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Slither.io toys 

Published November 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Slither.io remains huge gaming phenomenon and YouTuber hit, 60% wotg British children 0-14 year olds. The game can be download and 124 million games are played a month in the UK.

 New to the UK, the Slither.io toys are an instant hit! A collection of bendy, squashy and furry snake like toys. 


I’m thinking these may be the new playground collectibles. They come in lots of colours and patterns and like many collectible figures, even blind bags too.


Bend them, wiggle them, hug them, squeeze them. They don’t really do all that much to be honest but my 5 year old seems to love them. I think her favourite is the squishy slither. 


This one reminds me a bit of a stress ball, very squashy and squishy and then it returns to its normal shape.

The Slither.io game app is free and the toys and very inexpensive ranging from £3.99 to £10.99 from most good toy stores. These make cheap stocking fillers and gifts and seem to be very appealing to youngsters. 

Stikbots

Published February 10, 2016 by Bizzimummy

  
Stikbots come in lots of colours and when we first saw them we were not too sure what to make of them. They look like small plastic robotic type figures with faces and a body that seems to pull and stretch. They require no batteries and have little suckers for hands and feet. 

 
On their own they don’t really do much except stick to certain surfaces and stretch. However they are pretty clever as they work with their very own special app. The app is also called Stikbots and both me and Ryan were able to easily find it on the iPhone App Store. It’s a free app too.

The idea of Stikbots and the app is to take multiple still photographs of the Stikbots using the app camera. These photographs are then cleverly combined into a fast moving video. The app doesn’t come with much explanation but it’s pretty simple once we got started. The app camera screen looks a little like this.  

 There’s a few options to change the focus and grid and other things which we have not really had to change or bother with just yet. 

The Stikbots have suckers and can stick to multiple surfaces in and outside the home. The arms and legs are stretchy and bend into multiple positions so the idea is to continually bend them and place in slightly different position and places each time a photo is taken. In a way it’s a bit like making a modern day cartoon tho with photograph rather than drawings. The more you take, the longer the video will be and as it’s quite fast we found we did need to take a fair few. 

It’s a good idea to include props and backgrounds and make it as fun as possible.

The videos are created instantly from the app photos. Once made, music and sounds can be added and there’s a few to choose from. Then the finished video is saved to device. 

Here is one of the first videos Ryan made. He took about 20 photographs for this and it’s give 5 seconds of video. You can slow the speed down by half but the sounds don’t seem to work when we did this.

Stikbots are available to buy through Brainstorm toys who also have many more (and better) videos of the toys in action. They should be available to buy in most toy stores very soon.

Tiggly

Published July 28, 2015 by Bizzimummy

 
Tiggly is a new start up company who design physical smart toys which interact with learning apps on a selection of iPads and tablets. 
Tiggly shapes, math and Tiggly words all launched here just days ago on QVC and can also be found on Amazon, Apple.com and Currys. 

The interactive Tiggly toys come in box sets as seen in the photograph above which open out a little like a book to reveal the toys.  

These toys then lift out to then reveal the full instructions to download the apps and a carry pouch to keep the toys in. There is no reason to keep the bulky boxes.

We received Tiggly Math and Tiggly Words. The recomeded age levels for these two kits is between 3-8 years. I did thing they were a little young for Jordannas ability and she has just turned 8. Izebella is 3 in October and my worry was she may be too young, but no as always my brain box proved me wrong. 

Izebella seemed quite fascinated by the toys in the boxes. Although I imagine at first she was clueless that they were to be used with mummy’s iPad. They are very bright and colourful and I would also say tempting to put in mouth and bite so make sure you supervise the younger ones. 

Tiggly words are the 5 vowels and Tiggly numbers are rows of joined cubes of numbers 1-5.  

  

Each of the toys has black dots on the back which I can only presume forms the connection to the device. The Tiggly kits are designed for iPads and Galaxy tablets as well as a few other well known tablet makes. I have the Ipad2 and found it all worked fine on mine but it’s obviously best to check you own a compatible device.

 
Each kit gave details to download 3 apps per kit. Once downloaded the apps require the user to place the toys onto the screen to unlock the games and also test its all working fine. And then we can play.


   

 

Now Izebella can count to 20 and recite the alphabet song but of course she cannot yet read nor add up. The apps are really helpful for really young children as the easy part seems to be the colour matching. Each letter and number is differently coloured and with the letters especially Izebella is able to match the colour and shape to the letter needed on the screen.  

 
And when she gets it wrong it does not tell her she’s wrong it still does something fun and there are lots of fun sounds and music too to keep her interested. I’m pretty sure she will be spelling words very soon with this and it will help her with number recognition too. 


This here is the Tiggly character which is seen on the apps. He’s a funny looking guy, sort of like a green alien froggy type thing. Izebella also got this huge pillow in our pack.  

   
She now uses the plush toy as a big pillow. It’s pretty comfy too.

Tiggly has now launched over on QVC where lots more information can be found along with prices. It’s certainly made Izebella happy tho it does mean she has to play on my iPad a whole lot more! 

Wooly and Tig App

Published December 16, 2013 by Bizzimummy

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Wooly and Tig are action dramas about a little girl named Tig and her cuddly toy spider Wooly. The stories explore feelings that children may experience in new or unknown situations such as nursery, hospital etc.
Wooly and Tig is aimed at children ages 3-5 years.
The first Wooly and Tig app is now available to purchase for apple devices for just £2.99 and can be purchased in the App Store
The app loads quickly with no sign in or annoying registration. The first thing parents and children will see is Wooly the spider.

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Wooly will talk and interact with children and children can interact back with Wooly by following a few simple touch screen commands such as tickling, stroking and hugging. Wooly will also help with learning as he shouts out numbers. Children will also be delighted to help Wooly get dressed or brush his teeth almost like a virtual cuddly pet.
There is an added feature of a scheduler which parents can access.

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The scheduler enables parents to set reminders for children for daily routines such as getting dressed, brushing teeth and even playing.

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It’s a nice little app which isn’t too expensive. It uses 395MB of memory and suitable for ages 4+ although Izebella happily sits on my knee watching Wooly and laughs her little head off and she is only one.
My only problem with this app is that if your anything like me you don’t want your children touching your expensive apple devices too much. I assume there will probably be an android version in the near future as the android devices can cost much less.

Sugarsync app

Published April 30, 2013 by Bizzimummy

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I found this amazing app whilst searching for an easy way to transfer my pictures and files from one device to another, it’s very easy to use and so quick compared to other similar apps.
It’s free to download and can be found on most platforms or device stores – apple, android and windows store(all of which I use)
You have to create an account and install it on your devices. You then select which files you want to transfer be it photos, videos or documents. Then upload which doesn’t take long and then log into your Sugarsync account on another device and the files will be there. You can even sync them to another device.
It’s great if your out and about and take a photo which you want to use on your laptop- no wires or cables or memory sticks needed.
Also by uploading to Sugarsync it means my files will never be lost should any of my devices break.
I wish I’d found this app sooner it makes transferring so much easier.

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