What’s In Your Party Bag?

We’ve all had a party bag that’s contained a whistle or a horrific noisy toy of some description. In fact the last party we attended the Mum pointed it out giggling. If money were no object what would you put in your party bag? Here, I’ve listed a few of the things I’d put in my ultimate party bag.1.1.  Fruit Salad Sour Softies – what’s a party bag without sweets? A new twist on some old favourites, I loved a cheeky bag of Fruit Salads as a kid and these soft versions are just as great! The same Fruit Salad flavour of old but with a sour note. Not eye wateringly sour but just enough to kick that extra exciting kick! Fruit Salad Sour Softies are available from Tesco, Asda and many other convenience/independent retailers in 120g & 160g sized bags priced from £1. Also in the range are Fruit Salad Softies and Refreshers Softies if you fancy going all out on the retro flavours.

2. BIC pens/pencils – my kids love to get colouring items in a party bag and when I think of quality items BIC is the one that comes to mind. Lots of choice, felt pens, pencils, crayons. So dependent on the age of the children attending there’s something for everyone. I particularly like the BIC Kids Learner Mechanical pencil   and the Conte range of pens and pencils. Perhaps pop in a mini colouring or dot to dot book to go with it and away they go.

3. Moshi Monsters Egg Hunt Trading Cards – Kids love a trading card or 20 don’t they?Now there are some new ones in town. Currently on Series 1, there are 350 monsterific cards to collect, featuring ULTRA RARE cards. These cards are great fun to collect and swap and even has it’s own app to download from the App Store or Google Play. Each card has a code to scan into the game. You can hatch your own egg and then customise and name your Moshling! You can play games and solve puzzles to earn Rox, which can be used to buy monsterific food and room items.

4. Little Brian Paint Sticks – These nifty no-mess paint sticks from Little Brian are brilliant for when the kids want to get arty but you don’t fancy the carnage that comes with it. In glue stick sized solid paint they are easy to paint with can be used on different surfaces such as windows! They dry super quick so no getting the paint everywhere or having to hang the pictures up. Little Brian paint sticks are available from Asda and Amazon and come in packs of 6 (RRP £4.99) or 12 (RRP £7.99)

5. Itty Bitty’s – These sweet little guys in the Hallmark Itty Bitty range are just the cutest! Small enough to fit in little hands (and party bags) and soft enough to cuddle up in bed as they’re made from a lovely plush material. They come in many different gorgeous collections such as Star Wars, Marvel, Peanuts and Snoopy, Wizard Of Oz, DC Comics, and Scooby-Doo.  Great value at £6 each.

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*Some of the featured items were gifted for the purpose of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box – May

You might have seen our post last month for My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box, well we were also sent one for May. This time we received the gender neutral boxes and the theme was dinosaurs. The kids were really excited to see what they’d got and they weren’t disappointed! They love the fact that the boxes come addressed to them.

Gender Neutral 8-10 box

  • Dinosaur Glider
  • Top Trumps – Volcanoes
  • Dino-Grow Volcano
  • Brainbox Bounce Dinosaurs Game

Gender Neutral 3-5 box

  • Dinosaur Glider
  • Clockwork Walking Dinosaur
  • Dino-Grow Volcano
  • Melissa & Doug Wooden Dinosaur Puzzle

 

Both boxes also contained a dinosaur themed colouring sheet as well as a sticker to go in your Spectacular Stamp book towards a free toy.

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Both children were particularly fascinated by the Dino-Grow Volcanos. You just drop the plastic volcano into a glass of water and watch as it grows over the course of 72+ hours.

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Each morning they couldn’t wait to come down and see how it was getting on. After a few days the dinosaurs had grown enough to grow out of their volcanos. This was the end result.

Overall there is nothing we don’t like about these boxes, they are the perfect mix of fun and education. From giggling at the clockwork dinosaur waddling across the table to racing to find the right pieces of the puzzle and finish first!

There are several options available tailored to your childrens ages and whether you want to specify that they’re for a girl or boy or gender neutral. You can choose from one offs which are perfect as a birthday present:

Or opt for a subscription of 3 months/6months/1 year which means more value for money. Always a winner.

You can find My Pocket Money toy:

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*We were gifted the items for the purposes of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

BABY Born Puppy Doodle Review

BABY born Puppy Doodle from Zapf Creation is a cute addition to the BABY born collection. My daughter has both boy and girl BABY born dolls so when we were offered the chance to review the Puppy Doodle I knew my daughter would love it. She’s been nagging for a while for a real puppy!

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Puppy Doodle comes with his own accessories, bottle, bone and collar. He has soft, short curly hair like a poodle. An adult is needed to help get him out of his box as with most toys these days there’s a few wires that need removing and they are wrapped around his legs.

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My Little Lady was also delighted to discover that Puppy Doodle could do some other exciting things. He could: drink, pee and eat.

Drinking: Fill up the little bottle with water and push it into his mouth whilst he’s upright and squeeze the bottle he will make sounds like he’s drinking.

Eating: Put the bone in his mouth and he makes chewing/slurping noises.

Peeing: Once he’s had plenty of water you can press down on the button on his back and he will lift his leg and pee accompanied by sounds of water.

As you can imagine my daughter thought the peeing was absolutely hilarious and so went through a cycle of giving him a drink and getting him to drink several times over. A couple of times he didn’t seem to want to pee though and I’m assuming this was due to there not being enough water left inside him.

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It can get quite damp when playing, there wasn’t massive amounts of water involved but enough for me not to want it on the carpet, so for us this is something we played with outside unless the bottle/water wasn’t involved.

