I’ve been getting all nostalgic this week with some great toys sent to the kiddywinks by John Adams, the first of which was Tiny Tears.
Tiny Tears was the first fully functional feeding, crying and wetting doll and it’s hard to believe that she’s nearly 40 years old! She’s been slightly updated for 2012 and now wears a beautiful spotty pinafore with a matching pink headband in her shoulder length blond hair. She also comes with a potty, pair of knickers, feeding bottle, dummy and her very own hairbrush.
As soon as Tiny Tears arrived at our house Joseph claimed her for his own, Imogen did not get a look in. At roughly 35 cm she’s the perfect size for him and very sturdy which is good because Joe can play rough! She’s a hard bodied doll (so she can be bathed) and has jointed limbs making it easy for her to be sat on the potty or in a toy pushchair.
Joseph loves feeding her although I haven’t allowed the bottle to be filled with water yet, as the base is curved and can’t stand up meaning there’d be water all over children and floors. Unfortunately these means that they haven’t been able to use the wetting function either but to be honest I think Joseph is a bit too young to appreciate it at the moment.
After a long day, Joseph will tuck Tiny Tears into bed with him. I think it’s safe to say that they are best friends and are very rarely seen apart!
The Disney Store recently got in touch to see if Imogen would like to review one of their top toys for Christmas 2012, Play-Doh Prettiest Princess Castle Set. Imogen has seen this on the television over the past weeks and it’s been one of the “I want that” toys but luckily Father Christmas hadn’t got around to adding to her stocking!
Imogen was presented with it after two fabulous performances in the school nativity and was ecstatic. Inside the box is the castle (needs assembly), three princess figures (Belle, Cinderella and Aurora and four small pots of Play-Doh. We set to work assembling the castle which is pretty simple with the sides just slotting into the base.
There are three doors around the castle, one for each princess, which are dress moulds to create beautiful full ball gowns for the princesses. You need to add the right amount of Play-Doh (which is a bit trial and error) to the two halves of the mould, place your princess inside and then squeeze the door shut to press the dress. Upon opening the door your princess has been transformed from rags to riches, ready to meet her prince!
Underneath each princess and around the castle there are mini moulds to make the princesses accessories and even little friends.
One of Imogen’s favourite things is the tower, where Rapunzel looks down from, add Play-Doh to the tower and use the the turret as a plunger and Rapunzel’s hair will cascade down!
We used her hair to give Cinderella a new do!
Imogen has played with the Play-Doh Prettiest Princess Castle for hours, creating new dresses for the princesses and preparing them for the ball or taking the side off of the castle and spinning them around inside. Play-Doh and princesses in defiantly a winning combination!
The Play-Doh Disney Prettiest Princess Castle is available from The Disney Store priced at £20.00.