Nothing beats playing outside when you’re a child. Children just don’t seem to mind the weather like us adults do and will happily play out come rain or shine, warm or cold.
Izebella loves being outside and playing with outdoor toys such as prams, bikes and scooters. We are already familiar with Skates UK having already featured a few of their products. This time it’s Izebellas turn for a new scooter.
It seems to be a stage up from the basic beginners scooters and is suitable for children 5 years and over.
Izebella will be 5 very soon.
Ours arrived ready assembled, which is always a bonus for me as I’m hopeless putting things like this up. The instructions are really minimal, the scooter comes folded and to unfold I had to pull the bottom tube and twist it.
Now this may sound easy but it took me a good few minutes to work it out and release the catch. I had to pull quite hard, but this may be because it’s new and takes a bit of getting used to.
One of the reasons I chose this particular scooter is for the fact that it folds down. This is useful as it saves on space and when folded it can just be put in the cupboard or shed with the rest of the toys.
It’s quite a simple design, very similar to other 3 wheel scooters. This one feels much sturdier than others that we have had. It’s also a lovely bright colour. (More colour options available)
It has a wide deck with a grip pattern to ensure feet are locked into position when riding. It helps to stop feet sliding off and there’s lots of room for both feet on.
The smaller back wheel is wider than normal which helps Izebella balance better. The handlebars can be adjusted to three height positions, thus again is by a pull and twist tube located just under the handlebars. Then at the back wheel of the scooter is a flex brake for a smoother stop.
Obviously Izebella was very happy with her new scooter, what girl wouldn’t be with its bright pink and purple colours. She currently has the handlebars on the lowest height as she is at the very younger age recommendation for this product.
She is more than able to ride about on it, up and down our street without help and no accidents on this so far.
It’s not a large scooter, especially not when folded. This means that it’s perfect for traveling with too, taking away on holiday or just putting in the car/on bus for a day out. It’s not heavy either.
Skates UK sell this scooter for £59.99. It’s also sold at Smyths and on Amazon for the same price and comes with a choice of different colours. If you buy from Skates UK you also get a free bonus scooter pack worth £15.00.
Everyone wants to be outside playing in this unusual British Summer weather. The Entertainer store has some great outdoor toys to suit all budgets. From sandpits and pools to simple accessories such as bucket and spades. I find the Entertainer the best value store when it comes to buying good quality toys for my children.
They have been testing out two outdoor toys from The Entertainer which is also known The toy shop at their online store.
Now Summer just would not be as fun without one of these bad boys.
It’s the Storm hurricane warrior blaster and the good news is that it only costs £10.00. It holds a massive 2L of water so if your child has one and you don’t want a soaking then it’s best you stay well clear because this can fire all that water up to 10 meters.
It’s easy to use via a pump action trigger and easy to fill and empty via a lift up cap. Simply fill and fire and that’s it. Having a long range and holding lots of water also means my windows can get a good cleaning whilst I’m safety indoors dry and watching. This thing will get anyone within its range soaked.
We did have a slight problem with the fill cap being loose and coming off, therefore water leaks. I’m not too sure if this is just a fault on our product or how the are all made. I found putting a small plastic bag over the water fill hole and putting the cap on top sorted the leak/loose problem.
Our other product can still get us slightly wet if not careful but is much less gentle.
It’s a double bubble machine. With this comes 125ml bubble solution. The machine requires batteries and the bubble solution gets tipped into the machine, a small amount at a time. Once set up it’s just a simple button press and the bubbles come out.
No tireless bubble blowing required as this machine does it for us. The bubble creator inside rotates and hundreds of lovely bubbles fly out. Izebella loves her bubbles. Here is a video clip of the machine in action.
Little children in particular will have lots of fun with this. Once the bubble solution runs out, any bought bubble solution is fine to use. The bubble machine seems very reasonably priced at just £7.50.
Both of these products and more are available to purchase from The Entertainer stores across the U.K. and also online.
Summer seems to be staying put for now at least. We have been lucky to see some sunshine this year. Izebella loves playing out and I am lucky to live on a small close with no road running through it.
Kids concept was the idea of three ladies from Sweden. They specialise in children’s room accessories, play furniture and wooden toys, soft furnishings and much more and all with a Scandanavian touch.
Izebella has one of their Star tents. Hers is a big green one. Tents make a lovely outdoor toy in summer weather as they give youngsters a place to sit, play and relax whilst enjoying the outdoors.
