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Dioctipoid – The puzzle for the logical thinker!

12 Feb

A few weeks back I received an email asking me if I would be interested in conducting a review on a new range of puzzles called “Dioctipoid”

The Dioctipoid resembles something of the classic Rubic cube except Dioctipoid isn’t a cube it’s actually a ball!

Little man (aka, a boy with aspergers) is rather good when it comes to this type of thing! Yes, there are numerous situations where Little man isn’t so great at “Thinking outside the box” yet, puzzles requiring logic, doesn’t seem to be one of them.

Dioctipoids are made up of both white and brightly coloured triangles, to solve the , players must rotate each segment around the arrow, the puzzle is complete once the pattern on the box has been achieved.

This isn’t by any means an easy thing to do (trust me I’ve tried)!

Dioctipoid provided a good delivery service with the products arriving in just a few days. I was presented with a lovely surprise, when discovering I’d been sent not one but two puzzles, the Dioctipoid 1.0 & 2.0 with of course 1.0 being the easiest (well, so they claim)!

I decided that, as not to over excite the Little guy, I’d hold back on giving him the second puzzle, this would also allow him to give the first puzzle his full attention.

The first puzzles (1.0) requires the player to make a pattern of stars, I must admit that while Little man embarked on his puzzling mission, peace and calm was restored in the house (well, for a few hours at least)! I decided that while Little man got to work on the puzzle, I’d sneak off to the sanctuary of my bedroom/come office and engage in a spot of social networking, however, this didn’t happen! Nope, instead I found myself having a pop at puzzle 2 myself & believe me this was almost as addictive as twitter.

Did I solve the puzzle? Did I heck! I found myself stating out loud “It’s a fix, it can’t be done” (of course it can)! I just couldn’t do it! I admit, I did get a tad frustrated (see picture below)!

However, Little man did, with the use of logical thinking and patience he managed it fine, completing puzzle 1.0 in a few short days. Little man took lots of breaks and didn’t sit up working on the thing in till the small hours (unlike some I know)! His still working on number two which he was pleased to receive, me however, I gave up and started on puzzle 1.0, did I finish it? The shame, of course I haven’t… You can’t be good everything you know!

Dioctipoid are aimed at children aged 8+ and is a challenging puzzle for both child and adult alike! Each Dioctipoid comes complete with a special token which should be retained as these will enter its owner into a spectacular online Gala phase of Dioctipoids planed competition which has been rumoured to offer a major prize.

We love this funky puzzles and are having awesome fun trying to solve them, they are great for children with Asperger’s and I can see us get others. To checkout Dioctipoid for yourself click Here

Great discoveries at London’s 2012 Toy fair

30 Jan

I recently attended toy paradise (known to most as “Toy fair 2012”) which was located at London’s Olympia’s Grand Hall!

Here you will discover some truly amazing toys, many yet to launch and hit the shelves of our UK stores.

With some 200+ exhibitors of brands big and small, I have been forced to write this post in not one by two sections, as post two will showcase some of my top toy discoveries that I predict will make big impressions on those children with autism and other additional needs. But first here are some of my exciting discoveries of toys that will impress all (yes, children big & small)!

Toy fair ran for three consecutive days 24-26th January 2012. I visited on the last day which meant it was less crowded, therefore allowing me a better opportunity to get up close to toys and have a good old natter with some of the brands representatives.

Web Interactive toys

One of the first things I noted was the hype centred around toys that boast interaction with online websites. H. Grossman Ltd, the guys who brought us them gooey alien eggs that all our children went crazy for, now bring us the brand new, yet a little bit freaky “Deadstone Valley” (My, daughter of nine, is actually quite excited about the launch). Deadstone valley is all about collecting or creating corpses and then burying them on the interactive website. Collect different characters, each in their own coffin, log onto the online, interactive site which allows users to create their own characters and tombstones, then bury them in their own epitaph! This may sound a little gory, yet Grossman’s state that, judging by market research, kids are going to go barmy for the wacky range (judging by my daughters reaction, I can only guess their right)!

