Thursday, 23 November 2017

John Adams IDEAL Games - Think Words Spin

As we usually have a busy week, we like to spend our weekends indoor, and what better than playing a few family games for a good quality time spent together? We've really enjoyed playing John Adams IDEAL Games so far (you can find all our reviews here), and in this post I'll be writing about our fun experience with Think Words! Spin!, which has a really simple setup but comes with 7 game rules you can play with.

We've only tested out 3 of them but we enjoyed them all. Read on to find out more.

John Adams IDEAL Games Telestrations, Dinkee Linkee, Think Words and Tipping Point laid out together

John Adamas IDEAL Games Think Words contents

John Adams IDEAL Games Think Words! Spin! (RRP £19.99, suitable for age 8 years +) comes with a spinner, 80 cards (each has 4 categories and a coloured letter on the other side of the cards) and 1 instruction sheet with rules for 7 games.

Setup depends on each game, some requires the whole deck placed inside the spinner, some outside. It all involves spinning the spinner and using the category and letters to think of words. The person who shouted out any correct answer first get to keep the cards, and the person who collected the most cards win the game.

Kids playing 3 of the Think Words games

For example, in Game 1 (top left picture), players are to take turn to spin the spinner filled with cards, with 8 cards spread around the spinner. Players then have to be the first to shout out a word that starts with the letter that the spinner is pointing at, under the category that the colour of the letter indicates.

We had "Things to do to relax" starting with the letter "P", and the cheeky Abby shouted "Poo!". I rolled my eyes but we all laughed!

We get our own stack of cards in Game 2 (top right picture), and every time someone shouted a doable word, they can take one of the card from other players and add it to their own pile. As soon as you lose all your cards you are out of the game (poor Clay!).

Out of the 3 games we've tried, we liked Game 4 (bottom 2 pictures) most. You are to spread all the cards in 8 piles around the spinner, and spin the spinner twice to get a starting letter and ending letter to make up a word that fits into the category. It's definitely more challenging!

Although we have our favourite, and Clay is still a bit young to be quick enough for the game (he did came up with the song title "History"), we had lots of fun playing the games. The kids didn't want to stop, but someone had to cook dinner!

The only thing that slowed the fun down a bit was when we had to wait for the spinner to stop spinning. The kids kept trying to stop the spinner by hand but I said it wouldn't be natural. It was a nice chilled out game though.

You can find out more about John Adams IDEAL Games by following them on their Facebook page.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Addo Play Pitter Patter Pets - Run Rabbit Run

If your child loves bunnies, especially seeing them play together, then this will be the Christmas present for them! In Addo Play's Pitter Patter Pets Run Rabbit Run playset, you don't just get 1 but 3 running bunnies, and it comes with enclosure and accessories too. Not only are they absolutely adorable, they also create lots of giggles!

Addo Play Pitter Patter Pets Run Rabbit Run before unboxing, and the contents laid out after unboxing

Addo Play Pitter Patter Pets - Run Rabbit Run Playset (RRP £24.99, suitable for age 3 years +) comes with 3 rabbits (purple, white and pink, each takes 1 x AAA battery), 3 plastic carrots, 3 card paper foldable beds, 1 card paper rabbit home, 1 cardboard tunnel and the outer box will become part of the enclosure, which is brilliant as most of the packaging is being used as part of the playset!

Purple rabbit placed in adult's hand to show the close up and size

the 3 rabbit beds folded into 3D bed shapes, bottom picture shows the rabbits in their bed, with a carrot each in front of them

The rabbits are generally soft and fluffy and they run on wheels (on/ off switch is located at the base). As soon as you turn them on they will start running around!

The beds are quite easy to fold into a 3D shape, although it might be easier for older children and adults to do this. There is no instructions as they aren't needed (and better for the environment too), simply use the box's pictures as guidance.

The instruction for attaching the rabbit home to the bottom box is included on the box.

To set up the enclosure, simply peel a panel down from each part of the box (indicated on the box) and place the tunnel in between the lid and the box. According to Abby, the bunnies will run themselves into the tube if it is placed on the edge of both boxes instead of having them stick out into the enclosures. It creates more space for the rabbits to run too.

the enclosure set up for play, with the rabbits in their beds and the carrots in the house

Pictures showing the kids playing with the playset
Right: rabbits can run into the tunnel themselves when the tube is places just on the edge of the enclosure.

The Pitter Patter Pets Run Rabbit Run has created lots of giggles! Watch the video to see how much fun they had playing with the bunnies!

the 3 rabbits ran into each other and looks like they are huddling together

The kids' favourite part is to watch the bunnies huddling together. They are really adorable and we all love them very much! We have each adopted one of them and have been looking after them, even when the kids aren't playing with them inside the enclosure.

I think this playset will certainly appeal to little children, even Abby couldn't resist their cuteness! There is also a hamster version available, and if you look around, there are some really good offers too.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Scentco Scented Activity Set and Plush

Me and the kids love to collect all sorts of pretty stationery and we each have our favourites. While I love sparkly crystal ones and Clay loves his super heroes' ones, Abby's favourite is any stationery that are cute and scented.

I came across Scentco scented stationery at the Toy Fair and knew that I should keep an eye out for their range because I knew Abby will love them. They have a 2 years scent guarantee too, which is definitely a bonus as some of her scented pencils doesn't smell much anymore.

Scentco's Smanimals and Scented Activity Kit, kids happily sniffing the scented bear and scented pencils

We've received a Scentco's Smanimals Scented Stuffed Animal (£7.50, suitable for children 3 years+) and Scentco's Scented Activity Kit (£12, suitable for 3 years +), which are one of the items that couldn't make it to our Christmas Gifts Guide as I received them after we can review them for the guide, but we really like them both and think that they will make deliciously scented Christmas stocking fillers for those who love scented stationery and plush.

Scentco's Smanimals Strawberry Teddy Bear from the front and back

Scentco's Smanimals Strawberry Teddy Bear close up to see the texture around the nose

Scentco's Smanimals Strawberry Teddy Bear information

Scentco's Smanimals Strawberry Teddy Bear smells absolutely delicious! It fits snuggly in my hand and is the perfect size for little hands. It feels really soft but beany, so we are guessing that it's filled with scented beads. I think it'll even make a cute gift for grown ups to put on their desk for the cuteness and whiffs of strawberry scent!

There are 6 to collect, each with a delicious food smell.

Scentco Scented Activity Kit's scented pencils and the kit's content unboxed

Scentco Scented Activity Kit close up on sticker sheet, and one colouring sheet coloured

Scentco's Scented Activity Kit is perfect for travelling, and because it comes with assorted items inside, it'll definitely make a lovely stocking filler. It comes with 4 scented colouring pencils, 5 colouring sheets and a sticker sheet full of cute stickers. The colouring pencils colours really well, and each smells quite strong (I have no doubt it will last for 2 years!) of fruits.

The blueberry pencil stood out the most to us because it smelled exactly like Yam Bubble Tea (the purple drink), although it was meant to be blueberry. Initially I thought it was just me thinking that, but both Abby and Clay said exactly the same thing on different occasions! It is one of my favourite bubble tea drink and the kids love the scent too.

I think we will collect the other colours from the Scentco colouring range as well because 4 colours and 4 scents are definitely not enough for us!

If you know someone who loves scented stationery and teddies, do take a look at Scentco's range, they have a lot of other products too and they all smell delicious!