The tent requires some minimal assembly. It’s a pop up tent with poles. The poles attach to the inside to keep it upwards. Ryan was only too happy to do the assembly his self as always.
And yes he had a mini audience whilst putting it up. The tent caught the attention of many children on the close who all seemed pretty fascinated with it.
It has one of those roll up doors and two large mesh windows on either side. The space inside is large enough for 3 small children to sit inside or maybe 2 big ones.
Then when no longer needed. The poles come out and it all folds back up into a small zipped carry bag.
Folding it back up can be a pain. The poles come out easily but folding it back into a perfect circle is hard so it’s kind of squashed back in as best as can be.
Izebella now feels like a princess and calls it her princess tent and Ryan has been asking if he can sleep in it outside which probably is not a good idea.
The tent costs £34.90 and also comes in pink and blue.
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Yes we have sunshine and a slight glimmer of hope for the summer. With warm weather comes outdoor play and here is our latest gadget.
It’s called “Zoingo Boingo” which sounds like something from darkest Africa. It’s one of those toys that looks simple, is simple to put up but maybe not that easy to get used to. It reminds me of somethng inbetween a bouncy hopper and pogo stick. It’s like a big ball in a plastic disc with stretchy handles. It’s fun but not the easiest thing to get the hang of.
It does require a ball pump which unfortunately does not come included so much to Ryan’s annoyance we did have to wait two days for a ball pump to arrive. The shops near me don’t seem to sell them any more. The ball needs part pumping then pushing through the disc and repumping until big enough.
Although pumping the ball is easy it can be hit or miss to get the ball just right for bouncing on, too hard and it won’t move off the floor and too soft or small and it will fall through the blue foot plate.
It needs no batteries and kind of resembles an old fashioned type of toy (pre video games) it’s somethng that Ryan’s friends all want a go of too.
Anyway here is Ryan’s firsr demonstration video on how the Zoingo Boingo works.
We have had laughter, frustration and some other strange faces since he got it. Luckily nice weather too so he got to test it outside as well as inside, outside being a bit safer.
What your meant to do is somehow get both your feet on the footplate then hold the stretchy handles and bounce. It can be difficult at first to get both feet onto the plate as balance is the key thing with this.
The main problem Ryan had was the ball kept coming out of the footplate and we had to adjust the pumping and ball size a few times.
It is suitable for children 7 and over. Jordanna has been too unwell to have a go on it yet but plenty of time for her to try it too.
And here he is again showing off his bouncing skills.
This is probably going to be a pretty popular summer toy this year and especially so once kids see the adverts for it. The adverts seem to make it look much easier than what it is and it is somethng that takes a bit of practice on. Getting kids outdoors and playing outdoors this summer has many health and fitness benefits.
This toy costs £24.99 from Flair toys
We received the triple rocket launcher from Great Gizmos. It costs £24.95 and can be used indoors or outdoors, but I highly recommend you use it outside.
Ryan received something a little similar for Christmas which he has now lost parts to. Typical boy. He was very pleased with this new rocket launcher especially as it has 3 rockets and his old one only had one.
The toy consists of several plastic tubes and brackets and 3 rockets in different colours.
It is really easy to fix it all together. There were no instructions in the box but it’s easy enough. The pipes just click and twist together and the pump attaches to the tube.
Yes as you can see. Izebella couldn’t help but touching it.
The claim is that the rockets can reach 300ft. On first glance my initial thoughts were “absolutely no chance” then Ryan took it outside (with no shoes on as you will no doubt spot)
He set up the 3 rockets on the launchers and “Jumped and Pumped” and off the rockets went.
These rockets went fast and went high. On first go, two rockets hit the back gate and the other was no where to be seen. We checked the garden, we checked our neighbours gardens. Eventually found it some distance behind our garden gate in a bush. Yes beware these go high and you may find yourself asking the neighbours to fetch it out of their gardens for you. The rockets may even end up on your roof or the roof of a van. They go high and very fast so you have to try and watch where they land.
The launchers have adjustable positions so the rockets can all be launched in different directions. Just avoid the neighbours gardens if you can. The rockets are soft so I don’t think there is any danger of broken windows but just make sure there are no poor kitty’s around when they are launched.
I can see Ryan and Jordanna having lots of fun with this, but also losing a rocket very very soon. >