L.O.L Surprise Biggie Pets

We’ve had some fun with L.O.L Surprise before here and here and this time we’ve been sent bigger and better! L.O.L Suprise Biggie Pets Series EyeSpy contain 15+ surprises, you might find 2 or 3 pet babies and have a large wear and share pet inside. What more can you ask for?!

Inside the sunglass adorned box you’ll find a large pink and gold ball that contains your Biggie Pet (and more, so much more!)

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Game For A Laugh With Ginger Fox #2

Picture the scene, it’s chucking it down with rain, the kids have said the word ‘bored’ approximately 438 times since 7am and colouring just isn’t cutting it anymore.

Thanks to the Ginger Fox Games Club we were sent some more Family Games to try out. We have played some of their games before and loved them. This time we got to play with Corks and The Emoji Game.

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Could you be the last person holding the gold cork?

A fast and furious card game of elimination, speed, thought, co-ordination, stealth and dastardly cunning – when the need to get a cork comes before all others…

It’s a corker of a game!

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Corks is a fab colourful game that the whole family can get involved in. It’s fast and fun and you could find yourself winning the brilliant golden cork!

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Drumond Park Barbecue Party Review & Giveaway

We love a game we can play around the table that we can all get involved in so we were really excited to be asked to give Barbecue Party from Drumond Park a try. Stick with us as there’s a chance to win one for yourself at the end of this post!

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Something I really love when opening a game is not having a million and 1 pieces to put together and as you can see from the contents below this game didn’t disappoint.

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The only thing you need to do before play is to put the eyes on the little pieces of food, the eyes come as a sheet of stickers and underneath each set is the name of the corresponding foodstuff which makes this job an easy one.

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Once this is done all that remains is to put the grill on top of the barbecue that will hold the food that you place on it.

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To decide which food you need to place/take off the grill you are provided with a set of cards corresponding to the food pieces.

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Turn on the barbecue via the switch on the side – something else fab about this game is that it does NOT require batteries, don’t see that very often do you – and turn over a card from the pile to find which piece of food you need to add to the grill with the handy tongs. Once there have been a few turns you’ll find you turn over a card of a piece of food already on the grill in this case you can take that piece of food back off and place it on it’s card in front of you. The first to 3/4 wins. There is also a sneaky joker card which means you are able to add or takeaway any item you want.

But beware! If the barbecue gets full or someone gets a bit heavy handed the grill will pop off and all the food must be replaced in the middle. Who will become the Masterchef?

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It’s a game for age 4 and up and for 2-4 players and perfect for my 8 & 5 year olds who, as you can see had great fun playing it. Younger players can just use their hands to pick up the pieces.

RRP £22.99 and can be bought from Amazon, Argos and ASDA among others.

For your chance to win a copy for yourself click the Rafflecopter below:

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

Game For A Laugh With Ginger Fox

It’s getting close to Christmas, the kids are constantly bouncing off the ceiling and somehow you want to keep them amused that doesn’t necessarily mean tablets or TV. Board/card games are a firm favourite in this house and never fail to get everyone involved from the littlest to biggest.

We were delighted to join the Ginger Fox Games Club and were sent some Family Games to try out. They sent us Cat Chaos and Which One?

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These cards are hilariously cat themed and each one is a different take on a celebrity.

Are you feline lucky? Join this A-List cast of feline celebrities for a fast and frantic game of cat chaos, swap, grab and claw your way to victory by collecting cat-suits… just get stuck in and watch the fur fly!

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There are 25 different sets of 4 cards (known as a cat suit) all with a celebri-cat on and differently coloured. The aim of the game is to be the 1st one to turn each of your cards into complete suits. You swap cards back and fore with the pile in the middle, it can get a bit mad with 4 players which only adds to the fun! This game is aimed at 8+ but my 5 year old daughter was ok playing it and we also played pairs and snap with it. We really enjoyed playing this, after we’d sat and laughed at each one first. Whoever came up with them is a genius!

