Jamie Raven Card Magic – Review

Jamie Raven Card Magic is one of four magic sets available online from Paul Lamond RRP £10.95 suitable for ages 8+.

Ok, so it is confession time as we didn’t know who Jamie Raven was, but the boy has always loved magic sets. We were excited to see what the Jamie Rave Card Magic box contained . The box includes a two packs of cards, a mystery box with spare cards and a secret membership card which gives you access online to the tricks.

The boy was a little puzzled that the Jamie Raven card magic set doesn’t contain any instructions, but once you have accessed the internet and been emailed the link it all became clear. ( My email went to spam so check there if you don’t get an instant reply)

Jamie Raven is the self-proclaimed runner-up, or “First placed Human” from Britain’s got talent series 2015. His website is easy to navigate, and once the boy had learnt the first trick he was keen to learn some more. Each trick video is easy to follow as Jamie performs the trick for you to watch, followed by a step by stem explanation of how it works and finally some tips on performance.

The boy learnt 4 very simple but amazingly effective tricks which he was then able to perform confidently on Bingo granny. He certainly had us all thinking and I loved the mind reading trick as I had no idea how it was don’t until the boy showed me. We decided you could do variations of each trick and could see how you could make them your own with a few simple additions!

We all had great fun learning Jamie Raven Card Magic tricks. The boy liked the easy to learn from videos and Jamies presentation style means I think anyone could easily master these tricks.

Visit Jamie Ravens website for more information on the trick sets available, or purchase your set from my affiliate link below.


Disclaimer we were sent this set in exchange for review, the words remain our own and have not been altered.

Crazy Claw – Review

Crazy Claw is just one of the new games from Drumond Park . This action packed game is suitable for 2-4 players aged 5+, RRP £22.99.

I was lucky enough to play the NEW Crazy Claw game at the London Toy fair earlier in the year. I can see it being popular this year with fun-loving families. Based on the arcade claw machines, you capture a ball from the crazy claw machine. Open the ball to reveal a token and match with your collection card. Match three cards to become crowned the winner.

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Crazy Claw may sound simple, but with your opponents using the side paddles to make the balls bounce around the Crazy Claw cube. Grabbing a ball becomes more of a challenge. Crazy Claw is set to be a fun family game and will be available in time time for Christmas. I wont be surprised if it makes a few top toy lists as well with its cute retro game play.

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I have TWO Crazy Claw games to giveaway to my readers in time for you to play with your family over the festive period. Simply enter via the gleam app below

Crazy Claw

 

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Spirograph – Review

Spirograph is a classic art and design toy from Flair, and available in all good shops and online starting from £10 we were sent the Deluxe set to review. Suitable for ages 8+ when I was younger I desperately wanted a Spirograph set so have enjoyed this set more than the boy.

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The deluxe Spirograph set comes with 19 wheels 2 rings putty to hold the rings in place and pens. The clever design of the box means it doubles as a travel pack and work surface for your designs. The enclosed booklet is a great start, and you even have sheets of paper supplied to get you started. I found set up easy as you simply use the Spiro-tack provided to place a ring, then choose a wheel and off you go. The enclosed instruction book is a good starting point for ideas, I found that after a few goes it was more fun to find the patterns you like and just experiment. There are literally thousands of possibilities for patterns and colour combinations.

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The enclosed Spirograph booklet gives you ideas on how to make repeating patterns, some look very 3D and with the three enclosed primary coloured pens you can make some pretty stunning patterns. The boy finds he doesn’t have the patience for this type of activity, and you would need lots of patience. You need to carefully position the rings with the Spiro-tack as they can move if pushed too hard. be prepared for some failed patterns, but once you have discovered which way the wheel will move I found it easier to predict when the wheel might jump.

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Spirograph is a great way to teach maths as the patterns are very rhythmic. Concentration, patience, and try a try again attitude are also needed. Spirograph is defiantly more suited to a more arty or driven child, although the boy did try again, he was disappointed with the results if they went wrong.

