Cbeebies Song Time Album – Review

If your looking for the perfect totally risk free Christmas gift for your toddler I think I may have found it in the Cbeebies Song Time CD. This two CD set released today 22/11 just in time for the big day, would make a great gift for even the smallest of Cbeebies lovers.

This lovely collection has a total of 50 songs across the 2 cd’d, including hits from all of the best loved Cbeebies shows like ZingZillas, In the Night Garden and Charlie and Lola, and also some of the lesser known tunes like Garth and Bev, the Space Pirates and Little Robots. I think the CD has the perfect mix of the obvious favourites and the more unusual theme tunes you wont find on other albums.

Jacob is 3 in 2 weeks and probably at the main target audience age for this CD, and he gave it two big thumbs up (mainly because it has Gigglebiz and Show Me, Show Me on it, which are his favourite).

He’s been a bit ill this last week with a nasty case of Chickenpox, so once he had some energy and felt a little better he had a great time dancing round the living room, and singing along to the theme tunes. Thomas had a great time too, although he won’t admit to it as he’s “too old” for Cbeebies now apparently.

I’m going to take the Song Time album to his birthday party and play it whilst all the kids run around, and when we all play Pass The Parcel. I know it’s going to go down a storm with all of his Cbeebies loving classmates, just as much as it has at home.

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ZingZillas Play and Groove Panzee – Review

As you probably know by now if you’ve read Toybuzz before we’re all huge fans of the ZingZillas. So as you can imagine we were all really excited for the start of the new series 2 on CBeebies this Monday, and then the kids were doubly excited when this Play and Groove Panzee came through the door for review.

It’s saved Santa a trip  as Panzee was on Jacob’s Christmas list (don’t ask me why he didn’t want the Play and Groove Zak), so now Santas under strict instructions to get the Big Zing Playset instead!

The Play and Groove Panzee looks exactly like the Panzee from the Tv show as you’d expect, even down to her trademark Tambourine.

At first I did think her shoes were smudged and dirty (having two boys this tends to happen quite often, and remarkably quickly) but on closer inspection it’s just some of the inner workings which show through the fabric slightly.

Panzee sings and dances her way through 2 songs, showing off her versatility with a slow one and an up tempo one.

Her slow song is the ballad “Wishes” which I believe is from the new second series as I haven’t heard it before. It’s a very nice song, and it’s not just a short burst you get at least 40 seconds of singing and dancing.

You’ll notice that Panzee sways and dances at a slower speed on the ballad, and then cleverly bops away faster on the more familiar Boogie Woogy Bubbly time. My Boys immediately picked up on this and had a great time having a dance off together trying to copy Panzee dancing to a slow song and then quickly pressing the button again and going mad to the faster one. A simple game but the boys loved it.

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I would most certainly recommend this toy to any other little ZingZillas fans. The Play and Groove Panzee was always bound to be a big hit in our house, and she didn’t disappoint. The only problem now is that the boys won’t stop going on about getting Zak to go with her now!

Zingzillas Album – Review

This Monday October 4th sees the release of the ZingZillas first ever album, and it’ll probably be your little ones first ever record.

Any self-respecting Cbeebies fan will be definitely be putting this CD onto their Christmas list, or if they’re really flash downloading into onto their iPod from the iTunes store.

With 26 songs to listen to and enjoy your unlikely to get bored of the songs for a good while, unless like me your little ones insist on listening to Litter,Litter,Litter over and over again! I think however my favourite song on the album is Playing a solo, I like Tang’s guitar on that one.

I didn’t think that the boys would get so much enjoyment just out of the music without the show, Apart from being a bit of background music for the playroom and a singalong in the car I wasn’t sure fussed they would be.

How wrong could I be!!

They absolutely love listening to the songs, and love it when they recognise which one is coming on or is next.  It also gets them talking about all the things they remember from the songs episode. Thomas enjoys telling me the story behind the song and what happened before the ZingZillas finally performed it in the Big Zing. I think that’s why he loves Litter,Litter,Litter so much, as he loves that episode where everyone keeps emptying the bin over Todd’s garden.

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We were lucky enough to see the ZingZillas this summer at their official launch party in London, and everyone in attendance had a great time. As well as some great performances from the main attraction, we were also treated to some Bhangra Dance Classes which we had to put into practice when the ZingZillas sang their hit Bhangra Beat . I wasn’t sure if all of this had been forgotten about, but as soon as I put on Bhangra Beat when we received the album,  Thomas started showing off all the dance moves he remembered from the show. We all had a lot of fun dancing around the room to that one!

Here’s a little clip of the ZingZillas singing Bhangra Beat from when we went to see them to give you a taster.

