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14/10/2016

Taking Thomas on our Travels

play mat


Last week we set off on a little road trip to West Wales and a few days filled of free range fun at Bluestone, with the plan to have lots of quality family time without screens and focusing on the little things that are important to us like getting lots of fresh air, eating good food and being mindful of the present. The thing is when you are planning a simple and screen free getaway you need to be prepared and have a few things on hand so that boredom doesn't set in which it quickly can as the days come to an end and evening sets in.

My eldest has always been fascinated with tractors and farm machines but Baby G who is now nearly 20mins is obsessed with trains and Thomas the tank which I find quite funny as we have always been a gender neutral household but they have both naturally geared towards these two things. With Baby G being completely taken with trains is sparked something in my eldest as well who for the first time is also enjoy watching Thomas episodes as well as rediscovering the large train set we have.



kids imagination

Thomas the tank


So we decided that taking the new Thomas Big Pop-up Journey with us on our family getaway would the perfect way to keep both boys happy in the evening while I made the food. It's such a fun fold-out book which turns into a 3-D play mat and bringing the world of Thomas to life. The book also comes with loads of cardboard play pieces of all the favourite engines and Harold the helicopter and really does offer hours of fun and the chance for little ones to make up their own stories and bring the imagination into play, something which can be easily lost with phones and iPads offering up instant movies.




It's really nice having something that engages young children but doesn't have any flashing lights or loud noises and gives them a chance to be in control of the story , which this book and play mat does. 
These giant fold-out Thomas playbook retail at £14.99 which I think is great value as both boys have been playing with it since we got it and would make a perfect Christmas gift for any Thomas fans and I also have a code for 10% off print on demand books at the Egmont Shop just use the code Thomas10




Best of all is I have a Thomas Big Pop-up Journey book to giveaway to one lucky reader. It's super easy to enter and closes on the 30th October 2016. Giveaway winner will be picked at random.


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70 comments:

  1. a little dog i got him from primark

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  2. My child's first favourite toy was a Lamaze knot that she could rattle.

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  3. My son loved his jellycat bunnies and took them everywhere

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  4. My grandson had a cuddly dalmatian

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  5. my grandsons was a daisy doo
    from samantha price

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  6. Little purple elephant fluffy toy that my best friend bought

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  7. A cuddly puppy soft toy that she still has

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  8. It was a toy monkey he took everywhere x

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  9. of all the expensive toys our little chap loves a 99p small rubber walrus!

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  10. My daughter loves her Teddy Bear and my son's favourite first toy was his activity cube.

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  11. Shape sorters and wooden peg jigsaws

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  12. My little man loved (and still does) a little rattle/plush toy crocodile, called chopodile. It came with a onsie, as a set when he was born and he's always loved it, since he could first hold anything other than my finger!

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  13. She has a little giraffe that she's taken everywhere for her whole life - it's starting to fall apart, but we can't find a replica!

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  14. The chatterbox telephone she played with it all the while.

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  15. my daughter's was a cuddly teether that she could easily grip, I called him George

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  16. Mousey :) a jelly cat Mouse, it was the first thing that settled her except me as a tiny baby and she still to this day sleeps with Mousey every night :)

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  17. A teddy that I had had since childhood. My eldest daughter still haves it today so it didn't get passed down any further even after having 2 more children since lol.

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  18. My little man is still a bit too little just yet. But he has started to take some interest in his Sophie the giraffe.

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  19. A cuddly musical zebra from jellycat. When he was only a few weeks old he would stare at it and bat at it with his fists.

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  20. Thomas the Tank Engine toy train!

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  21. A toy peekaboo (from Twirlywoos) - he takes it to bed every night!

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  22. Becky bear. Bought by auntie Becci. Later she adored Thomas, I think this book would have been a big hit

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  23. A peppa pig teddy

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  24. Grandsons was a Thomas Tank track, I can't remember what my kids favourite was

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  25. Heather Morrison22 October 2016 at 15:41

    My little boy loves his Ted and always has! He runs in from reception every day and grabs him first for cuddle. Never to old for Ted! even when you go to "Big boy school when you're 4" Haha xx

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  26. A teddy night dress case ! it got filled with cars, stickle bricks , wooden bricks and toast and marmite!!

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  27. Disney train with Pluto, Mickey and Donald, he's now given to his baby brother :-)

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  28. My son used to love anything Bob the Builder related, he even had a little tool kit and used to go round the house "fixing things". My daughter loves her Ella princess soft toy :-)

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  29. A little red dog that went everywhere with him

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  30. A cuddly toy elephant (@PeanutHog)

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  31. His peter rabbit teddy has to take him everywhere xxx😊

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  32. My son loves his Iggle Piggle soft toy

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  33. A cuddly rabbit was my nephews xx

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  34. My eldest is really into Minecraft, my toddler likes her Teletubbies and my baby Daughter will happily grab at anything x

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  35. A Teddy Bear

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  36. a homemade blanket with bits of ribbon and buttons attached!

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  37. My daughters first favorite toy was a squeeky crab rattle :-)

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  38. Gosh, I'm struggling to remember which one but I think it was a crocodile with a moveable head on a stick. She took it absolutely everywhere.

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  39. My son has a massive teddy that is like our Bassett hound who has sadly died, we bought it before he was born, he as always loved it

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  40. A lovely ELC caterpillar toy which I left on the bus and never found again!

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  41. Cuddly Tigger but eldest used to take her first shoes to bed!

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  42. My son loved his talking iggle piggle soft toy

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  43. His cuddly dog which he sleeps with :)

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  44. my nephew loves his comfort teddy its his favourite x

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  45. 'Pink Ted' - the scruffiest, sun bleached, luminous pink and cheap Teddy Bear that my youngest daughter insisted went everywhere with her!

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  46. my sons was his his teddy he is 8 and still sleeps with it

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  47. His Mr tumbles talking soft toy. it went everywhere with him

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