Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set

Can you believe that Thomas & Friends is 70 years old this year.  Yes, I know, something that is older than me – toot! toot!  Thomas the Tank Engine was a part of my own childhood and I remember enjoying the original stories with my younger brother when we were kids.  I love the fact that Monkey is a total fan, we have the books, DVD’s and of course, we have the trains!  I bought Monkey a Trackmaster set a couple of years ago and he’s always loved it.  It was easy for him to assemble himself and gave lots of flexibility for track layout.  He was thrilled when we recently received the Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge set to add to his Thomas & Friends adventures!

Trackmaster Breakaway Bridge Set

The Trackmaster Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set is aimed at children from 3 years and comes with 10 pieces of track a signal, house structure, buffer, 2 track adapters (more on that in a moment), a motorised Thomas train (you will need 2 x AAA batteries) and instruction leaflet.

Trackmaster Breakaway Bridge Set

The first thing that was apparent was that the Trackmaster sets have been redesigned hence the new adaptors.  This happened towards the backend of 2014.

Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set

It was good to know that the track might have changed but that we can still connect the Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set to our existing railway – phew!  The next change involves the engines themselves – our existing collection of trains all use AA batteries, the new Thomas needs 2 x AAA –  uurgh – not batteries I had in my stock pile.  So I need to go shopping.  Apparently, the new trains are designed to deal with steeper inclines in the newer sets but older trains should work on most new sets – double phew! We could try the set using our old trains until I had sorted the battery issue (Mummy was saved).

I do have a bit of a niggle with this re-design.  Whilst the new track connectors are great at creating a really sturdy track layout (aka toddler proof), my 5 year old would really struggle to construct this set himself.  To me, that part of the enjoyment lost.  He has successfully managed to pull the track apart, but still needs me to put it together. Personally, I think that’s a shame, but others with younger children may disagree.

Anyway, the track is easily to assemble within a matter of a minute or two and then the fun can begin.

So was the Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set a hit with Monkey?  Of course!  Mummy, look at the trains – they go on one rail!!!!

Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set

This obviously had to be tried out with a number of different trains, and I have to say that all of our old trains worked with this set, albeit some like Spencer and Gordon were a bit slower.  That added to the excitement as far as Monkey was concerned!

Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set

I’ve had a number of quiet afternoons after school since the Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set arrived, it’s kept Monkey mesmerised with the way the engines balance and the raised sections work really well.

Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set

The trains go so fast Mummy!

Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set

Of course we had to test the track out with more than one train running for added excitement.

Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set

Of course, it wasn’t long before the urge to add the set to Monkey’s existing track took over.  Monkey is in his element when he can design his own tracks, he was one super happy railway engineer.

Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set

The Thomas and Friends Breakaway Bridge Set is priced at £19.99 which is great value for money considering it includes a train, can be played with as a stand alone set or added on to existing track.  It’s been a big hit here.

disclaimer:  we were sent this set in exchange for an honest review

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Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour – and giveaway

Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour

I’m preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour which has been organised by Ladybird Books and The Happy Foodie.  We have been challenged to take storytelling from the page to the kitchen by creating a Spring recipe inspired by the Tales of Peter Rabbit.  I asked Monkey what he associated with Peter Rabbit and his instant response was Carrots!!  So we’ve decided to create some Carrot Cake slices.

Beatrix Potter and her wonderful stories were a key part of my childhood reading.  I adored all of the animals and their adventures.  Monkey loves them too and is a big fan of the television series.  Peter Rabbit is definitely his favourite character, and an obvious choice as our inspiration.  Both Peter and Monkey love carrots!

I based our Carrot Cake Slices on a recipe from one of my favourite baking books – The Big Book of Baking.

Here’s the full recipe for you, it’s super easy to make and they taste delicious!

