Remote Control GUP-K Review

Do you have a little Octonaut fan in the house?

Take a look at this mean, green chomping machine

This Remote Control GUP-K is ideal for children who want to take their adventures that little bit further. The GUP-K is inspired by the alligator and it is the ultimate swamp utilty vehicle. With its big wide, powerful, sharp jaws that open and close as it races along, it is the perfect toy to take your child’s imagination to its limits.


Use the remote control for the swamp chomp action and cut a path through the fallen trees and swamp debris of the forest, allowing the crew to safety. The GUP-K also features a water cannon to put out any of those swamp fires that may be in your way and two detachable swamp speeders which are ideal for missions that need to be reached quickly across the water.

On the television show the Octonauts missions take place in water, the GUP-K is not intended for water play but it can be used outdoors. We took the GUP-K into the garden for an adventure. As the GUP was chomping its way through the fallen trees and overgrown swamp


It came across Kwazi who had come into danger with the fast growing weeds, it was time for Barnacles to steer the GUP-K through the foliage and save his friend


I love how my son’s imagination was ignited and come alive with the toy.

The GUP-K is hard-wearing and sustainable. The large wheels are durable and perfect for outdoor as well as indoor play. The wheels can manoeuvre over most terrain. What makes it special is the GUP can be used by its remote control, as the GUP-K glides along its big powerful jaws chomp up and down.


The remote control is an ideal size for little hands, with easy to use controls. The controller moves the GUP-K forward and backwards. It also has the ability to attach to other GUP controllers. On the reverse mode it also turns so the GUP doesn’t just go in one direction

The two swamp speeders can be removed from the GUP and used separately. They have little wheels so they can also be used on the floor to race across to any creatures that are exposed to harm


The small holes on Barnacles body mean that he can be attached to the swamp speeder and at the GUP controls


In case of a swamp fire, the water cannon can be used along with the water dart to save the swamp from any danger of quickly being engulfed by flames (or Mummy as she is passing by)


What’s included in the box

  • GUP-K
  • Barnacles Figure
  • Remote Control
  • Water Cannon and dart
  • 2 Swamp Speeders
  • Baby Aligator

Batteries are not included. It requires 4 AA for the vehicle and 2AAA for the remote control

The vehicle and all of the accessories are strong and durable, they managed to withstand quite a bashing from my boys.

My boys really enjoyed playing with the new Octonauts remote control GUP-K, they introduced it to the  transforming polar vehicle and played along together using their imagination and making up stories. The toy allowed them to explore the world of the Octonauts

The RC GUP-K is available from Argos priced at £39.99. An ideal gift for christmas or birthday.

We was sent the vehuicle for the purpose of this review.







Through the eyes of a child

Imagination. Go on a journey wherever you fancy.

Our imagination is limitless

Explore the deep depths of the ocean and swim amongst the beautiful corals and deep-sea fish and mammals, discover what lies on the oceans floor….

Go on an adventure and backpack through the Brazilian Amazon, go whitewater canoeing, live with a native family or trek through the rainforest…..

Experience life away from Earth and take a journey into space in a rocket to Mars. Discover alien civilisation, make friends with them and even maybe play a game of jenga…

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.” Albert Einstein

Imagination is being creative and showing critical thinking skills.

A puddle becomes a huge Tsunami about engulf you.

Playdough becomes characters in a story, food to eat or animals to play with

Running through the park with your arms wide open and all of a sudden you are a bird swooping down below and swerving in and out of the branches of the trees

Dressing up in costumes and becoming a hero/heroine and defeating the fire-breathing Dragon that was about to crisp the entire city with just one blow

The possibilities are endless, imagination is full of energy and spontaneity. It’s being creative with your mind and creating an illusion. It’s bringing mental images to life through play, building and crafts.

Yesterday my youngest came home from school all excited about what he had created in school for me. It was a big surprise and wouldn’t let me look into his school book bag until we got home and he could do the big reveal of his creation. I had no idea what he was about to show me, but his sheer excitement and emotion was so strong that I couldn’t wait to see what it was.

