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HABA 75th Anniversary Review: The Little Fall Asleep Moon

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 27-03-2013

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This is the final of the three HABA reviews this week as part of their 75th Anniversary activity.
Our last review is our favourite of the products we were sent. Books are a big part of Little Man’s life – he loves at least three books before bed time and usually one at nap time too. Whilst he has his clear favourites this little book is a lovely addition to his bookshelf. First and foremost this is a story that is perfect for bedtime. A lovely tale about the end of the day, with a few simple observation games included on each page. The final page is a match the pairs memory game with easy to remove pieces and familiar characters from the earlier story. Also included is a small wooden moon of your own which glows gently in the dark, ideal for any little ones who might be scared of the being on their own in the dark.

This is a great wind down book for bedtime with some nice calming activities. Its a great interaction book for small children which I’m sure will become a firm favourite in our house. I also love the size of the book and the included wooden moon – perfect for small hands to hold and cherish.

HABA 75th Anniversary Review: Viking Duck Squirter

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 26-03-2013

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This is the second of three HABA reviews this week as part of their 75th Anniversary activity.

As you all know by now, bath times are great fun in our house, and it seems Little Man’s mission to make as much of the bathroom wet as possible. With this Viking Duck Squirter his mission is a lot easier to fulfill. Easy to use you simple hold the duck under the water, allow it to fill up and then squeeze it gently to shoot the water at anyone lucky enough to be nearby. I think the duck is a very cute design and the little viking helmet whilst a bit of an odd addition adds a quirky twist.

This duck will make a great addition to any bath time, and it would also be fun to take to the beach or even the swimming pool. Water play in the garden this summer – should it ever arrive – will also benefit from this little creature, either in paddling pools or toddler water fights. This little duck is suitable from age 18 months and over.


HABA 75th Anniversary Review: Rattling Figure

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 25-03-2013

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This is the first of three HABA reviews this week as part of their 75th Anniversary activity.

First up is this Rattling Figure. This would make a great little rattle for any young child. Its suitable from age 10 months because its made from wood and the points on the collar of the clown are a little sharp. Without much effort you can get the clown figure shaking every which way. He’s brightly coloured with non-toxic paint – perfect if your little one starts to suck or chew on him – and is a great little friend for your child who’ll also stimulate their senses.

Whilst Little Man is too old for this toy at nearly two and a half he’s always attracted to toys that move, make noise or are brightly coloured, so he was a big fan of this as it did all three. Its perfectly sized for little hands and very easy to hold on too, even when you’re rattling it about.