Carrot Cake Slices
Carrot Cake Slices
A Peter Rabbit inspired Easter treat
Servings Prep Time
16 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 5 minutes
Carrot Cake Slices
Carrot Cake Slices
A Peter Rabbit inspired Easter treat
Servings Prep Time
16 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
frosting
Servings: slices
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 deg C/350F/Gas mark 4
  2. Grease and line the base of a 23 cm square baking tin
  3. In a large bowl beat together the oil, muscovado sugar and eggs. Stir in the grated carrots and sultanas.
  4. Sift together the flour, bicarb of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg, then stir evenly into the carrot mixture.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes , until well risen and firm to touch.
    Carrot Cake Slices
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Turn out on a wire rack when completely cool.
  7. For the frosting - combine the soft cheese, icing sugar and orange juice in a bowl and beat until smooth.
    Carrot Cake Slices
  8. Spread over the top of the cake. Decorate with chocolate carrots!. When set, you can cut the carrot cake into squares or slices
    Carrot Cake Slices
Recipe Notes

This recipe is based on Frosted Carrot Cake from The Big Book of Baking.

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For more Spring recipes, inspired by Peter Rabbit and friends, why not head over to The Happy Foodie and discover how celebrity chefs and their children are joining in!   If our Carrot Cake Slices have got you in the mood for baking then why not pop over to the following blogs who have been cooking up treats inspired by Peter Rabbit and Friends all week:

U me and the Kids, Emma in Bromley, Culture Baby, Emmy’s Mummy, Side Street Style and The Handmade Mum.

What will you be cooking this Easter?

disclaimer:  we were given a lovely set of books in exchange for this post.

If you have some Beatrix Potter fans in the house, I have a lovely giveaway for you too!

Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour

Today’s lovely giveaway book bundle includes – a hardback copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The World of Peter Rabbit – A pull out Pop-Up book and A Big Box of Little Books containing 9 mini board books featuring some of the best-loved characters from the world of Beatrix Potter.  The book bundle is worth over £25.00!  Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win this lovely set of books – good luck!

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(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close on 27th April 2015 at midnight.

Peter Rabbit Book bundle worth over £25.00

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Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

A few weeks ago we headed over to one of our favourite places with Redpeffer and her family.  Monkey wanted to take his camera and so the idea of Monkey Moments was born. Today I’m sharing his viewpoint with you –  Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

The photos may not be perfect, but I love the fact that he enjoys taking photographs, recording his day, having fun.  How wonderful to live in a digital age where he can instantly see the results of his snapping.  Not like his mother, who had to wait ages for a film to be sent away to be developed and printed out.

It made me chuckle that the first photo taken at Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old was of construction vehicles!

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

So Monkey isn’t it!  Snapping the machines that have been working on new pathways from the restaurant down to the main entrance of the gardens.

It was the first time his Redpeffer friends had visited Stowe and they were in charge of the map.  Monkey was offering his recommendations of favourite routes.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Time to chase after his friends as they headed for Monkey’s favourite wooden bridge.  Wait for me!

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Better check those wellies are ready, just in case a muddy puddle can be found!

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

No puddles to be found, but some rather interesting bark on a tree to be snapped.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

A favourite bridge to be crossed.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Mummy what are those swans doing?  They’re looking for food Monkey.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Time to look up through the trees.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Then down to the ground at fallen leaves.  I’d dearly love to know how he managed this shot – I love it!

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Spotting Temples along our walk is always a fun activity.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

It would appear that my little civil engineer in the making, has a fascination for drain covers.  Something I’d not spotted before!

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

The clouds were starting to look rather ominous as we looked across the lake.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

No swans here Monkey.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Lets go this way.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

I can spot some tracks!

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

A bit more drain spotting.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Mummy turn around!  I want to take your photo.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Your turn Daddy!

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

Now that does look interesting.  You can’t beat a good stick when you’re 5 years old.

Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old

A good pile of leaves is always an interesting distraction too.

Stowe

Monkey spies with his little eyes, his little Redpeffer buddy.

Stowe

Time for some more exploration – looking down at the stone work …..

Stowe

and up at something that typical amused a 5 year old!

