Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: We're On The Chad Valley Play Panel...Plus your chance to WIN £75 Argos Vouchers!

Friday, 28 October 2016

We're On The Chad Valley Play Panel...Plus your chance to WIN £75 Argos Vouchers!

Last month we were VERY excited to recieve an email inviting us to become part of the Chad Valley Play Panel.

The Play Panel, launched by Argos, is a collective of family bloggers from around the UK who will be sharing product reviews and news from Chad Valley, as well as giving their insights on trends and play advice.

As part of our very first Play Panel task, we were sent 3 toys from the Chad Valley range to try out...the boys received one thing each, and although Chad Valley only asked us to write about one...I simply couldn't choose which one to blog about, as the boys each enjoyed their toys so much!

So instead, I'm going to tell you about them all.



First up, Sailor was possibly the most difficult of the boys to choose for as at 8 months old he doesn't really enjoy toys just yet...he likes to chew on them of course but other than that he's yet to really show any interest in them.

He was sent the Floating Ball Fun Zone...this comes with a mat for baby to sit on, 10 multi coloured balls and a little tower which blows out air...the idea being that you put the balls over the tower and watch as the air makes the balls float!



All three of the children really enjoyed this - both playing with the balls and sitting over the machine so that it could blow their hair! - in fact Sailor struggled to get anywhere near it for the first ten minutes as his brothers both wanted to play with it, but once they cleared the way a bit he was delighted with it.

He loved trying to grab the balls as they floated, and even figured out how to turn the blower on and off which became a source of amusement to him for a good 10 minutes...this was certainly the most entertained he has ever been by a toy so far.



The tower is charged by USB which is unusual but quite handy too, and once charged it does seem to hold power well.

Chad Valley Floating Ball Fun Zone is available here with a RRP of £24.99




Next up is Noah, who was sent this very sweet Giraffe Popper.

This is a push along toy which is just a little bit shorter than Noah himself, and very easy to manoeuvre for little hands - it comes with four balls ... you press the button on its head for it to shoot the balls out and then you roll over them with the giraffe which then sucks them back inside. It was almost like a hoover which Noah is obsessed with, so it was a big hit with him!



The Giraffe Popper is available here with an RRP of £14.99



And finally, Tyne was sent the Chad Valley Knights Castle which was such an appropriate choice for him as he has been asking for a castle for ages!

From looking at the box I assumed that this would be thick wood but it was actually more like thick cardboard that slotted together, but it is very sturdy and it was quite simple to put together...everything just slotted in to place, and it took no more than 20 minutes to complete even with 3 children constantly getting in the way!




It comes with two sets of Knights (which are wooden), a wooden ladder, a catapult and 3 cannon balls.

Tyne has had hours of fun playing with this set already, and loves opening and closing the drawbridge, firing the canon and putting the flags up on top of the castle.




The castle also comes with a little slot together play mat to rest it on which helps to add to the scene...although the only downside is that this comes in 4 pieces so doesn't hold together when trying to move the castle, but simply placing your hand/arm underneath when moving does the trick and our castle has stayed in one piece for over 2 weeks now!

I would highly recommend this for any little Knight fans, ours is just delighted with it and has played with every day since it arrived...adding a dragon to it makes for hours of fun!


Chad Valley Knights Castle is available here with an RRP of £29.99

We also filmed the day the boys opened their Chad Valley gifts if you'd like to take a look at the toys in action!



COMPETITION

To celebrate joining the Chad Valley Play Panel, we have been given £75 of Argos vouchers to give away to one lucky reader!

You could use your winnings to buy all of the above toys and still have money left, or you can buy anything else you wish....and with Christmas around the corner, how handy would that come in?!

To be in with a chance of winning, just complete the Rafflecopter form below!


Good Luck!

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145 comments:

  1. I'd love to buy some interactive toys for my baby girl. She's actually a good few months older than Sailor, but still tiny as she was premature. Any toy that helps her would be fantastic x

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  2. I think Oscar would love a castle like Tyne's, so I would probably buy one of those if I was lucky enough to win your competition :)

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  3. Boys look like they're having fun.I love all these & I'm more than sure my 2 boys would too especially the castle are George would be over the moon .

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  4. The Chad Valley Emergency Response Truck looks lots of fun.

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  5. I'd love to buy the Chad Valley Chef Kids' Play Kitchen!

