Category: Toys

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations fun

Play-Doh Burger Barbeque Kitchen Creations review by The Mommy City

Oh boy, the excitement when the Play-Doh Kitchens Creations Burger set arrived for Paige and Ethan.They have played with it for hours, and haven’t even mixed up the Play-Doh colours that much (that’s saying something)! What is nice about these sets, is it gives the kids a starting point for their creative play. If I just hand over the Play-Doh, they don’t always know what to make, or just make the same things over again. This has sparked some more creativity in their play, and is a nice addition to our Play-Doh collection. Their range of products is wide, and I’ve included links to other mommy blogger reviews below, so you can see more of the range in play.

The Play-Doh Kitchen Creations range includes a variety of playsets and tools to inspire storytelling, imaginative thinking, creative play, and fun for wannabe cooks without the dirty dishes piling up.

Have fun with the Play-Doh Sizzlin’ Stovetop that makes real sizzling sounds as soon as the skillet or saucepan are placed on the burners. Listen to how the sizzle gets louder when a Play-Doh creation is placed in one of the pans, almost like a real stove. Want to know what’s on the menu? Use the Play-Doh stamps to create pretend steak and eggs, crazy burgers and even fish.  Add some Play-Doh veggies with the half mould and use your tongs and spatula to flip and grab your creations before displaying them on the plates provided.

Aspiring chefs can experience the fun of baking without the fuss with the Play-Doh Magical Oven that features real lights and sounds. Simply put some Play-Doh compound in a pretend food attachment and place it in the oven, press the lever and see the Play-Doh food ‘bake’ almost like magic. The lights change from white to red as the pretend food finishes ‘cooking’, and the oven makes a ‘ding’ sound when it’s done. The five pretend food attachments include favorites like make-believe muffins, crazy cake, pretend pie, and more. Add fun side dishes with the moulds to customise the creations.

Start the day with Play-Doh Breakfast Bakery. Create a delightful breakfast menu with the waffle maker, which shapes both square and round Play-Doh waffles, it also creates imaginary toast, pretend pancakes, lots of make-believe toppings, and more. Use the syrup bottle to squeeze pretend syrup or fluffy Play-Doh Plus whipped cream on top to complete the creations. There are also three creation cards to inspire creativity. With so many fun things to make Play-Doh breakfast time might even take up the whole day.

Slice and chop some Play-Doh culinary creativity with Play-Doh Shape ‘N Slice. This fun set of kitchen-themed tools lets budding chefs create and cut colourful Play-Doh snacks and meals. The cutting boards feature lots of half-moulds to shape a variety of silly fruits, veggies, pretend meats, and more. Slice the imaginary ingredients on the cutting board with the cleaver, knives, and shears. Squeeze out a variety of shapes with the presser tool including pretend celery, garlic and more. Toss it all together in the bowl and share it with the plates and spoon.

‘Fire up’ the make-believe grill with the Play-Doh Burger Barbeque Choose from five Play-Doh compound colours and creative tools to roll, cut, squeeze, shape and mould fun Play-Doh hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, and toppings. Create outrageous onion rings and an assortment of Play-Doh toppings on the lid of the grill. Use the decorator tool to create fantasy fries and pretend condiments using the different shapes on the rail attachment.

From pretend pasta to imaginary ramen bowls, the Play-Doh Noodle Makin’ Mania set offers creative cooks the opportunity to dish up all kinds of delightful Play-Doh noodle dishes. Simply choose a disc to change the shape, load some Play-Doh compound into the noodle maker and press the handle to squeeze oodles of noodles. Add replica raviolis and pretend lasagna to the menu with the book-mould and cutter. There are also moulds for make-believe macaroni and cheese and fun toppings.

Host a Play-Doh Pizza Party with your very own Play-Doh pizzeria. Make, shape and slice the wackiest pizza’s imaginable with a selection of fun tools and squishy Play-Doh compound. Use the roller to roll out some imaginary pizza dough in the pan, grate a pile of make-believe mozzarella and then add your favorite pretend toppings with the half-mould paddle. You can also use the grater to squeeze your own silly spaghetti dish. When you’re ready, slice your Play-Doh pizza, toss it in the box, and deliver to your friends.