If your looking for a nice stocking filler for your pre-schooler this Christmas you can’t go wrong with this great album. Even if they’re not already fan’s of the ZingZillas, once they receive this they soon will be!

Top 10 Toddler Toys for Christmas 2010

Here are my predictions for whats going to be the most requested toys from Santa in the Christmas of 2010. Buy gifts for the Toddler set, can sometimes seem like a thankless task. To young for the majority of things, but with a strong desire to be one of the big kids, toddlers can be a tricky bunch to get right. This is my list of hopefully foolproof Toddler gift ideas, Check out the other lists here:

Lego Duplo Disney Pixar Mack’s Road Trip

I love Duplo! It’s a guaranteed Toddler Pleaser.

Safer for little ones as it’s chunky and with no small parts, but with all the fun of Lego construction still intact.

This fun set includes most of the main players from the movie Lightning, Mack and Sheriff, Only Mater is missing from the party.

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Dancing Timmy

Timmy Time’s preschool hi jinks are probably my favourite part of my kids Cbeebies viewing (and I think they quite like it as well).

This cute Timmy doll is all dressed for a proper hip hop style dance off. With his Trainers, Baseball cap and gold medallion, he looks every bit the budding rap star ready to bust a move.

In fact he looks just like the sheep on the cover of his favourite album from the Timmy Can’t Dance episode.

Your Toddler will laugh and dance along, as Timmy dances to his two included music tracks.

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ZingZillas Big Zing Playset Another of my childrens Cbeebies faveoraites are the ZingZillas, Even more so after we got to see them live! I’m predicting that The Big Zing Playset will be one of the big sellers for the Toddler set this Christmas. Complete with all the essential components needed for the Big Zing, like the Beach Byrds, Moaning Stones and the all important Coconut Clock.

Each member of the band will even sing their line of the theme tune when you plug them into their space on the stage.

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All Around Chuggington Interactive Playset

Ok this is my last Cbeebies inspired choice I promise.

The All Around Chuggington interactive Railway is bound to be a sure fire hit with your young Chuggers.

The trainees recognise the environment around them such as knowing when they get to the fuel depot or saying hi when they pass Vee. They even sing a little Chuggington, just like the theme tune when the pass through the tunnel.

Pressing their funnel allows you to hear plenty of your chuggers famous phrases. The trainees even recognise each other and have fun conversations and games together.

They’re are a few different sets out at the moment, but this is the definitive Christmas gift for your young Chugginton fan.

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We Really Did It Dora

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dora the Explorer, Fisher Price have released a new dancing Dora doll for 2010.

Listen to Dora sing the all new ‘We Really Did It” song, which will be premiered in the newest Dora movie “Dora’s Birthday Adventure”.

Dora has 4 different modes of play

  • Teach me
  • “We Did It Dance”
  • Strike a pose
  • Say it 2 ways

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Handy Manny’s 2 in 1 Transforming Tool Truck

Still a firm favourite in the Toybuzz household, is last christmas’ Handy Manny Transforming Truck.

Although this one is from last year, I still think it not only makes a great present for the young Handy Manny fan, but also for any young pre-schooler who has a penchant for building and fiddling with things.

Pop open the bonnet and get to fixing the radiator, engine, Battery, Spark Plug and Air filter.

Pull Manny’s Workshop out of the back of the truck, and help Manny and the tools fix the Toaster, Clock, Camera and Fan.

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse World Playset Now another toy from a hit Playhouse Disney show, The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. This pared down version of the more expensive Clubhouse Playset incarnation, is without the lights and sounds of the original, but still features everything your toddler needs to have some great fun with Mickey and the gang. Mickey, Minnie and 12 accessories including the Mousekadoer are included. The playset features the seven distinct areas of the clubhouse from the TV show, like the garage, Mousekadoer room, Observation desk and Glove Balloon to name a few.

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Cars Piston Cup Garage Finally a garage made for Disney Pixar Cars fans!

Through the garage you can take a ride around the whole of Radiator Springs.

Visit Luigi’s Tyre shop, Fillmores Gas Station and then Lightning reaches the Winners enclosure and Helipad at the top of the garage.

Unfortunately the garage doesn’t actually come with any of the Diecast Cars, but i’m sure your little Cars fan will have plenty ready and waiting to take a trip around town.

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Fisher Price My Baby Walk and Giggle

More than just a pretty face, the Little Mommy My Baby Walk N Giggle doll has more than one trick up her sleeve, she’s got over 60 actually.

She sings and says over 60 fun sounds, phrases and songs.

Watch your little girl laugh and play mum with her new baby, as she goes from sitting, to standing, then walking and sitting down again all on her own. No help from Mummy required.

