Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tekno Newborn Review!

Looking for a last minute, affordable Christmas gift for a child in your life? I have a great idea for you! 

We had the chance to review a Tekno Newborn Robotic Pet and I'll tell you all about it. These are super cute little robots that come in cat or dog versions, and in different colours. There's even an exclusive black pup available at Toys R Us. You can also pick them up at Walmart, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, and Loblaws, and they retail for about $24.99 (I've even seen them at $20).

We have an almost-six year old girl, and a three and a half year old boy, and we received a pink kitty to review. 

I have to say, it has been a much bigger hit with our daughter. Our son lost interest fairly fast. However, our daughter has been playing with it quite a bit. 

The toy lights up, moves and makes sounds. It is also sensitive to sound, so talking or clapping to it evokes a response, which is pretty cool and interactive.

For movement, it can walk a short way, sit up and beg, and has a special function where if you press a button and then talk to it while holding your hands out, it will actually jump into your hands. Well, it jumps, anyway, and the kids try to catch it! 

Another button switches it to singing mode, and it will sing back to you if you talk or clap to it. It has several different songs that the kids might recognize (all "sung" in meows). 

The box it comes in has a cute cardboard insert that looks like a little room. My kids have pulled out this insert and use it as a home for their kitty. 

Kid pros (provided by my daughter): 
  • she's pink and white
  • she can jump and sing
  • she meows a lot
For the parents:
  • it has an on/off switch - which I like as a parent, because those toys that just randomly start singing when you think they're off creep me out. 
  • the noise of it is not too obnoxious. Many toys have the most irritating sounds; this one is about a medium volume and maybe a 5/10 for annoying, which is not too bad at all for a kids' toy. 
  • it takes two AAA batteries (not included).  
If I have any complaints, it is that within a half an hour of play, one ear had popped off. I'm not sure if that's due to rough play (possible) or an accidental tumble on our hardwood floors. It is easy to pop back on (even my little guy can fix it), but that ear does now have a tendency to fall off, and I can foresee it getting lost. The Krazy Glue may need to come out. For this reason, and of course the attention span factor, I would not recommend it for children under 3 (choking hazard with small pieces). 

I'd say this would be a great gift for the 4-6 year old. Easy to find, a good price, and definitely fun!

Disclosure: I received a product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own (and my opinionated little girl!).

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Irish Fairy Door Review

I have a almost-six year old now, and she firmly believes in fairies! What a treat for her to review the Irish Fairy Door.

We received a magical little package that included a Fairy Door, a key in a bottle, some tiny stepping stones, a welcome guide/storybook, a little notepad for fairy notes, and a lease agreement between our family and our fairy!

We also got an Fairy Playtime accessory pack, which included a tiny swing, see-saw, bicycle and ladder. There are other accessories available too, for expanding your fairy's world and decorating around the door.

The Fairy Door is about 12cm tall, just right for a little fairy. It has a magical keyhole that works only for the fairy who moves in! We got a pink one, but they come in six different colours so you can select the one perfect for your home!

I decided to install the Fairy Door in secret, to surprise my daughter. I put it in her closet, above the baseboard. The ladder is just the right height for the fairy to reach the door! I used a Command Strip I had on hand to attach it to the wall. So easy.

 Look how cute it all is!!

When she first discovered the door (right after school, while playing in her room - nothing escapes this curious kid), she was SO EXCITED! Right away she began decorating the floor around the door with small shiny things to entice a little fairy to move in.

We did have to talk about how fairies make things work - she tried and tried to get that key to go into the keyhole before the fairy came and took the key. Of course it didn't work, because only magic can make the key work!

Magically overnight, the key has disappeared and now the fairy has made a home in her closet. Miss Fairy leaves little notes and trinkets for my little girl, and she couldn't be more excited to check every day if there is anything new.

You can even register your fairy online for email updates from Fairy Valley and cute activities and missions for your child.

The Irish Fairy Door retails for $24.99 US ($39.99 CDN) and you can buy it right from the Irish Fairy Door Company, or from Amazon! The Playtime Accessory Set is $14.99 US ($15.99 CDN) and is also available at both the Irish Fairy Door Company website and Amazon.

This really was a great addition to my daughter's room. She is absolutely certain that fairies are real, and to have one living in her room has made her so happy. I think this would be a fabulous gift for any believer!

* This post contains affiliate links. If you elect to buy from Amazon, I get a few cents!
** I received products in exchange for an honest review. All images and opinions included are my own.