Top 4 affordable Christmas gifts for 4 year olds

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Your 4 year old may have very specific tastes and likes or dislikes, but there are certain presents which won’t break the bank and which I believe all kids of this age will love.

Here are some ideas for Christmas 2017:

2 Wheel Scooter

Generally at this age they are progressing from a 3 wheel to a 2 wheel and there’s lots of different brands out there from My little pony to Paw patrol. My little girl loves riding to and from preschool on hers and it saves a lot of time; I can hardly keep up. A foldable scooter is very handy for when they suddenly decide they’ve had enough… inevitable when you’re still a long way from home!

All Set for Preschool

Magnetic 1st calendar: English and Spanish

My 4 year old has started wanting to know what’s happening each day, what day of the week it is and seems to be getting a general understanding of months. I felt at this age a calender helps them to know what’s going on and understand months and seasons too. I’m going to get this calender for my daughter for Christmas as it also shows the words in Spanish, which is the language they teach at our local primary school too so it should be useful for years to come! You can also buy these calenders in English only; available in blue or pink.

Little Live Talking Bird

Little Live Bird and Cage

This interactive bird has given my little girl hours of amusement. Suitable for both boys and girls, they can press the button to record their voice and it plays back in a funny parrot style pitch. The cage has space for 2 birds so they can collect a second as well as the other pets in the Little Live range.

As well as the recordings, the birds also have set tweeting songs and phrases which will amuse you little ones.

Tell the Time Wooden Clock

Whether they’ve already started school or not, over the next year teaching them to tell the time in a fun way will be a vital skill. You can play together with this clock and teach them as you play!

Boomerein Twin Rein Review

My first video and first product test is below! Be kind as I’m still learning but I had lots of fun making this little video and it’s spurred me on to make some more and try out other twin products.

Let me know what other twin related videos you’d like to see or products you’d like to see reviews of. I’ll do my best to share more with you when I find time amongst the crazyness of parenting and working life.

These are a few of my Favourite Things…

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… are probably not on the list of my tiddler’s favourite things.

I feel like I’ve been writing too many negative things recently about things that wind me up and my mummy fails so here’s a more positive look into the life of my 1-and-a-half year old cutie. As well as “mine” and “no”, one of her most used words is also “wow!!” It still amazes me and brings a huge smile to my face seeing her delight at the simplest of things in the world around us that, as adults, simply just don’t impress anymore.

These are a few of my tiddlers favorite things:


Love how fish are greeted with a “wow”… I feel no need to pay lots to take my tiddler to an aquarium when she is frankly in awe of fish in a pet shop. The World Museum in Liverpool was a good trip too as it’s free and has a small aquarium on one of the floors. Having said that, this photo was taken when we went to the SeaLife Centre for my Goddaughter’s 1st birthday. I must admit it was amazing and they all loved it!

Mr ‘Bubble’ (aka Tumble!)

Her face lights up and she sings along to the theme tune in her own babbling way with the odd recognisable word thrown in when she can. She loves carrying round her spotty bag filled with more of her favourite things.


In the language of Peppa Pig’s brother, George, she excitedly shouts “Dine-saur” when she sees a Dinosaur. We recently went to the Natural History Museum in London and she nearly fell over backwards looking up in awe at the huge skeleton in the entrance hall. It was brilliant seeing her running into the entrance shouting “WOW!!! DINE-SAUR, DINE-SAUR!!!” Must make the most of this before the ‘I’m-too-cool-for-this-crap-boring-museum’ teenage years.

Playing Mummy


Feeding my baba

The most played-with toy she received for Christmas when she was 15 months old has got to be her Dolly, or “baba” as she calls it. I already love her so much but when I see her affection towards her “baba” I think I love her even more! She puts her dolly into her highchair and feeds it with a spoon (don’t need to spend money on special dolly highchairs!!) and plants loving kisses on her lips. She amazes me with her insight into looking after a baby when she puts the dolly into her pram in the hallway, covers it with a blanket and rocks it forwards and backwards saying “sshhh, sshhh, sshhh”.

The other day I heard her in the kitchen saying “oh dear baba, oh dear” again and again and went in to find the dolly had fallen out of her toy pushchair and was face down on the floor. I imagine you’d panic if you had a newborn and heard “oh dear baba” coming from the other room!!

Dancing with the Tombliboos

Every evening before bed we watch In The Night Garden and her most favourite part which has her abandoning her milk and leaping off the sofa is when the Tombliboos do their dance. She makes us laugh as she sways side to side, stamping her feet and turning round in circles. Yesterday she grabbed both of my hands to pull me off the sofa saying “dance” and we danced around the room in fits of giggles! So much for winding down before bed eh?


