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Safety Helmets Kids Want To Be Seen Wearing

14 May

With the sudden improvement in weather it’s time to get out doors in the sunshine and get active.

What better way than with a good old bike ride through the woods or your local park.

However, when your children are participating in activities such as cycling, scooting or skating, safety is, and should always be of the upmost importance.

Alice-Sara has been extremely lucky as she was picked last week to road test a new range of safety helmets from OZBOZZ.

It should be noted that these are no ordinary safety helmets but an extremely cool and trendy range of helmets.

In-fact, Alice-Sara got to test what was in my opinion, one of the coolest helmets I’ve ever set eyes on. This was the fabulously cool 3D Unicorn helmet from the OZBOZZ RASKULLZ range.

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The majority of children I’ve ever come across, hate to wear a safety helmet and my own children are no exception. Alice-Sara can often be heard protesting when being asked to wear her helmet, often stating how uncool they are!

The new and exciting range of RASKULLZ helmets are however exempt as these are totally cool! yes, my daughter was pretty keen to get this on and show it off to her friends.

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The new range of helmets come in various designs and sizes. They feature aerodynamic cooling vents and a shock absorbing inner shell to protect your angels against minor impact and abrasions. These also feature an adjustable strap to ensure a snug and correct fit.

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Alice-Sara isn’t the only one sporting a cool safety accessory! The celebs are at it too, what with the lovely Gwen Stefani’s son ‘Kingston’ recently pictured wearing the Mochican Raskullz it would seem she’s in good company.

I love this range, it’s fun, cool, unique and best of all totally affordable at £19.99.

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When I first saw the helmet I’ll admit to being a little concerned, what with a large horn sticking out from her head, I did worry that she might end up hurting herself more if she did happen to have an accident. However, the horn and other clever 3D effects are actually soft and bendable so there is really no worry whatsoever!

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The New RASKULLZ range of safety helmets from OZBOZZ come in 4 very clever trendsetting designs, Unicorn, Shark, Ladybug and Mohican and are designed for children aged 5+

Pick up one of these cool helmets from retailers such as ToysRUs or Argos or check out the OZBOZZ website for more info by clicking HERE

This is a Blog Match review post, I was not paid to write this but Alice-Sara did receive a product sample free of charge in order for us to share our honest thoughts and opinions.

It’s all fun and games with Ka’lide

12 Oct

Another day, another Santa’s little helpers and blog-match mission.

The guys at blog-match have matched us to the guys at imagination games, who sent us the game Ka’lide.

AIM OF THE GAME:

Score points by flicking, bumping and sliding your magnetic pucks onto you’re scoring side of the game mat!

WHAT YOU GET!

One large mat

Magnetic pucks

Note: You will additionally require a pen and paper (not included) to record the scores.

SET UP AND ORDER OF PLAY:

Set up in a room that has lots of space being careful to remove any breakable items away from the playing area.

Establish who’s first by engaging in a “Flick Off”

Closet to 200 point circle wins the “flick off” and therefore goes first.

MAIN GAME:

Each player sits at either end of the playing mat facing one another. Both ends of the mat are colour coded red or yellow. Each player has a total of six pucks each and take it in turns to carefully flick pucks across the mat aiming for the points circles (highest being 200)

IMPORTANT RULES:

If a player overshoots it becomes a dead puck and must be left where they have fallen to the end of the round.

A player can knock or magnetically push another puck into the scoring zone.

For these reasons scores should only be recorded at the end of each round.

Three rounds make up one game of Ka’lide.

WHO PLAYED?

Here comes a heart attack moment, Little man and his sister, my daughter Alice, actually played this game together. They just about managed it without actually killing one another.

VERDICT:

**** We award 4 stars to the imagination game Ka’lide

LAST THOUGHTS:

Ka’lide is very entertaining and is worth adding to your Christmas list.

The game is good at helping aid the development of motor co-ordination as-well as fine motor skills, concentration and hand-eye co-ordination.

The children engaged in a little bickering, but hay what’s new?

As mentioned before Little man tends to be overly controlling a symptom of his Asperger’s syndrome. When his sister scored he found it quite hard to take, with the lack of control over the game and the fact his a sore losers did prove difficult some of the time (though I guess his sisters slight smirk doesn’t help either)!

Over all a fabulous game.

Give it a go and have some fun.

Note: If more than two players are desired this can be done via a knock out game or a team game, full instructions for this are given in the instruction booklet provided with your game.: 

Imagination games: Ka’lide at Amazon

Age 8+ £19.99 RRP 

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Let’s play a little Dotto

12 Oct

I love reviewing board games as for me they’re a way of encouraging social interaction and having a child on the autism spectrum, makes that an important factor for me.

