29 Nov

As many of you may well have noticed, my Little man has become something of a Lego mad 11-year-old! Funny enough he doesn’t seem to be the only one as when engaging in a conversation on the boy with Aspergers Facebook page, Lego seems to be top of the list when it comes to a child with Aspergers Christmas wish list!

With Little man becoming totally obsessed with these little coloured blocks that have the tendency to make you scream out loud if accidentally stepping on one, you can only imagine his excitement in the discovery of his latest Santa’s Little helpers review.

Those lovely people over at Argos are really getting to know what my children like as the review products being sent just seem to hit the nail on the head!

This time Argos supplied the Little Man with a selection of LEGO Green building plates 32 x 32 studs, a big box of Lego bricks and an awesome Nerf Vortex Proton.

LEGO logo

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The Green Lego building plates 32 x 32 studs are the ideal base for any construction, whether it’s a forest, house, football stadium or just a base to showcase their favourite transport creations. These are the ultimate Lego accessory for any Lego mad collector.

These plates can’t be brought in-store and are advertised as an Argos Online Exclusive (forming part of the Argos extended internet range)

These are sold individually and are priced at £7.45

As mentioned Argos also sent along a big box of Lego containing over 300 pieces,  the perfect addition to Little man’s already growing collection. Argos stock a number of Lego additions in it’s online Lego bricks and more range. This includes all the “Must Have” essentials such as whole boxes of wheels and windows, even tiles for all those children that just love to build houses and skyscrapers.

Armed with his new plates and extension of bricks Little man set of on a construction mission which actually resulted in him disappearing for a good few hours, into his own little Lego world aka his bedroom.

Recently the Little guy has been doing some very serious planning (believe me I know! His recited this plans to me daily) Now my son tells me he is going to have his very own brand! Yep, this brand will own a number of buses and a string of hotels. With this he uses his PC to construct a plan for his hotels, this consists of the whole virtual design and layout, its contents and main attractions, a massive plan and project for this Little man. The brand name is already decided and my Little guy has given me the strict instructions not to disclose due to copyright which he begs me to actually pay to register! Hopefully this will lead to a bright future for my Little man! Anyway my point being, Little man is actually now using Lego alongside his PC to plan his hotels and if you haven’t already guessed the Green plates have made the ideal platform to do this.

Yep, this 11-year-old has been extremely busy planning for his future with the use of Lego. He has given me some deep and in-depth talks on the Ins and outs of his project with the use of his Lego built hotel plans to demonstrate. As much as I love my son, he does tend to overdo it a little when it comes to one-way conversations in respects to his own interests a well-known characteristic of his Aspergers syndrome.

Nonetheless, it’s been eventful and fun in our house and what with Little man being of school the past week due to illness, Lego has become an extension of himself!

Little man gives this a cool five stars ***** unsurprisingly!

Above the Lego plates and one of many Little Man’s hotel development plans

Parental Perspective

Lego is a firm favourite with me, its given my son an additional special interest besides his deep fondness of transport (mainly buses). He incorporates the two interests (building buses with Lego) and has had a great deal of fun discovering and learning from his new love of Lego.

Lego is a great developmental tool that helps to aid the imagination of a child as well as the addition of the development of fine motor skills.

As a parent I highly recommend Lego for children of both sexes and those over the age of 4.

As a parent to a child with Aspergers, I couldn’t recommend it enough!

These goodies got an awarded score of 4 stars **** from me. Minus one for the pain inflicted to my foot!

Some of his Lego

Some hotels on wheels creations


We quite recently reviewed another Nerf blaster (the daddy of Nerf’s) So, I knew the Little man would be happy to receive this addition of Nerf blaster.

The Vortex proton is one of the smaller Nerf blasters, its lightweight, looks great and isn’t overly priced.

The Nerf Vortex Proton is a compact fast loading single short disc Nerf Blaster.

As with all the Nerf Blasters, this features XLR long-range disc. This particular model comes complete with 3 discs and an instruction booklet.
The disc can be fired up to 60 feet and has a recommended age limit of 8 years plus.

Of course the Little man got all excited when discovering his new Nerf Vortex Proton and couldn’t wait for a test run. His was actually quit clever when coming up with and carry out his idea to make a target from a cardboard box. This meant he could practice and practice and he did! Later his cousin who is also on the autism spectrum arrived. These two very loud boys got down to some serious Nerf playtime.

Little man’s score a 4 stars ****

Parental Perspective

I wasn’t to sure on the Nerf collection when hearing about them and wondered if these toy guns were really appropriate. However once I saw them I decided that with the resemblance to a water gun these Nerf Blasters are just a toy and nothing more.

I love how the Nerf encouraged Little man’s creativity when he decided he would build a target out of cardboard. The little man really used problem solving when considering ways to improve his aim, and by thinking out the box he came up with the perfect solution. The Nerf has also helped with little man’s aim and ability to judge distance.

At just £11.99 a tiny price in contrast with the newer and bigger Nerf blasters, I found it to be a great price, something of a bargain. This is an ideal first Nerf blaster and one I think deserves a place in our Santa’s Little helpers wish list!
5 stars ***** from mum.

