Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lego Duplo Number Train

Miss B and her Lego Duplo Number Train

We are big fans of Lego Duplo as no doubt you know by now! Our latest product for review is the Number Train (we also got a water bottle, bag and Lego Duplo Bunny in our surprise package!). It comes with everything you need to make a train using the numbers 1 to 10, plus a train driver and his dog.

Building the trainBuilding the train

I worried that the train would be a bit young for my 7 and 4 year old children, and in all honesty it is because they can both count way past 10. It didn’t stop them from playing with it though. Miss B has used it to help with her number formation when writing and Little S decided to get all the Duplo out and build lots of things to go with the train.

Here's the train driver!Miss B's train

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been disappointed with the instruction booklet, and I was this time too. I’d like a booklet with lots of different ideas instead of them being on the box because we don’t keep toy boxes. All we got was a booklet advertising other Duplo sets. I know the idea is to use your imagination but my children often want to see ideas to help them along.

This set is only £12.99rrp and I think this is a reasonable price for a Duplo set. The bricks are sturdy and last for ages, plus children will want to play with it again and again. My two love tipping the Duplo out and making brilliant creations, so for us, Duplo is always great value for money.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler for PS3

Diggs Nightcrawler PS3

After playing our first Wonderbook game on the PS3, Book of Spells, we were keen to try another. Diggs Nightcrawler is a new game brought to life with the Wonderbook and Playstation Move.

Diggs Nightcrawler is a bookworm detective from Library City.You become Diggs’ partner and help him to find clues to clear his name as the murderer of Humpty Dumpty and find the pieces to put him back together again.

Diggs instructs you to move and tilt the Wonderbook around to explore the city and scenes. Little S and I loved that this made the game interactive and interesting to play. You turn the book around to see what is happening elsewhere. It’s great that there’s always something new to find.

The backdrop is in Film Noir style and reminded me of an old detective film. The animation is really good and the Wonderbook portrays it brilliantly, although it did take a while to get the camera in place to see everything on the screen in my sons bedroom. You definitely need space to play!

As you play the game you come across different nursery rhyme characters to question. There can be a lot of dialogue and I found that Little S sometimes got bored. The game is aimed at his age group but I think I found it more enjoyable than he did! It was good to play together though and I was quite happy to carry on playing on my own!

Diggs Nightcrawler requires the Wonderbook and Playstation Move to play, but I couldn’t find it as a pack to buy. You can buy everything you need with the Book of Spells in a starter pack for £29.99 and with this game costing around £13.99, the whole lot isn’t too badly priced. I’d definitely recommend the Wonderbook and games for the whole family.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Home Furniture with Argos

This is the last instalment in my Argos posts. They have been really good to work with and we really appreciate getting some products to help style our new home.

My final piece of furniture from Argos is the Sienna 2 Door and 3 Drawer Sideboard in Oak Effect. It features chrome handles and feet. 

Sienna 2 Door and 3 Drawer Sideboard in Oak Effect

The sideboard is a bit smaller than I imagined but it fits in the space perfectly. It’s 117cm long, 65.5cm high and 39cm deep. It was quite easy to put together, although it did take two of us, and looks very contemporary.

One of the best things about the Sienna sideboard and other products in the Sienna range is that they are affordable. This only costs £149.99 plus you can get free delivery from the Argos website. We are always looking for ways to furnish our home without spending a fortune and this sideboard fits the bill but doesn’t look like a cheap piece of furniture.

It looks a bit bare at the moment but it’s in our dining area where I plan to have a red theme. I’m going to buy some pictures to go above and some ornaments to put on the sideboard. I’ve already found some things I like on the Argos website…Graham & Brown Red Flower Arc Wall Art

Inspire Set of 3 Brown Wood Heart Tea Light Holders

Inspire Large and Small Elephant Ornaments - Set of 2

I can definitely feel a shopping spree coming on! I will be posting pictures of the completed looks on this website and on Pinterest as and when we do up the house so keep an eye out for those.

You can see this post on the Argos Pinterest board along with other Blogger’s posts showing how they have styled their home with Argos.

*I was given a budget to spend on Argos home products in return for reviews and pictures for the Argos Pinterest board*

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