As mentioned in my last review of the board game ‘Faqir’, blog-match successful teamed us up with the guys at Tactic Games. Not only was we sent Faqir but also the game ‘Dotto’ in which I’d like to share with you all today.

DOTTO

Dotto is a dice game that requires luck, skill and speed! Race against the clock to match the sequence on the card to the positioning of the coloured dice on the board, the only problem is the timer (supplied) goes of randomly meaning you have to be super quick the entire time.

Warning… Beware not to pick up the “Miss a turn” card and watch out for the reverse card, that will completely reverse the order of play.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX:

Game board

10 coloured dice

Timer

55 pattern cards

15 tokens

pouch for storing dice, cards and tokens

Rules/instructions

I’m a little confused as to why they didn’t just use the card that was popped out the board allowing room for the dice, to be used as the tokens as these no longer have any use.

WHO’S IT FOR AND HOW MANY PLAYERS:

Ages 6+

2-5 players

PUTTING DOTTO THROUGH IT’S PACES

“I absolutely loved it!”

What a big kid I am. I’m really competitive and give no chances, not even to my children. I played the game with both Little man and his sister, ‘Alice-Sara’ It was originally just the two of them but only five minutes in, it was turning into a game of war so I intervened.

My daughter gave up half way through and I almost lost Little man a few times when he got the total hump when I was leading and also through frustration, convinced the timer was plotting against him, (I do admit that the unlucky little bugger seemed to always get the shortest amount of time to copy and build his pattern sequence).

Little man does have a range of difficulties that come down to his inability in doing things in sequence unless there are visual aids to assist him! Luckily with this game you get just that in the patterned coloured cards. The timer was a different story altogether. He hates having to rush things, plus the fact he had no control over how long it would be before the buzzer went off, drove him loopy!

Regardless of these factors he stuck with it, giving all he had which was awesome.

Practise would clearly help to better develop a child with autism’s sequencing skills and their ability to deal with the unexpected (buzzer).

Alice gave a big fat no stars score (through ignore this she didn’t even play and I think that’s properly why.

Little man gave it a 3 stars *** where I gave it the full ***** five stars it deserved.

Note: The timer takes three AAA batteries (not included) and you will require the use of a small screwdriver so worth having one to hand.

WHERE TO BUY:

Get Dotto for £14.99 at Amazon

and a variety of other toy providers

Alice Kicks some butt!

6 Oct

Blog-Match the brilliant peeps that match bloggers with brands have paired us with the fantastic Tactic games.

 Tactic sent us two board games to review, Faqir and Dotto (which will follow in another post)

 So, what’s it normally like playing board games with two very competitive children, one who is rule band and throws an almighty strop when he loses?

A nightmare that’s what it is!

 Five minutes in and all hell broke loose. 

 Now, I should state If it was just me and the little man then his fine, he just can’t play alongside his sister unless his in control and things are going his way! Not easy to put this into practice when playing a board game.

 Later that evening Little man went out with his father and I took Alice and the youngest around my mothers house and decided to bring the game and ask my younger sister and her boyfriend to play the game with Alice. There was no point me even trying with my toddler about.

 Lucky my sisters boyfriend said he would give it a go and with much excitement Alice sat down to face her opponent.

 Inside the box

 On opening Faqir we found a board with lots of hole, 28 brightly coloured plastic cones, 24 faqir cards, 4 Faqir dressing rooms and a handy pouch to store cards and cones. 

 What each player requires

 Each player has a certain number of cards depending on how many are playing.

Each player has a dressing table in which they place one of their cards behind.

Lastly

Each player is given a set of cones, there are 4 different colours to choose from.

 Aim of the game!

 Players must place their first card behind they’re dressing table, leaving it only partially visible to their opponent.  Each card has a number of holes (like what you get if you hole punch paper) the holes make up a pattern. The players will take it in turns with the youngest going first (Yep it’s in the rules) each must make the same pattern on their card on the board. This is done by placing the supplied cones (aka nails, into the holes on the board) Once the pattern is complete and the players card can be placed on top of the nails avoiding injury and a nasty anti-tetanus jab 🙂 they move on to another card. Once all your cards have gone you have a winner.  

Piece of cake right!

No, not exactly it isn’t! You see, as mentioned above each players card is partially exposed to its opponent(s) resulting in part of the pattern being revealed. This may only be one or two holes but still it gives players a clue to their opponents movements allowing them to try and block you. 

