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Dear mummy, I always thought magazines were for adults and teenagers but I discovered a cool magazine this week called Something Special and it’s just that! My folks have seen kids magazines which litter the bottom shelf of newsstands in perfect … Continue reading
Dear Mummy, we’re huge fans of CareBears in this household having watched the original CareBears the Movie over and over again since Christmas. My mummy was brought up with the CareBears in the 1980’s and had all the little plastic … Continue reading
Dear Mummy, we’ve seen a lot of people post about this cool game from Orchard Toys so wanted to try it out for ourselves. It’s called the Shopping List Game and retails around £7-£8 from Debenhams, ELC and Toys ‘R’ … Continue reading
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Dear Mummy, as you know we are big fans of Melissa & Doug toys! We buy a lot of our items discounted from Achica online. Melissa & Doug is an American manufacturer and purveyor of children’s toys. The company was founded by … Continue reading
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Melissa and Doug – Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks
Dear Mummy, it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and we’re slowly working our way through opening my presents and trying out all my new toys. My mummy wants to do it in stages as not to overload my senses with all these new toys!
Today we are playing with these colourful cardboard stacking blocks from Melissa and Doug. They come nestled in a A4-ish square box with a red rope handle.
All the stacking blocks fit inside each other and we have fun pulling them all out, more and more keep appearing which makes me giggle. It’s a really great idea that the hollow blocks can be nested inside each other and it makes it easier to store.
Melissa and Doug are renown for making beautiful bright toys for children. They are an American brand founded by Melissa and Doug Bernstein in their basement in 1988. They can be found online at Tescos and through discount outlets like Achica, Zulily and Amazon. They are a very quirky and fashionable brand too. Melissa and Doug make a wide range of toys like dolls houses, wooden toys, toys for special needs, pretend play toys and baby and toddler toys.
The Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks have cute cartoon animals on the sides. There are 10 cardboard blocks and when stacked they form a tower nearly 3ft high! That’s nearly as big as me!!! I love the bright colours and laminated shiny finish of the printed cardboard.
They are super lightweight too as they aren’t like big heavy wooden blocks that you usual get.
I can build them up and knock them down really easily without hurting myself too which is reassuring for my mummy. Even though they are square blocks the corners aren’t sharp due to the soften cardboard. You would think the cardboard is flimsy but it’s very durable because it’s laminated.
They are great for family time, when you are stuck indoors. Mummy and I spend a good 20 minutes playing with them before I lose interest.
It’s one toy I will always revisit though, which is good. The patterns on the top of the blocks are fun too. I love the star motif and the trippy squares inside squares.
A great fun and educational toy for children. Toy blocks are great to help with motor skills and hand-eye coordination. I also love to solve a problem by fitting the right blocks back into the nesting compartment when we tidy up.
Well done Melissa and Doug. It’s a super transportable way to learn your ABC’s! They range from £7.99 to £12.99 on most websites and well worth the money 🙂
Love Bella xx
Just for Tiny People’s 2nd Birthday Party
Dear Mummy, we love birthday parties! Especially when they are hosted by talented and creative individuals such as Effie Moss from Just for Tiny People.
The open day/second birthday party was listed on their facebook page and people traveled from far and wide to visit their business premises and celebrate their success since the notorious Dragons Den appearance on TV. (Series 12 Episode 5)
Just for Tiny People have done well! Capitalizing on their fame and talent and Deborah Meadens 25% stake in the business, they are also hot shots on social media too with over 154k likes on Facebook alone!
It helps that they make beautiful products too!
They are renowned for creating beautiful teepees and secret hiding places (Hidey Holes) for children and babies, we got to see the products first hand over the weekend..and let me tell you they were stunning!!
A bit out of my pocket-money budget, but if I pester my mummy enough *cough* I mean Santa, I might get one. Sadly we didn’t buy anything, the open day proved very popular, with queues of people out the door and through the starlit marquee.
Flattened teepees, colourful cushions, mats, postboxes and pillows were stacked high in the marquee in a rainbow of colours and patterns.
My mummy was busy taking photos while I was scouting the goods. The staff were very friendly and buzzing around like busy bees, So we didn’t get much time speaking to them. My visit wasn’t actually planned either, so they accommodated me very well.
We were in the Guildford area visiting Hatchlands Park owned by the National Trust which was a couple of miles down the road and briefly popped in.
Anyway, we left without trying the fabulous cake, shaped into one of their beloved teepees! A best seller for Just for Tiny people! So cute.
I wore my Frugi Owl dress and it matched my #JFTP Magical Adventurer sticker. I’m a great lover of owls so love Just for Tiny Peoples owl branding. We watched the youngest member of staff Alice, kindly hand out tons of sweets to customers waiting in the busy queues and all children were very well behaved!
Next time they run an open day it would be nice to have an area were the children can hang-out and test the teepees and play with toys, while the adults queue up and purchase, as I got figity at how busy it was in the marquee. They must have done a roaring trade over the weekend as it was soooo busy- well done! We love to see an independent UK small business do well. We are avid followers on Facebook and they usually run some fabulous competition to win their tepees. We can’t wait to see more of Just for Tiny People’s ingenious ideas come to life, such as the cardboard, foldaway teepee and the tablecloth sheetfort/playarea.
I promise next time we’ll stop to have a proper cup of tea, cake and a chat.
Well done on a fabulous 2nd Birthday and open weekend.
Remember tonight at 8pm (13th October 2014) they have an online market sale on their facebook page, so pop over and have a look!
Love Bella xx