Create the tastiest looking pretend lunches with the Play-Doh Lunchtime Creations Containing a variety of stamps, cutters, rollers and other tools and five different Play-Doh colours creating a feast of Play-Doh sandwiches, pizzas, cookies and other ‘treats’. Use the server and plates included to display your lunchtime masterpieces.

Creativity never looked so sweet with Play-Doh Kitchen Creations. It’s Play-Doh Cake Party time and you can now make the most imaginative pretend cakes to celebrate any occasion. Shape all kinds of cakes in the Play-Doh oven or with the decorative cutters provided. Use the decorating tool to top it all off with swirly make-believe frosting. There is even confetti compound to add sparkle to your creation. Display your Play-Doh cake work of art in the cake dome, or present them with the plates and utensils included in the set.

Enjoy a Play-Doh frosting frenzy with Play-Doh Frost ‘n Fun Cakes. Aspiring cake chefs can feel like pros with all the right tools. Create Play-Doh Bundt cakes and crazy cakes that look like teddy bears and stars with the three cake moulds included or build a crazy tiered cake with the three cake cutters and cake tier. Now for the best part – decorating. Cover the creations in fluffy Play-Doh 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.

Create tasty looking pretend Play-Doh treats with the Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Chocolate Pops. Simply place Play-Doh compound into one of the moulds included then pop it out and insert on one of the sticks provided.

The Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Colourful Cookie Creation set prepares you for the ultimate Play-Doh cookie bake off. With the cookie sheet and 4 cookie cutters, there are lots of ways to make pretend cookies in all kinds of shapes and sizes, including gingerbread men, wacky wafers, and even stacks of silly sandwich cookies. Add fun patterns  and decorations to the cookies with the unique textured rolling pin and frosting tool – prepare for kids to go a bit Play-Doh cookie crazy.

Serve up some Play-Doh Ice Cream Treats. Now there’s no need to choose between a dish or a cone, as this set has both. The easy-release scoop makes it super simple to grab some Play-Doh ‘ice cream’ out of the can. Press different Play-Doh colours through the grated handle on the scoop to cover the creations in make-believe sprinkles. The whipped cream tool can squeeze pretend whipped topping, and the stand can help keep the cone from toppling over. The creations will look cooler than ever, and the best part is that they won’t melt.

The Play-Doh Kitchen Creations range of playsets will be available from Toys R Us, ToyZone, Toy Kingdom, Hamleys and other major retailers. You can also shop online for Play-Doh Kitchen Creations products at Takealot.com.

Visit Play-Doh South Africa at www.hasbro.com/en-za/brands/playdoh; Facebook: @PlayDohSouthAfrica; YouTube:  Play-Doh South Africa

This is not a sponsored post. Information and product provided by Hasbro. Image my own.

 

Latest toys and boardgames for the family

There are two things I am enjoying most this winter holiday. Sitting by the fireplace reading or playing a game, and the kids happily playing together (without me). Paige and Ethan are finally playing nicely together for up to an hour sometimes, without fighting (*gasp*). They are at such a nice age where they are the best of friends and come up with the most imaginative games. Their playroom has been upside down since the start of the holidays, and will probably remain that way until school term starts. If you are looking for new toys to keep your kids entertained for hours, here are some newly launched options for all ages.

Teletubbies plush toyTeletubbies (18+ months)

Teletubbies fans will be pleased to know that their favourite cute and cuddly characters Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are now available for them to take home in a whole new plush range. Lallaby Laa-Laa is the perfect toy to gently sing your baby to sleep with classic lullabies such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  This super soft cuddly toy has a gentle light that shines when you press her tummy. You also have the option of choosing how long Laa-Laa gets to sing – either 5, 10 or 15 minutes. The Talking Plush toy is available in all four Teletubbies characters, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. When you gently press the plush toy’s tummy you can hear them talk and make sound effects.

