Review: Enchanted Garden PlayBag by the PlayBag Company!

This is a product that I really happily stumbled across one day, and I have not been asked to write this review – it’s completely independent!

The PlayBag is an INGENIOUS invention – I mean, seriously life-changing for every parent!

Picture this…

You’re on a train/long car journey, and your toddler starts to become restless, wants something to play with, is no longer interested in the million snacks you’ve packed, and you can sense a full on toddler meltdown coming on.

The PlayBag will save you from that very crisis. We’ve all been there right? Kids kicking off in the supermarket and old Doris giving you a disapproving look and a verbal tut, shaking her head as she wanders off to find her Canestan away from the screeches and whining of your baby/tot/teen.

Basically, the PlayBag is a bag and a playmat rolled into one. It opens out into a brightly coloured, textured playmat which is a brilliant sensory experience for little ones. Not only that, but you can carry toys in the playmat so that when it is opened out and ready to be deployed in your hour of need, your children will have toys to keep them entertained when you need it most! AND it does up again with 3 easy poppers on each side, so you can scoop up the play area and toys in one quick, easy swoop. I wish my carpets had that feature sometimes…

The Enchanted Garden PlayBag!

Not only that, but PlayBags are MACHINE WASHABLE!!!!!!!!!! So they’re totally hygienic and you can easily keep them clean for your little ones to play with.

The various designs of the PlayBags are really lovely – there are farms, camo prints (which, being an army family, we obviously adore), enchanted gardens, beach designs and loads more. The outside of the bag can also come in a range of colours, so if you have two kids of similar ages (or twins – if that’s the case then my heart goes out to you… stay strong mama!) you can neutralise the colours or choose something that BOTH children will like rather than having your standard gendered pink/blue only options.

Olivia absolutely loves the PlayBag… She loves to carry it around with her and it’s perfect for transporting her Duplo Lego so that she can do her “building” on the move.

After I discovered this amazing creation online, I contacted the PlayBag Company and asked if they’d be willing to pitch in to our giveaway so that you could win your own PlayBag….

And I am pleased to announce that now you have a chance to win an amazing PlayBag on Saturday in our ultimate Mummykind’s BIG birthday giveaway!

Where would you take your PlayBag? 🙂

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My D.I.Y fun toddler game part 2- smiley sorting faces game!

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Who doesn’t love smiley faces?!

I’ve dabbled with trying to show Imogen the names of different colours. We’ve got books with them in and she’s got coloured shape sorting toys but I realised that colours isn’t something we have really looked at through play. Imogen really loves sorting things and putting them in to boxes, so I had a little think, and a little look on Pinterest for some ideas. I started dyeing some dry pasta and cereal and thought, now what?! Just getting my daughter to sort them into coloured pots, I thought, could be made more fun. So this is when I came up with this simple idea, which took next to no time at all to set up. The only thing that takes a bit of time is waiting for the food colouring to dry. Some of the colours are a bit  more stubborn than others to dry though!

I hope you and your little ones enjoy this and you can make this game from items you have around your home.
What you need:
4 handfuls of dry pasta or cereal, (whatever you have in your cupboard and is a suitable size for your child),
Different food colouring, (you can use paint but if your child is still putting things in their mouth then food colouring might be the better option),
4 plastic bowls, (they don’t need to be coloured but mine were red, green, blue and yellow, which I just so happened to have),
Paper,
Coloured pens or pencils,
Sticky tape,
Scissors,
A bigger bowl to draw around,
A container to mix the food dye in,
A spoon,
Some kitchen towel.
Make the game in 4 easy steps:

1) Add some drops of food dye into the container with one handful of dry pasta/cereal and mix thoroughly with the spoon. Lay it on the kitchen towel to dry overnight. Continue this with the other colours, so that the rest of the pasta is different colours. I used red, blue, green and yellow dyes.

2) Turn the bigger bowl upside down on your paper and draw around it to make the circles for each of your smiley faces. Then cut them out.

 
3) Draw your smiley face’s eyes onto your circle with your coloured pens. Next you need to cut the mouths out. If you fold the circles in half, so the eyes are both on one side, this makes it easier to cut. I then coloured around the mouths. Repeat for all four circles.

4) Tape the smiley faces to the tops of each of your bowls, corresponding to the colours of your bowls.

Then it’s time to play!

Mix your coloured pasta and cereal together. The game is for your little one to try to match the colour of the pasta with the right smiley face’s mouth. It’s as simple as that! I did think about adding more to the game, but I think for toddlers and pre-schoolers it is okay for the game to be this simple. You could add new colours to the game and different items. You could even introduce tweezers to pick up the pasta or cereal, to help your child with their hand-eye coordination. If the faces get ripped, then it is easy to replace them.

Imogen didn’t want to stop playing this game and I was so pleased to watch her get the hang of it. We started her off with just two colours to begin with. We did find the Cheerios were starting to disappear, so I was relieved I used the food colouring instead of the paint!

Let us know if you tried it!