The Wedding – What if? – Review

The Wedding is Number 16 in the series of What If puzzles. This 1,000 piece puzzle is available from Ravensburger for RRP £11.99.

The weeding is a fun illustrative puzzle where the picture on the box is not the finished puzzle picture. Some of the elements remain the same but others change and until the puzzle is finished you wont see the full picture. This is the second What if? puzzle that I have completed and I do find them more of a challenge than a standard picture puzzle. The boy likes these puzzles too as he likes the sense of humour and spends time spotting all the jokes.

wedding

The wedding as you might have guessed shows a wedding party, but not as the bride had hoped. The puzzle picture is what might happen if the groom was in charge of sorting out the wedding reception. I found this puzzle tricky to complete and took me a little longer than I normally would spend on a 1,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle. The picture is bright and engaging and despite not having a full picture to work from was not hard to complete.

the wedding what if

I started with the edges, followed by the block colours. The speech bubbles are also easy to pick out, and from then on you have an idea of where the picture is going. The finished picture has some funny touches, but I wont spoil it for you by showing you the completed puzzle as you will have to try it for yourself. I think this puzzle would make a fun gift for a friend who is getting married, or simply if you like a puzzle that is a little more challenging.

Ravensburger puzzles are available from toy and game retailers as well as online from Amazon and other online sites.

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in exchange for an honest review.

Confessions of a Summer Parent

Confessions of a summer parent, yes we have all been there! The moment when a game of hide and seek turns into Mum sneaking off for hidden bar of chocolate, or is that just me?

I start off in week one of the summer holidays fresh, ready to tackle the world. With my weekly planner, a mixture of days booked, and exciting activities planned. Baking, working together, meeting friends. You know the kind of things.

Week two we have started to get into the bad habits of late nights, irregular meal times and too much screen time. The boy wants to spend his days on the computer, yes its minecraft. Things not quite going to plan, and lack of summer sunshine never helps.

confessions

By week three, and you can throw the planner out of the window. Mornings are spent with long lazy lie ins, and afternoons gardening, cleaning and catching up around the house. While the boy spends too much time on computers and tv, I try to tempt him away.

Week four and its time for a change. We like to go away, and Dad dragon has booked a week off. I however have a confession and haven’t managed to find anywhere reasonable priced to stay! Whoops. Resulting in a grumpy husband and a staycation. I quickly get my thinking cap on and prey for good weather, the odd ice cream and trip to the beach, I manage to save the week.

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Entering week five and already the panic has set in. Do the shoes fit? Wjat happened to your PE kit? Is it still at school? Where can we get those bits of uniform? Ah yes I had forgotten all your school trousers have holes! So its time to get the iron out and the name labels on order.

By week six we are on the home straight, and this is where my confessions of hidden chocolate come in. The boy however has sussed out my hiding places and can hear the crinkly sound of an opening wrapper. Like lightning he can intercept me, with a well placed “where’s mine?” and before we blink its the new school year.

confessions summer

I love the summer holidays, the best days are the ones that are unplanned. The days where we get on our bikes and see where the wind takes us. As a family doing silly things and often free activities are the ones, which have the fondest place in our memories. I am lucky, I get to spent the whole summer with my boy, there are good and bad days, but when he goes back to the school routine, there is a big gap. He is already going into his last year of primary school, so my summers are running out. I had best get the planner out and hiding the chocolate ready for summer 2016.

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Ravensburger 3D puzzles – Review

Ravensburger 3D puzzles have a great range. Everything from castles to minions, and also light up night edition models like the Chrysler Building.

The Chrysler Building is just one of a new range of Ravensburger 3D puzzles that light up. The puzzle contains 216 pieces, standing 48cm tall when complete RRP £24.99. The boy was very keen to help me complete this puzzle. We chose to use the numbered pieces rather than completing using the patterned side. Starting at the bottom we built the puzzle up using the clear inserts. I will admit this was a little fiddly. You will need some patience to complete this model.

ravensburger 3d puzzle night edition

 

Once complete and with the addition of 3 AAA batteries, this Ravensburger 3D puzzle lights up in ever-changing colours. The shape is very authentic to the Chrysler building in new York. With lights shining up from the base this model was fun, and great to look at when complete.

 

The Empire State building is also available as a Ravensburger 3D night-time edition. The puzzle contains 216 pieces, requires 3 AAA batteries (not included) finished height 48.5cm RRP £24.99. The Empire state building was our favourite of these puzzles.

ravensburger 3d puzzle

There was so much detail to look at on the completed model. With 5 different light effects that scroll through. This model is almost as good as the real thing! Fitting some of the flooring and clear pieces again takes some patience, but it is worth it when finished.

