Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Myth | Review

The globe was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

You may remember that just over a year ago we reviewed another product from Oregon Scientific, the Smart Globe Adventure AR. This is still one of Jack’s favourite things and recently, Olivia has been getting into it too. When offered the chance to review the Myth globe, I knew Jack would be interested. He has a thirst for knowledge, my boy, so I knew it would be something he would enjoy.

The Smart Globe Myth comes with batteries included – a blessing for parents (we all know the struggle of trying to find the right batteries and appease our impatient children when they aren’t included!). It is a 2 in 1 globe – day and night and brings together earth, space and myths all in one handy package. It is aimed at children aged 5+.

The day option is a regular globe and helps teach children about cities, countries and continents whereas the night option gives children the chance to view the stars and the planets as it lights up from the inside – all it takes is the press of a button on the base of a globe. There are 88 different constellations that glow on the globe.  The night mode has three different brightness levels too.

Just like the other globes in the range, there is plenty of audio – the voice tells you all about the things you are wanting to know. You can let the globe know what you want to do via the buttons on the base and also control the volume should your child try to turn it too loud.

The globe comes with twelve constellation stories, ten much loved fairy tales and plenty of facts in a variety of categories. There is also the possibility to use the free to download Smart Globe AR app which enables you to hold your phone over the globe and find out different facts about different subjects such as landmarks, animals and so much more!

For the price of £39.99, you are getting so much. There are so many different features and so many opportunities for your children to learn more about the world and planets around them. Jack has been showing it to his friends who have come round and also to my friends and they’ve all agreed it is super cool!

If your children love learning and finding out more around the world about then, this would make a lovely gift for them. I’d definitely recommend it – Jack barely leaves his Smart Globe Myth alone! You can find out more about the globe and purchase it here.

Strictly Briks Brik Buster Trap & Gap | Review

These items were sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack loves construction toys, he’s constantly building things so when offered the chance to review the Strictly Briks Brick Buster Tower (£26.99, available at Amazon {affiliate link}) and the Strictly Briks Classic Trap & Gap (£21.99, available at Amazon {affiliate link}), I knew he’d love them.

Both these products can be used with other leading brands and Jack has been playing constantly with them. He took great pleasure in building both sets once they arrived – you can see in the pictures below how he built them, mixing and matching colours as he saw fit to create what he saw as the perfect design.

The Brik Buster set comes with 4 baseplates and 30 stackers. As you can see, you don’t necessarily need all 30 stackers to create a tower but you can utilise them if you so wish to create your perfect design. Once you’ve designed your perfect tower, it is time to knock it down – see how many bricks you can knock away before the tower falls and collapses. This is great for helping children to learn both balance and cause and effect. Jack has had ever such a lot of fun building and rebuilding the tower and seeing if he can beat his previous high score on number of bricks. He has also utilised this as a tower block for his LEGO people – as with most construction toys, this is very versatile and really relies on your child’s imagination!

He’s also loved attaching his Trap and Gap set to the Brik Buster tower to create an even higher tower – much like a multi storey carpark! The kids have enjoyed whizzing their cars around the massive tower!

As you can see, there are plenty of ramps and trap doors which provide hours of fun. This set in particular helps children to learn construction and the basics of engineering. As before, Jack designed it his own way. This set comes with two general baseplates, two baseplates with traps and gaps and 15 stackers. Like the other set, you don’t necessarily need all 15 stackers to create a durable design but the choice is obviously yours.

You can build this as high as you want which Jack loves to do with both the Trap and Gap set and the Brik Buster set – he makes ever such tall towers and has such a lot of fun with his sister, pushing their toy cars up and down the ramps, pushing them through the trap doors and letting his figures from other leading bricks companies roam around the tower.

