Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Lucas Loves Cars + giveaway

There's a common misconception in society that toy cars are only for boys. Gender stereotyping and all that seems to be rife when it comes to kids toys. Well I hate to burst the bubble, but... kids don't like certain toys just because they're pink or blue, or meant to be for girls or boys. Kids like toys because they like them, go figure

I loved toy cars when I was younger. In fact I remember spending hours building cities with ramps and roads for matchbox cars with my brother {in my grandma's walk in wardrobe of all places}. So its no surprise to me that my daughter also loves cars. In fact she prefers to play with cars over a lot of her other toys.

Her love of male stereotyped vehicles isn't just limited to cars either, she also loves trucks, trains and planes. She has a toy train {which likes to make noise in the middle of the night just to scare me}, a few little planes and we recently added a truck to our menagerie of toy vehicles. This one comes complete with wild animals so the term menagerie is quite fitting.

Melissa and Doug jungle safari shape sorter truck from Lucas Loves Cars

Her toy truck isn't just a truck though, its a jungle safari shape sorter. I'd go as far as saying its probably the coolest shape sorter I've ever seen. I love the fact that its wooden and will last a lot longer than her plastic toys. And the fact that its unisex and not blue or pink is also a big plus {although I doubt she could care less about the colour}. Seriously is it not the coolest shape sorter ever?

wooden junge safari truck with animals from Lucas Loves Cars


The safari truck comes with seven wooden animals including a giraffe, zebra, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, elephant and rhino. Of course when there's wild animals involved its always a good idea to have a ranger around to keep them under control, luckily the set comes complete with two rangers. The back of the truck is also a gate to make sure the animals don't escape when they're not supposed to. 


Each piece has its own special place in the truck and can also stand on its own to be used for pretend play as well. She often uses the animals in conjunction with her farm house - feeding them yummy carrots and letting them mingle with the farm animals. The rangers also like to go for long walks around the lounge room and occasionally magically make their way upstairs to her bedroom. Surprisingly enough, despite the farm animals and wild animals frolicking together without the supervision of the rangers there haven't been any accidents, yet. They all seem to play together nicely {so far}.


As far as using it as a shape sorter is concerned, she usually cheats takes the easy option and just puts all the animals through the biggest hole to get them in the truck. I'm not sure if she's being lazy or smart. The more she plays with it though the better she's getting at matching the animals to their holes {or at least trying to}. Given its recommended for 2+ and she's not yet 2 I'd say she's doing ok and I'm sure she'll have it down pat in no time.



The jungle safari truck is made by popular toy manufacturers Melissa & Doug and we got it from Lucas Loves Cars. Lucas Loves Cars in an online business run by a Melbourne work at home mum. It was born from her son's love of cars and her frustration of not being able to find specific car related merchandise. Lucas Loves Cars sell anything car related for kids and I mean pretty much everything - toys, puzzles, clothes, dinnerware, games, books, night lights, wall decals and even light switch covers {see pretty much anything you can think of}. They're also not solely limited to cars, they also love planes, trains, trucks and tractors. If it has wheels then they've got it. While they do stock pretty much everything any little boy would want, there's nothing stopping a little girl from loving their products too. If you have a budding car enthusiast {girl or boy} at your place then you'll want to check out the giveaway below. You can connect with Lucas Loves Cars on Facebook and Instagram.


LUCAS LOVES CARS GIVEAWAY

Finding Myself Young Automoblox giveaway with Lucas Loves Cars
The team at Lucas Loves Cars have generously provided an Automoblox mini S9 Heather Blue Sedan for one lucky Finding Myself Young reader. To enter simply follow the prompts in the rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment letting me know which is your favourite product sold by Lucas Loves Cars and why?

Good luck!

Toni x

WINNER - SARAH NORMAN

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions
Competition commences 12:00am July 14th 2015 and ends 12:00am July 28th 2015. Entry is open to Australian residents only, excluding ACT. One reader will win an Automoblox mini S9 Heather Blue Sedan from Lucas Loves Cars. Prize is not transferable. Prize will be delivered by Lucas Loves Cars, Finding Myself Young takes no responsibility for prize delivery. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. All mandatory entry steps must be completed to constitute a valid entry. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and excluded from judging. Winner will have 72hrs to respond or prize will be redrawn. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook.

Disclaimer - I was sent the jungle safari shape sorter for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own based on using the truck {well bub using it}, as per my disclosure policy. I did not receive payment for this post. 

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43 comments:

  1. The jungle safari shape sorter truck is awesome! My little girl loves cars, trucks and trains too. She has a collection of matchbox cars and like you, loves ramps!

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    1. We mainly have little people cars and wooden ones here at the moment because I think she'd still try and eat the matchbox ones but daddy and I can't wait to start her matchbox collection. And ramps are awesome :)

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  2. I love toys that are different from the norm, and a jungle safari shape sorter certainly fits that bill! In our car-full house, it would certainly be welcome!

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    1. It's really cool hey, I've never seen anything like it.

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  3. The jungle shape sorter is awesome. I know a girl who'd love the Automoblox mini S9 Heather Blue Sedan

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    1. Its super awesome. Even I want to play with it {with bub of course}.