Finally we completed the final New York Landmark the Statue of Liberty. This Ravensburger 3D model has 108 pieces, is 37.5cm tall when complete RRP £19.99. The Statue of liberty has great detail and was we were a little disappointed that there were not more pieces. The base of the model is made up from the puzzle pieces.  The statue comes in a few pieces, but it would have been nice to have a few more.

ravensburger puzzles

The models still has some great features and when complete, looks very authentic. The clever way that Ravensburger 3D puzzles fit together allow some complex shapes and a great finish.

We have enjoyed our Ravensburger 3D puzzles, especially the night editions, as these would be perfect on display for any fan of New York City!

Disclaimer, we were sent these puzzles in return for an honest review.

The Supermarket -Review

The Supermarket is a 1,000 piece puzzle, number 15 in the Best of British series from Ravensburger RRP £11.99.

The Supermarket is the first puzzle in the Best of British series that I have completed and I was surprised how much I enjoyed both the illustrative style and humour from the artist Geoff Tristram. He has produced a few other puzzles with Ravensburger including Number 14 in the series titled Fit 4 nothing Gym. There is certainly plenty to look at in this puzzle, and the boy enjoyed working out some of the supermarket puns and jokes on the signs contained within the CheapoSave store. I even managed to convince Dad Dragon to help me out with this one.

the supermarket

I found this puzzle was straight forward to complete in the traditional way of edges first. With the logos and signs being the next thing I completed. There are lots of bright colours to pick out and complete. With so much detail in the supermarket puzzle you will continue to notice new things even after some time completing the puzzle. There are details on the shelves, packets and puns everywhere you look. Our favourite was the Diet coke bottle ” contains nothing beneficial” This puzzle has been such fun not just to complete but to look at afterwards as some of the details too small on the box come to life in the puzzle itself.

supermarket puzzle

Bingo granny is also looking forward to completing this puzzle, as she worked in a large supermarket for many years so the jokes will be even more relevant to her. The Supermarket I am sure will be much-loved by the Best of British fans and shoppers alike!

supermarket from ravensburger

Visit the Ravensburger website for the rest of the puzzles in the series of click my affiliate link below to buy this puzzle online.

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Bugs in the Kitchen – Review

Bugs in the Kitchen is a fun family game for 2-4 players from Ravensburger for ages 6+ RRP £24.99.

Bugs in the kitchen is a hit in the dragon house, and it has a lot to do with the cute little Hexbug. We have loved these little creature from the first time we discovered him, a game with a Hexbug in it was always going to be fun. Anyone who has played with a Hexbug, will have made a maze for it to travel through. Bugs in the kitchen is based on this style of maze, built from knives forks and spoons, simple and lots of fun.

bugs in the kitchen game bugs in the kitchen

There is very little assembly needed for Bugs in the kitchen, simply insert the plastic knives forks and spoons into the playing board as illustrated in the instructions. Press out the bug tokens and kitchen compartments. There are a few different patterns to start your game then it is time to play and switch on your Hexbug.

bugs in the kitchen review

Bugs in the Kitchen gameplay is simple, take it in turns to roll the dice, move the illustrated part of the maze, and trap the bug at your end of the kitchen to win a bug token. The winner is the first person to collect five bug tokens. Games are fast and full of giggles, lasting 10 – 20 minutes. Everyone who has played this game with us has enjoyed it and even Granny had a fighting chance of winning if she could stop laughing. Bugs in the kitchen requires no great skill, just speed and a little luck that the Hexbug or dice will turn your way.

bugs in the kitchen game

We love Bugs in the Kitchen, and think this game will be a great hit with kids of all ages, and it has already been voted a Toy Testers TV Gold Award- Voted for as the “Most Fun Toy 2014” by children aged 4-15. Little ones can make up teams and work together to capture the most bugs. While the adult wont be able to stop giggling at the frustration as the little Hexbug changes direction at the last-minute. Buy your Bugs in the Kitchen now from Argos or visit the Ravensburger website for more family fun games.

 

Disclaimer we were sent this game in return for an honest review.

Zoingo Boingo – Review

Zoingo Boingo is a great fun toy for children age 8+, RRP £24.99 and available now from Flair.

