Project Mc2 is a Netflix original show
I must confess I hadn’t heard of Project Mc2 until I was offered the chance to review the “doll with experiment”. Bess was a whole other story though and when I mentioned it to her she excitedly began to tell me all about the Television show and it’s characters.
Project Mc2 is about four girls who use S. T. E. A. M. to save the world. S. T. E. A. M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art,and Math. The idea is to empower girls to work hard in school and to be smart.
I really like the concept and the more I heard from Bess the more I thought that this is exactly the kind of toy I would actively encourage my daughter and nieces to play with.
As much as she loves the show, Bess felt like she was too old for the doll. Luckily my niece, Lydia, absolutely adores dolls and I knew she would be more than happy to roadtest Ember.
Ember comes complete with realistic eyelashes and a very nice woodland inspired outfit. I liked her freckles and pink hair and I think that with her moveable limbs she feels very well put together. She certainly stood up well to being played with by my nieces.
Body image is always an issue with girls, unfortunately even at Lydias age. As pretty as she is it would be nice to see the dolls take a more realistic body shape but I guess we can’t have it all!
All in all this is a really positive step forward I think. I would certainly be more inclined to choose a fashion style doll as a gift if it encouraged some creativity alongside the usual imaginative play.
The dolls retail at £24.99 and, of course, there’s a free app (the Project Mc2 Case Files) which accompanies them.
We received the doll in exchange for an honest review.
Like many families we have a love/hate relationship with Peppa pig
On one hand she is very rude and incredibly entitled. On the other hand she has provided my son with entertainment on days when I just needed 10 minutes to myself to go to the loo/drink a hot coffee/answer the phone and actually some of the episodes make me laugh. Okay so I am 35 and I have favourite episodes of Peppa Pig. Don’t pretend you don’t too…
Moose was overjoyed
When the Peppa Pig Interactive Play Mat arrived Moose was extremely keen to get stuck in right away. Luckily we had the required 3 x AA batteries in stock. The first (and I believe the most important) thing I check for on these kinds of toys is a volume switch. The Peppa Pig Interactive Play Mat has an option to choose between a high or low volume – handy!
The Peppa Pig Interactive Play Mat is a large (81cm) square. I was concerned that Moose might be a bit big for it but I needn’t have worried. The mat is recommended for ages 3+ but I think a younger child would enjoy playing on it with supervision too just because it’s really colourful and wipe clean.
What does it do?
Peppa Pig Interactive Play Mat has 4 activities to choose from.
- Peppa says
- Sing Along
Moose really enjoyed the sing along activity, Peppa Pig Interactive Play Mat features 3 songs for you (because you know the words by now) to sing along to including “big balloon” and “the Bing Bong song”. His other favourite activity was definitely Find – Moose loved trying to locate the various characters and items.
What did we think?
Moose loved how easy it was to play with and I have to agree. As well as being appealing to very young children aesthetically, this Play Mat is a great advertisement for electronic learning. I am a pretty easy sell on this subject. I really believe that a good electronic toy is excellent for developing a child’s communication skills as well as encouraging number and colour recognition. Because of the different activities available with this play mat I would recommend this toy as a great choice.
Where can you get one?
This Play Mat would make a lovely gift for any Peppa fan and you can get your own here
We received a Peppa Pig Interactive Play Mat in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
The Famous Five books were a firm favourite of mine growing up.
Growing up Enid Blyton was my favourite author and I am pretty sure my bookcase groaned under the weight of almost every book she ever published. I must admit though that even when I was reading them some <cough> 25 years ago they felt a little old fashioned. That’s not to say that Blyton’s books haven’t lasted, if you consider that The Famous Five celebrates its 75th birthday this year they have really done very well.
Bess is 11 and she has lots of Blyton books of her own and loves them – it’s amazing to me that these stories written so long ago could be loved by so many children down the generations. Bess is an easy sell though when it comes to books – her nose is never out of one. I love that she inherited this love of reading from me. She met her idol Jacqueline Wilson earlier this year which seemed to make her even more passionate about reading.
