Shock horror! There are only 45 days until Christmas and as always I need inspiration for both big presents and stocking fillers.
In our house, we do stockings first thing in the morning and big presents later on in the day. With great timing, Wicked Vision has sent me three products – in the stocking fillers price range – to review.
The stocking fillers
First up is The Duncan Pulse Yo-Yo priced at £10 (Duncan claim to be the original and number one yo-yo brand). It’s a light-up yo-yo so looks cool and instantly got Sofia’s interest (who is nearly five) despite being recommended for six years plus. The great thing is, it comes with batteries already installed and better still, it comes with replacement batteries.
It’s well made and the blurb reliably informs that it is a perfectly balanced, ball-bearing yo-yo. It certainly seems a lot smoother and slicker, and not the tangled mess I remember yo-yos being from my playground days.
Sofia couldn’t do the tricks but the slick movement coupled with the light and colour made it a big hit. My two-year-old twins were mesmerised by changing colours and loved watching their big sister play with it. They were very entertained minus the tricks, so this would definitely be a winner for those with a bit more skill.
The Chameleon Flying Disc (£6) is a Frisbee with a thermo active technology twist, meaning it changes colour with just the heat of your hands.
I have to say, I can’t enthuse too much about Frisbees in general, but the kids liked it, and whilst it doesn’t change colour quite as dramatically as the website picture shows, it did noticeably alter when they touched it, which they enjoyed.
I like the fact that it is made of soft foam so can be used indoors – as well as outdoors – safely. It comes in four different colours. It says suitable from three years but, at two, the twins were more than capable of chucking it, and the textured surface made it much easier for them all to grip (and even catch – sometimes!).
Wicked Socker Boppers are inflatable boxing pillows (£10). I initially had mixed feelings about these, as I wasn’t sure I should be encouraging my eldest daughter to box. However, they are fantastic fun and all three girls absolutely love them; I love them! In my opinion they are safe, but certainly require proper supervision.
They are very padded, featuring a ‘double cavity air chamber’, which provides extra cushioning. All four of us could comfortably get our hands into the gloves and even the two-year-olds could bop without them falling off.
They are made from heavy-duty vinyl and have taken quite a pounding without any hint of a puncture, but they do come with one repair patch just in case. They have also stayed fully inflated for the week we’ve had them, and Sofia was able to blow them up herself without any help.
There are only two soccer boppers in a pack; it would be a lot more fun to have two sets so you can have a proper little spar.
All perfect stocking fillers.