Mike the Knight – a.k.a Jonny!

July 16, 2013 in Kids, Toys and Games

We’ve just moved house. It’s been a crazy time, moving all our stuff from Glasgow to Newcastle, taking care of the kids and getting work done on our new house… I’ve barely had a second to think.

The kids have been great but it’s obviously a big upheaval for them….thank goodness for Grandparents and toys!

Jonny is particularly in love with his Mike the Knight set he went sent recently. He adores Mike the Knight and so when this Mission Set with a Sword and Helmet arrived he was particularly excited. In fact you can make out his massive grin in the photos below…

Mike the Knight

Part of me wonders if the reason Jonny loves this so much is because his Dad is called Mike! Maybe he’s pretending to be Dad…or maybe that thought hasn’t even occurred to him? I’d love to know what goes through his mind sometimes.

Jonny is particularly good at playing by himself these days. He will sit with a toy and chat away, playing a wee game in his head. This Mission Set is perfect for him at the moment, he uses his imagination and slips into the world of Mike the Knight. Indoors, outdoors it doesn’t matter, you’ll find him wielding this foam sword!

I love seeing him use his imagination, sometimes I just stop and listen to him playing. He can have me in stitches! This is a great toy to encourage Jonny’s imagination and as a big Mike the Knight fan he just loves it!

Mike the Knight Mission Set retails for £14.99.

We were sent a Mission Set free of charge for consideration. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and, as always, completely honest.

Win a Little Us Doll

June 20, 2013 in Closed Giveaways, Kids, Toys and Games


We’re really excited to be launching our new site www.strupag.com this month and so to celebrate we have a great giveaway for you.


Little Us logoLittle Us is a brand new range of enchanting dolls, each one with her own unique personality.  Which one is most like your daughter?– maybe it will be Chloe who likes everything pink, or Amelia who loves animals and reading, or perhaps it will be Ruby who’s just a little bit cheeky, or finally Mille, the tomboy of the group! Read the Little Us stories and follow their adventures on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/LittleUsdolls. Dolls are available to purchase from Amazon RRP £9.99.

Little Us Dolls

L-R Chloe, Amelia, Mille and Ruby

We have one of these gorgeous dolls to give away to one strupag.com reader. To be in with a chance of winning simply complete the rafflecopter entry form below. If the form doesn’t appear simply click the link 😀

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Good luck! 

Thank you to Little Us Dolls for providing the prize for this giveaway.

Postman Pat Motorbike & Sidecar

June 10, 2013 in Kids, Toys and Games

Jonny was very excited when Postman Pat turned up complete with motorbike, sidecar and Jess the cat. Here’s what Liz had to say about this new toy which forms part of the new Postman Pat SDS Vehicle range.

What a cute toy! There is so much detail on it and Jonny (four) loves it. A removable Pat and Jess fit onto the motorbike and into the sidecar, and they steer easily. You can easily move Pat’s arms and legs which is just fab!

The box at the back opens to store letters which is a lovely feature. However the letters are really very small, fine for Jonny but we have to hide them from his little sister.

postman pat motorbike

 

The toy itself seems pretty sturdy and well-made. Jonny loves how the wheels turn, even the little spare wheel on the back of the sidecar. These little details really add to the fun of the toy.

The are a couple of downsides however.  Pat doesn’t easily hold onto the motorbike which is quite frustrating for a four-year-old and as I said the letters are so small that they really do have to be kept out of the way of young children.

That said this is a lovely toy for any Postman Pat fan.

The Postman Pat Motorbike and Sidecar retails for £9.99.

We were sent a sample of this toy free of charge for our consideration. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and, as always, completely honest.

Bumper Book of Family Games

September 3, 2012 in Toys and Games, Young Children

Well the weather hasn’t been too great this summer, in fact it’s been pretty rubbish. It can be a real challenge trying to keep kids entertained. Liz was therefore delighted to receive The Bumper Book of Family Games. With more than 110 games, from classic to modern, for a range of all ages, this book will keep you and your family entertained for hours.

 
 
Here are Liz’s thoughts…..
 
Packed (and I mean packed) full of brilliant ideas, this book has already saved us. On those days when the kids (three and fifteen months) have driven me stir crazy and I have no brain capacity left for being inventive or even thinking of anything other than opening a bottle of wine when Jonny and Sophie finally go to sleep, this book has been a godsend.
Beautifully laid out, Katie Hewett and Jo Pink have created a user-friendly, simple-to-follow and comprehensive games compendium which mixes traditional classics that I’d forgotten all about with new ideas. There is basically one game to a page with clear instructions and ‘helpful hints’ and ‘variations’ in different coloured boxes which give even more ideas.
 
The contents page divides the games into different categories; outdoor, car, and indoor games and there are loads to choose from in each. Our favourite are the car games as half our family live in London and we live in Glasgow so we can be in the car for long stretches of time. Anything that helps pass the time and stop the kids from being grumpy is just brilliant!
This is a book that will be used time and time again. At the moment only some games are able to be used with such young children but we are able to simplify some of the others. A really good investment as it will last for years when Jonny and Sophie grow older and there are more children to entertain.
This would make a fantastic present for any family or teacher.
My husband commented that he’s sure they could all be turned into drinking games when times get really desperate!
 
The Bumper Book of Family Games retails for £12.99.
 
A sample copy of this book was received free of charge. We were under no obligation to mention this product. All opinions expressed are completely honest and entirely our own.

Peppa Pig My First Laptop

March 21, 2012 in Baby and Toddler, Kids, Toys and Games

Liz, Jonny and Sophie have been busy testing a new toy and the time has come to share their thoughts with you. Introducing…. Peppa Pig My First Laptop.

Peppa Pig My First Laptop – RRP £19.99
 
The Peppa Pig My First Laptop uses 4 game modes to help your child learn colours, numbers, the alphabet and more. I have to admit that I had a wee play with it when it first arrived through the door…..and then hubby did when he got home! When Jonny arrived to pick up the new toy his eyes lit up. In fact both he and Sophie insisted on playing with it before it was even out the box!
Here’s what Liz has to say about My First Laptop….
 
 
I really like this product as it isn’t too complicated like some other products on the market. There’s plenty to do without getting overwhelmed and each of the four options covers quite different topics. Plus, there aren’t too many buttons and those that are there are big and colourful so perfect for little hands. It is aimed at 2+ years and this is definitely about right although my 9-month old also loves pressing the buttons. There are also two other buttons which play some music.
 
 
The screen is a static, colourful picture of Peppa Pig and her brother George, with lights behind them that correspond to the games.  The first activity allows the child to press any button. An item lights up on the screen and a full audio description is given (for example; ‘three yellow books’ which is a big improvement on some toys which often only concentrate on items, numbers or colours at any one time). 
 
The next activity asks the child to answer questions based on the item lit up on the screen. This mixes up the colours, items and numbers so the child really engages with questions. The music activity mixes musical notes with the sound of three instruments. 
 
The final activity asks the child to recognise sounds and press the corresponding buttons. I have to admit that my son was a lot better at it than my husband and I. There are some quite tricky differentiations to make and we would get it wrong whereas Jonny quite happily pressed the right buttons first time!
 
This product bridges the gap between baby toys and 3+ years toys perfectly. A bit hit in our house!
 
Peppa Pig My First Laptop is available from Amazon, Mothercare, John Lewis, The Entertainer and Morrisons with an RRP of £19.99.
A sample was received for our consideration. No other reward, financial or otherwise, was received in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are entirely our own.