Saturday 10 August 2013

Little Bird Told Me Review

I am always on the look out for different toys for my children, I said in my post yesterday that having all girls can make it difficult to find things to buy for my children because I end up with doubles of everything.

So when I was approached to review one of Little Bird Told Me's items, I was more than a little excited to have something else to play with, I mean for Layla!!

For those of you that haven't heard of this company, let me fill you in. This lovely business consists of a team of nursery specialists who aim to make your little persons world just that bit more special by offering a wide choice of developmental toys that build your child's imagination. From soft toys to rocking horses, all of their toys are originally designed by them, all of which are presented in eco friendly packaging.

I was asked to take a look at the site and pick what I would like to review. After having a good look around, I decided on the Soft Snail Activity Fun House as it looked like something that Layla could enjoy by herself or with myself of her sisters playing with her.

When it arrived, it came with a lovely little catalogue, show casing just what else you can buy from them and believe me I could buy a lot!

I love the packaging, you can see the toy clearly and when you open it up, there aren't loads of tags etc to be undoing and cutting, meaning your child can play with their new toy sooner rather than later!!

It is a great size, measuring 28 x 25 x 15cm, it is big enough for little hands to easily play with it but also small enough to not take up too much room, so easily tidied away somewhere when play time has finished.

I love all of the different colours over the snail, beautiful pastel shades, I actually spent time with my 3 year old getting her to tell me all of the colours she could see. And with the added touch of pictures of flowers and bees on the side too, it really engages your child straight away before they even get a chance to experience all of what this toy has to offer.

There are different textures to the material too, from fleecy, to shiny, to what I would describe as cord. Another thing to stimulate your little one.

This clever snail comes with a set of wooden wheels that velcro onto the bottom of it, so your little one can pull it around the room with them using the lead at the front, which can also be detached when not in use.

The wheels being wooden is great because they don't make that horrible clackety sound that plastic wheels make when they are spinning along the floor.

I love that the wheels are removable because the snail is super soft, so your child could also use it as a cuddly toy too.

The only problem I found though was that the velcro didn't seem to be strong enough because sometimes as my kids were pulling it along, the wheels were falling off because the velcro was coming undone, maybe the velcro strap needs to be made slightly wider??

We have already had hours of fun with the snail because it has so many different features on it.

It's left antennae squeeks when pushed and when the right one is pulled, it plays a lovely little song.

There is a rattling caterpillar living in the house on the snails back, this was immediately chewed and dribbled on, poor little thing but because you can take it out of the house, it is like having a second toy to enjoy.

Inside the roof of the house is a little mirror for your little one to take a look at their reflection or if they are like Layla, then they play a game of peek a boo with themselves.

And I didn't realise until a couple of days ago that there is a door on one side of the house and insdie this door is place for to put a picture of whatever you want inside, I think I am going to get a picture of Layla's sisters printed out to put in there.

This lovely soft toy is priced at £25, which I think is a bargain price. It is made for little ones from six months onwards and with so many activities to do, this toy will be used again and again. It is definitely built to last and another added bonus is that it doesn't need batteries to work!!! The snail is simple yet effective but also a bit different from all of the other soft toys that you see in the shops.

You can also find Little Bird Told Me on facebook and twitter to keep up to date with all their latest news.

Disclaimer : this toy was sent to me free of charge for reviewing purposes, however all thoughts and opnions are my own.

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