Later in the month I am hosting a fundraiser for my boys school, I was kindly donated many exciting prizes from the PR companies I work with. This post is my thank you for their contribution to hopefully a VERY successful event. I will update this post with how much is raised after the kids bingo session has taken place, I am keeping my fingers tightly crossed that it will be well attended. The prize line up is certainly a BIG incentive to get people through the door.
I just wanted to make a start introducing all the prizes because there are so many! I have been completely overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. Some of the products really caught my eye as fantastic ideas for Christmas, so if you’re stuck and in need of inspiration please do read on.
I was thrilled to be sent a set of Badger the Mystical Mutt books signed by the lovely authors no less. My eldest is a huge fan of the Badger books and has avidly read each one; if you do a search on my blog you can see some of the very positive reviews. They are such wonderful stories; children can learn valuable lessons about friendship and dealing with adversity all in a way they can easily comprehend. Badger is so likeable especially with his erratic approach to magic making!
Esdevium Games sent three of their popular Dobble games. This is a game that we had not been introduced to yet, but it looks like one my youngest would thoroughly enjoy because its fast paced yet very simple to get the hang of. The winner is the quickest to spot an identical symbol between two cards; he has a sharp eye so he would probably be a challenging opponent. I will be popping this on their Christmas list as its inexpensive yet heaps of fun!
Aldi sent me a paddling pool that was one of their Specialbuys at the time. It might just come in handy for someone sooner than I thought since we have had a revival of good weather here. At the moment they have a toy event, which lasts from the 29th of October until stocks run out. Aldi have traditional wooden toys available at very fair prices, a Zinc Volt 80 Electric Scooter (£74.99) and a portable Basketball set (£34.99), its quite astonishing just how much you can find at your local Aldi. Well worth a visit in the run up to Christmas.
I really liked the Dino Adventure (£29.99) prize from Wow Toys my two used to have this exact set when they were younger. It is very sturdy perfectly capable of handling the requirements of heavy handed pre-schoolers. The set comes complete with everything you could possibly need for a dinosaur adventure, lots of scope for imaginary play and with enough included for a couple of children to play happily together. I am also a fan of any toys that do not require batteries; otherwise it becomes a costly business continually replacing them.
Drumond Park sent Logo What Am I?, Articulate and Articulate For Kids, all of them firm family favourites here so I was pleased to add them to the line up and give other people a chance to get to grips with these games. I am always a bit sketchy at Articulate when it comes to World words to describe as I am pretty clueless with geography but everyone thinks its hilarious listening to me try anyway! The kids version is ideal to get your children to increase their general knowledge but in an entertaining way, with elements that will really appeal to them (like cartoon characters) to stop them losing interest. I would definitely recommend looking through the list of kids games on the Drumond Park website if you want something enjoyable to play on Christmas day.
I loved the bag and accessories I was sent from Smiggle, they have such colourful items on their website. I have used them before to order presents for my niece and she was over the moon with the selection I picked. They are just so cute and different not you’re run of the mill stationary at all. I actually want to go back to school so I can start each term with new Smiggle supplies. You can find really novel items to help with Christmas stockings; I know my eldest would be keen on the yums cola scented pencil case!
Yellow Moon have lots of craft sets to help your children get creative, they are reasonably priced and themed for different occasions throughout the year. I was sent a selection from the Christmas range to giveaway, ideal to encourage your children to be artistic whilst getting into the festive spirit. Children can help making the Christmas decorations and cards and then feel a sense of achievement seeing what they have made.
DaisychainBaby sent me a selection of products from their organic and eco-friendly baby and childrens clothes business. They are currently celebrating their 7th birthday with a generous 30% off code (Birthday7) - so its a great time to pay a visit and stock up on the stylish and colourful brands. I especially love the bold prints on the Maxomorra range of clothes and bibs.
Netflix sent some merchandise linked to some of the fabulous kids shows available to watch on there, books from Ever After High, dolls from Project Mc² and baseball hats and jigsaws from Dinotrux (the boys would recommend that last show!). As a family we are HUGE fans of Netflix so I know other children will be excited to win prizes associated with their favourite shows. Netflix is such an affordable way to access a wide range of shows, both entertaining and educational.
House of Fraser let me pick a prize from their comprehensive choice of outdoor toys, I decided on the HTI Evo stunt scooter as I knew this would be a well-liked prize. I was impressed with the price, great if you need to get Christmas wrapped up on a budget (£29.99 reduced from £59.99) and it has favourable customer reviews which is very reassuring.
Fortunately so the little ones would not feel left out Fisher-Price sent a Smart Stages Scooter (RRP £36.99) which looked sturdy and well made. It's very interactive with lots of buttons to press which are also educational (numbers, shapes and opposites), songs to listen too and other sound effects to keep your child's interest. It's a bright and cheerful toy that will grow with your child (12 months until 36 months).
That takes me half way through my donations so I will continue with the rest on a separate post!