Holiday at Home with BRIO

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Nov 192017
 

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Living oceans away from your family is hard, really hard. Some days are better than others but when you’ve just had a baby and the Christmas season is coming up it’s extra tough. Thankfully after 11 years of marriage Hip Daddy knows how much I struggle this time of year, so he gave us an early surprise by booking us an amazing 5-week holiday with my family next year. I know it is still months away but the kids and I are already getting in the mood with BRIO:

Backpacks and suitcases, swimmers and sunnies, toys and books for on the plane and of course loads of presents for all our loved ones, at our house the planning and preparing is always part of the fun. If you’re planning to take your little ones on a plane trip this Summer the cute BRIO Airplane Boarding Set (Ages 3+) would make a perfect Christmas gift.

This 5-piece play set is sure to get little travellers excited about an upcoming holiday, I just love the wooden details. It includes a fabulous looking aeroplane, the pilot, a holiday maker with a suitcase and even a rolling staircase to lead passengers on and off the plane, just like in real life. The roof of the plane opens up to reveal three spots to fit your two figurines and a piece of luggage.

I love that you can use this toy plane to go on a pretend flight in the air, as well as ride it on the ground using the sturdy wheels that roll nice and smooth. The people can be posed to stand up or sit down and you can even move their arms to actually hold the suitcase or grab the railing of the staircase. Designed for small hands the Airplane Boarding Set is easy to hold and play with and its compact size makes it an excellent toy for on-the-go, it will fit perfectly in a kids backpack or suitcase.

Going on a plane trip can be quite scary for young children, which is where a fun, playful toy like this can really make a difference. Kids can use their imagination and act out little stories about going on a holiday, flying on a plane and how to board and onboard, so that when it’s time for take-off they feel more prepared and calm about the trip ahead. For our 2-year old this will be the first time she’ll fully understand and experience a flight (a 24 hour journey in fact) so we’ll definitely be using BRIO in our holiday preparations.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the BRIO range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Fun at the Farm with BRIO

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Sep 022016
 

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As if preparing for a holiday for a whole family wasn’t stressful enough my wonderful tribe managed to bring home a nasty flu last week that took down all of us, one by one. I don’t think I have ever been that worried about the possibility of having to cancel a holiday! Packing suitcases with five sick little people around was not exactly quick but thankfully I was able to keep the big three entertained with movies and books and our 3-year old troublemaker was quiet for hours with this gorgeous set by BRIO:

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The BRIO Horse Stable (ages 3+) is a gorgeous toy play set that contains all you need for some fabulous pretend play: A spacious and rather luxurious horse stable that fully opens up, 2 horses, 2 jockeys and some fun accessories for your day at the stables. Once the jockeys comes back from their ride they can dry off their horses and let them rest up in their individual stables while the riders head to the barn to fill up their wheelbarrow with fresh hay.

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Watching my kids use their imagination to come up with new stories is so much fun, I will never get sick of listening to their little voices as they play. Pretend play is really important for young children as it helps them to develop their creative skills and use their imagination and I think the Horse Stable really encourages this kind of learning through play, plus it is a great tool for practising fine motor skills as well so it’s a double win!

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The quality of this BRIO set is absolutely outstanding, you can tell immediately that it is super strong, durable and built to last. The doors and hinges are robust and smooth and the individual components click in and slot together perfectly. The different materials (plastic, wood and metal) are finished beautifully with rounded corners and lush, shiny colours.

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One of the things I really like about this fantastic range is that it is gender neutral and that you can grow your BRIO world one piece at a time. The BRIO Horse Table is obviously great fun on its own but you can also use the included connector piece and attach it to the wooden track and go from there. You can extend the track, add more buildings, welcome new animals, grow your vehicle park, build nature; structures, bridges, tunnels and much more so you are never short of new adventures. This piece-by-piece concept is great for families on a budget and it makes birthday and Christmas gifts a breeze.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the BRIO range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Apr 192016
 

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Ahhh, school holidays! Two weeks without rushed breakfasts, making lunch boxes, washing school uniforms, looking for missing socks and waking up a sleeping baby to go to school… sounds like bliss to me. Of course it does mean I have to keep all five kids entertained at home and at times it can be hard to find something they all love and enjoy but our latest playroom addition by BRIO is a big hit with everyone:

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As a typical 3-year old Sybil absolutely loves pretend play, she often turns up at the breakfast table wearing a costume of some sort ready to play. We have a big dress-up box with sparkly dresses, a red riding hood cape, doctor’s coat, fireman suit and much more for all the kids to share. When she spotted the BRIO Kitchen Combo in our playroom Sybbie immediately put on her chef’s hat and apron ready for some cooking and baking.

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This lovely mini-sink and stove unit measures 60cm high which is a perfect size for pre-schoolers like Sybbie but it is still a good fit for the older kids too. They can easily reach the hot plates and the tap and also open the oven to check if the food is cooked yet. I love the fact that all the corners are slightly rounded (no painful accidents) and that the oven door shuts gently and does not have an actual window to keep little fingers safe during play.

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The digital timer that really counts down is one of the most exciting features according to our kids, it’s like cooking in a proper oven just like mum. Simply turn the knob to make it count down from 15 seconds and it rings when the time is up, dinner is ready! The timer works on 3 AAA batteries. The kitchen comes as a flatpack (putting it together was a breeze) and is made from sturdy yet lightweight materials with wooden accents, making it very easy to lift and move around the room or even the house if needed.

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Within no time Juliet joined in to eat the dishes served by her sister and once I dug up a checkered piece of fabric the playroom instantly turned into a restaurant. The twins designed menus and wrote a recipe book and (even at almost 8) were very keen to be sous-chefs and customers in our very own family restaurant. I can tell we will have lots of fun with the BRIO Kitchen Combo these school holidays, my next project will be some cute shelves to store the pots, pans and cutlery for the restaurant.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the BRIO range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.