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Nov 072014


We all know children grow quickly and their interests change at the same fast rate. Toys they love one day are ‘boring’ the next and end up unused in the corner or the back of a cupboard. Over the last 6 years we’ve welcomed and gotten rid of our fair share of toys but they are still playing shops almost daily; sometimes with each other, sometimes on their own or with friends, it never gets old. If your child loves playing shop too you are sure to love Shopkins:

Shopkins fruit & Veg Stand

From the makers of Trash Pack comes Shopkins, the latest collectibles trend amongst hip boys and girls aged 5 and up. These loveable characters, dressed up as miniature groceries, are fun, compact, affordable and rather addictive too. They say ‘Once you shop… You can’t stop!’ and I’m afraid it’s true, my girls are forever looking at their little Shopkins Collector’s Guide and admiring the pieces they are yet to get.

Shopkins Trolley

There are 150 different Shopkins and several Shopkins Playlets to collect, it’s like building your very own mini shopping centre. From fruit and vegetables to bakery items, from sweet treats to health and beauty products, little shoppers will have no trouble filling their shopping bags, baskets and trolleys. Most of the Shopkins come with their own shopping bag so you’ll have lots of blue bags to play with and store your collection in.

Shopkins Playset

The great thing about Shopkins is that you can collect as few or as many as you want and suits your budget, it’s good fun no matter how many you own and they make excellent stocking fillers. We started with a few small packs, which you can pick up for just $2.99, just to see if the kids would like them as much as they said they would. A few weeks later they were still enjoying them (without too many fights) and hadn’t lost or broken any either so Shopkins passed the toy test for us.

Shopkins Small Mart

The girls have been begging me for the Shopkins Playsets so, like most mums would do, I had told them they would have to wait until December and show very good behaviour. Luckily for them they didn’t have to wait that long as the team at Moose Toys sent them a Shopkins Playset each to try out, you can imagine the smiles on their faces! They particularly love the Shopkins Small Mart because of it’s little checkout with the conveyer belt that really moves and the pink shopping trolley.

Shopkins Shopping Bag

In all honesty, Shopkins are so cute I am enjoying the collecting as much as (if not more than) my girls do. I am very pleased with the quality and durability of the product, which is much stronger and more solid than Trash Packs. Shopkins may be small in size but they are very detailed and they’re all different, if you do end up with doubles you can try to swap with your friends. You can keep all your Shopkins neatly together in the special Shopkins Storage Tin. Most of the packs show on the outside which Shopkins are inside but some of the packs include exclusive ‘secret’ designs which are obviously in hot demand with our girls.

Shopkins Tears

Not everyone is happy with our growing Shopkins collection, it’s not easy when you are only 1 and not allowed to join in the fun. Just a few more years little darling!

To find out more about Shopkins by Moose Toys, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit, prices start at RRP $2.99.

Mar 192012

With three kids very close in age our house is filled with toys and many of them are doubles. Aside from the fact that it is expensive to buy two or three of everything there is also the issue of space, not that little cars or dolls take up much room but walkers, ride-on’s. trikes and bikes certainly do. In fact our playroom looks a bit like a parking garage with a whole row of rides in all shapes and sizes along one wall. If you are just about to start investing in wheels for your little one make sure you check out this awesome 3-in-1 Transformable Toy by Mishi Design, available at Shop For Tots.

From just 9 months old your baby can start using this toy as a Walker, complete with toy basket for all his/her favourite belongings. The sturdy wooden construction will offer all the support your child needs when learning to take those first wobbly steps and before you know it your inquisitive toddler will be exploring every corner of the house (and collecting treasures on the way).

The second stage of the 3-in-1 Transformable Toy is the Ride-On mode, turning the sturdy walker into a funky bike. For kids this is the start of learning how to steer and how to use their little legs to get the bike moving, it will be a bit tricky at first but once they get it there is no stopping them. Ride-on’s are fun for all ages, my three (3,5 year old twins and an 18-month old) are always racing theirs through the hall way.

The last fase, but definitely not the least exciting, is the transformation from ride-on to trolley. A trip to an imaginary shop to stock up on groceries and pay with plastic money or hanging up the washing, there are hours of fun to be had. The pretend play stage will last for quite some time so the trolley will be thoroughly enjoyed by children up to 6 years old. Conclusion: Invest once and do it well and you’ll get years out of this fantastic 3-in-1 Transformable Toy.

To find out more about Shop for Tots, to take a closer look at the 3-in-1 Transformable Toy ($150) by Mishi Design and to order online visit