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Top Christmas Toys and Games from double-flip
Posted on 10th December 2016

Give them a 'can't stop smiling face’

 

 

In our house the children start planning their Christmas list right after their birthdays (April).  The very thought makes me want to go and lie down in a dark room.  So by the time I really start planning my shopping, many lists later, the anticipation and excitement is at fever pitch.  

 

SO - here are our top tried and tested toys across the range.  The show stoppers, the ones where parents come back to me and wax lyrical about how delighted their little flippers were.

 

Red Riding Hood Reversible Upside down Doll

 

 

Every one knows and loves Little Red Riding Hood, and this doll brings the tale to life, with three characters in one toy . Charming details such as her picnic basket can be opened (magnetic fastening) to reveal jam and waffles for tea. Her stroll through the woods is depicted on the base of her skirt. Then turn her skirt over and underneath Granny can be found waiting. Pull back Granny’s hat to reveal the hungry wolf. But all is not lost, open the flap and the hunter re-unites the family.

Height: 22cm, Length: 14cm, Width: 24cm

Double Flip: Three in one upside down doll, with grandmother and the wolf under the skirt.

Teaches: Role play, encourages new vocabulary story telling

Age: From birth

Flippers verdict:  Beautifully designed and full of surprizes - one of our best selliers.

For more info CLICK here

 

Cinderella Rags to Riches Reversible Fancy Dress

 

 

Rags to riches in one dress. Brush up your acting skills and tell the whole story with one costume. One side has patches and a ragged top skirt. Bibbity bobbity boo! Behold, with one quick flip the dress transforms into a golden gown with ruched sleeves and a jeweled neck line. White and gold organza lace fills the middle panel. The skirt has a hoop for maximum flounce.

 

For more info CLICK here

 

 

Spaceman to Racing Car Driver Reversible Fancy Dress

A reversible costume for those with a love of speed and shiny engines! Explore space in the hi-tech silver suit, and then drive home in your racing car. Jacket, trousers and all important head gear.

For more info CLICK here

Roll and play Age 18 months +

 A fantastic first game for toddlers and one of our best sellers.  

See more info here

Zingo BIngo Age 4+  

The whole family will enjoy this fun version of bingo, things can get a little noisy!   Shh don't tell them its also educational.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

 

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Review by Belle du Brighton Blog
Posted on 30th June 2016

Washable Fun & Games Mat  A Review by Belle du Brighton Blog

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This is such a great idea for a rainy day, or for holidays, visiting friends or anytime you can’t be loaded down with lots of different toys, books and colouring bits! It’s a big printed material mat, with fun and games on both sides! It comes with washable markers, dice and playing pieces so not only can you play a giant game of snakes and ladders or noughts and crosses, but you could draw clothes on a person, practise writing letters and numbers or just colour things in!

Lots of educational but fun prompts are included so it’s one of those things that parents know is educational but kids don’t pick up on it as they’re having so much fun! Because it’s completely washable you can just stick it in the washing machine and start again! I can confirm that it comes out as good as new after Athena got a bit trigger happy with a pink and a green pen in a more ‘abstract’ way but she had a ball and I didn’t have to worry about pen anywhere it shouldn’t be! The mat is slightly padded so no chance of colour going all the way through either! The activities are suitable from ages 3 to 10 so if you’ve got kids in this age range everyone will be happy playing with it! It also comes with an eco friendly cotton bag for storage and carrying around easily, win win!

It’s from Double Flip, and everything you buy comes gift wrapped, for free! Athena thought her birthday had arrived again! They sell a huge range of kids toys, sorted by age and including wooden toys stacking toys, fancy dress and more!

What do you turn to to keep everyone busy and happy on a rainy day?

 

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Time to play out side
Posted on 28th April 2016

 

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The sun is out and it's time to get the kids playing out side.  I know it is still a bit chilly, but getting the kids away from the telly and into the sunshine lifts the spirits and is so good for them.  Whilst too much sun is harmful to the skin, the right amount has considerable health benefits.

Did you know:

Just ten minutes a day in the sun can give you all the vitamin D you need. Vitamin D is essential to build strong bones.  

The right amount of UV rays can help treat psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, and acne.

Sunlight encourages the brain to realease a hormone called serotonin, which lifts the spirits, induces a feeling of calm, and helps focus.

Our beautiful new wooden toy range is wipeable, sturdy and fun for babies and toddlers playing al fresco.  Pop a toy in the picnic, or bicycle basket and you may get a few peaceful moments to lie on a rug ...