Stowe

Time for his Redpeffer buddy to have a little pit stop – his 4 year old legs needed a rest.

Stowe

The kids resting place was right next to the golf course, which held it’s one fascination for my little snapper. From the tee markers …….

Stowe

to the bunkers.  Mummy why is there a sandpit there?

Stowe

The kids were all starting to flag a bit, so I set them a challenge.  Can you find a lion?  They were off.

Stowe

Of course Monkey knew exactly where they needed to look.

Stowe

But his 5 year old mind worked wonders again and we were treated to a view I’ve never looked at before! Boys and bottoms – what more can I say.

Stowe

Cheese!

Stowe

What on earth are Mummy and Iona doing?

Stowe

It certainly looked as if Monkey’s Redpeffer buddies had enjoyed themselves.

Stowe Stowe

We’d all had a great time, out in the fresh air on a Sunday afternoon.  My photos look rather different, but I thought it would be fun to show this post of Stowe through the lens of a 5 year old.  I hope you agree.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

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Come fly with Pilot Monkey and Pretend to Bee – review and giveaway

I have to be honest that fancy dress days at school fill me with dread when they are themed around Super Heroes and the like.  Monkey just isn’t fussed about dressing up in anything that doesn’t reflect real life.  With our recent visit to the Concorde Experience at Brooklands Museum, he is now able to relive the moment! Come fly with Pilot Monkey and Pretend to Bee.

Come fly with Pilot Monkey and Pretend to Bee

Pretend to Bee are an online retailer providing a whole host of character and role play costumes and I just knew that Monkey would love their Pilot role play costume.

Come fly with Pilot Monkey and Pretend to Bee

The set comes with a double-breasted blazer, trousers with elasticated waist, a hat with elasticated inset so it fits really well (happy faces all round) and a little ‘bib’ insert with collar and fixed tie on a velcro fastening.

I ordered the size 5-7 years, so knew that it would be a bit roomy on a 5 year old Monkey. The suit can be washed which is a bonus as some fancy dress costumes we’ve had are wipe clean only. It was time to Come fly with Pilot Monkey and Pretend to Bee and see what Monkey thought.

Come fly with Pilot Monkey and Pretend to Bee

It was an instant hit.  The hat fits really well, but with the hidden elasticated band there is room for him to grow and it will still fit him. The trousers and jacket are a generous fit, but that’s as I would expect from a 5-7 year age range and again, it means this set will last!

Come fly with Pilot Monkey and Pretend to Bee

I will take the trousers up for him and we can let them down as he continues to grow. The velcro fastening on the bib insert also works well and it wasn’t long before our pilot was ready for his first flight.

I will take the trousers up for him and we can let them down as he continues to grow. The velcro fastening on the bib insert also works well and it wasn't long before our pilot was ready for his first flight.

The set is priced at £20.95 and is available in two sizes – 3-5 and 5-7 years.  But there are different outfits available in smaller and larger sizes, there are some cute little outfits for babies too!  Monkey’s pilot outfit is well made and I can see him getting lots of wear out of it in the next couple of years.

disclaimer:  we were sent this item in exchange for an honest review.

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Monkey loves his new role play outfit and I’d like you all to have the chance to win a costume too!  Pretend to Bee have very kindly offered to supply one lucky winner with either a White Princess (sizes available between 3-12 years) or a SuperHero Cape Reversible Red/Blue One size 3/7yrs. Please see giveaway terms and conditions below.

Come fly with Pilot Monkey and Pretend to Bee

For your chance to win one of these outfits please complete the Gleam form below – good luck!

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Terms and conditions:

(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The prize is either a White Princess (sizes available between 3-12 years) or a SuperHero Cape Reversible Red/Blue One size 3/7yrs – subject to availability.

The giveaway will close on 9th April 2015 at midnight.

