If you’ve a fan of Chuggington in the house then this set is exactly what you need! The track is made of easy-to-connect parts that are perfect for smal builders (so no constant wails for Mum to come and fix it), and it can apparently be built into 4 different track layouts – though any ingenious child is going to find more options than that.
You have to rescue poor old Wilson from the Rocky Ridge Mine, and the set includes a ‘high performance Wilson’ for higher speeds and tighter turns!
- 4 layouts in 1!
- Escape the runaway boulder
- Spin on the turntable
- Burst-through the mine shaft
Found over at ToysRUs, the Chuggington Rocky Ridge Playset is currently reduced from £40 down to under £30
Soft, soft, soft.
This banket is one of the thickest, softest, snugliest baby blankets I’ve seen in a long time. I just couldn’t stop touching it!
It is beautifully presented in a brown recycled card gift box and finished with a hand tied bow – it would make a stunning gift for a newborn’s first Christmas – and pregnant mums-to-be will love it too.
The Nature’s Knits Cable Blanket can be bought direct from Nature’s Purest, and is such a beautiful, high quality thing that it is a steal at just £20.
You just have to love Meccano, don’t you?
(I accidentally saw a film recently about the creator of the original Erector Sets as they’re called in the US. It’s an amazing story – and a wonderful Christmas Film. Look out for ‘The Man Who Saved Christmas‘ on one of the perpetual Christmas movie channels on at the moment, it’s a lovely story and beautifully filmed)
The fact that it is over 100 years old, essentially unchanged – and as popular as ever – tells you something, doesn’t it? No technology here – just old-fashioned engineering and imagination.
This realistic tow truck is part of the new range for the Evolution series. It has:
• Extendable and foldable tow bar
• Functional front steering of the wheels
• Builds 2 models (1 model only can be built at a time)
• Stickers, tools and building instructions included.
• 460 + parts.
A brilliant buy for any keen constructioinist!
The Meccano Evolution Tow Truck was found over on Amazon for a bolt over £41
“The fiiiirst Noooel, the Angels did say…”
Behind door number seven of our 2013 Advent Calendar is a competition to give away a bundle of three Micro Scooters to one very lucky winner!
This fantastic Micro Scooter prize bundle includes;
- a Sit & Scoot 3in1 Micro scooter - for children aged 1-3 years – a multi-functional scooter to last your child from their initial toddles to their first day at school.
- a Mini Micro Scooter – for children agred 3-5 years – it has 3 wheels to help your child feel balanced and safe while scooting, a super strong brake and a lightweight yet strong frame.
- a Maxi Micro Scooter – for children aged 6-12 years – with an adjustable handlebar, tough, durable frame and kickboard and intuitive tilt and lean steering.
To enter this competition, please answer the first three questions in the Rafflecopter box below. You will then be able to generate more entries by completing the other, optional, entry options. The closing date for this competition is Sunday 12th January 2014 and only entries received on or before that date can be included. The winner will be the first entry, chosen randomly, with the correct answer. Good luck!
Power rangers. It’s hard to miss them, isn’t it?
I feel like they’ve been around for ever – and every few years they change to a new batch. My nephew was the one who introduced me to their joys – he was into the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. BY the time my eldest discovered them, it was Ninja Force. My youngest son loved the DinoThunders.
So for any fan of the latest incarnation (Megaforce!), this Gosei Morpher is the gift of all gifts.
You use the cards (10 included – more available to buy) to call the Rangers’ Zords into battle! Load a Power Ranger card into the Morpher to activate one of over 180 unique phrases from the show. This set includes 10 Power Cards and the 9.5cm tall Morpher, with light-up action.
The Power Rangers Megaforce Dx Gosei Morpher is currently available on Amazon for under £20!
Properly loving this adorable lamp from Divad & Kram! Super sweet during the day, and then glowing softly at night.
He’s probably the one Bo Peep lost – he has a definite naughty twinkle in his eye!
The retro lamp is one of the range made by Heico – which means it’s hand crafted and painted to the highest standard in Germany.
Despite looking like kit, they’re not china but a hugely practical PVC – making them a no-brainer for any child’s room.
Lamby Lamb lamp was found over at Divad & Kram’s, and can be yours for £47.
Now, though, the new models with gyros mean they are perfectly stable in an older child’s hands.
And this one from Cobra is fantastic!
The Mini RC Helicopter fits in the palm of your hand! It’s a metal alloy frame which makes it robust enough to withstand an occasional wall-collision.
ON a grown-up note there’s auto protection against overcharge, a decent battery to allow for more than 3 minutes play time and it even has LED flashing lights!
On top of all that, it uses a USB cable to charge, so no trauma of losing the special unique charger.
Ace all round!
The Cobra Toys Mini Matt Black 3.5 channel RC Helicopter with Gyro can be bought direct from Cobra for a spin under £35.
