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Precious Little Worlds Are Official Babies R Us Babyologists!
If you had seen our previous post on being selected as Babies R Us Babyologists, I did say on our next post will be reviling what is inside our special delivery of goodies!
Some of you have been guessing what might be inside this box and I now can tell you all if was
Little People® City Skyway - Fisher Price
Standing over three feet tall, this play set ramps up the zipping, zooming racing fun! Your little racer sends a vehicle down the ramp at the top, then waits for the surprise finish as the car comes out at the bottom in one of three spots.
Will it speed out one of the two side exits or jump off the middle ramp? It’s different every time! The creative play is revved up even more with a realistic crane, stop sign, petrol pump and parking meter.
First up Packaging -
You will notice it does come packed in a big box but this is necessary as their are lots of track
parts involved with this toy.
Might sound off but loved the design from the box as the may see in the picture an arrow on
opening this you will find ....
A large picture showing you what the item looks like
When my son Alfie saw this all he could say is build
Age range on of the City Skyway you are looking at
1 ½ – 5 years so you can get plenty on play out of this toy.
On opening box you will find lots of pieces for the track I would pop them on a carpet to see what you have and to familiarise your self with the parts.
You will also find enclosed two cars plus screws for facing together.
Putting the City Skyway together
I sure cant take all credit for this it was my partner and I who gave it ago.
If you are anything like me I have to follow the 44 step-by-step instructions that do come in the box.
I personally was getting into a mess but when Jonathan (my partner) started off we soon got going. It took around 30 to 45 minutes to complete the full set up and have it ready.
Stands over 3 feet tall (92 cm)
One point of entry on top with three exits on the bottom, one of which is a jump
Flip different switches to make cars change paths
The kid-size vehicles fit perfectly in little hands
Comes with City Skyway play set, working crane, traffic signal, gas pump, parking meter, gate that opens and closes, and Koby and Tessa cars
For ages 1 ½ – 5 years
Alfie taking it for a test drive
I have been very impressed how sturdy the base and structure of the City Skyway is as at first thought it was going to be a bit flimsy been plastic but was proven wrong.
The appearance is fantastic so bright and colourful very eye-catching can see why kids would go for this. Age range is spot on and even younger then my son will keep them entertained even watching the cars spin down the tracks.
Play value well I have two kids and can say even my daughter loved it, my son even more just love that he comes down in a morning and after we have given Alfie his breakfast, he will go straight to this and say "play" so no worries around kids not going to play with an products you just got because with this they sure will.
Very happy that you get two cars provided as in our house my kids can have one each, they only thing I was a little disappointed with that the City Skyway did not have an option on the items that provided sounds such as when they cars are rolling down I do think that would of been good to have added to this item.
You will also find that looks can be de-sieving as you might be thinking "well that looks heavy to carry as its so big" the answer to that is NO its very lightweight.
As you can see in the picture above you can place one of the cars in its own little crane.
Pop on over to the fuel pumps to fill up or even with the "light" signal (you can change it to red, yellow or green) so many features with this item.
Only Cons I would find is that it is a larger toy and the hight of of can be abit tricky if you don't have much stare space plus as I previously said no sound effects.
All in all I think The City Skyway is a fun filled play and entertaining super adventure toy for young kids.
I would recommend to friends and family and dare I say "Christmas" yes perfect gift.
So good for Imaginative Play and fine motor skills.
Before you start on your pumpkin I would recommend getting are from Asda for around £4
You get the scoop and two cut out knifes plus some traditional stencils if you do not wish to make the Frozen one.
First cut the top off and scoop out all the bits.
You will need to print out the Olaf stencil and place on your pumpkin you may need some sellotape to keep it in place, then with the small knife put small holes into the pumpkin so you are following the outline a bit like dot to dot.
When then when done take off the stencil so you are left with the pattern
After this start cutting out with the longer knife to have Olaf we started with the eyes -
It can take some time but the end result is so worth it.
Make sure you are cutting out the right bits all that are coloured in black you take out.
And you should end out with your Olaf pattern like this you may need to tidy a few bits as we did.
My Son Alfie very giddy to see an Olaf pumpkin!
Hope its given you some new thought for this Halloween.
Shine’s annual Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the conditions, while celebrating the fantastic achievements made by its energetic and growing community.
