Cadbury and chocolate figures from Kinder.  There are also plastic fillable eggs to hide clues and treats and little buckets to collect your stash in.

Easter at Poundland

They also have an Easter egg hunt kit containing pointers, baskets and tokens which is suitable for up to 4 children, great value for only £1.

Easter at Poundland

Let’s face it the Easter holidays can be long especially if the weather is poor but at Poundland there is a great range of Easter craft activities to amuse even the boredest of children.

Easter Crafts at Poundland

If you’re making an Easter bonnet this year then head to Poundland they have bonnets and trilbys and everything you could possibly imagine to festoon your bonnet, even light up eggs!  There are decorations to paint, books to colour and puppets to make.  I love the paint your own egg kits which include paints, a paintbrush, accessories and a ceramic egg all inside an egg box.  They make a great alternative Easter gift too.

Easter at Poundland     Easter at Poundland

If baking is your thing then Poundland is certainly not to be overlooked.  The Jane Asher range has some great bakeware, accessories as well as cake mixes, icing and decorations.  We found a lovely 24 piece set which includes cases and decorations and some Easter themed presentation bags.  Together with the Jane Asher cupcake kit, which comes complete with icing and decorations, and a little baking magic they’ll make great Easter presents.

Easter at Poundland

Take a peek at the entire Easter range available at Poundland at where you can now buy online, delivery is free on orders over £50 otherwise it’s just £4 or find your nearest store here.

Zoingo Boingo Review

When Flair asked Imogen if she’d like to review the Zoingo Boingo she jumped at the chance!!  It’s a fantastic flexible freestyle pogo that looks very similar to the pogo ball I had as a child but this has a soft, flexible pogo cord and handle.

Zoingo Boingo

It comes boxed and the ball is not inflated but all you’ll need is a bicycle pup to do so.  Assembly is fairly straight forward and took us less than five minutes, then you’re ready to bounce!  The Zoingo Boingo is suitable for use on grass or on the pavement and we took ours out in the garden to enjoy the sunshine.

You’ll need a wide, flat space and a helmet as it can be a little tricky to master at first and some help getting on and finding balance is key to a good bounce.  Imogen played outside with it for a good hour before she managed her first bounce.

Zoingo Boingo

I’m told the trick is to grip the ball with your feet as hard as you can and pull up on the handle so that your body is straight.  Tony was a natural pro and got the hang of it first time!

Zoingo Boingo

Imogen practiced and practiced, determined never to give up and she did it!  Now she has the hang of it she’s almost never off it, rushing home from school to get out in the garden and bounce around.

Zoingo Boingo

The Zoingo Boingo is recommended for ages 8 and up and it’s a fair guide, Imogen will be 8 in a matter of days and Joseph at 5 simply doesn’t have the co-ordination or body strength to do anything other than fall off it.

We’ve had loads of fun with the Zoingo Boingo and I’m sure that it will continue throughout the Summer.  It’s great to see Imogen out in the fresh air and getting some exercise as well as having great fun!

Our #NickJrBlaze Twitter Party

On Wednesday we took part in a Blaze and The Monster Machines party Twitter party along with UKMumsTV and other bloggers from around the country.  The party was held to celebrate fabulous new additions to the Fisher Price Blaze and the Monster Machines toy range and coincided with two brand new episodes of Blaze on Nick Jr.

We went sent everything we needed to make sure that out party went with a Blaze including a selection of the toys, goody bags and activities to keep the children busy.


The activities were based around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and playing with the great new toys!

Our first activity was the Blaze Sink and Float test where we filled plastic eggs with anything we could find.  Corks, polystyrene balls, buttons and even rocks from the garden were added to the eggs whilst we made our prediction on whether they would sink or float.  Then with a bucket of water we put them to the test!


The second activity saw us create an assault course suitable for the Blaze and the Monster Machines toys.  Using cardboard tubes, lollipop sticks, string, gum drops and cocktail sticks we used our engineering know how to create an assault course fit for Blaze and his Monster Machine friends.

#NickJrBlaze   #NickJrBlze

Our next activity involved a bit of maths teaching the children all about measurements and momentum.  We used the Blaze Launcher and set up start and finish flags and launched Blaze across the living room using a tap measure to see how far he traveled.  This was the children’s favourite activity and they all got very competitive!


Our final STEM activity was a peaceful one with the children testing their Blaze and the Monster Machines knowledge and using their colouring in sheets to reflect their answers.


Fun was had all round and with the children learning as well the party was a hit with the parents as well!  The children all went home with a goody bag full with their very own Blaze and the Monster Machine die-cast car from the new Fisher Price range as well as other Blaze treats and tasty, healthy treats from Kiddylicious.


The full Blaze and the Monster Machines range can be found on the Fisher Price website here and there’s plenty of Blaze and the Monster Machines activities on Nick Jr.

Your Invitation to Our Blaze and the Monster Machine Party!

This Wednesday, 16th March, the kiddywinks and I will joining in with UKMumsTV and other blogger families nationwide for an awesome afternoon as we host a Blaze and the Monster Machines Twitter party and you’ll all invited! BMM_LK_Bloggers_Button_300x250

Blaze and the Monster Machines in a pre-school series starring Blaze and his driver and friend eight year old AJ.  Their adventures take place in Axle city which is populated by the Monster Machines.  Blaze is the city’s biggest hero and champion of the racetrack because he can do things that no other truck can.  As well as his Blazing Speed he also has extensive engineering knowledge which he uses to add new parts to himself and transform into anything!!

Our party box contains some fabulous new Blaze and the Monster Machines toys from Fisher Price, goody bags and four games and activities which have all been designed around STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning.