We were sent Zoingo Boingo to give it a try, and find out if we could have some outdoor fun with this great alternative to a regular pogo stick. The first thing we needed to do after unpacking our Zoingo Boingo was to set it up. You are supplied with the ball and handle unit as one piece. There is a plastic foot plate, and also a inflation pin included in the box. Taped Inside the box there is a cardboard template as an inflation guide and this will help you to inflate the ball to the correct diameter.

zoingo boingo

You will need a good quality foot pump (not supplied) to inflate the Zoingo Boingo, as it is made from tough plastic. Before you inflate make sure that you have the footplate correctly sitting over the top of the ring on the bouncy ball. You don’t want the footplate to come of while bouncing. Once inflated you are ready to give bouncing a try. The Zoingo Boingo does come with a warning that the elastic between the handle and ball could ping back like elastic but we didn’t have any problems with this.

The boy found the first few times on the Zoingo Boingo were all about getting his balance. I think it has been about a week of practicing getting on and off before he was confident enough to have a go outside. The boy has been waiting for the warmer weather to get outside and give the Zoingo Boingo a proper test. It needs plenty of space and thankfully bounces well on all our garden surfaces. As you can see from the video below, the boy is now pretty confident in getting anywhere he wants to go, and even tried some tricks.

The boy has thoroughly enjoyed bouncing on the Zoingo Boingo, and we think it makes the perfect outside fun activity for kids like the boy who love to bounce. I think that given the chance the boy would be bouncing all day!

Disclaimer we were sent Zoingo Boingo to review, the words remain ours and have not been altered.

Easter Crafts with Baker Ross

With Easter so soon after the half term we decided to make some Easter crafts in plenty of time to pass them onto our family.There are so many great kits to choose from but we decided to try out the fuse bead birds, and a wooden apple bird feeder from our Baker Ross craft kits.

easter crafts

Just like the heart fuse kits we tried the last month the Bird kits come with everything you need to make at least 6 of these brightly coloured birds. I decided that I would try and follow the pattern for the robin. I was pleased how easy the pattern included in the kit was to follow. It would be easy for the boy too as he likes following instructions. The result was a cute little bird model and this was perfect for a finishing touch for the Easter craft gift for the boys Granny.

easter birds

The bird feeder was also going to be for Granny, as we know she loves feeding the birds. We decided to try out the Artepatch papers to decorate our wooden bird feeder. This was very easy to do by tearing up small pieces and adding them to the surface with a large amount of pva glue. The Wooden bird feeder will make the perfect gift, and will be something that I am sure granny will treasure. I was impressed with the finish and with very little skill so perfect for the boy, as he is quite the perfectionist!

easter crafts apple

The boy has been doing some more Easter crafts with cubs and I love these scraper eggs which they made. Perfect as an easy craft for the Easter holidays.

easter crafts baker ross

Have a look at the website for more great Baker Ross crafts, where they have some great offers for the holidays.

Disclaimer were sent a selection of crafts to try, the words remain our own and have not been altered.

Barbecue Party – review

Barbecue Party is a fun family game from Drumond Park for ages 4+ RRP £19.99 and has had us all giggling with its easy to learn gameplay.

Barbecue party has already won a few family awards. We found it quick and fun set up with the addition of googly eyes to the food and we were ready to BBQ! Barbecue Party is a great balancing game, for 2-4 players. The winner is the first person to successfully cook and rescue 3 food items from the grill( 4 for adults). The winner will be crowned master chef! The box contains, the Barbecue party grill base and doesn’t need battery’s. A grill plate, 16 assorted foods, a pair of tongs and 17 cards.

barbecue party

Set up of the grill is simple with a switch to the side of the red barbecue, place the grill on top and you are ready to play. Play starts with the youngest, and you take it in turns to take a card and place that item of food on the barbecue. If your card matches a food already grilling on the barbecue then you get to take it off. Remove it without upsetting the grill and you get to keep it with the card. Send the food flying and it will all be returned to the middle and you start again. There is one joker card allowing you to remove any item from the grill.

barbecue party game

We found this game very simple and fun, and think it will be perfect fun for ages 4+ although we agreed that maybe it was a bit too easy for the boy. Granny enjoyed the game, and loved the silly faces on the food. We certainly had lots of giggles adding eyes to the food, even if this was only for setting up the game for the first time. It certainly put a smile on our faces, and I can imagine the giggles it would cause from younger children playing this game. I love that it didn’t need batteries, so the barbecue will be ready to go whenever you fancy a party!