Outdoor play

Last year we saw quite a bit of them Moshi monsters, here on the “A boy with Aspergers” blog, it would seem the phenomenon is set to continue and become even bigger this year! In part two I’ll expand, telling you more about the new pocket-money collectables, however for now, check out the super cool all new Moshi Monsters foldable light up scooter which is again brought to us by them guys over at Grossman LTD & Ozbozz.

Staying on the subject of outdoor play and ride on toys, Re:Creations are set to launch its new Razor Flashrider 360 this coming July. The Flash rider 360 definitely looks the business with its super sleek design. The 360’s awesome features allow kids age from 6+ to spin & spark, unleashing 360 degree turns & drifts on dual inclined wheels. You must agree, it looks pretty impressive doesn’t it?

Other top ride on’s included the awesome brightly coloured balance bikes known as “Tinybike” yes, they have already launched and some of you may have come across them before, however I haven’t and having seen them at the toy fair, I was pretty interested in this super cute addition to the world of balance bikes. The tiny design has a tiny price tag too, as these sell from as little as £45.95 and come in 7 stunning colours. Children from as young as 2 years can enjoy a “Tiny Bike”

Another top contender in the world of balance bikes has to be the wooden kiddimoto, with literally loads of designs to select from I quite like the one below, though there is a whole new design range coming to the “Kurve” range of balance bikes! So, with the addition of some very smart head-gear, these are going to ride through 2012 without a hitch.

Lastly, keep a watchful eye out for one of my all time favourite scooter brand’s “Micro scooter” for the new limited edition. It’s of a white colour design and set to be launched in celebration of the London 2012 games.

Toddler Play

What an exciting year it looks set to be for our toddlers & pre-schoolers, what with a delightful range of beautiful coloured wooden toys forming part of the John Crane Sevi range, consisting of some very pretty and beautifully made pieces, such as the stunning wooden dolls house with additional 78 pieces and a fab pretend play collection, including the stunning little orange kitchen and oven, pre-schoolers will be in toy heaven. Another great addition to the sevi range are the beautifully made play puzzles, that double up as a puzzle play area and tidy little storage case.

Gander kids are also set to impress with new additions to its P’kolino collection. The brand that brings us beautiful yet affordable products are gearing up to launch its wooden 5 piece brightly coloured xylophone that can be nested inside on another for tidy & convenient storage once play has come to an end. I’ve received products from this brand before and was overly impressed by its quality.

WOW Toys, one of mine and the toddlers all time favourite pre-school brands, also have some exciting new launches. A real girlie vision of the “Motorbike Max” we now have “Whiz-around Amy” plus a stunning pale blue addition to the range “Ryan’s road trip” aimed at girls and boys alike.

Other brands specialising in pre-school toys that brought some magic to the fair, were BANDAI with their Tinga Tinga tales (already launched but continuing to grow) plus a lovely noddy range of toys and figures. Flair are also launching the much-anticipated range of Baby Jake toys (much to my toddlers delight), where’s the famous LeapFrog brought lots of toy magic with its innovative collection, including a host of new apps and software for its Leapad Explorer (aimed at 4-9 yrs) & by way of its “Magic Discovery Board” which allows pre-schoolers, and children that little bit older, the opportunity to make hundreds of learning discoveries as they explore their local community.

Something for the girls

Toy fair 2012 had plenty to impress the girls of the world! HTI Hello Kitty Vellutata collection is creating excitement on a huge scale, what with a number of huge Advertising campaigns due to hit our TV screens and the fact they were crown winners, bagging themselves an award at this years toy fair for the best girls toy 2012 for its Vellutata Mushroom house! Now you can see why I want to share this. This super sweet but cool Mushroom house, 11 piece playset is so simple, yet creates lots of playability. The set features a pretty pink mushroom house shaped carry case, that once opened up, reveals 4 delightful interior rooms set over two levels. The set includes Kitty and Fifi figures plus additional pieces of furnishing for this cute little house. Other pieces in the range include, pushchairs & pram’s, bags on wheels and this innovative “Magic Oven” a little cupcake makers dream oven, that really bakes!