Bringing the stories to life
When I was approached to take a look at the new Famous Five Adventure Game app for the iPhone I did not need much persuading! I knew Bess would love it but I decided instead to approach this review a little differently. My nephew Leo from The Knight Tribe is almost 12 and like a lot of boys his age is not really an Enid Blyton fan. He likes to read but prefers modern authors and comic books. Who better then to see how well this 21st century offering of The Famous Five would connect with a new generation of adventurers?
Famous Five Adventure App
Kuato Studios has launched the new Famous Five mystery game on the App Store for iOS systems. It costs just £2.99 and the much loved characters of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog have entered the 21st century.
The app is a mystery game aimed at children 8-11 (although with a little help I think younger siblings would enjoy the game too) which sees the user able to select a quick game or a normal game. I think this is great for children who have a shorter attention span.
Children can choose to be one of the Famous Five characters (yes, even Timmy) visiting Kirrin island and seeing lots of locations familiar to fans of the books. They can play lots of mini-games and puzzles which will help to solve the big mystery. When the mystery is solved a storybook of their adventure is generated for the child to read back.
For dyslexic readers, there is a section within the parents corner where you can choose from accessibility options, including, OpenDyslexic font and colour overlays to help readability.
What we thought
I really like that there were no adverts during the gameplay on this app. So often ads can get in the way and it made a refreshing change. The illustrations were lovely and the puzzles seemed to hold Leos interest really well. I think all in all that this app provides an excellent introduction to the Famous Five stories and as you can see from Leos massive smile this was a big hit with him!
Disclaimer: This was a collaborative post but all views remain honest and our own!
A couple of weeks ago we received the Kinetic Rocks playset to try out. I love sensory play but I hadn’t thought of this toy as fitting into that category until Moose and Bess began to play with it.
The Kinetic Rock Crusher set gives children the chance to have some real construction fun at home. Kinetic rock is real rock that magically sticks together making it perfect to shape and mould. The set comes with:
- 12oz of Kinetic Rock.
- Dump truck with bucket.
- Rock crusher.
- Workman figure.
- Bolder mould.
- Transformable sand box.
The Kinetic Rock Crusher playset looked pretty simple to put together so to test that theory, I got Bess to do it. It really was easy and in no time she and Moose were ready to play.
The idea is that the tiny gravel like pieces never dry out. The downside to this though is that it is sticky. Great for playing with but it can get messy. Once this stuff hits the floor you will be picking it off EVERYTHING pretty much forever. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
90 minutes had passed before Moose began to lose interest. AN HOUR AND A HALF. This alone prompted me to immediately order another bag of the rocks You don’t get very much of it and it gets everywhere as previously mentioned so you probably will need more.
I have set aside a tray for him to use while he is playing with it on the patio. It’s a great toy but it is not going to be an inside toy! This would be ideal for an outdoor TUFF tray. I really like the creative and sensory aspects of this playset and Moose is really into imaginative play at the moment so I know he will play with it loads.
Disclaimer: I received a playset in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and my socks are still picking up rocks.
WITH THE FIDGET SPINNER I WAS LATE TO THE GAME
Poor Bess didn’t tell me she wanted one so I assumed she didn’t. First rule of parenting a tween? Assume nothing.
With this in mind, when we were given the opportunity to review the next big thing in the fidget toy universe we would have been utter fools to resist.
At first glance this piece of beechwood looks like the handle from a skipping rope (it still looks like this after a few glances to be honest) but it is so much more!
The Mokuru arrives with no instructions. We had absolutely no idea what we were meant to do with it other than to “flip it”.
It seemed like a good idea
I thought it would be fun to see if we could figure out this thing without going online. Our method was to (with some force) kind of flip it over and throw the Mokuru down onto the breakfast bar. 5 minutes in and I concluded that we needed some help before we started taking chunks out of the kitchen.
You tube saved the day
So it turns out that Mokuru is already pretty popular. There are loads of people showing off their skills online. We picked a vid and 2 minutes later we were having a go for ourselves.
We were overthinking it if anything. You kind of just gently push it over and it flips itself. Some kind of magic science not meant to be understood by the likes of me but needless to say it was not long before both Bess and I were hooked. It did admittedly bring out our competitive streak but we were soon keeping the Mokuru flipping between each other for ages! The great thing about this toy is that you really do get better every time you pick it up.
We have 2 Mokuru fidget toys to give away. To enter just follow the instructions in the form below! Good luck!
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