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double-flip Diggerland give away
Posted on 9th March 2016

double-flip have a family ticket for Diggerland to give away


Ever dreamed of driving a digger? Get to grips with real JCBs and 180/360 excavators, take a head-reeling turn or two on the Spindizzy, rise to lofty heights and enjoy the views on the Skyshuttle, enjoy a bone-rattling off-road ride on the Groundshuttle, or have a go on the Dodgems and Go-Karts!

Diggerland has 18 different rides and drives, plus indoor and outdoor play areas.

A great day out for all the family in Kent, Durham, Devon or Yorkshire.

Winner will be announced via social media on Wed 23rd March

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Home or away - how to have a great half term.
Posted on 8th February 2016

Half term, phew! The worst of the winter is over hopefully, time for some much needed rest and recouperation.  Whether you are going away or staying at home we will all need wet weather entertainment. 

 

Actually, getting cosy, preferably in front of a log fire, with the family and some hilarious games, is something I look forward to.  So, whether you are on a sunny terrace or on around the kitchen table, here is what to slip in the suit case:

 

Slamwich

6 years +

This fun and fast flipping game has been a best seller for 20 years.  Flip and stack the giant loaf of cards to build slamwiches and double-deckers.  Tomato, cheese, tomato ... slap!  Get their first and win the pile.  But watch out you’ll have to catch the thieves and stop meddling munchers along the way.  Collect all the cards and you are a Super Slamwich winner!

 

 

Flippers verdict: A brilliant game that is simple to learn, but fun for all ages.

 

More info CLICK

 

 

Wig out

6 years +

Wig out is a race that is played over five rounds, there is no taking turns, all players play cards as fast as they can until some runs out of cards and yells WIG OUT!    

 

 

Flippers verdict:  A hilarious and fun game for all the family

 

More info CLICK

 

 

Tenzi

7 years + (But we found younger players got it)

Everyone gets ten dice.  Someone says ‘GO’, then everyone rolls and rolls as fast as they can until the winner gets all their dice to the same number and yells TENZI!  Simple but hilariously good fun.  

 

 

 

Flippers verdict:  Tenzi was a favourite of our little flippers. Simple but brilliant game every one can play.

 

More info CLICK

 

 

Zingo

Age 4 years + (But every one enjoys this game!)

The classic game of bingo made cool for kids.  Players keep their eyes peeled for tokens to match the pictures on their card, see a match, and the first to shout ZINGO! gets the token.  The first to fill their card wins.  Comes with a simple but effective 'zinger' which dispenses the two tokens when pulled forward.

Flippers Verdict: Fun and fast game for all the family, but impossible to play quietly!

More Info CLICK 

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The secret to giving your toddler a head start at school …
Posted on 8th February 2016

Children are naturally curious and creative. They enjoy exploring and discovering new things.  As they grow up, they find new and exciting experiences every day, so channeling their busy little brains in the right direction is really important.

 

Surrounding them with stimulating toys and games not only keeps them happy and occupied, but also means that they will build numeracy and literacy skills in a positive and fun way.  This knowledge and experiance can really help give them a head start when they start school, and give them a life long love of learning.  Numeracy and literacy will not alien concepts to them, and learning just a natural progression from the play they have been doing at home.  Indeed nurseries such as Montessori have exactly this philosophy.

 

Games and creative activities teach a whole range of skills such as numeracy, literacy, logic, spatial awareness, as well as valuable life skills such as taking it in turns, game play, strategy and loosing gracefully!

 

Family games are a great way for Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts and Uncles to get to know and interact with a child.  A day of child care will go in a flash when they have lots of fun activities they can do together. Children will love teaching the grown ups!

 

Each toy and game on double-flip.com has educational benefits listed, and you can search our range by the appropriate age. We have had some great afternoons testing our toys and games for fun factor as well as educational value.  Here are some of our favourites.  As long as some thing is fun kids will choose to do it and the learning starts.

 

 

From 18 months

 

Roll and play

 

Roll & Play has got to be the first game ever designed specifically for toddlers. To play, simply toss the big plush cube and identify which coloured side faces up. Choose a matching colour card and perform the simple activity shown, such as  “Make a happy face,”  or “Moo like a cow.”  Roll & Play is the ideal way to gently introduce play patterns and rules.  A lovely way for a toddler to play with older siblings, or indeed any one!

