Igloo Mania from Brainstorm Toys – Review

We like playing board games and with the weather we’ve been having, it’s a good thing that we have a collection at home. We were also sent Igloo Mania recently to add to it and we enjoyed playing it.

Igloo Mania is a cool game. (see what I did there?)

It is a game of dexterity where you have to remove blocks without getting the others tumbling down. Sounds familiar?

Maybe – but these are ice blocks and half the fun is setting up the game. You’ll find out why soon.

To set up the game you have to build an igloo. And then remove the below plastic bit to have a full fledged igloo.



To play the game, you need to remove a block in turn and make sure that the igloo doesn’t tumble. You remove the block with an ice pick of course. It is the polar region after all.

What we thought –

The game was great fun especially to set up. We did however feel that each game lasted a very short time. Since the blocks are on a curve, they tend to fall apart more easily.

It still is a great game and I suppose you can play the game without removing the inside plastic and playing for points. (There are points on each block).

Igloo Mania is targeted to children aged 5+ and you require 2 – 4 players.

It is priced at £19.99 and is available at all major retailers.


Fidget Toys from Zuru – Review

The weather may be foul but it is the summer vacation and most children don’t like to be cooped up at home for long.

You may have braved the weather and decided to take a trip within the UK. (I’m not talking about the ones enjoying sunnier climes elsewhere!)

Or maybe  I am.

This is not another weather hating post. It’s al about how I kept the kids busy on a long-ish train journey thanks to fidget toys from Zuru.


We were sent the fidget cube and this is something that Jadyn has been wanting for some time now. As you may know, the fidget cube is – here’s more information…

Created by brothers Mark and Matthew McLachlan of Antsy Labs, Fidget CubeTM’s original Kickstarter pledge goal of a modest US $15,000 (UK £11,700) quickly became a global viralsensation, attracting more than 150,000 individual backers which raised an astonishing US $6.4 million (UK £4.9million)!

Although some teachers and parents have reported that fidget toys can be a distraction for certain kids, Fidget CubeTM was originally designed to help adults and kids relieve stress whilst increasing focus and productivity.

Whilst there have not been any conclusive studies on the benefits of fidget toys, many people feel they do relieve workplace stress and can be a helpful tool for children. It’s thought that kids with special needs such as autism and other sensory disorders, in particular, can benefit from the use of sensory toys and activities to allow them to focus and concentrate on learning or another activity without disruption.

Specifically created for restless hands, the six-sided desk toy, which comes in eight different colours is equipped with an array of addictive features including five clicker buttons (two of which are silenced so you won’t annoy people!) a switch to flick up and down, and a side in the design of a gaming joystick to enjoy the unusually satisfying gliding action.

I think that as long as these toys are played with outside the classroom, they are great. And particularly great for journeys.

We were also sent the fidget spinner and Zuru has an innovative design of high quality ball bearings that ensures smoother spinning, twirling and fidgeting.


Ethan enjoyed this one he spent quite some time watching it spin and trying new techniques.

For more informations visit http://www.zurufidget.com



Easy Braids Review

The Easy Braids from Character Options is so easy to work with and since my girls love to have their hair braided, this has been quite popular.

We were sent Easy Braids to review and to be honest at first it did seem like tough going. Once we got the hang of it though, it was easy to do and so quick.

Section the hair into 3 parts with the help of the separator.

Put the three strands into the braiding unit –

The fiddly bit is getting the hair into the three tubes. Once that’s done, you just press the ‘braid’ button and it braids the hair instantly.


The instructions are quite clear too.

The set also comes with ribbons and hair clips to dress up the hair further.

The Easy Braids set is part of a range from Character and you also have the Easy Nails Nail Spa which we reviewed earlier.

Easy Braids is great for makeovers when you have friends over too.

The Easy Braids set is priced at £19.99 and is available at all major retailers.

Here’s a video of how it’s done –

Vac Man from Character Options Review

We’ve reviewed Stretch Armstrong before and this time we were sent his arch enemy Vac Man.

Vac Man is great fun. He’s is posable as opposed to Stretch and can also be stretched.

Vac Man is the ultimate power villain and Ethan loved it.

The best part was being able to ‘vacuum’ out the air from him and make him really hard and posable and very crumply. Then all you need to do is let out the air by pressing a valve and it’s stretchy once more.

Ethan thought he was really cool and enjoyed being able to pose him.

He is also a good size at 14″ so it can be added to other ‘goodies and baddies’ games.

The most fun is taking the air out of Vac Man and then letting it out.

He can be stretched to 4 times his size and he is pretty fierce with his green eyes and barred teeth.

Vac Man from Character is part of the Stretch Armstrong range and there is also Octopus from this range.

It’s super fun for the kids and we would definitely recommend adding him to your toys.

It’s priced at £29.99 and is available at all major retailers.