Mama OWL Blog: Snazaroo Face Painting Sticks, Mission Earth, KRE-O BSH Combat Chopper & LOGO [Toyologist Reviews #16, #17, #18 & #19]

Snazaroo Face Painting Sticks, Mission Earth, KRE-O BSH Combat Chopper & LOGO [Toyologist Reviews #16, #17, #18 & #19]

Monday, 26 November 2012






Snazaroo Unisex Face Painting Sticks

In truth, here at Mama Owl we're not really into face painting. Mostly, because a few of the kids have uber sensitive skin and/or eczema, and so I have to be extra careful about what I put on them.

We received a pack of Snazaroo Face Painting Sticks to try out in our second box from Toys R Us, recommended for ages 6+. Limited in who I could try them out on, H was the one deemed least likely to have any sort of reaction (just in case) and so H it was! While the Snazaroo Face Painting Sticks are hypo allergenic and fragrance free, as with any cosmetic product it is recommended to try a 'patch test' if you are unsure about sensitivity.

I did ask him if I could get creative or do something Halloween themed but he was not feeling particularly adventurous that day, and instead chose the tiger from the front of the pack. An artist I am not, but I gave it a good go and he was pleased with the result.

The Snazaroos were easy to use and applied to the skin well, I didn't have to apply an awful lot of pressure to the stick when I was painting H's face.

Most importantly, they didn't cause any reaction or discomfort, and when it was time to remove the paint it came off easily with soap and water.

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Snazaroo Unisex Face Painting Sticks free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.


Mission Earth

Mission Earth is my absolute hands-down favourite of all the games we have received from Toys R Us during the 2012 Toyologist program. Educational yet simple and lots of fun, this is now our go-to game of choice for family game night and the kids absolutely love it.

Starting out with seven carbon footprint tokens, the aim of the game is to get rid of all of your tokens before answering a question to win the game. Follow the spiral path through space, and then on re-entering the Earth's atmosphere you answer a question and complete an action card, if you get both right then you are the winner.

You have a choice of questions from different coloured backgrounds if you have younger and older children playing (my 'big kids' are 14, 11, 9 and 7), and they are educational without being too difficult, things such as "name three animals beginning with the letter B" or "name three types of tree". L (who has Autism) prefers to watch us play a game a few times before deciding if he wants to join in, but he took great delight in answering the questions with the others and has since decided that he very much likes this game.

The game keeps to its eco-friendly message by being made entirely of 100% recycled board, with the board folding to become the box.

Mission Earth is for 2-6 players and is recommended for ages 7+ which I would agree with. It is priced at £16.99 and available now from Toys R Us. Simple rules, a great message and environmentally friendly, we think it is a great family game, a big thumbs up from Chez Mama Owl.


** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Mission Earth game free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.


KRE-O BSH Combat Chopper

H and his Uncle M sat down to build the KRE-O Battleship Combat Chopper from Hasbro together one evening when he came round for dinner & to watch football with the Mister. It is recommended for ages 7+, so I knew Uncle M would be able to manage it without too much help from H  ;)

They set out the box with all the pieces on the table and then set about building the model. There are a lot of small pieces to put together so for younger ones it does require an adult's help as it was a little fiddly in places, but it is a great little play set with exciting features, including spinning rotor blades and the ability to fire missiles.


It is available from Toys R Us priced at £19.99, good value with plenty of playability.

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the KRE-O BSH Combat Chopper free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.

LOGO What Am I?

It took a couple of read-throughs of the rules of LOGO What Am I? before everyone was (almost) clear about what we had to do. We're big gamers here at Mama Owl so we were keen to give this a try, it looked very promising as it is billed as the child-friendly version of the brand & logo recognition game which uses describing, drawing and guessing rather than the standard question format.

It is recommended for ages 8+ and is for 2-6 players, currently priced at £19.99 it is available now from Toys R Us.

In all honesty I think the rules are a little too complex for the younger end of this age group, and that it could have been simplified further. We also had to swap cards a few times as L & H (9 & 7) struggled with reading a handful of them.
It moves at a good pace by using the sand timer although L got a little distressed when his time ran out and we opted not to use it for his turn, though despite this he abandoned his place half way through the game. I think that this game is better suited to older children.

The aim of this game is to travel around the board, landing on either guess it, describe it or draw it spaces along the way, before reaching the winning zone. You take a card and complete the action space you land on, and everyone has to guess the logo or brand. For the guess it cards, if there isn't a 'hint' you could be there a while as the person who has the card can only answer yes, no or maybe which of course does not narrow the field very quickly or easily.

A & J (14 & 11) enjoyed this game, and it is one that I think I will reserve for them to play with their friends or with myself & the Mister. In the end we 'teamed up' A & J with the younger two so they could help each other out and the game went a lot more smoothly! All in all, a good game, clever concept, but better for older children in our opinion.


** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the LOGO What Am I? game free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.

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