I’ve been very impressed with the two items from the Strictly Briks range that we were sent. I love that their products are compatible with other companies products – it certainly makes my life easier that he can mix and match. I also really like that they help with certain skills such as engineering and help them learn new things such as cause and effect. They are also extremely affordable for the sets and certainly help to inspire imaginative play. It has been eye opening to see my two playing together with the sets and their other similar construction toys, making their very own world.

I can see these being very popular this festive season. Have you ever tried any Strictly Briks products?

Having Fun With Stinkbomz | Review

These items were sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Do you have children who have a real toilet humour and find things like farts, poos and wees funny? Yep, me too – and he loves toys that play to this humour too.

We were recently sent a selection of the new Stinkbomz range from TOMY UK. They are a brand new collectible range of eight Stinkbomz plus three ‘special’ Stinkbomz – the rarer ones. Each toy comes with its own Stink plush. They each have their own unique smell and make three fart noises. We were sent a lovely little hamper with three Stinkbomz, a Whoopee Cushion (which Olivia found utterly hilarious), a video screen telling us all about the product and some delicious cookies and chocolates. Jack was ever so excited to see the box arrived with ‘Caution’ tape and a toxic warning on it – it all added to the fun!

After snaffling a few of the chocolates, he very quickly got to opening his Stinkbomz to see who from the collection he had received. Once you’ve removed the outer packaging and opened the ‘bomb’, you are greeted by a plastic bag which contains your plush. Rip it open and you will find your plush, smell him and see what scent he has. To enable his funny fart noises, you will need to pull the plastic tag out and then have fun pressing their tummies and hearing all the funny noises that emanate from them!

We received the following Stinkbomz – Mr Stinker (has a mean streak despite his cute looks. His favourite pastime is almost harmless pranks); Boom Boom (loud and goofy and loves making corny jokes) and Ripper (always serious and focuses on the darker side of things. His favourite sound is silence). We didn’t receive one of the special plushes in this selection but Jack has already asked for some more for his birthday and Christmas so time will tell.

What did he think? He loved opening them up to see which plush he had received and seeing what scent they had. I’m still trying to distinguish the scents they have – they seem familiar (one seems almost gingerbread-y!) but haven’t worked it out yet! He has been loving pressing their tummies to hear their funny fart noises and both him and Olivia chuckle away when playing with them!

Jack sure can’t wait to get the rest of the collection and is hoping to get some more next month. I can definitely see these being popular with both boys and girls that find things like farts funny. Children love a collectible and the plushes are super cute with their own unique personalities, scents and hilarious fart noises. These would make a great stocking filler this Christmas too – they’re available here on Amazon for just £11.99 each. {Affiliate link}

Jack really loves his Stinkbomz and I think they’re a fun idea for kids too. Are these toys something that would appeal to your child?

Enjoy Some Halloween Fun At Freaky Funfest At Mead Open Farm

We were kindly gifted with a free family ticket to attend Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm for the purpose of this review.

Running from the 20th of October to the 31st of October, the Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm is definitely not to be missed. We headed there last weekend to see what was going on and to have some spooky fun with the kids. We also, of course, had to go and see all of the fab animals – well, it is a farm, after all!

Freaky Funfest is their annual Halloween event which offers six amazing haunted attractions! The NEW Scary Tales, the NEW Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride, NEW Haunted Hotel, Farm Fun, Pumpkin Carving and Indoor Play. With only a few days left, you don’t want to miss it! Prices are £13.95 for adults, £12.95 for children, £13.25 for seniors, £11.95 for disabled + carer and free for under 2’s. A very affordable day out for sure.

Visiting The Animals

Now as you can expect, we had to visit the animals when visiting Mead Open Farm. It was great as Olivia is finally at the age where she is really interested in things and she was so excited seeing all the different animals. She actually learnt the word ‘animal’ whilst we were there and had great fun joining her Daddy and brother in feeding the goats, finding it utterly hilarious as they tickled her hand as they ate all the animal feed up!

