Kid Zone

All posts in the Kid Zone category

Jamie Raven “slight of hand” magic set 

Published March 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

One good thing about blogging with three kids of different ages is that they all like different things, so when a toy arrives it’s easy to know who gets to test it out first. Izebella loves dolls and really young girly stuff whilst Jordanna enjoys crafts and making things and of course Ryan is the house scientist and also the magician. From being very young he loved magic sets and tricks and I have lost count of how many magic sets he has had over the years. He turns 13 next month and still very much likes a good old box of tricks. And this time the magic comes from the well known magician Jamie Raven. 


Jamie Raven has been performing magic worldwide for over 13 years. He became more well know after appearing on Britain got Talent in 2015 where he even managed to amaze Simon Cowell. 

Jamie has recently partnered up with Paul Lamond games to develop a new line of magic sets


There are four sets available – card magic, magic of the mind, street magic and the one which Ryan now owns – slight of hand.  

The box sets are quite small but contain enough items for a few tricks. Ryan seemed especially delighted by the Jamie Raven membership card which gives access to online features, links and also the instructions for the tricks are online too. 

The sleight of hand set include tricks such as magnetic pen, jumping coins and the torn tissue trick where tissue, or paper is torn and then magically joins back together. He certainly needs a little more practice to make the tricks convincing but I guess practice makes perfect eventually! 


The false thumb part did get me a little confused but it’s what makes the sleight of hand trickery all the more convincing.

These sets cost £13.95 each from Paul Lamond, tho slightly cheaper via Amazon and they are suitable for young magicians ages 8 and over. 

They are quite small in comparison to other magic kits out there but the parts do seem good quality and not cheap tat that will easily break, so I would consider purchasing one of the other sets perhaps as a stocking filler for Christmas.

Izebella’s happy feet with Happy little soles! 

Published March 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A good comfortable well fitting pair of shoes is essential for small growing feet. So many children suffer foot problems both when young and  later on in life due to incorrect fitting shoes. Problems from mild blisters to foot  deformities can arise due to badly fitting shoes. Children are born with relatively soft and flexible cartilage, which gradually converts to bone with age. As they are growing, their feet are vulnerable to injury and deformity due to ill-fitting footwear. 

I myself have stiff bones in a few toes. The digits can’t bend properly. This does not cause me pain or anything but looks unsightly and I can only think that it could be caused by the wrong shoes when younger. I am also very prone to ankle blisters with most new shoes.

Most good shoe stores offering foot measuring services for free and those online should also hand information on how to correctly measure little feet. 

Happy Soles sell children’s shoes online and have some good information on how to measure children’s feet. They also have a downloadable size chart. This is what I used to measure Izebella for her new shoes. It is best used on a flat surface rather than thick carpet. 

I was offered a pair of new shoes for Izebella from Happy Soles. As Izebella is now in nursery every morning I decided to go for a pair she would beable to wear for nursery plus more formal occasions as she has a fair few pairs for playing out. I chose these –Bobux Rhyme T-bar midnight. 


Izebella measures a 9.5 UK size and this pair fit her perfectly. I do sometimes have problems buying size 10 or the smaller size 9 from stores who don’t cater for half sizes. I also find that a size 9 can either be too small or too big and the same with a bigger size depending on where I buy shoes from. However these fit fine. 

The Bobux brand are well known for comfortable good kids shoes and this pair certainly live up to it. When they first arrived I was really surprised at just how soft the inner shoe sole was, it had an almost spongy feel to it and the shoes have no hard or uncomfortable bits inside them. 

These are a simple yet eye catching design and seem perfectly designed for young children as they are very easy for Izebella to put on and fasten. 


The velcro faster is very adjustable to the foot width and holds the shoe in place comfortably. Izebella told me that her shoes were so comfy and she could not wait to show her teachers and friends at school. 

