29/11/2016

Review - Silly Sausage Game!

The Silly Sausage game from John Adams is one of the Top Toys this Christmas 2016! I first saw it at Blog On Msi in Manchester back in September and had no idea it would be so popular. 

I didn't even think about how hilarious adults would find it and a fellow blogger could not believe I'd not seen the 'rude' side to it! Ha ha.....how naive am I! She said I should add "It's meant to be for kids which is fine but the joke that goes over their head is the double entendre! Read it with a bit of a wicked grown up wink and you'll see what I mean" I guess she has a point! 

Now, back to the Silly Sausage!A super speedy sausage reaction game! Twist, stretch, poke, shake and dip it.
Aimed at children 7 years +, the monkeys did not bat an eyelid! It's definitely easier for big monkey to master than little monkey! With three modes of play and 10 games in total it basically asks commands you must follow to stay in the game! (Twist me, Stretch me, Poke me, Shake me and Dip me!)

The different modes have different levels of speed and difficulty. You do need to respond quickly! Big monkey found that out quite soon after we opened the packaging and started playing, which you can see in the video! Just switch it on and listen to what it asks you to do!
Believe me, he was more impressed than he looks! Ideal for the whole family to play I do think this could prove to cause a few giggles on Christmas Day! The warning on the Argos website did amuse me! "(WARNING(S): Not suitable for children under 3 years old. Only for domestic use".
Harmless fun that will entertain! Silly Sausage cost £19.99. Available at all good toy shops, department stores and supermarkets.
Have fun playing! 

We were sent Silly Sausage for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.






Reading With Wilf Books - Review & Giveaway

Did you know there's a great new kids Books Subscription Club called Wilf Books I didn't until they got in touch and asked to work with us!

Wilf (What I’m Looking For) Books is a monthly book subscription service for children that is tailored to meet their reading/age level. Packaged up in a box, delivered to the door and with a personalised letter for the child, this fun service makes reading feel more special and individual to the child.

Wilf's aim is to recycle and re-distribute children's books to those who will love them most! 


Getting started is easy. Just choose which subscription option you would like to sign up for. Monthly, 3 monthly or six monthly. Each is £19.99, £55 and £99.95 respectively.

Then you will need to select the type of books you'd like sent. Choose from Picture Books, Moral Books, Rhyming Books, Fairytale, Concept and Issue Books or mix them up! Provide your child's age (or the age of the child the books are for) and then their name (for the personalised letter from Wilf and to address the package to)! You can select the child's gender if you wish and also add any other details you'd like Wilf to know! 

Next, sit back and wait for the box to arrive! 
Little monkey was very excited to get a parcel addressed to him which arrived as promised, packaged up with personalisation and a with a letter just for him. 
He was sent The Great Snortle Hunt by Claire Freedman (author of Aliens Love Underpants), The Gruffalo's Child (Julia Donaldson), The Smartest GIANT in Town, also by Julia Donaldson and The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill. 

He has really embraced his reading lately so having four books delivered just for him is really special. There's an envelop for sharing back your own books (which is optional) inside the parcel too.
I think this is a lovely idea and one parcel I know either of the monkeys would love to receive each month. Encouraging sharing and reading, the parcels sometimes include stickers and activities too. Little monkey loves his books. 

The order process was so easy and once you've paid and gone through checkout, the rest is left to Wilf. The element of surprise (of which books they'll send) adds to the excitement of opening the parcel when it arrives. This service is aimed at children aged 2-9 years.

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28/11/2016

Poki Review & Fire Tablet Giveaway!

Ever since the monkeys have owned their own iPad Mini's last Christmas, they have frequently asked for new games to play on them. Of course Football ones are the most popular with them. We usually use apps with parental controls on the iPad and have put the settings in place to stop them making in app purchases. However just recently I discovered Poki whilst browsing Safari. Poki is a cross-platform free game website. An online play arena with thousands and thousands of world wide users. 

Poki's mission is to become the ultimate online playground by creating engaging entertainment for their users. The adverts are in place to give free games to users. Both adults and children can play. The adverts on the site need to be screened if Children are playing I would guess.

Poki offers games in many categories including:

New Games
Highest Rating Games
Arcade Games
Educational Games
2 Player Games
Football Games...........

The list goes on and on!
We've been trying the 2 player game Heads Arena: Soccer All Stars Game seeing as the monkeys are such huge football fans and like to play together. They play, watch and talk football ALL the time!

One of Poki's most played games it has fun colourful graphics and is easy to navigate. Even I could play it (and I'm no good at these things at all usually)! 
Firstly you need to select a mode. In tournament mode you can either play solo or 2v2 in a co-op. Then play against the clock and when a goal is scored graphics appear on screen. 
There's a half time and the games run through the full 90 minutes (albeit sped up). Audio (just like with a real match) help to make the game realistic! 
Once the game is over you can move onto the next one in the tournament and play until you wish to stop. 

There's also Party Mode which means there are four types of game play: Solo, 1v1, 2v2 and 2v2 co-op. You choose which one you want to play, the county in 1v1 and then the player before playing as like before, with the game in tournament mode.

I would only allow my two to play on an online website if sat directly with them and actually playing the game with them but can see how the games on Poki are so popular. There are so many I personally would find it hard to choose which to ones play. I'm sure the monkeys wouldn't have any trouble picking though! 

