Getting Our Game On With TJ Hughes

Getting Our Game On With TJ Hughes

When it comes to parenting I have had no shame in admitting I find it easier out of the house. Perhaps it is because they are one and two and I struggle to entertain and stimulate them both within the confines of the four walls. I try don’t get me wrong, we bake, paint, do puzzles read books and so on but ultimately the park is preferable and Thomas Land is Mecca. That being said sometimes you just have to stay inside, god forbid you should be poorly, its too darn cold or wet, or you’ve been out so long it really was time to come home.  I am always looking for things to do and ideas to entertain the little ones during these home times so when TJ Hughes asked if we would like to receive a bundle of games it was a no brainer. So here is what we received…

TJ hughes games pack

So first things first, Beehive Surprise. Not content with having been out of the house from 10am until 3pm, doing no end of fun activities, there was a Family day and fair not too far from our house, the eldest was adamant she wanted to play ‘Bubby Bees’.  Having raided the remotes for batteries we put together the game, which really wasn’t hard, and took it outside as the sun was shining. That and there was a slide that I was hoping would preoccupy the youngest who has an uncontrollable reflex to put everything in his mouth. The game did include small pieces, so ya know, aired on the side of caution. It’s a pretty simple concept really, I mean my two year old gets it, my one year old not so much, however the two year old is nearly three and the one year old nearly two… Anyway you have to remove all the honeycombs from the beehive before the bee gets you, simples. We have since played this game at least 10 times a day every day since. To say it is a hit is an understatement. True to form my boy does just try to put the pieces in his mouth and I spend half the time on tenterhooks making sure he doesn’t choke and die but other than that its win win.

Zara and toby playing beehive surprise

Next up, *GULP* was the Playsand. I was least excited about this. I don’t think I could have been less excited actually. SAND actual sand. Or so I thought. Turns out it is some kind of magical sand that doesn’t behave like sand and get everywhere and stick to things… I am pleased to report this is relatively true. I mean lets face it there are a LOT of grains however we also did this in the garden and I haven’t seen a grain of sand since. It comes in three bright colours, is incredibly easy to mould and comes complete with shapes to make, castles to build, spades and diggers. I wouldn’t be crazy about doing inside without some kind of tuft spot, messy play mat, or hoover, to hand but its safe to say both my children loved this. Both got involved and both could get the full use out of it. It gives me anxiety when they mix the colours up mind, but I am sensing this really is something I just need to get over already, I mean the signs were there with the paint and play dough.

Zara playing with play sand
The third activity on our agenda was the Craft box, weirdly I was excited about this one as my daughter has developed a real penchant for making things, so this would be right up her street. What I wasnt counting on however was the level of imagination required from me. Yes there are lots of bits and bobs to craft with, cards, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, eyes, fluffy balls, glitter pens, sticker etc etc I did not however have the foggiest idea what to do with them. A natural artiste I am not. So we played safe and made a birthday card for daddy, given that it was his birthday the following day and all, heres how we got on…

Last up on the agenda was the table tennis. I had thought they were a little young for it and I was right. Nonetheless we gave it a bash. I must say I was shocked at the results. The kiddos actually loved it. They didn’t play by the rules, in the slightest and used the table as a walk way but whatever, they were having a great time and were entertained. The eldest, to my surprise, could actually hit a ball with the bat, youngest not so much, he just lobbed it across the room, like he does everything else. They couldn’t wait for Daddy to come home so they could play ball with him. Once Daddy had come home and saw the table top table tennis, it didn’t take long for him to set it up properly and start taunting the teen to play with him. We now have an on going score chart in the kitchen… looser’s fate to be decided. Watch this space.

zara and toby playing table top tennis
So all in all we were very pleased with our selection. They were all enjoyed and remain strong additions to our ‘how to pass the time’ tool kit. In all fairness the kids genuinely have enjoyed all the goodies they received and even the teen and Mr Tammy have had a bash. So I’ll leave you with this, this is what my girl thought…


  1. April 28, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    These look great I am always on the lookout for new games and activities for children so will investigate these further

  2. May 2, 2017 / 7:41 am

    The ping pong looks fab! Some great ideas for rainy day games here x