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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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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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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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#PlayPatrol: Green Toys Tool Set

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Bigjigs Play Patrol | Posted on 07-04-2014

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Well we’ve finally come to our last mission as Play Patrol Agents with Bigjigs after a brilliant year “putting fun to the test” and it seems rather fitting that George sent Little Man one last Green Toy for him to test out. We’ve become huge fans of Green Toys this past year and Little Man loves the fact that he can take them into the bath with him – where you’ll find the majority of them at the moment – or out into the garden without fear of ruining them. Several Green Toys have gone through our dishwasher this last few months and they’ve come out as good as new. Its probably my favourite feature of these eco friendly toys.

This final mission was to review the Green Toys Tool Set.
All the items you’d expect from a toy tool set, but with that little bit extra you’d expect from Green Toys. Six tools are included in the set – which comes in blue or pink – and each is a highly realistic replica of the kind of tools children would find mummy or daddy using around the home. Each tool has the name of the tool on the handle thus helping your child to learn them by name as well as appearance. The toolbox also says “Toolbox” on the side. In addition to the tools you’ll find a small selection of nuts, bolts and nails which can be fastened into the holes on the toolbox using the appropriate tool.

Solid, well built, eco friendly and educational, this toolset is a lot of fun. Its been used in the bath – a plumber in the making apparently – as well as being taken around the garden to do running repairs on the shed and playhouse, used to saw, hammer and screw sand, and it was even left outside in the rain by accident. After weeks of use and a couple of trips through the dishwasher its still looking as good as new. Little Man does have a wooden tool set as well which has similar component parts to this one, but for me its a bit more fragile so tends to stay indoors. This one can be used outside and in, as well as in sand, mud and bath water. I like that Little Man can do his “work” with this set wherever he wants, and I love that the names of the parts are written on them so he can learn the words. Whilst he is already a frequent user of the word “Screwdriver” – due to Doctor Who I’m afraid, not an obsession with DIY – this toy is a good way to widen his vocabulary to other tools. At almost 3 and a half his vocabulary isn’t quite what the experts think it should be so anything that helps improve that is an immediate winner with me.

We have had a wonderful time working with the team at Bigjigs and look forward to seeing what the next group of agents come up with. If you’re interested in becoming a Play Patrol Agent do fill out the application form here and send it to George by 11.59pm on April 14th.

Product Review: V&A Garden Stool from TreatHer.com

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas Gift Guide, Product Reviews | Posted on 04-09-2012

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As the children head back to school and you finally get 5 minutes to yourself the next thing on everyone’s “To Do List” is to start thinking about Christmas. Yes, I said Christmas and its only September. Forgive me. But if you want to get a head start on your shopping and avoid that last minute panic and rush of overcrowding shopping centres, get online and get to TreatHer.com.

TreatHer.com specialises in beautiful gifts for women, handpicked by their team of buyers, and delivered to you fast. You can search through jewellery, gifts for the home and garden, personalised gifts or even experience days. You can search by recipient, occasion or shop department and you are bound to find something special for that lucky lady in your life.

My favourite item from the site is this gorgeous V&A Garden Stool & Tool Set. It features the beautiful “Pink & Rose” pattern created originally by William Morris. The fold out stool incorporates a large pocket beneath the seat to store your gardening bits and pieces in, as well as pockets down either side to store your tools. Included is a set of four hand tools – two trowels, a fork, and a cultivator. Despite its simple design it is very comfortable to sit on and great for doing odd jobs in the garden. I use it when I’m tending to my pots and containers in the back garden and out the front of my house. I have a kneeler I use too, but this is great for taller pots. It is also brilliant for carrying seeds and bulbs and tools around the garden with you, and then giving you somewhere to perch for a quick break as you work.

Now of course TreatHer.com isn’t much help if you need a present for the man in your life, but do not fear – visit their “brother” site TreatHim.com for all your manly gifts.