Posts Tagged ‘Playfest’


IzziwizziKids.co.uk was born way back in 2005 when Al Boxall-Gordon (a new mum at the time) who was finding the world surrounding children, toys and play frustrating, from this Playfest arrived in January 2011!

Playfest is a party on Twitter (Tuesday 8.30-9.30pm) and Facebook (Thursday 8.30-9.30pm),where a group of like minded people who LOVE play join together to chat about play ideas, their own fun week, occasions (e.g. Christmas, Easter), reviews, sometimes cake and more!


I wanted to tell you that something exciting is happening for Playfest, well actually something exciting is already happening – it is growing!!

So, Izziwizzi are opening up the floor and asking for anybody who is interested to apply to become a Reviewer for the Playfest!  You don’t have to be a blogger to do it, you just need to love play, be willing to give honest feedback, be able to do video reviews and submit them on time and attend Playfest to join in and give your views!

Here is a video about what you need to do:


So if you fancy it, crack out the video camera, phone or you other video recording equipment and join in the fun! Find out more from the website, the Facebook page and the twitter feed!


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Kel of Writings, Ramblings and Reviews Blog kindly volunteered Izziwizzi to create a guest post on her blog today which I was so pleased about.

Kel and I have known each other now for 2 years because of one thing that originally connect us and that is a passion for play.


For those of you not familiar with Izziwizzi Kids or Play Fest I am Al Boxall-Gordon of the Izziwizzi Kids Play Fest. I’m a mum of three children aged 8,6 and 4 and host the Play Fest which is a FREE weekly event on Twitter and Facebook. As part of building this up over the last two years I have also established a social media marketing business Buzz Internet Marketing supporting brands and businesses to use social media effectively to get closer to their customers.

Play Fest is an opportunity for all families to get involved and have a say about something topical in the field of toys, games and play. We get brands, retailers, bloggers…you name it involved. We partner up with lots of fabulous brands and retailers to giveaway lots of goodies and discounts.
Kel first got involved in Play Fest in my first ever one that I held back in January 2011 and has grown with it from there. When it has come to designing the Play Fest, Kel has been there, when it’s come to improving it…Kel has been there, making reviews…Kel is there, when it’s come to making play ideas..Kel has been there…In fact when Play Fest has needed anything…Kel has been there armoured with a nice big slice of cake and a glass of wine!

Kel brings a nice chill out tone to Play Fest and that always amazes me as she juggles this with a very busy life, moving house, raising the kids and all the other stuff life brings and yes still manages to make to Play Fest. If for some reason she’s not as active…yes she still comes along and says hi and tells us. 

Kel has also been known to be amazingly brave at hosting a Play Fest or two to to give me a little time to myself now and again and to that Kel…I am eternally grateful.


I’d like to invite you to get involved in Play Fest with Kel. It’s FREE! It’s every Thursday evening on Facebook and every Tuesday evening on Twitter. It’s easy to access via any computer, tablet or mobile phone. You can find more details by following Izziwizzi on Twitter or liking the Izziwizzi Kids Facebook Fan Page.

Over the coming weeks you can enjoy Play Fest with Slow Toys (with Selfridges) and Galt Toys with some stocking fillers for Christmas. Follow Izziwizzi Kids to keep up with more exciting things in the pipeline.

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Red Dog, Blue Dog is a first colour match game from Orchard Toys.  In the box you get four playing boards and 24 coloured cards. Each player has a board and the coloured cards are placed face down, each player then takes a their go to turn one over, if it matches pop it on your board and if it doesn’t put it back! The winner is the first one to fill their board!

The pieces are made of sturdy cardboard and are a lovely size for little hands and the simple rules means that the age guide of 2-5 year old is spot on.  Both Monkey and Mouse loved playing this game and really got into looking at the pictures and trying to remember where they had been put back!

The Learning Guide

Links with Early Learning Goals

Develops personal and social skills

Encourages observation

It is a great game for matching colours, pictures and to exercise your memory! It is fun and the kids loved it, they played the whole game with no faltering and want to play again often!

The game retails for £9.50 and I would say it definitely needs to be on the Christmas List of your little ones!

Disclaimer: I was sent this game for the purpose of a review for Orchard Toys as part of the IzziwizziKids.co.uk Playfest, however this has no bearing on the review and all opinions are honest!