She comes with a blanket, bottle, dummy and toy doggy on a lead amongst many other accessories.

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Baby Annabell Battery Operated Scooter

This practically perfect Pink and purple Baby Annabell Scooter, will be your little girls dream machine when she spies it underneath the tree on Christmas morning.

With a sidecar attached just big enough for her Baby Annabell doll, the two of them will be able to travel on many adventures together in comfort.

As well as the space for Baby Anabelle, there’s also a storage compartment behind the drivers seat for those all important travelling knick knacks.

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Top 10 Girls Toys for Christmas 2010

Here are my predictions for whats going to be the most requested toys from Santa in the Christmas of 2010.

This is what I think is going to be top of all the girls Christmas lists, Check out the other lists here:

Top Ten Boys Toys for Christmas 2010

Top Ten Toddler Toys for Christmas 2010

Top Ten Baby Toys for Christmas 2010

Disney Princess Magic Rise Oven

In the grand tradition of the toy kitchen being the little girls must have Christmas gift, here’s the latest contender the Disney Princess Magic Rise Oven.

Obviously nowadays kids are a bit more savvy and just a toy kitchen doesn’t quite cut it, So as the title suggests this little oven has a trick up it’s sleeve.

Pop the flat cake into the oven, wave over your magic wand and voila up pops a delicious looking cupcake just waiting for some fancy icing.

This 17 piece set includes light up frosting, cake toppers so you can decorate your creations after they have risen.

After you’ve finished your cupcake masterpiece, turn around your oven and put your creation on display for everyone to admire.

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Toy Story 3 Lots o’ Huggin Bear

Your little girl would have to have a heart of stone, to not want to find this adorable lump of huggable pink strawberry scented fluff underneath the tree on Christmas morning.

From the hit summer blockbuster Toy Story 3, Lotso is just begging to be every girls new best friend. He’s even got Velcro hands for that extra tight hug.

Lie him flat and he closes his eyes, Tickle his feet and he laughs, Squeeze his hands and hear some of his Toy Story 3 phrases. He even responds when you talk to him, and talks back.

Ok I know in the movie he’s a bit of a bad guy, but we can overlook that because he’s so darn cute!

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Littlest Pet Shop Rescue Tails Centre

Rolf Harris beat your heart out! Girls up and down the country are ready to set up their very own Animal Hospital, for the Littlest pet shop buddies.

After starting out with a ride in the ambulance with lights flashing, the Dalmatian doctor may send your puppy down for an X-Ray, or maybe straight up to the recovery bed’s for some well earned rest.

The hospital also has a well stocked medicine cabinet, so you can be sure your pet will get the best possible care.

After a hard day playing doctors and nurses, the centre folds up closed and can be stored away safe for another day.

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Pink Leapster Explorer

The New Explorer is the latest version of Leapfrog’s popular Leapster range of handheld electronic gadgets.

For the first time the Leapster has a touch screen, much like the Nintendo Ds. However as the Explorer is specifically designed for children from 4-9 , there are many more educational benefits to getting the Explorer. Like being able to view your child’s progress on the Learning Path, or the self customizing the skill level which follows your child throughout all of the games they play.

Not only are the games available as cartridges, you can also download leaplet apps. Small games, learning videos and stories can be downloaded when you purchase a leaplet download card. With the downloaded stories you can use your Explorer just like the Leapfrog Tag, by moving the stylus along with the words on the touch screen.

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ZingZillas Play N Groove Dancing Panzee

All the way from ZingZilla island comes this all singing and dancing version of all of the girls favourite Cbeebies friend Panzee.

The Play N Groove Panzee has 2 different songs included to dance along to, one slow and one fast. Her dancing is tailored matches the speed of the song, so be prepared to see Panzee busting some crazy moves on the dancefloor.

Their will also be a Play N Groove Zak available, get them both and see them boogie on down together.

All together now! Coconut Number two!

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Sylvanian Families Regency Hotel

After a bit of a re-boot a few years ago Sylvanian families are well and truly back with us, and back on the Christmas lists too.

The Regency Hotel is an extremely elegant  3 storey building, just perfect for a weekend getaway for your world weary Furry friends.

Inside you’ll find 9 large rooms for your waiting guests, a reception desk, roof terrace, balcony, and a working Chandelier.

Comes with two trusty members of staff Suzette the waitress and Basil the chef included.

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VTech Kidizoom Disney Princess Digital Camera

This brand new version of the Kidizoom, is basically exactly the same thing just with the Disney Princess branding. However if you have a Disney Princess fan that’s all that matters!

