If you haven't seen Little Live Pets advertised I would be very, very surprised. I've seen them about in a variety of forms and always been intrigued. I'm a sucker for packaging, I'm a marketing persons dream, I'm always attracted to brightly coloured and well packaged items and Little Live Pets immediately draws me in. These cute little critters are brightly coloured, appealing and a whole lot of fun.
We've been trying out the Little Live Pets Lil Ladybug Garden (RRP £22.99) and I have to say it was very well received by both my 2. Initially I thought maybe Elarna would be more drawn to it with its (dare I say it) perhaps more girly colours? *don't lynch me for writing that* you know what I mean. However, Alfie has played with these little ladybugs alot. He thinks it's absolutely great!
Along with the garden we were also sent an extra ladybug and baby (RRP £5.99), good job really otherwise there would have been a full on war in our house with sibling fighting over who gets to play with the ladybug. To operate these little bugs there is a tiny switch underneath and they have little bristles underneath which mean they almost imitate a real ladybird. Once switched on you can watch them zip about in the garden and send them on a little journey around amending a variety of the features in the garden so they go in different directions, they can also operate off the garden for more entertainment. They are surprisingly quick mind!
The whole set is really lovely, I like the way you can change bits within the garden so that it keeps the child engaged. For example the little signpost in the middle moves sending the ladybugs in different directions, there are little fences which pull up near the ramps to keep them contained within the garden and the flower can be spun to take the ladybugs up the ramp to the higher level, simple ideas but it keeps it interesting. There is literally no setting up to do other than attaching the ramps and switching the ladybugs on, my kind of toy. Fuss and stress free.
The ladybugs can be disconnected from their baby by simply unlatching it at the bottom, you can then put them in the garden without them to make them go even quicker, the baby ladybugs when attached do slow them down somewhat. Alfie liked that he could mix it up a bit, I'd often find 2 babies attached to one ladybug and it slowly chugging around trying to build up speed!
Recommended for age 5 upwards due to small parts which I would tend to agree with. However, Elarna did play with them under close supervision. There was no issue with Alfie, I think Elarna will probably get more out of it as time goes on, as much as Alfie enjoys playing with it he doesn't spend hours playing with it like he does with some of his other toys, it does however seem to capture Elarna's attention a bit more.
There are tons of varieties of Little Live Pets you can purchase, also there are a several different lil' ladybugs that can be purchased separately to build upon the collection. There are lots of different colours and patterns to choose from, I think it's brill that there is more to choose from, these would make perfect little stocking fillers (I know, I know there is a hint towards Christmas there, crazy or what!).
So if you like sound and look of the Lil' Ladybug Garden playset head over to the Little Live Pets website and have a look at the ranges. We absolutely love it and think you will too, it would be a fab addition to a toy collection. What do you guys think?
* Please note we were kindly sent the set in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.