Bumpeez is set to become the kids latest Playground craze. It is due to be released on August 24th and will be on sale for £1.99. I was sent a pack for my children to try out.

Collectors list

They are aimed at children from 5-11 years old. My 3 eldest children are 4,8 and 11 years old and they all enjoyed playing with them. I thought that the price was a good selling point as they fall into the pocket-money price range. The Bumpeez came in a sealed pack along with a list showing all available Bumpeez. The pack includes 2 brightly coloured silicone outer rings and 2 inner pieces which have the collectable characters on them.

Having a closer look

Once inserted into the outer ring the Bumpeez can then be bounced and used to play games. My children made their own games where they had to see if they could bump them by 1 person gently throwing their Bumpeez from waist height.
I think Bumpeez will take off in a big way over the Autumn term,especially for Junior aged children. They have huge potential to become massive and will also be great stocking fillers. The Bumpeez website currently displays a countdown and will become fully active upon the official release date 24th August.
As with most collectible playground crazes there will be rare and sought after collectibles,in this instance they are called the Golden Bumpee and will contain a special code which can be used to enable anyone that gets one to receive a prize. I can see this being something my 8 year old daughter in particular would enjoy collecting and I would be happy to buy them for her,they are well made,affordable and have a traditional feel about them.


Smart Trike recliner

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The lovely people at: http://www.babyworld.co.uk/  arranged for me to try out a Smart Trike Recliner with my two youngest children.Needless to say I was very happy by this news.My two-year old loves anything that has wheels and my 5 month old loves anything that enables him to be upright.In my eyes that ticks off two big requirements.Mookie are the Smart Trike distributors for Smart Trike in the UK  and can be found on Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1625016830&sk=info  or via their website-http://www.mookie-toys.co.uk/  The I’m not sure how my darling two-year old will cope having to share but I’m sure he’ll enjoy the trike nonetheless.

I decided I was going to put the trike together myself as it look pretty straightforward and I even found a lovely video on the Smart Trike website that shows exactly what to do.It can be found at : http://www.smart-trike.com The demonstration made it look so easy.I did manage to follow the instructions untill I had to put the handlebars on,this required the use of a Phillips head screwdriver to undo 2 small screws,this proved to be easier said than done.I had after an hour or so  of trying to undo the screws rang the helpline number and was greeted by a very friendly lady who took my details and said she’d get someone to ring me as soon as possible.Eventually after a couple of hours of non-child friendly rants I had completed the trike and typically the phone rang shortly afterwards.It was reassuring to know that this level of support is available and I will be looking for this from now on when buying toys for my children.

From the moment I took the parts out of the box my two-year old kept repeating   “My bike,my bike mummy.” As soon as it was up and ready to go I positioned the seat correctly(it has a recliner function so younger children can also use it) and put my excited two year old on ready for our first expedition.It was raining so was the perfect opportunity to try out the raincover that comes with it.The raincover is better than the one I have with my double buggy and such a good idea.My very excited 2-year-old was massively impressed and every time he see’s the trike he want’s to go on it again.Eventually,my almost 6 month old was allowed a go on the Trike and even  though the Trike was in recline position,my little man wanted to be sat forward holding onto the handlebars.To enable a better fit for a younger child 2 separate supports are added to ensure a more snug fit,they can be added and removed to the seat unit easily.After a few days use of the Trike on various surfaces and settings we give the Smart Trike a big thumbs up and I’d recommend it for any child from 6 months old-aprox 3 years old due to the multiple positions of the foot rests,support units and parent handle.The bonus for me is that my 2 year old is at the point where he doesn’t want to be in a buggy anymore but he’s quite happy to be pushed along in the Smart Trike or walk next to the Smart Trike whilst his brother’s in it using a wrist strap.