I liked all the different ways of using the wheels inside and outside of the rings. Before long you will be hooked and making your own great colourful designs. Spirograph are looking for some young designers, so have a look at the Cool Create website, and why not enter for some fun Spirograph prizes. I have loved making the Spirograph patterns, and think it could be the new colouring craze for adults as it is very relaxing in the evening to sit and draw. Why not have a go for yourself and see what patterns you can make, the pictures make great phone screen savers!

 

Disclaimer we were sent the Spirograph deluxe set to review the words remain our own 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.

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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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Logo Lite from Drumond Park – Review

Logo Lite from Drumond Park is a great new standalone game which can also be used as a top up pack for the popular Logo Board Game. Suitable for ages 12+ and for 2-4 players, RRP £19.99 Logo Lite is a neat and portable family game.

The Logo Lite box contains 264 Logo cards in a plastic holder, 4 pieces to make up the playing circle, 24 coloured counters, spinner and rules. Set up is quick and simple, as you slot the four coloured disc holders together to for a ring, the spinner then sits inside. shuffle your question cards and you are ready to play.

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The Logo series of board games have been something we have enjoyed playing as a family and Logo Lite is no exception. Like the Logo Board game the questions fall into 3 categories, picture cards pot luck, and theme cards. Play is simple the youngest player starts and the person to their left becomes the first question master. A card is chosen from the front of the box and each question is asked to the first player. Answer correctly and you can spin the spinner and collect the corresponding coloured counter to add to your coloured holder. Get it wrong and the question is passed to the next player until either someone answers or you run out of players. (2 player games don’t pass the question on)

The Logo Lite winner is the first one to get one of each coloured counter on their section of the coloured holder. This may take a while, as you wait for the spinner to land on the right coloured segment! Logo Lite has proved to be a fun game and one that the boy enjoys. Some of the question cards have subjects he doesn’t recognise, so to even out the play of the game we give him 5 opportunities to pass on a card that he knows nothing about. We still found enough topics that he did recognize with a nice mix of questions including subjects on toys, cars and food.

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The boy loves to spend time being question master so we have found after playing a proper game he enjoys quizzing us on the topics to see how much we know or can remember. We think Logo Lite is a great edition of the Logo series of board games and will be popular this year, especially as there is no board to set up, and it could be played almost anywhere. I love the addition of the question box to keep the cards neat and it is much easier to see the front and back of the cards. If you fancy treating your family to Logo Lite this Christmas then have a look at my affiliate link below. Logo lite is also available from all good toy shops, or why not have a go and enter my competition below.

The lovely people at Drumond Park have been kind enough to give me two copies of Logo Lite for you to win, which would be a great way to start 2016. If you would like the chance to win Logo Lite then simply use the Gleam app, and don’t forget to leave a comment, good luck!

Logo Lite

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The giveaway is open to the UK only
  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post comment section answering the question specified. Other tasks completed will gain additional entries. The winner will be checked to make sure they have both left a comment and completed the task for the winning entry.
  • Winner will be drawn by randomly after the competition closes at 23:59 on Friday 15th January 2016
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Minions 3D London puzzle from Ravensburger – Review

Ravensburger have some great movie exclusive Minions 3D puzzles, and London’s Big Ben is one we have been asked to review. Available now, this Minions 3D puzzle is RRP £22.99 and recommended for ages 10 – 99.

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Like the other Ravensburger 3D puzzles we have tried this Minions puzzle has premium plastic pieces which click together easily to form an amazingly detailed 3D structure. This Big ben style puzzle has the famous clock face as well as our mischievous friends the minions and bright red, white and blue union jack patterns.

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The boy loves these minions 3D puzzles and this one proved no exception. We decided to build this puzzle by picture and apart from the 4 sided clock face (where we had to double check the numbers) we had no problems completing this fun puzzle. The Minions puzzle is made of 3 sections, the first part is a tube shaped tower. This was easy to assemble and with cheeky minions on each side. Next is the four sided clock, which was a little tricky and finally the spire. This proved to be a bit fiddly, but the boy managed to keep his cool and finished the intricate shape with a cute little yellow point.

