I’ve been trying to bury my head in the sand and deny all acknowledgement that my baby girl, our first little rainbow, is about to turn five, and yet with just two weeks to go I know that I will have to face up to it sooner rather than later! And given the fact that Eva just won’t stop talking about it, it’s time for me to start thinking about her cake, birthday cards, her party and most importantly, when you’re five, her presents!
With it only being a few weeks since Christmas, I was all out of ideas and yet thankfully Eva was not. She has spent the last week agonising over the various toy catalogues left over from Christmas, systematically highlighting the toys that she would like and cutting and sticking them onto pieces of paper that litter every surface in my kitchen. I thought that I would share with you a few items from her wish list and perhaps, for those of you who are struggling for ideas so soon after Christmas, you will find some inspiration for your own children.
1. Yeti in my spaghetti.
Eva has been desperate for this game ever since she saw it advertised on TV. The idea is to lay the noodles across the bowl beneath the Yeti, and remove them one by one without the Yeti toppling in! It reminds me very much of pick up sticks, or Kerplunk (I’m showing my age now!) and I’m sure it will be a good one for us all to play together. Currently available at £12.99 from Amazon.
2. Blue Zoo Unicorn Pyjamas.
Eva loves unicorns, and she also loves pyjamas, so she is keen to add more to her collection! I love these ones, £14 from Debenhams, where we have had lots of pyjamas from previously and I have always been impressed with the quality.
3. Num Noms Ice Cream Truck.
Ever since we reviewed Num Noms last year, Eva has been crazy about these little scented collectables. We have had a whole range of sweet and savoury, various lip balms, stamps and cooking sets, but she has her eye firmly on this ice cream truck. The truck enables you to make your own flavoured lip gloss with Cherry, Vanilla and Glitter Sprinkles. Just pour the lip gloss into the truck and dispense it like soft serve ice cream into a Nom lip gloss sundae container. I can totally see the appeal! £29.99 from Amazon
4. B.Brand Horse in a bag.
I really need your help with this one as Eva is desperate for this toy and yet I haven’t been able to hunt one down, or even similar. I have seen several on E-bay available from America and yet they all come at an inflated price £100+) and as much as I love my daughter, I can’t justify that cost on a stuffed toy! If anyone knows of any similar, please let me know and I’ll be eternally grateful!
5. Next rainbow cardigan.
The perfect cardigan for my rainbow baby, in a soft grey wool with rainbow applique. Available from Next for £15.
6. Project Mc2 Doll.
Ever since we were sent the Mc2 H20 car for review, Eva has asked for one of the dolls to go alongside it. She particularly likes this one, McKeyla, who comes with a glitter globe light that you can use to do scientific experiments using safe household ingredients. I love that Eva is showing an interest in STEM subjects and that she is learning so much simply through play. Available at £24.99 at Toys R Us, this is one request that I will most definitely be fulfilling!
7. 5 second rule.
I love the look of this game, where you are given just 5 seconds to come up with three answers on various topics. Thinking under pressure always results in some interesting responses, and I think that this will be a really fun, and also educational, game that we can play as a family. Available at £12.34 from Amazon.
8. Little Live Pets Puppy.
Eva first saw this before Christmas and yet at over £60 I couldn’t justify the cost for yet another toy that seemed very similar to a couple she had. So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted this in Tesco last week for just £12 and I snapped it up, and one for Megan’s birthday in May too, shhhh!! The puppy actually does way more than I originally thought, breathing, barking, feeding and sleeping, and I just know that Eva is going to love him. I’ll let you know after her birthday if it would have been worth the £60+ price tag, but I recommend getting down to Tesco and snapping one up just incase!!
9. Personalised bunny bag.
I knew, as soon as her friend at school turned up with a bag like this, that Eva would be pleading for one of her own, and I wasn’t wrong! At 28cm square, with the cutest bunny ears and personalised with any name on the back, this bag is so adorable and the perfect bag for Eva to take her books to school each day or carrying our picnic to the park. Priced at £16 from Sgt.Smith it makes a gorgeous present and I have to admit, I’d love one of my own!
I hope that this has inspired any of you who are struggling over what to buy the five year old who has everything. Now I just need to hunt down a cake, confirm numbers for her party and start to accept that my baby girl is growing up……