Two of my favourite hashtags on Instagram are #Nochildleftindoors and #Lastchildinthewoods. I love the days where I’ve had occasion to use them, and I love the days where we are the only people walking the woodland paths. The downside of these much-loved hashtags when you have young children, however, is that I have to get out from under my duvet, dress up like the Michellin-man, and get out in the woods with them – which I generally enjoy, but only when I’m kitted out right. Read more: Geraldine Wellington Boots For Winter Frolics
You don’t have to scroll back too far through our pages to know that we’re huge Project MC2 fans around here, and have more than a few of the products in our collection. The latest to amuse my girls is the Smart Pixel Purse.
My girls are very independent and can happily get lost in their own role-play games for hours. So long as I provide fresh water and some snacks from time to time, they can spend whole blocks of days lost in their small world game play – you know, where the toys in front of them are a whole world? Some of their favourites for pretend play right now are a dolls house and a play kitchen, but over time there have been other favourites, like a parking garage with a vehicle lift and a wooden tree toy with platforms and swings.
I thought I’d share some of the best luxury role-play gifts for kids that they’ll come back to again and again.
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As you know, we’re big fans of Project MC2 in this house. We’ve had a decent variety of Project MC2 dolls and the Project MC2 Spy Bag is still our favourite from the product range, but my girls were pretty excited by the Project MC2 Crayon Makeup Science Kit.
I’ve mentioned a few times how my girls just love teeny tiny collectibles, so when we had the opportunity to review a new range of collectible toys – the Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots dolls – we jumped at it.
As it happens, these arrived the same week Aviya lost her bed-time buddy, her favourite cuddle toy, which seems to have remained behind somewhere while we were on holiday, so these have temporarily dulled the wailing and gnashing of teeth while I scramble to find it.
Last year we told you about the first series of Lol Surprise dolls – the exciting unboxing toy that gives you layers of surprises. Well, we’re back again with Lol Surprise’s Lil’ Sister.
There are 45 of these doll combinations to collect, and they come in a little cheaper at £4.99 (compared to £7.99 for the big sister).
Aviya may be only five years old, but she has a serious love for snow globes and is building quite the collection, but we do sometimes have tears as she likes to play with them, and snow globes aren’t exactly made from the strongest glass. That’s the main reason I loved the idea of My Mermaid Lagoon, a magical mermaid world with no water but glittery kenetic sand.
As you know from our previous posts, the girls are huge fans of Num Noms, and we’ve just recently received some of the new series 4 collections, much to the kiddies delight.
I have a longstanding love for Disney’s Cinderella. As the oldest child in a family with working parents, I always had more responsibilities and chores than my siblings, and at a young age, my granny started calling me Cinderella, and well, I’ve never slept in the cinders next to the fire (unless you count camping under the stars!) or had two ugly step-sisters take over my home (though I do have two daughters, and now I mention it, it rarely looks like my home anymore!) When I was asked if the girls would like to review the Ravensburger Cinderella Puzzle, I said YES! But actually, I was lying. I had no intention of sharing it with them. Personally, I think the Cinderella Carriage looks gorgeous on my windowsill!
If you’re going off on holiday and need to stock up on some new games for the journey, the Spiders and Spouts mini game set from Orchard Toys is one to add to your travel bag.
One of a selection of mini games from Orchard Toys – there’s Crocodile Snap, Build a Beetle, Little Bus Lotto, Penguin Pairs and Dinosaur Dominoes, Animal Match, Animal Families, Little Bug Bingo, Llamas in Pyjamas, and more – Spiders and Spouts is a take on the classic Snakes and Ladders, but in travel size.