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The finished Minions Big Ben is 41cm tall and sits on its union jack base very neatly. We love this bright, fun puzzle and both enjoyed the challenge. I think we both agree that we love Ravensburger 3D puzzles as they add a fun dimension to flat puzzles. These Minions ones have been so much fun, have a look at the globes we reviewed earlier this month. Visit the website for more Minions range of puzzles from Ravensburger. They are great fun and there is sure to be something to inspire even adult puzzle fans.

 

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

Ravensburger Minion Puzzles – Review

The Minions are coming!
If you hadn’t noticed Britain has gone Minion crazy and with the film set for release on 26th June you don’t have long to wait for more antics from Stuart, Kevin and Bob. Ravensburger have a fantastic range of movie exclusive puzzles and we have been asked to review three of the new 3D Minion puzzles for you.

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We decided to try out the two 3D mini Minions Puzzles first, these cost RRP £9.99 each and have 54 pieces to make up the globe shape puzzle. Recommended for ages 7-99, I was interested to see how the boy would get on with these. Like all Ravensburger 3D puzzles the Minion Puzzles come with numbered sturdy plastic pieces, so there are two ways to complete the puzzle. Either the traditional way by following the picture clues, or by finding the numbers and arrows on the inside. The boy decided to start the Pirate Minion puzzle with the numbers, and soon had the start of the globe shape. It was easy for him to complete, and even the last piece fitted surprisingly easily.

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The second Minion puzzle is called “London” and this one the boy decided to complete via picture, and he admitted afterwards that this was a much more interesting way to complete a puzzle. The 3D Minion puzzle comes with a coloured paper picture of all six mini pictures around the globe shaped puzzle, and this made completion very easy. Each puzzle also has a small yellow plastic cupped stand so you can display your finished puzzle. The finished puzzle is 7cm across, and can be popped neatly back in the cube box for storage.

Next we completed the 72 piece 3D Minion puzzle which cost RRP £10.95 and is suitable for ages 6-10. The finished puzzle is 13cm across and with bigger pieces than the mini Minion puzzles is much easier to complete. Again there are six mini pictures around the globe shaped puzzle, this time of the Minions having fun in tropical dress! We found this puzzle so much easier to complete than the mini puzzles and have to agree younger children would have no problem with this puzzle.

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I was very impressed with how these globe puzzles fit together. I thought there might be problems fitting pieces or bits dropping out, and was convinced the final piece would be tricky. But I was wrong, they all clicked together easily with minimal readjustments. The boy loved these puzzles, and they were the perfect distraction while waiting for food in a restaurant, the staff were intrigued too! The boy has loved these puzzles and has been telling all his friends at school about them. We liked the Mini Minon puzzles the best although they are a little pricey, they were perfect for popping in my bag on days out, and I would defiantly get some more as gifts for friends.

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For more Minion puzzles have a look at the huge range available at Amazon or follow my affiliate links below to buy your own piece of Minion movie memorabilia. If you are looking for something a bit more tricky have a look at the Despicable Me 2 puzzle I reviewed last year and yes it truly was despicable!

Disclaimer we were sent these puzzles for review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

Spy Science Intruder Alarm from Great Gizmos – Review

Great Gizmos have a great range of kits in the Spy Science range, and we were sent the Intruder Alarm to test out. The Spy Science intruder alarm is recommended for kids 8+ with a RRP £11.95.

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The boy was excited about this spy science kit and couldn’t wait to install it on his bedroom door! The Spy Science kit has everything contained in the box apart from 2 AA battery’s and even comes with a cute beware style door hanger.

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The boy had very little problem making the Intruder Alarm as the instructions are super easy, with a numbered sequence of pictures and easy to understand instructions. All the electrical connections are made with a clever metal ring and pin system trapping each wire to join them. The boy understands simple electrical circuits and loved working out how the alarm was going to work.

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The Spy Science Intruder Alarm took about 15 minutes to complete including batteries and testing, and the boy ran off to Dad proof his room! The alarm has self adhesive pads to attach to your chosen door so easy to fit. The alarm comes with an on off switch, and a cord long enough to adjust for most gaps. He was thrilled with the alarm, and was pleased to show me how he had installed it on his own. Including how he had worked out how to escape the room through a very small crack in the door, without setting it off!

