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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • The Hive Toys and Gifts

    Posted on March 19, 2013 by admin

    The Hive Official Online Shop www.thehiveshop.co.uk

    The Hive is has become the latest hit pre-school TV programme to become a sensation amongst pre-schoolers. Following the adventures of the cute Bee family, it's become a firm favourite with children and parents alike.  Hugely popular in the UK and Australia, the brand is also being broadcast in over 150 other countries with strong viewing figures.  Demand for merchandise has been high and a new range of The Hive toys and gifts has just launched for 2013.

    We are delighted that we have been granted the license to manage the Official Online Shop www.thehiveshop.co.uk which will provide an ecommerce platform for all things Hive in one place.  The full range of Hive toys is available now including the Honeydew School Playset, Hive Playground playets, Rubee and Buzzbee bedroom playsets and plush versions of Buzzbee and his friends.  We have been overwhelmed at demand for toys featuring the characters from the show and sold out of a few lines within 24 hours!  Don't worry though - more stock is on it's way.

    Other products being added to the range during 2013 include books, DVDs and puzzles which will be in store Summer / Autumn and the people at The Hive are working hard to bring more great products into the range.

    Apart from the Hive toys, the shop also offers some products which are EXCLUSIVE to Heroes For Kids and The Official Hive Shop.  Birthday caketoppers and personalised giftwrap will make a Hive fan's special day even more exciting!  If your child wants a Hive themed party this year, then these are perfect!

    The Hive fans should also visit The Official Hive site for lots of interactive fun!  Singalong with your favourite Hive friends or download colouring sheets to amuse your little ones.

    We look forward to seeing you in store soon.

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  • Make Your Own Red Nose Day Comic Relief Cupcakes

    Posted on March 14, 2013 by admin

    Red Nose Day always prompts loads of people are having bake sales to raise money for Comic Relief. It's not to late to whip up a batch of these fantastic cupcakes and sell them to workmates and friends to raise a little extra for this good cause.

    Here's the recipe!

    Makes 15:

    Put the oven on 180

    6 oz butter
    6 oz castor sugar
    6 oz sponge flour
    3 medium eggs
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    Pack of red roll out icing and icing pens in black and white

    1) Beat the eggs

    2) Cream the butter and sugar together until light an fluffy

    3) Add in the egg a spoonful at a time with a spoonful of flour until all combined.

    4) Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases (heaped dessert spoon) and as they rise this will make a nice rounded top for your 'nose;!

    5) Bake for about 20 minutes then remove and cool.

    6) Brush over the tops with some warm jam (apricot is recommended!).

    7) Roll the red icing out thin and cut round shapes to cover the tops of your cakes. Smooth gently on to the tops of your cakes.

    8) Using the white icing pen, make eye blobs, allow to set then add black dots, mouth and eyebrows! Silly faces recommended!

    9) Serve at your Red Nose Day cake sale and watch the money rolling in for Comic Relief!

    Raise money for Comic Relief with a cake sale on Red Nose Day!

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  • Fireman Sam - Still our Hero Next Door!

    Posted on March 12, 2013 by admin

    With some* of our staff young enough to remember Fireman Sam on their TV's when they were small we're delighted to see that it's still a household favourite all these years later! *Those who aren't in this category shall remain nameless.

    Defying his age, Fireman Sam still races around Ponty Pandy helping out his friends. In an age when there are now hundreds of children's licenses to choose from, this is no mean feat. Sam has seen several newbie licenses come and go during his time we are sure.

    This got us thinking about what the best formula is for a children's licensed TV show. A good moral story line surely appeals to parents wanting to teach their kids valuable early lessons, bright colours and fun 3D animation certainly gets the kids attention! Plus a general all round nice person who kids like and some no doubt want to be when they grow up! Basically Fireman Sam seems to have the perfect formula.

    We are delighted to still stock Fireman Sam toys, party supplies and gift ware after all this time. With no sign of slowing down and retiring, we're sure Sam has a long time ahead of him on our screens.  Visit our Fireman Sam section for the latest toys just in stock. http://www.heroesforkids.co.uk/fireman-sam/toys-gifts-playsets.html

    To get your fill of Sam in between shows, visit his official site:


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  • Humf Supports I CAN Children's Charity - Chatterbox Challenge 2013

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by admin

    As the Official Humf Store we are keen to support Humf's favourite charity I CAN. Here's a little more info about it and do follow the link for more information on I CAN and the Chatterbox Challenge.

    1 in 10 children in the UK, 2 or 3 in every classroom, have communication difficulties that require specialist help.

    I CAN is the children’s communication charity, existing to ensure that no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty communicating.

    As many as 10% of children in the UK – over 1 million – have speech, language and communication needs that require specialist help. I CAN works to ensure that everyone in contact with babies, children and young people (parents, teachers, childminders etc) knows the importance of children's communication, how to support their communication development and how to spot when a child or young person may have a difficulty communicating.




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  • Dear Zoo - Toys, Gifts and Books Inspired by the Classic Story

    Posted on March 1, 2013 by admin

    Dear Zoo is a classic book by the great children's author, Rod Campbell, everybody needs a copy of this lovely story. Having recently celebrated it's 30th anniversary and millions of copies sold, Dear Zoo has cemented it's place in history as one of the most loved children's books ever.

    Children love books - and especially this one. Such a simple concept and storyline but it manages to keep children engaged again and again.

    Dear Zoo has just reached it's 30th anniversary which means that so many of the children who enjoyed it the first time around are now reading it to their own children now. No doubt that they are still enjoying it just as much.

    The story book has sold over 5 million copies since it's launch in 1982 and is now available in many more formats than the original lift-the-flap book. There's a noisy book with the animals roaring, hissing and yapping or a touch and feel book with bits to poke and feel which tiny tots love!

    I have tried and tested several of these versions on my nephew, Ben who is only just 1. Obviously he can't read yet (only a matter of time, he's clearly a child genius!) but he loves the colours and shapes, and the textures of the touch and feel book. He adores turning the pages too! I can't wait for him to be a little bigger to really understand the story.

    We are very pleased to be hosting the official Dear Zoo online shop which has a gorgeous range of toys and gifts featuring Rod Campbell's easily recognised artwork from the original book.

    Read more about this much loved favourite here: http://www.squidoo.com/dear-zoo-by-rod-campbell

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