Visiting The Bricklive Paw Patrol Brick Trail in Blackburn

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August is an expensive time of year, the kids are off school and want to be out and about, spending money, here there and everywhere. To try and cut down on costs I like to look out for free days out and activities and I know many other parents do too.

The World’s first Paw Patrol brick trail is a free activity, brought and presented to you by BRICKLIVE in different venues around Blackburn town centre. I think it's a great idea for all the family. Young children will enjoy finding their favourite Paw Patrol characters, whereas older kids will like being in charge of the search and deciphering the clues.

There are three trail maps to choose from; A Paw Patrol quiz and map of the locations, a brick trail map quiz, and a pamphlet of riddles to help find the six mischievous kittens hidden in Blackburn Market. You could tackle them all on the same day, or spread them out over the week and take your time.

The pup models range in sizes from 75cm to 120cm high and the trail also features the Paw Patrol Lookout Tower which stands at 2m tall. There are lots of other Paw Patrol characters to find but I won't spoil the surprise for you. Each of the 21 models has a fun facts sheet and if you scan the QR codes you’ll be in for an extra treat.

Collect trail maps and quizzes from the Ask Me Point in the Mall and in various shops and locations in the town centre. Once finished, return the completed forms to the Ask me Point for your chance to win £100 in high street vouchers.

Bring the family to Brickburn town centre between Friday 23rd of August and 1 st of September to take part. We visited today and had a fantastic time. It probably took us around two hours to complete as there was lots of walking involved, it was great! Visit Blackburn BID for more information.

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FlipaZoo World Toys - Review & Giveaway

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FlipaZoo World from Character Options, offers a range of different toys, from soft, cuddly ones, to plastic playsets, each designed to inspire imagination with their unique features. Noah and Ava recently received a couple of toys from the range for the purpose of this review.

Our review bundle featured three different products; a 16" FlipaZoo Plush - RRP £16.99, an 8" FlipaZoo Plush - RRP £9.99, and a FlipaZoo Pod Playset -£9.99. All three products were very eyecatching and appealing and the kids couldn't wait to get their hands on them.

Noah opted for the 16" plush and as you can see it's that huge that he almost couldn't get his arms around it. The large FlipaZoo plushes are available in 6 different designs, well, 12 if you could the animal they flip into! Ours is the elephant plush which switches into a tiger, both of which look so cute and loveable. 

Next, we have the 8" plush which was more suitable for Ava's little hands. Just like the larger version, these are available in a couple of different varieties. Ours is a panda, which flips into a dragon, much to Ava's delight! It didn't take her long to figure out how to flip the animal over and she gets a real sense of achievement when he does. The FlipaZoo soft toys are suitable from birth and I think they are fantastic for building hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

We then have the FlipaZoo Micro Playset and I won't lie in saying I was very underwhelmed when I saw it in and out of its packaging. I thought it wasn't worth the money and that the kids wouldn't be interested, however, I was wrong! These playsets are so fun and very unique. They flip over to reveal another side and feature poppable, interactive features with different textures. The figure which is included also flips over and changes to a different animal. It turned out to be a huge hit with both kids who kept squabbling over it but eventually agreed to share. I think the sensory elements here are great and I would be happy to buy the kids more to expand their collection.

Noah and Ava have loved their introduction to the world of FlipaZoo and I think some of these toys will be on their Christmas list this year. Visit Character Online to order or see the full range of FlipaZoo World products.

How would you like to win a FlipaZoo plush? To enter simply use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog and social media competitions.

FlipaZoo Plush Soft Toy

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Usbourne That's Not My Flamingo Book & Soft Toy From Rainbow Designs - Review

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Books played an important part in my childhood. I have many fond memories, all revolving around books. I have vivid memories of my Mum reading me stories, over and over, it's all I ever wanted to do. I remember learning to read and being able to read the stories to myself. I also dabbled in writing short stories in school too. Books have always meant a lot to me and I always wanted them to mean something to my children too, so they can reap the many benefits. Thankfully, they do and both of them have adored books from a very young age.

'That’s not my…' books are a favourite of theirs, a range that is enjoyed by youngsters of all ages. There are over 50 books in the collection, some of which we already own, including; That’s Not My frog, truck, unicorn, witch, lamb, pirate and many more. I like to keep a lookout for new releases from the range, to add to our collection so I was delighted to get our hands on That's not my Flamingo gift set. As you can see, Ava was too!

The story starts on the cover, following through to double pages, made from sturdy board. Just like the rest of the stories from the series the tiny mouse in the book is looking for someone, in particular, this time, his flamingo! Designed with tots in mind they are not only are colourful, bright and engaging but they are robust and hard-wearing, perfect for little hands. The touchy-feely parts in the story are fantastic for their senses and tend to be my children's favourite part.

Just when you think it can't get any better, Rainbow Designs release a range of That's not my... soft toys to accompany the books! We, of course, received the flamingo plush with the book and it's so lovely. It's just like the illustration, a great size and it's super soft and cuddly too. Ava really enjoys looking through the book with the flamingo in the crook of her arm. It's like the story has come to life!

That's not my... soft toys cost £9.99 each, the books, £6.99 each and the full range can be seen on the Rainbow Designs website. I'm currently giving away this set over on Instagram. You'll have to enter quickly as it won't be open for long. Good luck!