Peppa Pig Once Upon A Time Playsets

Who doesn’t love Peppa Pig? Young or old. When it’s on the TV in our house we all find ourselves watching it, sometimes i find myself being the only one watching it!!! and i don’t turn over I just carry on watching it!

For anyone who isn’t ofay on Peppa Pig its a  pre school cartoon that follows the adventures of Peppa a pig and her family and friends.  Her friends are all different mammals from dogs to rabbits and sheep . Peppa’s friends are the same age as she is and she has a younger brother George, In the episodes they do everyday activities like going to paygroup, swimming to riding their bikes.  Their extended family is also involved.They wear clothes, drive cars and talk but you still have the noisy the animals make there are lots of snort like pigs especially from daddy pigs and doing what pigs do best which is jumping in muddy puddles (which is also some we like to do on a rainy day, put on our Peppa wellies and jump in those puddles)  

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There is enough in a Peppa cartoon to keep most adults happy too!

As great lovers of all things Peppa we jumped at the chance to review some of the Peppa toys on the markets and with christmas coming up they will make great gifts for your little Peppa  fans too.

There is a great set on the market which you can be bought as single ones, or they can all be used together. Your little ones can act out Fairy stories like Jack and the Beanstalk with their favorite characters from Peppa Pig.

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The Storytime Castle Playset is a lovely double sided castle with an opening drawbridge and gate. It comes with Peppa’s brother George and his magic beans. George can climb the beanstalk or the stairs inside the castle. From £19.99

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The Story Time Tea Party Playset is great for making up fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland the characters from Peppa included in the set are Peppa Bow Peep, King Pedro and Suzie Fairy they are all dressed up comes with a lovely big teapot and a jelly which are all important in a tea party. From £14.99

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The Pumpkin Carriage comes with footman George who is dressed for the part. The carriage is free wheeling and the roof comes off to reveal the spinning seats,

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There are different sets of extra figure packs. all Peppa’s friends are dressed in outfits to make them part of the story along with a fairy tale book to make the stories come to life. There is Woodland Rebecca, Swan Peppa,Medieval Danny and Woodland Candy. From £9.99.

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These playsets are great they are able to be used together or on their own and they can still have fun with just the one playset. The sets are all well made and very robust for the littlest ones. For ages 3+

Super Mario Maker

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Since I first played Super Mario Bros on the NES, (my second console that would lead to an obsession and lead me to lose interest and unplug my Commodore 64.. only to desperately want to own a C64 again 24 years later) I always dreamed of levels that could be added to what was already a great platformer, and making levels for it. Since then, I fantasised about becoming a game developer for many years to come, (school never gave me the guidance or path I wanted to take, and also explain the importance of my hatred of Maths would have to do with physics in video game development). Which regrettably, I never fulfilled.

24 years on, the Mario franchise is an unbelievable 30 years old. Spanning over 20 games on more than 11 platforms. Mario, is undoubtfully Nintendo’s most recognised mascot.

September 2015 brought my wildest childhood dreams to life in ways far greater than I could have imagined possible. Nintendo hands the level creator to YOU, the player. It has been a painful wait over nearly 3 years since the announcement of my most anticipated game ever. But the updates, extra features and content have been so worth holding out for.
Super Mario Maker allows you to create your OWN levels of Super Mario, on not just 1, but 4 Super Mario games
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 3
Super Mario World
New Super Mario Bros
This is not exactly new news to anyone that has followed the progress and updates from Nintendo on Super Mario Maker, but perhaps the most mind-blowing feature is that you can switch between the 4 Level modes at the push of a button (or 3). Just take a moment to think about that. It’s incredible!
So far there is no sign of Super Mario Bros 2 being added to the concoction (and it’s something I’m desperate to see added), but I wouldn’t rule it out with DLC being a possible gateway in the future.