Other exciting launches for girls, include the Victorious collection, based around Nickelodeons hit Children’s television series. This includes craft sets, fashion dolls, and even a stage for tweens to perform. Brands set to bring the range include flair and H. Grossman Ltd amongst others.

Ingo devices also host a great range for girls delights, many of their products are innovative yet included many of your top names such as the ever-growing monsters high! This range included a D. Camera Necklace + Bracelet that concealed a 1.3 MPX 8mp spy cam, though my favourite would have to be the Monster high 15 inch LCD TV, or the portable DVD/MP3 player with innovative 180 degree routable screen. Also check back on the blog for part two of this post to discover what ingo devices can offer the child with autism and additional needs!

If it’s a dolls house you’re after, then I suggest you look no further than the fabulous KidKraft, the brands range of dolls houses blew me away and I’m seriously considering one for my own daughter. They stock all types of doll house from super modern to very traditional. Some of my favourites are the beautifully crafted “Savannah” as well as the fabulous sleek shopping centre. I feel in love with everything KidKraft stocked. Their children’s furnishings are stunning, with their children’s bedroom furnishings certain to put a smile on the faces of both girls and boys a like. The funky vanity & stool boasting a grown up zebra print, looks set to be a winner, I even want one for myself.

Something for the Boys

There was heaps of surprises for the boys (no children over five can attend the fair, though it would seem the guys where having good fun testing out the boys toys)! Here are some of my top spots!

LEGO was one toy for boys we knew would be a hit, however I’ve included this in post two so wont include it here. IMC toys are planing to launch its fabulous new “Toy Story” range this July 2012. The range includes a funky little RC Spaceship complete with removable woody and Buzz, as will as a RC car (RC meaning remote control). Corgi, also have a fab addition to its collection of collectables diecast models, in the way of Olly, Yes, that’s “Olly the Little white van” from Mini Citv (Really looking forward to that one & so is the two boys)! BANDAI are all set to launch a new Ben 10 range as well as a new Power rangers collection (set to hit stores this July) to form part of the Super Samurai collection, and it’s looking like its going to be a big one! Other great contenders were of course Meccano with some great new construction kits including the new Gears of war 3 (yes, as in that video game). The theme construction kits allow a number of vehicles to be constructed and are due to hit stores sometime this August. Lastly lets not forget Hexbug who have a host of creepy surprises in store, from all new bugs to those controlled with a remote control.

Other exciting toys due for release are new educational games from Orchard toys, Doctor who toys, awesome new LEGO ranges and of course the Kurio Tablet.
All will be revealed in part 2 where I’ll reveal my top spots & predictions for children with autism and other additional needs

Win board games in our big Christmas Countdown

20 Dec

5

Days till Christmas

With five days left till the big day here is another awesome prize to excite!

The lovely people at www. theboardgamers.co.uk have donated a lovely prize in-order for me to run yet another great give-away!

The Boardgamers is a great online retailer selling a good selection of games for all ages and abilities. When they invited me to come and pick a prize for my readers, I will admit, I had my work cut out when choosing due to the number of great games on display!

I also discovered that  The Boardgamers  products are actually what I’d call “Better than reasonably priced” instead their games are much cheaper than many other online retailers selling board games that I’ve come across. With all your top brands and names in board-games www.theboardgamers.co.uk  really is worth taking a peek at!
Honstly don’t just take my word for it, check it out yourself by clicking HERE

The Prize

Well, as a result of my inability to choose I instead narrowed it down to two, therefore letting the lucky winner chose which game they want to win.

So, here’s your two choices

The winner can choose either

Imaginations Doctor Who’s battle to save the universe


or

Imaginations Play that tune

Here’s how to enter

It’s simple, just leave me a comment telling which game you would choose if you won and who it would be for. Don’t forget to leave me a comment containing your contact details (email or twitter)

Additional entries

To gain additional entries just use any, or even all the share buttons within this post… Leaving an additional comment for each action taken. Remember in-order to gain extra entries you must first do the compulsory action required to enter (located above)

Merry Christmas all and good luck

Competition will close at Midnight on the 10th January 2012.

