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SmartGames: Review

I recently wrote about our experience of the fabulous SmartMax magnetic construction toys for young children. We were lucky enough to be asked to review the SmartGames toys too – puzzles for both children and adults that make you think! About SmartGames SmartGames are one-player games that are designed to play alone, but they can also be enjoyed together. Each game has either four or five difficultly levels, so you can start from the easiest and work your way to the most difficult as you get the hang of it. Each game is built to last with good quality pieces. They…

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BrightMinds: Review

As my girls get older, I’m becoming increasingly aware of the need to buy them educational toys and activities. This seems particularly pertinent in Winter when they’re inside a bit more. Sometimes though, I do despair of the toys on offer. There is far too much unimaginative plastic tat in the world. So when BrightMinds got in touch and asked me if I’d like to review a couple of things from their website I was delighted. BrightMinds – The Concept BrightMinds was founded by a former science teacher. All their toys are handpicked to inspire and educate children while they…

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SmartMax Construction Toys – Review

My girls tend not to have a particularly long attention span for toys. They love them for a day or two and then they move on. So when I was asked to review SmartMax construction toys, I didn’t have high hopes for them. Amazingly though, since the toys arrived, the girls have consistently asked to play with them every day. SmartMax Start Plus The SmartMax Magnetic Discovery Start Plus 30 piece set is a starter set containing 30 pieces. This includes long and short straight poles, curved poles and balls. Each piece is magnetic and the magnets in the cold coloured poles – green,…

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Jord Wooden Men’s Watch – Review

Several generations back, my dad’s family were watch makers in the Black Forest in Germany. Since learning this as a child, I’ve always been interested in watches. The more unusual or ornate the better. So when Jord got in touch and asked if I wanted to review a wooden men’s watch, I jumped at the chance, much to my husband’s delight. About Jord Jord make all of their unique watches from wood. Their team is full of designers and artists, all of whom come together to create signature timepieces that stand out from the crowd. Jord are based in the USA and…

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The Play’s The Thing At The RSC Stratford – Review

This morning we headed to Stratford to check out the new interactive exhibition at the RSC, The Play’s The Thing. Tucked away on the other side of the RSC Café, the exhibition brings to life some of Shakespeare’s most famous works. What is The Play’s The Thing? When I think of an exhibition, I imagine something relatively static. Definitely not the sort of thing my children would be particularly interested in. But the beauty of The Play’s The Thing is that it uses such a wide range of formats to reach visitors that it really does keep people’s attention. When…

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