Happy playtimes with Chad Valley { & Giveaway} | V. I. BUYS

When looking for toys for Miss Marnie I want them to be classic, creative and to fuel her imagination. I want her to want to play with them rather than open them and discard them quicker than we can get them out of the box. When the team at Chad Valley asked us to be part of their Play Panel I knew this could be a great way of introducing Miss M to some different toys – ones that we may have overlooked in the past.

Can you believe Chad Valley has been around since the early 19th century? And, even received a royal warrant in the 1930’s. Today, it’s sold exclusively at Argos making it accessible to all – and I think it’s still one of those toy brands most trusted by mums. I mean it seems to be a range I always fall back on for last-minute gifts for babies and toddlers for birthdays and Christmas.

Ok, so back to the Play Panel. Over the next few months, we’re going to be trying out some classic Chad Valley toys, games and dolls and giving you our honest opinion. I mean if a five-year old isn’t honest then I don’t know who is! But, on top of that Argos have given us vouchers to give away here – so you can experience the Chad Valley brand too. How brilliant is that? (All info on giveaway below)


Chad Valley Play Panel: Our first experience

From the moment our first parcel arrived Miss M has been playing with nothing else. Heres the pieces that really captured her:


The one that provides plenty of laughs…Chad Valley Wobbly Worms Game

The Wobbly Worms game is a colourful update to that classic tower game – Jenga. The game says 3+ years so at first I thought it may be too young for Miss M but to be honest the beauty of games is they really are ageless.

The usual wooden style blocks are replaced with plastic blocks with silly worm faces – that Miss M seemed to love that they looked like they were screaming. The colour dice indicates which block needs to be carefully removed and sacked at the top before the tower tumbles. The dice makes it easier for younger kids who may find the wooden version tricky and means they have some colour recognition going on too.

The tower doesn’t really stand for long – due to the chunky blocks but to be honest it gave her so many laughs it was an all-round, fun family game.

Buy the Chad Valley Wobbley Worm Game


The one that kept her entertained for hours…Chad Valley Be U 1000 Piece Sparkle Box 

What’s not to love about a box full of sequins, stickers, glitter, gems, paper, pipe cleaners, pom noms and more. This decorate your own craft box contains so many craft pieces (1000 to be exact – although I didn’t check!) as well as child safe scissors, glue and pencils that Miss M really didn’t know what to do first.

It features a study cardboard treasure box to decorate that is perfect to use on a rainy afternoon – as we did – and then come back to it as and when. It provided hours of quiet, somewhat messy craft time that is then easily all packed away in the drawer and lidded area ready for another day of decorating. Miss M loved this and I think many of her friends would do. So, this is now high on my birthday gifts list. Its says its for 7+ but I would say at 5 this was ideal for Miss M – with a little adult help and supervision.

Buy the Chad Valley Be U 1000 Pieces Sparkle Box

The one that we’re saving for a sunny day…Chad Valley Jumbo Bowling

Miss M has played with these jumbo inflatable skittles as one of her cousins has them – so I already know they are a hit with her. Great fun in the garden for all the family young and old – and easy to pack away or even to pack and take on holiday

We’ve got these ready for a sunny day in the garden or even at the beach next year.

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The one that almost got away…Chad Valley Designafriend Doll and Accessories

I say ‘almost got away’ because to be perfectly honest I’m not a fan of this style of doll. This is the sort of doll I will walk straight past in a toy shop and when it arrived in my Play Panel package I did wonder what to do. I actually did call the PR for Chad Valley and explain my reservations – as I feel my blog is my space and I only want to share things I truly love. And, I didn’t want to be dishonest and review a toy if my heart wasn’t in it

But, it also taught me something. Being part of this play panel is – ultimately about what Miss M wants to play with. So, even though initially I wasn’t going to give – or even show – this Design a Friend doll to her she caught sight of it and it was love at first sight! What could I do?

I understand Design a Friend is a collection of dolls, that each come dressed up in a lovely box with a charm friendship bracelet for the child to wear. The range of extras is vast  – furniture, accessories and clothing sets (that each come with a charm to add to the friendship bracelet).

She has been playing with this doll and the accessories non-stop and I have to stop myself from commenting – as at the end of the day she loves playing with it and it makes her happy – and isn’t that what toys for children should do?

Buy Design a Friend collection here


** GIVEAWAY ** Win £75 in Argos vouchers to spend on Chad Valley toys

Fancy trying out some Chad Valley toys for yourself? Treat the kids to a selection of games, outdoor play and craft sets to keep them entertained this Winter. I have teamed up with Argos – the exclusive Chad Valley stockists – to offer one reader a £75 gift card to spend in stores nationwide.