We limit how much time the monkeys play games on their iPads and are grateful that they are very active and play football for real! With a good balance of indoor play, outdoor play (and exercise) they do enjoy their games/video watching and some learning online or via apps. Poki will no doubt be used more and more as they get older and the good thing about it, is that it's multi platform. 

We've teamed up with Poki to offer one reader a Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Black) meaning someone will have another platform to play games with Poki (or whoever they chose). Click the link to read a detailed description of what a Fire Tablet offers.


All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is complete the rafflecopter form below! Giveaway closes Midnight Sunday 4th December 2016. T&C's appply. Open to UK residents only. Good Luck.
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27/11/2016

My Sunday Photo!

Not my photo but too good to miss! Big monkey as a mascot with Sanchez at the Emirates!

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26/11/2016

Pencil Pets (Stocker Filler Idea)

Yes, all the Christmas shopping is done! I've just got to buy a few family cards, write the Christmas cards out and wrap everything up! 

Each year I say I won't do the monkeys a stocking and each year I do! This year is no different.

One thing I think will make a great stocking filler are the Pencil Pets from Interplay! 
Priced at just £4.99 the Pencil Pet kit includes everything needed to make Pencil Toppers. This Purple and Orange Cat set is great fun and aimed at children aged 5+. The interchangeable eraser body parts are easy to switch and personalise but I did find little monkey (who is coming up to 6) easily broke the tip of the cats ear! 
The heads separate so that the accessories can be attached and then the head clips back together! Each pencil is recycled.
Little monkey loved designing his own pencil pet (maybe largely due to the fact he has a thing about all things pets at present). However big monkey wasn't at all interested in making one! He is 8. I know at least one of his friends (who is female) that definitely would enjoy making them though!
Little monkey managed to design his pencil pet pretty much all by himself and was very proud of his efforts. 

I can see these being popular in stockings this year but I would say, be careful and don't be heavy handed as your pet may end up wounded! 



 






24/11/2016

Star Wars - May the Force Be With You This Christmas!

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Big monkey was introduced to The Force Awakens indoors whilst watching the DVD with Daddy. I wasn't keen that he watch it at the cinema (as it was rated certificate 12A). But he was allowed to watch it indoors as long as he was happy to do so. He absolutely loved it! I was afraid it would be too scary or inappropriate for an 8 year old. I remember watching the odd movie when I was younger but it was really my twin brother, who along with my Dad, who were the fans in our house. 

As a child Hubby remembers watching Star Wars IV 'A New Hope' during the summer holidays over and over again. So much so he (almost) knew the script back to front. Luke Skywalker was his childhood hero from the films and he said he was extremely envious of his friends who had all of the famous toy battleships and characters. Now aged 43 he still remembers exactly which Star Wars toys his friends had......the Millennium Falcon, At-At Walker, Snow Speeder and Ex Wing Fighter.

The monkeys have two characters from The Force Awakens film, which they think are great - Rey and Poe Dameron! Collectibles, we'll be keeping in their boxes.
We also have these fab Itty Bitty's which I've taken a shine to! Rey, R2-D2, Kylo Ren, C3PO, Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper. So I guess we are bigger 'fans' of Star Wars than I thought we were! I think Daddy's passion has rubbed off.
The monkeys have had their photo taken with Storm Troopers. We went to Legoland one year for big monkeys birthday which happens to coincide with their Star Wars weekend! A little unsure to begin with, the two of them soon came round! Although little monkey looks a little nervous here!
These Star Wars Toys from Thinkway Toys who have recently come to the UK from Cananda look FABULOUS! I know the monkeys (and their Daddy) would love to play with R2D2 and BB8. 
R2-D2
Star Wars fans favourite droid comes to life with sound effects, walking and spinning actions. The Star Wars™interactive R2-D2™ responds to pre-programmed instructions via the remote control, moving in all directions as it makes original movie sound effects and moves its head. How awesome does it sound! I even want one! 
There are 10 buttons on the remote control to program over 1000 action combos. Activate R2-D2's special projection facility to view an imprisoned Princess Leia. 

You can take a look at the TV ad of both toys here! 
BB-8
Adorable astromech droid from Star Wars™Episode VII - The Force Awakens comes to life with the U-Command Interactive BB-8. 
Use the joystick infrared remote control to command BB-8 to move in all directions. He goes forward, in reverse, turns left or right, plus in a rolling and spinning action. It has over 20 original droid-speak phrases, plus special pre-programmed actions with different moods (happy, sad, excited, worried, scared and frustrated). A a voice activated feature allows you to interact with him via a built-in microphone. Now that really is fantastic! From aged 4+ this really would suit both monkeys!

Both Star Wars toys retail for around £149 but are currently £99 each in Toys R Us! 

I think there will be some very happy children this Christmas and maybe even some happy parents as I have news! 

There's a Twitter Party on Wednesday 30th November at 1pm until 2.30pm and there will be Toys R Us vouchers up for grabs.

We also have a giveaway with some other fab bloggers. You can win one of the R2D2 toys! 

What are you waiting for.....go forth and buy, join the party and win! In the meantime the latest Star Wars movie (Rogue One) is set to hit our screens in December and big monkey is already saying he wants to see it. 

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