  • RRP: £8.00
  • Age 8+
  • 2 to 8 players

Which One?

Which One? is a question and answer game containing 300 question cards and 1500 different questions on subjects ranging from British Sitcoms to the Phonetic Alphabet.

The question and answer game matching game with a twist! Match the ‘Which One?’ questions to the correct answers to win points but watch out – just one wrong match will lose you everything!

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The box contains all you need:

  • Question cards
  • Answer/scoring sheets
  • Pencils
  • Rules

The cards have the 5 possible answers at the top and the aim is then to decide which answer goes with which question. The answers are on the back of each card so make sure nobody is having a sneaky peak!! You get a point for each right answer but if you get one wrong it cancels all the points you got and takes you back to zero. Booo. Then start with another card and the first player to score 21 points is the winner.

I can see this being really good fun around the table after Christmas Dinner or Christmas Eve/Boxing day fun. It has a real mix of questions some you’ll find really easy other that’ll fry your brain!

  • RRP: £18.00
  • Age 14+
  • 1 or more players

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

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Yeti In My Spaghetti Review

Yeti in my Spaghetti from University Games is a great game for kids that we were sent to have some fun with. It comes in a brightly coloured box with the Yeti itself through a plastic covered hole to the front.

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The best part about this game is that there is literally no messing about to set up. There are only 3 parts to it, all made from plastic:

  • Spaghetti Bowl
  • Spaghetti
  • Yeti

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The only other thing in the box is the instructions. No bored whinging while you set up a million pieces and no tiny bits to lose that render the game unplayable if lost.

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All you need to do is criss cross the spaghetti across the top of the bowl and balance the Yeti on top. Then the idea of the game is to take it in  turns to carefully pull away the squiggly spaghetti sticks from the bowl being careful not to let the yeti balancing on top fall into the bowl. The player who makes the yeti fall is the loser!

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My children – aged 8 & 5 really enjoyed playing it, it was good fun to watch them try not to pick that one stick that would make the Yeti drop or see them take a risky move and get away with it! It’s a great game for keeping the kids busy for a while during the holidays, especially on rainy days. It’s not hugely involved game so it doesn’t last ages, which I felt is a good thing as there’s less chance for arguments and sulking!

  • Ages 4+.
  • For 2+ players.
  • RRP: £19.99 available from Amazon

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

My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box – Holiday Edition

We’ve reviewed some brilliant My Pocket Money Toy boxes before here and here and now we’re back testing out a fantastic Summer Holiday edition!

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As always they came in the boxes with the gorgeous iridescent shredding – shhh don’t tell anyone but I’ve been saving it for Birthday present use! These were boxes that just kept on giving. Packed to the seams with great things!

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  • Ladybird Topsy & Tim Go on holiday book
  • Keycraft Glow in the dark Moon Balls
  • Keycraft Light up bubble gun
  • Galt Dot to Dot book
  • Melissa & Doug Water Wow!
  • The Green Board Game Co. My first colour & shape snap
  • Nature Buddies Duck plush
  • Orchard Toys Penguin Pairs
  • Shrinkies Playful Puppy

8-10 holiday box

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  • DK Space Ultimate Sticker Book
  • Sky Rider Flying Disc
  • Duncan Yoyo
  • Keycraft Skydiver
  • Usborne Around The World In 80 Days book
  • Brainbox Mr Men Bounce
  • Sailors Notes
  • Melissa & Doug Rainbow Holographic

Whether you have a long drive, train or plane ride to get to your holiday destination or just need something to keep the kids amused on an inevitable rainy day, these boxes are your savior! A wide variety of games and activities to keep their attention and even play with whilst on holiday. Playing frisbee is a must on the beach! No need for “are we nearly there yet?” My Pocket Money Toy has you covered.

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Little Miss particularly enjoyed playing with this Melissa & Doug Water Wow! book which is a magic painting style book, fill the chunky pen provided with water and away you go bringing the picture to colourful life! It’s reusable so can be used over and over.