Advent Calendar of Competitions Door Six – £250 Lake District Luxury Yurt Holiday from One Off Places to Win!
“Awaaaaay in a manger…”
Behind door number six of our 2013 Advent Calendar is a competition to win a One Off Places luxury yurt holiday on the shores of Lake Windermere!
The prize is an off-peak short break (4 nights Mon-Fri or 3 nights Fri-Mon) up to the value of £250 in a luxury yurt. The winner will stay in a luxury yurt complete with a wood burning stove and all you might need to live for a week.. or two… or three. There you can switch off from the pressures of life and enjoy nature at its finest. The competition winner is welcome to upgrade their prize to a larger yurt or if they wish to book a stay during peak season.
One Off Places has over 1000 holiday properties worldwide – to suit a variety of group sizes, budgets and locations; the common thread is that they are all individual, distinctive and ‘one-off’ style properties. Aside from the more individual villas and houses, they also have on offer; yurts & tipis, treehouses & roundhouses, windmills & watermills, houseboats and huts, manor houses and chateaux – you name it!
To enter this competition, please answer the first three questions in the Rafflecopter box below. You will then be able to generate more entries by completing the other, optional, entry options. The closing date for this competition is Saturday 11th January 2014 and only entries received on or before that date can be included. The winner will be the first entry, chosen randomly, with the correct answer. Good luck!
I remember having a similar yapping moving puppy when I was little
Though mine was nowhere near as pretty as the adorable Tatty Puppy!
First off, my 1981 model was disappointingly hard – all that mechanical goings-on that allowed him to yip and flip a somersault meant that he was NOT for cuddling.
But Tatty puppy here? Oh, she’s SO super-soft and cuddle-able!
There’s still a motor in the middle, but she’s encased in such lovely warm soft fur you don’t mind a bit.
And of course there’s the fact that tatty puppy doesn’t just yap a bit and then flip a somersault. Oh no.
Tatty Puppy can yap, for sure. But she can also pant, bark and whimper, just like a real puppy. This adorable pup can also wag it’s tail, tilt it’s head, lift it’s ears, rest on front paws and sit up. PLUS when you play the FREE Blue Nose Friends – Tatty Puppy app, this amazing pooch will respond with a range of cute puppy sounds and movements.
Suitable for age 3+, the Me To You Tatty Teddy and My Blue Nose Friends Join in and Play Tatty Puppy can be yours for £33.99
Talk about a-maz-ing.
A mug you can drink out of – and also BUILD ON!
Oh yes you can!
This isn’t for the children (although a certain teen of my acquaintance will start to drool when he sees this) – this is for the grown up in your life who would like nothing better than to sit down at their desk and build a dog to attach to their mug. Or a car for it to sit in. Or a rainbow-coloured Empire State Building for this spectacularly cheerful grey mug to sit on top of.
The utterly brilliant Building Brick Mug can help you recapture a slice of your childhood every time you reach for your cuppa. Compatible with all your childhood favourites like LEGO™, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O or K’NEX Bricks™, you’ll be sure to create basic but joyous distractions from the reality of your office life.
We don’t suggest trying to use this mug for a quiet coffee when within 30 feet of a small child, however. They’ll NEVER leave you alone to drink it.
Found over at Firebox, the Building Brick Mug can be yours for a stud under £20.
Isn’t that just outstandingly amazingly beautiful?
I Love It.
And yes – this is from Molo. So it feels JUST as soft as it looks.
And it’s as frilly, bouncy, spinny, twirly PRETTY to wear as you could possibly hope.
Simply deliciously girlie – without a hint of pink. Those apple and sky colours are mouthwatering, aren’t they?
And to top all that off, it comes in it’s own sweet little gift case. Amazing!
And don’t fret at the price – you’ll be seeing it for years, it has huge lasting power for a wardrobe staple. With it’s elasticated waist, it’s endlessly adjustable, and the size ranges are generous to begin with: 2-4yrs, 5-7yrs and 8yrs+
You can lay your hands on the absolutely Brand New SS14 Bella Spring Tutu over at Little Sunflowers now – it’s a frill under £50.
“Siiiiilent night. Hoooooly night.”
Behind door number five of our 2013 Advent Calendar is a competition to win one of five £50 Spin Collective vouchers!
Spin Collective Wall Stickers have stickers suitable for your living room, bedroom, office, children and kid’s wall stickers and even kitchen and bathroom tile wall stickers. With free applicator and simple instructions with every sticker (and free Crayola coloured chalk with all chalkboards stickers)!
To enter this competition, please answer the first three questions in the Rafflecopter box below. You will then be able to generate more entries by completing the other, optional, entry options. The closing date for this competition is Friday 10th January 2014 and only entries received on or before that date can be included. The winners will be the first five entries, chosen randomly, with the correct answer. Good luck!