Category: Kids

Get ready to play with Prima Top Toys

At a media launch in July, Prima Toys announced their Top Toys for December 2017. These are the toys that kids will be gazing at longingly in toy stores during the school holidays/festive season. Imagine how cool you’d be if you surprised them with any of these even before they give you those puppy dog eyes, or drop helpful hints. 😀

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Before we get to the toys, I have to tell you a little about the launch, held at The Bryanston Country Club. On arrival the lovely ladies from MatsiMela Home Spa treated us to hand massages, as we sipped on champagne (how fabulous? 😉).

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Of course, being the kind of people who enjoy spoiling others, meant that MatsiMela also had gifts waiting for us on our way out that day. 🙂 I received the Rooibos & Honey Body Butter and Fizz Ball. The scent of these products – oh my gosh! So beautiful!

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Warren Murray from MamaMagic, The Baby Expo spoke about equal parenting, highlighting how dads should be as involved in raising and caring for their kids as moms are. During his talk he also mentioned how the few minutes you take to play is so appreciated by your child, and it’s those moments that become treasured memories.

Dr Shireen Thomas-Stark told us that when parents buy toys for their kids, they’re actually “investing money” because of the many benefits of play such as promoting creativity and problem solving.

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Finally it was time for the real fun – Prima Toys marketing executive Chiquita Patrizi revealed Top Toys 2017! 😀

Shopkins Happy Places

Little ones can turn any space into a happy place with the Shopkins Happy Places range. The largest set in the Happy Places range is the Happy Home set that includes several Puppy Parlour Petkins and a Lil’ Shoppie. Other playsets include Kitty Kitchen, Dreamy Bear, Bathing Bunny, Slumber Bear Party, Bunny Laundry, Mousy Hangout, and plenty more. There is so much more to collect for the Shopkins fan. All sets include their own miniature Petkins and other accessories to go with whichever Happy Place you choose. Doll house play just got better because interior décor has never been cuter.

Top Toys - Shopkins

Little Live Pets Surprise Chicks

This one got everyone (each one of us an adult 😋) super excited! There was one Surprise Chick on each table, and watching them hatch and then move cutely around the table had us oohing, aahing, and giggling so much, that it took a while for everyone to settle again. For a few minutes, we were kids again, and it was such fun. Thank you Prima Toys for reminding us of the power of play.

There are five Chicks to collect: Patty the Party Chick, Blossy the Daisy Chick, Tilly the Dancing Chick, Beaky the Rainbow Chick and Henny Penny the Sunny Chick. You won’t know which Chick you’ve got till they hatch. The fun doesn’t end with the first hatch though; your Chick can hatch over and over again for endless fun. Fancy some sweet Chick chirping? Simply pet your Chick, the more you pet it the more it will chirp. So cute!

Elena of Avalor

Princess Elena is bold, confident and kind. With the help of family, friends, and magical flying creatures called jacquins, she must now rule the kingdom as Crown Princess, until she is old enough to be Queen. The Disney Elena of Avalor range of toys includes dolls and accessories, perfect for lots of fun roleplay.

Top Toys - Elena of Avalor

L.O.L Surprise Tots Ball

Once again, we had the chance to play, with an adorable L.O.L being passed around each table, for each of us to unwrap and discover. First you get a secret message, then collectable stickers, a feeding bottle, doll shoes, an outfit, an accessory, and then a fantastic doll. There are forty five dolls to collect, each with their unique accessories.

Top Toys - L.O.L

Ben 10

Brand new action figures are available in various sizes, each with their own special movement capabilities. There is also a range of exciting playsets including the Rustbucket Deluxe Playset, and the Ben 10 Transform & Battle Set, which features a favourite alien along with a gauntlet mask to match. The range also includes wearable accessories that will take roleplay to a whole new level of fun!

Top Toys - Ben 10

Fingerlings Baby Monkeys

These guys will hang on to your fingers and tell you how they are feeling in 50 different ways. Listen to them making near real monkey sounds and watch them blink their eyes and turn their heads. Their hands and feet have a grip surface to hang upside down just like real monkeys.

