Ready, Set, Go with VTech Toot-Toot Drivers

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Jul 312016
 

Toot-Toot Drivers

When people hear we have four girls they often assume that our house is filled with dolls and other pink stuff. While I admit that we do have quite a lot of pink and purple and have adopted several dolls over the years too, our house most certainly isn’t a no-go zone for cars. If your kids love building tracks, doing construction works and having races as much as our five kids do they are sure to go mad for the latest VTech craze:

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Toot-Toot Drivers is a fun, interactive and educational range of cars and playsets created for children aged 1 to 5, in saying that even our almost 8-year olds have been fighting for a turn with these cool wheels. From a garage to an airport and from a parking tower to a service station, there is plenty to see and do in the world of Toot-Toot Drivers.

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Designed to be mixed and matched the Toot-Toot Drivers range is a fantastic concept for young families, as they can build, extend, connect, swap, change and grow their collection one piece at a time. The brightly coloured pieces are perfectly sized for small hands so young children can build and play independently and use their imagination to make up their own exciting Toot-Toot adventures.

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Let’s be clear, there is much more to Toot-Toot Drivers than just some cars and a track. The colourful electronic vehicles are power packed with lights, sounds, phrases and songs, which are automatically activated when a vehicle passes one of the clever SmartPoints. What a fun way to encourage pre-schoolers to learn while they play and practise their fine motor skills!

Lift & Fix Repair ShopIf your car is in need of a thorough checkup you can drive straight into the brand new Toot-Toot Drivers Lift & Fix Repair Shop (RRP $34.95). This extensive set is fully kitted out with a car wash, a workshop with a real lift and tools to get the job done, one car is included. With the car service done and dusted you can quickly fill up on petrol on the top floor and drive down the ramp to continue your journey.

Toot-Toot Racing RampwayAnother great example of Toot-Toot Drivers’ many different ways of play is the need-for-speed Toot-Toot Drivers Racing Rampway (RRP $24.95). Using the 15 included pieces young race drivers can construct an impressive two-storey stunt track, an extra long raceway or a side-by-side race track (great fun when you are playing with friends). The Racing Rampway comes ready-to-play with a fast Toot-Toot Racer, pop him on the SmartPoint Launcher to test your new track right away.

Toot-Toot Fire TruckPrices start at RRP $11.95 for single vehicles up to RRP $99.95 for the amazing Toot-Toot Drivers Super RC raceway. This affordable pricing allows families to treat their little collector to a new set of wheels, playset or addition for the track on birthdays, special occasions or just a nice surprise every now and then without breaking the budget. Plus it makes it very easy for family and friends to come up with a birthday gift idea too!

VTech toys are available at major department stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the Toot-Toot Drivers range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Feb 142016
 

Grimm's

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll admit that I am not really into the commercial side of Valentine’s Day, surely I don’t need an excuse to shower my special people with a bit of extra love? Even the littlest treasures can celebrate love all year around with this gorgeous find from Honeybee Toys, isn’t it delightful?

Grimm's Heart Blocks

Grimm’s Wooden Heart Blocks ($74, ages 12 months+) are made from smooth non-lacquered wood in bright rainbow colours. These beautiful heart-shaped blocks are an ideal size for little hands and designed for creative building fun.

Grimm's Heart SetStack them, sort them, line them up… it’s all about using your imagination and even the wooden storage ‘box’ can be taken apart to become part of your unique sculpture. This lovely Grimm’s building set is a wonderful fine motor skills exercise and would make a great timeless gift for young builders. I think it would look fabulous on display in a baby’s nursery, kids playroom or classroom too.

To find out more about Honeybee Toys, to browse the Grimm’s range and to order online visit www.honeybeetoys.com.au.

Krooom

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Feb 042016
 

Krooom

After the busy Christmas season and 7 long weeks of school holidays my ‘cupboard of tricks’, where I store spare gifts and surprise boredom busters, is looking rather empty. I generally keep a good variety of presents on hand for emergencies and with the first birthday invitations in the pocket already it’s time for a restock. If you’re looking for a fabulous gift that doesn’t cost the earth check out these fabulous creations by Krooom:

Krooom

The awesome Fold My Car range is cool, creative and priced at just $9.95 each surprisingly affordable too, I will definitely add a few of these kits to my gift cupboard.

Hippy VanThe Fold My Car collection (age 3+) currently consists of 4 different designs: Fire Truck, Police Car, Hippy Van and Ice-cream Van (my favourite!), don’t they look great? Made from durable, thick, waterproof board these colourful building sets are fun to make AND fun to play with, what a fantastic little project for a rainy afternoon. There are no tools or glue required so it’s easy and mess free.

Krooom Fire TruckTo make sure you can fold and unfold your car over and over again a reusable storage box is included, yay for no missing pieces. I love that the materials used are 100% recyclable and made from at least 60% post consumer paper for guilt-free fun. You can find the Krooom range in store right now at Australian online store Bubbalove, orders over $50 ship free Australia wide.

To find out more about Bubbalove, to browse the Krooom range and to order online visit www.bubbalove.com.au.