There is a handy storage pocket for the cards on the cube, making it a great game to take to other peoples houses or on holiday.  

 

Teaches: Colours, play patterns, visual recognition, numeracy & taking in turns!  Colours, boby parts, animal sounds, counting, colours, actions.

 

See more info here

 

From 3 to 10 years

 

Double-flip Fun and Games Mat

 

Kids will have hours of fun playing and drawing on this mat with washable felt tip pens. Then pop the mat in the washing machine on a cold wash, hang out to dry and play again!

Activities include: creative drawing, dot-to-dot, noughts and crosses, colour by numbers, letter writing practice, snakes and ladders and other dice games for older children. They won't even realise they are learning while they play.   Great for groups - there is some thing for every one.

 

As seen in: The Telegraph Magazine, The Guardian Gift List

 

Teaches: Creativity, numeracy, literacy, strategy, game play

 

Click HERE for more info!

 

 

From 4 years

 

Chickyboom

 

Chickyboom is hilarious game of balance and stategy.  You start with all the pieces balancing on the perch and then take it in turns to carefully remove them without unbalancing the perch.  Excitement mounts as the perch gets more wobbly .... and then the whole lot goes CHICKYBOOM!

 

Chickens sit on cart wheels, and hay bales, and the perch can be arranged in many different ways. Each wooden piece has a different weight and value which helps with numeracy. The player with the highest number of points wins the game.

 

Teaches: Numeracy, hand eye coordination, and Physics!

 

Click HERE for the details!

 

From 6 years 

 

Slamwich

 

This fun and fast game has been a best seller for 20 years.  Take it in turns to stack the giant loaf of cards and look out for slamwiches (some thing sandwiched between two of the same cards) and double-deckers (pairs).  Be the first to spot a Slamwich and slap the pile to win the cards.  Once you have got the hang of the game you can introduce the thieves and meddling munchers to add another dimension.  Collect all the cards and you are a Super Slamwich winner!

 

As seen in the Guardian Gift List

 

Teaches:  Pattern identification, hand eye coordination, game play

Have a further look HERE

 

From 7 years

 

Tenzi

 

A fast and fantastic game!  Everyone gets ten dice.  Someone says ‘GO’, then everyone rolls and rolls as fast as they can until the winner gets all their dice to the same number and yells TENZI!  Simple but hilariously good fun.  To mix it up a bit you can play variations, such as: 

 

Tenzi tower -  roll your choosen number and then stack your dice.

Splitzi - roll five dice of one number and five of another.

Stealzi - If you see some one else roll your choosen number swop your dice for theirs!

 

Time your selves, use more dice, or mix any of the variations above, (more suggestions in the box.)

 

Teaches:  Numeracy, quick thinking and concentration

 

More Tenzi info HERE!

 

 

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Top Christmas Toys and Games
Posted on 10th December 2015

Done your Christmas shopping yet? I haven't, but I'm not worried (for the children any way) as look what I have in my store room ....

For baby's first Christmas ..

As seen in Prima Baby Magazine, the gorgeous reversible Owl to hedgehog rattle. £18.00

More info here

For Toddlers ...

Beautiful soft Farm Play set. £42.00

More info Here

For Children aged 3 to 10 years ...

Fun and Games Mat. £28.00

As seen in The Guardian and The Telegraph.  Keep the kids quiet during Christmas lunch?  (Shh don't tell them its educational too!)

For more info click here

Children aged 4 years plus ..

Zingo Bingo £17.00

Brilliant bingo game (which helps with early years reading.)

More info click here

And for games lovers 8 to 108 years ..

Quarto £25.00

Tweens, Teens, Dads, Grandparents will love this classic four in a row game with a twist - simple to learn and very addictive!

Click here for more info

Check our out gift finder for more inspiration, click here.

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Guaranteed Happy Faces on Christmas Morning
Posted on 24th November 2015

Give them a 'can't stop smiling face’

 

 

In our house the children start planning their Christmas list right after their birthdays (April).  The very thought makes me want to go and lie down in a dark room.  So by the time I really start planning my shopping, many lists later, the anticipation and excitement is at fever pitch.  The pressure on us parents to get it right is immense.  We are horrified at the prospect of our little darlings to turning into foot stamping monsters, but on the other hand a disappointed face on Christmas morning would also be unbearable.  All year long I counter ‘ Mummy please can I have that,’  with ‘Put it on your birthday / Christmas list.’  And so when the time comes I really want to see that glow of pleasure, can’t stop smiling face, that shows that they are bursting with happiness.

