Friday, December 11, 2015

Smiggle has Christmas all wrapped up

I'm really excited for Christmas this year because bub's finally starting to understand it. She's just started recognising who Santa is, but she hasn't quite worked out what he has to do with Christmas or that he brings presents. Mind you she does have the present thing figured out {to the extent that she knows presents need to be unwrapped and they're awesome}. So awesome that I haven't been able to put any under the tree because she wants to rip them open right away.

Choosing presents can sometimes be super hard though, especially for young kids. This year I've gone for two semi big presents {a small trampoline + toddler slide} and a handful of smaller gifts. I know everyone says you should buy something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read; but this year my present buying philosophy has been something to have fun. Ok not just something, lots of something's. She's only going to be little once and I want her to have as much fun as possible {plus I'm buying things I always wanted as a kid so I can relive my childhood}.

If you're still wracking your brains about what to buy, or need some more stocking stuffers, Smiggle have a huge range of games, toys, gadgets and activity sets to get kids excited on Christmas morning. I'm particularly loving that all the cool old school toys {ones that I played with as a kid, not that I'm old *ahem*} are making a resurgence. Things like slapbands, lamps {think lava lamps}, pin art, mini pinball games, bead kits and bouncy goo. I loved all that stuff as a kid. Needless to say when Smiggle asked if I wanted to bub wanted to try out some goodies I couldn't say yes fast enough.


Bub's been road testing the new Smiggle pin art shapes. You know the little metal pin boards you press down and make shapes in aka one of the most fun things to do ever, especially if you're a child {or a child at heart}. Smiggle have taken the classic grey pin art squares that were around when I was a kid and transformed them into cool colourful shaped pin art. There are hearts and hexagons available in a range of bright colours. We've got the pink heart and the green hexagon. Bub preferred the heart {because its pink} so I've wrapped the green hexagon up under the Christmas tree as a present for her daddy. He's a big kid like me so I have no doubt he's going to love it.

Meanwhile we've been having hours and hours of fun with the pin art heart. Even though bub's only 2 and a half {and the pin art shapes are recommended for 6+}, she worked out what to do with it immediately. She was so confident that when I tried to help she said "no mummy help, I do it". Sure enough she knew what to do {once she worked out which side to put her hand on. Now she walks around the house for ages holding her hand up in the heart saying "wow my hand, look my hand". I'm pretty sure she thinks its magic.


Of course I couldn't let bub have all the fun, I've been stealing the heart to play with myself as well. Don't judge me, I bet you would too. Pin art is just so addictive, the pins feel so relaxing I can't help myself. It's like a tiny little massage for my hands. And its so much fun.


If you'd like to get your hands on a pin art shape for your child {or yourself, no judgement here}, you can buy them online or in-store at Smiggle for $19.95. Smiggle also have a huge range of other goodies starting at under $10. 

SMIGGLE PIN ART GIVEAWAY


So I couldn't keep all the fun just for us, thanks to Smiggle I have a set of 2 pin art shapes for one lucky reader. The set includes the pink heart + green hexagon pin art shapes just like we have. For your chance to win leave me a comment below letting me know what your favourite childhood toy or game was and why.


Please remember to fill in the rafflecopter widget as well so I can contact you if you win. The easiest way to leave a comment is to choose the name/url option and leave the url section blank {if you don't have a website or blog}. If you're having any issues commenting please email me or send me a message via my facebook page and I'll help you out.

Good Luck!

Toni

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Competition commences 12:00am December 11th 2015 and ends 12:00am December 16th 2015. Entry is open to Australian residents only, excluding ACT. One winner will receive two Smiggle pin art shapes. Prize will be delivered by Smiggle, 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.

Disclosure - I was gifted 2 pin art shapes for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own based on my experience with the products. I did not receive payment for this review.

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22 comments:

  1. That looks so cool!! My girls love Smiggle! (So do I!)
    My favourite toy as a kid was a Cabbage Patch doll given to me not long after my only brother passed away when he was just 12, by my eldest sister. I named him Sean and took him everywhere with me. I was very shy, and became even more introverted after my brother's death, but my doll would bring me so much comfort and companionship. I'm now 36 and I still have Sean.

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    1. I didn't even know Cabbage Patch dolls came in boys. I really wanted one as a kid but never had one. I think if I had one I would've kept it too.

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  2. My favourite toy was the old school littlest pet shops and trolls they Brough so much joy to my child hood that my mum kept them and now both my girls play with them and love them the animals look real not big heads and massive eyes

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    1. I was obsessed with trolls I had so many of them. I wish my mum kept them. I only have one left, no ideas where the others went.

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  3. We loved polly pockets. They were extremely loved and surprisingly we never lost a piece as they were so special to us.

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  4. I was very loyal to my Barbie :)

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  5. Smiggles are so cute!I love Play Doh a lot, too. It enhances the creative mind of the little ones.

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  6. i had this baby called Chantelle. I absolutely loved her - even after our dog chewed a few of her fingers off. I just put a bandaid on her and kept playing! unfortunately she got lost in one of our many moves.

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  7. Those are really cute! I love "no mummy help." Mine is at exactly that age, as well. :-)

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  8. I LOVE those things. Sensory wise - amazing. I could play with them allllllllll day (oh and also kids.. probably...)

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  9. Oh I love those, so much fun! I was an creative kid, my favourite things were anything creative! Drawing, painting, etch-a-sketch.. it was all good! Believe it or not I actually used to love to create magazines, as in I'd pull pages out of real magazine or cut out pictures then draw headlines and other pictures or write something about my day and put it all together in a 'magazine'. So silly but I loved it!

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  10. Oh I love anything Smiggle and I too am totally excited bub will know what is going on this Xmas. MY favourite toy has to be my cabbage patch doll. I wouldn't go anywhere without her!

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  11. getting my first sega master drive

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  12. My sis and I used to play in the wheelbarrow while Dad was mowing the lawn and pretend we were fishing at sea....or just lie in the grass and make cloud shapes. Happy days

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  13. My sis and I used to play in the wheelbarrow while Dad was mowing the lawn and pretend we were fishing at sea....or just lie in the grass and make cloud shapes. Happy days

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  14. My favourite toy was my Cabbage Patch Doll as I always played 'mum', now my girls have their own doll which is even more special as each Cabbage Patch Doll is born on their birthdays!

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  15. The RUBIKS cube was a fave as a child for obvious reasons!
    Mind tingling and frustrating and virtually impossible for me!

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  16. I loved my barbie dolls. I can remember always having at least 2 dolls with me everywhere I went, and I was happy using my imagination to create our own fun games and roles.

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  17. What a cool prize! I remember first coming across these as a primary school kid at the "Investigator Science Centre"' here in Adelaide. I also was very fond of Spirograph as a kid

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  18. I know Pin Art, they used to be rectangle! I made shapes of my face and peace signs. They are fun fun fun and super cool for kids. My kids would shape they're feet and hands and play non-stop with it with friends. Blast from the Past! A treasure to keep and NOT throw away.

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  19. I love playing elastics in the playground. Great way to pass the time with my friends.

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