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Throughout June as part of our role as Asobi Ambassadors we have been testing out some plastic figurines from Safari Ltd.
Safari Ltd – the internationally loved, American born brand that is passionate about bringing nature closer to tots. For over 30 years, Safari Ltd have been committed to teaching children the importance of the world around them and caring for nature through the joy of imaginative play. The endless collection of Safari figurines have been a popular choice amongst children for years and aim to celebrate the planet’s most fascinating creatures.
Safari has the biggest figurine offering in the world and have produced some fantastic products that are truly unique. Each figurine in the Safari collection is hand painted and is highly authentic. The brand is proud to be behind the largest dinosaur figurine collection in the world and are famous for their Carnegie collection, which has been authenticated by Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Not only does Safari Ltd promote imaginative play, the brand is passionate about teaching children the importance of conservation. A completely unique educational element to Safari Ltd is that each and every figurine has the name of the species on the side and on the tag, the name is printed in three different languages. The brand is consistently thinking of ways they can teach through imaginative play. As each figurine is incredibly realistic, the brand have ensured that children can really understand the differences of species. With other products including life cycles and bug jars, Safari have gone that extra mile to develop their range making it fun and interesting for every child. Safari Ltd also provide the perfect tools for school projects.
Safari is a brand that we are already familiar with and we use lots of their animal and science collections in our small world play. We love the quality of the figurines and the fact that they are so realistic. They enable true learning through play.
We have a woodland creatures TOOB which we used in our autumn explorations at the end of last year.
We also have a Space Toob which we have used lots in our space adventures, moon landings and starry, Matilda Mae, messy play.
And we have lots and lots of dinosaurs!
For this review we were sent a TOOB of baby sea creatures that included dolphins, sharks, whales, seals, walruses and more. Esther and William love sea creatures and thanks to Octonauts are able to confidently identify the different variations and describe some of their qualities. We used the sea creatures in small world play and water play.
We set up our sensory small world sea in a plastic lid. I used felt to create sand and sea and sparkly green paper to create seaweed and kelp. Esther and William added stones and shells to make the beach more habitable for their animals.
In the water table we added brown glass stones in the shallow area and green and blue glass stones for the deeper ocean.
Esther and William chose which creatures went into which part of the sea.
We combined this set with the Life Cycle of a Green Sea Turtle that we were also given for the purpose of this review.
The set includes a nest of turtle eggs, a hatchling, a juvenile turtle and an adult. Esther and William adore turtles, again because of Octonauts. They know that turtles swim hundreds of miles to lay their eggs on the shore. Returning to the beach where they themselves were born. They know that turtles lay over a hundred eggs. It is wonderful listening to Esther and William use these true facts in their imaginary play.
Esther was soon acting out a story about a family of green sea turtles while William was fishing for creatures that I asked him to find. He was able to pick out sword fish and dolphins, seals and walruses, hammer head sharks and Orcas.
He was also able to tell me some facts about the creatures, all knowledge gained from watching Octonauts.
Safari Ltd create and sell all kinds of creatures, real and fantasy, to be collected. They are great for creating small world habitats and for learning about different species, different places around the world. And out of this world! You can find a safari Ltd TOOB set for most habitats, fantasies and occasions including Christmas!
For the anniversary of Tilda’s death earlier in the year I bought a TOOB of In The Sky Miniatures that Esther and William used for imaginary play, imagining what it might be like to live up in the clouds and to see these things floating and flying by.
When we went on holiday to Ullswater we took a Life Cycle of a Frog set with us and a range of different books about tadpoles and frogs. Next year we are going to try growing some of our own. There will be more about this in this week’s Minibeast Monday post.
The Safari Ltd Figurines are of great quality. They are accurate in their representation of nature and creatures, their fantasy figures are stunning and perfect for story making and telling.
The Safari Ltd Good Luck Minis are tiny figures that would make a great gift for a birthday party or would be great to give to children to play with on a long journey. They come in a little paper envelope which would be also be perfect for a Christmas stocking or in place of a party bag at a children’s party. Perhaps at a Minibeast Ball?
We have loved playing with our Safari Ltd Figures, the ways to play with these toys are endless, limited only by the imagination of the child.
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I have not been looking forward to writing this review. I stalled and stalled because I thought I was going to be disappointed by the Little Tikes Trike. I was wondering how I could review it honestly without comparing it to the wonderful Smart Trikes that we have already tested, reviewed, owned and adored.