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  6. there is so much more wooden toys now which is great! i like the castle and the pirate boat too and a shape sorter for my little girl i think :)
    @emmav6

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  7. Chad Valley Super Loop Speedway Track.

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  8. Following on insta - @haighh (no box in the widget to put name in)

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  9. Would love to buy the Castle for my little boy

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  10. I'd buy some educational toys for my almost 2 year old goddaughter!

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  11. What a fab selection of toys! Well done for being selected for the play
    Panel!
    If I was lucky enough to win I would use it to buy Aria a trampoline as she loves bouncing!

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  12. Love the Chad Valley Giant Brown Teddy Bear!

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  13. The Chad Valley go-kart for the nieces

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  14. My son would like the Chad Valley Mini Electric 6V Ride On

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  15. Chad Valley 4 Storey Glamour Mansion Dolls House

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  16. The Chad Valley Pedal Go Kart looks great. @lorraine606s instagram

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  17. I would buy the large wooden kitchen for my niece.

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  18. My daughter has asked for the Furby connect to that is what I would like to spend the voucher on if I won

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  19. I would buy the chad valley pretend food and some kitchen accessories for my daughter she loves playing housies! :)

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  20. Chad Valley Nights Castle looks fantastic with I was a kid again

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  21. My grandkids would love a play kitchen

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  22. I'd get my daughter a Tiny Treasures doll and accessories

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  23. I would buy a doll for my friends little girl :)

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  24. I would like to buy one of those castles as it looks fab!

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  25. I'd put it towards the Chad Valley trampoline (£79.99) for next year. Bargain!! (Instagram username is megzla)

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  26. I have a new honorary grandson and would love to spoil him rotten!

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  27. 404/6510 Chad Valley Pipsie Interactive Horse would be the first choice.

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  28. A remote controlled helicopter, it's top of my daughters Christmas list

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  29. I'm sure my sons would love the Chad Valley Farm House.x

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  30. I'd love to buy a Furby! Thank you

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  31. Chad Valley Chef Kids' Play Kitchen!

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  32. I would spoil my little boy with a Trampoline for the garden. Thank you so much for the chance xx

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  33. I would love to buy the Chad Valley House!

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  34. I'd like to get the Chad Valley Ride On.

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  35. I would like to buy the farm house

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  36. I would love to buy the Chad Valley Emergency Response Truck

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  37. I would buy some board games as we enjoy having family board game evenings at our home.

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  38. Would love to get some family board games for Christmas day and a new hairdryer

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  39. The Chad Valley Infrared Controlled Tank

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  40. I love the castle! I would have liked this as a child!

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  41. I love the floating ball toy! I think I might choose the the Chad Valley play kitchen for my little grand-daughter though :)

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  42. The Chad Valley Knights Castle looks great

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  43. My son wants the new furby for Christmas, so I'd probably get it for him

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  44. I'd get some of the chad valley dinoland toys or some shopkins for my little one :)

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  45. i would buy wooden dolls house, following on IG as mylittlelblog

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  46. Has to be a Furby connect for my Lyla

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  47. I would get the castle for my little Grandson

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  48. I'd love to buy some new headphones for my husband, he has just broken another pair :oP

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  49. My Instagram name is: saetana - there doesn't seem to be anywhere to put it in the Rafflecopter. My other entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES, thanks for the lovely giveaway :o)

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  50. I would buy Chad valley Design a friend Sophia

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  51. I'm looking for a good playtent at the moment for my little boy. He's being a nightmare at the moment pulling all the cushions off of the sofa and moving my table around ;)

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  52. I would love the Chad Valley 2-in-1 Wooden Dolls House and Kitchen Playset

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  53. I'd love the Chad Valley Chef Kids' Play Kitchen please, it looks fab!

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  54. I would get a wooden train set for my little girl

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  55. Something for my niece and nephews.

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  56. I would love to get my nephews the aircraft carrier play set

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  57. The post office play set - leanne w

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  58. My daughter wants a Zoomer Kitty and my son a phone (he's a bit older) so I would use it towards one of those.

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  59. Some sylvanian family sets for my little girl :)

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  60. I Would Buy My Daughter Something Nice For Her Birthday x Fab Prize x Good Luck Everybody xxx

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  61. I Would Buy My Daughter Something Nice For Her Birthday x Fab Prize x Good Luck Everybody xxx

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  62. I love the look of the Deluxe Large Wooden Kitchen, and a bargain at £74.99!