Rubiks

The new range Rubiks includes Rubik’s Build IT solve IT, which comes with all the necessary parts to build your own cube (you can finally solve this 40 year mystery); Rubik’s Race, a two player game to get your fingers and brain working – the aim is to be the first player to make the 3×3 centre match pattern and the Rubik’s Tower – the new twist on the original cube, even more challenging than the original cube.

20 Questions

20 Questions is a classic for the whole family. Test your knowledge of people, places, things and important dates, and enjoy seeing everyone racking their brain trying to figure out the correct answers.

Top Toys - Rubiks

And there you have it, just some of #PrimaTopToys for the coming festive season.

We were gifted with goodie bags once the program was over, and it was a bag that made my little person really happy. One of the prezzies inside was her first ever pack of Shopkins, and now she wants to collect them all (they are super cute, so I totally get it).

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Which #PrimaTopToys are you thinking of buying for your little/s?

Every time I think I know, I learn something new | #CarseatFullstop

Early this year, I reviewed the BeSafe iZi Up X3 car seat. I was extremely impressed with our choice – the features, especially SIP (Side Impact Protection); the fact that it comes from safety focused, award winning Scandinavian brand BeSafe; and of course that it’s a pretty good looking car seat, which is a prerequisite when you’re this cool. 👇🏼

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A little while ago though, I found myself questioning this car seat we had been so, so happy with. We were making our way home after a mini groceries run, when a moron – who clearly has no respect for little things like rules, road safety, or life – turned right in front of us, causing Shawn to quickly hit the brakes to avoid hitting into his car.

The frantic braking caused Zee’s car seat to move forward and then back again, giving her a huge fright. Seeing and hearing how scared my child was, made me think immediately that perhaps we’d chosen the wrong car seat. All sorts of things ran through my mind. Why didn’t we just take the iZi Up X3 Fix instead? If it was an ISOfix car seat, the seat wouldn’t have shifted, and my little girl would feel safer, and be better protected.

I did some research to try and put my mind at ease (or to decide if we needed to take out a loan, in order to rush out and buy an ISOfix car seat), and this is what I found:

~ When a car crashes it stops suddenly, but the child car seat and the child carry on moving. A car seat is designed to protect your child by holding him or her in place, absorbing some of the forces of the crash, and actively controlling how their body moves to reduce injury to their internal organs, and delicate areas such as the head, neck and abdomen.

~ When a seat is installed using a seat belt, there is some give in the belt. This means the seat moves slightly more in a crash, but the forces transmitted to the seat (and hence the child) can be slightly lower, because of the energy absorbed as the belt flexes.

~ With ISOfix mounts the connection between the seat and the car is more rigid, and more of the crash force is transferred between them. In a sideways impact the car seat is often held more firmly on the seat, so there can be less sideways movement, and more force is transferred to the seat. However, some ISOfix car seats now have connectors which allow for a bit of sideways movement, to compensate for this (or in the more awesome case of the iZi Up X3 Fix, SIR – Side Impact Rotation, where in the event of an impact from the side the child car seat will rotate inwards towards the centre of the car so that the child is turned away from the point of impact instead of being thrown forwards against the door)

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~ The main thing to remember is that ISOfix was introduced to make installing a child car seat much easier, and to lower the risk of getting it wrong. If a seat is installed incorrectly, it won’t give as much protection as it’s designed to, which could lead to a higher risk of serious injury. In other words, a properly installed belted car seat is just as safe as it’s ISOfix twin. The most important thing is that your child is safely strapped into one.

In case you’re wondering, “Why all the car seat fuss for an “older” child, a child who’s just turned 8?”

In South Africa it is illegal to travel in a car with a child under 3 years old not strapped into an approved car seat – most of us know this. But did you know that every child until roughly 12 years of age needs to be in a car seat to be safe in case of a crash?

Once a child outgrows the 5-point harness toddler seat, they should be moved to a full back booster seat with side impact protection until they are over 1.5m tall or over 36kg. At just 1.18m and 20kg, there’s no way I’m letting my little one travel in a car without a car seat.

CarseatFullstop Zee

A car seat belt is designed to be used by an adult male over 1.5m tall. The seat belt’s job is to distribute the force of a crash to the body’s strongest points – mid-shoulder, chest and pelvis. On a child however, the seat belt sits over their 2 most vulnerable points – the neck/throat and the belly area containing all the vital organs. The seat belt becomes a definitive threat to a child who isn’t using a child car seat to protect them from it.