Jack has always loved visiting farms – he is a big animal lover and it was so nice to see him and his sister bond over the animals – chatting away about them and him trying to get her to say their names and the noises they make. She was very excited to see the ‘Moo’s!’ as she called them and as a big Peppa Pig fan, loved seeing the pigs and making the noises they make.

As you can see, there are lots of animals to see including bunnies and llamas too (or ‘arma’s’ as Olivia keeps calling them!)

The Halloween Events

Of course, it was important that we checked out the Halloween events so off we trotted to see what they had to offer. Olivia especially liked the Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride where we rode around in the tractor and had to point out the monsters. She really got into the spirit of things, trying to yell MONSTER with everyone else all the time. She really enjoyed the ride which was great to see. She was perhaps a little too young for some of the other Halloween events but she was very brave and barely got scared (although one of the characters did make her jump in Scary Tales!)

Jack loves Halloween but can be a bit of a scaredy cat so there were times when he grabbed me as he was frightened but ultimately enjoyed the experiences – he is someone who enjoys being frightened. A few of the following photos aren’t of the greatest quality as the experiences were pretty dark so I didn’t have the best lighting (and I wasn’t going to use Flash as that would defeat the object of it being dark and scary!)

When it comes to Halloween experiences, you want them to be spooky and scary, make you jump but intrigue you and make you laugh too. Jack and Olivia thoroughly enjoyed all the different things we could do – especially the tunnel that felt like it was rotating, Olivia wanted to go back on it! They really enjoyed squeezing through small spaces and trying to help find missing spiders and go to spooky birthday parties!

The rest of the farm

After being thoroughly spooked out, the time came for us parents to rest whilst the kids had some fun in the fantastic and rather large playground they have by the exit. It was no surprise to see children running about on it – it was a lovely day and there was so much to do in the playground!

We also grabbed a drink each from the restaurant but didn’t grab any food although it all looked delicious and the restaurant seemed very busy!

Overall we had a fantastic time at the Freaky Funfest and definitely think you should check it out if you’re in the area – it is running for another few days until the 31st! Steve and I have even been considering attending the Howl – for adults only!

Have you attended any Halloween events so far this year?

A Special Gift From Moon Land

We were sent this product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

You may remember a little while back when I posted about Jack’s fabulous gift from the Star Name Registry which they then kindly offered Olivia too. Well, I was recently contacted by someone from Moon Land who had been recommended my site from the lovely people at Star Name Registry due to the similar nature of their products. They asked if we would like to be gifted an acre of the Moon, Mars or Venus and with a son as space mad as Jack, I had to accept.

Jack was very kindly sent the certificate, framed and in a gift box for one acre of the moon with his name on it. As I mentioned, this boy is space mad so this made his day and he has proudly had it on display in our living room ever since it arrived.

We’ve actually got plans to move into a bigger place in the not too distant future and Jack is hoping for a Space/Solar system sort of theme. He now has both this certificate and his star certificate to adorn his walls, a couple of amazing globes and glow in the dark stars – I think he is all set, don’t you?

I love unique gifts for my children; something that other people may not choose to get them. This is one such unique gift – how many people can say they own an acre of the moon! I love that the certificate tells them their lot number and has their name on it so that they can show it off with pride.

The certificate itself is breathtakingly beautiful and has had many people remarking on it who have come round our house – they’re intrigued and want to find out more. I’ve been suggesting this would make a great Christmas gift – especially for kids who adore all things Space – and I think a few people have been considering it.

Jack is incredibly happy with his acre on the moon and really loves his certificate, having it pride of place in the living room – although he can’t wait until we move to a bigger property and can properly do up his new room to be all things Space!

He is so happy with his gift – and we’d love for you to be happy too! Moon Land have kindly offered one lucky reader the chance to win an acre of the moon for themselves – with your certificate professionally printed and posted out to you (without frame or gift box, I’m afraid). If you’d like the chance to win, just fill in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 11th of November 2018. Good luck!

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