This Month We Love... October 2017

We've had a busy few weeks with deliveries for Christmas gift guides, but there are some products I must tell you about now - although they will make great Christmas gifts too! Here goes this month's round-up...

All small people love a train set, after all, how can you ever get bored of calling out Toot toot! Popular toy brand Hape make beautiful toys to last, and this wonderful Hape High and Low Railway Set With more than 30 pieces of track, various routes can be created with the bridge and tunnel. They'll soon have the three super speedy bullet trains included running like clockwork. Tatiana loves it! Suitable from age 3, and compatible with all other Hape train sets and accessories.

Beautiful wooden toys are the perfect start for babies and toddlers, and this classic Magic Ball from Classic World is the perfect baby gift. Made from environmentally friendly materials, you can be sure the toy and the planet is safe. And baby has a fantastic toy which ca be stretched, compressed, pulled and squeezed, perfect for discovering their strength and how the world works. Perfect for stimulating the imagination, helping develop motor skills, and beginning colour and shape recognition, the Classic World Magic Ball is available from Hippychick.

Tatiana has been getting a bit fed up with her car seat and wanted a new one, so was delighted with this new group 1/2/3 seat by Joie. Suitable from age 4 to 12, the car seat has a booster base and a high back which slots into it. The seat is well-cushioned making it very comfortable, and it has a simple 5 point harness which is easy to buckle. The seat fits to the car seat with a three point seat belt system and stays firm and secure.

Tatiana's favourite aspect is having a handy cup holder like her sisters although, if pushed, she admits to rather liking the cherry red colour too! The Joie Elevate Group 1/2/3 Car Seat-Cherry is available from Kiddies Kingdom.

Space Racers: Make Your Own Paper Rockets by Isabel Thomas features eight of the most famous space rockets in history, from Saturn V to the Soyuz-FG, complete with stands to display them. The kit contains pre-cut press out pieces to create the space rockets, and an explanatory booklet to introduce the fascinating world of rocket science and space exploration. With fun and detailed fact files for each rocket, children can create and learn about iconic rockets such as the Vostok K, which flew the first manned space flight. The easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions explain how to build eight historically accurate rockets and two imaginary ones, which are left blank for your own designs. Suitable for ages 8 to adult.

The Thor: Ragnarok movie has been a huge hit already and the fantastic toys are flying off the shelves, straight into playrooms and being stashed away for Christmas. The awesome Thor Ragnarok Movie Pack includes role play accessories such as the Hulk Out mask, which has chin-activated eyebrow-raising and mouth-opening features, so Hulk can get angry and let out a giant GRAAAWR!

The Marvel Thor: Ragnarok Hulk Smash FX Fists set includes two fists so kids can gear up like the gamma-powered hero! With 1 electronic fist, kids can practice 3 awesome ways to smash and activate Hulk sound effects.

Kids can also pretend to gear up like Thor, with the Thor Rumble Strike Hammer, and punch the air to activate sounds with the Hulk Smash Fists. Featuring spring-activated sound effects, the hammer is designed to look and sound like the mighty Mjolnir, as seen in the movie. When kids wield the Rumble Strike Hammer, they can strike a surface to hear rumbling sound effects and imagine summoning the strength of Thor's hammer!

Whether they want to be a Norse God or a not so jolly green giant, let them go wild with the Thor and Hulk-inspired accessories. All available from Argos.

Slightly more sedentary but no less enjoyable are these beautiful new Etch Art books from Quarto.  Featuring stunning folk art style drawings, these lovely activity books take you on a journey through nature. Explore magical woodlands in Etch Art: Hidden Forest or dive into the ocean in Etch Art: Secret Sea, using the stylus provided to reveal the nine stunning scenes hidden beneath special scratchable ink panels alongside charming text. A step on from adult colouring this absorbing activity is fun and reveals delightful images.

And finally, boosting our immunity and keeping healthy is on most people's minds at this time of year, as the mercury drops and we reach for our scarves, whilst avoiding the random person sniffing and coughing on the bus.  Much research has been done into how much vitamin D supports the immune system, and these new products from BioCare combine vitamin D with probiotics for a digestive health and immunity boost.

BioCare Red Berry BioMelts sachets for kids combine probiotics and vitamin D to help promote levels of friendly bacteria and vitamin D to support immunity. With a tasty raspberry and strawberry flavour, they can simply be poured onto the tongue, with no need for water nor to keep them chilled. Suitable from age 3, they are vegetarian-friendly and dairy-free, contain no artificial colours or flavours, and are sweetened with prebiotic xylitol.

For adults, BioCare Bioacidophilus is a high-potency probiotic providing friendly bacteria to hep your digestive system, ideal after a stomach bug or when travelling, but also a great everyday boost to your body. They can also be taken alongside and after antibiotics to help prevent the destruction of gut bacteria that usually occurs. Both products are available from BioCare and independent health food stores.

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