Christmas Family Games with Very

One of the best parts of Christmas is spending quality time together with the whole family. With the children home from school, and time off work, it’s a great time to slow down and make time for family game night, or a game afternoon.

I’ve been having a look for some new games that we can play with the kids and found some great ideas over at Very.co.uk – with a wide range of board games, family games and even Karaoke machines, they have so much to keep the whole family entertained over the festive season.

Check out the full range of toys and games at Very.

Here’s a run through of the games that we picked out this year.

With children ranging from 4 to 13 years old, I was able to find some really fun games that will keep everyone happy.

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Beautiful Wooden Toys from Jaques of London

I have always been a fan of good quality wooden toys. It’s lovely to see the children playing with products that have clearly been made with love and care, and that will last well over the years.

Especially with four children, finding well made toys that can last well and be passed down to be enjoyed by one child after another really makes me smile and it is also great to know that this way, there is less waste too.

One of the brilliant companies we found who have a great range of traditional Wooden Games and toys, is Jaques London.

wooden cars toy

Jaques London are a family company (now in the 8th generation!) and a traditional toy brand who have been making toys since 1795. Jaques London believe in the power of play and quality family time spent together and this is exactly what their products offer.

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Science Mad! Science Kits Review & Giveaway

Finding toys and activities which spark children’s curiosity and allow them to follow their passions while having fun is a win-win for both parents and children. I love to see my kids exploring their interests and developing their knowledge, and the Science Mad! Science kits enable them to do just that. 

These are great quality Science kits for older kids of age 10+ who would like to go deeper into scientific experiments and offer a brilliant opportunity for kids to be able to do just that. 

Let’s take a closer look at some of the Science Mad Science kits available from Smyths

Science Mad! Science kits for kids

The really great thing that stands out about the Science Mad! collection of products is that it offers kids real scientific equipment and enables them to use real kits with working features. 

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STEAM toys with Bright Minds

When it comes to buying toys for the kids Anna and I always do some research before committing. We are very inclined into the learning aspect of the toys and what how they can complement our existing toys.  Bright Minds specialise in STEAM;  science toys, Technology, Engineering, Arts & crafts and Maths toys, plus not forgetting wooden toys, role play & board games that are fun to use but also encourage learning and development, – all backed by a unique 90 day no-quibble guarantee, unmatched by any other retailer on the web.

Every potential product is opened up and tested to feel the quality. To make the grade, it has to inspire children to be curious about the world around them or encourage creativity and develop their skills at their own pace in a relaxed and fun way. This creates a loving space, which is the best way for children to learn, grow and discover their passion in life. If you are looking for a few ideas of super cool toys read on!

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5 Rainy Day Activities for Kids with Very

Keeping the kids entertained during the colder and wetter half of the year can be tricky, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a lot of fun!

When it’s cold and wet outside, the last thing many parents want to do is go outside with their kids. And that’s understandable. Who wants to play out when it’s raining and cold? You’re much better off staying in where it’s warm, cozy, and dry.
The problem with this line of logic is that when you stay in for too long, your kids will get bored. And boredom can lead to trouble. The solution? Stock up on some new rainy day activities to keep the little ones entertained and engaged.
rainy day toys for kids

I chose the above toys and games from Very which were a huge hit with my 4 year old daughter N, and each one kept her busy playing for ages.

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Crystalina Fairy Dolls Review

Crystalina fairy dolls are a new brand of light-up fairy dolls that are themed around the powers and magic of Crystals.

We were sent the Turquoise (Healing) and Amethyst (Wisdom) dolls and N (age 4) was so excited to play with them. You can also collect the Crystalina dolls Rose Quartz (Love) and Aventurine (Luck)

Crystalina amethyst and turquoise

I was instantly attracted to the concept too, as I have been learning more about the meanings of crystals in spirituality. These dolls are a great concept that can be shared together for mother and daughter play and bonding.

The Crystalina Fairy Dolls combine the empowering energy of crystals with LED lights, bringing bring together the fun of role play with collectable dolls

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Hape Monster Math Scale Review

The Monster Math Scale from Hape is a fun and educational wooden toy, teaching young children the basics of math and gravity, as they work out how many weights the monster can hold in each arm.

This toy is an ideal hands on way to get to grips with early mathematical and numeracy concepts, through play and experimentation.

Hape Monster Math Scale

The scale is made from good quality wooden and plastic materials and feels really well made and durable. The funny monster has a scale on each arm, and you get 9 larger weights and 11 smaller weights, which children can use to balance and experiment with.

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Osmo Super Studio Disney Mickey Mouse & Friends Review

We love using Osmo products with our iPad. It turns the whole process into a much more interactive experience. No more passively sitting and watching – with Osmo, iPad time becomes a hands-on immersive activity.

We have quite a few of the Osmo games already in our collection, and recently we were sent the Osmo Super Studio Disney Mickey Mouse & Friends. Immediately, it was a huge hit with my 4 year old daughter.

Osmo super studios Disney Mickey Mouse & friends game

The Super Studio games from Osmo are all about drawing. Osmo Super Studio Disney Mickey Mouse & Friends takes you through animated stories with Mickey Mouse and his famous friends Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto and invite your child to draw along every step of the way.

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