Dec 202018


For quite some time a large colourful box has been sitting on display in our kitchen. It was actually rather in the way, but I had to leave it in a clearly visible spot where miss 3 would see it over and over again. Eventually her love for Peppa Pig was stronger than her fear of the toilet and with her eye firmly on the prize she finally went on the toilet voluntarily. Oh the joys of toilet training a stubborn child!

Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home (RRP $149, ages 2+) is a fabulous play house with 4 big storeys and 7 rooms full of pretend play fun. Measuring over half a metre tall the house is really impressive, it would make the perfect ‘main gift’ under the Christmas tree for little Peppa Pig fans.

Let’s get this tour started, shall we? As we enter the house through the front door and set foot on the doormat the light turns on: Welcome home! Downstairs you find the living room with a comfy couch and the kitchen where Peppa and George love eating spaghetti at the kitchen table. There are plenty of other yummy foods waiting in the fridge too. One floor up is Peppa and George’s bedroom with the famous purple bunk bed (of course Peppa sleeps in the top bunk) and the bathroom with a bath and a toilet (yes, Peppa is a big girl too).

Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig sleep on the third floor and that’s also where Mummy Pig does her work on the computer. A cool fold out ladder gives access to the attic, what a great place to play! You can even open up the attic window and look at the stars with the telescope! And don’t forget the outdoor space, there is nothing Peppa likes more than a good splash in a big muddy puddle. Loyal Peppa Pig fans are sure to recognise and enjoy the sounds and phrases that are played when using the doormat and puddle, eg.’Peppa, George, bath time’, ‘Goodnight my little piggies’, ‘the cookies are ready!’ and of course ‘if you jump in muddy puddles you must wear your boots’.

With so many things to do and discover and with 13 accessories and 3 figurines (Peppa Pig, George and Zoe Zebra) the Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home keeps kids busy for ages. Since finally earning her Peppa Pig House Hattie and Sybil have spent many hours (re)decorating, making up little stories and going on piggy adventures, without any fights! I think the large size and many pieces make this a great toy for siblings or friends to share. It really encourages young children to use their imagination and helps them recreate, process and understand every day situations through play.

There is plenty more fun to be had with the help of four additional Peppa Pig Little Rooms play sets. Get creative in the kitchen with ‘Cooking with Daddy Pig’, relax with ‘Movie Night with Mummy Pig’, have a giggle with ‘Playdate Fun with Suzy Sheep’ or enjoy a makeover with ‘Dressing up with Granny Pig’. These gorgeous add-ons are sold separately and allow you to grow your Peppa Pig home at your own pace.

Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home is at Big W, Myer and independent retailers across Australia.

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Jun 082013

Snuggles & Smiles

When I spotted this collection on Facebook I knew I had to share, I am sure you will all love it as much as I do. Designed and handmade by Australian craft talent Sheryl from Snuggles & Smiles these gorgeous calico cottages and dolls are absolutely unique, no two pieces are exactly the same. I think we all know a special little girl or two who would love to receive one of these fairytale play sets:

Calico Cottage with Family

Calico Cottage with Calico Family by Snuggles & Smiles

The whimsical cottages are available in different shapes, fabrics and colours, I particular like the ‘traditional’ house shape with its handy carry handle. You can open it from the top or side to store away or unpack your very own doll family. A handsome prince and beautiful princess, sweet girls and funky boys, adorable babies and friendly pets, who is going to live in your Snuggles & Smiles Calico Cottage?

Snuggles& Smiles Calico Prince and Princess

Snuggles & Smiles Calico Prince and Princess

The cute dolls are made from non-bleached 100% cotton calico (hence the name) and filled with a recycled polyester fibre. Because they have a cardboard disc stitched in the base they are able to stand up independently, allowing kids to create the loveliest play scenes without having to hold every doll up straight by hand and of course this is also perfect for displaying your collection on a shelf. After all, these sets are way too beautiful to be hidden away.

Calico Cottages

Calico Cottages in all shapes and colours

To find out more about the Calico Cottages and dolls visit the Snuggles & Smiles Facebook page, take a look at all the different options and place your custom order via email.