This is a new game and now she can say “horsie” she accompanies the word by climbing onto our backs and giggles as we ride her around the house. It’s funny when she wants to play at an inappropriate time though, like in the middle of story telling at the local library!

So those are a few of my tiddler’s favourite things. There are so many things that amaze her and I know I must enjoy this young, innocent age as they grow up so fast. She inspires me every day to look at the world around me in a new way. I’d never normally notice a little ladybird on a leaf as I rush about my day and it’s no bad thing being made to slow down and notice the little details.


Carrying my Mr Tumble Spotty Bag

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Quick easy Birthday or Father’s Day card!

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This is a really simple, non messy but really personalised card you can make to send a loved one from your tiddler. Whether they’re a newborn or a toddler they’ll love helping you make this card.

What you needimage
Piece of coloured card  (same or 2 different colours)

A pen.



A baby or child’s hand to draw round.

How to make it
Draw round your baby or toddlers hand onto the coloured card. You’ll need a right hand and a left hand to cut out.  Or if they’re older they could do this themselves.

Cut out the 2 hand prints.

Cut a rectangle of coloured card and write ‘THIS MUCH’ along the length. Make it in a concertina. Use this to join the hands together by glueing each end to the back of each hand.

It’s now pretty much finished! Just write “Daddy I love you…” on the front handprint. (Or “Grandma I love you…”) Write your greetings on the handprints depending on the occasion and don’t forget to write “love from…” on the back handprint!

Top 3 Birthday or Christmas presents for a 1 year old girl

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Sometimes it’s hard to know what to buy for a 1 year old. You want to get something that can be used right now, but something that will also be good value for money and last a while as they get older. I’ve put together a list of my Top 3 presents our little girl tiddler has loved the most, has played with the most and that I think will last for a least a couple of years as she grows and develops. In last 3 months She has had her 1st birthday and Christmas and out of all the fantastic presents she received the Top 3 are:-

1) Toy Kitchen

At this age, copying what mummy and daddy do and say is the main way tiddlers learn. My little one will even mop the floor for me if she sees me do it first! Ever since we spent ages one afternoon hanging out in a shop whilst she played with their toy kitchen, I’ve been desperate to find one that is compact and affordable. I found the Plum Cabin Wooden Role Play Kitchen in the Black Friday sales on Amazon and then on Christmas Eve my husband and I joined the countless other parents up and down the land in the annual DIY-a-thon putting it together! She loves playing with the pans and utensils, taking her toy food in and out of the oven, and opening and closing the doors. Even if your tiddler isn’t walking yet they’d still love standing up to the kitchen surface to bang the pots and pans. I’m hoping she’ll get a few years of enjoyment out of it… and then be practised enough to make us breakfast in bed! 😉

2) Dolly

I never really saw my tiddler as a ‘girly girl’. She is in some ways quite boistrous and will destroy towers and throw all the furniture out of her Happyland house, however since she turned 1 I’ve started noticing more girly traits. For example she takes an interest in shoes and will sit for ages trying (and failing) to get her shoes on which just surpasses the cuteness scale. She is also so loving and caring when she plays with the dollies at the childminders’ house. I turned up to pick her up once and she was fondly placing a dolly in a toy highchair and was then pretending to feed it. When her childminder reported how she loves to play with the dollies and look after them I just had to add it to her Christmas wish-list.

Her Aunty and Uncle chose the ‘My baby sister’ doll from ELC which she has taken a fancy to. It has a soft body which makes it a bit more cuddly and she affectionately hugs her dolly in close to her chest and carries her around everywhere. It comes with a dummy, bib, and a bottle which when placed to the mouth makes the cheeks move to make a suckling motion. It also says “mama” and “dada” when you press the dolly’s hands and giggles when you tickle the tummy. The good thing about the dolly is that there are so many other accessories and things you can add to make play time changeable. She received a dolly pushchair from her grandparents and loves to push her dolly around the house and also bathes the dolly in the sink of the toy kitchen (see above). In the future I’d like to get dolly nappies, bathing accessories, and grannie has offered to knit some dolly clothes.

3) Ride on Car

This is a present she received for her 1st birthday that has had A LOT of use. She’s just not stopped playing with it and usually goes for this before any other toy, dragging it both in and outdoors. It has definitely had different uses as my tiddler has grown and developed. Initially using it as a walking aid to push along, lifting the seat to transfer smaller items in and out of it, playing with the phone on the front and then she started climbing on to it, sitting on the seat and pushing it backwards and can now walk her legs to travel forwards. We get lots of giggles when I push her around the house on it and she loves tooting the horn! I’ve had friends to visit with children aged 2 and 3 who have also enjoyed playing on it so it should last for a while yet. You don’t need to spend much either!