He placed his hand into his bag and pulled out a circular piece of cardboard, that I can only assume was once part of an inner tube of some bloo roll. His eyes widened. He smiled and grinned like a Cheshire cat. It’s a …. Wait there’s more. Next came out a piece of polystyrene that had come from a cup, a black plastic container with a yoghurt pot stuck on top and a yoghurt drink pot with a stick stuck on it. He lined them all up in front of me. He was so happy and proud of what he had made. I took another look at them, I noticed that he had written his name on all of the pieces of materials. He was clearly proud of what he had made but all I could see was junk, horrible I know , but it looked like he had emptied my recycling bin and just stuck some things together and wrote his name on them. Not wanting to discourage his excitement, I smiled and asked him what he had made. Once he started to explain what he had made, I started to look at the objects through his eyes, I began to see what he could.

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A wheel
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A black igloo
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A diving board
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A hover board

I love that he can see things in ordinary every day junk, I like how he can imagine that the objects are other things.

My son sat down on the living room floor with his new play items and played games with them for about an hour, they are now nicely packed away in his play corner ready to explore his imagination another day.

Has your child made something special from recycling?

Thank you for reading my post 🙂




Octonauts GUP-I Transforming Polar Vehicle Review

Sound the Octo-Alert!

The Octonauts have wrapped up warm for their latest arctic adventures with a new playset addition to the Fisher-Price® toy range, as well as the introduction of new vehicles for more exciting deep sea missions.  

GUP I Playset 


“The brand new Gup-I playset is the perfect vehicle for polar adventures. The Gup-I is inspired by the durability and adaptability of the water bear. Part polar exploration station and part rugged vehicle, the Gup-I is equipped with everything the Octonauts need for creature rescues, despite the worst of weather conditions.

This Gup transforms for three different ways to play. In Water Bear Mode, the Gup’s legs can extend into “snow stilts” to give more stability for polar rescues so it can race and roll to the rescue. In Scout Mode, the Gup-I stands upright, giving the team the perfect view to scan and spot any creatures in trouble. In Command Center Mode, the Gup-I opens to reveal everything the Octonauts need for their rescues, including a snowball launcher and a small Snowprowler vehicle that is perfect for short scouting missions. This smart Gup recognises when it is in Water Bear Mode or Scout mode and will respond with different fun sounds and phrases. The Gup-I includes Kwazii in his snowsuit, a snowball launcher with 2 snowballs, a satellite dish play piece, a small Snowprowler vehicle and a Weddell seal with an icy “coat” that can be rescued”

When the box arrived, the boys thought Christmas had come early! They couldn’t wait to have a look inside and try it out. I was a little apprehensive as to how big the toy was, as the box is quite large and I was quickly thinking about where it would live in our small house, but I was soon smiling away as soon as I noticed that it was fairly small and compact. The boys were quickly exploring the GUP-I and it was soon introduced to the rest of their toys in an arctic rescue mission to save the Weddell Seal from a Killer Whale (love their imagination)

There are three ways to play with the GUP-I, as it easily transforms into 3 modes:

  • Command center mode

DSC_2809_optMake sure that all 6 legs are in the lowered position, this is done by just gently pushing the GUP-I down and the legs will click into place. Raise the roof and lower the ramp to release the snowprowler vehicle. There is an interchangeable station for the satellite dish or the snowball launcher. The dish or the launcher can be placed at certain points around the GUP-I or on the snowprowler, just push them in and they are secure.


The snowball launcher works by pressing in the red button, watch out as they fly out fast! The launcher comes with 3 snowballs, they are quite small and can get lost rather quickly.  Use the snowball launcher to defeat the enemy and rescue the Weddell seal (who is very cute and comes with a changeable ice coat)

  • Scout Mode

With the legs pushed in, the GUP-I Stands upright on its hind legs giving Kwazii a clearer view of what lies ahead and spot creatures who are in trouble


Kwazii has little holes on the soles of his feet, which help him to stand up on the GUP-I, at the command center and at the control seat in water bear mode and scout mode.


  • Water Bear Mode

The legs can extend into stilts, by sliding the little orange lever on the side of the body and can roll to the rescue.


With flashing lights and phases and sounds the GUP-I comes to life in your hands. Children can not only control what mode the GUP-I is but also by pulling on the antennae to hear phases like ‘Octonauts to your stations’ ‘Octonauts do you read me?’ and ‘Well done Octonauts, everyone is safe’


 When transformed from one mode to another the GUP-I recognises the activation with sound and flashing lights


The GUP-I playset is easy to assemble and store away for future play. The extra items can be stored within the playset. It is durable and sturdy.

