Travel Toys – Testing the Carddies
On 2nd March 2014, we travelled to Bath for the Bath Half Marathon.
We knew it would be a long day. And with the added forecast of heavy rain, and therefore the potential need to take shelter, entertainment would definately be needed.
My travelling companions to cheer Daddy on were The Bear, age 4, and Miss Rabbit, 2 (but almost 3!)
Daddy would be running, so I would be juggling both kids, the bags, and the snacks and picnic. I needed some entertainment that would be light to carry and small. So before we left, I sneaked 2 packs of Carddies into my bag – the Knights Carddies for The Bear and the Ballet Carddies for Miss Rabbit.
We arrived in good time and stopped for breakfast, and the eagle eyed Bear spotted the boxes! ‘What are those blue and yellow and pink things in your bag Mummy?’. ‘Surprises’ I replied!
Lunch Time – playing with the Carddies
The surprises were unveiled at lunch time. A much needed break for Daddy to rest after the run, us all to warm up after a morning in the cold and the rain, and to refuel hungry tummies.
The Carddies sets are everything you need in a box. They come with a scene to colour in, 12 characters, 12 stands and colouring pencils.
The Bear very quickly got his Carddies unboxed and set up. He liked being able to stand up all the knights and the dragon, and quickly started to colour the characters in
Even Miss Rabbit’s little hands could stand the ballet dancers in the stands which she was thrilled about!
And then the colouring began.
We were at lunch for over an hour. Both of them were really well entertained by the Carddies sets.
We packed them back in the boxes and back in the bag once we had finished.
Using Carddies at home
Once we arrived home, they set them up again and continued to colour them in – both of them thinking up ideas for stories and names for the people. I was under strict instructions at bedtime to leave them out on the table!
This morning, before breakfast, the stories began! With the knights saving the ballet dancers from the dragon!
‘What do you like about them Bear’, I asked?
‘I can make up my own stories. I like colouring them in. I am going to give them all names and play with them in my castle. Have you got any more of these Mummy? I would like some Circus ones!’
So a big recommendation from us!
Oh, and the run? Well a very commendable 1 hr and 58 minutes! Under the 2 hour target time. A good day all round!
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