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He was pleased the cats can get in and out without triggering the alarm but Dad sets it off each time. The boy says this kit is “Awesome”, but wanted me to point out that the pads are not very sticky and after one day of use the unit fell off. There is the option to fit your alarm more permanently with screw holes, but I think some better sticky pads in this set would be a better option. The boy still thinks his intruder alarm would be a great addition to a den and has even been thinking of how he could make it work in his tent in the summer. I think that Spy Science kits make a fab birthday gift and something I know the boys friends would simply love!

For a full range of their fun kids science kits visit Great Gizmos website, of find them on twitter and Facebook.

The Ludicrous Library – Review

The Ludicrous Library is a fun 500 piece puzzle from Ravensburger, recommended for ages 10+ and RRP £7.99.

The Ludicrous Library is a great fun picture from illustrator Colin Thompson who has been illustrating children’s books since 1991. At first I thought this jigsaw was going to be quite dull, but it turned into one of those puzzles that grows on you. The picture at first glance may seem a little bizarre with its walking books and monsters, but once you start to put the puzzle together you notice so much hidden detail I defy you to not be hooked.

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This is the second 500 piece puzzle from Ravensburger that we have reviewed, and was much easier to complete then the 500 piece Minions puzzle. The boy and Dragon Dad agreed to help with this one, and the boy was very keen that he wanted to finish the last few pieces. The boy lost interest after the edges were complete, but in total it took about 2 hours for me to complete. I have loved jigsaws from a kid, and enjoy the challenge of the Ludicrous Library. This puzzle was the perfect mix of interesting picture but without being so big it took up the dinner table for days. I especially loved finding all the little hidden eyes, the white cat and even a Lego brick.

ludicrous library puzzle

The quality of The Ludicrous Library is great, with all the pieces fitting snuggly to form a smooth picture. I think this would make a great little tree gift for all puzzle fans, and something a little different from the photographic puzzles that I would normally choose for Bingo Granny. .

There are other larger puzzles from Colin Thompson called Bizarre Babble and Higgledy Piggledy House. For more details on these or other puzzles from Ravensburger why not visit their website. Clink on my affiliate link below to buy your copy of The Ludicrous Library.

Disclaimer we were sent a copy of this puzzle for review the opinions remain our own, and have not been altered.

Secret Spy Workshop – Review

The Secret Spy Workshop is a fun kit from Interplay aimed at children aged 6+ and with an RRP of £12.99.secret spy workshop

At first glance it may not seem that you get much for your money, but this kit has surprising contents. I left the boy to explore this kit while I was making tea, and although he is pretty good at putting things together wasn’t sure how he would get on. The box contains:

  • Scenery insert
  • Big and small mirrors
  • Die-cut sheets
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Plastic beads
  • Bendy mirror
  • Tracing paper
  • Plastic box
  • EVA foam
  • Grids card
  • Colour Instruction Manual

This doesn’t take up much of the box, but what I did like about this kit that made it different from others we have tried is that you have enough pieces to do activities more than once. The boy built the spy snooper with no help from me, and I was surprised to see what I thought were real mirrors. On closer inspection these highly shiny mirrors are made from plastic so perfectly safe for kids to use, and wont break if dropped.

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The boy was soon onto the magic money-box, which has to be the best part of the kit. He assembled this easily, and we love the glittery inserts as well as the funny fish. Its is a very convincing optical illusion and something the boy enjoyed working out. He has now hidden some secret messages in the box and wants to pass them onto his friends.

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Finally we moved onto secret coding. This was well-timed as we were looking at coded messages and especially Morse code this weekend at cubs. Using the Anamorphic spy code to draw a picture of the house then using a mirror to reshape the picture the boy was very impressed with this new form of coding. He decided that he would write some secret messages for his friends, and then teach them how to decode them.

The Secret Spy workshop has been a lot of fun, not just making the objects but trying them out. The boy who is 9 found them easy to put together on his own, and only needed help with how to work out the coding grid. The Boy says:

This is awesome, now I can hide all my special things from Dad, and write letters to my friends, that only they can read.

Have a look at the interplay website for some of the other fun kits for boys and girls, or buy the Secret Spy Workshop online now!

Disclaimer we were sent this kit to review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.