Joseph is itching to get his hands on the new toy range from Fisher Price which include Transforming Jet Blaze, Transforming Turbo Launch, Slam and Go Crusher and a selection of die-cast vehicles.  The range is available from Argos and Smyths Toy Superstores and prices start from just £4.99.

The party takes place between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday to coincide with a special hour long Blaze and the Monster Machines episode over on Nick Jr starting at 2pm.  There will be spot prizes throughout the party so make sure you’re following @UKMumsTV and the #NickJrBlaze hashtag but in the meantime there’s lots of Blaze and the Monster Machines fun to be had at

Win a self-watering Lechuza Cubico 22 planter, worth £39.99, to plant with your little ones!

We all know kids love the great outdoors in the summer months, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get green-fingered in winter too. Planting indoors with your children is not only educational but great fun for all of the family to get involved in too! We’re offering one lucky winner a stylish Lechuza CUBICO 22 All-in-One Set to get your little ones growing exciting plants or edibles and add some greenery to your home in the run-up to spring.

Lechuza planters (widely used by professional landscapers and the green fingered enthusiasts) are famed for their sub-irrigation system, which provides plants with the exact amount of water they need for optimum growth for up to 12 weeks.

The CUBICO combines elegance with the most convenient use and care – perfect for introducing the little ones to planting!

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Little Live Pets – Birds Series 4 Review

Both Imogen and Joseph adore the Little Live Pets range from Character and we’ve built up quite a collection of Butterflies, Mice and Birds over time.  Their favourites though have to be the birds!  Character have recently added to the range of birds with series 4 and the kiddywinks were sent one to try out.

Polly Locket

The series 4 birds are called Dazzle Wings because they have just that!  We received Polly Locket but there are 6 others to collect Molly Moonbeam, Strawberry Belle, Cupcake Katie, Lucky Lee and Goldie.  Polly Locket is purple with pink wings with a silver locket design which Imogen thinks she’s beautiful.

Little Live Pets Dazzle Wings

Just like the other Little Live Pets birds they will respond to your touch and sing, tweet and chirp to you with over 30 different birdcalls and songs as well as an occasional “Hey good looking!”.  You can also record 10 seconds of your own voice by pressing the button on your bird’s chest which will be repeated back to you followed by a chirp.

Little Live Pets Polly Locket

Imogen is understandably quite taken with Polly and will spend hours playing with her making her repeat things for her brother or asking her maths questions for her to answer, funnily enough she gets them ALL right!

At just £9.99 I think they’re great value for money and perfect for saving pocket money for or for birthday party presents.  As well as the Dazzle Wings birds Character have also extended the Little Live Pets range with the Sweet Talkin’ Friends which include puppies, kittens, rabbits and ducks!  The entire Little Live Pets range can be seen here.


Since being handed down his Dad’s and Uncle’s precious LEGO collections Joseph very quickly became a LEGO addict.  His toy boxes are now slowly filling with the colourful bricks and his pocket money wisely spent on the latest minifigures, but not without giving the bag a good feel before hand!  He’s already been extremely lucky to get his paws on some of the new NEXO KNIGHTS range earlier this year but was thrilled to get an early look at the NEXO KNIGHTS magazine which is released tomorrow!

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS MagazineLike most children’s magazine the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS magazine comes with a free toy but being LEGO this is one toy that will guarantee to be more than a five minute wonder!  Every issue comes with a NEXO KNIGHTS toy, perfect for building up your collection.  The first issue comes with a  limited edition Lance minifigure!


Inside the magazine are a wide range of features including character profiles, puzzles, competitions, posters and comics.  Joseph’s reading has come on leaps and bounds and he loves to read but I’m sure they’d encourage a less reluctant reader.


The magazine also gives you the opportunity to scan and unlock new powers in the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOCK 2.0 app, which is free to download from the App Store or Google Play.

The LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS magazine is available from all good newsagents from tomorrow with a new issue available every four weeks.  Joseph and I have read his cover to cover and he still goes back to it to look up the Knighton Villains or ogle at the awesome toys he could win in the competitions.  At just £3.25 (only a little more than a LEGO minifigure) I think it’s great value for money and we can’t wait until the next issue.

Playmobil Easter Eggs Review #PlaymobilPlayologist

It may only seem like five minutes ago that we were opening the first door on our Playmobil advent calendars but it’s already time to talk about Easter!  As Playmobil Playologists the kiddywinks look forward to their seasonal treats from their Playmobil friends every year.

Playmobil Easter Eggs

This year Imogen received a pinky purple coloured egg named Mermaid with Seahorses.  This contained a base, coral, 3 seahorses, a starfish, seashells and a mermaid figure as well as a gemstone for her necklace.

Playmobil Mermaid Easter Egg

Imogen loves this little set and the little mermaid figure quickly became her favourite, apparently her name is Michele and she loves splashing in the bath!  There are a fair few very small parts to this set but the plastic egg has been used as storage and to keep them all together.

Playmobil Mermaid Easter EggLucky Joseph a bright red egg called Soccer Player with Goal and it contains just that.  A goal, football and a sports and action soccer player.  There are even numbered stickers to give your figure the number jersey of your choice.

Playmobil Soccer Egg

The only assembly needed is popping the bottom on the goal and your soccer player onto his base which was perfect for Joseph who can find small parts challenging.  When on its’ base the soccer player has a real kick action operated with a lever at the back, perfect for practising penalties.

Playmobil Soccer Easter Egg

There are five all new Easter Eggs from Playmobil for this Easter, all priced at £6.99 and available from the Playmobil shop online.

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