Win an In the Night Garden Glowing Bedtime Makka Pakka

As a mum of two rambunctious kiddies I’m a big fan of CBeebies, the Bedtime Hour and In The Night Garden. It signals to my children that they need to calm down and get ready for bedtime stories and find their favourite cuddlies. Big Brother has had a lovely Good Night Friends Igglepiggle since we attended an In The Night Garden Daytime Sleepover back in 2011.

We were excited to hear about a new range of In The Night Garden soft toys from Golden Bear Toys, including a Glowing Bedtime Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy Talking Soft Toy and Talking Igglepiggle Soft Toy.

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These toys are all super soft and huggable and play songs and sounds from the popular CBeebies show, hopefully helping your little one drift off to a peaceful sleep.


I have one In the Night Garden Glowing Bedtime Makka Pakka from Golden Bear Toys to giveaway today.

Based on Makka Pakka this adorable glowing bedtime toy is perfect to help soothe little ones to sleep. Simply press Makka Pakka’s hand to hear the familiar theme tune and watch as his tummy glows softly in different colours. Great to reassure and relax children at bedtime.


  • From the popular CBeebies show In the Night Garden, Makka Pakka’s tummy glows softly when you press his hand.
  • What’s more, this loveable soft toy will also play the familiar theme tune to help your little one drift off to the land of nod.
  • Makka Pakka is ideal for little fans.
  • Press hand to hear recognisable theme tune

For your chance to win this adorable In the Night Garden Glowing Bedtime Makka Pakka simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note that this toy is recommended for children aged 10months and over.

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Crafting with Aquabeads

This week we have been crafting with aquabeads. You may remember we tried Aquabeads last year and we were keen to try them again with Big Brother being a little older. Aquabeads join together with just a spray of water.

We received the Aquabeads Alpha Set which contained over 500 beads in eight different colours, and eight letter stands.  We also received the Aquabeads tray and sprayer to review.

crafting with aquabeadsMy 5 year old knew exactly what to do and couldn’t wait to get started.

crafting with aquabeadsThe set contained a handy letter sheet which you place beneath the tray, then you place the beads on top to form whichever letter you are making.

crafting with aquabeadsWhen you have finished you lightly spray the beads with the water sprayer and leave them to dry.

crafting with aquabeadsHe made a few letters and they all came away easily from the tray except for one. The set included clear plastic stands so you can display the letters.

aquabead letters with stands

We all like Aquabeads and it is easy to find more designs online or create your own. I love the fact they stick together with just water and I think they represent good value for hours of fun.


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Easy matchbox treasure box

Today we ‘re taking part in a fun 60 Day Junk Play Challege hosted by best toys 4 toddlers. The challenge is running throughout March and April so pop over for some really fun play ideas which turn everyday junk items to toys and play ideas.

We love play and upcycling and the only hard part was choosing which material to play with. We chose matchboxes.

matchbox treasure box - the gingerbread house

Easy matchbox treasure box

We took some empty cardboard matchboxes and covered them in pretty papers and old magazines to cover up the advertising and strike strip.

recycling matchboxesWe also cut a strip to fit inside.recycling matchboxes for kidsThen came the fun part! I don’t know about you but my children have a huge collection of small plastic toys and these are the perfect size for storing little treasures.

We’ve had great fun filling our little matchbox treasure boxes. I asked the children to fill them with as many small treasures as they could find. This took them a good long while to hunt through their toy boxes and there was some healthy competition between them!

matchbox teasure box

I set them a colour scavenger hunt where they had to look for small items of one colour only which was great for aiding their colour recognition.

We then tried to fit in as many Lego pieces and buttons as we could.

upcycled matchbox

Their little matchboxes have kept them occupied for a while and I like the fact they are easy to make and personalise with stickers or colouring pens. Endless fun with an empty matchbox.


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