So what we have with Super Mario Maker is a tool Palette full of wonderful items.
Originally it’s purpose was an interface tool for Shigeru Miyaoto and Takashi Tezuka. Preloaded with items, they could quickly select an Icon they required to make the level creation process quicker and easier for themselves. They quickly realised what they had created could be a tool, Anyone could use, to make a Super Mario game… So that’s exactly what they did!
You start with a blank canvas level and you need to fill it. The world is your oyster. (making this a haven for Trolling users with extremely difficult, but intuitive and ingenious levels. But worry not! Not every level will be a gargantuan task, and there are level ratings to suit your pace ). Taking full advantage of the Wii U pad’s touchscreen and stylus, you touch and drag items to position on screen. These items can be made bigger, wider and taller. You can double items up and give special abilities to them. While touching and dragging an item, be sure to give it a shake by rubbing the stylus back and forth on the touchscreen. There are many surprises and variants to be discovered for most items. Some items keep on giving the more times you shake them.
Some items (enemies included) available in the tool palette were not present in some of the games, though very cleverly they have been reimagined to how they would have looked on the games, had they been in them.. at the time.
You will find a lot of items can be mixed, and playing around will lead to a wide variety of discovery. For example without giving the game away too much, dropping a mushroom on an enemy will make them grow, just like it would with Mario. Enemies can also be dropped into question boxes to trick your friends and family when they attempt your creations.
On the level creation, you will be able to choose from not only your chosen Mario game mode, but also level mode. Whether it be the standard land-based levels, to underground, underwater, Lava levels, ghost house, airship and so on.
Throughout level design, you can test the levels. This is handy for calculating jumps and avoidance of obstacles. Mario will be replicated many times as a ghost image so you can perfect your landings, or alternatively, give players a feeling of doom with near misses. Again alternatively you can also encourage players to blind jump/leap of faith onto hidden platforms.

The key to making your masterpiece level… will be down to practice, discovery, and playing other users levels for inspiration. Your first level is unlikely to represent anything near what you always imagined it being, but don’t be deterred and don’t be too harsh on yourself.
One huge thing I was hoping for was the world map level hub of each game, and World hub creation tool, to actually add your levels too.
While this does exist, it’s nothing like I had hoped. There is nothing more satisfying on the games than roaming the world maps avoiding or facing sub-bosses and going into bonus areas.
Mario 10 challenge and the 100 challenges are interesting options. As the name suggests, you have the option of 10 or 100 lives to try to beat a set of levels.
Amiibo compatibility
Amiibo’s being a function for unlocks on many Wii U games now, makes an exception to Super Mario Maker. On my last count, over 70 Amiibo characters have compatibility to Super Mario Maker. That is a lot of fun and surprise to be had. Be sure to do your home work and see if any Amiibo can do more than one function.
Amiibo collector’s cards
Amiibo Collector’s cards, is a fantastic idea for a few reasons. Like many collectables, the price varies, depending on, age of the item, the amount of each figure in this case, is made. And the popularity. These reasons can rocket the price of a figure as they become highly sought after for collectors.
Quite possibly as a clever retalliation to an aftermarket Amiibo clone, (which is a common occurence in the video game market when unknown companies want to cash-in on the next big thing) that has a pretty hefty price tag nearly equalling nearly the cost of 4 regular Amiibo, the Amiibo Collector’s cards were announced. They will be released in waves similar to it’s brother version and will include uncommon to rare amiibo figures, as well as the more common.
The Amiibo cards will still have the NFC fucntion that is found in the figures. They will not only save you a good few pounds on even the most affordable Amiibo’s but will create a new wave of card collecting again. They will look great in card holder walletts, while keeping their condition and all Amiibo verions will be to hand. I also predict that well kept Amiibo card collections will grow in value in the next couple of decades.

Online Friends ARE NOT REAL

This is a post I have been thinking about for a while.

Having a blog online has opened up many things for my family and me. One of the biggest things is friendship. 

My facebook contains mainly people I know online, with only a handful of friends from school.

And I like it that way. Those people get me. I chose those people to see into our lives that little bit more.

A few months ago, some totally narrow-minded fool made the idiotic comment on how my online friends were not real.

They couldn’t possibly be my friends. They don’t care. They are not real. They are not who they say they are.

To that I say, BULLSh*t

Most of the “fake people” I talk to online I have met. I have spent real time with.

In fact, my best most closest friend in the world is someone I met online.

Her family have become a part of mine. We go on trips and visit each other. We talk all day long on facetime. We have the oddest in-jokes known to man. Yes we fight and we disagree but when push comes to shove, we’re family.

I am lucky enough to call some fabulous bloggers my friends. They are supportive, they listen, they care and they can take the world by storm if they need to.

They are people you feel honored to have on your side.  People who have your back when the poo hits the proverbial fan.

I have seen these “fake people” change lives.

Yes, there are some crazy people online who pretend to be someone else, but you can usually pick out those oddballs pretty fast.

I think these friendships formed online are becoming more and more prominent. The internet connects you with people who many not have otherwise known, and that is amazing.

