We recently escaped to Center Parcs for a weekend at Longleat with friends. As if being in the forest wasn’t exciting enough, six year old POD was thrilled to have one of her chums and his brother to play with too. Her new Berghaus jacket arrived from Blacks just before the trip which was great timing given she’s outgrown her waterproofs. What a great location for its first outing – not that we aren’t spoilt for choice in Surrey of course!
Shleich has come up with the perfect way to recreate Sony Pictures’ Smurfs: The Lost Village movie. The Smurf House, complete with Papa Smurf and Gargamel and Azrael, is a great way to relive favourite scenes from the film and create your own. POD always enjoys watching our little blue friends so she couldn’t wait to put this set together and have a play. We’ve reviewed a few products from Schleich before and the quality is excellent which is always reassuring.
We saw a neighbour with a Hetty vacuum cleaner the other day. This pleased POD greatly as she’d received her own Hetty, albeit the mop variety. Such was her excitement, she insisted on helping with the housework as soon as we returned from school. She’s not embarked on any mopping before which totally explains her choice of clothing!
Miniature playsets and accessories always make great collectables. Six year old POD always enjoys toys that are portable, often packing a bag if we’re heading off somewhere. The Puppy In My Pocket Dog Carrier and Accessory Pack are ideal for exactly that reason. She’s been able to take them everywhere with her from school to classes to around the house. Founded in the nineties, there are now 100 puppies in the Puppy In My Pocket range with Kitty In My Pocket and Jungle In My Pocket coming this year too.
Doc McStuffins is an animated television series on Disney Junior about a girl that can fix toys with the help of her friends. POD’s already a fan and always enjoys imaginative play in whatever guise it may be. She was very excited when the Doc Accessory Set and Doc McStuffins Role Play Set arrived as it meant she could dress up like Doc from Toy Hospital.
POD is a huge fan of the animated series PJ Masks which is on the Disney Junior channel. These wonderful superheroes have now been brought to life as part of an exciting range of toys. If you’re not familiar with the characters, there are three friends (Connor, Amaya and Greg) who turn into the Catboy, Owlette and Gekko superheroes when they put their pyjamas on. Each has superpowers. Catboy for example has Super Cat Speed, Cat Ears (for super hearing) and a Super Cat Leap. Owlette has Super Owl Wings, Owl Eyes and Owl Wing Wind while Gekko has a Super Lizard Grip, Super Gekko Camouflage and Super Gekko Muscles.
We’ve reviewed the Horse Club Riding Centre and the Giant Volcano with T-Rex from Schleich in the past. The quality and attention to detail of both sets is absolutely superb and we’ve come to expect this from Schleich. We were excited to see what their Wild Life collectables would be like. POD is fascinated by nature and she’s currently reading about the animal kingdom in her encyclopedia.
The My Fairy Garden range from Interplay offers children the opportunity to experience unlimited imaginative play and learn how to grow real plants. From creating a living fairy garden to planting magic beans in a pot or uncovering the secrets of nature through a secret fairy door.
Fairies have arrived in the Dove household in the form of Glimmies. Sent from the moon to protect the “Glimmieswood” forest animals, Glimmies are 23 little star fairies who love to have adventures. They have a charming resemblance to forest animals and always respect nature. Created by Flair, Glimmies magically shine when darkness falls bringing with them a whole new level of imaginative play.
Sitting at the cinema a while back we saw a trailer for the DreamWorks animation the Trolls. What made it particularly poignant were the words “right outside my door lurks a nightmare. Named Poppy”. It made us all fall about laughing to discover POD shared her name with the leader of the trolls. We’ve watched the Trolls trailer many times since and we’re always singing the “Can’t stop the feeling” title track.