Crocodile Creek Puzzle review

Crocodile Creek Puzzle review

Recently we were offered the opportunity to test drive some toys of our choosing through Childsmart, and for this review we selected the Crocodile Creek 72 piece Dinosaur Puzzle. 

Crocodile Creek Dinosaur puzzle

72-piece puzzle. A new version of our shaped box puzzles. More pieces, more challenging. High -quality floor puzzle in wonderful, heavy-duty, contour-shaped gift box. Conforms to or exceeds both U.S. and European safety standards. For ages 6+. Puzzle is 35.5cm W x 48cm L. Box is 18cm W x 22.8cm H x 6.4cm D.

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I’d been wanting to get Raf a slightly harder puzzle for a while, as the 24 piece one he has at my parents place was way too easy for him, so this 72 piece one would be perfect. Currently aged 5.5 he can do a lot of it himself, but does need a bit of help still (the puzzle is recommended for ages 6+).

The puzzle is a good size, it fits nicely on our kids table from ikea and the pieces are nice and big so it’s easy to pack away! The colours are vibrant and the puzzle board has a good thickness to it, it’s not thin or flimsy or easily bendable (so little toddler interruptions are not too much of a hazard).

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Raf has done the puzzle probably more than 10 times now and is still very happy to keep doing it, it’s a great thing to bring out when I think he’s had enough screen time for the day! It also comes in a cool shaped box which is fun =)

I would recommend this brand to a friend, for sure.


Disclaimer: All opinions stated in this post are my own, are genuine and truthful. Compensation for this post was received in the form of the toy, no monetary compensation was received.

Brio Adventure Tunnel review

Brio Adventure Tunnel review

Recently we were offered the opportunity to test drive some toys of our choosing through Childsmart, and for this review we selected the Brio Adventure Tunnel. 

Everything that I said in my review of the Brio Rollercoaster set is true too for this piece – it’s a really well made, high quality toy. The plastic is sturdy, the hinges are strong and the sounds are still going strong after several months of play!

Rafa was really excited to get the Brio tunnel, he’s been asking for one ever since we first went to the coast house with the impressive train set (also Brio I believe) at the beginning of last year. 

It’s also been one of Harriet’s favourite toys, and at just under 2 years old she will now put all the pieces of the track together herself for a good 30-45 minutes of independent play.

You can see them below getting stuck into it:

As with the Rollercoaster Set, I’d definitely recommend the Brio Adventure Tunnel to add on to your existing wooden train set =)


Disclaimer: All opinions stated in this post are my own, are genuine and truthful. Compensation for this post was received in the form of the toy, no monetary compensation was received.

BRIO Railway 33730 Roller Coaster Set TOY REVIEW

BRIO Railway 33730 Roller Coaster Set TOY REVIEW

Recently we were offered the opportunity to test drive some toys of our choosing through Childsmart, and given the range of great products available it was no easy task to decide! For this review we selected the Roller Coaster Set by Brio, part of the Railway 33730 range.

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I’ve always loved wooden train track sets and after we had our family holiday to the coast in January this year, where Rafa (aged 4.5) got to play with the amazing set they had at the holiday house, I knew he would really love to start building his own Brio world.

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I must say, the whole experience as soon as we received the box was really positive. Rafa enjoys reading and following instruction booklets, so as soon as we opened the box he was into it, and the beauty of these types of toys is that they are so simple to construct, he pretty much did it all by himself, with just a little help from dad.

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Once the initial excitement wore off we were able to move the set into the playroom, where he really got stuck into it. He started making up little narratives for the kids in the roller coaster carriages immediately, and soon started playing with different configurations of the track to fit with the pieces of track he already has.

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This toy is for ages 3+, but when Harriet got a hold of one of the pieces, I wasn’t worried (as long as I was watching her), because they are well made and not small enough to be too much of a hazard.

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As I’m writing this I can hear Rafa in his playroom knocking things about, pretending the rollercoaster cars are rocket ships and having Lego Batman come and save the day in Brio world ;)

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The Brio branded sets are really high quality, they are well made – smooth edges on the wood pieces, no rough or splintery bits, the plastic pieces are sturdy and well moulded, no random flakey tags or weak spots. I have a feeling this toy is going to last many, many years!

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Overall I really like the Roller Coaster Set, the fact that the kids can let the cars go at the top of the ramps and they run all the way down themselves is really fun, and the configuration of the flat tracks will allow us to build onto the set in the future.

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If you have the chance to invest in a Roller Coaster Set from Brio, I definitely recommend it =)

 


Disclaimer: All opinions stated in this post are my own, are genuine and truthful. Compensation for this post was received in the form of the toy, no monetary compensation was received.

Rafael turns 2

Rafael turns 2

Here are the photos I took in the lead up to Rafa’s 2nd birthday and on the day. We had a lovely “Teddy’s Bears Picnic” themed party down on the oval near our house. People arrived around 2pm and were directed to follow the footprints down the path to the picnic spot. We had set up lots of picnic blankets and teddies and hung decorations from a big oak tree. I decorated his cake (2 small mud-cakes from the cheesecake shop) and had the rest of the food catered by a local company (who has just shut up shop, but is re-opening soon with a new name and new concept). We also had Tam from Crazy Kids Entertainment there painting faces, which was a huge hit and completely affordable.

Setting up the party was SO much fun, I can’t wait for next years now =)

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We asked for no gifts, but of course little Raffi was spoiled rotten anyway… Next year we might have to try put a dollar limit on gifts instead!

 

Mid-Winter Coast Trip

Mid-Winter Coast Trip

We decided to have a little getaway a couple of weekends ago, and took ourselves, the toddler and the dogs off down the mountain to Malua Bay. It was bloody freezing! The dogs had a good time though ;)

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So even though it was terribly cold and wet and soggy, I’m still so grateful to the universe that I am lucky enough to have my family and the means to zip down the coast for the weekend to be with them.

 

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