The pretty shiny dark  design also means they go very well with party dresses too. I actually thought the colour was black when infact it is a very dark navy tone but it’s very hard to tell. 

Izebella has now been wearing her new shoes daily for the past two weeks to nursery and has had no problems with them at all.


Izebellas new I-walk sole Bobux shoes cost £41.99 which may seem a fairly high price for one pair of kids shoes. I would happily pay this as they are extremely comfortable and a great fit and being Bobux they will hopefully last a while. I could buy a few pairs of cheap shoes for the same price but these would just not last long or be as comfortable.

All the information about this shoe style can be found here and these shoes are available in UK sizes 7 to 10.5.

New DC Superhero Girls book series + Giveaway!

Published March 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      My 4 year old has developed an obsession with some of the DC superhero girls and very much one in particular – Harley Quinn. Although I have no idea how or when she has seen her as we have not watched suicide squad and nor does she browse many comic books. Izebella begged to be Harley Quinn for world book day at nursery and surprisingly she was the only Harley Quinn in the whole school. 

      We have recently been sent some new books as part of the new DC superhero girls  series from penguin publishers. 


      We have three of the books in total, one being a story type book, an activity scribble book and a sticker book.

      The story book is focused around Wonder Woman who is possibly one of the most well known and oldest female superheroes. This book is way too advanced for Izebella but big sister Jordanna also likes superheroes and anything girly. The book seems to be aimed more towards girls of Jordanna’s age, so around 9/10 years. 

      Wonder Woman™ wants to be the best super hero she can be, and that means going to Super Hero High School. But there’s a lot for the teen super hero to get used to at her new school! Save the Day alarms, a room-mate who shares everything on social media . . . not to mention the fact that Wonder Woman has never seen a boy before.”

      Wonder Woman super hero high – is the first book in the DC superhero girls fiction series by Lisa Yee. This book has an rrp of £6.99.

      Scribble book comes packed full of different activities, perfect for a young superhero who’s having a boring rainy day in or traveling. The pages are full of questions, quizzes, colouring in, mazes, notes and memories. 

      A full 160 pages of activity superhero girls fun. 

      This also costs £6.99. 

      Finally a fun Power up sticker book. Izebella loves this one. It’s full of superhero girl stickers including her favourite – Harley Quinn. 

      The stickers are in the middle with page numbers of where they go, however Izebella tends to put them wherever she feels like including on herself. This book costs just £3.99. 

      All books can be purchased directly from the Penguin website, Amazon and book shops.



      GIVEAWAY

      I have a set of the DC superhero girl  books as above to giveaway. To enter you must be a UK resident with a valid UK address and email. You also need a twitter and Facebook account. The giveaway will close on April 12th 2017. To enter please click the link below. 

      ENTER HERE!

      Sterling kids books – This or that

      Published March 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy


      This is just the sort of book that I would have loved as a kid. It is just packed with non stop fun. It may be mistaken for a joke book on first glance but it’s far from that. 

      This or That is page by page fun giving the same question on each page – “Would you rather?” and two answers, both of which can be quite gross and revolting or not so bad. Here are just a few examples. 


      Just as I imagined, my older two kids absolutely love this book and Izebella enjoys being read the questions and answering. We get a lot of laughs and lot of “Eeughs” and other strange noises. 

      This book would be great for parties and sleepovers and bound to get everyone laughing and making weird noises at some of the questions. 

      The author is Brandon T Snyder and the publishers are Sterling books. It costs about £8 and well worth it for lots of laughs. 

      Mibo board books for kids

      Published March 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      We have three new board books from Button books. Each book is by author Madeline Rogers and the books are designed for very young children 0-3 years but also perfect for both pre and early readers as first books.

      All the books are based around animals from three different continents, being Africa, Asia and the polar regions. Each book shows five different animals from each region. 


      The books are all made with thicker board rather than paper which prevents tears. There are many bold animal images throughout. The  text is very minimal, 2 lines per two pages it is also bold and just the right size for younger children. 