The new range also introduces the Laughing Giggle Plush toy, which is available in Po and Laa-Laa characters. It is very soft to the touch.  When you tickle the toy, it laughs and giggles – the more you tickle them the more they giggle. Jumping Po is also part of the plush series, she jumps and bounces and really personifies happiness.

Glimmies

Glimmies (3+ years)

A first in the South African market, but with a growing fan base the world over, Glimmies are a super cute glow in the dark range of toys. Glimmies are star fairy collectibles that have been sent by the moon to look after the forest animals and restore peace to Glimmies Wood. Each star fairy (23 to collect) represents a forest animal and has its own distinct features and characteristics resembling each animal they have been sent to protect.

Some of the star fairies include the Fox Glimmies, Foxanne (purple) and Volpessa (forest green), these two are always lucky and can get themselves out of any tricky situation.  Doterella is also the leader of all the Glimmies owing to her ability to raise spirits when the other Glimmies’ are feeling low. Hazelyn (orange) and Almendra (pink), the squirrel Glimmies are adventurous, full of energy and are always looking for special treasures to hide in secret places. The Glimmies are guaranteed to be a popular choice for all young fairy fans aged 3 years and older.

Grossery Gang and TMNT

Grossery Gang (5+ years)

Welcome to Cheap Town, the ramshackled, former bustling town now occupied by the grubby Grossery Gang.  This gang of spoilt grocery goods have gone way past their use-by dates and have rankled their way to life on the dreadful shelves of the Yucky Mart to create their own kind of fun – the rotten variety. There are over 150 Grossery items to collect. The Mushy Slushie Machine Playset is a must-have for your child to show off his collection, while adding two more Grosseries to his assortment. Collect all the members of the Grossery Gang and your very own Yucky Mart will be open for business. What about the Grossery Gang Sticky Soda for a refreshingly revolting drink? What you’ll get in the pack is four of the grubby bunch with a surprise lurking in the mess.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4+ years)

From their home in sewers of New York City, these four brothers battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated creatures, and alien invaders while attempting to remain hidden from society. TMNT has always been a popular boys brand for over three decades and are generational heroes.

Leonardo is the tactical, courageous leader of the Ninja Turtles and a devoted student of Ninjutsu. He usually wears a blue mask and wields two katanas. Michelangelo is the most comical of the brothers, wearing an orange mask and his choice of weapon is a pair of nunchucks. Donatello is the scientist, inventor, engineer and technological genius of the Ninja Turtles. He dons a purple mask and a bo-staff. Raphael is the bad boy of the Ninja Turtles, wearing a red mask and wielding a pair of sais. Splinter is the mutant rat sensei and adoptive father of the Ninja Turtles.

20 questions, Anti-Monopoly and Hotel Tycoon boardgames

20-Questions (8+ years)

20-Questions is the classic game of people, places, things and years. Each round features a new mystery topic from history, entertainment, sports or culture. As clues are read aloud players rack their brains to identify what it is. The fewer clues you need to guess correctly, the more spaces you move on the board. 20-Questions is ideal for ages 8 and up. Two to more players. RSP: R499.99*

Anti-Monopoly (8+ years)

Anti-Monopoly is a real estate trading game with an exciting twist! Players choose free enterprise or monopoly, then play under different rules. In Anti-Monopoly, competitors have a fair shot at winning. Ideal for ages 8 and up. Two to six players. RSP: 499.99*

Hotel Tycoon (8+ years)

Hotel Tycoon is a game where players try to buy and build the best hotels in the world and compete for guests. The game caters for two to four players and is ideal for ages eight and up. Touted as the addictive new game for budding real estate magnates, Hotel Tycoon will have players building 3-D hotels and trying to bankrupt their opponents just so that they can say “I’ve won”. Hotel Tycoon is available at retailers and toy stores for RSP: R599.99*.

Toys and boardgames are available at top toy stores and retailers. For more info go to www.primatoys.co.za

*Prices correct at July 2017.