The main difference that all the little princess are going to love is that all of the buttons like on, flash, and take picture are all shiny glittery imitation diamonds and gems.

The other cool feature is the in built picture editor comes with some of the most famous Disney Princess added. So your little girl can have her photo taken, and then ask Belle or Cinderella to join her on screen.

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Polly Pocket Roller Coaster Resort Hotel

Having been around such a long time that even I remember playing with her first time around when I was a little girl , Maybe it’s time Polly got a well deserved break.

That’s why Polly’s checking into the Roller Coaster Resort.

Turn the crank and watch Polly and her pet Monkey set off on their round the resort, dropping off their luggage along the way.

There’s plently for Polly to do whether it’s enjoying a meal at the dinnertime buffet, dancing the night away at the disco, or relaxing in the mountain top pool and enjoying the waterfall slide.

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Barbie Glam Plane

Putting my 1980’s Barbie Ferrari well and truly to shame is Barbies newest set of wheels (or wings to be exact) The Glam Plane.

Only having two seats, Barbie is going to be getting the very best first class service on this flight.

Amongst the many accessories that come with the plane are, Luggage, A food cart, and Microphone for those all important safety announcements.

The icing one the cake though is the cute sound effects button which as well as the boring Takeoff noise, also gives you the familiar seatbelt ding, and some lovely tropical holiday music to get Barbie into the mood.

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Strawberry Stables with Fudge the Pony

Her own Pony with stables. Sounds like every young girls dream. Well now it can become a reality thanks to Fudge and his lovely Strawberry Stables.

This latest addition to the Dream Town family of Play Houses, See’s you taking charge of caring for  Fudge the Pony and his stable home.

Brush his hair, Feed him an apple, tighten his reins, Fudge can even be ridden by your little one.

As an addition you can also pick up the stable care set and Gymkhana Dress up set.

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ZingZillas Special Offer!

We’ll it was inevitable wasn’t it, but we now have all of the ZingZillas poseable figures!

Thomas had to go to the dentist today, and I promised him a treat if he was good. He choose to have a Drum figure, and as Jacob had been feeling under the weather we bought the Panzee figure too to make him feel better.

We bought them from Early Learning Centre as they have a great offer for ZingZilla fans at the moment. Spend £15 or over on ZingZillas merchandise and get a record bag worth £10 for free!

We had to spend another £5 to take advantage of the offer, so we bought a set of ZingZillas jigsaws, but it was worth it as the bag is really nice and will look great for day trips out and things. Thomas put both of his figures in there and walked home with it on, as he said it made him look cool.

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Zingzillas Live

Me and the boys embarked on an epic adventure yesterday, a day trip on the coach to London.

It was the first time they’d been to London, and was a very long day for them but seeing the Zingzillas made it all worth while.

Sunday marked the first ever concert by the Zingzillas, well obviously apart from their numerous Big Zings on the island and I thought they did a great job.

Sara Cox did a great job of hosting the event, and I also managed to spy lots of other celebs there too which was exciting.

Apart from the main attraction, there was face painting, painting by music, a karaoke tent, and the opportunity to make a Didgeridoo so the kids could all join along with Zak when he sang their “do you Didgeridoo” number.

Other musical guests there included the Swingle Singers who Thomas absolutely loved. They taught the crowd of assembled kiddies how to make drum machines noises with just their voices, my sons been driving me mad being a drum all morning.

Also got a chance to get a glimpse of some of the new Zingzillas toys, although I wasn’t able to have a good play around with them, just a little look.

The Moaning Stones Beach Playset featured heavily around the site, and looks set to be a big hit with preschoolers this Christmas. Combining all the main Zingzillas elements like the Beach Byrds, Moaning Stones, working Coconut clock, and of course the Zingzillas themselves, every Cbeebies fan will be after one of these.

Other toys on show were a Big Zing guitar, Zingzillas Sing along microphone, Banana phone and some soft toys of the band.

We were given a lovely gift bag when we left full of Zingzilla fun for our little monkeys to take away with them. It was filled with balloons, colouring pages, a plastic banana which I think is a pencil case but Thomas and Jacob have been using as a banana phone, a sticker book and a poseable figure of one of the band.

When asked for their favourite band member, Thomas choose Zak and Jacob couldn’t decided between Tang and Drum, but in the end went for Tang.

All of the poseable figures come with a small instrument from them to play, rather than their normal ones. Zak came with a harmonica, and Tang a maraca. The figures stand up easily, and have articulated legs and arms.

Obviously now having the two boys, Thomas wants the two girls Panzee and Drum to complete the band, and also the Big Zing playset so they can all host another concert.

Well it is both of their birthdays soon, and Christmas is coming too so you never know.

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