 The contest

On the left we have Aaron, sister’s boyfriend aged 18 years

On the right we have Alice-Sara ten years his senior at just 8yrs

How is this even fair?

 Does Aaron have the ability to easily beat his younger opponent with his ability to think outside the box?

 No way, this is my daughter we are talking about!

Competitive should be her middle name.

 Jammy dodger pulled it off.

Whoop Whoop

That’s my girl

Alice scores it top marks ***** 5 star

Where Aaron gave it a lower ***  3 star… um I wonder why?

I later played this with little man and I think its brilliant for an older child with Aspergers as It improves non verbal reasoning skills and helps the child look beyond what he thinks he see. 

Well, Little man done well and I just bet him right at the end but it was close, very, very close!

Faqir by Tactic Games

Age 7+

2-4 players per game

Around 30 minute game time per round.

 Amazon currently stock this and I’ve checked and the good news is they have six in stock for £18.99 

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Visit the Tactic website for more information

http://www.tactic.net/

Alice gets creative with fab effex

4 Sep

My daughter Alice-Sara had a lovely surprise this morning, let me explain!

Well, nine days ago I arrived home from shopping to discover a card sat on my mat from Royal Mail. Not expecting a parcel I had no idea what my lovely postmen had tried to fit through my letter box with little joy. The parcel had therefore been taken back to the sorting office for arranged collection. Having no idea what it was and having been madly busy, I didn’t have time to collect it till yesterday morning. 

Well, to Alice-Sara’s delight the package that awaited us at the shorting office, was from Spinmaster. 

Spinmaster are the makers of Air hogs, aqua sand, Zoobles and much more.

A few weeks back Alice-Sara reviewed one of Spinmasters  Zoobles and loved it so much, that she’s now acquired five more.

This time Alice-Sara would be reviewing FAB Effex a new craft material that is highly tactile and mouldable. The self sticking reusable material can be moulded into a number of different shapes, and can even be wrapped around pencils to create a twisted . effect 

There are a number of kits in the range, Alice received the FAB effex fashion kit. 

What you get!

150 FAB Effex pre-cut pieces

2 FAB Effex sheets

1 sticky square

3 Paper dolls with stands

I instruction guide

What we thought

Alice couldn’t wait to start, she got all the pieces out of the box and sorted them in to little piles. The pre-cut pieces were nice and bright, though they were a bit random and didn’t have all the correct colours/shapes to match the ones showed on the instructions.

If this was little mans review he would have been quite upset about this, what with his rigid thinking he would have insisted it was done the same as that displayed in the instruction booklet, thankful it wasn’t!

Alice got to work on her first doll. The instructions were not much help so, she followed what she could and used the power of her wonderful imagination to create some awesome designs.

The material is really great stuff to work with. It has a wax type backing that isn’t very sticky to the touch but sticks well to a number of different surfaces, really holding it’s shapes.

You can wrap the strips of FAB Effex around a pencil as to create a ringlet type curly effects, which Alice did for the hair on a few of her dolls. I was pretty impressed with how some hours later the effect had remained in place.

Alice-Sara loves to design outfits and then dress up dolls/models. She has a number of fashion design creations made from paper and card craft sets. Fab Effex was therefore a welcomed change as it gave Alice-Sara opportunities to try something new and a tad different from what she’s used too (Kinda taking her out her comfort zone)

Alice-Sara used the two additional sheets of material to cut out dresses and tops for the remaining two dolls opting to use these instead of the pre-cuts. What’s FAB about FAB Effex is that it’s reusable meaning you can undo and redo if any mistakes are made! This was a welcomed bonus as it saved us from a few diva moments I’m sure!

On the whole Spinmaster have come up with yet another fantastic idea, however the instruction’s supplied were a little disappointing (though the Fab effex website have much clearer and easier to follow instructions).

What Spinmaster now need to remember is, “Not everybody will have the internet available to them” despite the fact we are in the year 2011. We did found that the instructions were also laid out in a confusing fashion, what with the languages being all displayed to together, made it hard to read, and this would not work for a six year old, Alice-Sara is eight and struggled.

However, there are many positives! We loved how the pieces stuck and how they were easily moulded to shape. The colours and patterns were nice too.

It’s a great toy to help stimulate a child’s imagination. All pieces can be used to create a number of different craft projects and can be stuck to a range of different accessories such as, CD and DVD cases, twinklet boxes and more.

This Fab Effex kit can be brought for around £9.99

FAB Effex can  be brought from Amazon, Argos and beyond!

Check out other reviews from fabulous bloggers HERE

We thank blog-match and Spinmaster for sending us a FAB Effex fashion kit in return for an honest review.

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