Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Melissa & Doug Folding Dolls House from the woodentoyshop.co.uk

We were delighted to be sent the Melissa and Doug folding dolls house to review. If you think dolls houses are just for girls, think again! When the box arrived Boo couldn't wait to see inside, I was pleased that we weren't overwhelmed with packaging, and the house is just packed tightly in plastic so it is easy to get into!

The folding dolls house comes complete with furniture and two dolls - they even have a flat screen television! The furniture is really nicely made, and sturdy enough that small hands can move it about and drop it without fear of damage. Boo spent quite some time arranging and rearranging the furniture but didn't pay much attention to the dolls. At that point I realised he wasn't quite sure what to do with them, so I picked one up and started to get it 'talking' he picked up the other doll and joined in! He soon was making the dolls go out of the door to 'work' or 'cook' in the kitchen, his imagination has really developed in just a few days!

There are no latches or catches to hold the house closed (so nothing for small fingers to get caught in!), simply carrying the house by the handles keeps it tightly closed! The handles are very smooth wood, and Boo easily carried it to show the rest of the family at the weekend!

WoodenToyShop.co.uk sell this gorgeous house for £28.77 which I think is a complete bargain, it is great quality and I would most certainly buy one as a gift!

Monday, 31 October 2011

The Octonauts - Jigsaw Puzzle by Ravensburger - Review

Something about the Octonauts has captivated Boo since the launched onto our tv screen last year, so we were delighted to get the opportunity to review such a fantastic box of puzzles!

The puzzles are suitable for age 4+, Boo is 3 but quite able with jigsaws. He was a bit worried initially as all the bits for the 3 puzzles come mixed up in one bag, and he sat trying to make them into one big puzzle. I then pointed out that the back of the puzzles had different patterns on, so you could see which bits went with which puzzle..

Boo found the first two puzzles with less pieces fairly straight forward, but the last puzzle where the pieces were smaller (the ones with stripes on the back!) and there are more pieces, he finds quite hard and requires quite alot of help with it. I actually quite like the fact it is a bit hard for him, it means he builds two quietly alone and then I am involved with the last one, eventually he'll be able to do that one too. There is some room for growth with this puzzle, and it isn't too simplistic. 

The Ravensburger Octonauts puzzles are available now from all good stockists.