Over the year the blog has been running I have been asked to do product reviews, sponsored posts or advertising buttons quite a few times. I believe it is reasonably common to be approached, however I have always said no because I felt the products or services were things that Oscar, myself or the regular blog readers wouldn't use. I was asked again last week to do a toy review and we were offered a few different toys to try out. Some of the toys were things Oscar has no interest in and some were toys which I wouldn't want to promote on the blog, but when they offered Lego/Duplo I really couldn't say no. Oscar still plays with his beloved castle every day, but over the last 6 weeks this has been far overtaken by his Duplo set.
The Duplo animal clinic arrived from the Lego Games department a couple of days ago and I can say with all honesty that Oscar is loving it.
We already had the basic Duplo set which is fabulous and last year we bought the Duplo Zoo. The animal clinic can be a stand alone Duplo set but Oscar has mixed the whole lot together.
The animals in the clinic are smaller than the animals in the zoo, so Oscar is calling the clinic animals the poor wee babies (so cute).
As any parent will tell you, it is virtually impossible to stage play, so we have just let Oscar get on with it and watched how much fun he was having and how much time he was spending with it. I expect you would not be surprised to know that the answers are lots of fun and lots of time.
I am afraid I wouldn't have it in me to write a good review if the items weren't up to standard, because I know other parents read my blog, so I was pleased that the Duplo Clinic was such a hit. From a review point of view, I guess what you really want to know is, 'would I go out and buy one for Oscar' and the answer is a resounding yes. As another Mama blogger wisely said 'you know you are a real parent when you have experienced the unique pain/pleasure known as don't stand on the lego in bare feet' Its almost a right of passage into toddler parenting to own Duplo/Lego. The same Mama Blogger did also say that she would suck it up with vacuum cleaner except it would cause much wailing from the children, but that's a whole other story.
Anyway, a big thank you to the sponsors at Fisher Price Toys for Argos for sending us such a cool toy to play with. We will be packing up most of Oscar's toys for the house move, and the toys being left out will be his castle, the scooby gang and the Duplo sets. These three will definitely be enough to carry him through the next 2 weeks.