Win a Super Hero Cape or White Princess dressing up costume

 

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Decorating an Easter Stetson

When we got the school newsletter telling us we needed to make an Easter Bonnet for the Reception class Easter Parade today, Monkey was less than impressed.  I could see that this really wasn’t going to go well and actually I could see his point.  He will wear a sun hat and a thick hat when its super cold, but a bonnet or even a baseball cap – not likely. Luckily one of my friends mentioned that she’d seen a ‘boy friendly’ option in The Works. I was off like a shot, and there was the solution.  Monkey would be decorating an Easter Stetson!

I bought some bits and bobs in The Works, Poundland and Sainsburys, got our craft box out and showed Monkey what I’d pulled together.  There was a smile, a small hint of approval.  Monkey might go to the Easter Parade!

Decorating an Easter Stetson

He set to work straight away with some foam self adhesive stickers.

Decorating an Easter Stetson

I was under strict instructions that I had to make the Easter nests stick to the top of the Stetson.  That’s your job Mummy!

Decorating an Easter Stetson

Then it was back to Monkey for some more embellishments.

Some Spring lambs prancing around in the grass.

Decorating an Easter Stetson

A few more stickers couldn’t do any harm could them?

Decorating an Easter Stetson

Finally, Monkey was happy, his masterpiece was complete, he had finished decorating an Easter Stetson.

Decorating an Easter Stetson

For a few pounds Monkey had had a whale of a time, sticking, gluing, using his imagination.

Decorating an Easter Stetson

He found decorating an Easter Stetson lots of fun, but I wonder whether Monkey will wear his hat with pride for the Easter Parade today!

Decorating an Easter Stetson

We’ll just have to wait and see!  This is Monkey after all.  Are your kids decorating hats for Easter too?

 

 

 

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Monkey hits the bouncy castle #SSAmazingAchievements

Don’t all kids just love going on bouncy castles? No! Monkey is 5 and he’s always avoided the big blow up things that tempt all his friends. Even if he’s had the opportunity to have the whole space to himself, he’s declined. I’ve had so many strange looks from Mums, often friends, what do you mean, Monkey won’t go on them? Well it was time to try again. Monkey had been invited to a school friends birthday party, a Megabounce party.  Monkey had no idea what that entailed but he wanted to go. I on the other hand knew exactly what it meant. Would peer pressure help him overcome a fear? Would Sunday be the day? Monkey hits the bouncy castle?

Monkey hits the bouncy castle

I told him that I thought there would be a bouncy castle in the badminton hall at our leisure centre. Where I go swimming Mummy? Yes in the same building. Lots of your friends will be there, you can have a runaround and then you’ll all have something to eat. It will be fun.

So Sunday afternoon arrived and Monkey was quite excited to see his friends. He took great pride in delivery his friends present and card, even though he would actually speak to him. He just gets so shy, even with children he sees 5 days a week! He watched as the bouncy castle was inflated. He saw his best friend G run to be one of the first to have some fun. Monkey sat down with me. Don’t you want to go with G Monkey?  No Mummy.

So we sat together with a couple of the Mums, Monkey watching his friends having fun. Holding on to my arm. So I guessed we’d spend the rest of the party like this. A little double act. The birthday boy was really sweet and made a point of coming over to see Monkey, a quiet little boy, who wanted to help his friend have fun. But no, Monkey was not for moving.

At times like this I feel so sad for him, I can see the fun he could be having, right there in front of him. Fun with friends he knows well and sees every day at school. But he wasn’t sad, he wasn’t crying, he was just watching from afar.

After half and hour I suggested that we walk along the side of the bouncy castle so he could look inside and see what his friends were doing. Ok Mummy. So that’s what we did, and when we reached the other end, there was an inflatable platform. Monkey why don’t we sit on there together?  We can watch everyone getting into that bouncy castle as they pass. We will just sit right on the edge. Ok Mummy. So we did. Monkey why don’t you take your shoes off, then you can look through the hole and see what your friends are doing. So he did. Blimey. Then he realised he could bouncy on the platform, having his own bit of quiet fun. Why don’t you go through the hole and join your friends? Eventually he did, not for long but he did. Then he was back out, back with me.