Geomag

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Sep 252015
 

Geomag

One of the comments that keeps coming up during our parent-teacher interviews is that our children are very creative, they just love ‘making’ things and come up with the most interesting designs. It is so much fun to see their little brains work and watch their hands turn their plans into something unique and amazing. Construction toys are therefore a big favourite in our house and as soon I spotted Geomag I knew the kids would enjoy the challenge:

Geomag

Geomag is a Swiss designed construction toy range that uses the timeless fun of magnets to open a whole new world of building opportunities. The range is suitable for ages 3+ and consists of lots of different designs, shapes, colours (yes, even pink and glitter!) and accessories that are sure to appeal to creative minds of all ages.

Geomag PanelsWe started our Geomag journey with Geomag Panels, a collection that combines the magnetic fun of Geomag Classic with brightly coloured panels in basic shapes. To help you on your way the back of box shows a selection of projects you can make with the contents of that box, but obviously the sky is the limit and you can use your imagination to build your very own creations too.

With the school holidays around the corner Geomag will be a fabulous boredom buster and of course you can use and reuse the pieces over and over again or combine different sets. Our 7-year old twins have recently been exploring the world of geometry at school and how much more exciting than seeing shapes on boring paper is bringing them to life by building them yourself!

Geomag Panels Diamond

This is a fabulous example of why Geomag is not just a toy, it’s an excellent educational tool too and a great exercise for fine motor skills. The Geomag ‘Magic Rocker’ is one of those quick, simple but fun projects that teaches kids the basic of magnetism, our 5-year old thought it was amazing and wanted to build it over and over again.

Geomag Panels House

Geomag Panels are available in five different sets and prices start at a very affordable RRP $20.

To find out more about Geomag, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.geomagworld.com.

May 152015
 

WDYGT

Big Baby Shower – Day 15

Last week I showed you those stylish Jack & Evelyn wooden toy boxes for your baby’s nursery, today the spotlight is on a classic keepsake gift that would make the perfect first addition to that toy box.

Uncle Goose Lower Case

Check out these fabulous block sets sourced with love by Where Did You Get That?, aren’t they gorgeous?

Uncle Goose BoxThe sturdy Uncle Goose Wooden Blocks (RRP $69.95-$79.95) are made from sustainable Michigan basswood and decorated in vibrant bright colours that appeal to little eyes. They are easy to hold for small hands and can withstand the test of time. The sides of each block feature letters, numbers or pictures, so aside from the obvious building fun you can explore a whole new world of learning as you play.

UG DutchIf anyone is keen to treat our new bundle to some of these stunning wooden blocks I’d love to cast my vote for the Dutch ABC Blocks (no surprise there I am sure). Obviously in this case the letters of the alphabet are the same but the pictures are linked to Dutch words, just beautiful. The block sets are available in other languages too, how about Greek, Italian or Chinese? What a special way to celebrate a new baby’s heritage and a wonderful gift idea for grandparents and godparents.

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.

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Dec 092014
 

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Christmas Countdown – Day 9

Peace, hope, love, joy, friendship… it’s the season with special meaning and this stunning Christmas Countdown prize from sweet online boutique Coccinella will help you share these beautiful words with your little ones:

Peace & Love Wooden Block Set

Coccinella’s Peace & Love Wooden Blocks (RRP $199) are made with love in Poland using high quality wood and eco friendly finishes. This divine set contains smooth, chunky building blocks in different shapes, sizes and colours and with different words and symbols, each block is unique just like we are all unique.

Peace & Love Wooden Blocks

The Peace & Love Wooden Block set allows you to create your own personal wooden story by stacking and connecting the words, there are so many combinations possible so you can change it again and again. What a lovely interactive way to get little minds working and literally build children’s storytelling skills! If you are looking for a special keepsake gift that represents this wonderful Christmas season this is the ideal present for you.

To find out more about Down That Little Lane, to browse the Coccinella store and to order online visit www.downthatlittlelane.com.au/coccinella-eco.

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Jul 262014
 

Plus-Plus

I can’t believe it is already a year ago that I first introduced you to the awesome Plus-Plus range from the Coccinella store. I was so excited to tell you about these quirky shaped building bricks from Denmark and one year on we still love them, I purchased our kids the big 400 pc box and they regularly tip all the Plus-Plus pieces over on the rug to build, create and play for ages, individually or together.

Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Pastel 220

Shaped like two plus symbols (hence the name) this funky building toy adds a whole new dimension to building fun. You can build upwards, sideways and even completely flat, Plus-Plus will really get those little minds working. Designed with a soft, smooth yet strong and durable material Plus-Plus is a fantastic tactile activity for children that really encourages them to get creative and think about the bigger picture (it does require a bit of patience!).

Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Neon

The new Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Mini building sets are available in two different sizes: 220 pieces ($19.95) and 480 pieces ($29.95). You can choose from three different colour combinations (basic, neon and pastel) to suit both boys and girls. Each Plus-Plus 3-in-1 set includes instructions to make three great models to get you started but obviously you can use your own imagination and building skills to design many more fantastic Plus-Plus creations, the options are endless!

Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Basic 480

To find out more about Down That Little Lane, to browse the Coccinella store and to order your favourite Plus-Plus products online visit www.downthatlittlelane.com.au/coccinella-eco.

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