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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.

Leapfrog Leapstart 

Published March 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Leapfrog products are all about learning whilst having fun. Izebella has already had and enjoyed a fair few different toys from Leapfrog and her latest one is the Leapstart.

Leapstart looks like a chunky plastic folder. With Leapstart comes one sample book with many more available to buy. Leapstart can be played without the books too as the inside of Leapstart is also interactive. 

The interactive pen is attached to the Leapstart device which saves it being lost as this is required for all the activities. 

The activity books are spring coil binder and clip into the middle of the device like this. 

There are many activities across the book pages and each one can be started by pressing the green star squares. Almost everything on each page is interactive with the pen in some way even if it’s just a beep or a sound. There is a guide voice which tells Izebella what to do and also a hint button but she is able to work most of it out herself. 

The books come in four levels – nursery, pre school, reception and year 1. There are two Leapstart devices available too for 4 and under and 5 and over. 

The books cover many subjects and Izebella really enjoys them. Shapes, colours, numbers, alphabet, animals, routines, science and much more comes packed into the books. Izebella doesn’t even realise she’s learning as she just has fun with it. 

I think it’s a perfect gift for pre schoolers and younger children. Leapstart costs about £35.00 and the extra books about £10 each one. 

Pre school toys from Leapfrog

Published November 14, 2016 by Bizzimummy

If like me you have a curious pre school age child and your wondering what else to get them for Christmas, as well as the dolls and big trucks, then take a look at these two toys from Leapfrog which my 4 year old munchkin has been happily testing out. 
First up is Leaping letters: 

I had never heard of this before and have purchased a fair few Leapfrog products. Unlike a fair few of the Leapfrog products, this one does not need batteries. It does in many ways remind me of a retro learning toy like what I had when younger which were of course the best ones.

Anyway what you get is a plastic board with spaces for all the alphabet letters. You get the 26 coloured letters too and a word card. 

Now what your child needs to do is place all the letters in the correct space before the timer runs out and the board pops up and messes all the letters up.

Of course, us adults would find this easy peasy, but it’s not so easy when a 4 year old is racing against the clock. Rather than placing all the letters in, there are options to just place 2 or 3 colours of letters on the board and build up to do all the board. Izebella was not for the easy option and went straight for the full board. No she has not managed it all yet but has been 4 letters off.
Leaping letters can be fun and helps children to learn letters and short words. I think it could of done with something to store all the letters in rather than just the box as they will no doubt become lost easily.

Leaping letters costs approximately £14.99,
Next it’s the Leapband. Many parents will by now have seen this advertised and perhaps even debating on whether to get one.

Leapband come with choice of colours and they are worn round the wrist just like a watch. They do have the time on but are much more than a watch. 

To use Leapband for the first time it needs connection to a laptop/pic. The Leapfrog softwares needs downloading and Leapband connecting and downloading the tracker info. This takes about 20 minutes and you will need to register for an account which is free.

With Leapband, children get their own virtual pet, Izebella chose a unicorn which she was able to customise herself. The activity bit encourages children to perform an activity and tracks how much they do. The activities for Izebella include jumping, dancing, hopping and crawling. Activities get rewarded with virtual jewels and all activity can be viewed via the software tracker. 

Izebella is still getting used to how it works and which button to presss but she happily completes the activities asked and she loves the pet unicorn.

Leapband coats about £29.99 and is fine for children 4 and over.

WOW! Toys & Games

Published June 25, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Last month Izebella recieved some lovely toys from Wow Toys.

The first is one of Wows latest additions and is a “Countdown calander”. These are a little like advent calendars but the difference being there are only 10 doors to open and they come with other themes including birthday, holiday, pre school or any other special day.  

Izebellas birthday is not until October, so I with with the starting pre school one instead. She has been at nursery since January but had a long 2 week May break so this was a good idea to start the countdown to get her in the mood for returning.  


Just like an advent calendar there are several doors to open and the idea is to open one a day; but the calendar counts down from the number 10 rather than up and finishes at one with an extra “on the day” slide door.

Behind every door is of course a little surprise and with these calendars the surprises are all toys and pretty good quality toys too rather than rubbish. Behind the doors we found lots of figures and a mini playground with a slide, table and bikes etc. I think the idea is that you keep all the toys together until the end of the calendar as they all fit and correspond together as a little theme. In Izebellas Pre-School calendar the toys all form a mini pre school. 


So now Izebella has her own little pre school set and she loved counting down the days to nursery. My little munchkin however has a memory like an elephant and actually thought Father Christmas would be visiting by the end of the calander. More information on the calendar can be found Here.

Izebellas next toy from Wow is this cute Casey camper van

Izebella was over the moon to see this when she came home from nursery. It’s bright bold colours seem very appealing to curious toddlers. 

This camper van comes with a few accessories and figures including Pete & Lily characters and their pet dog, a dog basket, bowl, luggage and picnic table. 

The camper van has many ways of opening up including the driver hatch, back, the roof and the side hatch which reveals a playground.  


It does not need batteries but yet has a motorised wheel action when pushed or pulled, meaning it moves by itself with a bit of friction.  

I think you only have to look at her little face to see how much she likes this. 

All the figures and parts can of course be taken out when the van stops to have a much needed picnic. 

And we even managed to make a mini video too of Casey camper van in action. 


And a great thing is that the figures and toys from Izebellas calendar can be used in Casey camper van too making it all the more exciting for her.

Both of these toys are suitable for toddlers and young children ages 1-5 years approximately. Check Wow toys for more details.

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