Christmas is fast approaching and as part of our run up to Christmas we are going to be sharing with you some gift guides. As part of this we are sent quite a lot of games to try out. The latest game we were sent was called Bugs In The Kitchen by Ravensburger. We actually vlogged our entire experience for you too see exactly how the game works. Continue reading “Ravensburger – Bugs In The Kitchen – Game Review”
A while back I was asking if anybody had anything they could recommend for an 8-year-old girls birthday. Annabelle was turning 8 and I wanted to create some form of gift guide to help other parents who may struggle with ideas. We were offered the chance to review Aquabeads Disney Playset.
When Annabelle opened her Aquabeads she was super eager to get started straight away. Unfortunately she has a younger brother and sister who would just mess with the beads so she had to wait until a suitable time before she could play.
What exactly are Aquabeads?
They are tiny little beads that you put into a little template and once your design is done you spray it will water and it sticks itself together. Long gone are the days where our parents used to have to stand there for hours and hours with an iron trying to do it. The beads appear to be coated in a kind of glue that is activated when it’s wet. Therefore it is no fuss and no mess ( This is something I particularly liked!)
So what did we think?
After we discovered which way round everything went ( which would have been much quicker if we had just read the instructions in the first place) Annabelles first attempt was Rapunzel. Now she isn’t the most patient of people and for a very long time she was the baby so therefore is a little bit of a pampered princess. So after discovering it was quite fiddly she declared that she couldn’t do it and asked her big brother to do it for her instead.
Once she had watched her brother she realised actually it wasn’t as hard as she first thought it was and then proceeded to make her own. She loved spraying them then waiting for them to dry. She was also fascinated that she could just spray them with water and as if by magic they just stuck together.
I personally think this is perfect for someone of Annabelle’s age and I love the fact that they don’t HAVE to follow the pattern if they don’t wish too so it can actually spark their imaginations.
Overall thoughts and feelings
Aquabeads was a big hit for both myself and Annabelle. If I had to point out a downside it would be that they seem to provide you with just enough to do each pattern so unless you purchase the spare sets you can’t play for very long.
This would be a fantastic birthday gift or Christmas present and there are plenty of sets to choose from. I
love the look Annabelle loves the look of the Cinderella one!
- We were given an Aquabeads Disney Playset in exchange for an open and honest review on our blog. All thoughts and feelings are entirely our own.
I was on the hunt for birthday gift ideas for Annabelle when I was offered the opportunity for her to try out the Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre. I jumped at the chance as at the moment we are in a bit of a battle with Annabelle where she is constantly with a TV remote or one of her older siblings phones in her hand and she rarely plays. The opportunity for her to try something that has been around since I was a little girl was something I didn’t want to pass by.
Our first impression of the ballet theatre was the fact that it was so big! I’m not entirely sure what we were expecting but we wasn’t expecting such a large box. We were very pleasantly surprised. Everything about the theatre was fantastic for opening up a world of imagination. Annabelle is a fan of all things that require a stage herself so having this play set where she could pretend was perfect.
The attention to detail on the theatre is fantastic. The backstage area has a large mirror where Freya can check her outfit before the show or even just have a little pose. The main stage has a rotating floor so you can place your Sylvanian Family member on it and watch them dance and twirl as you turn it.
Annabelle was very excited when she discovered that she could play music whilst the rabbit danced away. You can also attach your own music via an audio cable ( not included)
My Personal Thoughts
I thought this toy was absolutely perfect for Annabelle’s age, she has just turn 8 years old and she had a great time playing with it. She really enjoyed making up her own stories and shows with Freya. It made a lovely change to see my daughter actually sitting there and playing like the little girl she is instead of being glued to YouTube videos or something to do with technology.
I actually think it’s quite sad that our children no longer seem to know how to play. Toys like Sylvanian Families are proof that there are still good toys out there that will stir up our children’s imaginations and that they are still able to play they just need a little push in the right direction.
The ballet theatre was a massive hit in our house, In fact it went down so well that when Annabelle went to the toilet her little brother Freddie couldn’t wait to give it a go himself.
Are there any down sides?
As with everything there are things some people will love and others not so much. Annabelle mentioned that the curtains were getting in the way sometimes as she played but other than that there wasn’t a single thing she disliked about it.
Would I recommend it?
Without a shadow of a doubt. If like me you have a child that seems to have lost the ability to play then this toy really does encourage them to be children. In a world where they are growing up so fast its nice to see that they can still be our babies from time to time.
Annabelle will be getting more of these sets in future.
- I was given the Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre in exchange for an open and honest review. All thoughts and feelings about the product are entirely my own.
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