      Each animal book in the mibo series has an rrp of £4.99 and these can be found on Amazon and many book shops.

      Drumond park: Dig in! Review + giveaway! 

      Published March 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      This is our new game, sent to us by Drumond park. 


      The concept is simple, find the items that match the images on the card, the actual playing is a little more difficult. 

      Inside the box are 128 coloured pieces which come as all sorts of items, planes, cars, trees, keys, hats, animals to name a few plus several game cards, a game bowl and a timer.

      2-4 players can play and each player begins with 15 seconds on the timer to find 6 matching pieces on their cards. The cards can be played to match the item and colour or just the item regardless of colour which is much easier. Of course it’s extremely difficult to dig through 128 pieces and find just 6 in 15 seconds; needles in haystacks springs to mind! Once each player has their 15 seconds, another 15 seconds is pressed and all players then dig in together using one hand to find more pieces. If after this time, no players have all six items then it goes into an “all in” dig round without the timer and with both hands until one player fills the card. 

      The main difficulties of the game are the pieces being so small and similar sized. The different colours also cause a visual distraction and even I found it hard at times to get the correct pieces. Add to this the short 15 seconds which is not long at all. 

      Overall it is a very simple game, minimal rules, no batteries, no dice and no playing pieces or even a board. It’s also quite fun and it does not take long to play. The winner being the one who fills 3 cards first. Of course it’s one of those games where you can bend the rules or add own twists to it etc. 

      There is one thing about this game that I don’t quite understand and that is the age guide recommendation that comes with it, which is 8 and over. Now I understand the dangers of small parts and playing pieces but this is more a danger for those under 3. By the age of 5/6 years the majority of children don’t put stuff in their mouths. Izebella being 4 years has bits of toys much smaller than the dig in playing pieces. She can also play Dig in without help and is more than able to find the pieces she needs to match the ones on her cards and that’s with the correct colour too. So I am slightly baffled as to why the age guide is set at 8 years.

      Dig in by Drumond park has an rrp of £19.99 and should be available in most good toy stores. 

      GIVEAWAY

      Drumond park are giving away one copy of their “Dig in” game worth £19.99. Please click the link below to be in with a chance of winning it. 

      ENTER HERE!
      The giveaway will close on April 24th 2017.

      Mother’s Day with gel-a-peel

      Published March 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      Gel-a-peel is still a fairly new type of craft material. It is a gel which comes in squeezy pens and can be used to make various things. The gel sticks once dry and it comes in lots of colours with many design ideas. We have had quite a few packs and our latest one is this one. 

      Our pearly pastel gel-a-peel set contains 3 gel tubes all in shiny pearly type colours. Along with templates and a few other bits. 

      This set was sent to my children so that they can create cards for Mother’s Day and that is exactly what Jordanna has been doing. The gel is quite easy to use and patternsare simple once we got used to it. The letters can be a bit more tricky. Sometimes we do need to squeeze the tubes quite hard to get a bit out. Anyway here is an early Mother’s Day card made with gel-a-peel.

      I really like the shininess of these pearly colours as they seem to catch the light and look really effective. I think Jordanna has done a fairly good job here as it can be hard to write with gel-a-peel.

      Jordanna also made this little bracelet too. 

      The bracelets and other types of jewellery can be made using the included templates, left to dry and then worn. Gel-a-peel has endless uses and is not too messy providing it’s done on a mat or in one area. 

      Packs vary in price and are sold at most toy shops. 

       Gel-a-Peel is recommended for children aged 8 +

      Kinetic rock crusher

      Published March 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy


      If you have children who are familiar with kinetic sand then this set is similar. Kinetic sand being the all new sand that you can mould and shape with minimal mess. This set uses kinetic rock, which does the same thing as the sand, just a gritty rock version.

      With the kinetic rock crusher set we got a bag of kinetic rock, a digger truck, cement turning type device, a Lego man, fold out play area and the odd few other small parts.