Information and toys provided by Prima Toys. Images my own.

Masterchef launches Cooking Sets for Kids

Masterchef Cooking SetCooking with your kids usually requires yummy ingredients, a mop, and a good dose of patience from mom. We have had some fun making chocolate cookies, fairy cakes and breakfast bars, amongst other recipes. I can’t say I have enjoyed all my time with the kids in the kitchen, but we have made some delicious, spoon-licking treats and memories, which made it worth it. Whilst the kids are small, I do prefer their help with baking rather than cooking, as it involves less knives. They do also like to help out with the washing up, but that usually involves even more cleaning afterwards!

My motives in getting the kids helping in the kitchen at a young age are somewhat selfish in that:

  • I imagine a day when I can sit down to a breakfast or meal prepared by my children. A meal without broken egg shell, burnt bits and all the dishes are cleaned by my helpful kids.
  • By instilling a joy for food, they will be more willing to experiment with different food types and become less fussy.
  • My children will start to enjoy grocery shopping, and become more involved in writing down a list and buying ingredients.

A brand new Masterchef Junior product range is now available for children who enjoy cooking or want to experiment in the kitchen. Designed especially for children the new MasterChef Junior cooking range recreates the fun and excitement of the hit TV series at home.

Each set includes real cooking tools with kid-safe, non-slip silicone grips and features three unique recipe cards for all levels of experience – line cook, sous chef and master chef – plus one blank recipe card to write your own recipe.

Masterchef Cooking Set

There are five sets in the range including the Cooking Essential Set Breakfast Cooking Set, Pizza Cooking Set, Burger Cooking Set and Baking Kitchen Set.

The product sets come in playful colours and the cooking tool sizes are perfect for a child’s hands. Ideal for ages six plus. The Masterchef Cooking Sets are available at toy stores countrywide from R599.99.

This is not a sponsored post. The information and the Masterchef Cooking Essential Set was given to me.

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MONOPOLY has new tokens thanks to their fans

MONOPOLY Token MadnessWhen I think of MONOPOLY, I remember the hundred or so times my younger sister beat me at the board game. She just had incredible luck of the dice or made shrewd purchasing decisions, either way, she was a legend at the game. I was better at other Hasbro games like Cluedo, Guess Who?, Jenga and Operation. How I miss those days, spending endless hours playing games as children. I still love board games, but until Paige and Ethan are old enough, I will have to get my mom and older sister around the table for a game. My younger sister may, or may not, be invited…

Back to MONOPOLY. They have some exciting news after they asked fans across the globe to vote on their favourite tokens.  From 64 possible options, and after an incredible 4.3 million votes, the top eight tokens were picked for the next generation of the MONOPOLY game. The tokens set to “pass GO” in the next generation of the MONOPOLY game are the Scottie dog, top hat, car, battleship, cat, T-rex, rubber ducky, and penguin tokens.

MONOPOLY Token Madness

Next generation MONOPOLY tokens

  • Scottie Dog Token: The best friend of Mr. MONOPOLY since the 1950s, the Scottie Dog token proved its popularity by receiving the most votes – making it the overall first place winner.
  • T-Rex Token: The mighty T-Rex token stomped its way into the new game, garnering the second most overall votes and making history as the first dinosaur token of Mr. MONOPOLY.
  • Top Hat Token: Coming in third place in overall votes, the Top Hat token – a staple in the game since 1935 – will keep Mr. MONOPOLY looking dapper well into the future.
  • Car Token: This 1930s roadster will continue fueling adrenaline rushes for Mr. MONOPOLY in the next generation of the game; coming in fourth place in overall votes.
  • Rubber Ducky Token: Coming in fifth in overall votes, the new Rubber Ducky token is truly all its “quacked” up to be.
  • Cat Token: Fans voted the Cat token into the game in 2013, and she clawed her way back in as one of the eight winning tokens, coming in sixth place in overall votes.
  • Penguin Token: Waddling into the game in seventh place in overall votes, the Penguin token is the new style muse for Mr. MONOPOLY.
  • Battleship Token: The beloved Battleship token represents the first round-the-world trip for Mr. MONOPOLY; securing the eighth spot in overall votes, this token’s legacy will cruise into the next generation of the game.

