We love being part of the Chad Valley Play Panel and after how lovely the toys were in the first delivery, we were very excited to see what the next delivery had in store. You can see what we reviewed in our first delivery here, if you like!
We had another fun mix of toys again this time – a tool kit, a digger, a basketball set and a floating ball toy. All the toys matched the kids’ interests really well and they were over the moon to receive them. Little I practically jumped in the box when I opened it and kept saying ‘oh wow, is this for me?’ – super cute.
First up we had the Chad Valley Junior Toolkit (which is available from £10.49). Little I is a good mix in the sense that she loves toys like dolls, princesses, dressing up etc, but she also loves a good car, train, digger or toolkit.
The Chad Valley Junior Toolkit comes in a nice, sturdy see through case which is good because it allows Little I to see what she’s got in there and carry all her tools around from place to place.
She LOVES pretending to fix things around the house. Last night she ‘fixed’ L’s wardrobe door, a sofa leg, the fridge and a toy bag. It’s so much fun to watch her play out her scenario and she loves it when we get involved too. I had to hold her ruler straight for her when she was drilling L’s wardrobe.
Next up was the Chad Valley Air Pump Loader (available from £24.00). Little I’s eyes completely lit up when she saw this bad boy! She often makes a beeline for digger type toys when we are out at other people’s houses so I think she was very excited that she finally had one to call her own. Well, to share with her little brother!
There is a pump on the top of the loader that makes the scoop go up, and then a lever on the side that puts it back down again. This provides endless entertainment for Little I, and slight confusion for L because he can make the scoop go up but not back down again! Little I likes to scoop up her other toys with the loader and move them from room to room.
Now onto a couple toys that were technically for L, but of course big sister got in on the action too. I knew the Chad Valley Noah’s Ark was going to be a hit before it even came out of the box. It is so bright, and colourful, and all the animal characters look great.
You press the animals on the top down and they all make different noises, which is fun! The animals underneath you have to twist to get them to make a noise. And Noah sits on the front. All the characters come off to play with and there is a musical keyboard for added fun as well. A very fun, very interactive toy, and possibly our favourite in the bunch.
The Chad Valley Floating Ball Fun Zone (available from £19.00) is so much fun. It’s like a small version of the floating ball machines you get at soft play. Little I and L like to take turns (sort of) with making a ball float and then batting it off again. It’s great that it has Velcro to attach it to the mat it comes with. Keeps in nice and secure, and stops L from picking it up and launching it! It is a tiny bit loud but once you get used to it, it’s all good.
Lastly we had the Chad Valley Basketball Counting Set (available from £26.99) which is an educational speaking toy that teaches numbers by using a sensor to recognize every time the ball goes through the hoop. It also teaches shapes and colours with cheerful songs, nursery rhymes and sound effects, which is great.
Both the kids loved this toy and played well together with it. Little I liked throwing the ball in and then L would crawl super-fast to collect it and ‘throw’ (launch) it back. L loves dancing so any music he hears causes him to break out into a boogie. He loved bopping about to the songs on the Chad Valley Basketball Counting Set.
Another great toy selection from Chad Valley and we’re really happy we get to share them with you too! Great toys at great prices that encourage play and learning together. Perfect!
The Chad Valley toys are available at Argos and there are all sorts to choose from. You can check out the range here.
We have another £75 gift card to giveaway so come and follow us over on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for that later this week!
*We were sent these Chad Valley toys free of charge but have not been compensated for this post.