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We love a STEM toy in this house. I’m a big advocate of sensory learning – especially with young children – so any toy that will help them learn through touch and engagement is automatically a winner with me.

I love the fact that STEM toys – those that are science, technology, engineering and math based – are fundamentally designed to enable learning and spark children’s curiousity. These are all foundation principles which will help them as they grow. However, I an honestly say that STEM topics are not my forte (I’m definitely in team arts and crafts with my skillset), thankfully though there are a lot of great things out there that can help me.

The Essential One recently got in contact and invited me to choose something from their massive range to Discovery STEM toys which I thought would engage the kids.


Head back to the Jurassic period and become the king of the dinosaurs with this fabulous remote control T-Rex. As soon as I saw this, I knew Henry would fall in love with it, and it wasn’t wrong.

Life like enough to delight hard core dino fans, the remote control is easy to use and puts kids in control. With only 2 buttons, Henry was able to do it completely on his own which he loved. Add in a seriously great ROAR and I had one happy little boy! He loved how realistic his T-Rex looks as he loves anything that is lifelike with sharp teeth when it comes to his prehistoric beasts!

There is a 6+ age guide to this one, so we made sure we were with him all the time while playing with it. However, he didn’t really need the supervision. Perhaps it’s because it comes in two pieces (you just need to attach the tail when assembling) but this can be fixed with a drop of superglue to make sure it doesn’t come back off if you’re worried. However, with a good few hours of (pretty rough!) play, it didn’t budge for us.

With the simplicity of the remote control and the great textures to the dino skin, I actually thought it was a great toy for children younger than the aged 6+ guide.

Batteries are required. The dinosaur takes AA batteries which are included but the AAA’s (x2) needed for the controller aren’t so you will need to make sure you have a few in the house ready to pop in.


The Discovery Toy Bubble Helicopter is really simply at first glance. Launch the helicopter into the air using the winder and watch as it blows bubbles for you to enjoy. In theory you get to sit back and enjoy bubbles without needing to blow them. In practice though it wasn’t quite that easy as it was a little tricky to use.

It took a few tries to figure out the right amount of pull to apply to get it to fly at actually blow bubble. Much to the Bears frustration; I won’t lie there were tears and a tantrum while trying to figure it out.

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or not though. On the one hand, obviously tears are not a good thing and it leaves me rolling my eyes hard enough to see my brain when her temper pops. On the other hand, she did keep coming back to it and her face when she got the right pressure to use was brilliant. It also sparked

So yes, it came with drama but to be fair that drama was short lived and sparked some really good conversations about “why”.


The Essential One team are giving away BOTH a remote control T-Rex AND a Bubble Helicopter to one lucky Tippytupps reader. Just enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to UK residents only and is powered by Rafflecopter. It will close on Sunday 7th June 2020 at midnight. The winner will be chosen at random using the tool. Please note this competition is hosted by the Tippytupps blog but the prize is being provided by The Essential One team, who will be responsible for posting your prize out to you. For full terms and conditions for the giveaway, please visit the Tippytupps terms and conditions page.

Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: we were sent these items for the purposes of this review. As always though, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Anthony Harrington says:

    My fav is the Pterodactyl because he could fly!

  2. Eileen Hindley says:

    T-Rex is my favourite 🙂

  3. Kelly Wheelhouse says:

    I love brontosaurus!

  4. Sadiyya Maryam says:

    Definitely Tyrannosaurus rex

  5. Sally Collingwood says:

    T rex is awesome!

  6. Mel Pennie says:

    My favourite . . . the Argentinosaurus which apparently was a big, plant-eating creature that liked to roam alone. Sounds very much like me!!

  7. T rex is my favourite!

  8. It has to be T Rex king of all dinosaurs

  9. Tracy Nixon says:

    A diplodocus!

  10. claire woods says:



  12. Peter Watson says:

    T-Rex is my favourite dinosaur.

  13. John Taggart says:

    A Pterodactyl because it has a silent ‘pee’

  14. Khan says:

    The T-Rex is my favourite.

  15. T-Rex is my favourite

  16. Susan B says:

    I am especially fond of the really really ugly ones such as the Balaur.