T&C
Winner must choose one one the two listed board games, Competition open to those in the Uk only, the prize is as stated and no alternatives will be offered, winner has 48hrs to respond to the winners notification. Name and address will be passed on to Boardgamers.co.uk who will send out the prize directly, winners name will be published on this blog.

LEGO AND NERF THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ANY LITTLE MAN AT CHRISTMAS

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

Image via Wikipedia

LEGO PLATES AND BOX OF LEGO BRICKS

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

NERF VORTEX PROTON

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.

Alice reviews the new Zoobles

16 Aug

My little girl is loving her role as one of the three Santa’s little helpers. She is very keen on toys, the littler the better. She has collected everything over the years, from Polly pocket & puppy in my pocket to the littlest pet shop. Can you imagine her excitement and delight when Blog Match offered her  the chance to review the brand new Toy ‘Zooble’ a funky little ball that springs into a magical creature

We received the Zooble called,’Icetasia’ while Alice was away with her Grandmother getting a much needed break from a very demanding Little man. She was delighted to discover her Zooble on her return back home.


Zoobles by Spin master are one of the latest collectible toys to hit the toy market, they are aimed at little girls aged 4 years and above, and come in at least 250 different designs.

Alice-Sara loved her Zooble Icetasia  so much so, that the following day, having opened her Zooble less than 24hrs before she had decided she needed another Zooble ! This resulted in her roping me into taking her on a trip into town where she brought Zooble number two with her packet money.

 Zoobles come in lots of colours and designs, no two are ever the same meaning you are able to a keep adding to the collection without the disappointment of accruing doubles. Alice described the New Zoobles to be ultra cute, fun little magical creatures. Each Zooble comes with its very own habitat and once you have placed your Zooble on its habitat you will see it spring open converting itself from a coloured ball to a funky, yet magical little character. As if, Alice didn’t find this bit fantastic enough she also told me about her joy at discovering that the Zooble contained a hidden but welcomed surprise, a “mini baby Zooble” that is can be found in the Zoobles tummy when popping open. The mini baby Zooble can be removed, joining its mummy on her habitat. Zoobles also have other cool features such as the ability to wiggle their ears, blink eyes and wag their tails when petted. Icetasia had little moving feet enabling  her to stand alone. Alice gave Zooble a very respectable ranking of 9/10

Parental overview

It’s hard  as a parent to keep up with what your children are into as their interest are forever changing (unless your like little man). It was clear to see from the onset that Alice-Sara would love zoobles , as stated she has since added to her collection by getting another Zooble with her pocket-money  which highlights just how much she likes these. Zoobles are new, yet very affordable starting at around £5.99 The fact that the collection is quite extensive means that I can now buy some other designs for both her birthday and Christmas helping her form a collection. Parental ranking is 9/10

Conclusions

Zoobles are available to buy from a range of toy stores including Argos and are on sale now. Spin Master have brought us a very nice little addition to Alice’s toy collection. All Zoobles are very affordable making it a great stocking filler at christmas. I predict that we are going to witness many little girls becoming Zooble crazy this christmas!

Quick note

Zooble have a cool fun site for kids to visit as well as a Zooble fan page on Facebook. The website is very magical with music and videos, Children can visit the different lands to discover what creatures come from where. Facebook fans can gain all the latest information on Zoobles.

Check out some other Zooble reviews from fellow mum’s…

Me and my Kiddy winks

Mummybird

Seasider in the city 

This review was done as a member of blog match the site that brings both bloggers and brands together. Alice was supplied with a Zooble free of charge for the purpose of the review

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Winner of my first toy giveaway

2 Aug

So, It time to announce the winner of the competition, ‘My first toy giveaway’

Chocorangecitymum

You are now the proud owner of a John Crane wooden guitar courtesy of the, ‘Wooden Toy Shop’

Congratulations honey 

Please contact me via twitter @clairelouise82 or here on the blog to claim your prize

If you want to see the official report showing how the winner was randomly selected please  see the full report HERE

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: John Crane Wooden Guitar 10 Chocorangecitymum 9a9a23e1-0f17-49d5-b9f7-2754aee924e4

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