Little Man took a shine straightaway to this Duncan Yoyo:

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In his favourite colour – green- too! He hasn’t quite yet got the hang of it but there’s hours of fun in practising! Unfortunately I’m still as useless at it as I was when I was a kid 😀

Both boxes also contained a sticker to go in your Spectacular Stamp book towards a free toy. We all like free don’t we?! We absolutely loved these boxes right from the start and this particular one exceeded all expectations. They are fantastic value for money and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

As well as the brilliant holiday boxes there are options for monthly subscription boxes and one off boxes:

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

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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*

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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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 28/05/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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

Jumbo Hi-Tower In A Bag Review

When we were offered the chance to review something fun for the garden by Big Game Hunters it didn’t take me long to decide on a giant tower game as we play the normal size Jenga quite regularly and the kids really enjoy it. I chose the Jumbo Hi-Tower as my 4 yr old daughter is only little and I wanted her to be included in the game. This set has blocks sized 15cm x 5cm x 3cm and builds a tower starting at 0.6m tall and can go up to 1.56m as the blocks are placed on top during the game. There are bigger versions available for you to choose so if you had a really big garden (which we don’t anymore) or wanted to play with older children/adults then you could go for the really big ones!

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The blocks come in a handy reusable storage bag so there’s no worrying about losing bits or trying to find somewhere to store it. It also means you can carry it, so great for taking to the park or perhaps to a family barbecue once the weather warms up a bit!There are 58 blocks in total and they are made from solid pine wood from sustainable sources. The blocks as you can see are actually quite pretty to look at and they are all smooth so no nasty bits for fingers.

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The kids found it easy to take the blocks out of the bag and build the start tower and they knew exactly what to do, if you’ve never played it the idea is you take it in turns to remove a block  from the tower and place it on the top. If your kids are anything like mine they’ll enjoy taking the daftest pieces to make it as precarious as possible but it does make it good fun!

As you can see the blocks aren’t overly huge and I felt they were the right size for our garden and children. They really enjoyed playing with the game and it’s a good way to get the kids out in the fresh air – although we did have to time it right playing as here in Wales we tend to get an awful lot of rain!

The Jumbo Hi-Tower is available for a very reasonable  £19.99. There are lots of other fun items available on the website too – outdoor games, swings, trampolines to name but a few. I actually think the WigWams look like great fun too.

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

 

Chatterbox Planet Magnets Review

Chatterbox Planet is the brainchild of Geraldene who created her magnets as a way of helping children express themselves through creating stories. We got the chance to try out the Starter Pack Combo  and see what we thought.

The magnets come in lovely bright packaging with the Chatterbox Planet logo stickers. There were a sheet of magnets, a little wipe clean magnetic board– perfect for little hands- and pen included.

The Starter Pack magnets as you can see were animals, people, toys, modes of travel and nature. They have bright colours and cute little pictures to make story telling fun for little ones. The magnetic board is light and easy to carry so would be great for taking with you on a day out in the car or even if you just want to keep them amused when you have an appointment to go to.

My kids tried them out and made up some really daft stories of course the word ‘poo’ came up – what is it with kids and that word?! So I had to steer the story back on the right track with the cake magnet because cake solves everything, right?!

There are lots of other ways to play with the magnets too which are explained in the leaflet that comes with them. Such as stacking the magnets face down and choosing one form the top and each person then continues the story, quite funny trying to make up a story on the hop! You can also sort the magnets into types i.e people, animals etc.

This is a really fun activity for children and really gets them thinking as they try to make up a story to go along with the chosen magnets. I like the fact that this can be used again and again and the board can also be used to help practice writing/spelling etc which is something we have been working on with our younger children – the teen can write his own name even though he moans about the effort in picking up a pen 😉

You can find Chatterbox Magnets on

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*We were sent the Starter Pack free for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*