BRIO Family House and Expansion Module Set Review

The children love building and we’ve reviewed quite a few building toys. This time we were sent an amazing new playset from BRIO.

The Family House and the Expansion Module are all you need to create a lovely house for the family.

The Expansion Module has 14 pieces of flooring and walls, doors and a roof. The Family House includes 46 pieces  – 4 Figures, Chairs, a Table, a Bed, a Toilet, a Bookshelf Block, Kitchen Blocks, Bench, Fences, Step, Roofs, Columns,  Ladder,  Panels, Base Plates. 

The base plates act at floors and you can really give vent to your creativity to create the house of your dreams.

The products are aimed at children aged 3+ and I found them to be perfect for this age. The pieces are easily connected and are not sharp around the edges.

 

As the child grows, you can create more complicated designs with the set to make it more challenging.

The bright colours help as usual to get the children interested in building.

 

The great thing about the set is that you can rebuild to make different types of houses or smaller houses to form a village. Since the quality is good, the set is made to last and it can be passed down between siblings.

The BRIO Family House did seem a bit on the expensive side at  £59.99 but there are deals around and can be found less expensive at most retailers. The Expansion module is priced at £19.99

The products are durable and not flimsy so even building a high tower can hold it’s own.

The children are enjoying playing with the set and we definitely recommend them to any avid builders.

 

Wissper and Peggy Starter Doll Set Review

Have you heard of Wissper?

Wissper is a kind 7 year girl who is able to talk to animals. The animals always go to Wissper for help. She can magically transport herself to anywhere there is an animal in danger by saying the magic word “Sssshhh…” She is very caring of all the animals but she can get cross if they misbehave!

We were sent a Wissper Doll to review and Aeryn just loves it.

 

The doll is about 23 cm tall and comes with a Peggy figurine, a panpipe, a bag,  a mirror, a hair brush and binoculars.

The doll is a replica of the TV series and is adorable. It has a large face with wide eyes and long hair (something all little girls love). Since a hairbrush is included, it means that Aeryn can brush her hair out as part of play. I love the attention to detail with the freckled face.

Aeryn also has a fascination for penguins so Peggy is quite a welcome addition to the toy box.

The accessories are very cute too and Wissper can actually hold them.

I like the size of the doll as it is perfect for taking along on trips.

Wissper is priced at £19.99 and will be available early April.

Here’s a vlog reviewing the doll –

 

 

 

Casdon Little Helper Henry Mop and Bucket Set Review

Why should I be the only one cleaning in the house? Best to give them a mop and bucket and get them started at an early age. Just kidding!

But I did indeed give Aeryn a mop and bucket last week. If only a role-play one.

The Casdon Henry Mop and Bucket is very much like the real mops and buckets that we use at home. The bucket has the adorable Henry eyes on it and the mop is quite realistic. I did find Aeryn trying to get it wet and clean up. Pity, most of the house is carpeted.

The stickers need to be attached to the bucket which adds to the appeal.

The bucket is a perfect size for little ones and is easy to carry around especially since there is a handle.

The bright red and black colours make it attractive to children.

It also encourages hand to eye coordination and encourages motor skills.

Besides, if it gets them interested in cleaning, what’s to lose?

Children always love role play and this set is perfect for that.

It is priced at £5 and is good value for money.

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Get Creating with Bunchems

Who’d have ever thought I would enjoy playing with Bunchems? The kids did as well and still enjoy making their own creations but I was completely hooked at making the perfect owl.

We were sent the Bunchems Mega Pack and Glow in the Dark Sea Animals to review.

Bunchems are colourful little balls that connect to each other allowing you to build your own creations. They can be pulled apart so you can build something new whenever you want.

The Bunchems Mega Pack includes 370 Bunchems, 36 accessories and an instruction guide. We created a tiger and an owl to start with. I like that there are also accessories that help to add more depth to the creations.

The Glow in the Dark Under the Sea pack includes 40 Glow in the Dark White Bunchems, 40 Blue Bunchems, 40 Purple Bunchems, 40 Orange Bunchems, 40 Green Bunchems, 13 Accessories and an Instruction Guide.

The glow in the dark Bunchems are quite cool and really do glow in the dark.

The children of course love the Bunchems and spend their time creating all sorts of weird stuff. They can really give in to their creativity.

I also enjoyed creating with Bunchems. Don’t you try out your children’s toys too?

They are great for motor skills as well as creativity. The Bunchems stick to each other well so that you can create 3D shapes without a problem. Also it does help that the animals you make can actually stand.

The instruction guide include step-by-step instructions making it easy for younger ones to follow too.

The sets are aimed at children aged 4+ and I do feel that this is the correct target age.

Please do read the warning on the pack as the Bunchems should not get tangled in hair. They would be difficult to remove. Having said this, there is no worry of it getting entangled when one is building. My little one has very long hair and we didn’t get any tangled.

I would definitely recommend to encourage motor skills and creativity in children.

The Mega Pack is priced at about £24.99 and the Under the Sea pack is priced at £17.99