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Monkey takes the #QuickBuildTimeChallenge with Airfix

As I’ve mentioned before I grew up watching my Dad make up his model racing cars.  The kits he built were complex, required gluing, painting and had transfer stickers to attach. They really are beyond Monkey’s abilities at the moment, &#...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Dec 19, 2016

Having fun with Real Construction #realconstruction

Monkey loves building things and recently we’ve been having fun with Real Construction and two of their building sets.  The Real Construction Starter Set and Deluxe Workshop Set are aimed at children aged 6 years and over.  They offer a real...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Dec 14, 2016

Making Christmas memorable with ELC #ComeAndPlay

As we get ever closer to the big day later this month, Monkey and I have been talking about my Christmas’s as a child and the traditions we had.  Very much like Monkey, we always spent Christmas Day at home, … Continue reading → Th...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Dec 7, 2016

Tonka Diecast Emergency Three pack

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the Tonka brand has been helping kids have lots of imaginative play fun for 70 years.  It’s a brand I remember well from my own childhood, and their toys are built to last.  The Tonka … Contin...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Dec 1, 2016

A first introduction to Tonka toys

There are brands and specific toys that we all recall fondly from our childhood aren’t there. It’s lovely when you get to relive those memories with your own children.  I’ve been doing just that lately with Monkey and have given &#...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Aug 26, 2016

Meccano MicroNoid Robot – Review

Oh my goodness, I have to start by saying this is one of the coolest toys ever. Not the simplest to build, but so much fun and truly awesome. So what is it? It’s the Meccano MicroNoid Robot, yes Robot. Gone are the days of Meccano from the 80&...
by SusanKMann on Aug 25, 2016

How to introduce kids to musical instruments with pBuzz

N loves music. He’s getting to the stage though, where he wants to make more of it and do it his own way. Whether that be blasting rock out through the tv or CD player, or tinkering on the piano. More often than not, N’s making up a song with wha...
by Bubbablue and Me on Aug 5, 2016

Kids get active with Leapfrog Leapband

I love my fitbit and I’ve always wanted to give it to N to see how much activity he does during the day compared to me. But instead of risking him losing my Fitbit, Leapfrog sent us a Leapband to try out. N was excited as soon as I opened the parce...
by Bubbablue and Me on Jul 15, 2016

Creating memories with Liberty Trading

We’re in the midst of the Formula One season at the moment, and of course Monkey and I are avid watchers.  Seeing a race taking place amongst the streets of Baku in Azerbaijan at the weekend was rather surreal, it … Continue reading U...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Jun 23, 2016

Magformers Space WOW Set

Monkey is in his element when he’s building things.  He doesn’t mind following instructions, but he really comes into his element when he can let his imagination go wild. I caught up with Magformers on their stand at Toy Fair … Con...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Jun 20, 2016

4M Tyrannosaurus T-Rex Dinosaur DNA

It’s no big secret that Monkey loves dinosaurs, they feature heavily in his TV viewing, book reading and play time!  I recently discovered a range from Great Gizmos which I knew would go down an absolute storm.  If I’m honest, … C...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Jun 17, 2016

Airhogs Zero Gravity Batmobile – Review

Got a Batman fan in your household? You need to check out Airhogs Zero Gravity Batmobile. This toy not only looks cool, but it great fun and can be played with on the ground, on the walls and even on the ceiling. My boys were desperate to play with t...
by SusanKMann on Jun 14, 2016

Play-Doh Town Fire Truck Playset

Monkey has loved playing with Play-Doh for as long as I can remember.  It’s such a great way to get kids working on their manual dexterity whilst having lots of fun.  He was really over the moon when Hasbro  recently … Continue reading...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Jun 13, 2016

When Monkey met Danger Mouse and Penfold #DangerMouseToys

When Danger Mouse first hit our TV screens back in 1981 I became an instant fan.  Ok, technically I may have been a little over the recommended audience age even then, but I, like a lot of my friends were … Continue reading → The post Wh...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Jun 8, 2016

Anki OVERDRIVE – Review

Racing car games have been around for years. They are loved by both boys and girls, young and old. I remember my dad buying me a car racing game for my birthday one year. To be honest it was years before I was old enough to play it, my dad certainly...
by SusanKMann on May 20, 2016

Dreamworks Dinotrux Power Revvitt

I’ve always wondered how it is that Monkey loves dinosaurs as much as he does.  I’ve no idea where the initial obsession began really.  He just seems to have been born with it. One day he had no idea what … Continue reading →...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on May 18, 2016

Toy Post Office from Casdon

When I started researching my family history long before Monkey was born, I discovered that two branches of my family tree contained a number of postmen going back to the turn of the last century.  It’s a fact that I’m … Continue r...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on May 13, 2016

Mr Frosty Crunchy Ice Maker

Back in January I saw something at Toy Fair that took my right back to my childhood.  You see I was deprived, I was one of those children who didn’t own a Mr Frosty Crunchy Ice Maker. But Monkey will … Continue reading → The post M...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on May 9, 2016

Gazillion Incredibubble Wand

Who doesn’t love blowing bubbles?  It’s one of those timeless joys isn’t it.  if I’m honest, I was quite gutted when Monkey was old enough to blow bubbles for himself.  As with most things, the world of bubble blowing has &...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on May 5, 2016

TrackMaster Close Call Cliff playset #TeamThomas

Monkey may be 6 now but he is still a huge fan of Thomas & Friends and our various steam train excursions are always relived on his TrackMaster sets when we are back home. We’re gearing up here for the release of … Continue reading...
by Over 40 and a Mum to One on Apr 18, 2016


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