The playset encourages creative and imaginative play, it brings play to real life with sounds of music and characters from the cartoon. My boys enjoyed playing with the GUP-I (you know when the toy is good when there are arguments over who wants to play with it) they particularly enjoyed transforming it from one mode to the other and listening to all the familiar phases from the TV show.

Suitable from 3yrs + RRP £39.99 

We was sent the GUP-I playset for the purpose of this review, thoughts, opinions and pictures are of my own.


Imaginative Play 35/365

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A child’s imagination can take them wherever they want to go; off in a rocket up into space, deep down in the ocean in a submarine, up high in the trees with the monkeys, across the sand dunes on a camel or travelling across the wide ocean in a pirates boat.

A child’s imagination is creative and fun.

A child’s imagination is wild and adventurous

I love how you can give a child a cardboard box and they can play with it for hours, nothing else, just a box, an empty box!

My youngest has been a pirate today, sailing across the choppy ocean in search of some treasure.

He made his boat from a pop open book, a model v8 engine. The sea was a blue furry blanket and his seat was a plastic tub.



The boys trip of a lifetime

For the past few days the boys have be looking through a very big book, so big that in fact it has the whole world in it! The Atlas!

The eldest has decided that once the youngest one, who is 3, reaches 16 he will take them all on a road trip around the world, well not quite a road trip as such as it will also include traveling by a row boat and a tri-plane (built by the boys). Don’t ask me how they intend on raising the oodles of money it would take for this trip to become reality or whether or not it would actually happen, but listening to them talk about what country they will visit, how they are going to get there and what route they will take has made me so proud of them. The fact that they are planning it together and taking into account each others views on where they want to visit and why. It’s made me realise how close they really are and that all the little arguments and scraps that they get into is just a part of siblings growing up together.

A part of the conversation I heard from them was……

Jak: What country next Joseph?

Joseph: How about That One (Joseph points to Hong Kong)

Jak: O.k

Joseph: Oh My Gosh! Jak. We are going to visit lots of countries, we could have a girlfriend in every one we visit! How long is it going to take us?

Jak: Maybe a year or so!

Joseph: Woah! What if I have a baby in another country!

He does make me laugh, but I think I need to be having a serious talk with him when he gets a little older lol

So with the world in their hands and money as no object, here are their plans…

Jaks article:

We are going to get a flight to Amsterdam then drive to Munich (Germany). After that we’ll drive to southern Italy and get a ferry to Malta. We will then fly back to France and get another flight to the United States of America. We’ll drive from New York to San Francisco and fly to Rio De Janeiro and play football! After that we’ll go to Thailand and travel to Ha Nol in Vietnam so that its easier to get a flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo. Lastly we’ll finish our trip with a nice, warm visit to Nan, In Cold Norton 🙂

We will use our scooters in San Francisco, our bikes in Munich, we will swim in Vietnam and fly our plane over the Swiss Alps.20140812-213947.jpg

I’ve been told that I can join them in Malta but I have to pay for myself and I can only stay with them for a few days as I will be too old!



Funny things they say and do, Imagination and love

Oliver is now 2 and a half years old and his speech is improving everyday, he picks up new words daily and sometimes surprises me with what he says. He can speak in full sentences adn his pronunciation is very clear.

It’s bedtime and Oliver is playing on his bed with some of his teddies, I ask Oliver to get dressed into his Pyjamas, he throws his Dobby teddy onto the bed so that he can get dressed. Oliver looks down at Dobby and with a sad face looks at me and says “I not hurt Dobby” he then shakes his head at me, picks up Dobby ” I not hurt Dobby”. Oliver’s eyes look sad “I cuddle Dobby better” Oliver cuddles the teddy and then with a smile he places him gently back into the bed and tucks him into the bed covers.

Oliver loves playing with his teddies, making up new scenarios each time. He asks me to play with him, I watch him line up three of his teddies and then lays down next to them. He jumps up an shouts “Wake up! Wake up! We’re in London” He picks up the teddies and gives me one, I ask him what are we doing in London, Oliver shouts “Oh No! It’s a fire!” I look scared and say “Oh Dear! That’s not good” Oliver says “It’s OK Mum, It’s not leavers it’s pretend” He then goes back to his teddies and tells them all to wake up and get on to their bikes so that they can all eat popcorn. I love listening and watching him play, he has such a brilliant imagination.