      The box doubles up as a mini cardboard construction site and even has its own sign. The truck needs assembly, the wheels and digger part all need attaching and there is a bucket/tipped which sits on the back of it. 

      The little lego type figure is pretty useless. It’s like something found in a kinder egg that you put the arms, legs and head on. The arms constantly fall off and it’s so small that it will easily be lost. 

      The kinetic rock does feel rather strange. It is rough and gritty in the hand yet soft enough to squish and mould into shapes. There is one small mould included to make a boulder, would of been nice to have a few more. 

      Any moulds made with kinetic rock, or even sand; stays in shape until broken apart. This is the good thing about the kinetic stuff, unlike other sand products it doesn’t get everywhere, (tho it’s not completely mess free) and it stays in the shape you mould it to.

      The digger truck can be used to transport the sand just like the real thing. Unfortunately the digger part does have to be moved manually by hand, there is no button and no batteries or controls to operate the truck so it is just a play accessory. The mixer turns by a handle and the rock can be placed inside and churned out, but it does sometimes get stuck. 

      This kit is suitable for children aged 3 and over. I was not too sure if this would be Izebellas thing as she is more into dolls, dressing up and girly things rather than digger trucks but she absolutely loves it and always wants it out. 

      The rock can get in the carpet and it can stick to socks which gets quite uncomfortable. The best way to pick it up before the hoover gets it is to form a ball of the rock and stick it to the loose bits in the carpet. I do find it comes up fairly easily so the mess is minimal.


      As for the price – I have browsed a few online toy stores plus Amazon and the price tends to be the same throughout from £18 – £20. If I’m being totally honest I do think this is slightly overpriced. The bag of kinetic rock is not huge, Izebella will get a few plays from it but the amount gets smaller with each play due to spills. The accessories are all plastic toys which could easily be bought anywhere and the box play scene is just cardboard which won’t last long. If I was to consider buying this set as a present then I think £12.00 would be more reasonable for this. 

      Juratoys: Traditional playthings, just how toys are meant to be. 

      Published March 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      If I cast my mind back to my early childhood, I remember a fair few things. Such as things I did and things I had or didn’t have. When I was little a tablet was something you took when you was unwell. A phone was walking to a phone box or if you was slightly privelaged you may have a home phone attached to the wall. We had a video player eventually but not when I was really young. Listening to music meant placing a needle onto a vinyl disc or putting a cassette tape into a player. There were no mobiles, no games consoles (not until I was slightly older) and toys back then were real toys. Toys without plugs and without the internet and I don’t remember ever being bored playing with the toys I had. 

      It’s a shame that things change so much and even children as young as Izebella seem more reliant on technology and devices. So when an opportunity comes along to try out more traditional type toys with my children, it’s always a good thing.

      Izebella has been playing with two different toys from Jura toys. The first being a very traditional “old fashioned” style toy for little ones. The Janod story box circus. 

      It contains 19 pieces in total, all of which are made from solid wood. It includes many familiar circus characters and props, including – elephant, tiger, clown, trapeze artists, ring master and even a monkey on a unicycle. 

      There are no rules to play by, it is purely up to the child to use their imagination to create their own circus. 

      All the pieces stand up and the sturdy strong box is also used as part of play as well as being used to store all the parts. The pieces are all really colourful and well designed. The horse even fits a rider and characters balance on the high beam. 

      Izebella really likes her new circus set. She has been to a real circus show and remembers it well. She puts on voices for the characters and moves them all around.

      This really does remind me of the type of toys I had when I was her age. 

      This set costs about £21 and is currently selling over on Amazon.
      As it’s almost Easter (next month), Izebella has also had an early Easter gift in the form of a very cuddly rabbit.


      Our new cuddly bunny friend is the Kaloo rouge sandy beige rabbit. It comes in a few sizes and rabbit is very cuddly and fluffy and makes a good bedtime companion for Izebella. 