Why not visit the Argos Nerf shop for your perfect Nerf blaster

Thanks you Argos for again sending us some awesome products to use within our Santa’s Little helpers feature. I really recommend all the fab toys above and those we have already reviewed for Argos.

If your interested in any of the mentioned products in this post (or any other toys available from Argos) could I suggest you pop over to Argos online and buy or reserve your products for collection from your nearest store! What with us being just a few days from December and a mere 27 days from Christmas, Argos will be over ran with last-minute Christmas shoppers. Please take this advice, I know as I’m normally one of them last-minute crazy shoppers and yes, things tend to get a little crazy down at Argos this time of year. 

Lastly some other big news in the world of Argos and Christmas is their ‘Big up to half price toy sale‘ with many of the big brand toys currently on sale it’s one not to be missed so I advise you get on over there right away to avoid disappointment.


  1. Red Rose Mummy December 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    I’m not really a fan of toy guns buy both OH and my nephew love their NERF guns, they are a consistent hit with the extended family too.

  2. Rebecca Denyer December 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Fab reviews thank you, my son would love these x

  3. helen harris December 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    I LOVED lego when i was younger and just found out my mum has kept the huge amount that me and my sister had so cant wait till my twins are old enough and i get to play with it again!!! Hurrah x

  4. Farhana Haque December 8, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    My daughters dream come true: Legos!

  5. kirsty December 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Love lego – my kids are the same! Can’t get enough of it 🙂

  6. Angela Wright December 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Lego is great for the fine motor skills and creativity. My son absolutely loves playing with his Lego ( I am always standing on pieces he has left laying around lol). it’s a toy that children play with because they enjoyaking things but don’t realise they are actually learning too. Lego can be enjoyed by all ages, I love sitting down with my boys and building things with them.

  7. Matt Shiells-Jones December 5, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    This is great – the fact that Lego has inspired your son so greatly, and that it can actually be used as a tool for development – To me it was always just a toy, but now, looking back, I can see where I got my perfectionist habits from – as my lego always had to match and be like the picture!

    It is great that Lego can be used to inspire children to plan their futures…all through the use of a few plastic bricks!

  8. Natalie Holland December 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I used to love lego…not sure if my son is “quite” ready yet. He is 5, but also has autism, and generally will build a tower or something if given bricks….he does love gun related stuff however and I’m sure he would absolutely love that nerf gun…My little 2 year old would probably enjoy running away from it too lol 🙂

  9. Kayleigh Dawn December 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Following on twitter as @xxfluffywhitexx

  10. Kayleigh Dawn December 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Lego is a must for any child. I even love it.

  11. David Percival December 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    The Lego is a good price, my grandson has got loads of it and spends hours playing with it.
    And the Nerf Proton gun looks great fun another present sorted that will be played with.

  12. Lou Strachan (@Bobbity666) December 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I am really not comfortable with Nerf it is the whole gun thing that gets to me – yes I know its probably over the top but I would rather stay away from any toy with that vision even the fun ones! @Bobbity666

  13. Rebecca Coyne December 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Looks like little man was really impressed with both. Lego is brilliant and one of those that will never stop being bought

  14. Lorraine Johnson December 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I was very wary when buying my sons Nerf gun. He was desperate for it but I was nervous as I had never bought him anything resembling a gun before.
    I had nothing to worry about, he loved it & is still the same sweet boy, he hasn’t turned into some raging lunatic lol!
    The new Nerf Vortex is top of his wishlist this year. If he’s a good boy, he might be lucky!!

  15. cheekychicken24 December 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Lego is one of those toys that will be around forever – especially as they seem to keep re-inventing it for every generation! When I was little it seemed to be houses and buildings, now it seems to be Star Wars and tv and film characters. This looks like a great idea though – will be investigating!

  16. nina kunni December 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    I personally like lego, cant wait for my song to grow up and start using it. I think whom ever created logo is a genuis

  17. Becky John (@becky0020) December 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    My little man is a complete lego freak! I spent 2 days building the Prince Of Persia Lego Castle last Christmas, only for it to be trashed within about 20 minutes. He likes to build his own inventions, from wheelchairs to aeroplanes, he spends hours with his lego.

  18. Deb at aspie in the family December 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    My son is lego mad, ever since he was a toddler. If he’s not making things out of it then he’s playing on the lego website. As for the nerf gun, he also plays with that and has his eye on the latest nerfblaster.

  19. Alison December 2, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    This looks fabulous, my son would love it

  20. Mum in Meltdown December 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Both my boys still love Lego (especially my 13 yo- he has mild traits of Aspergers) he still plays everyday. As for the Nerf Blaster, they would love it. They already have a few different Nerf guns and I like the fact the bullets are foam- that way they can play in or outdoors 🙂

  21. Kara Guppy December 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    tweeted as @chelseamamma

  22. Kara Guppy December 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Kian Loves his Nerf Gun and Lego – infact I am not sure which he prefers!!
    I have bought some whistler Darts for his gun which could be a huge mistake, but i’d rather the boys were chasing around having fun than sat playing computer games all day.
    Halo lego is top of his christmas list though!!

  23. Zoe Hankey December 1, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Tom just loves Nerf guns, if he sees this I’m sure he’ll be asking Santa for one!


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