Saturday, 3 November 2012

Thundercats Glow in the dark 100pc Puzzle, Aquarelle Safari & Twister Dance [Toyologist Reviews #13, #14 & #15]






Thundercats Glow in the Dark 100pc Puzzle

H (who will be 7 this month) and I sat down to do the Thundercats Glow in the Dark 100 pc puzzle together in our jimjams on a lazy Sunday afternoon at home. This puzzle is recommended for ages 6+.

The first thing I noticed about this puzzle was how thick & strong the cardboard puzzle pieces were, which I thought was great. Very robust and made to last. The picture on the puzzle is vibrant and colourful, and brings to life the characters from the cartoon that was one of my own favourites from my childhood, so it was lovely to share that with H and tell him about the cartoons from "the good old days" (though I did make myself feel rather old in to the bargain).

We tested out the 'glow' in the evening (er, when it was dark!) and H - who is a big 'puzzler' - was very pleased with his handiwork. H did the majority of the building work with just a small hand from me to get him started (helping him find the corners & edge pieces). He quickly hit his stride and finished the puzzle in about an hour.

This is a fun and sturdy puzzle which suits the recommended age group, and H and I very much enjoyed building this together, we will no doubt happily complete this again and again. It was a lovely mother & son activity. The Thundercats Glow in the Dark Puzzle will be available from Toys R Us in time for Christmas.

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Thundercats Glow in the Dark Puzzle 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.


Aquarelle Safari

Being the arty ones at Chez Mama Owl, A & H wanted to give the Aquarelle Safari watercolour painting a go (actually so did E and my niece N! Note to self... Don't leave things where toddlers can get them... Rookie mistake) and they did a beautiful job of it, too.

A chose to paint the giraffes and H had a go at the lions. They were both able to mix the colours easily with the palette and pipette to create different shades to bring their artwork to life. The colours were vibrant and the children were both able to easily produce a stunning watercolour picture. The wax outline of the pictures prevents the colours from running in to each other which is great for younger ones particularly.

Aquarelle Safari by Ravensburger comes with three canvasses, a double ended paintbrush, liquid ink, a pipette and instructions. It will be available from Toys R Us in time for Christmas, and is recommended for ages 8-13. H is almost 7 and very much enjoyed using this with my supervision.


** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Aquarelle Safari 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.


Twister Dance

This new version of Twister is pretty funky, and teen quickly twigged on to the fact that she could plug her phone in and use it (a) to play along with the game using her own music and (b) as a speaker for her phone. Needless to say, I haven't seen it since we used it the first time. But I have heard it.

Twister Dance from Hasbro is great fun, play along by following the lights and stepping on the dots at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels, you can learn dance moves to tracks by Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Willow Smith & Cupid, and also make up your own moves to your favourite songs as it will connect to any MP3 player (and some mobile phones).


Twister Dance comes with eight moveable dots, dance console/speaker, music player connector cable and instructions, is for 1-2 players (though all the kids were up & dancing regardless of who was playing at the time!) and is recommended for children 8 years +. This is a fun game that will have everyone up and joining in, good exercise and lots of fun. It is priced at £19.97 and is available to buy from Toys R Us.

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent Twister Dance 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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