      Cuddly toys always seem to make my little girl happy. It’s a good job she is soon upgrading her toddler bed to bunk beds so she has more room to put her new cuddly bunny, she does like him to have his own cover and little pillow at night time and she has named him “Mr Bunny”. 

      Kaloo rabbit toys are also being sold on Amazon as well as a few other places and start from £20.00.

      Lottie dolls review + giveaway 

      Published March 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy


      Lottie dolls were launched in 2012 and now sell in over 30 countries. We were first introduced to Lottie a few years ago when my daughter (Jordanna) was a little younger (now 9). As Jordanna is getting a bit big for dolls, it’s now the turn of Izebella to experience Lottie. She now has 2 of the dolls to start with. 

      Lottie dolls differ from other fashion dolls in a few ways. For a start they are slightly smaller, measuring 7 and half inches. All Lottie dolls are the same size and each one comes with a different outfit and it’s own name and personality. 

      The main difference with Lottie dolls is that the dolls are created to challenge negative body image concerns, premature sexualisation and the demise of childhood. None of the dolls come with make-up, high heels or jewellery. If I’m being totally honest, this never really bothered or affected me, I had lots of barbie dolls when younger, however I do realise that things are different these days and more children worry about body image now.Lottie is designed to look like a child aged approximately 9 years old. 

      There are lots of Lottie’s to collect and accessories too. Each one coming with its own theme and own hobby or skill. Izebella has two Lottie dolls. One being the Rockabiility lottie and the other is the new Forest friend who comes dressed in a fairy costume. 

      Both dolls are very different both in outfits and hair colour. Izebella says that Forest friend lottie looks like herself as she has red hair and a fringe. Rockability lottie is all about music and listening to bands. 

      The dolls are fully poseable and made from similar materials as other well known fashion dolls. They can be stood up and propped against a wall, sat down and lay down. 

      Izebella seems to love swapping the clothes and swapping back again and is very happy with her new dolls.

      Lottie even has its own Club to join online which offers discounts and competitions to members.

      Lottie dolls start from about £16.00 upwards. I have not spotted them in the usual well known toy stores unfortunately but; they can be purchased from the UK Lottie store, Amazon, Ocado and eBay. 

                                     GIVEAWAY

      The prize for this giveaway will be one Forest friends Lottie doll. 

      To take part you must be a U.K. resident and enter before March 29th 2017.

      ENTER HERE!

      Eye Will Not Cry

      "Eye Fly High"

      Six degrees of harmony

      Tales about a family of 6 with teens, a tween & a toddler

      BeejuBoxes.Com

      Subscription Box Reviews, Active Directory, Spoilers, New Box Releases, Coupons and Lots of Nonsense.

      Carmen Fox, Author

      Welcome to the Fox's den. Musings by Carmen Fox.

      Lil' Nibblet's Nook

      A childhood Experience.

      Aussie Criminals and Crooks

      Australian criminals and their Crimes. Con artists, scum bags, murderers, corrupt cops, pollies, rapists and paedophiles will find themselves in this blog. It was expanded to also cover those that ought to be charged for their idiotic disgusting behaviour. Usually high-profile people who think they are above the law

      Lake Michigan-Upon-Thames

      A Gale of two cities . . .

      Rock Salt

      Seasoning while rocking out since 1983

      Mummy Shambles

      Losing it, One Marble At A Time

      Just Say Know: The Truth About Drugs

      Drug expert Mary Microgram answers your burning questions.

      Netmums Blog

      For real parents everywhere

      Rainbeaubelle

      A lifestyle blog by Julia Bryson

      Threads

      Life, Leisure, Luxury

      whitakerssalmanack

      Just another WordPress.com site

      Ryan's universe

      Let the universe guide you through.

      Monsoon of Random

      Whatever is going on in my head...

      %d bloggers like this: