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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Say “Eh-Oh” to the new Teletubbies toys!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Launch | Posted on 11-01-2016

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There back!!

Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally tell you all about it and what’s inside.

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First out the box was Tinky-Winky – without doubt Little Dude’s favourite. He gets very animated when Tinky-Winky appears on the screen with lots of enthusiastic pointing and shouting. We were lucky enough to receive a super cute 8 inch replica which features a variety of sounds and phrases when pressed. Whilst this is in no way Little Dude’s favourite toy he does get carried around every so often and there was a definite sense of recognition and excitement when we handed him over for the first time. I love the soft touch faces on these – makes them a great companion.

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Next came a slightly smaller 6 inch Laa-Laa. Super soft and cuddly these are suitable from birth and would make an ideal first toy for any young baby. Again this is another great replica and ideal for bed time, as there’s no danger of it making noises and waking baby up! Little Dude isn’t a massive fan of soft toys unless its a character he recognises so he again does play with this but much preferred the other items in the box.

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We received Dipsy wearing the trademark black and white hat, Po riding his orange scooter, and Noo-Noo as small figures. The two Teletubbies stand at around 3 inches in height whilst Noo-Noo is probably only a couple of inches high. Suitable from 18 months they are perfectly sized for little hands. Little Man has always been a fan of plastic and wooden figures above soft toys. Something he can grab onto. These are ideal. His imagination is clearly just developing, and he’s often found playing with these figures and others like it. He mixes them in with his Happyland figures, he adds them to his Tonka Fire Station, he uses them with the Peter Rabbit figures, There’s recognition and the beginnings of small world play being acted out with them and its great to watch.

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There’s a huge range of other Teletubbies toys out there too, from a Jumping Po and Lullaby Laa-Laa, to a Superdome Playset and remote control Drive & Steer Noo-Noo. You can take a look at them here at Character Online.

Coming Soon…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Teletubbies | Posted on 05-01-2016

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If you take a look to the right of this post you’ll see a new button. If you have young children the return of the show “Teletubbies” is no doubt something you are aware of and, if you’re a fan like we are, you’ll be excited to hear that there are some brand new toys set to hit the shelves soon.

On Monday 11th January I will be giving you a sneaky look at a few items from the range after I was chosen to receive a top secret parcel just before Christmas…

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Much excitement in this house when the box arrived as my youngest loves the show. I did well to hide it before he started tearing into it!

Pop back to the blog on Monday where you’ll see what we find when we open the box…

#Review: Swashbuckle Magazine

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Launch, Product Reviews | Posted on 13-05-2015

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Whilst CBeebies isn’t watched all that much in our house at the moment – Little Man seems to have progressed to Harry Potter and Star Wars way too fast, and Little Dude is at In The Night Garden level – one show we do all like to watch is Swashbuckle. When I heard that a companion magazine was being released I was very excited, so it was an honour to receive a pre-release copy to review.

Swashbuckle-SussexMummyThe magazine is released today and follows the same generic format you’ll recognise from any other CBeebies show magazine. There’s the free gift, an array of stickers, and loads of puzzles, games and tasks for the children to complete. It follows the format of the show itself, so you’ll find lots to recognise if you’re an avid watcher. You are on a quest throughout the magazine to win back Gem’s jewels, and they replicate what you’ve watched on the show as well as they can. The magazine is bright, colourful and appealing, and Little Man instantly recognised it and in fact began marching around the playroom doing his very best Swashbuckle cheer.

Issue 1 features a selection of free gifts, including your very own set of Gem’s jewels, a pirate hat, and a spinner, perfect for deciding who gets to walk the plank and jump into the ships mess. There are loads of stickers, needed for both completing the tasks and to mark a page as finished. There’s a poster to go on your wall with the famous Swashbuckle song on, and lots of fun and also educational activities.

At £2.75 an issue its a fairly standard price for a magazine of this format so I’d be more than happy to pay for it for the entertainment value it provided for Little Man. He was a big fan of the stickers and hiding the jewels around the playroom. He also enjoyed using the Blippar app on certain parts of the magazine to unlock extra fun content. For the grown-ups you can follow the magazine on Twitter @SwashbuckleMag and get involved in competitions and chat.

A great accompanying magazine for the show and one that’s certain to appeal to any fan. You’ll find Swashbuckle down at all good retailers from today.

Tree Fu GO!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 09-04-2014

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If your child watches CBeebies you will no doubt have come across Tree Fu Tom. Its a brilliant animated series featuring Tom and his friends having adventures and saving the day. What I love about the show is that it encourages your child out of their seat whilst they are watching to take part in some Tree Fu Moves. They think they’re helping Tom, and you know their getting a bit of exercise whilst enjoying the show. Little Man is a fan of the show and is often spotted doing his Tree Fu Moves in the lounge. He gets very excited when he sees the Tree Fu Tom toys advertised on TV or in store and has been not so subtle in his requests for a belt like Tom’s for some time, so I jumped at the chance to review the “Ranger Utility Belt” when Evolution got in touch a few weeks ago.
Tree Fu Tom Ranger Utility Belt Sussex MummyThe Utility Belt Set comes with a replica of Tom’s sapstone belt, a scarf and woggle like he also wears, a small telescope, a compass to help your little one find their way around, and a small notebook and leaf shaped tasks to complete. There’s also a small bag that you can pop onto the belt to carry the smaller bits and pieces in.
This set is aimed at children aged 3 plus and the replica belt is size adjustable so should fit children of varying ages and sizes. Apparently Little Man is a bit skinny as we can’t get it to fit him even on the smallest setting, so when he wears it its either tied round his back or worn over one shoulder. We can’t get him to wear the scarf which he assures me is “Too small…” but I don’t think it is!
I think our only disappointment with this toy is that the sapstone in the centre of the belt doesn’t glow. Watchers of the show will know that when Tom does his tree fu moves it makes this stone glow. Now I’m obviously not expecting the stone to be motion activated, but a battery and an on off button would have been nice. The sapstone on this belt is a giant reflector and not something my Little Man really understands, but with a retail price of £19.99 you get what you pay for. I’d be happy to pay a little more for a working sapstone, but I’m sure this version will still provide hours of fun for Little Man and any other young Tree Fu fans.
 