Overall we really liked Puppy Doodle and my daughter has had lots of fun playing with him, even taking him on a sleepover! He’s definitely been welcomed into our little family.

He does require 2 X AA batteries which are not included and is suitable for children aged 2+.

BABY born Pony Farm Puppy Doodle (RRP £29.99)

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*We were gifted the item for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Og On The Bog Review & Giveaway

Og on the Bog is a fun electronic game from Drumond Park. We were given the chance to try it out and let’s be honest what kid doesn’t love anything to do with toilet humour and farts? Stay with us as there’s a chance to win a copy for yourselves at the end!

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The initial thought after we’d opened the box was how refreshing it is that there is very little ‘putting together’ required, some games take ages while the kids moan and get bored but this one took only a few minutes. This is because as you can see below there are very few parts.

The box contains:

  • Og himself on his Bog
  • 12 Loo Rolls
  • Loo Roll pole and base
  • Tree stump spinner

The only assembly required is for you to close the walls of the bog by lifting the front and back walls first then the sides, put the loo roll pole and base together and attach it to the side of the bog and there are also 3 AA batteries required which are not included. We also keep a stash handy though before switching it on via the switch on the bottom.

Each person starts with 1 loo roll each, with the youngest player going first – pleased my daughter no end that did – then spin the spinner to see the outcome.

  • A red cross means you’ve been noisy and miss a turn.
  • Hand holding a loo roll means you can pinch a loo roll from another player
  • A green tick means you can try and a steal a loo roll from Og’s loo roll pole.

To steal a loo roll you need to push down the step on the front of the Bog, if he says anything he has heard you so you runaway and your turn is over. If he grunts or farts however it means he hasn’t heard you so you can attempt to lift a loo roll off the pole, whilst lifting it off if you move too much he shouts out again and you have to leave the lo roll on the pole. Again if he grunts or farts you haven’t been heard and get to keep the loo roll.

If Og does a monster fart and his Bog explodes during your turn then you need to put two of your loo rolls back onto the pole and finish your turn, raising the walls of Og’s bog so that you can carry on playing.

To win the game with 2/3 players the first to collect 4 loo rolls wins and with 4 players the first to collect 3 loo rolls wins.

I played the game with my son and daughter who found the noises coming from Og absolutely hilarious. There was a tiny bit of sulking from my daughter when her brother wanted to take her loo rolls but it’s all the fun of the game. Once the Bog explodes the first time it really makes you jump so you’re on giggly high alert waiting for it to go again. As you can imagine the sounds coming from the Bog are hilarious and Og says things such as “is that someone after my loo rolls” and “Who’s that? I’ll have you for supper” which the kids thought was brilliant.

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Overall this was a definite hit for us, it’s hilarious, easy to play and although the box states 5+ I made the decision that my soon to be 5 year old was ok to play it and of course that meant I had to play with them for supervision purposes 😉

Og on the Bog is rrp £22.99 suitable for age 5+ and for 2-4 players.

For a chance to win an Og on the Bog game simply enter via the Rafflecopter below:

 

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*We were gifted the game for the purpose of this post however all opinions remian honest and my own*

My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box

We were recently asked if we fancied trying some new subscription boxes for children. The chance to amuse the kids for a bit to stop them fighting? Of course I’m going to say yes! The boxes are from My Pocket Money Toy and contain a range of fun toys and books, some educational and STEM and aimed at the age range you choose when ordering.

The lovely lady with the idea behind the boxes – Shirley – is a parent like a lot of us who struggled to find really good quality, affordable and educational toys and so the idea for My Pocket Money Toy was born.

My Pocket Money Toy was founded to solve two problems; a lack of time (busy working parents), and a lack of good quality toys in local shops.  The idea for toys in a subscription box is not a new one but it has taken some time to turn the idea in to reality.  The boxes have been spurred on by a genuine love of subscription boxes, why wouldn’t we want one a great one for our children!

There are several options available tailored to your childrens ages. You can choose from one offs:

Or go for a subscription of 3 months/6months/1 year and get great value for money.

These options can be easily chosen when ordering, have the parcel delivered with your childs name on, my kids loved that theirs were directly addressed to them and you have the option of having a gift message too.

As my children are 4 and 7 I received the 3-5 girl box and the 6-7 boy box. They came well packaged in a shoe box sized cardboard box with lovely iridescent shredded plastic to keep the toys safe.

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As you can see the children were really excited about opening them up to see what they had. The items were nicely wrapped in tissue paper which made it more fun and exciting for them to open.

In the girls 3-5 box:

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  • Make Believe sticker colouring book
  • Old Macdonald Lotto
  • Pony Mosaic craft
  • Chick finger puppet

In the boys 6-7 box:

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  • Wordsearch pad
  • Story cards
  • UKick
  • Ogosoft Ball

Both boxes also included a lovely little card welcoming them to their box and a small colouring sheet.

My children were really pleased with their boxes, my son particularly liked the wordsearch pad, his little eyes lit up when he saw it and he disappeared off to his room to play with it as soon as I’d taken the photos!

My daughter was amazed with the mosaic pony and had great fun putting the little pieces onto the picture.

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The boxes also come with a Spectacular Stamp Book to collect a stamp each month towards a free toy.

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Overall we thought these boxes were brilliant, a great mix of fun and education with the excitement of opening a ‘present’. They’d be fab for Birthdays/Christmas or for family members who don’t live nearby as well as for your own children.

You can find My Pocket Money toy:

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*We were gifted the boxes for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*