But before long he was leaving my side and running to see his friends. Monkey hits the bouncy castle for the first time!  Wow 45 minutes and he was joining in, having fun. This was big news. He was having a lovely time. Part of the bouncy castle involved climbing quite a big wall and then coming down a big slide. I had zero expectations of him tackling either but after a while it became clear he wanted to try. Ok, shall I come in and try to help you up the wall bit?  Yes please Mummy. This boy is not a climber. Monkey by name, but not be nature! So in I got, much to everyone’s amusement and explained to Monkey what he would need to do yo get to the summit. There was a helper perched on the top, I’ll help yo so far and then grab hold of the lady and she’ll get you up. He did try bless him. But it was a step too far, he turned to look at me and I could see he was going to get upset. Never mind, you’ve done brilliantly. I’ll help you down and then you can have fun on the bottom of the bouncy castle can’t you.

So that was what he did. It wasn’t long until the children were called to get their shoes on and head off for dinner. I was so proud of him, it was such a big achievement for him. Luckily all the other kids were lovely, no one laughed at him for not managing the climb.  Monkey had climbed his own little Everest, he had had fun and when we got back in my car later, Mummy that was great fun! Oh Monkey, I know and I’m so happy that you’ve realised it too.

I’m sure we’ll probably have to go through the same process if he gets invited to another Megabounce party, maybe it will only take 15 minutes for him to leave my side. The fact that he’d left me in less than 2 hours without even thinking about the bouncy castle aspect, was a miracle in itself.

A big step so they so many other Mums take for granted. You see not all children are born loving bouncy castles. Now I’m left wondering if he might be really brave and try his friends trampoline this summer?  We will see, one small step at a time.

 

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Putting Brain Factor to the test

With a few longer distance trips on the horizon I’ve been looking at different ways to keep my 5 year old entertained! Monkey and I have been putting Brain Factor to the test!

Putting Brain Factor to the test

If you are looking for a different way to entertain, engage and educate your children aged between 3-7 years then it’s worth find out more about Brain Factor.  There are 4 different quiz book style ‘fan’ sets aimed at 3-4, 4-5, 5-6 and 6-7 year olds with activities relevant to each age range.

Putting Brain Factor to the test

With Monkey being 5, I opted for the 5-6 years Brain Factor fan set so that he can see his progress over the coming months. The fan has 25 different activity pages – with 3 different questions on each page, and the answers are hidden on the page behind.

Putting Brain Factor to the test

Monkey is learning to read at the moment, but he doesn’t know enough to be able to use the cards totally alone as yet. I’d hoped that the Brain Factor set would come in handy on our road trip to Cornwall, I’m not sure that’s going to work well at the moment.  But on our next flight, when we’re sat together, I can really see this set coming into its own.

There are all sorts of activities including spot the difference, addition and subtraction, general knowledge, telling the time, number and colour sequencing.  So lots to keep children entertained, whether it be for a short burst or as a more structured activity.

We’ve been having lots of fun with Brain Factor over breakfast.  Spotting the difference, working out colour sequencing and trying to improve our maths skills.  Monkey did get confused with the question What number is 4 less than 21?  I personally think that could be better worded for the age range – What is 21 minus 4?  But perhaps that’s just me?

Putting Brain Factor to the test

I like the real mix of activities, if there is something that’s a little too hard, no problem, we just go to the next question on the card.  The set will keep Monkey’s interest as his knowledge grows.

It’s a great set to pop inside it’s case and have in a handbag.  It’s educational as well as fun, so I know Monkey is really getting something useful from it.  The questions also lead on to further discussions – for instance, one question showed 3 different flowers and you have to identify which one had thorns.  We then walked around our garden looking for plants with thorns.  I do like things that offer discussion points!

Monkey has been putting Brain Factor to the test and he gives it a big thumbs up.

For £6.99 I think these Brain Factor sets are a really handy accessory and ideal for travelling.  Eileen at ET Speaks from home has slightly older children and they’ve been having fun with the sets too.

