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Alice Is Chosen As One Of Tesco’s Toy Testers

17 Nov

A month or so back, myself and ten year old daughter Alice Sara were invited into london for a very exciting reason. My daughter was off to try out for a spot on the tesco toy testing team.
If Alice passed the audition then her voice would be heard amongst thousands as she casted her opinion on some of the top toys this Christmas.

Was she Nervous? Hell no, not my daughter! To be honest she couldn’t wait to get in there and see what tesco had on offer. Let’s just say she wasn’t disappointed, not when she found these guys waiting to be played with.

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Turns out that the toy she picked to play with would be the one she took to the casting room. As soon as she saw the two monster high dolls her face lit up like a traffic light. We chilled out, had something to eat before it was finally Alice’s turn to do her thing! Of course it was the monster high dolls that she chose to take with her to the casting room, and as we entered I felt the butterflies flutter in my stomach for her. Nonetheless I don’t think she felt a thing. Alice confidently said her hellos to the three people sat on the panel before jumping right in and doing her thing. The fact she has 32 of these wonderful dolls sat in her bedroom must have gone some way to help as even I didn’t know she know as much as she did about these freaky but totally chic monster fashion dolls.

I felt so proud of her. She didn’t seem to flinch an inch and took the whole thing in her stride. A true star in the making they told her and I for one couldn’t have agreed more.

So yes we had a fantastic day but did this little star make the final cut? Of course and I didn’t doubt her for a second.
Alice was truly over the moon when the email inviting her to london to make the toy testers video popped up in my email feed. Yes, she will now test two great toys in front of the camera. This all took place at the end of October when we headed off to the Camden studios for a spot of filming.

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It was a long morning but Alice loved it. Tesco’s did well to keep the kids entertained when not filming and Alice was actually sadden when it was time to go home.

Alice was a star in front of the cameras as she demonstrated a new Lego friends toy and a monster high colour me chamber.
And here’s that little star in the final video! I think her opinions and that of the other children will go along way in helping parents when facing the huge task of Christmas shopping. After all children are the toughest critics and definitely the most honest!

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Little man features in an NAS publication on toys for children with autism

8 Jan
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A good few months before Christmas myself and the Little man were ever so lucky to be sent a lovely invitation to join Sarah Milne, her little boy William and some of his friends for a day of Christmas toy testing for a piece Sarah was writing for the National Autistic Society’s NAS magazine.

 Sarah’s a freelance writer who also writes the blog ‘Oliver and Will’s’ which is based on Sarah’s life as a mum of 3 with the added addition of Oliver the families Golden retriever who has formed a special bond with William as Sarah trains him to assist her little boy with the more social aspects of his world. William, Like Little man has Asperger’s syndrome with other additional needs. 

 Sarah had organised for some of this years top toys to be sent her way so all four children each diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, could try them out and voice their opinions.

 The whole idea was to create a list of recommended toys that may appeal to children with autism, Sarah would establish what toys suited the children best by observing how they played and interacted with each toy accompanied by the added feed back from both the child and their parent(s)

 There was a photographer also present who done a great job in taking the children’s pictures considering, he had a toy helicopter flown into his head on at least five occasions (would have to be my Little man wouldn’t it)

 Well, just before Christmas the article was published in the NAS magazine.  

 Sarah did an awesome job in creating the 2 page spread and the photographer took lots of shoots of Little man flying his Helicopter (I say his as Sarah was so kind to let all the children take a toy home with them & given that Little man was overly obsessed with the helicopter, this was of course his choice).

 I found it to be a wonderful experience… considering the fact I was in somebody’s house I didn’t really know (well, apart from a tweet here and there through cyber space) yet I felt really at ease and so did Little man! This is because we were joining other families similar to that of our own, no one judged one another and Sarah made it a really lovely few hours with her brilliant hosting.

 It was lovely to chat with Sarah about our boys and all them little things that make them extra special! All in all it was a really positive day that lead to a great publication in the NAS members magazine

 We, hope that little man’s involvement helped Sarah in her mission to create her fantastic article and that the article helped parents and members of the NAS find toys that their children would really want to open and play with on Christmas morning, instead of having cupboards full to the rim with unopened toys (something both myself and Sarah know all about)!

 Sarah, thanks so much for such for a truly brilliant day, I hope we can meet sometime again in the future. 

 Please check out the publication which I was lucky enough to obtain in a PDF format in-order to share with all my readers. 

 Little mans smiling face as he plays with the helicopter is clearly noticeable which just shows how relaxed and happy he was amongst a room through off people.

 The PDF is attached to this post and will open in a new window, just click the link.Pgs 14-15 CommunicationWinter11

I think my readers would also really enjoy Sarah’s blog ‘Oliver and Will’s’ So, why not pop over and check it out?

Just click HERE

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