I should not have worried and I should have tested this product weeks ago when it first arrived because if you have not yet bought a main Christmas present for your little one this year then this should definitely be it.
The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike is brilliant!
Matilda Mae loves it and loves being on it when we can wrestle it away from the toddler twins, especially Esther who would very much like the trike to be hers!
This is a trike made by Little Tikes to grow with your child. It can be used with Baby as soon as they are able to confidently sit for long periods without any support. For Matilda Mae this time is now. She is 7 months and is a beautiful sitter. She is quite big for her age and she is strong. When we unpacked the trike for her this week she was more than ready to use it.
My husband put the trike together easily and in very little time. He has been very impressed with the Little Tikes trike though cannot help comparing it to the other two we have. He feels that the Little Tikes trike was a little harder to assemble but that overall it is a better trike. The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike has more interactive features for the toddler to use and though it feels like it is made of cheaper materials than the Smart Trike it’s overall functionality is better.
This a review of the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike however and not a direct comparison between the two and so I will only share our honest opinions of the features of the Little Tikes trike. (We still love our Smart Trikes too!!)
The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike grows with your child through three stages. Little Tikes calls these stages: Guided, Learning and Independent.
Matilda Mae is at the Guided stage. She sits comfortably on her trike, held in safely with the side bars and also the harness style straps. Matilda Mae grips on to the steering wheel in the centre of the interactive dashboard. She smiles sweetly as she is pushed along oblivous to the fact that one day she will be able to steer and power the trike all by herself.
Esther and William are at the Learning stage. Though Esther and William are two and a half in January they are not yet able to pedal a trike as their legs are just not long enough. Esther’s feet only just reach the pedals on any trike she tries and William’s cannot reach at all. They are however keen to learn all about steering and one great feature of the Little Tikes trike is that they can steer for themselves if you want them too or if you are in a busy or enclosed area then you can lock the steering so that uo point them in the direction you want them to go. This stops any steering battles that believe me do happen as you are walking along pushing a willful young toddler on their trike!
The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike has an interactive lights and sounds dashboard to keep toddlers amused or distracted from the steering! There is the steering wheel to try and lots of buttons to press that make engine noises or siren sounds. I am glad that only one of our children has this addition to their tricycle rather than all three. Though if the beeping and revving does get too much during a quiet walk in the park the dashboard can be removed and saved for more appropriate times. It can also be played with independently providing hours of driving fun on or off the road.
The 3-in-1 trike has a large storage basket on the back for toys or sandwiches or books about mushrooms!!!
The trike also has a strong and flexible sun shade to protect little heads from harmful rays. This is on a very funky bendy arm which Esther and William are enjoying exploring.
For the Guided and Learning stages where the trike is being pushed by an adult there are deep and wide foot holds for tiny feet to protect them and shiny shoes from pedals and the floor. They have a fun animal footprint on them. A fun added extra that I like.
The pushing handle can easily be detached when your child is ready to try some triking independently but when it is in use it has a good sized bag for snacks, wallets, keys and so on. It also has a drinks holder for a toddler drink or even a small hot chocolate!
This is a fun and funky ride for any toddler. Esther, William and now Matilda are all triking fans. I think because they are more open to their surroundings and so it allows them to see more and to interact with people and things around them.
I am looking forward to taking Matilda out and about on hers while the twins are at preschool. It is nice alternative from a buggy or being worn. It is a nice way to get out for some fresh country air.
My children also just enjoy being pushed around the playroom or sitting in their trike for a snack or to watch TV.
The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike retails for around £90. This is what they say about it (in case there is anything I have missed!)
This trike has three stages to grow with your child:
– Stage 1: Guided
– Stage 2: Learning
– Stage 3: Independent
• Removable shade canopy adjusts to any angle
• Durable, quiet-ride tyres
• Real working steering wheel
• Dashboard can easily be removed and played with separately
•Dashboard features fun lights and sounds
• Sounds include engine start, engine revving, police and fire sirens
• Turn signal with LED lights
• Convenient beverage holder
• Extra large rear storage bucket with dumping feature
• Zippered handypack with two pockets
This is a ride fit for any young toddler from sitting to needing a bike. It is safe and sturdy, it is funky and bright, it is practical, durable and long lasting. It encourages imaginative play and physical development. I think this is a buy that is great value for money and I am sure would make a welcome gift this Christmas or birthday if you have a little one longing to move.
We were sent one Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike, free of charge, for the purpose of this review.
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