We've not had the best of weather this summer in North Wales which resulted in many days cooped up indoors. There's only so many episodes of Peppa Pig that you can watch or drawing you can do before the boredom kicks in and you have a restless, moody three year old. However House of Fraser kindly offered to send us some toys to solve that problem! As we all know kids can get bored of their toys and its good to switch them up every once in a while.
The first item I chose was this gorgeous Hamleys Wooden Rainbow Stacker. If you are a regular reader you may know that I am a huge sucker for wooden kids toys! Amelia has numerous wooden toys from shape sorters and puzzles to stackers and maze cubes, I just can't resist buying wooden toys. I think they look a lot better than plastic toys and a lot less garish. I'm actually in the process of giving away all of Amelia's plastic toys which she no longer plays with so we will soon have a toy area full of wooden toys.
This classic children's stacking game is beautifully made and presented in a colourful rainbow. I like that the colours are neutral, however I do believe there is a pink version too. The quality of this stacker is fantastic and I can see it lasting a very long time. I wanted to choose some toys which Harry could play with when he's old enough so I though this would be perfect for him when learning to complete puzzles. Amelia has been able to do these types of puzzles since around 18 months but still does enjoy playing with them now. She doesn't usually sit still but it's good to see that this kept her busy for a wee while.
Next up I chose this Hamley's Wooden Shape Puzzle to match the rainbow stacker. I thought this would make a lovely first puzzle as it has pretty large puzzle pieces which will allow your tot to easily allocate into the slots. They're very chunky and have a good grip on them too. This 9 pieces wooden shape puzzle will help your child to learn their first shapes and colours. Amelia has enjoyed playing with it this summer and telling me all of the colours and shapes. I know we will get a lot of use out of them especially as Harry will be able to play with them too when he's old enough.
Both of these wooden toys retail at £15.00 which I think is really reasonable especially as they are Hamley's! I actually purchased a similar wooden stacker for Amelia a year or so ago which cost slightly more and definitely isn't as good of quality as this one.
I am really impressed with the quality of these items and would definitely purchase more from the range. I'm thinking of buying a couple more for Harry's 1st birthday or Christmas.
Lastly, I decided on this Vtech Little Singing Cody bear for Harry. The recommended age is 18 months however he has been playing with it pretty much daily since I gave it to him. Amelia had a similar type of toy when she was around his age which would sing when you pressed the buttons and she loved it even if it was rather annoying for us especially when it wouldn't stop! Cody is packed with three sing-along songs which Amelia has enjoyed singing along to Harry and it also has 15 popular melodies and fun sound effects. Harry loves the flashing lights his face always lights up when it starts playing music.
The toy can be attached to the car seat, pushchair or cot which is great if your little one likes to play before or after they go to sleep and also when on the go. We have ours attached to Harry's car seat the majority of the time and he likes to press the buttons.
The Vtech Little Singing Cody is available to buy for just £11 which is pretty reasonable.
You can check out the fantastic baby and pre-school toy section from House of Fraser here. They often have many items reduced and with Christmas just around the corner it's the perfect opportunity to stock up on some presents.
Have you ever bought any toys from House of Fraser? What did you think? I'd love to know!
* We were sent these items from House of Fraser for the purpose of this review. For details on how I work with brands take a look at my work with me page.
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