I told Oliver that I love him Too much, he told me that he loved me four much! lol

Oliver was laying next me in bed and I was watching TV, I had my back to him so he asked me to turn around. I turned around

“I knew you would turn around Mum, You are not that way now, you cuddle me Mum, make me feel better”

I give him a big cuddle

“I love you all the world Mum”

I smile at him and tell him I love him more than words.

What have your children been saying or doing lately that has made you smile of laugh?


Princess Diana Memorial Playground and Fountain

Situated in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park in London is somewhere very special for children and adults to visit, designed and built in memory Lady Diana.

Diana’s Memorial Playground is in Kensington Gardens, it was inspired by the fairy tale story of Peter Pan, in the middle of the park is a huge wooden pirate ship surrounded by sand and tress with plenty of things to do and see the children never get bored in here. It opens up there imagination and off they go to explore and pretend to be one of the lost boys in hiding from Captain Hook and his men.

This park is one of the boys favourite places to go when we are in London and i can totally understand why, it is such a magical place and very fun, it’s a place where imaginations run wild for the young and old. With a sensory trail, teepees, treasure chests, adventure playground among the trees, swings, slides, beach and tunnels there are many things to do. It is very scenic too with lots of trees and plants around and adults can sit down on the grass and relax whilst the children go off and play.

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Oliver loved filling up an empty cup with water from the tap and walking over the rocks to pour down a hole so that the water would roll down the rocks to the bottom to make a stream. There is nothing better than a bit of water play!

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Joseph’s favourite part of the park is the huge pirate ship which is central to everything else in the park, he enjoys climbing up the mast and hiding down below the deck


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After exploring our imaginations, searching for treasure, fighting with the crocodile, burying ourselves in the sand, having a treetop adventure and sailing a huge ship we decided it was time to leave and make our way through Kensington Gardens to Hyde Park where Diana Memorial Fountain is, i have blogged before about this place. It is such a fabulous place to visit if it is a hot day in London and you want to cool down

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The boys love to walk round the fountain and feel the speed of the water gushing past their feet, i like to just sit on the edge and dangle my feet in.

These two parks are definitely one of our favourite places to visit in the summer in London. If you were to visit the Park then i advice you to get there for 10.00 AM when it opens as the queue can become quite long, at certain points of the day you can be likely to queue for up to 45  minutes as this park is a free entry. The park employees stand on the gate not allowing the park to become overcrowd, it very safe and they do not allow any adult in with out children.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Searching for Fairies

It’s week 3 into the summer holidays and the boys have had done so much so far, they have been away to Cornwall for the week, been into London, had a day out at a theme park and spent some time at Nanny’s house. When they are not out and about they have been enjoying the sun in the garden by playing in their new play area that we built at the bottom of the garden and also spending hours in the swimming pool, from the moment that wake up til lunch time they just play together in the pool, swimming up and down or making up games to play.

The other day we went to visit great Granddad who obviously isn’t used to having young children around so doesn’t have any toys or books to keep them occupied but what he did have was a magnifying glass that he uses to read his paper with and a lovely spacious landscaped garden. A while back the boys watched a film about two young girls who had found fairies at the bottom of their garden and since then Joseph has been searching our garden but much to his disappointment he has yet to find some. With the magnifying glass in hand off he went out into Granddads garden in search again for Fairies, this time hoping that with his new tool that he will be able to see them.



They searched behind bushes, under flowers and shrubs, at the bottom of fences, behind the garden shed, around the pond and under stones and slabs but unfortunately they didn’t have much luck, the fairies obviously didn’t want to be found!




Joseph was quite upset that he still hasn’t been able to meet areal life Fairy but after explaining to him that if he actually got to see one he would then ruin the fairytale of them being real, I told him that if he met a Fairy and then went off and told his friends then they would all want to meet one and they would all come flocking to Granddads house and scare them away and he didn’t want to do that! Did he! Joseph looked worried “No Mummy, I want to look after them and keep them safe!”

He carried on looking around the garden with his magnifying glass, creeping and tip toeing everywhere just in case he startled a fairy and scared them, i really enjoyed watching him play, i love that he uses his imagination.

Unfortunately we didn’t find any fairies but we did find some lily’s in the pond and saw some fish 🙂




At one point Joseph said that maybe the fish were hiding the Fairies, I just shook my head and said “Maybe”



We may never find fairies but we will definitely have fun and adventures in searching for them 🙂