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  4. I totally agree that girls can play with cars just as much as boys can play with dolls. In fact my daughter has a stack of dolls but prefers zooming around the kitchen with her Caterpillar tip truck and sporty matchbox cars! I also love unique toys that are educational and get their little minds working. For this reason I really like the Automoblox C9 Red Sports Car that comes apart and they get to rebuild it. So cool!

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    1. Yea she plays with her cars more than her dolls here too. The animals are a pretty big hit too. I'm all for unique and educational toys :)

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  5. What an adorable shape sorter. My girls love dolls and cars!

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  6. My little man will be kept busy exploring the 'BUSY FIRE TRUCK' from Lucas Loves Cars. Looks so fun and enjoyable I feel like exploring it myself!
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  7. My three girls all loved their cars. What a great toy.

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  8. i love the busy city play set. it looks great as it's so multipurpose. my girls would love putting the puzzle mat together and threading the vehicles onto the string. and there's enough little car's to keep them happy and hopefully reduce the tears and tantrums that come from sharing!

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  9. What a great truck! My girls play with cars and dinosaurs. I love Melissa and Doug toys. I find they last much better than the plastic toys. Great review Toni. You find some amazing things for us mums and our kids. Keep up the great work. Love it! X

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    1. I do love finding all the cool things :) Melissa and Doug toys are pretty awesome :)

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  10. Coveting so many things on Lucas Loves Car's site!!! We'd all love the Vtech Toot Toot Drivers Fire Station here and it would be great for Moo's hand eye coordination. What a cute concept to sell themed toys. Love it. PS. my girls love car toys!

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    1. It's a pretty cool idea to dedicate the whole shop to one theme. I never knew there were SO MANY car related products out there. She's done a great job sourcing so many cool products.

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  11. YES! Couldn't agree more. I remember being fascinated with matchbox cars and the multilevel parking garage you could get, as well as Lego, when I was small - but of course I never had any, being a girl. Well, not until my brother came along nearly 9 years after me. Better late than never! And then there's the example of Mr 21 - when he was 3 he adored his (female) cousin's dollhouse and played with it more than the girls ever did!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT x

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    1. I LOVED Lego!! My mum still has all my Lego in her attic and we're going to inherit it once bub is old enough to not eat it. I can't wait to play with it all again.

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  12. I let my girls play with whatever they want to, no gender stereotyping happening here. Love all of Melissa & Doug's things!

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    1. They're toys are so good! I love wooden toys :)

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  13. My youngest girl loves cars! The other two didn't, but she does. I giggle though because she plays with them in a typically 'girly' way, and they have mum and dad and baby cars. It's a bit cute. :)

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    1. Haha we haven't got to that point yet but I'm sure its coming :)

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  14. Hmmm tough choice. I think I've seen these products in Bobble Art before? I love the little police station with helicopter :)

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    1. Probably are in Bobble Art they're stocked in heaps of different stores. The police station is cool!

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  15. I love wooden toys so much. I wish my kids liked them as half as much as I do!

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    1. She has no choice but to love them haha

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  16. Wow, this is a tough one because my son is a car fanatic! If we were to have a toy shop like this one, it'd most certainly be called 'Elliott Loves Cars'. My favourite product? It'd have to be the Automoblox C9 Red sports car...not only have I never seen such a cool toy car before, it's wooden and I love wooden toys and it's RED...red goes faster, doesn't it?

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  17. I love the F1 Floor Puzzle with miniature vehicles but my son loves the whole range of Automoblox cars ...

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  18. The Traffic Bath Fun set for sure! Anything to keep my 3 year old in the bath a bit longer while I organise my 5 month old. It looks perfect for my car loving fella!

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  19. I love the Wooden Police Station simply because the little one is obsessed with Police and I know he would absolutely love it to bits! There's something special about wooden toys that you just don't get with plastics!

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    1. I totally agree wooden toys are so much better than plastic.

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  20. Oh I love this truck and I totally agree that we shouldn't gender sterotype! When we went and got our daughter one of those toy kitchen we also go her a tool work bench (I actually think she liked the tools more!) Great review and giveaway!

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  21. ok, so there are sooooooo many things to choose, but I think my favourite might be the autobahn road tape. That would be really cool. I'm imagining my two (and their dad!) creating roads all over the house. It will be really fun to see where their imagination would take them!

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    1. I totally want that too although I'm scared I'd have roads all over the lounge chairs and table etc!

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  22. I like the Green toys - Red Aeroplane because I love planes.

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  23. My boys love when we cook which is at least twice a week and they love cookie cutters even for their sangers and bbq toast so I can't look past the Boys tools biscuit cutters.

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    1. We love cookie cutters here too, best invention ever for fussy eaters.

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  24. I like the Busy Fire Truck, perfect for my youngest. I like that there are so many activities, it moves (unlike an activity cube) and you can talk about emergency services, not only who to call but about what they do. Lets facevit every child is excited by a person in uniform or a car with a siren.

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  25. Love the Green Hippie Pen Box.....brings back memories.

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  26. Love the Autobahn Road tape & Aussie street signs, my son would love this as his car and trucks get driven EVERYWHERE and if we used this my walls might stay white for just a little bit longer

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