Barbecue party drumond park

If you would like the chance to win your own Barbecue Party game from Drumond Park, then enter my Gleam app below, and lets keep our fingers crossed we can have some proper barbecue weather this summer.

Barbecue Party

Disclaimer: we were sent this game to review the words remain our own and have not been altered

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Mothers Day crafts with Baker Ross

Mothers Day is only a few days away, and we have been making a few gifts for the Mum’s and Granny’s in the family. Baker Ross have some great new spring kits which are perfect to complete with all the things you need in each pack, they are perfect for the boy who has become a bit reluctant to complete craft projects. Having a kit with everything included means there is no delay in getting started.

mothers day crafts

We spent the weekend having fun with the Heart Fuze Bead kits which make the perfect Mothers Day gift. This is one craft that the boy is happy to sit and make his own unique patterns. Each of the kits comes with a sheet of suggested patterns and we enjoyed making these as well as our own. The boy was very pleased that he is old enough to have a go at fusing the beads with the hot iron He was very confident using it as he has been learning to iron his cub uniform.

mothers day

Baker Ross have a great selection of Mothers Day craft kits, and we were sent some which we have been sharing with the boys cub pack, as they are completing their artist Badges. Our Cub leader always buys Baker Ross kits for the kids to do, and they love having something to take home and show the parents. Because you can buy Baker Ross craft kits in larger quantities at a saving these are perfect for after school groups like cubs.

mothers day Baker ross

Have a look at the Baker Ross website for a great selection of crafts, for all ages. With Easter coming up there will be plenty of time to get crafty with some lovely gifts for all the family to make and enjoy. For me Easter is not the same without the little fluffy pipe cleaner chickens!

Disclaimer, we were sent a selection of projects to review, the words remain ours and have not been altered.

Disney Pictopia – Review

Disney Pictopia is a fun family game with many awards to its name and we were excited to find out if this game would be as fun as it looked from the box. Available now RRP £29.99 for ages 7+ and 2-6 players.

disney pictopia

Disney Pictopia is a picture based question game, but unlike other board games where you play as an individual the great part of this game is that you answer a lot of the questions as groups. This makes Disney Pictopia a great all ages family game. The box contains: 6 mickey counters, 6 sets of wager coins, a dice, Mickey answer dial, board, rules and 1,000 picture question cards.

We found the rules and game play very easy to learn, and the game played well in our little family of 3, as well with more people as we tested this game on granny too! Each player starts choosing a coloured mickey playing token, 5 wager coins, and the answer dial. cards are shuffled and placed picture face up and you are ready to go. The person with the next Birthday starts as the question master. they throw the dice and move their token this number down the board. The square they land on will show which question from the card will be asked. If the question master lands on gold silver or bronze, then the other players will answer as a team. the solo pick spot and spotlight squares you will need your mickey answer dial.

disney pictopia board

Before the question is read out you place a wager coin on the board depending on how confident you are that you will get the answer. These are placed face down on the bottom of the board, and then the question is read out. Depending on the square as to how many answers you have to give, and we loved the fun spotlight rounds. These are questions where you have to match the question masters answer using your mickey answer dial. If answered correctly each player moves the same number of spaces as they wagered. These tokens are then put to one side and play continues with the player on the left becoming the next question master.

On first glance I thought Disney Pictopia might be a little tricky for the boy as he has seen lots of Disney films but maybe not as many as I have in my lifetime. I needn’t have worried as I had the tables turned on me when it came to the newer films and Disney characters. The questions cover lots of the Disney TV shows as well as films so there are some I had never seen before. The questions are sometimes challenging, but we found others which looked hard could be worked out with a little thought They are not always the question you think will be with the picture either so this will keep you on your toes!

disney pictopia game

We have loved Disney Pictopia ( I knew we would) and I think for any Disney loving family this is a must have board game. Games are fun, inclusive of all ages, and get you talking about your favourite characters, or even why you chose Merida to guide you through the forest. I would say our only disappointment is that we cant understand how Dad has managed to win at every game we have played? I think maybe he is a secretly watched more Disney films than we have? The quality of Disney Pictopia means that it will last as a family game, and there are additional rounds and content via the free app.

If Disney is not your family thing, then keep your eyes peeled as the Star Wars version is due out later in the year. I was lucky to have a go of the prototype at the London Toy Fair, and it looks like a winner especially as you can play as Yoda, but beware the questions looked super tricky.

If you would like the chance to play Disney Pictopia then why not enter my giveaway by filling out the Gleam app below:

 

Disney Pictopia

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