The 4 sets are available from Waterstones and Amazon – see my affiliate links below.

disclaimer:  we were sent this set in exchange for an honest review

  

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The Alphabet Photography Project K is for Kitten #alphabetphoto

Week 11 of PODcast‘s linky The Alphabet Photography Project and what to pick for K? Last year it was Knight, but what on earth to pick this year?  I was really struggling on this one and then a certain Brewster meandered into the living room, and my problem was solved! The Alphabet Photography Project K is for Kitten.

The Alphabet Photography Project K is for Kitten

When I finally had to say goodbye to my beloved Monty, I swore it would be a long time before I had another cat.  He’d needed so much attention with his medical needs that I was drained.  I really believed I was done with pets, for a while anyway.

Then, literally a few weeks after Monty had died I got a text from a friend.  There’s a little kitten who really needs a home.  He’s Mum’s rejected him and he’s being hand reared by a friend.  You’d be perfect for each other.  Ever the soft touch, I don’t think it was even 60 seconds before I asked for more details!

Messages were passed back and forth and a photo was received.  It was love at first sight really.  The kitten and his carer came to visit so we could formally say hello to each other. He chose me, it was instant, and soon as the kitten was out of the basket he came straight to me.  This tiny, little, bundle of fluff.  Yes please, we’d love to give him a home.

We had to wait a few more weeks for our bundle of mischief to move in permanently. What shall we call our kitten Monkey? Brewster, and that was it.  Our home was full of cat litter, toys and wrecked curtains!  Having cats that had made 17 and 18, I’d forgotten what having a kitten was like.  But, one look from those little eyes and he was forgiven for all his misdemeanors!  He is the heart of our home and is very much loved.

So The Alphabet Photography Project K is for Kitten, and actually now, nearly 3 years on, it seems impossible to remember him being that small!

The Alphabet Photography Project K is for Kitten

What would you pick for K????

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Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set

Monkey was first introduced to Battroborg last year, and although the sets have a guide age of 6+ he figured his original set out straight away.  He’s loved playing with the Samurai Vs Ninja set and now he’s been putting the Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set Viking Vs Knight set to the test.

Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set

The TOMY Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set can be played solo or with 2 players, making this a great game for Monkey.  The sets come with an arena, the two Bots – in this case a Viking and a Knight, pieces to customise each Bot, the controllers and full instructions.

Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set

Now you will need 4 x AA batteries for each controller, especially worth noting if the Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set is going to be a present.  The Bot’s can be customised with the various pieces of armour supplied (easy snap fit) and there are 3 weapons to arm them with.

Use a cross head screw driver to fit the batteries in each charger, and follow the instructions to charge the Bots fully.  It’s really easy to do, but patience will be required for about 20 minutes from the children, whilst this happens!

Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set Once the Bot’s are charged you need to synchronise them to the controllers – again the instructions are really easy to follow and this process is completed in a matter of seconds. It’s also worth noting that if the controllers are not used for 20 minutes, the sets will automatically shut down.  A bonus when you have a Monkey, who never believes in turning anything off!

Time for battle to commence.  We always make sure that we use the wrist ties on the controllers, they are adjustable for little arms too!

Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set

There are three infrared sensors on the controllers that activate the Bot’s and you need to be between 50-100cms away from them for the controllers to work properly.  Monkey still has some way to go to fully master how to control the Bot’s, but that’s fine as he’s only 5 anyway. Using different arm movements at varying degrees you can move the Bot’s and they can use their weapons in combat.  There’s some skill and tactics involved in game play so the game will develop as the children get better at working the controllers.

If you have more than one set you could also mix and match the different Bot’s, just remember to synch the Bot to a controller and away you go.

For more information and yo keep up to date with all the Battroborg news why not follow TOMY over on Facebook.

The Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set retail for £59.99, but I’ve just spotted this bargain deal on Amazon for £29.01 (my affiliate link is below for your reference).

disclaimer:  we were sent this set in exchange for an honest review

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