The third Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week will take place across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland from 19th-26th October 2014.
To mark the week, Shine encourages people to take part in its Wear Yellow and Shine initiative, which raised over £20,000 in 2013 to help the charity support everyone affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
This year, in addition to Wear Yellow and Shine, we are launching a new initiative called #shinereflections, which aims to help boost awareness among Shine’s growing membership and active online community.
In the past, hydrocephalus was often referred to as ‘water on the brain’. However, the brain is not surrounded by water but by a special fluid called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
CSF has three important functions, it:
protects the brain from damage
removes waste products from the brain
provides the brain with the nutrients it needs to function properly
The brain constantly produces new CSF (about a pint a day), while old fluid is released from the brain and absorbed into the blood vessels. However, if this process is interrupted, the level of CSF can quickly build-up, placing pressure on the brain.
hydrocephalus that's present at birth (congenital hydrocephalus)
hydrocephalus that develops after birth (acquired hydrocephalus)
hydrocephalus that usually only develops in older people (normal pressure hydrocephalus or NPH)
These are briefly described below.
Congenital hydrocephalus is present in babies when they're born and can be caused by birth defects, such as spina bifida, or as a result of an infection the mother develops during pregnancy, such as mumps or rubella (German measles).
It's estimated that spina bifida affects one baby in every 1,000 born in Britain. Most of them will have hydrocephalus.
Congenital hydrocephalus carries the risk of long-term mental and physical disabilities as a result of permanent brain damage.
Acquired hydrocephalus can affect children or adults. It usually develops after an injury or illness. For example, it may occur after a serious head injury or as a complication of a medical condition, such as a brain tumour.
Disclaimer- Precious Little Worlds have been sent out a item for free fromSwim Finin exchange for our honest opinion for the purpose of our blog, to report back to you the viewers our findings.
SwimFin is a teaching aid, flotation device and fun water toy all in one. It should be worn high on the back, above the centre of gravity. This way it will ‘suspend’ the child in the water – it will not tip a child forward if worn correctly, as can be seen in the photos.
A SwimFin should never be used with a baby that cannot control their body yet, and it must NEVER be worn on the front of the body. SwimFin inspires imagination and play. When a child puts on a SwimFin, they immediately become more active, playing, building confidence, learning, experimenting and having FUN! SwimFin plays a psychological part in learning to swim, even before a lesson has started. Kids love the feeling of safety and security SwimFin gives them, while it motivates and encourages imagination and play.
My son has not long started going to the swimming baths so thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to try out the Swim Fin , as he is two years old this is the ideal age for this product. If you decide to order the Swim Fin when it comes you will find the item packed it a simple but minimal plastic packaging , which I would handy no messing about just straight into opening in Swim Fin. Also included is a guide about your item and instruction how to set up and use. Me and my partner did have to read them as was not sure how it would be placed on our Son.You simply pace the Swim Fin to the back of your child and wrapped the straps around through the hoop and stays in place with the added Velcro. when me and my partner got to our local swimming baths and I stayed in the viewing room to takes some pictures on my son, we had a very upsetting experience when taking a picture, One of the older ladies complained about me taking a picture so this is why I only have this not so good picture so I do apologise. My son wanted the arm bands on as swell bless him so that's why they are on you do not need them on together.
Alfie had a really good time and you could see his confidence growing at time went on. You don't have to have blue colour they do have lots of other colours for the Swim Fin, and yes we did get the arm bands off and could see how the item works. Did notice how robust it is and how securely the straps are and a very interesting fact that it has a life time guarantee now how good is that! Swim Fin is priced at £21.99 which personally don't find too bad at all for what you are getting. Thoroughly recommend to try as its also enjoyable for your kids and boosts their confidence in the water.ideal for 2-6 year olds For more information please visit - http://swimfin.co.uk/ Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/SwimFin/166937950071571 Sorry to my viewers and Swim Fin as my review did not go to plan with the pictures due to not been allowed to take a photos of my own Son. We have decided to try another pool so will update you if we can get some better pictures for you.
