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#Win A Beautiful Wooden Miracle Pounding Toy From Toys Naturally

12 Mar

I’m always happy to run the odd competition, god knows I enter enough everywhere else on the web. Given the fact I’ve won a few great prizes, some sensational ones this year, I know how nice it is to win a little something, whether for yourself, children, friend or family member.

So when a newly launched independent online retailer asked if I minded running a competition, I headed over to check the site out.

Yes, I was quite honestly in wooden toy heaven! Anyone who reads this blog, knows I’m a sucker for a wooden toy, I just love how they last the distance and are of a much higher quality than most other toys on the market! My youngest has lots of wooden toys, some we have even featured on youtube. Harley has everything from wooden arks to wooden people, while my daughter has the most stunning three-story wooden dolls house.

Little man (aka a boy with aspergers) isn’t a stranger to the wooden toy neither, he host a rather impressive collection of wooden games, as-well as a great collection of transport models all craved out of wood.

Toys Naturally prides itself on stocking a range of ethically minded, beautifully crafted open-ended wooden toys. The aim is to be sensitive to children, to nurture and develop their growing minds to their fullest potential, to be intelligent, creative, robust and happy. Above all Toys Naturally goodies aim to be enjoyable, FUN and appealing to both child and parent/guardian.

This truly is a site hosting a fine selection of impressive wooden creations, whether your after something for baby, toddler or young child, my guess is you’ll find it here.

With this in mind, I agreed to run a competition for the readers of “A Boy with Asperger’s”

The prize on offer, is this fantastic

Miracle Pounding Toy

Product description

Gross motor skills and hand eye coordination develop exponentially when children reach toddler hood. Miracle pounding encourages toddlers to explore cause and effect and exercise their control over the world. we love this toy!

age guide 2yrs+

size 23cmx8.5cmx17cm.

Plan toys use untreated recycled rubber wood. Green toys from a green company.

The prize is worth £15.50

I really don’t know any little toddler who wouldn’t enjoy pounding some balls with a hammer, I know Harley would be delighted to receive a Miracle Pounding toy to inflicted some good bashing upon.

Please bear in mind that this is a pretty short competition, you therefore will have till midnight on the 27th March to enter, and here’s how…

Complete the compulsory actions, those that don’t will not be entered into the final draw.

Compulsory Action

Follow @toysnaturally on twitter

Comment here on the blog letting me know you have done the compulsory action by leaving your twitter handle, and you’ll be entered into the draw

Additional Entries

Remember, the compulsory action above must be completed in-order to take part in additional entries!

You can complete how many additional entries you desire, however you MUST leave an additional comment for each action taken.

1x Extra Entries: Visit the Toys Naturally site and subscribe to their newsletter (located at the bottom of the page of the toys naturally website, click HERE) Remember to comment informing me of the name you have subscribed under, so we can validate your extra entry adding it to the draw

1x Extra Entry: Tweet the following: “I want to win a miracle pounding wooden toys with @clairelouise82 and @toysnaturally” ensuring you attach the URL to this post and then return to comment to alert me that you have done it, providing a way I can find it (link or twitter handle).

1 Extra Entry: Subscribe to this blog via feedburner, (located, very top right of the sidebar) comment telling me the name you subscribed as.

1 Extra entry Pop over to the Toys Naturally Facebook page letting them know I sent you.

So… What are you guys waiting for? You have just 15 days (27th March 2012) to get yourselves entered and possible bag yourself an awesome prize.

T&C

Competition is for UK residents only, all participants must be aged 18 years or over to enter. Winner will be randomly drawn soon after the closing date and time of the 27th March 2012 at midnight. Remember to leave a valid twitter handle for the compulsory action and a valid contact with all additional entries, this could be twitter or email address. Those who do not complete the compulsory action will not be entered for any of the additional extra entries. Winner has a maximum of 72 hours to reply to the winning notification given by either email or twitter. Winners name and details will be handed over to the brand offering the prize in order to get your miracle pounding toy delivered (note details will not be passed to any 3rd parties)!

ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions

The Mookie Mini Street Cruz 2

8 Dec

17

Days till Christmas

Harley watches his brother and sister scoot about on their scooters with wishful eyes so when the chance to add a Mookie Mini Street Cruz 2 to the Santa’s Little Helpers wish list popped up we decided this one was for the Littlest member of the household.

Harley is actually 2 in a few short days, with the scooter being recommended for a child aged 3 yrs plus, he is a little younger than the product is aimed at! However Harley is tall and quite advanced for his almost 2 years so it was final, Little H would put the scooter through its paces.

Mookie sent the mini Street Cruz 2 direct, and it came in no time at all, well packaged and to my door with a smile (always nice on a cold morning). Sadly the scooter sat in the hallway under the stairs untouched for a few weeks as Harley was unfortunately rather poorly with a recurring ear infection and his still not fully recovered.

I may have been acting like something of a big kid as in side this mother was bursting to get it out the box and hopefully it would put a much-needed smile on my little H’s face.

When that day finally came, I unpacked the street Cruz and discovered I had to assemble just the one set of wheels, which was so easily done, even for a mum who is really rubbish with any type of DIY.

The scooter has a really nice design, it was blue in colour and looked rather funky with it’s 3 clear plastic wheels and flexible neck.

I liked the fact that you had two wheels at the front and one at the back, it really did seem to provide H with better stability. I really loved the flexible neck, however this was the bit that made it hard for Harley to control.

Not that there was anything wrong with it, it just meant that the handle moved too freely and with Harley being that bit younger, he really couldn’t manoeuver it like an older child would be able to. However I feel this is something that would be quickly learnt and a child of Harley’s age would actually be at an advantage, as this would give them time to learn to steer the scooter as they grow bettering their gross motor skills at the same time.

This is certainly true as Harley has already managed to do one lap unaided up and down the hallway. His quite independent and I’m sure it wouldn’t take long for him to conquer it.

I got my nephew to also try the scooter who has not long turned 4. This meant I could see the full benefits of the flexible handle as it made it incredibly easy for this 4-year-old to steer.

Nonetheless, Harley whacked on his helmet and made sure I scooted him up and down the garden path, he giggled and shouted, “Again mummy, again” he really did love it.

All the same, there is a very happy 4-year-old who has just received the Mookie Cruz with the promise to pass it back to his cousin once his that bit bigger.

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Statistics

  1. 3 Wheeled plastic scooter.
  2. Unique pivot system for fun easy steering.
  3. Strong deck for safe ride.
  4. Handlebar height 70cm.
  5. 3 wheels.
  6. PVC Wheels – Two 12cm wheels at the front and One 10cm wheel at the rear.
  7. Folds easily for storage.
  8. Anti-slip footplate.
  9. Easy grip handles.
  10. General information:
  11. Maximum user weight 20kg.
  12. For ages 3 years and over.

Available from all good toy retailers & priced at around £39.99

Can be brought form Toysrus for this price! Click HERE

(Prices may Vary depending on the retailer)

Parental perspective

A really nice little scooter at a fabulous price! This really is good value for money. As mentioned, Harley is a few days from becoming 2, his tall and the scooter is the perfect size, however because of the advanced steering mechanism I really would recommend this for a 3-5 year. The Street Cruz is very strong, looks awesome and its foldable for easy storage.

It gets a 4 **** star form us.

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