Guest Post: Worry Free Websites

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 14-10-2013

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Children are exposed to technology much earlier in today’s technological obsessed world and what they are viewing online can be a worrying prospect.

It amazes me how much my children can do on different mediums from the tablet, television to the computer. Thanks to unlimited packages from companies like BT it is much more accessible; I am just waiting for the day when I ask my kids for help. I am pretty sure it is not too far away!

However, with the learning comes a great risk of what information is not being filtered out should you leave the children unsupervised while surfing the net. Thankfully, with broadband phone deals there are many options to choose from and they include parental control.

With BT they have a program called BT Family Protection which is a much more sophisticated programme that has developed from the original security offerings in the past. From social media control, time limits, website filtering and video streaming filtering it covers all eventualities and keeps me stress free when leaving them to go online.

While the ease of access may still create concern for many parents with young and technological able children, I have managed to find suitable and educational websites that use the internet as a tool for learning. There are many more available but below is a list of some of the sites I like to use with my children.

CBEEBIES http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/

Most generations cannot say that BBC was not part of their education. For decades they have provided informative and entertaining programmes to let the little ones progress. My children love this website and I do too.

Perfect for rainy days, there are print outs for creative work, online puzzles and more.

National Geographic Little Kids http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/littlekids/

Similar to CBEEBIES, this website is perfect for younger children to entertain and help with lots of developmental skills. With a gang of excellent characters in the ‘Curiosityville Club’, mazes, puzzles and even a forum for parents to provide feedback, this website provides all the functions a worried parent would want.

Spatula – http://www.spatulatta.com/

A fantastic website for anyone wanting to teach their child the basics of cooking. I have used this many times and even if some of the recipes seem basic my children seem to like following the videos more than listening to me and my directions!

Brit Mums Live: Introducing My Sponsor…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Blogger Event, Brit Mums Live, Information, Product Launch | Posted on 15-03-2012

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It is with great excitement and much enthusiasm that I can officially announce my Brit Mums Live 2012 sponsor is… InspirationWorks!!!

How many people just said “Who?”

Whilst you might not have heard of InspirationWorks specifically, if you have children there is a reasonably high chance that you own a product which they have played a major part in.  Launched in 2005 InspirationWorks develop and distribute licensed electronic learning products in the UK. They have a huge range of laptops and phonics learning toys aimed at children from 12 months and upwards. Their licensed products feature popular characters including Peppa Pig, Bob The Builder, Waybuloo, Ben & Holly and the newest star of CBeebies Mike The Knight.

2012 will see InspirationWorks become more known as a brand as they release the Kurio – an Android tablet for children and families. The Kurio is a multimedia and entertainment device for children which has the benefit of full parental control and internet content filtering making the Kurio is THE safest tablet around to let your children use. You can even set timers for how long they play on it. What they are really going to love is the ability to personalise their own interface with their favourite licensed character. What you will love is that you don’t have to have Peppa Pig on your interface! Profiles are available so that it can be used by the children for fun and games, but can also be used by parents as a work device. Skins and cases will also be available for both children and adults for even more personalisation. Being Android it also means you can download any App you want from the same Android Market you’d find on your SmartPhone or other tablet.

The Kurio will be available to buy in July 2012 and comes in three sizes:

  • 7 Inch 800 x 480 capacitive multi-touch screen priced at £149.99 – Available from July
  • 9.7 Inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multi-touch screen priced at £199.99 – Available from Autumn
I’m sure you’ll agree that for something of this quality those are not-to-be-missed prices.
If you want a sneaky preview of the Kurio you’d better come and find me at Brit Mums because I will have a pre-release 7 Inch Kurio with me! The Kurio has advanced multimedia capabilities with a USB key and a SD card portal – it also comes with HDMI connection so can be used as a mobile HD video player.  A dedicated car mount system will be available to purchase to mount this in cars as a mobile DVD player – perfect for the children on car journeys. The Kurio has 4GB integrated memory, extendable up to 36GB using the micro SD card slot. The Kurio 7 Inch comes with a front and rear side camera so you little one can take photos of the world around them, or portraits of themselves!
I will be using it throughout the event for taking notes during the breakout sessions and tweeting, but I will also be demonstrating it to anyone who wants a look. The Kurio is guaranteed to be on your child’s Wish-List this summer so this is the ideal chance to get a first hand look at exactly what it can do. Bearing in mind that the Gadget Show Live named Kurio “Best of Show Gadget” at Toy Fair 2012 there is no doubting that this tablet is going to be huge.
I am so excited to be going to Brit Mums Live and so proud to be representing such a great company, and such a fantastic product. If you have any questions about InspirationWorks or the Kurio specifically don’t hesitate to tweet or email me and I’ll do my best to help!