So to anyone who doubts the connections made online are real or important. I feel for you. Being so cut off and cynical must be horrid.

Because me and my best friend do all sorts of awesome…

me and erika

 

 

 

 

LEAPFROG PARTNERS WITH KIDS FOOD GURU ANNABEL KARMEL TO LAUNCH ‘KITCHEN KIDS’ CAMPAIGN

To celebrate the launch of interactive preschool toy, Number Loving Oven, multi-award winning educational toy brand, LeapFrog, has teamed up with family favourite kids food guru, Annabel Karmel, to launch its Kitchen Kids campaign.

The campaign will see LeapFrog challenge mums and dads to bring cooking role play to life for pre-schoolers. From counting out ingredients, to mixing and garnishing, there are heaps of fun jobs for tiny hands in the kitchen and the campaign aims to inspire parents to get in the kitchen with their little ones.

LeapFrog will share kid-friendly recipes and ask parents to share their own favourite recipes and creations through Facebook and Twitter. To help get them started, LeapFrog and Annabel Karmel have also created the LeapFrog Kitchen Kids Guide, which offers parents valuable tips on how to deal with fussy eaters and expert advice from LeapFrog’s in-house learning team on how to fuel more role play opportunities at home, and the developmental benefits of this key play time.

Annabel Karmel, who has recently launched her all new Family Cooking App, said: “Kids love to play chef, and you’ll be amazed how early on they can start helping in the kitchen. Some of my happiest times with my three children growing up involved cooking and baking. Spending time together in the kitchen provided a great opportunity to teach them all kinds of invaluable skills – as well as the importance of eating well.”

LeapFrog’s Number Loving Oven talks, sings and gets number skills cooking with over 30 songs and phrases and 16 fun ingredients. Children can divide the pre-sliced food onto two plates for a friend or parent and learn about sharing, while also developing an early understanding of equal parts and parts that make up a whole. The number slider on the front of the Number Loving Oven allows children to practice number recognition and learn about the value of numbers through cooking times and temperature. To continue the exploration, children can fry an egg on the hob and hear it really “sizzle”, bake bread at just the right temperature, or cut and count slices of pizza to share.By integrating these concepts into engaging play, the Number Loving Oven makes learning fun and offers a new way to help prepare children for preschool.

Emily Brown, Senior Brand Manager at LeapFrog, comments: “Role play is such an exciting and important part of a child’s development, and often underrated. It is so much more than just playing for play’s sake, fuelling creativity, empathy and understanding of the world around them. Toys like Number Loving Oven encourage a child to make his or her own discoveries and at the same time help to hone skills that come from pretend play such as vocabulary building, social interaction and storytelling. We’re really excited to celebrate the launch of the Number Loving Oven with Annabel and hope our guide will inspire and support parents to discover new ways of learning learning and discoveries!”

Parents will be able to download the Kitchen Kids guide by going to: http://goo.gl/s03LBI

Number Loving Oven (RRP 19.99, for children aged two years and up), is available online and at major retailers now.

Annabel Karmel’s new Family Cooking App is available now for iPhone and iPad on the App store (http://apple.co/1LU3Hji). It features a ‘Kids Rule the Kitchen’ section which has special cooking courses designed to feed children’s imaginations whilst teaching essential cooking skills. For more information visitwww.annabelkarmel.com

Leapfrog Number Loving Oven

Leapfrog are a much loved and great making of toys that are not only well made and robust, but great in helping your little ones learn through play.

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We have the Number Loving oven to play with, which is great with the littlest going back to playschool for her last year, we love cooking together to in our house and playing kitchens is always a favourite.

The oven requires 3 AAA batteries which are included and from ages 2 years plus. The oven comes with 16 different ingredients and cooking utensils everything that you could want in one box for pretend play from cup cakes and fried eggs to plates and a baking tray all items are well made and well sized for little hands.

The oven has a lovely cheerful voice sing over 30 songs and phrases. Songs about counting, getting ready for cooking washing hands and turning on the oven.  The children move the number slider to learn about temperature and time, The food itself can be cut up to equal pieces to help with maths.

The songs are all cheerful and when the little ones have been playing with it you will all soon be singing the different songs!!  Even the oven door gives you cooking phrases and ones about sharing. You can fry an egg in the pan with real sizzling sounds. The light on the oven will go out when the food is done!!! and its great as all the food and utensils fit inside the oven so can be kept together and tidy.

This are great toy and for your little one and even the adults can have fun with this and pretend play and from only  £19.99 it’s a great product.