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Power Up 4.0 – Smartphone controlled remote control paper airplane

Monday, September 28th, 2020

This is a review of the PowerUP 4.0. This is a successful Kickstarter campaign which completed in 2020. I’ve received my bundle of airplane related goodies and had a few builds and test flights. The video below goes through an unboxing, the first builds, test flights and important information on flying the plane such as […]

3D printed Aquarium – Gift idea for Megaquarium Computer Game

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Megaquarium is a computer game where you get a design your own aquarium tourist attraction. It’s like Roller Coaster Tycoon, based around a Sea Life Centre. My son wants it as a Christmas present, which is great except in the days of digital downloads a bunch of binary digits doesn’t quite feel the same as […]

Review of Meccano Meccanoid G15KS educational personal robot

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Introduction This is a review of the Meccanoid G15K personal robot from Meccano. It’s a programmable robot that’s about 4 feet tall (about the same size as a 6 year old child). The recommended minimum age is 10 which I believe is the age for making it; I’m hoping to use it to teach programming […]

Wooden Train Set – suitable for toddlers or minimum age 3+ ?

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Wooden train sets have been a popular toy with children for many years and doesn’t seam to be losing popularity. Many parents will have experienced that time when trying to get on with their shopping whilst your toddler wants to play with the wooden train set on display in a toy shop. The main advantage […]

Toy Review – Fisherprice Thomas the Tank Engine Take-N-Play / Take Along Thomas & Friends

Monday, November 14th, 2011

This is a review of the Fisher Price Thomas Take-N-Play children toys based on Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. It is a push-along train set with plastic track and diecast metal trains. The “sets” are normally sold in the form of a plastic building with a simple loop track and an engine. The building […]

K’Nex Corkscrew Coaster

Monday, September 12th, 2011

My daughter is only six, but she loves roller coasters. We have season tickets to Drayton Manor Park (home of the Ben 10 roller coaster) and she recently went on Falcon the vertical roller coaster at Duinrell in Holland. Rides that would scare much older children. So when we were browsing around some toys and […]

Fisher-Price Thomas the Tank Engine TrackMaster (Motor Road and Rail) and Tomy Tomica World

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Young children may have already enjoyed playing with the wooden train sets, but as they grow they come to expect a little more than a wooden block with wheels. The Thomas and Friends Trackmaster and/or Tomica trainsets bridge the gap between the wooden my first train sets and the full grown Hornby electronic train sets. […]

Toy review: Junior Scrabble Disney Edition

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Junior Scrabble is a family game suitable for children from 5 years old. There are two different games depending upon the age of children. The simplest has the words fully spelled out and the aim is to cover each of the letters with the corresponding tile, the harder game has a picture for each word […]

Solution for a Toddler, able to escape out of childseat by getting arms out of seat belt.

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Our two year old daughter has gone through a phase of being able to get out of the childseat seat belt. Perform any search on the web and it appears that this is a common problem. Basically the child works out that if they can pull their hands through the seat belt they are then […]

Toys for Toddlers – Colour Doodle, Great for car journeys

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Keeping young children entertained on long car journeys is a challenge. I should know, driving my toddler daughter for a 30 to 60 minute drive between home and nursery each day. Our daughter loves drawing, but giving her crayons in the car generally means that they end up all over the car. So seeing a […]

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