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  63. Instagram - chocolateonemse (no box on raf)

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  64. New storage boxes for my Grandchildren's toys

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  65. I would most like to get the Chad Valley Wood Shed Fire & Police Station and the Chad Valley Wooden Castle with Accessories for my son and the Chad Valley Wood Shed Ride On Train for my new to be niece or nephew

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  66. towards a kichen for my boys for christmas x

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  67. The Chad Valley Wooden Castle that my son is asking for

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  68. I think I'd buy the Chad Valley Wooden Police and Fire station. My little boy would love it!

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  69. I love to buy for my niece and I would love the Chad Valley Chef Kids' Play Kitchen!

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  70. chad valley paint your own dolls house

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  71. I would buy a Hatchimal as my daughters asking for one for Christmas

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  72. Ive got a lot of toys to get - hopefully they will be doing the 342 a couple more times as well

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  73. a chad valley train set and some stocking fillers for my kids

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  74. I'd like the Chad Valley 3ft 4-in-1 Multi Game Table

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  75. put it towards a dehumidifier for my annoying condensation!

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  76. Foldable Wendy playhouse would be awesome - not much space in garden so this would be great solution

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  77. This would be handy for Christmas presents for my family

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  78. Would be such a lovely treat to help towards the cost of Christmas for all my little family :) x x

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  79. I would like to buy Paw Patrol Toys for my daughters for Christmas

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  80. Chad Valley Wooden Table and 90 Piece Train Set

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  81. id finish off my little boys shopping and get him the paw patrol bits x

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  82. I would put it towards a new tablet

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  83. Probably design a friend doll my daughter loves them.

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  84. I love the Chad valley wooden range, so probably the firestation for my daughter!

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  85. I'd be buying myself a sewing machine - top of my list

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  86. I would really like to get Floating Ball Fun Zone for my daughter, who's nearly 9 months old :)

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  87. I would buy my last few Christmas presents!

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  88. Floating Ball Fun Zone looks great!

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  89. I'd buy the Knights Castle for my grandson he would love this

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  90. I would buy the Chad Valley wooden kitchen for my little boy.

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  91. Something for our new little baby boy due @ xmas :)

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  92. I would put it towards a new TV

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  93. I would try to get a hatchimal for my son

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  94. I would like to put it towards a surround sound system

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  95. Lego and tsum tsum's for my sons :) fab competition x

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  96. my little boy is one , hes the youngest of 8 of my babies and I love wooden toys, I would love to buy something like a train set for him hes into motion at the moment , x

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  97. Id like to buy a new Knife block and matching untensils I have a mis and match at the moment

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  98. I would add to the games in Nan's games cupboard for when the grandchildren visit :)

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  99. This would be excellent for Christmas presents.

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  100. Christmas presents for the children

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  101. I would buy my daughter a Furby Connect for Christmas.

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  102. Would love the castle for my lad! great prize with xmas just around the corner

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  103. I would most like to buy some Paw Patrol toys for my son

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  104. Some toys for my Grandchildren for Christmas. The Castle would be great for my Grandson.

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  105. I would really love to buy a Chad Valley kitchen for my daughter for her birthday but not sure which one yet :-) @carlychoc2

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  106. Chad Valley have got a girl's wendy house I've had my eye on for a while for my daughter.

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  107. id love to use it to buy my husband something nice for Christmas such as a lovely watch ..instagram name is moonlightlady.2 as the link doesn't work for that bit

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  108. I would use it towards an Ipad for my son, as he needs a new one

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  109. I'd buy some awesome new headphones.

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  110. I would love to buy some arts and crafts activities for my children x

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  111. Can't believe how good the Chad Valley prices are! I'd probably get the Doll Styling Head, the Threading Game and Junior Tool Case.

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  112. Wow amazing I would get my 3 a little pre Xmas treat would get son games for all the family to play with

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  113. I would love to buy a Furby toy for my little daughter

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  114. A baby bath for baby due soon and a gift for my daughter

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  115. I'd love the Chad Valley Knights Castle you featured here - such a classic.

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  116. I would buy my daughters Christmas presents, I like the Giraffe popper.

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  117. A board game the whole family can enjoy! Speak Out is on the list but I'm not sure!

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  118. Duvets for my 3 kids as we have none.

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  119. A design a friend doll for my daughter - follow on Insta - @amigotia

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