So long MONOPOLY tokens

While the Scottie dog, top hat, car, cat, and battleship tokens can breathe a sigh of relief, the iconic thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow tokens didn’t make the cut. Instead, they’re planning to take some time off and will not be part of the next generation of the MONOPOLY game.

  • ‘Sew’ long, Thimble: The lucky Thimble token is down on its luck. With just over 81,000 votes, this token will be left out of the next generation of the game after more than 80 years.
  • The Boot gets booted: Mr. MONOPOLY needs a new pair of kicks, because the once popular boot token – modeled after the working shoe of the 1930s – received just over 83,000 votes, and was ultimately booted from the game.
  • Bye, bye Wheelbarrow: The wheelbarrow token, a staple in the game since the 1950s, will wheel no more. With just over 60,000 votes, this historic token was voted out of the next generation of the game.

The next generation of the MONOPOLY game will be available for purchase this August. Until then, you can play the MONOPOLY Token Madness edition or localised MONOPOLY Mzansi edition available at your nearest retailer.

This is not a sponsored post. The information and a copy of the MONOPOLY Token Madness edition was given to me by Hasbro South Africa.

Childhood memories and Fisher-Price® toys

SponsoredFisher-Price #BestPossibleStart

Looking through old baby photographs has made me feel nostalgic of late. I only have a few of my own photos, as compared to Paige who will have a few thousand to sort through one day (the joys of digital). I even have a few of my maternal grandparents as children and I love to see their younger versions captured in black and white. As I look through these photos I can’t help but notice the shared feelings of joy and love for our children, and the family resemblance. Time passes quickly and already I feel the pangs of sadness when seeing how much Paige has grown. She is no longer my baby, but  my beautiful little girl with long flowing hair and a purple handbag big enough to store her treasures which she carries everywhere. My mom, and her mom, must have felt the same way looking back at how much our children have grown. My grandmother is amazing at 90 years of age, and when Paige was born she flew out from England to be here. She held her daughter’s, daughter’s, daughter in her arms and saw four generations come together. That was a special moment.

Like photographs, possessions passed down through the generations also have sentimental value for me. A piece of jewellery, a book or a toy can hold memories and be treasured for years. I have a box of my own treasures which I keep safe, and will be handed down to Paige and Ethan one day. For now, they get to play with our old Fisher-Price® toys which their grannies kept boxed for 30 years, waiting for their grandchildren. I can remember pulling around my Queen Buzzy Bee and the sound of dialing my Chatter Phone. My husband can remember playing with his truck and his sister singing for hours into her microphone tape recorder, which still works today. These toys probably mean more to me than they do to my children at their current age, and are a happy reminder of my childhood.

Fisher-Price #BestPossibleStart

As you can see, we do have quite a few old and new Fisher-Price toys, and this doesn’t include the baby toys already stored away. This is thanks to the grannies who kept our old toys safe all these years, and continue to buy Fisher-Price for their grandchildren. The toys are built to last and even though there have been improvements over the years, their toys still remain timeless and relevant. It is a trusted brand which I grew up with, and still choose today. These are the toys which I will once again store away for my grandchildren and watch with joy as they are continued to be played.

There are a number of new additions to the Fisher-Price range, as they continue to develop toys with a child’s developmental milestones in mind. Please visit their Facebook page for latest news, giveaways and #throwback moments (my favourite). If you are looking for a toy to get your child moving, BeatBo is set to be this year’s ultimate Christmas present. Fisher-Price Still the #BestPossibleStart after 30 years

Fun and games with Prima Toys

Prima Toys review by The Mommy CityWhen you have two kids who are at a similar age and play together all the time, it helps to have two of everything. Yes, I would love for them to learn how to share, but they are toddlers after all so I can only ask so much until play time turns into tears. When Prima Toys asked what toys the kids would like, I knew exactly what they would want as they had similar toys they already loved to play with, but now they could both have one. There was still some lively debate between them as to who gets to play first with their new toys, and the cash register was a favourite and kept them busy for hours (which made mommy and daddy especially happy).