    My favourite is the Stegosaurus

  18. ADEINNE TONNER says:

    For me it has to be the amazing Sauroposeidon

  19. Martina Pichova says:

    Mine is T Rex, the king of dinosaurs.

  20. Rich Tyler says:


  21. fiona waterworth says:

    I rather like the Brachiosaurus which seems to be a large cow

  22. kim neville says:

    We like T-Rex

  23. Emma England says:

    T- Rex is my favourite because of the tiny arms and ask because it’s the only one I know how to spell.

  24. My son loves T rex

  25. Solange says:


  26. Triceratops

  27. melanie stirling says:

    The Diplodocus is my favourite.

  28. My grandsons are dinosaur crazy. Thank you for the opportunity

  29. Sidrah says:

    I like the Velociraptor

  30. Ray Dodds says:

    T Rex

  31. laura milton says:

    We love a stegosaurus 🙂

  32. pterodactyl , I just can’t imagine them! They must have been awesome!

  33. angela Treadway says:

    t rex, mighty and fearless…and has shockingly funny small arms! x

  34. Marc H says:


  35. Mark R says:

    I always had a soft spot for triceratops.

  36. Katie B says:

    We love dippy!

  37. Charlotte isobelle says:

    A T. rex! It’s my little ones fave

  38. Ruth Harwood says:

    We absolutely love Veloceraptors!

  39. Not really, my son is obsessed with them all !!

  40. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    I love a tricerotops

  41. Sian Buckingham says:

    Diplodocus have always been my favourite!

  42. Rachel Craig says:

    T- Rex.

  43. I loved The Land Before Time as a child and the triceratops Cera was my favourite – I thought she had the same name as me.

  44. Margaret Gallagher says:

    T- rex – love them all

  45. Tyrannosaurus rex

  46. Karen Barrett says:

    T-Rex because when I was a teenager I loved Marc Bolan!

  47. jemma dwyer says:

    i love Velociraptor 😀

  48. Susan Smith says:

    T-Rex for us

  49. T rexis my favourite dinosaur!

  50. Patricia Avery says:

    Diplodocus! Both the word and the dinosaur have always fascinated me!

  51. Yes, don’t we all have a favourite. Mine is the mighty T Rex

  52. betsy ferguson says:

    Douthinkeesaurus dinosaur – because of the joke – do you think he saw us

  53. Patricia Barrett says:

    The Velociraptors after seeing the Jurassic Park films.

  54. The stegosaurus just looks so cool

  55. charlotte gill says:

    my sons favourite is the velociraptor!! he is very dino mad.

  56. T rex is my favourite

  57. Amanda Botterill says:

    My favourite dinosaur is a Brachiosaurus

  58. Adrian Bold says:

    Has to be the king himself, the T-Rex

  59. My daughter loves the diplodocus

  60. Laura Pritchard says:

    Yes, I love the Spinosaurus!

  61. Anthea Holloway says:

    T Rex is my favourite and I love them all really!

  62. Amanda Gregory says:


  63. Triceratops

  64. joanne coulson says:

    Yes, the TRex!

  65. The flying Pteradactyl

  66. Jeanette Leighton says:

    We all love the t rex

  67. My dinosaur crazy daughter loves t-rex’s and takes two huge plastic ones to bed everynight. She would love this.

  68. Sandra Jo Siddall says:

    We love the T-Rex

  69. Eve H Ogden says:

    We love the TRex

  70. Tracy Barber says:

    Velociraptor but T Rex’s are pretty cool too

  71. Darren Bourne says:

    I would say the Diplodocus.

  72. Kate Davies says:

    My favourite is a liopleurodon.

  73. Carly Belsey says:

    It’s got to be a T Rex because I have no idea how to spell the rest of the names haha.

  74. Hayley F says:

    T rex is my fav.

  75. Kay Broomfield says:

    I love the Micropachycephalosaurus

  76. Everyone’s favourite – the T Rex

  77. my grandsons favourite one is the stegosaurus

  78. Teresa Sheldon says:

    Williams favourite dinosaur is Diplodocus he loves dinosaurs mine is the T Rex

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