BattleKid’s Obsessions: Age 2-3

I wrote previously about BattleKid’s Obsessions between the age of 1 and 2. This post is the next in the series and documents how those obsessions changed or remained the same between the ages of 2 and 3. In the first of this series we had George enter our lives, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was a morning favourite and cars and bikes featured heavily. Did any of that changed? Well, yes and no.BBattleKid's Obsessions age 2-3

Curious George remained a firm TV favourite and although he wasn’t glued to his George teddy bear as much as the previous year, BattleKid’s room was changed up a bit from nursery to a toddler room with the help of George decal stickers. And George was never far in BattleKid’s cot.

New TV favourites which replaced Mickey Mouse include the animation of the Julia Donaldson stories Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo’s Child. If time permitted BattleKid was also quite taken with The Aristocats, calling them the ‘mussycats’.

One thing that remained and is becoming a bigger obsession as he grows is his love of motorbikes. He loves sitting on BattleDad’s bike. He enjoyed short trips on our mountain on the quad with BattleDad, all while wearing his helmet and he calls his KTM balance bike “Ada’s motorbike”. And he is so confident on it, with feet up, doing figures of rights and circles on it! I think we’re definitely creating a biker.About me 2

He also loves watching bike videos on YouTube with BattleDad, particularly the Chris Birch KTM videos and the Alex Parrillo adventure videos. Our personal favourite is below and BattleKid loves bopping his head to the music!

Last year we took him to Aberdare Park Road Races for the first time, and although we only spent the morning there, he absolutely loved it! We’ll definitely be returning one year and have to sort out getting him to the TT one year soon.aberdare park races

Last but not least we come to Dragons and Castles. BattleKid simply loves dragons, with it all starting with Room on the Broom. He loves the story at bedtime and enjoys the animation film. However, one day last May, while Lolo was visiting, BattleDad took BattleKid and Lolo to Caerphilly for breakfast. They decided to visit the Castle afterwards and so started the dragon hunting quests. Inside Caerphilly Castle was the Dragon, breathing fire and all, and BattleKid wasn’t too sure of it. However, on a second visit to see the Caerphilly Castle Dragon he got alot more comfortable with it and now enjoys regular trips to various castles around us to go dragon hunting. We’ve been to Caerphilly Castle, Tretower Castle and Abergavenny Castle, to name but a few, and our dragon hunting quests continue most weekends as those of you who follow me on Instagram will know.caerphilly castle dragon

I’m interested to see how these obsessions change between the ages of 3 and 4. Dragon hunting I’m sure will continue to feature, as will bikes but I wonder if anything new will crop up. You’ll have to wait until next year to find out.

What are your children currently obsessed with and what are their ages?

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

Living Arrows 15/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

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A bit later than normal simply because we have been so busy getting ready for our holiday and forthcoming move. We didn’t get to go anywhere ourselves this weekend as we had another family photo shoot on Saturday afternoon so this week’s pictures of BattleKid are from the day we let him loose on his new Bob the Builder toy. He had a lot of fun with him and the song is permanently stuck in my head.

As mentioned we are getting ready to jet off to Portugal to see my folks so there may be a more exciting set of pictures for next week’s post. Have a great Easter everyone!

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Switch and Fix Bob the Builder Action Figure Review

We recently received a Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy for review and to say BattleKid has been thrilled to receive it would be an understatement.switch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob is a deluxe size, action figure Bob the Builder who comes with a cool rotating tool belt in which he can carry three different tool bits for his tool. These include a jackhammer, a saw and an auger, all designed to help Bob get the job done.

The rotating tool belt enables Switch and Fix Bob to switch between his tools easily and quickly with his amazing quick draw action tool change system. His tool can hold one accessory while Bob can hold another in his free hand.switch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob’s tool also has a light which flashes and illuminates the selected translucent tool. When the selected tool piece is pressed against a surface the light flashes for between 5 and 30 cycles while the matching tool sound is also sounded.

Drawing Bob’s tool hand downwards activates different phrases and the all-famous Bob the Builder song. Switch and Fix Bob also comes with a removable, adjustable welding mask for his helmet.

I can easily say that since Switch and Fix Bob arrived in our house, he has been permanently attached to BattleKid hands, even coming as far as swimming with us, although he waited in the car.

BattleKid has been having fun with him, moving his tool hand up and down to start the phrases and song, and playing with his helmet. Unusually, BattleKid hasn’t been too keen on the tool sounds. The same can’t be said of the tool light. He has tried once or twice to shine it in Mum and Dad’s eyes.switch and fix bob switch and fix bobswitch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob has helped bring out BattleKid’s imaginative play at home and he absolutely loves this action figure Bob. We have had to pry it from him at bedtime because I’ve been worried he would set his sounds off and wake himself during the night.