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As you may have noticed because of previous posts that I regularly attend Playfest. Playfest is a weekly ‘party’ on Twitter and Facebook, where a group of like minded people get together to talk Play. The best bit is anyone is invited, just follow the hashtag #playfest on Twitter each Tuesday from 8.30 until 10pm or at the same time on a Thursday head over to the Izziwizzi Facebook page! It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you have one child or seven or whether you just advocate play!

I love the fact that we can share ideas, get advice and chat about how important play is! This week (Commencing 11th June)  the topic will be turn taking and sharing in play, so there will be plenty of opportunity to share ideas, and if you have advice on how to encourage children to share – you are extra specially welcome by me!

The great news about next week too is Orchard Toys will be coming along as a special guest and will be available for a questions and answers session. They love to talk to families, and are often involved with playfest chat! They help wherever possible and value feedback from parents, this is a fab opportunity to tell them what you think of their toys and they are particularly looking for input brand new Orchard Toys product launch – Where’s my cupcake?  . There will also be an opportunity to see some real life reviews of games!!

Another bonus is that if you register in advance and then participate in Play Fest you have the chance to WIN Orchard Toys games including the brand new release Where’s My Cup Cake?

If that isn’t enough;  there will be extra give aways in the Twitter party on the evening and you can also get a free Tangram with your next order at OrchardToys.com when you have  registered

So get over to the Izziwizzi Facebook page and like ready for Thursday 14th June or follow @Izziwizzi on Twitter ready for Tuesday 12th June, don’t forget to register too for the added chance of winning a prize!

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I am a regular attendee of the Twitter and Facebook Playfests run by Izziwizzi.co.uk. I love the opportunity to get together with like minded people, to talk about play, our families and cake!  The theme for playfest on 22nd (Twitter) and 24th (Facebook) May was Euro 2012, so, here is my round up!

It was the first week the UK had seen sun for quite some time, so all the playfesters were happy to tell all what they had been up to, a good share of visiting parks, paddling pools, garden play and even some Barbeques!

Al from Izziwizzi was then able to launch information about the second ever branded playfest, the response was all positive, and the excitement is building already – please do join in on 12th/14th June for more fun with Orchard Toys!

So onto the Football inspired chat…..

What favourite ball games did the playfesters love as children?  There was lots of Rounders, catch and football, some piggy in the middle and French Cricket, and even a mention for Kerby (throwing a football across the road trying to hit the kerb).

For ball games played with the kids now, rounders and piggy in the middle featured again. But that wasn’t all, there was lots of football inspired games, some penalty shoot outs, assault courses with balls, weaving footballs in and out of cones, netball, a simple game of football (what an active lot) and for the younger ones a simple rolling the ball back and forth and catch!

Do the families have plans for Euro 2012 inspired play? Definitely, from baking medals to a whole array of craft activities – Flags, tshirts, supporters kits, papier mache footballs, making trophies, flags or footie shirt bunting!

Of course there is always an educational side too; learning football skills in the garden, learning about flags and countries and more!  There was an extended chat about encouraging children to learn about flags, it can come into everything, baking flag cupcakes, colouring in flags or a treasure hunt!

What an awesome chat of all things balls, there was games, fun, baking, crafts and education – what more could you want!

If you want to join in follow the hashtag #playfest on Twitter on Tuesday at 8.30pm, or join in on the Izziwizzi Facebook Page same time on a Thursday!

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This review was done for Izziwizzikids.co.uk and their weekly Playfest!

Izziwizzi Kids is all about ‘Changing the World of Toys and Play…Together’ and Playfest is one of the ways to do it. There are two Playfest parties held weekly, one on Twitter (Tuesday 8.30pm – 10.00pm under the hashtag #playfest) and one on a Thursday on Facebook at the Izziwizzi  Page (8.30pm – 10pm)

Both parties involve chat on play around the weekly theme, reviews, opportunity to review and often virtual cake too! So if you fancy it pop along!

So, I thought for the first time I would share the video on here too!

All copyright of the video belongs to Buzz Marketing and Izziwizzi Kids. To review products for izziwizzi kids you make a commitment to produce a vlog/video review to a deadline

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