It can be a bit of a minefield buying gifts for children can't it? Sometimes I scratch my head and think what on earth can I get for my 2 or my friends children that they will get use out of, play with more than once and is fun. I've recently been lucky enough to put a tick by all these things with some lovely items from What 2 Buy 4 Kids. Set up in 2010 by the lovely Lisa, who after being frustrated how difficult it was to find decent birthday gifts for friends children she decided to create What 2 Buy 4 Kids, a useful website packed full of great gift ideas and an easy to navigate website offering the buyer the chance to browse by gender, age, type of toy, brand of toy or popular gifts. The website is super easy to find your way around and I was spoilt for choice when choosing items for my 2.
I opted for items that they could both get some use out of. With it being Summer, I felt an outdoor toy would be beneficial, as well as a classic wooden toy and something that we could do together in the kitchen. The happy hopperz retails at £21.99, the Dear Zoo Skittles also £21.99 and the Melt & Make Chocolate House has an RRP of £12.50 but is on sale for £8.99 currently.
I don't think you can beat a classic wooden toy. I chose this lovely Dear Zoo skittles set as it appeals to both my two rascals. Alfie adores animals and I thought he'd enjoy playing the skittles more than Elarna at his age. Elarna I knew would love pulling the little storage cart around.......and guess what I was right! I love that all the wooden animals fit inside the cart, I also adore the illustrations on the skittles themselves, so cute. Although we are yet to actually play with them properly as Alfie prefers to line them up and role play with them. Hey, who am I to dispute it with a 5 year old! It is beautiful quality and built to last, I think this will be one of our staple toys that will last and last and be handed down in the generations. For £21.99 this is great value and would make a lovely gift.
Next up is the rather crazy Happy Hopperz pink cow! Isn't it fab!! Similar to the ever so popular space hoppers which you may remember from your childhood, you know those round things you sat on with crazy handles to hold on to and bounce. Well this is kind of the modern version, but in the shape of a cow (more designs are available). These are brill for using either outdoors or indoors, not only fun but help children with their core strength and balance, as well as hours of amusement bouncing around.
As you can see lots of fun for both my two, although Alfie was perhaps a bit too big for it he did have a ton of fun bouncing. I would say more suitable for the 2 and 3 year olds purely due to the size of it but it is advised that the age range can go up to 5. We've been using it mostly in the garden where they can get maximum bounce, but as mentioned due to the wipe clean materials it's made from it can easily be stored and used inside. Perfect!
Finally, chocolate!! Yes chocolate, mmmm mmmmmm. The melt and make chocolate house is something that really appealed to me, obviously to make with the children, of course! I have seen these kits around before and have always wanted to try them out, I love baking but never seem to get the time these days to do as much as I used to so these simple and easy kits really do attract me to them. We had to put off doing the kit for a while though as we were having that mega hot heat and there was no point in me even attempting to do it while it was in blazing heat, in fact even when we did start, it was pretty tricky to get it to stick together so for future reference, do it on a cool day!
Inside the kit comes the chocolate buttons to melt to make the house, moulds, a little garden scene, a chef's hat and full instructions, although it really is very simple. It's a case of melting the chocolate buttons (if your little helper doesn't try and eat them all first) and pouring into the moulds, popping in the fridge and waiting for it to set.
You must remember to keep by a few choc drops for later on to use as 'glue' to make the house. Once again, I had to keep a close eye on my little helper to stop her eating the chocolate! Little monkey. Once the moulds are set and you've melted the rest of the drops it's time to start assembling the house. As mentioned above, it is hard to do when the weather is hot, I really struggled to stop the chocolate from melting as I was trying to put it together so I'm afraid the end result doesn't look quite as I'd hoped it would! However it made no difference to the flavour which was yummy!
This is without a doubt a great bargain at £8.50, simple but lots of fun and a perfect rainy day activity (which the UK is having plenty of at the moment!). There are a variety of other kits available to choose from also, so do go and have a nose.
Have you checked out What 2 Buy 4 Kids? If not, head over and have a look and tell me what you'd choose.
* Please note I was kindly sent the items free of charge in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are that of my own.