What we love about Switch and Fix Bob:

  • Great size for BattleKid’s hands.
  • The adjustable welding helmet is great and easily attached or removed.
  • The three translucent tool accessories are great colours, and do illuminate when pressed against a surface.
  • The flashing light and tool sounds are good, in my opinion (BattleKid isn’t keen on the sounds as mentioned).
  • Great vibrant colours in the toy.
  • The rotating tool belt is great and the quick draw action is brilliant, although BattleKid hasn’t quite figured this out yet.

What we didn’t like about Switch and Fix Bob:

  • BattleKid isn’t too fussed on the tool sounds.
  • The tool accessory bits come off very easily from the belt if knocked a little. Their clips could do with being a little stronger.

Switch and Fix Bob has been a welcome addition to BattleKid’s Bob the Builder toys since he arrived. He has played with him at length each and every day since his arrival, so much so I’m starting to hear him say the phrases with Bob. His imaginative play is certainly noticeable when playing with Bob and I have to say the song is permanently stuck in my head, which some might argue isn’t a great bonus!

I’m really impressed with this Bob and his size for BattleKid’s pre-school size hands. Switch and Fix Bob is recommended for ages 3+ and I think that’s perfect. His size is just right for BattleKid and his rotating tool belt, moveable arms and adjustable welding mask for his helmet are easily done by BattleKid.switch and fix bob switch and fix bob

As mentioned BattleKid isn’t fussed on the tool sounds but enjoys the other phrases and of course the Bob the Builder song. As mentioned the tool clips on the belt could do with being a little stronger in my opinion. I can understand why they are not so strong to enable younger kids to put them on and remove them easily. This is just a minor point, otherwise this is a great action figure toy for any young Bob the Builder fans like BattleKid.

Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy is available from most good toy retailers including Smyth’s, Argos and Amazon. His RRP is £19.99 but most toy retailers have him discounted at the time of writing this review.

If you are on the hunt for a great Bob the Builder toy for a young fan or to add to a Bob the Builder collection, I can recommend this Switch and Fix Bob. Particularly for pre-schoolers like BattleKid.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We were kindly sent a Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Following on from last month’s Glittering Gemstones Puzzle Review I was kindly sent a Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger, which was another 1000 piece puzzle, to review.

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While I’ve been enjoying doing puzzles again, the 1000 piece puzzle from last month nearly broke me. It was really hard and took me over 10 hours to complete, so I was quite apprehensive about this one I can tell you.

The Used Car Lot puzzle was created by artist Geoff Tristram and features “Honest Harry’s” used car lot. It forms part of the Best of British range of puzzles from Ravensburger.

This puzzle, although 1000 pieces, was a lot more fun to make than the Glittering Gemstones puzzle. As always, I made the border first before starting on the body of the puzzle.

This puzzle has lots of different elements to it, including colour groups and text groups. I started by picking out pieces with text on them and putting them together, using the picture on the box to aid with them. The areas I chose started coming together really quickly.

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After 2 hours and 20 minutes

Next I picked out all the purple and blue coloured pieces and started putting together the purple and blue cars and again they came together quite easily.  The green car quickly followed suit.

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At 4 hours and 15 minutes

I was really excited by how quickly I was putting together this puzzle compared to my last 1000 piece puzzle and all-in-all it took me five and three quarter hours to complete this puzzle, just over half the time it took me to complete the other one.

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Completed after 5 hours and 45 minutes

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And I’ll let you in on a little secret, I enjoyed this one more. I think the array of colours and text it contains made it easier to piece together sections compared to the white/black Glittering Gemstones puzzle.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE USED CAR LOT PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Easy to do and complete.
  • Nice variety of colours and text which help make it easy to complete.
  • This 1000 piece puzzle would not be too difficult for a novice puzzle maker.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle.
  • Made from strong premium grade cardboard, with a linen finish to minimise glare on the puzzle image.
  • Very easy to lose a few hours to this puzzle without realising.
  • Measures 70 x 50cm when complete.
  • Ideal for ages 12+.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE USED CAR LOT PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • Nothing!

This 1000 piece Used Car Lot puzzle from Ravensburger was very enjoyable to complete and not difficult at all. It certainly wouldn’t need an advanced puzzle maker to complete it and I think anyone would enjoy making this puzzle. I certainly did.

So if you are looking for a puzzle to while away a few hours with this Used Car Lot puzzle from Ravensburger might just be what you are looking for. It retails at around £11.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. They cater for both children and adults!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received a Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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