Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sylvanian Families Fresian Cow Family Review

We have some new additions to our Sylvanian Family family! A happy herd of cutie-cows arrived just in time for the festive season.
When I was little I didn't realise that the Sylvanian Family characters all had their own individual names, so I just named my collection myself. I gave them very un-creative names, to be honest. For example my baby mole was called 'Moley' and the bear siblings were called Sister Bear and Brother Bear. So, yeah... not very exciting.

As I'm rediscovering the world of Sylvanian Families, however, and sharing them with my girls, we've realised that in fact all Sylvanian Families characters have, not only their own names (and surnames!), but their own personality traits too. I've been really enjoying learning our collection's names and discovering their likes and dislikes. It inspires so many more different ways to play with them.
The Hornbull's are getting ready for the festive season!
The Fresian Cow Family, are no exception and they all have great names and are full of personality.

Father Hornbull Buttercup loves walking through the fields and woods around Sylvania all alone. He likes the peace and quiet and gets all huffy and bad tempered if he is disturbed during his thoughtful strolls. Some children find him frightening!

Mother Daisy Buttercup is very nosey, and likes to see and know what is going on. If she sees anyone out for a walk or off shopping, she will wander over to see what they are up to and have a chat!

Brother Paddock Buttercup is very frisky, running, skipping and jumping everywhere, he just can’t seem to stand still for long. All this pent up energy makes Paddock very good at the playground game of ‘catch’ but he is at a disadvantage when the children play a game of ‘hide & seek’.

Sister Annabell Buttercup does not like to rush anything. She walks slowly and gracefully, and has never been seen to run or even jog. Getting ready for school in the morning takes her hours.
Wrapping gifts, stringing lights and writing cards. They're much more organised than me!
It made me giggle to recognise how scarily familiar some of these traits are in my own family... I think that's what makes Sylvanian Families toys so appealing. They might just be small figurines - but they are the perfect vehicle for children to identify with, to use to act out scenes from their lives and to help them make sense of the world around them. I think every house with children should have some!

If you'd like to start your own collection, why not invite this perfectly adorable, good as gold baby into your home?

This Baby Grey Cat is called Liberty Harvey. She always follows the rules and her favourite phrase is 'let's take turns!'. She also comes with her very own crib and baby bottle and is completely house trained ;)

If you'd like to add her to your child's Christmas Stocking just comment below and I'll draw a winner next week. Good luck!

If you already have some Sylvanians you should also consider entering their latest photo competition over on Instagram. Click on the image below to find out more!

Have you seen our other Sylvanian Families Toy Reviews?

Check out our the Country Clinic Review by clicking the picture below:
Check out our Camper Van Review by clicking the picture below (includes video!):
Check out our Hot-Dog Van Review by clicking the picture below:
Check out our Doughnut Store Review by clicking the picture below:

Disclosure: As a 'Friend of Sylvanian Families', I received the Fresian Cow Family and the Grey Cat Baby for the purposes of review. All opinions are mine / Lile and Sábha's, however, and we were not paid to give them.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Finders-Makers

'Dog' - made from a small ball of wool, a medicine cup, an broken elastic, cardboard and tape.
Lately, Sábha has begun describing herself as a 'finder'. Her favourite thing to do is play 'finders-club' - a game she invented with a classmate. She is like a magpie - her eyes constantly scanning for treasures that no one else sees. Or rather... that no one else would even want to touch*. She comes home from school with her pockets full of random pieces of plastic, small sticks, leaves, old receipts and anything else that catches her eye.
'Crocodile eating lunch'
She's a child that is not overly interested in toys, preferring far more, to  run and climb and dance and use her imagination in a different way to most children I know. After she collects a handful of treasures she sets about making her own 'toys' out of the things she has found.
'Car' - made from a peg, broken plastic, cardboard, wool, tape.
She doesn't keep them, however. Each 'toy' is a gift for someone else. For her like-minded friend or for someone in her family.
'Smart Phone' - made from a clothes tag and an old balloon.
All of the enjoyment for her is in the finding and the making. In moving. Always moving.
'Fishing Rod' - made from wire, string, curtain hook, paper.

I believe she'll go far!

*Yes, I am constantly reminding her to wash her hands. Like... 500 times a day...

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