Another ‘egg’citing toy review for you folks – this time it’s the new series of Hatchimals! As you know, my boys LOVE collectable toys. Literally anything that comes as a surprise, is tiny and easy to lose, and they’re all over it. Hatchminals cover all of that and you guessed it, they’re invested in this cute and colourful range of collectables.
Brace yourselves, it’s another toy review over here at Lamb & Bear. In the lead up to Easter, we will be focusing on all Spring time activities and this toy is the epitome of the new season. The kids are always excited to receive anything from mr postman. Honestly pizza offers get them excited, but this package is extra special.
Today we will be talking about a fantastic product from Schleich. This German brand has had the monopoly on realistic animal toys down, and we were all super excited about its range of Farm World, with my daughter taking a liking in particular to the pony and horse training set.
Okay so I have a soft spot for Schleich toys, these toys were what my son was obsessed with. As a young mum with a toddler who could be a bit strong willed, we’d walk on into our local Early Learning Center (RIP ELC) and he would be enchanted with these animals. He’d sit and play with each creature, carefully lining them up and creating little stories and characters. Our collection started then, when I could envision the fun he’d have just so simply.
Since then the toys are still in our belonging, being passed from him to my daughter as well as a staple for child meetups. And guess what, they are still in exactly the same shape as they were brand new. The quality is exceptional, no doubt about that. You get what you pay for, and these toys stand the test of longevity.
So that bring me to our new addition, the Farm World Pony Agility Training set. This new set will be available this month from Smyths. It retails at £24.99 and features everything you need for a startup. Inside we have two ponies, (daughters choice of names currently is Zoey and Mabel, but that will often change). Paddock fences, gate, stable girl and obstacle course items that can be moved and set up in different ways.
These toys never fail, they are perfect! The quality is impeccable. The size is just right for little hands, and the ability to change the scene is what stimulates imaginative play. So far, our ponies have engaged in a practice show, a parade for the other animals in our collection as well as going for a swim with penguins and polar bears. They are endearing and the play delivers different stories each time.
Knowing that the toys are such good quality and timeless, the price, which can be overputting for some does not deter me. It’s a great investment and the perfect start of a collection for your little ones. I’m a hoarder and I can see the next generation still having these bad boys.
Let us know if your kiddos are just as enamoured with this brand and if you are looking forward to it’s new range.
* We were sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are honest and our own.
Looking at a staycation kind of holiday? Or perhaps a little road trip that will take you to new places without the need to board a plane or remember your passport. Well, in that case, we bring you Hertfordshire.
There are some real hidden gems to visit in this county and we bring you some of the very best in this short guide to tourism in Herts. This home county spans more than 1,600km square and is home to 1.181million people. Major towns include Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford, St Albans and Hertford.
If you’re planning on a trip down to this part of the world, there’s plenty to see and do, here are some highlights:
Perhaps the highlight of this trip for any Harry Potter fan is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Be transported to the great dining hall at Hogwarts, have a go at mixing up some spells in potions class, drop into Dumbledore’s study and even take a stroll down Diagon Alley. Will your wand be waiting for you?
Have a drink
Visit what is reportedly England’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which is believed to have stood in St Albans since 793 AD and is where Oliver Cromwell regularly dined. The pub is conveniently close to St Albans Cathedral where, in 1215 the first draft of the Magna Carta was drawn up.
Afterwards take a stroll around the market city and explore what St Albans has to offer.
If architecture and the Architect in Hertfordshire are more your thing, then check out the eighteenth-century working watermill museum and bakery in St Albans. This beautiful building is still in working order, creating organic stoneground flour from nearby crops, which are baked into handmade loaves in the neighbouring bakery.
Buy a loaf and learn all about the process from gathering crops to flour making and baking.
Don’t miss the British Schools Museum, located in Hitchin. This historic building displays classrooms through the history of education and also allows you access to the headmaster’s house. The displays bring history to life, making a great afternoon out for all the family.
Back to nature
Finally, don’t miss out on your chance to get up close to nature at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne. Meet the Big Cats at this interactive zoo and learn about wildlife as you feed and get to know them. The zoo also includes five adventure playgrounds for younger explorers to let off a little steam.
Why travel abroad when there’s so much to do right here on our doorsteps? Take a trip to the home county of Hertfordshire for your chance to step into a wizarding world, step back in time with a fabulous museum and step out of your comfort zone when you’re face to face with some impressive wild animals.
Whether you spend the day, the weekend or the week, you’ll be glad you decided to turn your staycation into an adventure that memories are made from.
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You will always want to make the most out of half-term so that your little ones have a fun break from school. Half-term is a great time to spend some quality time together as a family and there are few places more fun and exciting for a half-term trip than London.
The capital is bursting with brilliant half-term activities that are fun for the whole family. You can also get super off peak tickets for affordable prices which can make it easy and cheap to reach no matter where you are coming from. Here are a few ideas for fun activities.
Shakespeare’s Globe is always a good choice because it is fun but also cultural and educational. This February half-term they are putting on fascinating Henry V workshops and storytelling which will be a great way to introduce your kids to Shakespeare.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
If your family love Harry Potter then the studio tour is a must as it will allow you to immerse yourself in the Harry Potter universe and there is even a special exhibition on during this half-term.
National History & Science Museum
London has many fantastic museums to choose from but none better for kids than the National History Museum and the Science Museum. These are both filled with fun and fascinating exhibits which makes this a highly valuable experience for all.
Animal lovers will adore London Zoo which is a great place to see a wide range of beautiful and majestic animals from around the world. London Zoo is also the world’s oldest scientific zoo so it is a great place for learning too.
Sea Life London
Similarly, Sea Life London is one of the biggest collections of global marine life in Europe and a great place to see unique creatures and learn more about the ocean. The aquariums are truly breathtaking and a magical experience that kids of all ages and adults can enjoy together.
As you can see, there is plenty to see and do in the capital this half-term and this will certainly make it a fun and memorable break for the kids and allow you to create many happy memories together. Keep in mind that it can get busy in London during half-term so always plan ahead and book in advance where possible to guarantee entry and find the best deals.
Where are your favourite places to visit with the kids?
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Travelling can be extremely stressful for people who do not have much experience, and sometimes even for frequent travellers. New places and unfamiliar areas can often be quite challenging, especially if you are travelling outside the country. There are a lot of challenges and obstacles that come along with travelling; all of which can cause much stress to the traveller. For that very reason, this article puts together a list of five objects and items that can help reduce your stress while you travel.