Little Tikes Xylophone review by The Mommy CityI come from a musical family, so it’s wonderful to see that Paige and Ethan love music too. The xylophone is a must for noisy music time and even though I can embrace the discordant sounds of a two-year old musician, my husband not so much. So when he’s away, out rolls the colourful Little Tikes Xylophone and music is made. I’m not allowed to sing though, as Ethan puts a stop to that immediately. He really isn’t a fan of my singing voice, which I didn’t think was that bad? What’s nice about this toy is that it has wheels, the plastic mallet is attached and clips away when not in use. There are 4 play along nursery rhymes which are cut out from the packaging, which gives parents a few tunes to teach the kids.

Leapfrog Chat and Count Phone review by The Mommy CityPaige already had a LeapFrog Chat & Count in pink, so it was only fair that Ethan got his own in white. The phone has two volume levels, large press buttons and screen. The phone talks and Scout/Violet the dog runs across the screen and you get to count along with him/her. It’s a good phone from 18 months+ and don’t forget to put their names on it as they will want to take this on outings like mom and dad. It won’t beat playing with mom’s real iPhone, but it is cheaper to replace when it’s thrown in a toilet.

Little Tikes Cash Register review by The Mommy CityThe Little Tikes Cash Register was a hit with the kids, and they really liked being able to swipe the card across to bank the coins in the till. The coins can be inserted in the top and run down to the side or in the colour coded front panel which drops into the till. The top yellow counter can be tapped to change the amount owed and the side lever pulls down to open the till. This is great for playing shop and a nice idea is to buy orange, yellow and purple stickers to put on items to ‘buy’ so can learn how to count their money.

Little Live Pets review by The Mommy CitySince we won’t be getting the kids a real life bird, Little Live Pets is the next best thing, well at least Paige and Ethan think so. This little bird sings when you stroke it’s back and you can also record a few words for it to sing back at you. I had recorded ‘I love Paige’ and I love Ethan’ and it was amusing watching the kids walking around mimicing the bird. Since we needed two birds, we bought a white bird for Ethan, which in hindsight was the worst colour to get a two year old boy. Anyway, the now greyish white and blue birds live in their cage on the fridge and come out to play on supervision. This is more because we don’t want Ethan to break them, but it actually teaches them to be gentle with the birds, and they need to be cared for. It’s sweet to watch.

These toys are available at most large retailers and toy stores.

Snookums has a new look

Snookums has a new look - The Mommy CityRecognise the before logo? Well it’s about to change to this. Looks great right? Yes, the trusted South African baby brand Snookums is having a revamp and you will still be able to find all their quality products in your favourite stores, just with a different look. They are still producing their extensive range of affordable baby products right here in Cape Town, like they have done for over 43 years. Their products cover most categories such as Baby Feeding, Baby Bathing, Baby Grooming, Baby Soothing, Baby Teething, Baby Potty Training, Baby Development, Baby Toys and Baby Safety and Health. They constantly strive to include new innovative baby products to the range to ensure they stay at the forefront of international parenting trends.

I wanted to find out more and so I asked David Botha, managing director of Advacare of which Snookums is one of their brands, how their proudly SA company produces local products but at an affordable price and he replied: “Our ultimate customers are small innocent babies, so at Snookums we never compromise on quality, because we take their safety and wellbeing very seriously. We continuously strive to offer parents quality value for money products.  We are proud of our customer service. If parents are not completely happy with their Snookums product they can contact us directly at info@snookums.co.za. We will do everything in our power to help them. Snookums is a proudly South African brand, rooted in Cape Town. We understand the challenges of South African parents. We will never be the cheapest, but our quality products are excellent value for money, backed by caring staff and customer service.”

Snookums is available in all specialty baby shops, most pharmacies and mass retail chains.

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