something special toysMr Tumble has been a firm favourite in this house for years and the girls even copy his Makatron sign language when they watch him. I’m not sure how much they remember but it’s important that as they grow it’s something they will recognise should they notice it.

A simple yet powerful message, Mr Tumble’s colourful show Something Special focuses on children with additional needs and by having them with him on his daily show these children are brought into our homes on a daily basis and little ones like mine have no need to think anything regarding their various differences such as speech, hearing or sight. These children are accepted simply as children who are lucky enough to be with Mr Tumble.

An excellent idea.

Now Golden Bear (big toy making people) are rolling out their new Something Special collection and on being asked if I’d like to review it I jumped at the chance because I know a lot of special children are going to love these toys and I know a lot of parents will be interested in hearing more.

I was sent three products from the range to review for you

Mr Tumble Activity Toy – Press Mr Tumbles hand to hear 6 fun phrases and his nose lights up too. He has an opening waistcoat, soft textured fabric and a rattle to stimulate senses. His hair is really soft and he’ll make a wonderful companion to any boy or girl. RRP £16.99

mr tumble activity toy - something special

Pick n Match Pairs Game – With 36 different pairs featuring characters and icons from the show. The Something Special pick and match pairs game is great fun and promotes co-operative fun between children and their parents. RRP £4.99

mr tumble pick n match cards

Mr Tumble Phone – Children can watch and listen to their favourite characters by inserting a 1 of 3 characters which will magically appear on the screen and watch them move and talk to them through the phone. When you press the button they will say different phrases which children will love to repeat and follow as they discover a whole new Mr Tumble game. RRP £12.00

mr tumble phone

Aren’t they fabulous? I think they’ll make lots of children very happy what do you think? Take a look at his hair I mentioned above

mr tumble activity toy

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Charley Bear DVDLittle Charley Bear is my very most favourite cartoon character and the fact James Cordon is the voice of this cute bear makes me fall in love with him just a little bit more.

His show is part of the CBeeBies pre-school series and when the sound track starts my girls run into their places and sit gripped to the screen, mind you I do too, it really is a well thought out animation project that goes with the line ‘It’s amazing what you can do with your imagination.’

I was asked a couple of weeks ago if we’d like to review Charley Bear’s latest adventures ‘Charley on Safari’ and we jumped at the chance. In fact seeing as we were off to Butlins I made sure to pack it and take it with us for that journey. The girls loved it and watched all six epsiodes back to back and then again!

James Cordon - Little Charley Bear

image courtesy of the BBC

In this DVD Charley pretends to be different wild animals but he doesn’t know which noises they make, to find out he goes on safari to discover the sounds he’s looking for. The DVD also comes with a small plastic Charley Bear to keep as your own, awwww Can’t wait to see the furry version!

charley bear logo

Charley Bear even has his own Facebook fan page or you can find him on his Little Charley Bear website. His DVD Charley on Safari is out 7th May and costs £12.99 it has a running time of 50 minutes

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magnetic labyrinth board game John CraneToday I have my Chief Reviewer for John Crane hat on and bring you our first toy review of 2012. Ta-dah!

The Magnetic Labyrinth Board Game

When I first spotted this board game in their catalogue I was drawn to the fun element of it and the fact that two people can play – perfect for the girls as I like to see them playing together and it seems there would be little arguing with this one too.

The magnetic maze game is made of sturdy birch-plywood board, it comes with four legs that can be easily inserted by screwing in the bottom as can be seen here. They are also easily removable if you want to take the game away on holiday or play with in the car.

Under the acrylic cover there is a labyrinth cut out and some red and blue magnetic balls. Using one of the two magnetic wands, which are attached to the board with a colourful cord, the balls can be moved along the grooves from above or below (as seen on the box above)

Magnetic labyrinth board game john CraneWhilst ‘travelling’ around the labyrinth board to their chosen destinations they develop their motor skills, visual tracking and eye/hand co-ordination along the way. What I particularly liked is it encourages them to hold the wand like a pencil, something they are learning to do at preschool, so hopefully in time will help them become more and more confident with their colouring in and later on writing. An excellent option for preschoolers.

Have a look at the girls playing on the short video below to get a better idea

The Magnetic Labyrinth Board Game sells at RRP £38 click on this link to find out who your nearest supplier is simply by putting in your postcode.

Also don’t forget John Crane are looking for photogenic children for their Top Model competition as mentioned a fortnight ago, if you think your child has got what it takes, then send a photo off, he/she may be starring on all the John Crane packaging later this year