 

SO - here are our top tried and tested toys across the range.  The show stoppers, the ones where parents come back to me and wax lyrical about how delighted their little flippers were.

 

Red Riding Hood Reversible Upsidedown Doll

 

 

Every one knows and loves Little Red Riding Hood, and this doll brings the tale to life, with three characters in one toy . Charming details such as her picnic basket can be opened (magnetic fastening) to reveal jam and waffles for tea. Her stroll through the woods is depicted on the base of her skirt. Then turn her skirt over and underneath Granny can be found waiting. Pull back Granny’s hat to reveal the hungry wolf. But all is not lost, open the flap and the hunter re-unites the family.

Height: 22cm, Length: 14cm, Width: 24cm

Double Flip: Three in one upside down doll, with grandmother and the wolf under the skirt.

Teaches: Role play, encourages new vocabulary story telling

Age: From birth

Flippers verdict:  Beautifully designed and full of surprizes - one of our best selliers.

For more info CLICK here

 

Cinderella Rags to Riches Reversible Fancy Dress

 

 

Rags to riches in one dress. Brush up your acting skills and tell the whole story with one costume. One side has patches and a ragged top skirt. Bibbity bobbity boo! Behold, with one quick flip the dress transforms into a golden gown with ruched sleeves and a jeweled neck line. White and gold organza lace fills the middle panel. The skirt has a hoop for maximum flounce.

 

For more info CLICK here

 

Reversible Handbag with ringing mobile, keys, compact and purse

 

Perfect for little ladies, this beautiful reversible handbag comes with five accessories. Makeup compact with mirror, keys to the Porsche, ringing mobile, purse with two compartments, and no girl should be with out their own little fairy. A magnetic fastening keeps the precious content safe. The bag is in pretty green fabric one side, with an appliqué car on the outside to put your fairy in. The other side is in smart pink needle cord with a red side pocket, and appliqué spots. The charming detail which has been put into this bag really does make it a thrilling toy for every little girl.

Height: 26cm, Length: 10cm, Width: 23cm

Double Flip: The bag is reversible

Teaches: Role play, encourages vocabularly and story telling

Age: 9 months +

Flippers verdict:  One of our best sellers - a beautiful toy every little girl will love.

For more info CLICK here

Spaceman to Racing Car Driver Reversible Fancy Dress

A reversible costume for those with a love of speed and shiny engines! Explore space in the hi-tech silver suit, and then drive home in your racing car. Jacket, trousers and all important head gear.

For more info CLICK here

Zingo BIngo Age 4+  

The whole family will enjoy this fun version of bingo, things can get a little noisy!   Shh don't tell them its also educational.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Reversible Hedgehog to Owl Rattle

Turn rattle inside out to reveal a new friend.  Great for peek a boo!  Load of interesting textures and sounds to keep baby happy. Chosen by PRIMA BABY MAGAZINE as their top baby Christmas present.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Farm Soft Play Set

A beautiful soft play set that babies and toddlers will love, and would also look great decorating a nursery. The farmer slots into his tractor for a trip around the farm.  The chicken, duck, pig, sheep and cow all have charming detail.  The dog can be put to bed in his kennel on one side of the farm and the farmer’s wife waves from a window on the other.  At the end of the day the fields fold under the farm, and are held in place with velcro.  Open the door or lift the roof of the house and the whole crew can be tucked up inside, keeping every thing safe and tidy. A handy handle makes the set a great toy to take with you.  

 

Double flip: Both a playset and room decoration.

 

Age: From birth

 

Teaches: Story telling and imagination, motor skills and hand eye coordination

 

Flippers verdict: Beautifully designed with great detail, a gift that will be played with for years.

 

For more info CLICK here

 

Wigwam Soft Play Set

 

This beautiful soft play set of ten little indians is great fun for all ages. The family will have many adventures with their canoe or horse and then while away evenings around the campfire and totem pole.  The wigwam closes, keeping every one safe (and tidy) inside. 

 

The set is safe from birth and so would make a great baby shower or christening present.

 

 

The Flip: The many elements of this set can be tidied away inside the wigwam.

Teaches: Imagination, numeracy, role play

Age: birth to 5 years

Flippers verdict: This set would look great decorating a baby’s bedroom until they are ready to play.

For more info CLICK here

 

 

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