Just fill in this rafflecopter form below and GOOD LUCK!


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  1. Kay Broomfield
    November 7, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    My daughter would like Sequestria Castle for Christmas so that’s what I’d buy at Argos

  2. sam macaree
    November 7, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    put it towards some new toys for my cousins

  3. Lindsey Stuart
    November 7, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    This would be super handy with Christmas approaching!
    We are huge Chad valley fans, i would buy the Chad valley Jessica doll.

  4. Alica
    November 7, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    I would get the Chad Valley Tots Town Pirate Ship Playset for my grandson. Thank you for the chance x

  5. Sarah McVicar
    November 7, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    my daughter is collecting the design a friend dolls so |i would buy those for her x

  6. Emma chapman
    November 7, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Love win the Chad valley bowling we spend hours in garden I didn’t even know this existed wow

  7. Tess D
    November 7, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    would buy Christmas presents from Argos with the voucher

  8. Fay
    November 7, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I would get the Chad Valley Floating Ball Fun Zone, it looks so much fun!

  9. Corinne Wright
    November 7, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    My son would love the Chad Valley Car Transporter 😊

  10. Sue Bowden
    November 7, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    I’d like to buy one of those Baby Quad Bikes for my grandson, he’d love it xx

  11. Carol Thomas
    November 7, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I would buy some more gifts of Chad valley for our Grandson

  12. Elzbieta Znyk
    November 7, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Cash register.

  13. Sue Johnson
    November 7, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    As many Chad valley toys as I could get for local food bank at Christmas

  14. Lyndsey Cooksey
    November 7, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I would buy the Chad valley crane for my nephew!

  15. Frances Sunshine Hopkins
    November 7, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    The dolls house

  16. laura banks
    November 7, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    i would get some ps4 games

  17. Sheila Reeves
    November 7, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I’m really tempted by the inflatable dinosaur! But would probably use it to get a game for sons console

  18. Andrea Upton
    November 7, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    I think my son would love the Chad valley animated dog

  19. Claire W
    November 7, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Would love to get the post office set and doll accessories for my two 🙂

  20. Christina Curtis
    November 8, 2017 / 12:43 am

    I would buy the Chad Valley Tots Town Cottage Playset

  21. Solange
    November 8, 2017 / 3:23 am

    I’d buy the Chad Valley Play Set Toy Kitchen.

  22. Rebecca Smith
    November 8, 2017 / 10:20 am

    i would love to get my son the chad valley airport playset

  23. Julie Jessop
    November 8, 2017 / 10:38 am

    My daughter would absolutely love the Be U 1000 Piece Sparkle Box for her birthday next month! I’ve entered the competition. Great article, thank you!

  24. Kirsty Ward
    November 8, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    The Wobbley worm game!

  25. Tracy Hanley
    November 8, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    My granddaughter has asked for Georgie Interactive Puppy for christmas so i would get her this

  26. Charlotte
    November 8, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Looks like alot of fun. My daughter is just getting the hang of toys. ☺

  27. Kelly Hemmings
    November 9, 2017 / 4:47 am

    I’d use the £75 gift card towards the Chad Valley Farmhouse

  28. holly harmsworth
    November 9, 2017 / 5:01 am


  29. Mrs Gemma Huelin
    November 9, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I would buy my son a pretend till and wooden train set x

  30. Kellie Steed
    November 9, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I’d probably go for the Chad Valley Fire Station for my son 🙂

  31. Anthony Harrington
    November 9, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I like the look of the Chad Valley Airport set for my little Grandson

  32. Jules Eley
    November 9, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    I love the designafriend collection

  33. Gemma Massey
    November 10, 2017 / 9:27 am

    I’d love to buy Star Wars bb8

  34. Sarah Cuttle
    November 14, 2017 / 6:29 am

    Great blog x

  35. Mary Davis
    November 14, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Argos is so brilliant for toys!! I’d probably put the money towards a Nintendo Switch for my three children as they want it so much! 😀

  36. Gillian McClelland
    November 14, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    I would buy the Chad Valley Baby Activity Saucer

  37. misty
    November 14, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    that wobbley worm game looks hilarious! i need it

  38. Keri Jones
    November 14, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    One thing I would definitely buy would be the Chad Valley street showdown racing track & cars set because I had one just like it when I was younger 🙂 x

  39. Lorraine Stone
    November 15, 2017 / 10:53 am

    LOVE the Chad Valley Fire station

  40. Sarah Watton
    November 15, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Chad Valley 6ft Trampoline, my son really wants one! I’m just worries it will blow away on a stormy night! 😉

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