As our last Competition has ended with Haberman Baby and been very successful, we have been lucky to be given another chance to win some goodies with our blog Precious Little Worlds & Haberman
Before we jump in with the competition would like to tell you a little more about the items you could win. +Haberman Baby
The Haberman Suckle Feeder is designed to complement breastfeeding, a baby's natural sucking action and tackle the three main causes of colic. It has just been shortlisted for Mother&Baby Awards 2015 (Best Product for Bottle Feeding and Innovation of the Year.) More info here: http://habermanbaby.com/suckle-feeder-shortlisted-mother-and-baby-awards It has also recently received a silver award from BizzieBaby reviewers.
Now sold @Morrisons stores. RRP £17.99 (triple pack).
Now your chance to win one of two triple packs of suckle feeders
*To be in with a chance to win you will need to fill on all the information asked of you in the Gleam competition app below, please note on for the UK*
Disclaimer- Precious Little Worlds have been sent out a Frozen fancy dress outfit for free fromOtley Run Fancy Dressin exchange for our honest opinion for the purpose of our blog, to report back to you the viewers our findings.
My daughter Millie is 4 years old and is a huge fan of dressing up & imaginary play so when the opportunity came for our blog to review one of the Frozen outfits from Otley Run Fancy Dress Store, My first thoughts had to be her as she is too one of the Disney Frozen fans.
I let my daughter pick from "Anna" or "Elsa" dress I did have a feeling which one she would like and yes she went for Princess Elsa Costume
RRP of £18.99 comes in sizes Age 2-3 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10
Chose 3-4 for Millie as she is only petite from being 10 weeks premature.
About -Leeds Premier Fancy Dress Costumes Retailer
Welcome to the Otley Run and Fancy Dress Queen store.
We stock high quality, cheap fancy dress costumes for all occasions. If you're going on a night out, attending a party, travelling away for a hen party or gearing up for Halloween, we have something for you. Our collection also includes a fantastic selection of cosplay costumes, fancy dress accessories, dazzling designer shoes and a range of catsuits that you won't find anywhere else.
Since we opened in 2008, we've spent countless hours over the years looking for the very best fancy dress outfits and offer them at the lowest prices. We only operate online, which means you pay less for the costumes you love.
Our excellent range of high quality and value ladies fancy dress costumes are available worldwide and for collection in Armley (LS12) near Leeds City Centre for the Otley Run.
The dress arrived in standard plastic bag so if you are thinking about giving any of the outfits for a gift I would recommend doing your own packaging. On opening I had a good look round the dress to see if any problems and even checking the size and I could see no problems. After taking some pictures for this review I got the exciting part of showing my daughter the new dress she would be helping me review and yes it was a hit , look for your self in this picture :)
You will find on the front of the dress a cure picture of Elsa which also is attached on to the dress with a badge style so if you wish to take it off you can. We as a family go into a certain shop that has all Frozen & other characters in will not name it but their dresses range from £30 to £60 which for a family on a budgets can be costly. Also compared the dress design to the one who are reviewing from Otley Fancy Dress to the others shop ones and could not find much difference to be honest so personally would pay for this one at £18.99 then £60 plus you have to remember its for dress up so I sure would be going for this one and saving some money.
Back of the dress has a snowflake deign on the trail
Millie was so excited to get into the dress the look on her face was out of this world, singing along watching the Frozen Dvd
Please note that the hair piece & accessories have been bought by myself they don't come with this dress.
You also may notice that on the top half at the front is a shimmering light blue/green sequence which adds to the dress,With silver ribbon trims to link the dress in.
The arms are of a very gentle textured material I did at first think we would have problems with this as my daughter has hypersensitivity to lots of products such as materials and lots of other elements. But have to say she coped very well did not complain once.
We had a fun filled exciting day having lots of fun dancing and singing
Why its important for kids to dress up - kids playing- dressing up helps develop communication skills not only is it fun but can help build kids confidence up, very good for children's growth/development.
little ones engages in dress-up play, he or she represents himself / herself as someone else. and uses props to act out a role or tell a story. You could create a dress-up box for your child that includes everything from a doctor’s jacket to a police officer’s badge, imagination will kick into high gear.
Very pleasantly surprised and happy with the quality of the dress and does stand up to the test as we have had the item for a few weeks now and have no problems to report back.
Prompt quick shipment form the site.
I have only sponged cleaned and would only hand wash the Elsa dress.
A big thank you to Otley Run Fancy Dress for letting our blog review this outstanding dress.