As parents we’re always learning something new. Perhaps, before reading this, you weren’t aware of the facts regarding why it’s vital for “older” children to be in a car seat. I remember how shaken I was when the 2016 #CarseatFullstop campaign launched, and I learned that I was in fact making big mistakes (despite being someone who’s always felt so strongly about car seat safety) – I learned that I had moved Zee to a forward facing car seat WAY too early… and that I had been strapping her in with the harness fastened a little too loosely. Being surprised or shaken by what we learn isn’t enough though, we need to apply that knowledge.

Being on the #CarseatFullstop team this year, I want to do my part in sharing the lifesaving information we’ve learned, and are still learning with other parents.

With statistics saying that up to 93% of people aren’t strapping in their kids in South Africa… We ALL know somebody who is adding to that number.

You have the power to save a little life. One share, seen by one person, who straps in one child, saves a life. #CarseatFullstop. Every child. Every time. No matter what.

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#CarseatFullstop is a very proud retailer for the BeSafe car seat range in South Africa. This means that if you purchase a BeSafe car seat through #CarseatFullstop, the profits go to maintaining this initiative! If you would like to have your little one as safe as they can be, be sure to join this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/supportcarseatfullstop/ or contact us on besafe@carseatfullstop.org.

And if you have a car seat that your little person has outgrown, please consider donating it to Wheel Well. Wheel Well is a non-profit organization that collects used car seats, which are then cleaned and refurbished in order to provide a safe option for parents who are unable to afford a new car seat. Seats can be dropped off at any Renault dealership.

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One Messy Mama

It’s (Cake) Party time with Play-Doh Kitchen Creations

Last week Zee received a (in her words) “very cute, and very fun” gift from Hasbro – the Play-Doh Cake Party play set from their new Kitchen Creations range. She’s been baking up a storm ever since, creating all kinds of cute – and some curious looking – sweet treats. 😋

Play-Doh Zee

She was really excited to tell everyone about her latest Play-Doh favourite, which means (of course) that mommy was reeled in for a new video. 😊

It’s clear that all junior chefs like Zee will be inspired with the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations range, where the main ingredient is creativity.

The range includes a variety of playsets and tools to inspire storytelling, imaginative thinking, creative play, and fun. These are just a few of my Zee’s faves from the adorable Kitchen Creations range:

~ Play-Doh Breakfast Bakery

Play-Doh breakfast

Little chefs can create a delightful breakfast with the waffle maker which shapes both square and round waffles, imaginary toast, pretend pancakes, lots of make-believe toppings, and more.

~ Play-Doh Burger Barbeque

Play-Doh burger bbq

Fire up the make-believe grill with the Burger Barbeque set. Choose from five Play-Doh colours and creative tools to roll, cut, squeeze, shape and mould fun hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, and toppings.

~ Play-Doh Magical Oven

Play-Doh magical oven

The oven features real lights and sounds. The lights change from white to red as the pretend food finishes cooking; and listen out for the ‘ding’ sound when it’s done.

~ Play-Doh Frost ‘n Fun Cakes

Play-Doh Frost

Cover cake creations in fluffy frosting with the frosting tool, which comes with three tips for a variety of shapes. Top it all off with make-believe candies, silly fruits, and other fun toppings with the half-moulds.

Play-Doh kitchen creations

A childhood staple since its introduction in 1956, Play-Doh has captivated the imaginations of children across the globe, and it continues to do so with the Kitchen Creations range. It is the #1 reusable modeling compound, with more than 500 million cans produced each year. As well as being plain fun for kids, there are many educational and developmental benefits. Play-Doh has been shown to:

~ enhance fine motor skill
~ improve pre-writing skills
~ assist with literacy and numeracy development
~ stimulate creativity and imagination
~ have a calming effect with regards to focus and concentration
~ develop hand-eye coordination
~ increase curiosity and knowledge
~ encourage social skills

Cute, fun, and educational too? Go on, open up a can of imagination today. 🙂

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Two Tiny Hands