I have two boys aged six and seven who are hard task masters when in comes to toys. So we have put our heads together and products our list together. Some of these items I have received to review, some we have bought for the boys and others they have played with and lusted after at friends houses (yes you know who you are)!
Wappy Dog (£25)
Wappy Dog is a game for the Nintendo DS and it has been a huge hit with Mini. Our Wappy Dog is called Ninja, which is a much better name, as I keep calling it yappy dog! So what is it. Well it is an interactive game with its own character dog. You feed it, pet, it, look after it, but you also play games with it. For a family without a dog it is great as it doesn’t cost anything once bought and it doesn’t need feeding with real food or taking for walks in the dark weather! Mini specifically loves playing rock, paper, scissors and fruit catch with his Wappy Dog.
Angry birds are taking over the world or so it seems. This is the perfect game for maxi, who has loved it. It is such a simple concept but captures his imagination and he just loves it as will many children of his age. Oh and Maddad has been know to play on it when he is in bed! It has Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, it didn’t take long for Maxi and MadDad to be hooked on the straightforward yet satisfying game lay that defines Angry Birds. There are 19 episodes, each with an exclusive new level that will keep you interested and ready for more.
What is it about boys and torches? These have been a MASSIVE hit in The Mad House. They are ingenious and for two Star Wars and LEGO mad boys these are great presents. They have been left on a lot and we are still on our original set of batteries after 4 weeks, but you do have to buy your own as they do not come with them. Darth Vader’s light saber is removable and also lights up perfect for role play with evil Jedi teddies!
Microscooter MX Trixx Stunt Scooter (£119.99)
This has been a HUGE hit in The Mad House. Both the boys have started to want to go to the skate park with Master Frugal and any mum will know that you have to have a skate scooter for that (I didn’t)! This scooter is awesome (Some of the other children where overheard chatting about it my Cass from A Frugal Family). We are lovers of all things Microscooter in the Mad House. As far as prices go for stunt scooters this is a real bargain and is “mint” according to the boys and all of their friends.
LeapPad 2 (around £70)
We reviewed the LeapPad 1 back in 2011 and were really impressed with it and Leapfrog have really listened to customers with the new version. At seven Maxi is a little advanced for it, but Mini loved it. He adored the camera function and was pleased that it had both a front and rear camera. As a parent I have to say that we love Leapfrog for the educational aspect and the fact that you can track your children’s progress online. You can also get education apps online for the LeapPad2. It also has video recorders, 4GB of memory, a faster processor and a library of 150+ game cartridges and downloadable apps.
Sports Stars Pitch and Play set (£20)
Maxi and Mini have both loved this play set and we have had hours of fun challenging each other with our own cup competitions. It is great as it packs up relatively small and is easy to play. Mini has had hours of fun just role playing with the characters and I have proven that I can beat both the boys at football! This is a great gift for any football made boy or girl and a really great value gift.
On the Wish List
This year the boys have also asked for the following for Christmas:
Skylander Giants for Wii
New Bikes (20 inch as both of them has grown so much)
Jaffa Cakes – Mini!